Ravens rue missed chances in El Arctico

Spirit FC 2 Gladesville Ravens 0 A first half display that cemented Ravens as a genuine Girls Youth League division 1 team was not enough to earn a result as local rivals Spirit FC turned the screw in the second period to come out on top in this first edition of the Arctic Cirlce derbyContinue reading “Ravens rue missed chances in El Arctico”

An Active groove for the Tillies

Our beloved Matildas, the darlings of Australian sport, wrapped up the 2023 Cup of Nations with a trio of worldies to give the whole country hope for a good showing at this year’s Women’s World Cup. A far from convincing first-half was interrupted by a Mini Gorry super-strike, and a half-time pep talk brought theContinue reading “An Active groove for the Tillies”

Ravens’ reality check at the Bean

Northern Tigers 3 Gladesville Ravens 0 Fresh from the Proctor Cup in Bathurst and with high-tempo training sessions midweek, Gladesville Ravens Girls Youth League Division One Under 16s went into a pre-season fixture with Northern Tigers beginning to understand the step up required from Division Two. The Ravens were comprehensively outplayed by their high-achieving opponentsContinue reading “Ravens’ reality check at the Bean”

First-half blitz sees Matildas home

A devastating first half of fast-running, direct football from the Matildas blew away their opponents Spain in the big-ticket fixture of the 2023 edition of the Cuppa Nations at Sydney’s Commbank Stadium on Sunday. The visiting powerhouse was wasteful in front of goal until late in the game when they clawed back two goals toContinue reading “First-half blitz sees Matildas home”

Ravens burn brightly in balmy Bathurst

The Gladesville Ravens Girls Youth League Division 1 Under 16s team for 2023 gave a positive account of themselves in the Proctor Cup this weekend, a pre-season tournament in Bathurst where youth teams test their pre-season credentials against each other in preparation for the new season. Ravens boasted a strong squad, and paired with fellowContinue reading “Ravens burn brightly in balmy Bathurst”

Penalties : some yes, some no

A day of pure drama at Allianz Stadium on Saturday as Sydney FC Women were denied a stonewall penalty in the opening moments as the last defender handled on the line to prevent a Madison Haley goal right in front of the Cove. Luckily, with no VAR to cause an unwanted pantomime, the footballing godsContinue reading “Penalties : some yes, some no”

A warm welcome to 2023 for Ravens

Gladesville Ravens NPL1 Under 16s made their first appearance of the year in a trial game against two different opponents at Majors Bay on Sunday. Inter Lions and a touring South Melbourne team played two 30-minute halves each in beaming conditions, the hosts wilting in the sun and dispatched for six, while South Melbourne keptContinue reading “A warm welcome to 2023 for Ravens”

Ufuk it’s another home defeat

Sydney FC confirmed their status as the laughing stock of the A-League with an appalling performance at Allianz Stadium at home to Wellington Phoenix. Already a goal behind, the Sky Blues saw their opponents eventually reduced to nine men, and even a comical two-penalty sequence of events couldn’t put a goalscorer on the board forContinue reading “Ufuk it’s another home defeat”

Cove cavalry inspire Sky Blues to win

According to Scottish folklore, the first person to enter your house on New Year’s Day is the bringer of good fortune for the coming year and also brings gifts for the household. Sydney FC were meant to carry out that first-footing tradition at McDonald Jones Stadium, but the script was torn up as the SkyContinue reading “Cove cavalry inspire Sky Blues to win”

2022 : A year in football pictures

The footballing year has come to an end, here’s a brief look back on the year in a few slideshows of photos from my phone. The number of these photos taken in wild weather is testament to the crazy conditions we’ve faced as supporters, players and referees this year. I’ve attended a 30-game season ofContinue reading “2022 : A year in football pictures”