Bears claw back victory
Soccer: It was a big weekend for the Chinchilla soccer teams with both the women's and men's sides hosting home games on Saturday night.
First up were the Chinchilla Honeybears who took on second placed Rockville. With finals fast approaching the Honeybears were looking to seal their finals spot with a win against a Rockville side that were in great form.
The Honeybears started brightly knocking the ball around with confidence but an error in possession gifted Rockville a shot on goal from just outside the penalty area and although getting a hand to it Honeybears goalkeeper Chloe Can was unable to keep it out.
The Honeybears responded quickly after Tegan Cann was played through by Sally Carroll, Cann beat her defender comfortably and squared the ball perfectly into the path of Bonnie Callaghan who made no mistake from close range levelling the score at 1-1.
However, the joy was short lived as another error in midfield allowed Rockville to carry the ball forward and fire in a low shot from distance giving Cann no chance.
Rockville made it 3-1 shortly before half time with another confident finish from close range after the Honeybears failed to clear their lines.
The Honeybears came out firing in the second half however found the Rockville defence tough to break down and, on the break, it was Rockville who extended their lead with another long-range effort leaving Cann helpless in the Honeybears goal.
The game ended with Rockville defeating the Honeybears 4-1.
Coach Tim Taylor said it was always going to be a tough game.
"They are second for a reason but I thought early on we moved the ball well and caused them plenty of problems. But as the game wore on we were clearly fatigued and our decision making suffered as a result, which gave them some simple chances for a team of that quality,” he said.
"The standout for me was Sally Carroll, she worked tirelessly and she was at the centre of everything for us.”
Next up the Chinchilla Bears took on a strong Highfields side who claimed the win in their last clash.
The Bears hadn't played for two weeks but that didn't stop a dominant performance in the first half.
Football Chinchilla president Ross Cardillo said the team pressed Highfields early, holding the majority of possession for the first 20 minutes.
"It was quite good because we were expecting a very tough game against Highfields, Highfields came off a pretty resounding win last week, they beat USQ 7-2, so we were expecting a pretty tough game,” he said.
A hiccough in the match came partway through the first half, when the field lights blinked out, plunging the grounds into darkness.
"There was a control circuitry issue, took us a little while to find it,” Cardillo explained.
"Luckily a few of us are electricians there so we were able to sort it out, I think the lights were out for about 25 minutes or so.”
It wasn't the only challenge on the night, with temperatures plummeting as the evening wore on.
"Definitely cooler on the sidelines than what it was out on the field, I lost feeling in my knuckles there for most of the game,” Cardillo said.
The Bears emerged victorious 2-1, with man of the match going to Miles-based goal scorer Nick Guymer.
"In that right hand flank position he's got the speed to get in behind defence and also he's got the same uncanny ability to be at the right place at the right time and hence getting the two goals there on Saturday night,” Cardillo said.
This Sunday the Honeybears take on Warwick in Oakey, while the Bears play in Gatton. Both teams will kick off at 1pm.