Author: Craig MacKenzie

LANGWARRIN soccer club is still celebrating the Socceroos’ qualification for November’s World Cup finals. Bailey Wright is one of Langwarrin’s favourite sons and played a pivotal defensive role in the eventual win over Peru on penalties last week in Qatar. The Socceroos’ defender was making his 25th national team appearance and is now vying for a spot in the 23-man squad for the finals. Langwarrin technical director Gus Macleod gave Wright his senior debut in 2009 when the teenager was 16 years old and has followed his career closely. “He’s come a long, long way from the wee five-year-old who…

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SOCCER HOLDER Somerville retained the Eagles Cup after a 2-2 draw with Baxter at Baxter Park on Saturday. The charity day has become an integral part of derby clashes between these local rivals and last weekend’s contest didn’t disappoint. Baxter was forced to dig deep when staring at a 2-0 deficit after 15 minutes. The home side struggled to defend set pieces and the left boot of Somerville’s Adrian Pace, a former Baxter player, was a constant threat whenever his corners were swung into the back post. The visitors took three minutes to hit the front when Connor Carson was…

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SOCCER BAXTER will have a new senior coach next season after George Hughes decided to step down at season’s end. The club made the announcement last week and acknowledged the outstanding contribution 63-year-old Hughes has made since his appointment in October 2018. “He stepped into our club at a dark time and has led this club with sophistication, experience and honour,” the club statement said. “We would simply not have survived our darkest time if it wasn’t for George. “He instilled culture and pride back into the blue and white jersey over his four seasons and without him, we wouldn’t…

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SOCCER MORNINGTON has signed Shaun Kenny from Eastern Lions and Fijian international Sava Baledrokadroka has returned to Frankston Pines. Both are midfielders and 27-year-old Kenny has extensive NPL experience while Baledrokadroka is a full Fijian international and has captained his country’s under-23 side. Kenny was a contracted player at Eastern Lions and has had to stand out of football for 30 days as he reverts to amateur status with the Seagulls. He last played for Eastern Lions in late May. “At the moment we don’t have enough competition in the squad (due to injuries) and we’ve had to pick some…

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SOCCER CHELSEA striker Piers Brelsford was in sparkling form last Friday night as the local side stayed in the State 4 promotion race with a 7-0 demolition of Noble Park. His four-goal haul catapulted him up the league Golden Boot chart into second spot behind Sandown Lions gun Duol Kuei. The goal tsunami that engulfed Noble Park started in the sixth minute when Daniel Vella was put through and squared to Brelsford for a tap-in. Connor Scott made it 2-0 in the 34th minute with a long-range shot and Noble Park had no answer to the five-goal onslaught that ensued…

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