Sirens Round 17 vs Glen Waverley

After a week off it was back to business for Old Xaverians SC as we entered the Spring season. The finish line was in sight with only a fortnight to go, but there was still plenty of work to be done. First stop was a Glen Waverley opposition who managed to sneak a result against the Sirens at Hays in Round 8. Time for a mild to moderate case of payback.

Glen Waverley 0 – OXSC Sirens 6
Goals: A Campbell 3, R Bassiray, T Polonidis, G Courtney
Assists: G Courtney 2, C Longden 2, D Pietrzak, R Bassiray
OXSC – Abriani, Albrecht, Bassiray, Campbell, Courtney, Deans, Du Moulin, Eddy, Hosken, Kayler, Longden, Marson, Pietrzak, Polonidis, Zaharias, Zugna

After a week off it was back to business for Old Xaverians SC as we entered the Spring season. The finish line was in sight with only a fortnight to go, but there was still plenty of work to be done. First stop was a Glen Waverley opposition who managed to sneak a result against the Sirens at Hays in Round 8. Time for a mild to moderate case of payback.
Notable outs from the Croydon victory included Furst, Zaharias, McInnes and Ardern, however Hosken, Zugna and Kayler returned to ensure a strong squad of 15 was fielded. Melbourne had dished out some magnificent weather for a Father’s Day contest, and we had kickoff shortly after 3pm.
The Sirens dominated possession from the outset and Glen Waverley seemed content to sit back and park a double-decker bus in front of the OXSC goal, playing with 6 in defence including a Ryan Crowley type tagger who stuck to Alexya Campbell like a bad smell in an attempt to keep her quiet. To counter a Jose Mourinho-like tactic the Sirens needed to be patient and not let frustration set in as we struggled to get the vital first goal. The home side’s slow tempo allowed the Old Xavs plenty of time on the ball, perhaps a little too much as we dropped to their standard and lacked urgency for parts of the first half.
Georgia Courtney was creating havoc on the right wing, Tien Polonidis was bossing it in the middle of the park, and captain Claire Longden was commanding and composed in the heart of defence. We just struggled to click in the final 3rd and get the ball rolling. One of Glen Waverley’s wingers went down with a knee injury midway through the first period after some knee-on-knee contact with Longden and they were temporarily down to 10. No breakthrough yet, 0-0 at the half.
Glen Waverley were delighted to go in level at the break, which showed that we needed to provide a spark and display more urgency in the 2nd to get the result. Everything was there for us, we just needed to go and deliver. 5 minutes on the clock, and GC drove to the line and bought a corner off her opponent. With Abriani on the bench and Zaharias at home recovering from a hangover/nursing a chest infection, the Sirens approached the corner without their 2 greatest aerial presences. Who would step up to the plate to notch a header from this one? Nobody, Campbell put the ball straight in the back of the net. BaW$s. The breakthrough had come, and unfortunately for the home side the Sirens didn’t look like taking the foot off the gas.
Just 5 minutes later and a foul was won just on the edge of the 18 yard box, with the visitors maintaining possession and looking clean through on goal – Zancan fuming that advantage was not paid. Nevertheless, Longden stepped up for the set piece. She struck it low and with a fantastic piece of improvisation, Alexya Campbell pulled off a move reminiscent of Old Xavs favourite Gianni Chng’s dancing. She ‘popped a squat’ at the top of the 6 yard box and got a deft touch via the head to double the advantage. 2-0 Sirens.
The floodgates were on the verge of breaking wide open. Some great link up play by Katherine Eddy and Danusia Pietrzak found Campbell bearing down on goal, as she drove at the heart of defence, beat her opponent, then another, and clinically rounded off her hat trick with a classy finish into the bottom left hand corner to give the Sirens a 3-0 lead with 20 left to play. At this rate there was plenty of time for more goals, and an opportunity for the girls to really put a side to bed with real conviction.
Ruby Albrecht proved to be a brick wall in defence after Longden’s shift into midfield, as she bulldozed her way through the 50/50s and prevented the ball from entering Glen Waverley’s attacking half. With 9 minutes left on the clock, the Sirens bench held its breath in anticipation as Longden played through the lively Roxi Bassiray, who was left one on one with the keeper. She took a touch, and slotted past the keeper to send the Old Xavs camp into raptures – Roxi had opened her account and everybody got around her. “Beauty, beauty, beauty. I loved it”.
Minutes later, and the OXSC had yet another. This time, a corner fell to the imposing Georgia Courtney who laid it off to fellow Tigers fanatic Tien Polonidis who hit it first time on the edge of the box, as it crossed the line via the underside of the crossbar – a terrific goal that capped off a tremendous performance from Tien. Another Siren broke their duck for the season, and a new team season record was broken with a 5 goal advantage being chalked up for the first time in 2014.
You could sit back and say it was a ‘5 star performance’, but you would be wrong. Because in the penultimate minute of regulation time, Georgia Courtney who was so influential for the entirety of the game felt it was necessary to make use of her offsetting blue and pink boots and add a 6th with her left foot (boot colour to be confirmed). A 3rd new goalscorer for the season, and another extremely deserved goal for a super display. The tabloids swiftly changed to read ‘Sirens hit Glen Waverley for 6’.
That was that. The referee after a hard day’s work of patrolling the centre circle and not much else, blew his whistle as the Sirens ran out 6-0 victors in an inspired 2nd half display. We would have given Alexya Campbell the match ball for netting her hat trick, but we were the away side and that would be stealing.
In the aftermath of the game, long after many had left, the Glen Waverley locals had seemed to turn against each other (potentially as a result of the final scoreline) as a fight broke out between dogs and their owners. One man tried to get a rival dog off of his by trying to punt it – thankfully he didn’t connect, but it wasn’t the most pleasant way to end the day as tears were shed. But that was none of our own business as we took our 3 points and vacated the grounds peacefully, not kicking any dogs.
OXSC now enter the final week of the season level on points with Seaford, and it will go right down to the wire to determine who will feature in the promotion playoff. Last up are the champions Richmond, who the Sirens will be hungry to tackle in search of keeping the promotion dream alive.

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