Brunswick Babes break hoodoo

Gary Osbiston

Expectations were high after their first win of the soccer season the week before. Another Bangalow team to play – could this be Brunswick’s first home win of the season?

Captain Bracie led the Babes onto the field, Brunswick to kick off. Very intense opening 10 minutes, this was going to be a tough match.
Isabelle, full of confidence after her four goal haul the week before, broke the deadlock. A well taken shot into the back of the net, 1-0 to Brunswick. It did not take long before Bangalow equalised. Momentum was shifting in the opposition’s favour.

Brunswick’s stoic defence under pressure, a beautiful strike from a Bangalow forward, goalkeeper Zoe at full stretch got her fingertips to the ball only to see it hit the inside of the post and cross the goal line: 2-1 to the visitors.
Half-time was fast approaching as Isabelle found herself in the opposition’s penalty area with the ball at her feet, she steadied herself and sent the ball soaring into the roof of the net. Back on level terms 2-2, the ref blows his whistle to close this highly contested first half.

The second half starts, the girls know they are in for a tough final 30 minutes. It wasn’t long before the Brunswick team lose a player to illness, not to return for the rest of match. Georgia was back on the field after being rested for final 10 minutes of first half.

After absorbing several Bangalow attacks the defence cleared the ball up to the midfield, who then kicked the ball through for the strikers. Once again, Isabelle cooly slotted the ball into the back of the net: 3-2 Brunswick.

With minutes remaining the girls attack the Bangalow defence, all three forwards are involved. A square pass across the goal finds our number 9 who scores her fourth goal of the match with her left foot: 4-2 Brunswick.

The final whistle is blown The Brunswick Babes win. They break a hoodoo, they have never won a match at home. The team song is sung out at full voice. Well done Brunswick and well played Bangalow –  this was a tough match.


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