Rangers hit form for big clash

WARRNAMBOOL Rangers have found goal-kicking form in time for their Ballarat and District Soccer Association top-of-the-table clash.

Warrnambool Rangers’ Isobel Stewart in action scoring a goal against Sebastopol Vikings in their match at Jones Oval on Sunday. Pictures: AARON SAWALL

Warrnambool Rangers’ Isobel Stewart in action scoring a goal against Sebastopol Vikings in their match at Jones Oval on Sunday. Pictures: AARON SAWALL

The Rangers will play Ballarat Devils this weekend, fresh from a 8-1 thumping of Vic Park at Jones Oval on Sunday.

Striker Ahmed Ebeid slotted two goals in his return to the division one side.

Warrnambool coach Nick van Rooy said Ebeid boosted the Rangers’ front half. “It was his first game back in years and he’s come on with two goals,”  van Rooy said.

“He’s played footy the last couple of years but he was involved in the club playing masters and wanted to get back in the sport.

“He hasn’t lost his edge, that’s for sure. He fits our forward line perfectly.

“We have been looking for a new strike pair and between Matt (van Rooy) and him on the weekend, it worked quite well.”

Van Rooy said it was a comprehensive win. “I am very happy with the result. We played well as a team.

“I think we did what we have been working on all season yesterday. We played well all over the park, managed to knock it around and capitalise on our opportunities.

“We won 3-1 against them earlier in the year. They nearly beat the top side Ballarat last week so they just had a bad game yesterday.”

The win followed the Rangers’ division two 4-1 triumph over Vic Park.

Warrnambool women’s captain Raya Rantall said the Rangers’ 9-1 win against Sebastopol Blue lifted the developing team’s morale.

Izzy Wilkinson kicked five goals in the convincing result.

“Even though we did play a good game, they only had nine players instead of 11 on the pitch,” Rantall said.

“We definitely needed a win because we had only had one all year — it keeps our spirits up.”

The Rangers added a host of new faces to their list in the off-season, many of whom had never played the sport.

Rantall said it was an exciting time for the team and finals — while not a specific goal of the team — were not out of reach. “They (the new players) are learning things a lot faster,” she said.

“We might have a slight chance (of making finals) but the coach has said this is a fun year, so we won’t be too disheartened if we don’t.”

Warrnambool crushed Buninyong 9-1 in the under 17s competition but Bacchus Marsh was too good for its under 15s team, winning 8-1.

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