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Jul 14, 2022   |  3:27PM AET

Academy roar past opposition as competitions heat up

Academy roar past opposition as competitions heat up

Mariners’ academy was at full force during their away trip with some impressive performances against Blacktown Spartans and Inter Lions.

Men’s:

Kicking off the weekend with the youth boys, 13’s and 14’s both won their contests against Blacktown 2-1, with 15’s and 16’s victorious 1-0.

The 18’s finished Saturday unfortunately falling 3-1 after being level at the half.

There were no senior men actions over the weekend due to wet weather, and their fixtures against Blacktown has been rescheduled to Tuesday, August 2 at Pluim Park.

Women’s:

Our youth girls truly made their presence known against Inter Lions on Sunday, starting with a tremendous 9-0 victory from the 14’s.

15’s (3-0), and 16’s (4-2) concluded the youth rounds victorious, with all youth girl’s teams currently sitting inside the top three of their competitions.

For the first fixture of our seniors, the 20’s smelt blood and went right after it in a 5-0 victory.

Goals to Abbey Gemert, Starlie Leonard, Isabella Meyer, and Mia Mcfarlane showed Mariners’ danger across the park, while an own goal capped off the remarkable victory to put them into fourth position.

To finish Mariners’ away trip, first grade couldn’t come from behind in the second half, falling to Inter 2-1 in some windy conditions.

Reliable Kaitlin Murphy was on the scoresheet once again

Having a week off due to wet weather to collect themselves after some unfavourable results, Peter Preston’s side were out to reignite their fire as finals time looms.

Lions strode out to a 2-0 lead, and while Kaitlin Murphy pulled one back for the Mariners in the second half, Preston’s girls couldn’t bring it level.

Preston admitted more needs to be done as they push to contest for finals football, having no excuse for their performance.

“The girls played really well, though a couple of mistakes cost us,” said Preston.

“Fair game to Inter Lions but no excuses on the result.”

First grade sits in eighth position, five points shy of their finals football goal.