Academy Girls shine in wet conditions

With rain through Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday morning over the past weekend, Sunday’s away games at Concord Oval for the Girls and Womens Central Coast Mariners Academy Premier League Teams were always in doubt of proceeding.

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With rain through Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday morning over the past weekend, Sunday-s away games at Concord Oval for the Girls and Womens Central Coast Mariners Academy Premier League Teams were always in doubt of proceeding.

Fortunately, Concord Oval was declared open on Sunday morning allowing Interlions to host the Coast-s Girls Teams for Round 11 of the 2012 Women-s Premier League Season.

An early 9am start for the Grade 12 girls saw them tear out of the blocks with a 3-0 win over Interlions. Goals were shared between Hannah Batten, Aimy Long and Jessica Grassi. Full marks also to young keeper Adina Hawkins who, along with a strong defensive outfit on the field, kept a clean sheet for the day.

The Grade 14 Girls followed in similar fashion with a 2-0 win with goals to both Courtney Smith and Beth Le Gay Brereton. Another win for the Grade 14 Girls clearly demonstrates their improved results as the season continues.

The Grade 16 Girls continued their fine form with a 2-1 win over Interlions. The win seems them further cement their second place standing on the ladder just behind ladder leaders Illawarra Stingrays.

With weather and field conditions deteriorating throughout the day, officials were left with the unenviable task of having to wash out the remaining two games of the day - Womens Reserve Grade and Womens First Grade. These games will be rescheduled and played at a later date when it is hoped the Coast Senior Women's Teams can emulate the winning ways of the younger girls teams from Sunday.

Saturday saw the Mariners Academy Boys teams head to the home of Sydney University, Hensley Athletic Field to play Round 11 of the Football NSW Super Youth League 2012 Season. Round 11 marks the half way point of the boys season.

With threatening skies, the Coast-s Boys teams were glad to be playing at one of the premier synthetic, all weather fields in the Sydney region knowing that there was no chance that their games would be washed out.

Round 11 was always going to be a tough assignment for the Academy Boys teams with Sydney University breathing down their necks in second place on the Club Championship chasing the Academy-s well earned lead.

The day saw the Academy teams suffer two losses with the Grade 13 and Grade 15 boys both going down 1-0 to their Sydney University counterparts.

Draws were recorded in both the Grade 14 and Grade 16 Boys teams. A draw in the Boys 16s sees their undefeated 2012 season continue with a total now of 9 wins and 2 draws.

It was the final game of the day that saw the Academy steal the points with a goal for Luke Vandenberg to secure a 1-0 win over Sydney University in the Grade 18 Boys.

It is another busy week ahead for all the Academy teams. This Wednesday night sees the Womens First Grade team travel to Sydney to play the NSW Institute of Sport Womens team. Next weekend sees the Girls and Womens teams at Pluim Park on Sunday against Illawarra Stingrays. The Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 Boys teams welcome Western NSW Mariners to Pluim on Monday of the June long weekend.The Boys Grade 13 to 18 teams have two away games on the long weekend, travelling to Dulwich Hill on Saturday and Bankstown Berries on Monday.