It was another road trip for the Taipans this week as we travelled to cross town rivals Campbelltown Quake. We only had our 10 Boys Academy, 12 Girls and 11 Boys Development squads in action this week as part of the curtain raisers. In saying that, the younger teams got to play on a bigger court for a change. The teams are showing some promise.
The 12 Boys were coming off the back of two losses and were looking to get back on track. They started the game well with an early goal. They took a grip of the game and scored again inside the opening term to take a comfortable 2-0 lead into the break. Despite missing a plethora of chances in the second half, the boys did put the game to bed adding a third to record a sound 3-0 win which puts them into third position.
The 13 Girls look to be improving each week however despite some good patches in each of their matches, they haven’t been able to maintain that standard for the whole game. They fell behind against a much bigger Quake side early but to the girls’ credit, they fought back to level the scores 2-2 at half time. Quake captilised on several errors to blow the game wide open in the second half and take the game 6-2.
The 14 Boys were coming off their first win of the season last week and they nearly took the lead inside the opening minute but for a fine and perhaps lucky save from the Quake keeper. Quake then peppered the Taipans goal and showed why they are sitting atop the ladder by taking their chances. Up 2-0 at the break, Quake added a couple more to cruise to a 4-0 win.
The 15 girls had drawn their last two matches and were looking to take the three points against second placed Quake. A goal to Taipans inside the first minute set the platform for the girls as they added a second before the break. Quake came at them as they expected them to in the second half and pulled a goal back before the Taipans sealed it with a goal of their own to take the game 3-1 which puts the girls into second spot.
With the 16 Boys next up, Taipans were looking to set up a winning club championship day. The boys took an early lead and looked comfortable however Quake snagged an equaliser This happened again in the first half and despite Taipans’ dominance, Quake took a 3-2 lead at the break. In an exciting and thrilling game that saw several lead changes, the Taipans hit the lead with two unanswered goals but Quake scored late to earn a share of the points. The Taipans Boys will see this as two points dropped particularly considering their dominance of the game.
The 17 girls were expected to win their match against Quake and consolidate their position in the top 4. Despite some good chances and early possession, the Taipans found themselves behind with two sloppy goals gifting Quake a 2-0 lead at the break. The Taipans had Quake pegged back in their half throughout the second period but found it difficult to break down their resolute defence. The girls did grab a goal with virtually the last kick of the game but it was too little too late as they succumb 2-1 to Quake.
The Youth Men took on a powerful Quake side full of experienced campaigners. Quake took an early lead and they were relentless in the first half as the Taipans simply had no answer to their go to players. Quake took firm control of the game 4-0 up at half time. To their credit, Taipans did not lie down and they came out in the second half with more purpose and after pegging the score back to 4-2, it was game on. As minutes ticked by, Taipans went into power play and were caught out twice as they looked to get a result eventually going down 6-2.
The Women’s team have been getting better with each week and they fancied their chances against Quake. It was however the home side that took the lead midway through the first half in an even content however the turning point seemed to come just before half time as Taipans found an equaliser with just seconds remaining. This seemed to spark the girls as they came out in the second half with a greater sense of purpose and when the Taipans hit the lead, it wasn’t exactly unexpected. Taipans added a third to provide a cushion before Taipans’ goalkeeper added a long range fourth intercepting a Quake power play to seal an important 4-1 win and get their points tally ticking.
The men team have been playing well this year despite results not quite working in Taipans’ favour. Taking on third placed Quake at home is about as hard as games get in this league. The Taipans got off to a strong start as they grabbed an early two goal lead. Quake pulled a goal back but Taipans added two more take an incredible 4-1 lead. Quake scored twice inside the last 90 seconds of the first half to peg the Taipans back 4-3 at the break. The Taipans would have been disappointed to see their lead almost vanish but to their credit, the Taipans men kept going at Quake and score three unanswered goals of their own to take a 7-3 lead. With 9 minuted left, Quake deployed their power play and managed to grab three straight goals of their own to peg it back to 7-6 with three minutes remaining and set up a grandstand finish however Taipans were not about to let this one slip as they pounced on a couple of loose balls to nab the last two goals and take what was an incredible game 9-6. It is the first time a men’s team and perhaps any team from Taipans has scored 9 goals in a single game.
Having taken the last two games of the day, Taipans managed to split the round with Quake with their best points haul as the club looks to climb the all important championship ladder.
The Taipans are back home next week against nearest championship rivals Mascot in what shapes as perhaps a season defining round.