March 11, 2022 By Jordan Off

Newsletter (06) Term 1

Wow what an interesting week we’ve just had! A truly miserable week for a lot families. Our prayers are with all those affected by the floods. A special thank you to our SES men and women including the defence forces who were out in force to alleviate the pain and commence the tough path to recovery ahead.  

On the training field, players who attended the Monday sessions were drenched with rain. Their dedication and commitment was impressive given the way they adapted to training conditions under the rain. Thankfully the weather later in the week permitted a more traditional training environment.

Fun training continued with the Mini Mongo program with players showing up their new skills with great enthusiasm. We are definitely seeing an up-skill in their ball manipulation, balance and coordination.  Additionally players in the Pre Academy program are showing notable improvements in their game intelligence, understanding, awareness and ball address. 

Looking at the footballing world, The final stages of the Champions League and Europa League set the stage for some amazing high stakes games. On Wednesday we were witness to Bayern’s complete deconstruction of RB Salzburg 7-1, and again able to watch an outstanding comeback from Real Madrid to secure a place in the quarter final.

Stay safe everyone,

TD

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE COMEBACK!

Real Madrid pulled off one of the great Champions League comebacks on Wednesday as Karim Benzema scored a breath-taking hat-trick to upstage Kylian Mbappe and dump Paris Saint-Germain out in the last 16.

Madrid were set to be the latest victims of another Mbappe masterclass at the Santiago Bernabeu after the 23-year-old ran them ragged for the best part of an hour and fired in to put PSG 1-0 up on the night, 2-0 ahead on aggregate.

But Madrid came storming back as Benzema capitalised on a mistake by PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and then scored an incredible double in two minutes, the third coming just eight seconds after PSG had kicked off.

When the full-time whistle confirmed their 3-2 aggregate victory, many of Madrid’s players dropped to their knees and looked up to the sky, as much perhaps in disbelief as joy, after completing one of the most memorable turnarounds in the club’s recent history.

All eyes were on Mbappe, who was the only player to be cheered by Madrid’s fans before the game as they were gifted an up-close preview of the player they hope will be theirs this summer.