By Steve Fleming
The Victorian Churches Football Association season is well underway with matches taking place across the Outer Eastern Metro and the Yarra Valley over the past two Saturdays.
On 2 April the Women’s Season was launched at Silcock Reserve in Croydon with Yarra Valley SC taking on Healesville SC.
Healesville was fielding a women’s team for the first time in 5 years, rekindling an old rivalry that provided an entertaining match in the wet, with YVSC taking the honours 5 goals to 4. Unfortunately, YVSC had to forfeit their game against Berwick this weekend.
In encouraging signs for the growth of soccer in the Valley, YVSC is fielding 4 senior men’s teams in 2022.
The Division 1 team has had a cracking start to the season with two wins to date. Most recently against Waverley City 2-1, and beating fancied Berwick United 3-2 in their opening match.
The YVSC Reserves were defeated by Waverley City this weekend but still have some points on the leaderboard with their defeat of Berwick United Reserves 3-2 in the opening round last weekend.
The YVSC ‘Thunderthirds’ have had a similar mixed start to the season, notching up a wonderful 4-1 win against Maroondah United this weekend after falling to Dandenong RRFL – 3 goals to 2, in their previous outing.
While the Yarra Valley 4ths have yet to win a game, suffering a loss to Maroondah United 4-2 most recently and to the Mooroolbark Titans 2-1 the previous week, this newest addition to YVSC is building towards something special in the coming weeks.
In exciting news for the Junior teams, their season kicks off on 23 April with games for U10’s, U13’s and U15’s taking place on the final Saturday of the school holidays. For many of the younger members it will be their first organised sport in nearly 2 years, and they are all looking forward to it.