Round 1 success
A successful start to the season for the Bears today securing first-round points in both men's divisions. Kicking off at 11 it was a hard start for the Grizzlies, as they settled into their first match of the season. With a number of new players and a lack of preseason game time, it took the majority of the first half for them to settle in. Unfortunately, the slow start cost them headed into the halftime break down 2nil. The start to the second half saw a vast improvement and it wasn't long before Kael Conte and Jayden Preston put together a series of quick passes down the left wing for an opportunity in front of goal. A USQ defensive deflection fell perfectly for Preston, scoring the Grizzlies' first goal of the season. Later in the half, Cameron Cardillo was brought down and a free kick awarded. The resulting kick dropped beautifully inside the 18-yard box for Federico Weinmann to finesse into the goal securing a 2-2 draw.
At 1 pm the Championship game got underway and the Bears had a much more dynamic start, gaining possession and controlling much of the play. Nick Guymer and Chris Cobb had a couple of missed attempts, but it wasn't until Brad Thompson made an unassisted press that the Bears finally got on the board. Hunting across the field as USQ attempted to clear the ball from their backline, Thompson was able to win the challenge and outmaneuvering his defenders to then place a precision chip over the keeper and into the goal. The second half again saw Chinchilla dominating possession, but unable to finish. A number of shots ricocheted off the paintwork or were off target and as fatigue set in were being intercepted. USQ put up a final fight as the clock ticked down but the defensive line and goalkeeper Coby Calleja held strong. The 1 nil win is an excellent start to the Champion team's campaign and the level of play was highly entertaining to watch.
Although just a friendly, the Honeybears also played USQ, with their game last night. The Honeys put together a much more cohesive front than during their previous game against the club and were able to keep the score nil-all at halftime. During the second half, a defensive error lead to them conceding the first goal and this was follow-up up not long after
by USQs number 77 who nailed a cracking right foot goal from the top of the 18-yard box. In the dying minutes of the game Chinchilla keeper, Georgia Sloss made a fantastic diving save to keep the score at 2 as the whistle blew.