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Playford Patriots Adelaide

FROM THE CHAIR

Playford City welcomes Cobra’s to Ramsay Park for round 12 of the competition, round 11 saw all three teams come away with maximum points, good football and a great day for the club, we now go into a few tougher games that could dictate our aspirations for 2018, keep up the good work.

A big thank you to Neil Childs who has left us for personal reasons, Neil has been fantastic, his knowledge and commitment has been great for Ben,the players and the club, good luck Neil.

The club would like welcome Robert Knowles, Robert will be Ben’s new assistant, Robert comes with a wealth of experience being a former coach and captain of the club. Welcome back Robert.

Thank you to all the volunteers that assist around the club, your help is truly appreciated.

I wish all the Players and Coaches all the best for the day.

Kind Regards,

Kevin Winfield

The Gaffer

Welcome to another home game as we hope to continue our good form at Ramsey Park.

A special mention the old Elizabeth Fields Soccer boys that are here today and we thank them for coming along to support the club. The North is a truly amazing breeding ground for footballers and the more support we can get around the place, the quicker our progression back to playing Premier League football can commence.

Also we thank former player and assistant Coach Neil Childs for his contribution this season but has unfortunately needed to step away for family reasons and we wish him well.

The boys in all 3 grades were fantastic last week, taking all the points on offer. The dedication and commitment the from boys at all three levels is starting to become more apparent when we compare ourselves to the lower half of the table opposition and the need for us to progress out of this league and ensure that we have a first team pathway to keep local boys playing at this club is becoming more urgent.

Our first team boys are starting to play some fantastic football consistently now and a special congratulations to Connor O’Donnell on scoring his first hat trick for the club against Uni SA. Today’s opposition are one of the best teams we have played this season and with firepower all over the park, we will need to be at our best to take the points. Our boys need to continue to work together as a team,  with all players turning up mentally to ensure we compete every week, take nothing for granted and leave the field knowing we have given our all to take the points.

Good luck to all three teams and I look forward to seeing you in the club after the game.

Ben Moore

Head Coach

Captain’s Report

Good afternoon all,

Today we welcome Adelaide Hills to Ramsay Park as our opposition for this weekend. Also, welcome back to our supporters, on behalf of the senior playing group thank you for your ongoing support.

Firstly I’d like to thank all of the clubs volunteers for their relentless efforts behind the scenes.

Two away wins within the last week has extended our winning streak to four games. A tough contest last Saturday at Adelaide University saw us fight to the final whistle to come away with a hard fought 1-0 win.  A tough Anzac Day trip to Mount Barker on Wednesday saw us take the 3 points with a 4-0 victory. A rampant first half against Barker sent us in 4-0 up at half time, but unfortunately we were unable to extend this lead in what was a tough second half. Spirits are high amongst the playing group who are excited to return to Ramsay Park this weekend after taking maximum points from back to back fixtures on the road. Hopefully we can extend our winning streak to 5 games against Adelaide Hills today, and continue to build on what has been a good start to the season so far.Thank you for coming out to

Ramsay Park this afternoon to watch todays round 9 fixture.

Hope you all enjoy the game.

Thanks,

Brayden French

RESERVES

The reserve team has continued its good form with a convincing 5-1 win over UniSA FC last week.

Some good possession football with fantastic individual performances had us break away from UniSA early and never looked like dropping the points. It was a good opportunity to give a couple of young boys an opportunity to play reserve soccer, they didn’t disappoint.

The results are a credit to the boys who look to over come the next challenge every week; they have developed into a competitive group and take this attitude into Saturdays. Also great to see players being called up to train with the first team on a regular basis. We have a full list to choose from this week  with no injuries meaning some boys will need to be patient and take their opportunity over the next couple of weeks.

Our focus has turned to today as we come up against an Adelaide Cobras team that have had some decent results over the past few weeks, we look forward to today’s game and hope to continue our momentum into the second half of the season.

Peter Capone

Reserve’s Coach

UNDER 18’S

Playford 18s going 2-0 (Kye and Josh) up in the first half was reflective of a steady confident start but no killer instinct.  The ball was moved around well, possession was reasonable, the game was under control but by no means could a definite win be confirmed as the final outcome.  Uni SA gaining more confidence as the first half drew to close and went to their changing room with belief that the second half would be theirs for the taking.  Half time talk from coach Ian reflected on the play being positive but not convincing, players had to look at themselves and lift and strengthen their game.  The second half started and Uni SA rattled Playford and secured a penalty which Kaine saved on the first attempt but the Ref called the ball back for a second attempt that was converted … 2-1.  Playford deflated by conceding a goal, dug deep to change the game.  The tempo lifted, communications got louder, the team fired up…. Next goal on the 56th minute Henry with a top right banger from outside the area… Playford were back, Jackson stands up to add 2 more at 66” and 72”, then Dylon with a lightning move into the box finishing with a well-placed shot. Next came a mazy from Bradlee with a quick one-two in UniSA’s area to finish with a goal from 50 meter run.  The game finished 7-1, congratulations Playford you showed skill, strength and great team work.

Simon