2019 Match Reports

20th & 21st July 2019

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22nd & 23rd June 2019

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15th & 16th June

All Abilities
The Mitchell Rangers Travelled to Hayes Park, Thornbury. To play against the Northern Falcons in a battle never before seen, The Rangers were eager to get on the pitch, with two new players Dakota and Craig, welcomed to the Rangers family. The Rangers were given clear instructions before the game, pass, pass. pass the ball around and play out from the back. When the Rangers eventually took to the field it was like an explosion. Jarrod was goal keeper for the first half putting his body on the line and making some incredible saves, one of which had to be seen to be believed, airborne outstretched and diving to his left tapping the ball out. Jordan was goal keeper for the second half and demonstrated skills beyond his years also putting his body on line and not even flinching as the ball comes hurtling in, as he casually catches it and kicks it back into play. Frank and Lynette were solid in the back standing their ground and kicking every ball that came there way. Craig was also solid in the back sweeping up all the loose balls, running from right to left passing the ball forward into the midfield where Davis, Damian, and Tayten were in waiting like snakes ready to strike, as they pounced on the ball, putting in some lovely one two combinations confusing the opposition and driving the ball forward for Dakota, Benno and Aaron to bedazzle the back line and shoot at goal. This was one of the best games to watch, both teams equally matched with skill but the Northern Falcons certainly were a much bigger bodied side, this did not affect the Mighty Mitchell Rangers performance nor did it stop them from going in and letting the opposition know they were there. Amazing passages of play, passing the ball around as a team and including everyone into the attack. Goals were being scored from everywhere, a very fast paced game. half time the score was 3 all, and with only seconds to go the score was 5 all, one last push forward and as the whistle blew a goal was scored. Not sure if that goal was allowed and counted, or not.  None the less what a fantastic game, well done team. Thank you to all parents, guardians, families and friends for your cheers of encouragements. Go Rangers.  

Under 15

Mitchell Rangers U15s vs. Mill Park 4-1W

 

In what was a character-defining display at Findon Reserve, the Rangers went in unrelentingly in what shaped as a tantalising top of the table clash. The first half was much like an arm wrestle, with both teams flexing their muscles and threatening to go ahead on several occasions, but some wide shots and cunning saves from both keepers kept both teams in it. For the first time this season, the Rangers failed to find the back of the net within the first 10 minutes, however the pressure continued to mount and finally from a corner kick directed by captain Ryan Sirianni, lead goalscorer Louis Knynenburg found some space on the penalty spot where there shouldn't have been any and powered it past the opposition keeper at the 31 minute mark. Nerves were still high going into half time only 1-0 up but the Rangers had the taste for blood and netted two goals through the agency of Lachlan Partridge and Louis once more 5 minutes after the break. An unlucky fumble from the keeper gave Mill Park an opportunity to get their names on the scoresheet with 15 minutes left on the clock but in typical fashion captain Ryan evaded countless players in the box to seal the win for the Rangers, showing his pride for the badge with his celebration as the final whistle blew only moments afterwards. The Rangers still sit top of the ladder, currently 2 points ahead of Alphington SC who will line up against our team at home next week (KO 11:30am, Sunday 23rd). I personally invite everyone to come and watch what could be potentially the most dramatic game of the season for the next generation of the Mitchell Rangers.

 

GOALS:

Louis Knynenburg 2

Lachlan Partridge 1

Ryan Sirianni 1

Under 10 Girls

The girls travelled to Eltham for a rematch of the first competitive game we played. Much like the first meeting it was a very even contest. Neza and Katie played very well in attack and both got on the scoresheet. Erin did a good job of holding the defence together. Alexis lined up in goals after binging on some Steve Sterling training videos and did her hero proud with some very courageous goalkeeping. Sarah continues to improve after a late start to the season and got involved early. Rachel entered the fray after starting on the bench and also immediately got involved with a few passes and a tackle. Ella, Zoe, Ava and Millie were always looking to pass to a teammate in better position. The highlights of the performance for me was some better positional play than previous weeks and the continued improvement in the teamwork. It’s great to see the girls always looking to get other players involved in the play.

 We finished with a 3-2 win in a very tight contest. The two games so far have proved these teams are very closely matched.

Senior Women

On Sunday, the senior women played Darebin Falcons SC in a 13-goal thriller. Rangers came out of the blocks superbly going 3-0 up within 15 minutes with goals two goals from Vikki McNaughton and one from Tara Pavel. However, the visitors made a spirited comeback to make it 3-3. This didn’t stop the girl’s fighting spirit and they replied with minutes of the scores going level, with Tara Pavel scoring her second.  Darebin managed to grab a fourth goal to bring the scores level, just before the break.  H/T scored - 4-4.

In the second half, Rangers came out strong and scored within minutes of the restart, making the score 5-4. The girls continued to dominate and scored another goal through Vevean Morkos.  The visitors kept coming back and scored two more goals to level up again with only 5 minutes left of the game. However, Rangers’ manage to push forward for one final attack, which was finished by an absolutely screamer from Tara Pavel, this ensured a well-deserved win for Rangers, final score 7-6. Goal scorers - 3 each for Vikki McNaughton and Tara Pavel, 1 for Vevean Morkos

Under 12

Today our Under 12's faced a strong Nillumbik side. We started with a strong showing in the first half keeping a clean sheet and hitting the post in one of many agonisingly close attempts. Unfortunately, we couldn't maintain our intensity for the whole duration of the game and went down 3-1

Under 10 Black

The rangers were playing Mill Park at home this morning. Most of attacking done by the rangers but a breakaway gave the opposition the lead. A defensive mistake gave mill park a 2-0 lead at half time. A renewed energy and teamwork gave the Rangers most of the possession. A tidy finish from Zane, and then a long range shot from Will gave the rangers a deserved draw. Carmelo was excellent in goal, with strong defending by Toby, Laone, Harry. Attacking midfielders Isaac, Will, Zac, Roman, and forwards Chris, Jaiden, Sunny, Zane and Josh played a fantastic team role. Well done again.

Under 10 Green

Sunday’s game was a great show in how far you have all come as a team. With a very wet pitch which slowed the ball down a bit you were playing a great defensive game. You were playing in front and keeping the pressure up the hole game and had the other team worried. With a tired game at half time you can out fighting but it just wasn’t our day, you all played a great game thank you for the help from the black team for extra subs. 

Well done ranges score 3-5

Under 9

The u9s hosted a very strong Oak Park side but held their own in the first half. Some great saves from William and fantastic defending from Beau and Oliver kept Oak Park to 2 heading in to the break with a flowing counter attack from the tireless Connor who found Jackson at the far post with a beautiful cross giving Rangers a goal back and a 2-1 score at the break

 Some nice link ups in the second half from Lucas, Cooper and Tyler, with determined defending from Caleb. Oak Park ran away with it in the end but great effort from the Rangers til the final whistle. 

Under 8

On Sunday the under 8’s faced Epping city with a home ground advantage. The Rangers took their opportunities scoring early on. Going in to half time 2 nil up with two goals to Dylan the under 8’s went out stronger second half. James in goals with some great saves allowing the rangers to make a quick break and scoring a third with Dylan in a hat trick. Nulan and Lexden defending strong keeping the opposition at bay with Cy working hard up front and back. With great work through the middle by Ned, Dane and Spencer and Ethan we battled on and increased our lead. James put in a solid second half after being in goals for the first half. Before full time James secured his hat trick. Isaiah coming close to scoring putting in a huge effort improving every week. Epping city were able to steal 2 goals back but unable to catch the strong 6 goal lead and a strong under 8’s Mitchell Rangers!

Little Rangers

 This morning we combined soccer with swimming. Even with the pitch being wet and the fog still in it didn’t stop the little rangers coming out and having fun. We started off playing follow the leader around the perimeter. Dribbling the ball and getting quicker as we go. Stopping the ball with our foot on top, weaving in and out of cones and then racing to the last red flag. Hayden, Hunter and Isaac kept up with the leader and nailed the cone weaving. We split up into two groups and practiced our goal kicking. Trying to focus on looking up and then kicking the ball on either side of the goalie. Imogen giggled her way and scored with each shot. Fletcher also has strong legs with his precise goals. Luke got some airborne and did a few tricks. After a drink we got all the parents up and lined up for some one on one passing. Not many balls went astray which was impressive. James has improved his passing as well as Archie, able to keep control of the ball. We finished off with a friendly match. We remembered how to reset after a goal. Tristan had his best game yet being like a bull dog putting the pressure on. Noah with his passing and Archie with his snatch. By the end our socks were soaked and our uniforms were muddy. What a great day.

8th & 9th June

Under 12

Playing Banyule City SC at home in Broadford our U12’s put up a mighty effort and showed determination through the whole game. The 1st half ended with the score tied at 1:1. In the 2nd half Banyule scored in the 33rd minute, only to be answered almost immediately with a goal to the Rangers in the 35th minute. The score remained locked at 2:2 until the end of the game, despite many opportunities from both sides. The tied score reflected the standard of play from both teams and we are looking forward to the return fixture later in the year. Well done Rangers as we continue our climb up the ladder.

Rangers goals: Aiden C (Aidos) 1 Saxon 1

Little Rangers

It was a freezing start to the morning but it didn’t stop the little rangers coming out and having fun. We started off with warming ourselves up. Dribbling the ball around the perimeter of the pitch. James and Imogen are getting quicker and quicker and able to keep their heads up.

We played a game of ‘piggy in the middle’. Strengthening our defending and passing skills. Issac and Hunter where a natural at this game. We practiced our goal kicking and moved the goals further away at each try. We broke our record at 14 meters! Tristan was a bulldog with getting his ball into the goals no matter what. Fletcher has a hard boot and can tell he has been practicing. At the end we played a friendly match, putting their skills into play. We even learnt about how we start a game and who does the kick off after each goal. Hayden was doing some great goaling saving a few balls. Luke improved his defending and kicked the ball towards the right end. Noah dominated the ball this time, being able to dribble at a distance. By the end of our game the sun was out and we were defiantly warmed up. Thanks to all that continue to show up each week and for those who help to pack up at the end of the session. Much appreciated.


Under 10 Green

What another great game today, with a cold and early start it took awhile to wake up but with Romans first great goal the team start working well together. There were a few missed shots but you all keep the pressure up to score two more goal by Nathan and Zane well done team keep the great work coming 

Score 3-1 win

Under 10 Black

The Rangers black traveled to Bundoora this morning. A game played in great spirits by both teams, with the Rangers on the early attack, but with no avail. A breakaway goal and free kick goal gave Bundoora a 2-0 lead at halftime. This didn’t hold the Rangers back, who led constant attacks. Goals from Josh, Zac and Jake gave the Rangers black a great 3-2 win. Toby and Carmelo shared the goalkeeping, with Laone, Harry Isaac, and will controlling a strong defense. Isaac and Zac played very well in midfield, and Sunny and Josh up front. Fantastic effort to turn the game around.


Under 9

U9s fought hard against Roxburgh Park with some great defending from Beau & Oliver. Cooper pulled off some great saves in goal and some good passing in attack from Connor and Jackson. The team kept at it until the final whistle but Roxburgh were too strong. 

Under 8

Under 8’s played a cracker game away against Fawkner. Great effort and battling until the end. A very close game at 3-3 until a final breakaway from Fawkner gave them a 4-3 win. Two goals from Dylan Vidos and one from James Pegler, but huge team effort. Well done

Under 10 Girls

After a week off with the bye The Girls U10s faced their toughest opponents yet. Watsonia Heights played very well for the 5-1 win. The first 10 minutes was very even and Mitchell may have even had the better of it. Watsonia scored against the run of play and then controlled most of the rest of the half to go in with a narrow lead. Mitchell were back on top at the start of the second half but unfortunately couldn’t make the breakthrough. Watsonia scored 2 quick goals but then Mitchell piled on the pressure again resulting in a well taken goal by Erin. Watsonia finished with two more goals from long range in the last few minutes. Despite the score line the girls played well. Players are continuing to improve their control under pressure and are looking to pass to teammates in better position. Also lovely to see that despite being down their heads didn’t drop and only encouragement of their teammates could be heard from the sidelines. The team also welcomed Sarah for her first game, she managed a few good touches during the game and I look forward to her efforts for the rest of the season

Under 11

The Under 11 team played away to Fawkner captained by Hetty who lead from the front providing a number of runs up the wings which inspired the team to a 6-2 win.  Xavier scored another hattrick while Brian 2 and Jake 1 we're once again the other goal scorers. 

 Under 15

4-1 win against Nillumbik SC.

A dominant passing performance saw 4 tap-in goals for the Rangers within the first 17 minutes. There was no shortage of chances with a number of shots deflected off the bar, keeper or put just wide. Nillumbik scored against the flow of the game and did well to shut the Rangers out in the second half by putting players behind the ball. With 4 wins on the trot, the Rangers will take a lot of confidence into next week’s top of the table clash away to Mill Park SC where we will defend our #1 spot.

GOALS -

Louis Knynenburg 2

Jovi Amodio 2

Senior Women

On Sunday, the senior women played Diamond Valley SC, Rangers made a good start with a strong defensive performance. However, Rangers did have their chances to go in front. But, it was the home side who broke the deadline and scored midway through the first half. Rangers managed to keep the score to 1-0 at half time. With some great defending by Kirsten Audehm, Charlette Edmonds and Tajhana Gibbons.  In the second half, Rangers made another good start but couldn’t capitalise on their possession and chances they created. The home side finished strong and scored two late goals, making the final score 3-0 to Diamond Valley SC. The result doesn’t compare to how close the match really was and the girls deserve something out of the game.

All Abilities

No game this week

1st & 2nd June

Senior Men
No games this week

Senior Women
On Sunday, the senior women played Oak Park SC, Rangers made a good start and were the better team creating plenty of chances but were unable to convert. Unfortunately, Rangers were caught on the break and Oak Park took the lead against the run of play. The girls kept producing chance after chance but couldn’t score the equaliser. In the second half Rangers came out strong and had plenty of chances to reduce the deficit but failed to score. Whilst Rangers pushed for a goal, Oak Park scored their second after a terrible defensive error. The home side finally killed off our late charge to get a result, after a dodgy penalty was awarded. Very disappointing result for Rangers and the game was a lot closer affair than the final score of 3-0 to Oak Park.

All Abilities

The Mitchell Rangers traveled to Ashburton on Saturday morning to play against Collingwood City Eagles. The Rangers were given clear instructions before the game, pass the ball around and play out from the back, these instructions are often given, but today it all fell into place. Damian was captain for the game and used his loud voice directing the play. Ben was goal keeper for the entire game and did an amazing job stopping plenty of direct shots on goal and some direct shots at him, while keeping a clean sheet. Damian and Aaron were super strong in the back playing out through the midfield to Jarrod, Jordan and Davis who were always under pressure however keeping their heads and calming things down made it possible for them to make space and pass the ball through to our attacking forward line comprising of Tayten and Brenno who were relentless in their efforts to get the ball across the goal line, unfortunately tapping the ball into the goal with your hand does not count. It was a magnificent game to watch as both teams played beautifully displaying an extravagant spirit with unrivaled passion. True champions. The end result does not reflect the toughness of the game. Thank you to all the families and supporters on the sideline for your cheers of encouragement, a super big thank you to the grandmas who came out to watch.

 Mitchell Rangers - 5 def Collingwood City Eagles - 0

Under 15's

No Game this week

Under 12's

Today our under 12's took on the table topping Diamond Valley. We went into the game knowing we'd need to be at our best.  Despite their best efforts the boys suffered a tough loss with the score line not reflecting the game. However, a lot of confidence will be taken from today's game with the feeling that we can really go places this season. 

Under 10 Black

 Good competitive game today against a well organised Essendon team. After a slow start, and being 1-0 down, the Rangers kept pushing forward which was rewarded with a penalty. Josh shot to top corner to equalise. The second half was evenly matched, and with constant pressure but unable to score, Essendon had two breakaways and scored to win 3-1. Good performances from Carmelo, Laone, Harry, Will, and Toby in defence, and both Isaac’s, Zac, in midfield, and Josh, Jaiden and Sunny up front.

Under 10 Green

Great game today boys with a win 4-3 once again you were looking out for each other and you passing was a huge improvement week by week I see improvements and that’s all we can ever ask for a big thank you to Luke and the boys it was much appreciated also thank you to Fergus for being our great ref once again you tried your hardest and are really working as a team I’m super excited we had been beaten heavily over the last few years by Bundoora and to come out on top was wonderful thanks to the parents today for helping and your ongoing support 😁😁


Under 10 Girls

No Game this week

Under 9's

With the opposition a no-show, it did not deter the enthusiastic Under 9’s to play a friendly among themselves. Competitive game with parents also contributing. Good fun and played with great spirit.


Under 8's

No Game this week


Little Rangers

The Little Rangers were focusing on dribbling and shooting this week. Helped by Matt and Harry, Tracy is developing their skills ready for the next step in playing for the future.


25th & 26th May

Under 10 Girls

Lovely to play our first home game of the year on a nice sunny, if a little chilly morning. Up until a few minutes before kickoff we were looking at starting with 8. Darebin were very nice to offer to also start with that number. Ella arrived in the nick of time and ran into midfield. I don’t think she stopped running the whole first Half either. We had the best of the first 15 minutes and Neza managed a few long range shots. Their Goalkeeper was doing well and made a few saves but the dam wall finally broke and we scored 3 quick goals. Neza found the corner of the goal from long range, Ella found the roof of the net and Erin following the play in got a tap in at the back post. 

 

It was a more even contest in the second half Alexis tackled well in midfield. Molly, Rachel, Milly and Katy exchanged passes well in attack. Ella, Neza & Erin showed composure in defence passing the ball out well. Ava didn’t have any saves to make in goal but was probably happy for the breather after a very energetic first half. We didn’t score any goals for the half but had a few very near misses.

 

The team has improved each week, with some better passing and being able to finish our good work off with goals the major improvements this week.

Under 15's

Coming off the back of reaching the top of the ladder in their league, the U15 Rangers got off to an early start with Liam Gatt flicking the ball over his shoulder from directly from a corner. Mere minutes later, captain Ryan Sirianni lined up for a free kick from considerable range and put it past the keeper, showing that he has found his range from there after slotting similar goals from set pieces at that range this season. In classic Louis fashion, we followed the Rangers’ momentum and fired past the keeper as well, showing that the small team from Broadford was more than at home at the top of the table.

The second half saw a invigorated Northern Falcons retake the pitch and the momentum of the Rangers first half was quickly halted.  Showing themselves to be the side that won the division last year, the visiting Falcons responded with a goal of their own that rattled the home team’s defensive line.  Both sides then played out the match with some fantastic football but after many close chances, no one could beat either keeper again come the final whistle. Rangers walk from this one comfortable 3-1 winners and have plenty to celebrate into the bye before some influential fixtures in the coming weeks

 

GOALS –

Liam Gatt 1

Ryan Sirianni 1

Louis Knynenburg 1


Under 11's

Great contest Brodie Hudson Xavier and Ben scored first half goals while Phil issac  Rhino and Angus held firm down back until 2 late first half goals were conceded giving us a 4-2 lead at the break. Fawkner came out in the second half and scored and took it up to the undefeated rangers but a steadying goal from Hudson and midfield brilliance from Brian put the game out of reach for Fawkner with a 6-3 win. Best players were Phil Issac Rhino Hudson and Nathan

Little Rangers

The little rangers are coming along building their skills while constantly picking up new ones. Zig zag passing, pin bowling, goal scoring, follow the leader and plenty more fun. We have a couple of new players start this week who have been bitten by the soccer bug. This makes about 12 players, which is great to see. A friendly match at the end which gets the parents out cheering, supporting and having a few laughs. I Can already see some future Mitchell Ranger stars in the making. 


Under 12's

We played Craigieburn City FC Red on Sunday and came away with our first win for the season, and a very convincing win with the final score at 6:1. The whole team contributed 100% every minute of the game and should all be congratulated for their efforts. Goal scorers were Aidan S (3), Kash (2) & Saxon (1). We are now off the bottom of the ladder and the confidence boost should push us to more wins in the coming weeks.


Senior Women

Senior Women beat RMIT 3-1 today, great effort by the team to achieve this result. Well done ladies.

18th & 19th May

Under 15

Mitchell Rangers SC (8) defeated FC Birrarung (5)

It was a perfect day to play at Princes Park as the Rangers brought fresh confidence from a stirring comeback the week before and the form spilled into this week with Louis Knynenburg following up his 8 minute hat-trick at the end of his last game with a 16 minute hat-trick at the beginning of this one. FC Birrarung, a team not to be underestimated, hit back with two quick goals but it was again Louis tucking away two more chances with ease to half-time as he solidified himself as one of the crucial leaders of the team. Captain Ryan Sirianni was silk as ever, beating the defence and the goalkeeper for a walk-in chance. The goalkeeper, hands on head, walking back into position sprung back into action as Ryan spoiled his chance off the post before he showed a cool head and slotted it home, between the defender and the goalkeeper’s legs, giving us a 6-2 advantage at the break. The game looked all but over as Louis put away his 6th chance of the game but a spirited Birrarung outfit fought to the last whistle and wrestled back the momentum. Finding two goals in an arm-wrestle type contest, Birrarung had their eyes set on the comeback but the hero of the day in Louis scored once again to give us our 8th goal and any chance of a Birrarung comeback died with it. The opposition scored once more but it proved to be no more than consolation as the Rangers ran out 8-5 winners in Carlton. As if the contest in the league hadn’t been juicy enough already, league leaders Mill Park SC had their first taste of defeat against Alphington FC, giving the mighty Mitchell Rangers the number 1 spot! There’s plenty of games left to play but a sign of things to come for the Rangers, no doubt. Bring it home Rangers!

GOALS –

Louis Knynenburg 7

Ryan Sirianni 1

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Under 12
On a beautiful sunny day we fought the roadworks and traffic to play Yarra Jets at their Home ground in Fairfield. After a strong start, with a goal each to Kash and Jack, we were trailing 2:4 at the break.Unfortunately we had no answer to Yarra Jets' 4 goals in the 2nd half, leaving at full-time with a 2:8 loss. 

Under 10 girls (By Vicki)

What another enjoyable game to watch girls! You all played well Everyone is improving every week Lots passing and supporting each other Racheal you did great in goals We had some brilliant play and some unlucky shoots at 🥅Katie had good run putting one into back of net! Thanks Heddie (sorry for spelling) for helping us out Look forward to a home match next week



Under 10 green (By Lauran)

Today was an amazing day and a great game to watch, you boys did so well today you played like a real team with great passing, calling for the ball and looking for an opening. You all did a great job and made us all very proud of you and how well you are working together, we do have to say a big thank to Jacob, Angus, Rhine and Hudson for there help today it was great to have subs for a change. 
Well done team score 1-8 win


Senior Women

On Sunday, Mitchell Rangers Women played Whittlesea SC, Rangers made a great start with Vikki McNaughton putting them 1-0 up within the first 10 minutes. Rangers continued to dominate the game and took a two-goal lead with a goal from Sarah Warren. The girls were creating plenty of chances but were unable to convert them. The girl’s determination eventually paid off, taking them to a well-deserved 3-0 lead with a delightful goal from Carley Edmonds. Rangers continued to control the game and scored another two goal through Charlotte Edmonds and Brianna Baschin. Whittlesea SC scored after some indecisive defending. However, the girl’s replied straight away with another goal from Vikki McNaughton before the break to make the score 6-1 at half time.

In the second half, the girls continued their dominance but couldn’t increase the score line. After numerous of missed chances, the home side scored another goal through a mistake from the Rangers’ keeper. Despite the setback, Rangers hit back straight away with a great strike from Kirsten Audeam. Overall, a very good performance by the whole team, with the final score Rangers winning 7-2. 


Under 10 black (By David)

Another positive performance. With changes in players positions, it was great to see the versatility of the boys. Everyone called to want the ball, looked to pass to each other and supported each other. Great to see. First time scorers, Isaac, Laone, and Harry, and Toby, were backed up by Josh with 3. Great performances by Carmelo who came out of goal, Will, Isaac BS, Jaiden, Zac, and the goal scorers to run out 7-1 winners. Thanks to Chris, who despite a broken arm, came to support the team.

11th & 12th May

Under 15

Mitchell Rangers SC vs. Diamond Valley United SC 6-4W


With a viewing audience filled with mothers thrilled with the fact that had to get up early on Mother’s Day to watch the soccer in the mud and the cold, the under 15s kicked off in style with 2 goals in the first 14 minutes. Through the agency of the Partridge brothers, Lachie tucked away the first chance which was a well-worked opportunity followed by a worldie from younger brother Stuart directly from a throw-in. Given some space, Stu decided to test his luck and lob the keeper from considerable range. The bench on the Mitchell Rangers side went crazy as the opposition goalkeeper scrambled to recover the ball before it crossed the line but the referee was satisfied with the effort and awarded the goal. Credit to Diamond Valley, their players didn’t let the early deficit deter them any and after scoring 10 minutes after our 2nd goal they had the momentum and took control of the game before half-time, leaving us even at 2-2 after 35 minutes. Odds started to mount against the Rangers after the opposition netted in the first 60 seconds of the second half, followed by another goal to assert their dominance on the match. With less than 10 minutes left in the game and held 2 goals behind the opponents the supporters had been silenced to nothing more than a quiet murmur. Enter Louis Knynenburg. Bursting into space on the right wing from a difficult angle, Louis fired from outside the box as it sailed convincingly past the keeper. Given a taste for blood, Louis launched himself at the ball once again, winning the ball, accelerating into the box and firing another shot past the keeper directly from the opposition’s kick-off. With the game there to be won for either team, now with less than 5 minutes left, Captain Ryan crossed a beautifully placed ball into the box from a corner, so perfect in fact that one of the smallest players on the field in Stuart was able to unleash a pearling header to put us ahead once again and put the sidelines into hysterics. Given confidence from his last effort, the Rangers won the ball once again won the ball almost directly from kick off and weaving past a couple of defenders, Louis completed his 8 minute hat-trick. In a comeback reminiscent of Liverpool in Istanbul, celebrations were well and truly on after the final whistle. The coach admittedly struggled to address the team after the game after losing his voice in those final minutes. Credit to the players for pulling off what will undoubtedly be the comeback of the season and making it 3 wins in 4 games. A big thank you to everyone that made the effort to come out and support the team and a special thank you to all the mothers that donated their time on their special day. The atmosphere from the sidelines made the day extra special for everyone involved.


GOALS – 

Louis Knynenburg 3

Stuart Partridge 2

Lachlan Partridge 1

Senior Women

On Sunday, Mitchell Rangers Women played La Trobe Uni SC, Rangers made a good start and should have taken the lead 10 minutes into the game with a couple of clear chances. Unfortunately, La Trobe Uni made Rangers pay with 2 goals scored in quick succession, after a couple of major defensive errors. The visitors scored another one just before the break.  In the second half Rangers improved with majority of the possession but didn’t really create any chances. Rangers pushed for a goal, but the visitors grab a fourth goal on the break. Rangers got their reward and scored through some great play by Louisa Jones and Brianna Baschin, with Vikki McNaughton finishing delightfully by lobbing the keeper. La Trobe got two late goals, to blow the score out to 6-1. Disappointing result for Rangers but encouraging signs for the rest of the season.


Under 11

Unfortunately our opposition, Hume United, were a no-show on Sunday. However, we took the chance to have a practice match against our own Under 12's who had just finished their scheduled game.


Under 10 Black

What a great game against our own Under 10 Green team. Very competitive and close. After a slow start, we managed to get our passing going, which led to a breakaway from Josh who squeezed one in from a narrow angle to give a 1-0 lead at halftime. With end to end action, josh and Zac combined for Zac to finish off for a second goal. With more pressure on, Josh picked up the ball outside the box and drilled home for a third. Good pressure from the greens led to a goal, and we held on to win 3-1. Exciting game, with fantastic performances from Sunny, Laone, Harry, Isaac, Zac, Josh, Chris, Toby, and ever running Will. Hope the Mother’s continue to be spoilt for the rest of the day.


Under 12

Playing Bundoora United at Home saw a magnificent game, with both sides showing sportsmanship, skill and a total enjoyment of the game. Bundoora started the game with 2 quick goals, but our boys didn’t despair and Kash found the back of the net in the 17th minute to leave for half time with the score at 1:2 in favour of the visitors. The 2nd half started with a goal from Aiden (or Aidos as he’s now known) within the first 2 minutes, followed by another Bundoora goal in the 10th minute. Bundoora scored again in the 15th minute to make the score 2:4 against us. Then Dylan found the back of the net in the 18th minute to keep our chances alive. Alas, we were unable to find the back of the net again and the end of the match saw us 3:4 down. We had many chances to score the equaliser (none more so than Patrick’s defensive kick from the half line that missed the top left corner of the goal by mere centimetres) but Bundoora’s strong defense kept all our attempts out of the net. A fantastic game by all players on both teams and we are looking forward to the return match later in the year.

4th & 5th May

All Abilities Gala Day - Joeys 

The Mitchell Rangers traveled to Thornbury on Saturday morning to participate in Football Victoria All Abilities Gala Day, playing 3 friendly games.

Game one against Northcote City DSR, Game two against Barnies All Abilities, and game three against Ringwood City SC. The Rangers were 2 players down, undeterred and full of determination they played on, The Mighty Mitchell Rangers were able to dominate without extra players, Ashton, Alex, Ethan and Jordan all took turns at being goal keeper and they all did an amazing job putting their bodies on the line and Superbly clearing the ball out of the back line. When in the forward half of the ground, Ashton and Jordan overwhelmed the opposition with their skills, fancy foot work and speed. Alex and Ethan dominated in the back half chasing up every ball clearing it forward, and putting in some amazing tackles and forcing a turn over. In the first game, Ashton kicked 2 goals, Alex and Jordan kicked one each, in the second game Ashton kicked 4 goals and in the third game Ashton kicked 3, Jordan kicked 2 and Ethan kicked 1. Everyone played exceptionally well and had a great time. Fantastic Games.  Thank you to the Mums, Dads and supporters on the sideline for your cheers of encouragement. Go Rangers! 

  

All Abilities Gala Day - Wallaroos 

The Mitchell Rangers traveled to Thornbury on Saturday morning to participate in Football Victoria All Abilities Gala Day, playing 3 friendly games, against Northern Falcons, Doveton SSS2 and Doveton SSS1.

Ben was goal keeper for most of the games while Tayten filled in for a couple of halves’, in every game the Rangers kept pushing forward and creating opportunities, Tayten, Jarrod and Brenno were unstoppable up forward and dazzled the opposition with their footwork, Damian and Davis displayed their amazing skills in the middle, chasing down every ball.

Frank and Lynette playing their first game of soccer ever were a little lost in the back line to start with but once the games got going, so did they applying pressure on the opposition and going in for some hard tackles. Tayten kicked 2 goals in the first game as the Rangers went down 4 - 2. In the second game Tayten kicked 5 goals and Ben kicked 1, the Rangers got up 6 - 1, the third game saw the Rangers goal less going down 8 nil. Great games, Go Rangers!


MiniRoos and Juniors

All MiniRoos and Junior teams had the weekend off.

27th & 28th April

Under 12

The trip down to Craigieburn saw a mixed day, both with the game and the weather. Light rain on and off gave us a taste of the winter to come but again our team showed great spirit and composure, giving us a display of the full potential we have. Our defense was tight, holding Craigieburn City Blue to 5, while up forward we had plenty of opportunities but only Kash Laws was able to find the back of the net, again just after half time. Our team is certainly coming along, learning to work together, talk among each other, and keeping spirits high.

13th & 14th April

Under 12
We were at Home against the Eltham Redbacks. Again we performed well as a team, showing excellent ball skilss and defensive play, holding the Redbacks to only 4 goals. Up forward Kash Laws put one away just after half time to get us on the board. 

6th & 7th April

Under 8

Mitchell Rangers defeated by Upfield 5-2

Goal scorer: James (2)

The U8’s travelled to Gibb reserve on the 7/4/19 It was a great game for both the rangers and upfield. Everyone put in their best efforts some great defense by Dylan and Milly with both of them stopping some powerful attacking plays. Up forward we had James and Lilly they played beautifully using names and cracking through the oppositions defense controlling the midfield we had Nulan and Isaiah they wouldn’t stop running always chasing the ball and never taking an eye off it. In the first half Cy was playing in goal he made some great saves, in the second half Lilly was in goals and she made some astonishing saves. All in all, it was a great game and everyone put in.

Under 10 Black

Fantastic effort from start to finish. Under pressure from the start, the rangers were 2 down at half time. Second half the team came out fighting. The ball came out to Sunny who powered home a strong shot which left the keeper with no chance. Despite being under constant pressure, the falcons broke away for a goal. Keeping the pressure on, josh broke free and finished well on a one on one with their keeper. At 3-2, we had two clear chances, but couldn’t finish off. The falcons broke away again and scored to win 4-2. A gallant effort, with no subs, by the boys. Carmelo, Toby, Harry and Laone, were solid in defence, with josh, Isaac and Zach running the midfield. Chris and Sunny chased well up front.

Under 10 Green

Well what a great start to the season we play a wonderful game with great defence with the first goal of the season going to Rhys.

The team play really well together with lots of communication between themselves and support for each other. We are very proud of our team and if this is what the start of the season is like can’t wait for the rest.

Well done final score 2-2

Go Rangers

Under 11

The Rangers piled on the pressure early against greenvale with goals from Brodie, Hudson and Brian to lead 3-1 at the break. With windy conditions our passing game was exceptional taking the ball into attack especially on the counter and after numerous attempts we were unable to capitalise on our chances leading to a 3-3 draw. It was a great challenge for us and we’ll be ready for them next time

Under 12

We approached our first game as a new team with great energy and enthusiasm, but with only 7 players against Darebin United's full compliment we were soundly beaten 12:3. Although, the score doesn't reflect how well we played. It is safe to say that if we had of had a full team we certainly would have taken it to them all the way. Goals for MRSC were scored by Alex Ryan, Dylan Wilkins and Saxon Mitchell. Well done Rangers for never giving up in the face of unbeatable odds.

Under 15

Mitchell Rangers SC vs. FC Birrarung 5-3W

 

At 11am this morning, the under 15s team officially kicked off their season at home against FC Birrarung. A clear opportunity to take an early 1-0 lead was denied by a handball call but the Rangers were quick to challenge the keeper once more with Ryan Sirianni putting us ahead in the first 10 minutes. FC Birrarung replied with a goal of their own before the Rangers built momentum and kicked away to a 2 goal lead in the span of 2 minutes. As legs grew wary, Birrarung were able to draw level before halftime but it was the re-invigorated Rangers that put the game to bed, adding another 2 goals to their tally after half-time. The new captain, Ryan Sirianni, took best on ground honors, completing an impressive hat-trick which included a very well struck free kick. A massive thanks to FC Birrarung for travelling to play today, as well as all the volunteers and supporters that made today possible. The perfect way to get season 2019 underway!

 

GOALS –

Ryan Sirianni 3

Liam Gatt 1

Lachlan Partridge 1


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