League champs start with a win

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Caledonians' Liam Nyhan gets away from Phoenix's Leroy van den Dool.
Camera IconCaledonians' Liam Nyhan gets away from Phoenix's Leroy van den Dool. Credit: Laurie Benson

Reigning league champs Caledonians kept their remarkable undefeated streak from last season intact with a 1-0 win over Phoenix in the opening round of the Great Southern Soccer Association Men’s Premier League.

Caledonians completed the coveted league and cup double last season, finishing the season without a loss.

The titleholders kicked off their season in a tight contest with Phoenix on Saturday night, with a Jeremy Everett goal proving the difference between the two sides.

Caledonians' Jeremy Everett takes on Phoenix's Leroy van den Dool.
Camera IconCaledonians' Jeremy Everett takes on Phoenix's Leroy van den Dool. Credit: Albany Advertiser

In other matches, Bayswater posted an impressive 2-1 win over Albany Rovers on Saturday, with Polonia having a bye.

It was a high-scoring opening round in the women’s league-A, with 22 goals scored across three games.

Reigning league and cup title-holder Denmark had a dominant 5-1 win over Port Albany on Friday night.

Ebony Thompson and Zara Whooley bagged a double each, while Layla Wright netted one.

Caledonians booted a round-high seven goals to account for Mt Barker United 7-3, with Chani Rigby scoring a hat-trick.

Caledonians' Jeremy Everett and Phoenix's Kelvin Plug contest the ball.
Camera IconCaledonians' Jeremy Everett and Phoenix's Kelvin Plug contest the ball. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Stephanie Grant bagged two goals while Kayla Stoney and Isobel Jones each scored a goal.

Phoenix and Polonia drew 3-3 with Laura Hunt, netting a hat-trick for Polonia.

In the men’s reserves, Bayswater had a thumping 8-1 win over Rovers, while Caledonians posted a 5-3 win over Royals in a high-scoring affair on Saturday afternoon.

Polonia Eagles had a bye.

In the women’s league-B, there were some one-sided results, with Polonia Red thumping Caledonians 16-0, Port Albany defeating Rovers 12-1 and Grammar Blue beating Bayswater 3-1.

Polonia White beat Royals 3-0, Grammar Red beat Denmark Black 3-0 and Phoenix B accounted for Denmark White 2-0.

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