On Friday night the first Pirates team was in action hosting Inner City from Brunswick.
With senior Inner City player Adam Husseni at the helm in the Coaches technical area, this team looked much more sharper than in previous encounters.The young guns certainly gave the Pirates a run for their money with the game ending in a 4 all draw.
The Pirates were without Kasaniel Hasanki, who was out through suspension and the team’s leading goal scorer, Jason Bradbury. The Pirates gave away two very soft goals in the first half, with the normal “Rock of Gilbrator”, Rene Santander in goal having a nervous opening quarter. Jonathon De Biase was making his powerful runs and teamed up well with younger brother, Roland to score one of the goals of the night. The best move came when J De Biase made a great run through the middle at pace and layed it off to Anthony Elmer for a tap in at the far post. But Elmer became the culprit, as he missed two clear chances to put the game out of reach for the Inner City boys. J De Biase got on the score sheet and young Matthew Bucello chimed in with a goal for the team as well.
Reuben Langerak (C), Rene Santander, Hayato Yamada, Alan Lamshed, Alexander Abrahams, Safet Balic, Jonathon De Biase, Roland De Biase, Matthew Bucello, Anthony Elmer and Sebastian Forero Torres. Did not play: Kasaniel Hasanki (suspended) Jason Bradbury.
The second game of the weekend saw the Hornets come up against FTS. This was the first game for the team, who missed out on the first round due to another club withdrawing their team entry. So it took them a long time to get into their stride. In another entertaining game for the spectators, but not for the coaches, FTS took the lead on a few occassions, only for the Pirates to claw their way back into the game to take a two goal lead in the second half. Matthew Bucello, who is part of the Youth Squad, was outstanding with his 5 goal haul. His young brother, Nicholas, was deputising for the injured Number 1, Elizabeth Sarcevic. He did a fine job with some brilliant saves between the sticks. But with some defensive errors, FTS got right back into the game and levelled it 7 -7. With a minute to go Captain Bronte James powered forward and hit the ball into the roof of the net for the winner. Game over! It was a good result for the Hornets and they will only improve as the season goes on.
Bronte James (C), Matthew Bucello, Lily O’Brien, Annie Bradbury, Elizabeth Bradbury, Rebecca Niclasen, Adem Balic and Nicholas Bucello. Did not play Elizabeth Sarcevic.
Goal Scorers: M Bucello: 5, B James 1, L O’Brien 1, A Balic 1
In the late game at Caroline Springs the Destroyers took on AFG. Coach John Myszka reported that the team played really well despite losing 6-3. Again it was their first game, having missed the previous round due to a club withdrawing their team entry. So, like the Hornets, they were lacking match sharpness. It was a game of two halves, with the Pirates starting to find their rhythm in the second half with some accomplished passing. Nicholas Bucello, made the hour long trip to Caroline Springs to play his second game of the afternoon and did a fine job keeping between the sticks. Captain Luke Myszka found the net twice with some neat inter play between Dimitri Alisandratos, Jacob Biviano and Jack Athanas. Nathan Do and Matthew Baldwin played well in their defensive roles when they were on the court. This is another team who will only get better as the season goes on.
Luke Myszka (C), Dimitri Alisandratos, Jacob Biviano, Jack Athanas, Nathan Do, Matthew Baldwin and Nicholas Bucello.
Goal Scorers: L Myszka: 2, J Athanas 1