Battle weary Bears will look for redemption
CHINCHILLA'S Honeybears celebrated an enormous win over the weekend with a 12-0 victory over the Gatton Redbacks, while the men's team struggled to keep pace against Toowoomba's Garden City.
The Chinchilla Bears took on the Garden City Raiders on Sunday afternoon looking to continue their positive start to the season after their impressive four goal victory over the West Wanderers last weekend.
Garden City piled the pressure on early with the Bears struggling to maintain possession, but the Bears held firm until midway through the first half after a mix up between Kyle Overton and Stuart Hope resulted in an own goal gifting Garden City the lead.
The Bears looked to bounce back and had a big chance just before half time when Mark Johnson was played through by Lachlan Cardillo, Johnson cut back onto his left foot but blazed just over the crossbar.
A very physical and even first half finished with Garden City leading 1-0.
Against the run of play Garden City did grab a second goal when the Bears failed to clear their lines, allowing Garden City to slot home from close range.
The Bears refused to give up and grabbed a goal back midway through the first half after some good hold up play from Lachlan Cardillo, Mark Johnson found himself through on goal with a pin point left foot volley into the bottom corner.
The Bears equalised shortly after when Matt Kusters timed his run to perfection from a Ross Cardillo corner and hammered home a header from close range.
The game started to become stretched with both teams pushing for a winner, but it was Garden City who took the victory after swinging an inch perfect corner to the back post where the Bears were unable to stop garden City's N. Strickland from claiming the winner with a bullet header.
The Bears will look to dust themselves off when they take on USQ in their first home game of the season this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Honeybears game against Gatton Redbacks on Sunday allowed the ladies to bounce back from a disappointing opening day defeat and got off to the best possible start after just 6 minutes when Justeen Kruger found herself clean through on goal finishing confidently.
The Honeybears were dominating early on and didn't take long to double their lead after a corner was swung in by Kruger, Nikola Stevenson tapped in from close range from a knock down from Annie Johnson.
Brooke Hardy scored the goal of the game after winning the ball back inside her defensive third, Hardy then took off down the left wing running the length of the field and charged into the Gatton penalty area and finished confidently into the corner.
Kim Priem wrapped up the game scoring two late goals to complete her hat-trick with the Honeybears running away to a 12-0 victory over a shell shocked Gatton Redbacks.
"Although it was a dominant performance there was still a lot of work to be done,” Coach Tim Taylor said.
"The first half was good but it took us a while to get going in the second half which is expected when you are dominating the way that we were. But we regrouped and finished very strongly,” he said.
"It was great to see Brooke Hardy and Gabby Hicks get their first Honeybears goal. They are both very talented young players and hopefully this will give them the confidence to really kick on this season."
This Sunday the Honeybears will take on Highfields at the Chinchilla Recreation Grounds in a game known for it's high-strung tension.
"This weekend will be tough against Highfields it always is,” Taylor said.
"They have made a lot of changes this year with a new coach and some new players so they are a bit of an unknown, but I'm confident that we have the quality in our squad to really take it to them.”