Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Whitsunday United Football Club teams began their respective seasons over the past two weeks with the majority of teams taking the field last Saturday, which acted as a “proper season kick off for the club.”
First up were the newly minted Division One and Two Men’s sides, with both teams travelling to Dolphin Park to face Magpies and Dolphins, respectively.
The Division Two Men struggled against Dolphins in the first match of the day, going down quickly in the initial 20 minutes, conceding four goals.
Soon they steadied the ship and mounted a counter offensive, rallying and gaining the upper hand while pressing for victory.
But it wasn’t to be so: the Division Two Men lost out 6-4, having hit the post four times in the second half. The side were understandably disappointed not to have come away with either the points shared or better, yet were proud to have fought back from such a large deficit.
The Division One Men managed to grab a well-earned draw against a much younger Mackay Magpies team – despite most of the team comprising of players backing up from the previous Division Two game.
On Saturday, Whitsunday United hit pitches across Mackay with most teams tasting success and showing they were in for title challenges this season.
The Under 13 Premier boys kicked off with that winning feeling, ending their first game with 2-1 against Mackay Wanderers.
They set the tone for the Under 15 Division One boys, who stole away with all three points in a 1-0 last minute win against Wanderers – an absolute thriller.
The Women started off in great form, too. Against City Brothers, the reserves team celebrated a draw a nil all draw, while the Premier girls were more than convincing.
The Women’s side were free scoring – ending their match with a 4-0 win – and considering it was the first time a lot of the ladies played together, both women’s results were truly impressive.
In the Men’s Reserve grade, United were bettered across the park, with the game closing out at 4-1 in Mackay Magpies favour.
To bring an end to the weekend’s fixtures, the Premier Men’s side started off the season with the same opening game result as last year – a draw against a solid Magpies outfit.
Although trailing 3-1, a quickfire double to Harry Hodgen saw the Whitsunday team steal the draw.
The season may have kicked off, but the local club is still able to accommodate players in the Senior age groups and even in U15.
If you have played before and are keen to join in, the club asks you to enquire at 0419 343 345 for more information.
The Whitsunday United Under 13 Premier boys side celebrate a strong showing where they won 2-1 against Mackay Wanderers
The Women’s Premier side grin after their big win, 4-1 against Mackay Magpies
United’s Women Reserves team were happy after a shutout 0-0 draw