So happy to report that we WON and have broken the run of draws we had in the last couple of games.
This was a “must win” match for the Storm – a loss and we would have had little chance of retaining the minor premiership. Now we are still in the running to retain the minor premiership.
Jade Porter, sent me a text after training on Thursday night which went like this: “Storm Hits Raiders Home Run – the 2013 NCF competition has taken another turn as the Northern Storm have stomped on any suggestions they may not have what it takes to defend their 2012 minor premiership. A dominant performance from the travelling side which displayed skill, discipline and 100% commitment had the State Champions asking questions only the Storm coaching staff could answer” – how good is that for forecasting a result!!!!!
Urunga, who won the State Cup last week and have been undefeated at the Cabbage Patch for the past 3 years, didn’t know what hit them. Storm started the match with so much intensity it wasn’t funny and the lads stuck to the game plan throughout the match.
In the first half we had 9 opportunities to score - and score we did – Isaac Van Anen in the 34th minute and Mykel Watson in the 40th minute taking a brilliant penalty.
In the second half we had 5 opportunities to score and it was Brendon Myers who superbly and calmly converted in the 34th minute.
To say that the lads performed admirably is an understatement. Everyone contributed to this win and what was most pleasing to watch was the unselfish attitude of this squad with player after player backing up and supporting each other. Our substitutions were timely, effective and seemless with everyone slotting in so well.
Mitch Weeden was again solid in goals – not only did he save a penalty shot but time and again he denied Urunga any chance of getting a goal. Our defence was first class and skipper, Nathan Skinner, must be so proud of how the defence has continued to improve week after week. Since the start of the second round, 5 matches, not one goal has been conceded by Storm – keep up the top work lads.
Our midfield worked tirelessly all game as did our flanks and strikers. Last week we stated “When we do crack a couple in the back of the net the coaching staff believe that we will be unstoppable” – well lads, we are now on track.
Northern Storm 3 Urunga 0
Man of the Match was shared between Brendon Myers and Grant Scully but I can tell you there were so many other lads that could have received this accolade.
First Grade – report by Colin Scully
Our next match is scheduled for Saturday, 27th July - Storm play Coffs Coast Tigers at Polwarth Drive. Reserve Grade kicks off at 2pm and First Grade at 4pm – see you there.