Almanac Soccer – Under 13 Girls: Barossa United v Salisbury Inter


May 21
Barossa United v Salisbury Inter
Hoffmann Oval



The mid-morning mizzle which swept in from the south on Sunday morning could not dampen the festival spirit of the Barossa United Football Club’s Sponsors’ Day. The Jumping Castle was alive with young energy, the music was pumping and the hot chips were racing out the door (only to be surpassed by Mark Nacey’s smoked Wagyu brisket and smoked pulled pork burgers later in the day).

Barossa’s Under 13 Girls were hoping to build on their solid start to the season with a good performance against Salisbury Inter.

Barossa started a little slowly and had to defend well to keep Salisbury out. Ari Edwards, Bailey David and Evie Harms were on the spot and Phoebe Koch, in goal for the entire game, made some excellent saves, including two where her desperate lunges knocked the ball onto the upright and away from goal.

Barossa worked hard in the mid-field with Daisy Barlow full of beans and Caitlin Key and Maya Garfield playing their roles. Up forward, Lucy Amos and Grace Zorich were doing their best to link up and Miranda Joseph was making excellent position on the right wing.

Barossa looked the better team when they used their passing game with Ari looking for Evie numerous times and Evie sending the ball up the left to find either Sharni Undo or Lucy. But Salisbury also defended well and the teams went to the break at nil-all.

In the second half, Salisbury started to move the ball quickly with long through-balls and some excellent passing. They also had a number of very skilful players, one especially was a very accomplished dribbler who weaved her way through our defenders. Phoebe continued to keep Salisbury out until they eventually scored to lead 1-0. Ari’s desperate effort to prevent another goal resulted in a penalty and suddenly it was 2-0. And then 3-0.

Barossa fought back. Ari was moved into the mid-field and drifted forward to score to make the final score 3-1.

Salisbury were the better team on the day and deserved their win but Barossa are sure to fight back next week when they take on Campbelltown.


Barossa United 1       Salisbury Inter 3

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Well John, it reads like the match was a closer contest than the 3-1 scoreline.

    It looks like if the Barossa United under 13 girls team isn’t too far from a win: Maybe it will be this week against Campbelltown.

    Good luck to Evie, and her team mates.


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