The sun shone and the smiles were back on hundreds of faces as football returned to Careel Bay and Avalon Soccer Club across the weekend.
Kicking off on Friday night with a double header of mens and womens Under 18s matches, we saw 73 matches involving the Mighty Reds, 38 of them hosted at CAreel or Hitchcock.
Amongst the results we saw the U14/4 and U15/4 get big wins over Wakehurst and St Augustines respectively. The AL/4’s also took the points against St Augustines on Friday night, witht he 13/2’s, 15/2s all 18/2s all recording wins in high scoring games.
The mens senior team slipped to a one nil defeat at home on Saturday against St Augustines with the reserves sharing the points after a nil all draw.
The most heart warming moment came early Saturday as the U11 Kanagaroos welcomed back their goalkeeper Jensen Lambeth after his 18 month long battle with Hepatoblastoma. Jensen’s recovery and return to football a wonderful moment for the whole community. Welcome back Jens!
On the women’s side the W18/1As hit the ground running with a big intra club win over the Bs, and the W15/1s hit double figures with a 10-1 win over Manly Vale. That was the same opponent for the W13/1s who recorded a 4-1 win with a hat trick from Emily Goudie, and for the W18/2B’s who racked up a 6-1 win.
In the senior competition, the WAL/1s lost a tight one 3-2 at BTH Raiders. And our WAL/3B’s were present for an emotional afternoon at David Thomas against Manly Vale. Both teams paid their respects with a minutes silence pre-game for Manly Vale player Annika Ferry who passed away last month. The Ferry family have strong connections to Avalon Soccer Club, and it was an honour to pay our respects on Sunday afternoon.