Saturday 25 February saw Barnstoneworth United take on Premier League side Maroubra in what can only be described as the pishing rain, at South Sydney High School. As we are only a few weeks into our pre-season preparations the 2 games against Maroubra gave us a chance to look at a number of new players as well as giving last years squad a much needed fitness test.
Considering the wet conditions everyone who played the first game put in a great shift, coming out eventual 3-1 winners against a well organised Maroubra Premiership side. Goals from wee Danny Owen and a couple from ginger James Tremain saw Barnstoneworth come away comfortable winners. A Special mention goes out to debutant goalkeeper James who put in a good display between the sticks. The result is even more impressive at this stage of pre-season when taking into account that a number of the players had never played with each other prior to this game.
The second game, a slightly more one sided contest, saw Barnstonworth come out 7-2 winners against a young Maroubra Reserve team. Goal scorers included Stu Mackay bagging a brace with big Sam Palmer and potential new signing Ryan grabbing one a piece. However, the star of the show with a great performance was Jeremy 'Cosmo' Hanke who netted his first ever hat-trick. Yes this is not a printing error Cosmo got 3 (well done wee man get in there). With tough conditions again in the second match all the lads played well with Ryan and Ian impressing.
We will be looking to step up the training levels over the next few weeks and build on the weekends results. With a couple of tough games coming up, starting with Randwick City on March 4, improving our fitness and getting a number of last seasons players back into training is the main priority.
A reminder to everyone that training will move back to Paine Reserve from Wednesday 1 March.
Just a final thanks to Ewan who played his last game for the club before he heads back to the UK. Everyone at Barnstoneworth United wishes him the best for the future.