BITS Sharks storm home in season opener
SOCCER: Despite a spectacular storm which halted play for 30 minutes in the first half, Boyne Island-Tannum Sands Sharks started the season in perfect fashion with a 4-0 win against Central in the Division 1 women's competition.
It was an impressive display on a rain-sodden BITS pitch on which Erica Davis scored twice while Ebony Yasso got the Sharks' opening goal from a penalty.
Ashley Towle was the other goalscorer.
BITS coach Grant Nicholson was pleased with the result despite some new faces.
"A few of the girls are still getting to know each other, but (I) was happy with the first game of the season and, to be honest, I don't know all of the girls' names yet,” Nicholson said.
The BITS life-member, who has coached the men's Division 1 side, previously took charge of a women's team in 2006.
"The women are just as competitive as the men and they just seem to encourage each other,” Nicholson said.
"Everyone is the same and there are no egos.”
Central's mentor Phil Smith said his players tried hard despite difficult conditions.
When play was stopped, BITS were 1-0 ahead and Smith said Central were in the contest.
"It was a good game and both teams had to play in it (rain), but BITS were the better team,” Smith said.
"I'm not too disappointed because we have a lot of new girls in the 16- to 18-year-old age group and a couple of senior players who have returned after a couple years off.”
Central won the Division 2 grand final last season and were promoted to a higher level, which includes Clinton FC and Meteor Rites.
"Mel King is one of those players who has returned after two years off,” Smith said.
He said experienced defender Rebecca Emerson led from the front.
"We'll get there and it's a good learning curve.
"This year, all games will be harder and there will be no easy games.”
Smith said that Meteor Rites, BITS Sharks and Clinton FC will be the teams to beat this season.
The other Division 1 match between Clinton and Meteor Rites was washed out.
In other games, there was a better result where Central Cubs' Division 2 women beat BITS Dolphins 3-0.
All senior games at Clinton Oval were wash-outs yesterday.
The two other women's matches were played yesterday afternoon and those results will be in tomorrow's Observer.