A week off for Easter
This week we have a break off of games for all age groups for the Easter long weekend. Training for the under 7's, 8's, 9's and 11's WILL NOT be on Thursday the 14th of April, but will return next week (Thursday the 21st of April). We will get back into the season for round 3 on Sunday the 24th of April.
Round 3 was an eventful round for the club, with a mixture of results coming in.
Warrnambool Vs Forest
A tough game away against the always formidable Warrnambool squad.
Short changed with player availability and outclassed with fitness and finesse, we go into the Easter break looking to improve our fundamental football so we can hit the ground running after a week off.
Warrnambool Vs Forest
After a stellar first round game the women’s team headed over to Warrnambool. Just two minutes into the game centre mid, Claire, hit the ball into the back of the net to start the game off right for the away team. Warrnambool defended their ground and had a crack at a few counterattacks but not stopping forward, Jacki, smashing another into goals at 7 minutes in and another at 14 minutes in. The wind on the pitch during the first half was unforgiving for the home team with the keeper trying to clear the ball from a goal kick with winger Rita smashing it right back into the goal from the first touch at 16 minutes in, taking the best goal award for the team so far. 2 minutes later after some great team plays, Jacki, scored her second hat-trick for the season. Warrnambool fought back and at 34 minutes in they scored a goal from a through ball in an effective counterattack. Towards the end of the second half the forest women got a little too over confident ending in a lack of on goal shots and incomplete passes, something they will work on over the break. Into the second half and the Warrnambool team clearly came out with a more tactical game and defended relentlessly throughout. At 52 minutes in a controversial call was made which ended in a penalty against Forest and a goal for the home team. Keeping their heads up and trying to keep the fatigue away, forward Holly finally scored her first goal for the season. After plenty of shots on goals by many players and frustrations arising, Holly scored her second goal off a corner and a chest into the goals at 81 minutes in. Congrats to the girls for their persistence in the heat and fatigue in what was a challenging second half.
Forest Vs North United
The Under 15’s kicked off their season with a emphatic 7-0 win at home against Ballarat North United. Phoenix Porter opened the scoring within the first 5 minutes, followed a first half hat trick by Simon Neville-Ireland to continue on his impressive scoring record from last year. Shortly after half time Lily Slater slotted the ball in the top corner from the edge of the 18 yard box. A quick brace from Aiden Hill on his first game for the club secured the victory for the Rangers.
Creswick Vs Forest
We had an exciting opportunity to play under lights in a Friday night game against a formidable Creswick team. We came in short with only 10 players, which included an under 11 stepping up tp help us out. Creswick got off to a cracking start against our less the ideal numbers scoring in a rapid fashion. We held on fighting despite the onslaught of Creswick's attack. We saw signs of strength with a stand out effort in goals and our defence working hard all game. We manage to break through the Creswick defence and score a ripper goal in the second half. This game may not have been the outcome we were after, however there were many positive signs for the team moving forward in the season.
"For there's not a team like the Forest Rangers"
Up and coming events- WE NEED YOUR HELP
Monday 25th April
Forest will be running a Bunnings BBQ on Monday the 25th of April 11:30-4:30. These are always a great fundraiser for the club (helps to keep all our costs down to make playing accessible for everyone) and we often find ourselves run off our feet with the amazing support by the community with their want for snags in bread. Therefore, we require lots of help to ensure the day runs smoothly and the workload is spread around. If you have any free time on this day (can be as little as an hour) and wouldn't mind helping out, please contact us via our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/forestrangerssc. If you do not have any spare time you can still give back to the club by coming down and enjoy a nice BBQ snag. Thank you!