Robertson soccer teams kicked off their season with some outstanding results.
The Robertson-Burrawang Rovers were very excited to start the season and it showed on the faces of the players, especially those in our two U6s teams.
As always they looked two small for their playing strips but made up for it with their big hearts.
Their enjoyment was obvious, despite the drizzle, and they all had ball - even if it did mean holding the coaches hand to get out there.
The U6s to the U11s play modified, non-scoring, graduated formats designed to develop their skills prior to participating in the full version of the game from the U12s up.
It's a joy to see them thriving in their team environments, practicing the skills they have learnt at training, encouraging their team mates and even finding time for a boogie here and there.
Our U12s team had their first round match deferred and patiently await their first match on the big field.
The U13s team had a lovely start to the season with a 6 - 0 win over Bundanoon.
The goal scorers were Ethan van Eimeren, Harry Eyding, Jesse Hol and Hamish Chapman bagging a hat trick.
Another stand out was Shai Brown, stepping up from the U12s to keep strongly. It's fair to say Coach Emma Green was very pleased with their first round performance.
The U15s travelled to Boronia Park in Hilltop and had a tough start, going down 8 - 1.
The 15s team is a combination of last years team plus the newcomers to the age group, so they'll spend the first part of the season coming together as a team and worry about the results down the track. Ethan Shobrook came away with their only goal.
Our Youth Grade side is a new team in the competition, formed after a number of years of us pushing for a team in this age group which is made up of 16-18 year old lads along with a restricted number of over 35 players.
They played Mittagong at Ironmines in their first match together and looked very promising.
The result didn't represent their effort with a 10 -3 loss, but Coach David Wright was pleased with their start and looks forward to building the team dynamics through the season. Nick Neilsen hit a double and newcomer James Remm scored the third.
Our two Highlands League mens teams played each other in the first round at Boronia Park.
It was a good opportunity for the teams to have a competitive run and iron out the positional choices for the season. The Maroon team won the day with a 5 - 2 scoreline.
Standouts were Joshua Zemljacenko for the Maroon team, coming away with two goals, and Dane Bourke from the Gold team.
Our ladies Gold team met Mittagong Green at Ironmines and had a strong start against a higher ranked team. Rhianon Hol was strong in defence and Hayley Plain worked hard up front to secure their first goal of the season.
Lizzie Green backed it up with a Lizzie classic with the final result being a 4 - 2 loss. The Gold ladies are known as the 'fun' team, rather than the 'competitive' team, and this character was again on display with the ladies supporting each other well, laughing through their weaknesses and most importantly guiding and encouraging each other.
Our more competitive ladies Maroon team met Mittagong Yellow and came away with a strong 7 - 1 win, highlighted by hat tricks from both Abby Doyle and Emma Green.
Erin Sommers also made the score sheet hitting a beauty with all the style she is known for.
It was a decent run structured to build the teams new combinations and was well supported by keeper Bec Mauger, new to not only keeping but the sport.
The Rovers now look forward to a full complement of home matches at Hampden Park in round 2, with their renowned coffee and bacon and egg rolls supporting the trusty grounds crew throughout the day.