Our first opponent for the season was ISHCMC and we’ve learnt from the past that they’re one of the more competitive teams in the league therefore naturally there was a general feeling of anxiety and challenge. Truthfully, by this time our team of experienced players would’ve had enough preparation to approach this game with a maximal amount of zeal.
The match began a little slow, perhaps we were starting to get used to the feel of competition once more, nonetheless by approximation BIS had 85% ball possession throughout the first half. There were many great passes made, many great set ups and many learnt plays were executed yet admittedly the ISHCMC goal keeper was holding up strong in spite of our countless shots on goal. We very quickly picked up the pace and began playing at an unbeatable standard. The first goal acquired by Hayley Handscombe triggered the storm of goals that ISHCMC had been expecting.
The second half brought about calculated miracles in the form of 5 goals. Despite ISHCMC's aggressive attempts we came out on top in terms of fitness, communication and most significantly skill. As a whole team we were almost like a perfectly oiled machine that was just producing goal after goal. We sensed their white flags going up after the 3rd goal by Caitlin Brownrigg however this was not a sign for us to slow down, we showed no mercy and continued to do what we do best!
It’s appropriate to say we couldn’t have had a better welcome into the season and we are definitely ready to do more of the same and even better. Special mentions to all the goal scorers: Anne-Linh Guettier, Caitlin Brownrigg, Hayley Handscombe and Maika Pedersen.
The player of the match for me was definitely Hayley Handscombe. When she was asked to fill the one man job of defense previously held by Fieke Evers (who fell injured) she undoubtedly accepted and graciously fulfilled and overdid the role. This is exemplar to the team. Not only did Hayley demonstrate full team dedication but she was our backbone, helping us create all 5 other goals. She was simply a central player to the game.
Lhasa Pereyra Nguyen, U19a Girls Football Captain
Coaches player of the match was Lhasa, she controlled the midfield and pulled all the strings allowing her teammates the freedom to express themselves. A true captains performance. -Mr McLoughlin