Thursday, 14 April 2016

When Doves Fly

The second round of the Zagames State League Division Two South East season saw Doveton host Beaumaris at Waratah Reserve.

Doveton goalkeeper Stuart Webster, who's father Stan played for the club in the early 1980's, surveys the play further up the field. Webster was VPL Goalkeeper of the Year in 2003 (Frankston Pines) and 2012 (Dandenong Thunder). Keeping an eye on proceedings in the background is veteran goalkeeping coach Roy Lawton

The leafy surrounds of Waratah Reserve, with a hill beyond the park at the North Western end.

The Doveton bench, an impressive structure. Also ample and largely empty shelter down the Western side of the ground.

A rectangle of artificial turf means no unsightly bald patch at the entrance to the player's race.

Didier Imbert heads clear in the box.

The Press Box and more populated sheltered viewing area on the Eastern side of the ground.

Also on the Eastern side is the car park, clubrooms and heavy roller.

Another pitch in excellent condition, looking up the ground from South to North as Sean Seavill goes on the attack for Beaumaris.

David Gibson about to put the ball on the spot after Beaumaris were awarded a late first half penalty at 0-2 down.

Gibson beats Webster from the spot to get Beaumaris back into the game.

Doveton emerge for the second half, Roy Lawton catches up with Liam McCormick in the background.

Victorian State League and Victorian Premier League football was played at Waratah Reserve during Doveton's spells in the top flight during the 1980's and 1990's. On the other hand Beaumaris are currently at their highest ever level in competing in State Two South East.

Goals from Phoenix Lawton and Elliott David had Doveton 2-0 up before Beaumaris were awarded a contentious penalty before the break. Lawton's second goal seemed to have secured the win for the home side in the seventieth minute, but there was late drama as Beaumaris pulled a goal back in stoppage time. Holding on to their 3-2 lead saw the Doves keep their 100% winning record early in the new season.

                                                      (Click on images to enlarge)

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