Honeybears crush Dalby in season opener
THE Chinchilla Honeybears kicked off their season with a crushing win against local rivals Dalby Tigers at the Tigers' home ground.
Hitting the ground running on Sunday, the Honeybears were hoping to continue on from their fantastic result from last season where they qualified for their first ever premier league finals.
The Honeybears were close to full strength and started the game brightly, creating chance after chance without taking advantage of there early dominance.
Dalby were fighting hard early on without creating any real chances in front of goal.
In the 30th minute the deadlock was finally broken when the ball sat up kindly for last season's top goal scorer Sally Carroll to volley home.
The Honeybears then kicked into gear with wave after wave of attacks and five minutes later the Honeybears won a free kick outside the Dalby penalty area.
Claire Valler lofted a delightful free kick into the far corner giving the Dalby goalkeeper no chance. It was soon to be 3-0 when Carroll again found herself free and slotted her second confidently.
Dalby would have been glad to hear the halftime whistle as the Honeybears were starting to really turn the screw.
The second half kicked off with the Honeybears again bombarding the Dalby goal and the Dalby resistance was finally broken in the 63rd minute after Nikola Stevenson latched on to an inch perfect pass for her to neatly finish.
It took until the 79th minute for the flood gates to open when Jessica Bolewski got on the end of an inch perfect Claire Valler cross to head home the Honeybears 5th.
Shortly after Bolewski made it 6-0 tapping in at the far post from a brilliant cross from Kim Preim who was starting to find a lot of space.
Sally Carroll made it 7-0 and collected her first hat trick of the season. Jess Bolewski then made it 8-0 which completed her hat trick, again latching onto a cross from Kim Preim.
The scoring was finalised when Rachael Dennison latched onto a loose ball outside the Dalby box for her to smash home making the final score 9-0.
Honeybears coach Tim Taylor said the win was a great start to the season.
"We were a little wasteful in front of goal early on which we will need to address, but its early days and once the ladies kicked into gear there was some great football being played.”
"I would like to also congratulate Jess Bolewski who has just played her first competitive game since double knee surgery at the end of last season.
"For her to get a hat trick was a dream come true for her she is on cloud nine at the moment as you can imagine.”
The Honeybears next competitive game is against St Albans at the Chinchilla Rec Grounds on March 19, kick-off time still to be determined.
This weekend the Honeybears will be participating in friendly games in Toowoomba as parts of Female Football Week.
Games kick off at 8.30am with the Honeybears taking on Gatton at 12pm at Captain Cook Oval