Bendigo seniors played Whittlesea Ranges at Epping Stadium, Epping, on Saturday evening. Donte Thomas Bendigo City’s reserves goal keeper kept a clean slate with a nil all draw for the U20 match, whilst the strikers had their chances but failed to entertain the crowd like they did last week at home against Moreland.
After a very competitive first half, the Bendigo City seniors were unlucky to walk in at half time a goal down. After some great pieces of play Bendigo City with a depleted bench ran out of legs to go down 4-0.
The Bendigo City Juniors played the best of FFV’s young talented players at home at Epsom on Sunday. The Bendigo City’s Under 16 showed the benefit of several seasons having played at this level providing very strong competition to the National Training Centre Blue team without their regular coach Grant Lane away for License accreditation going down just 6 – 5, along with a significant player injury, Luke Burns being stretchered from the field.
With many of the Bendigo’s sides rudderless with coach license upgrades in Melbourne this weekend, and the remaining coaches having to step in to coach several teams, the squads still provided good competition for their visitors. The U12’s went down 3-0, the U13’s 7-0, the U14’s striker Jimi Fawcett scored to put them on the sheet but still going down 6-1. The strong U15’s Bendigo side were outclassed by the accomplished opposition going down 3-0. Whilst the U18 with a small bench and imports from other teams managed to score but also went down 7-1.