Blackout cuts games short
THERE may have been a lack of light at Granville’s Federation Park but there was no lack of football action 24 hours later.
The annual Football Maryborough pre-season competition failed to get off on the right foot as the women’s games were cut short after a fuse blew on the main power supply, plunging the grounds into darkness on the opening night of the competition.
Sunbury were beating last year’s premiers, Doon Villa, 1-0 when the floodlights went out while Tinana were leading West 2-1.
The scores count for nothing now and all four teams will contest a revised draw this Friday.
While the women couldn’t play ball, the men had no such trouble on Saturday.
The fuse had been fixed and there was no shortage of goals as teams contested games in two divisions.
Fraser Coast Division I defending premiers Sunbury started the competition well with a 2-0 win against Granville after two second-half goals from Anthony Mollee.
In the other opening game of the round, Hervey Bay’s Bayside Strikers beat Maryborough’s Doon Villa 3-1.
Joel Neilson scored for Doon Villa while Jake Sandow, Grant Catianch and Jason Hurling were on target for Bayside Strikers.
Bayside Strikers continued their winning form by beating Doon Villa 2-1 after goals from Sandow and Hurling.
Jared Phersson got on the scoresheet for Sunbury.
In the race to win second division bragging rights, it is Tinana who are leading the way after winning both their games.
Goals from Simon Morgan, Alex Rowe and Hayden Josefski secured a 3-1 win against Granville.
Keith Thorburn replied for Granville.
Phil Latemore and Rowe paved the way for a 2-1 against United Warriors 2-1 in game two.
Shane McClure found the back of the net for United Warriors.
United Warriors had defeated West 3-0 in their first game with goals from Adam Silcs, Cameron Hanrhan and an own goal.
West crushed Granville 8-1 in their opening game following goals from Daryle Ford (two), Sam Hall, Nathan Brake, Lionel Clark, Blake Spoor, Alex Clark and Hans Karner while Andrew Souvlis scored for Granville.
In the first game of the day, Hervey Bay Rangers defeated Granville 3-0 with Gary Foster and Damien Sudlow (two) scoring for Rangers.