On Thursday 28 July 2016, the Braemar College Year 5/6 Soccer Team headed off to Swan Hill to compete in the regional finals.
It was an early and dark start, departing Woodend at 6:15am. After a long drive the team arrived at the reserve and warmed up.
The boys first played Kennington and went down 2-0. Braemar fought back and went on to beat Echuca 2-0 which saw them through to the semi-finals.
Winning this and one more game besides would see them reach State level competition and the team was hungry for it. The semi-final was against The Lakes and the boys fought hard.
Braemar College gave up a penalty shot and The Lakes put it through. Braemar fought back with a great goal from Oliver Price. The Lakes wouldn’t lie down and returned score again. The team then had a player brought down in the box and Antonie Caputa did not disappoint with a perfect penalty goal.
The scores were even and time was fast running out. In the final minutes, The Lakes snuck another goal past our fierce keeper, Henry Taylor, and the siren sounded soon after.
The boys were gracious in their defeat, and know they had come so close to keeping that dream alive.
Regardless of the outcome, they played like true champions. Well done, Braemar!
A narrow miss on the grand final but all boys played really well and as a team. They should be very proud of their efforts.
A big thank you to Ms Smith for guiding and coaching the boys over the past few months and to Daniel Johnstone and Eddie Klusik assisting the coaching. A big thanks to the parents for making the trip and supporting the boys on the day.