Almanac Soccer: Geelong Rangers 0 – 1 Hume United



Hume United’s Hamied Zami (10) breaks away from Trevor Ross of the Geelong Rangers


Myers Reserve, the home of Geelong Rangers Soccer Club and Bell Post Hill Football Club, is a great place to watch soccer and football. The codes are played on neighbouring pitches. Unfortunately, both teams lost this afternoon—Rangers going down by the only goal of the game to Hume United, while the Hillmen lost to Inverleigh— 7.7.49 to 9.12.66. I need to qualify the remark about a great place to watch the games. When there is a howling gale and frequent icy showers as there was today, the stamina of spectators is tested almost as much as that of the players. When you arrive, a courteous fellow asks which code you are attending because the footy club charges for admission, while the soccer club relies on the goodwill of its supporters and their patronage of the club room facilities.


Rangers have an up and down history, but currently under the presidency of Lisa Brooks the club is bursting at the seams with over 440 members and men’s and women’s teams at all levels. The men’s first team is coached by Steven Tillinger, who also oversees the whole program. The senior men are a very young team with several of the sons of club stalwarts having graduated to the top-level including Ben Conn, Carlin McCluskey and keeper Hayden van der Chys. Veteran Ronnie Clayson provides the experience and defensive organisation.


Hume United had a powerful line-up, coached by Runi Yavuz. Drawing heavily on the Australian Turkish community in Broadmeadows, the seniors have started well with a win and a draw in its opening two games. In the 14th minute, Mangor Dhoul was put through on the right and really should have opened the scoring, but he drove his shot just wide of the post. There were some fierce challenges on both sides and one began to wonder whether the referee was letting things go perhaps a little too much. Edwin North was on the end of a good passing movement by Rangers but was just run out as he was about to shoot. The rain came down to add to the players’ difficulties and the first half ended scoreless.


Hume came out for the second half with the wind at their backs and scored within two minutes of the restart. Dhoul, who had threatened several times in the first half, was given too much space in front of goal and finished cleanly this time. Around the hour mark Trevor Ross put over an excellent free kick and Clayson got on the end of it at the far post but could not get the header on target. Rangers constructed an excellent passing movement a minute later, but Edwin North was just closed down before he could get the final shot away cleanly.


The game became even more physical as Rangers raised the tempo in search of an equaliser. Now things boiled over, and Max Waugh of Rangers was sent off after a clash on the edge of the visitors’ penalty area. Rangers kept pressing but were always vulnerable on the counter-attack but the game finished with no further scoring.



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  1. Peter Fuller says

    I can assure you that it was no warmer at Queens Park in Highton, where I stood on the hill on Saturday afternoon also. Happily I was supporting the winners (Torquay), the visitors, against Geelong Amateurs.

  2. Sympathy, Peter. We both must be a little mad.

  3. Half an eyebrow was raised that the Aussie Rules club have the gall to charge for admission. Maybe its my ignorance of how they’re structured and/or if the GDFL is a semi-professional league and need some sort of revenue.

  4. I suspect the latter, Luke. Might check.

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