Mudgee Wolves are celebrating a historic moment in the club’s history with all five senior teams qualifying for the Bathurst District Football semi-finals.
It’s possibly the first time in the club’s history they have had five senior teams contest the semi-finals.
Four of the senior teams – men’s first and third grades, and women’s first and fourth grades – had secured their finals spot the week before but the men’s second grade had to defeat Macquarie United on Sunday to advance.
Fortunately for Mudgee, they did.
Goals to James Ford and Bradley Golden saw the Wolves seconds take home a 2-0 win but more importantly, confirmed their participation in the semi-finals.
Wolves’ stalwart Jason Payne said the achievement was a fantastic thing for the sport in the region.
“We had five teams this season and to get all five teams in the top four at the end of the season, I think that’s a tremendous thing,” Payne said.
“Considering, it seems every year we are changing personnel and having to rebuild.”
An ecstatic second grade coach Terry Ford could not hide his excitement.
“That was the first time this side had beaten Macquarie in two years,” Ford said.
“I am very pleased, one, to qualify for the semi-finals, two, to beat Macquarie United and three, to knock Macquarie out. They were the defending champions.”
Ford said his team was lucky not to be down 1-0 after Macquarie were on top in the first half.
But things went the home side’s way and they were able to hold on for a 2-0 win.
The men’s first grade also played Macquarie but the match was a little bit more fiery.
Mudgee were down 1-0 early in the first half but goals to Cal Ruming and Helmut Eichner gave the Wolves the lead.
With 10 minutes remaining, Macquarie had a player sent off but it did not matter as they found the equaliser moments later.
Both sides exchanged shots in the dying minutes of the game but the pair had to settle for a 2-all draw.
“The first 20 minutes of the game certainly the boys were a bit off their game, but once we started to play the ball on the deck and knock it around and got that equaliser, things lifted,” Payne said.
“Certainly it was an ugly sort of a game but to get a draw, I’m happy with that.”
Third grade had a resounding 5-2 win over Bathurst 75s in Bathurst.
It was a convincing win for the Wolves thirds as they only had 11 players for the entire match.
Terry Ford said the team was peaking at the right time.
“They are playing really well at the moment,” Ford said.
“They are right in the mix of it. They are getting some of their regulars back and they will cause a few headaches for other teams.”
The Wolfettes did not have a successful Sunday as the men, first grade losing to Bathurst City Colts (1) 12-0 and fourth grade forfeiting to City Red Tops due to lack of players.
Despite the poor results, coach of the two teams Aaron Lee said he was “over the moon” both sides had qualified for the semi-finals.
“With a little bit more player commitment we can win,” Lee said.
“I was impressed with how the [first grade] girls defended, the score line might not indicate it but they busted their backsides all game.
“We played Cowra on Saturday and won 8-3 then lost 12-0. That shows you what the Bathurst sides are like.”
Unfortunately Lee will most likely be without his two star strikers, Adrienne Lee and Jess Salomoni, for the entire semi-finals because of injury.
ON THE BALL: Bathurst City Colts’ Jade Braun (left) and Mudgee’s Nicole Schneider in action on Sunday. Despite losing 12-0, Mudgee qualified for the Bathurst District Football women’s first grade competition. Photo by SANDY SMITH 260812/sswolfettes/1897
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