After winning 6-1 in our last match confidence was high going into this week’s away game against Coogee B. We had a good turn out with Martin and Danny back from their camping trip, Joe Newman returned from the UK and Dave Shannon had served his suspension. It’s hard to change a winning team so Simba started with most of the 11 that beat Mascot Kings. The only change was Joe Newman in at CB for the injured Dave Thompson.
It was a beauty of an afternoon in Centennial park where we were to face off against the Maccabi seconds. Our team looked strong and with a bench full of talent and experience there were high hopes for a good result. Nick stuck with the new 3-5-2 formation which worked well in the previous game.
Not a great start to the day, we all turned up to L’Estrange Park for the early kick off and there was no sign of the other team. Eddie was on the blower and we figured it had moved to JJ Cahill High School. We finally make it to the pitch with 20 mins to kick off and after a short and sharp warm up it was down to business.
What is normally the biggest game of every season came early this year as Coogee United were the visitors at the house of Paine. The team that have won the league the last 4 years in a row always present a tough challenge.
So a new season is upon us full off new expectations, hopes, dreams, players and a new coach in the form of Barnstonewworth legend Nick Keiran. If he is half as good at coaching as he has been at bossing center midfield for decades he will go a long way.
Things were not looking great in the days leading up to the first game of the season with only 11 players fit and available. However, with a couple of last minute signings and a certain fishing trip getting cancelled Barnstoneworth found themselves in a much stronger position come Sunday afternoon.
Barnstoneworth AA2 remain undefeated in pre-season with 1-0 victory over Pheonix on Saturday at Waverly synthetic. There was a mixture of old and new faces in the squad but the shock inclusion was the returning Barney Bad Boy Ian Rodgers. He appeared back after falling out with all of his new teammates at Glebe Wanderers Over 35’s after only 2 weeks!
It was miserable day in Maroubra (Heffron Park) for this meeting of Randwick City reserves against Barnstoneworth United in the first pre-season friendly of the day. If not for the artificial pitch the game would have been called off for sure.
This year’s Barnstoneworth United Super Raffle will be on at the Coach & Horses on Friday, May 5th from 6.30pm. For those new to the club, this is our major fund raising event for the season, and is always a hugely enjoyable night for everyone… especially the winner of the $2,000 cash first prize!