by Brian Stockwell
ONLY parents, partners and a few diehard supporters made their way to Kawana for a wet and windy mid-week clash in the two Premier Men's divisions last week.
Formidable down the right flank in the opening stages, Aaron Waters inconsiderately got himself injured and replaced only ten minutes into the Reserve Grade game, after his mum made the forty-minute journey South.
It was a hard-fought battle which Noosa clinched toward the end, firming up their top spot on the ladder with a 2-1 victory.
Supporters became closer friends as they huddled to escape stronger winds and heavier rain during the Premier Men's match. Understandably Noosa took a few minutes to warm to the conditions, but fresh from their 9-0 drubbing of Buderim only a few days earlier their dominance around the pitch soon became obvious.
Midfield supremacy provided the forwards with ample quality ball to continually pepper the Kawana goal box. Conditions seemed to suit intrepid Captain Grant de Chastell consistently winning back possession before the boys in yellow had an opportunity to mount an attacking raid. His Spanish partner Oriol Salter was equally energetic in pilfering the ball from the opposition and laying off quality balls to fast moving players in the outer corridors.
While the now married Mathew Thompson found the conditions heavy going, his zippy accomplice up front Mathew Needham scored another pair. To top off the night Noosa took advantage of the weight of possession with a well flighted corner landing on the head of central defender Stuart 'Rabbits' Michael who despatched it to the back of the net.
The 3-0 victory took Noosa to within one point of top spot and thanks to Kawana's victory over Maroochydore on Saturday that's where they stayed. But its close at the top with Kawana only one point in arrears.
Play of the week goes to Captain Kirsty Patten in the Coastal Women's game on Friday night. Known for her vocal and determined last ditch defence Kirsty invented a new move to football. Lying face down in the goal box, she adapted the dance floor move 'the worm' to get the ball out of harm's way. We'll call it a 'prostrate header'.
First grade had a bye and with Matt Thompson's wedding the Reserve grade side had 5 regular players out in what was a roughhouse game at Coolum on Saturday. Manager Phil Amson recounting that "there were two teams won the park but only one wanted to play football.
Corey Dodson smashed the ball at the goal and nearly dented the post as it cannoned away for no result. There were 4-5 other opportunities that hit the side netting but we just couldn't score." Despite having the weight of possession Noosa just couldn't find the net & lost 1-0