WARRNAMBOOL Rangers are in party mode after securing two Ballarat District Soccer Association premierships.
The club’s division two and under 15 sides were both victorious in the weekend’s grand finals at Ballarat’s Morshead Park.
The division two side defeated Ballarat Red Devils 2-0 on Saturday while the under 15 side took down Ballarat 3-1 yesterday afternoon.
Warrnambool head coach Nick van Rooy said the division two side lifted its tempo in the second half, after a goalless first term.
Van Rooy said the first half was “close”.
“We had an opportunity to score, but it hit the woodwork and was unlucky not to go in,” he said.
“It was a close half, both sides were trying to settle and get the ball in their control.
“After half-time we started to gel together and were playing better.”
He said the first goal from Phil Burns about 10 minutes into the half came via a loose ball in the box.
“That really lifted the tempo of the game and put some momentum on,” he said.
“The second goal came soon after that, after a passage of play from defence.”
Van Rooy said defender Cameron Pyke took possession of the ball and played a beautiful one-two pass with Eli Slater down the field.
“It was a great passage of play which resulted in Eli securing the second goal,” Van Rooy said.
He said he couldn’t be prouder of the side who “stepped it up” for their final game.
Pyke was named best on ground, with Aidan Fawkes and Sam McCarthy among the Rangers’ best.
“It was a really close game, the guys really stepped it up a notch,” van Rooy said.
“To go down to the Red Devils in the qualifying final and then come back and win in a grand final shows that.”
The Rangers’ under 15 side went into its half-time break 1-0 after a left-foot shot from Charlie Locke 10 metres out made it to the back of the net.
After going one-on-one with the keeper, Luke Bennett won the Rangers a penalty shot, which Michael Mullins took and turned into a goal, delivering the ball to the left-hand corner.
Tom Cowling wrapped up the match with the Rangers’ third goal, slotting the ball in over the goal keeper’s head.
The Rangers’ Isaac Slater was named best on ground.