TWO-GOAL hero Kenta Shimizu (right) is congratulated by Burringbar goalkeeper Dave Lee
TWO-GOAL hero Kenta Shimizu (right) is congratulated by Burringbar goalkeeper Dave Lee

Burringbar celebrates final glory

By TANIA PHILLIPS

IT was a big day for Burringbar Soccer Club on Saturday with the Bandits snaring two of the three Tweed District Soccer senior grand final titles up for grabs - missing out on the third crown by just one goal. The black and red of Burringbar was everywhere at Tumbulgum's Brian Breckridge Park on Saturday afternoon as the Bandits attempted to become the first club to make a clean sweep of all three senior titles. They got off to a good start winning the men's reserve grade decider 4-0 over arch rivals Pottsville and then backing up with a stunning 3-1 victory in the first division grand final. However, in the final match of the day the Burringbar women went down 2-1 in extra-time in a heart-stopping match with Pottsville. Nearly all of the big crowd stayed to watch the women's match, probably the most exciting final of the day. After holding each other scoreless in the first half Burringbar's Rachel Davis scored the opening goal minutes into the second half but the experienced Lena Bearling hit back minutes later with Pottsville's equaliser. Amy Perlenfein was the hero for Pottsville breaking through to score the winning goal mid-way through the second period of extra-time.



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