Rovers suffer first defeat in Great Southern Soccer Association men’s premier league to Polonia

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Polonia’s Connor Bunce gets the ball past Rovers’ James Franklin.
Camera IconPolonia’s Connor Bunce gets the ball past Rovers’ James Franklin. Credit: Laurie Benson

Last season’s men’s champions Polonia handed Rovers their first loss in round nine of the Great Southern Soccer Association premier league season on Saturday.

Rovers had won five matches and drawn two others heading into the clash to sit on equal points with Polonia, but the latter proved too strong winning 2-0 to go three points clear on top of the standings.

Liam Murdock was the difference in the win netting a second-half brace to secure Polonia their sixth win of the season.

Polonia’s Liam Murdock gets his shot away against Rovers.
Camera IconPolonia’s Liam Murdock gets his shot away against Rovers. Credit: Laurie Benson

Two goals from Lewis Bosch guided Phoenix to their third win of the men’s premier league season as they defeated Caledonians 2-1.

Neither side had scored in the first half before Bosch netted a double and Kieran Loveridge found the back of the net for Caledonians.

Rovers’ Davide Scuka gets past Polonia’s John Turner.
Camera IconRovers’ Davide Scuka gets past Polonia’s John Turner. Credit: Laurie Benson

In the women’s premier league competition Polonia moved to the top of the standings after a hard-fought win over Denmark.

Scores were locked together at half-time after Laura Hunt and Abby Carter scored for Polonia and Denmark before Gabby White found the back of in the dying minutes to break the deadlock and secure the 2-1 win for Polonia.

Polonia's Nathan Griffiths takes the ball forward.
Camera IconPolonia's Nathan Griffiths takes the ball forward. Credit: Laurie Benson

Phoenix proved far too strong for Caledonians in the other women’s premier league match, netting two goals in the first half before adding three in the final 45 minutes.

Chelsea Dekker, Lee Plug, Hayley Dekker, Elaine van der Stoep and Bronte Dekker all netted goals in the 5-0 win.

Rovers’ Tasman Heath and Polonia’s Oliver Trichilo contest the ball.
Camera IconRovers’ Tasman Heath and Polonia’s Oliver Trichilo contest the ball. Credit: Laurie Benson

In the men’s reserves competition, a first-half double from Murdock guided Polonia to a 2-0 win over Rovers and Lochie Dunn and Harris Grimes netted goals for Port Albany in their win over Caledonians.

Bayswater were emphatic 8-2 winners over Royals thanks to doubles from Tom Rendell and Dylan Burrow.

Rovers' Tom McKenzie gets the ball past Polonia's Nathan Griffiths.
Camera IconRovers' Tom McKenzie gets the ball past Polonia's Nathan Griffiths. Credit: Laurie Benson

Rovers continued their impressive season with a 3-1 in over Mt Barker in the women’s reserves competition while a hat-trick from Annie Fagan helped Polonia finish 4-2 winners over Great Southern Grammar and Port Albany and Caledonians also notched victories.

In the men’s social competition on Tuesday night, The Old Boys, Cross Keys and Rovers Social all notched victories.

Polonia's Liam Murdock netted his side’s two goals.
Camera IconPolonia's Liam Murdock netted his side’s two goals. Credit: Laurie Benson

Five goals from Mabel Nash guided Polonia to a commanding 11-0 win over Denmark in the women’s social competition while Bayswater finished 5-2 winners over Grammar as Joanne Woods score a hat-trick and Chantelle Gilchrist added two more goals.

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