Mens 1st Division - Round 17 vs Maclean Bobcats

What a match this turned out to be.

Storm were in total control in the first half although there were many near misses and some odd refereeing decisions which did frustrate players, the coaching staff and supporters. However, Storm went to the sheds at half time 1 goal up courtesy of Brendon Myers scoring in the 19th minute.

One and a half minutes into the second half and Gum Mayak scored Storm’s second goal and at that point it looked like Storm would run away with the game - but it didn’t happen. Five minutes later Storm gave away a penalty which was taken by Maclean, saved by Mitch Weeden, and converted by Maclean - but the referee asked for the penalty to be taken again – this time it was a direct strike and Maclean were in the game. Maclean rallied and 4 minutes later scored again, levelling the score 2-2. Tension mounted as Storm needed to win the game to have any chance of retaining the minor premiership. The game intensified and became heated at times fuelled by very odd refereeing and linesmen decisions (a total of 5 yellow cards were distributed – 3 for Maclean which could have been much more). It wasn’t until the 38th minute of play when Storm were awarded a direct free kick which was superbly taken by Mykel Watson lobbying it on the head of Evan Williams who was ecstatic in scoring the winning goal.

A heart stopping but brilliant effort lads.

Northern Storm 3 Maclean 2

Man of the Match for the second week running was Evan Williams. Did we party after – you bet we did – a top feed was put on by the Maclean boys and then for those who were able to join us at Broomes Head, our celebrations continued into the small hours of the next morning.

First Grade – report by Colin Scully

Our last match for the season before the semis start is Sunday, 18th August - Storm play Coffs United at The Cove, Korora. Storm need to win or draw to retain the Minor Premiership. What a game this will be. A sell-out crowd is expected, so get to the match early and cheer on the mighty Storm. First Grade kicks off at 2pm

Reserve Grade kicks off at 1pm – this will also be a cracker of a game as the boys really need to win to ensure they are in the semis as a loss may find them knocked out while a draw could mean that for and against will determine if they proceed to the semis.