Quick summaries of each game
November 14th 2020
Goals: Eli Fullaway, Dane Seidlitz
Man of the match: Kale Haley
Dick of the day: None (Joel Windels)
More of the same
Match report pending
November 14th 2020
Goals: Kieren Parfey, Eli Fullaway
Man of the match: Kale Haley
Dick of the day: Greg Visco
Tougher than expected
Vantreights Flowers and Cook Street both share the same home ground in Heywood Park. A beautiful pitch nestled in the stunning Beacon Hill park, it’s unfortunately ruined by a lot of leaf coverage and a bizarre baseball diamond in one corner of the pitch. Slightly smaller than most of the others in Victoria, it makes slick passing play difficult and makes each game far less predictable. So it was for the two clubs at either end of the VISL division 4, with a game much closer than many might have anticipated. Cook Street went 1-0 up in the first few minutes courtesy of a penalty given for handball – the Vantreights defender illegally blocking an outrageous Kieren Parfey ‘rabona’ from the edge of the box, with Parfey converting the spot kick moments later. The Peacocks soon had general control of the game, enjoying most of the possession and chances. This eventually led to a sumptuous second goal, with Kale Haley and Prish De Mel combining elegantly in the middle to set up Eli Fullaway for his third of the season in a beautiful flowing move. Cook Street goalkeeper Riccardo Tavaz was called into action for a couple of routine saves, but going into halftime this was a surprisingly fiercely contested game. Vantreights went in hard for every challenge, flirting with cautions and pressing high up the field. Although this meant that the three Flowers defenders were exposed to rampaging Peacock attacks, it also pushed the usually offensive Cook Street into an uncomfortably deep position on the wings. The second half began with momentum tilted the other way, as the aggressive and ambitious Flowers now looking the more likely to score. Twice the team came close to scoring, with one goalmouth scramble resulting in a scrappy attempt saved only by the woodwork. A tactical shift and a few substitutions later, the Peacocks finally began to settle once again. Kale Haley and Prish De Mel both returned to the field and looked composed on the ball, asserting control of the pace of the game. A tense but mostly uneventful final 25 minutes played out with Cook Street eventual 2-0 winners. Kale Haley received man of the match for his calm and effective performance in the middle of the park, with defender Greg Visco picking up dick of the day for an alarmingly cavalier wayward pass that almost led to a penalty. Perhaps surprisingly the biggest challenge that the Peacocks have faced all season and full respect to Vantreights who pushed the game all the way. The teams face each other once again on the giant turf at Finalyson – expect another tightly-matched contest.
November 8th 2020
Goals: Kieren Parfey, Jamin Zuroski, Eli Fullaway
Man of the match: Jamin Zuroski
Dick of the day: Taylor McMillan
Grinding out a result
In the final game of the VISL division 4 initial cohort, Cook Street hosted JDF United on a bright and sunny afternoon at Finlayson Turf. This season JDF United are the the only team to score against leaders Cook Street from open play, so the result wasn’t necessarily easy to predict – especially after JDF’s recent close losses to title contenders Bays United. The Peacocks named a large matchday squad and lined up with debuts for defender Grant Hatley and midfielder Jamin Zuroski, with regulars Dane Seidlitz, Jonny Hand, Clay Rach, Greg Visco and others out through suspension, injury or rotation. A disjointed first 20 minutes led to a handful of chances for the Peacocks, coming close but failing to deliver a shot to really challenge the JDF keeper. A free kick from Kieren Parfey was the first major test, followed by another good save following a low Kale Haley attempt. JDF were strategically disciplined and sat deep, hoping to catch the three-man Peacock back line out on the break, yet had failed to register any attempts on goal as the game entered half time. Six substitutions and a firm team talk later, the second half began with a little more energy. Cook Street aimed to get more shots away on the JDF goal, despite a fiercely bright Autumn sun posing some visibility problems. Five minutes into the half a speculative effort from right midfielder Jamin Zuroski found the far corner of the net, marking his first Peacocks game in style. More goals followed as the JDF game plan began to falter, with Eli Fullaway striking from outside the box and striker Kieren Parfey converting a simple penalty. Not a vintage performance from Cook Street but solid and workmanlike, ensuring that the team goes into the next two games against bottom club Vantreights Flowers knowing that Peacocks will be crowned champions next year if they keep winning. Topping the club’s table for most dick of the day awards is last week’s man of the match Taylor McMillan; once again awarded for a criminally late arrival to the match.
November 1st 2020
Goals: Jonny Hand, Mike Cherrie, Calvin Sytsma
Man of the match: Taylor McMillan
Dick of the day: Dane Seidlitz
Top of the league
It was surely the biggest game in the VISL division 4 this season as Bays United hosted Cook Street United, with both teams going into the game level on points. The previous meeting was a controversial 1-1 draw in torrential rain, leaving Bays top of the league above the Peacocks on disciplinary record alone. This rematch would give both teams the chance to secure the top spot, so tensions were high on Sunday afternoon. Bays stated three weeks ago that they only had access to a black shirt so it was a surprise when they arrived in an alternate white, revealing they had no other option despite being the home team. A rapid, last-minute scramble by Peacocks manager Joel Windels meant that Cook Street lined up in a spooky hybrid of home shirts with alternate shorts and socks. The beautiful pitch at Oak Bay was the venue as the Cook Street game plan unfolded nicely – short passes and patient possession leading to several chances well stopped by Bays keeper Dekan Delaney. The sustained pressure eventually resulted in a first goal of the season from Scottish striker Mike Cherrie from the edge of the box. Two minutes later Jonny Hand, filling in for regular free kick taker Kieren Parfey, struck a 30 yard set piece off the bar and in. The first half ended at 2-0 to Cook Street with the balance of play largely rooted in the Bays half of the pitch. A typically poor first ten minutes after the restart allowed Bays back into the game, with a couple of crosses and free kicks presenting a mounting threat. The Peacocks started to regain concentration before the game changed once more. Left winger Dane Seidlitz, a minute away from being substituted, expressed his frustration at a bad refereeing decision using offensive language. An instant red card gave Bays 35 minutes to worm their way back into the game, with Cook Street sacrificing strikers Ben Togni and Mike Cherrie to switch to a 3-5-1 formation and sitting deeper in their own half. Surprisingly, Cook Street still looked like the team more likely to score, so when Calvin Sytsma raced through and finished with 15 minutes to go it effectively ended the game as a contest. 3-0 to Cook Street and a commanding lead at the top of the table. Man of the match went to reliable and positive right back Taylor McMillan, while Dane Seidlitz was the obvious choice for this week’s dick of the day.
October 24th 2020
Goals: Jonny Hand, Kale Haley, Prashan De Mel, Benedict Togni, Dane Seidlitz
Man of the match: Benedict Togni
Dick of the day: Joel Windels
A cold walk in the park
On a freezing Saturday night game on Finlayson Turf, Cook Street United lined up against Pace FC for the second time this season – following the opening day 4-0 win at the start of the month. The Peacocks rested several players in anticipation of the upcoming Bays match next weekend, and were without seven others due to injury. That meant an unconventional starting lineup, with five players given their first starts of the season. Pace, playing in sky blue, were soon on the backfoot and chasing possession on the uncommonly large pitch. Cook Street increasingly looked like the team most likely to score as time wore on, so it was no surprise when Kale Haley’s looping cross beat the Pace keeper midway through the half. A maiden goal from striker Benedict Togni was harshly ruled out for offside, though there was no such question as he pounced upon a Jonny Hand strike that rebounded minutes later. An excellent header from Dane Seidlitz and a calm penalty from Prashan ‘Prish’ De Mel made it 4-0 going into half-time. The second half was played at a more pedestrian pace, with the Peacocks playing at a canter and failing to find a ruthless edge. Poor finishing and the crossbar prevented the game from getting out of control, though VISL division 4 top scorer Jonny Hand was able to continue his streak of scoring in every game this season with a powerful strike from the edge of the box. Benedict Togni picked up MotM for his first goal and hard work, while manager Joel Windels earned dick of the day in the absence of anyone else putting a foot wrong. Beers on Joel next week for the absolutely crucial title clash with Bays United.
October 18th 2020
Goals: Jonny Hand (2), Kieren Parfey, Calvin Sytsma, Cole Freeman
Man of the match: Jonny Hand
Dick of the day: Kale Haley
Developing some momentum
Playing on a full size field on the turf at Goudy Field was a chance to for both teams to play a high level of football – helped by dry, mild weather conditions. After a slow start, Cook Street soon commanded possession of the ball and went 1-0 up via an error by the JDF keeper, who mishandled a speculative effort from Jonny Hand midway into the first half. This galvanized the Peacocks into playing a more hungry brand of football. Another strike from Hand, a lobbed header from Calvin Sytsma, a curled Kieren Parfey effort from the edge of the box and a deflection from Cole Freeman meant that the Peacocks went into halftime the overwhelmingly dominant side. The second half began much in a much scrappier fashion, with renewed fight from JDF helping to break up the play well, resulting in a couple of half chances for the home team. These ten minutes of a more balanced game made a difference: an error in communication in the Cook Street back line led to a well-taken goal for JDF. It was the first goal conceded for Ricardo Tavazzani from open play this season. That moment was a wakeup call to the Peacocks, who swiftly reasserted their control of the game, enjoying almost entirely all of the ball for the final half hour and coming close several times – the woodwork was the only thing stopping the game from ending with 8 or 9 goals. The match ended at 5-1, concluding at a more sedate pace with Jonny Hand picking up man of the match for his brace and midfielder Kale Haley earning the Dick of the Day for some pre-game pandemic drama. A big win that puts Cook Street joint top of the league after three games.
October 11th 2020
Goals: Jonny Hand
Man of the match: Prashan De Mel
Dick of the day: Taylor McMillan
A dominant draw in the rain
After some back and forth over location, the club played its first home game at Heywood Park in stormy conditions. Facing league rivals Bays United, the match began positively with Cook Street controlling the ball well and enjoying the lion’s share of possession. Bays looked to break fast with hopeful balls over the top but both teams went into half time with nothing to show for their efforts – with the Peacocks coming closest with a free kick that shaved the bar, along with several half chances and shots on goal. Bays were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty for a questionable challenge by Taylor McMillan just before the break. The second half became less balanced as Cook Street pushed deeper and deeper into the Bays half. Against the run of play, a random ricochet into Gavin Simmon’s face during a rare foray into the Peacock box was bizarrely given as a handball. Bays converted the resulting penalty with their only shot on target in the game. A relentless Cook Street response created a series of chances, with Benedict Togni, Kieren Parfey and Eli Fullaway each coming close, before top scorer Jonny Hand poached upon a goalbound shot from Dane Seidlitz to even the tie. Cook Street were mercifully spared a red card for a clumsy last man challenge by center back George Lucas, but the final 20 minutes were mostly a test on Bays keeper Dekan Delaney, who gave a MotM performance. A late horrific goal-preventing foul on Eli Fullaway in the area somehow was not given as a penalty and he will be sidelined with an injury for up two months as a result. Bays withstood the pressure well, ending in a compelling 1-1 tie between two of the league’s strongest teams. Former Vic West right back Taylor McMillan was voted the dick of the day for arriving 45 minutes late to the game.
October 4th 2020
Goals: Jonny Hand, Eli Fullaway, Kale Haley, Kieren Parfey
Man of the match: Eli Fullaway
Dick of the day: Jonathan Hand
A comfortable start to the season
The first ever game for the club kicked off near Brentwood Bay away at Pace FC. An uneven field didn’t help but the boys were soon passing around comfortably, dominating possession and creating several chances. Strikers Kieren Parfey and Jonny Hand both had close efforts well saved by the keeper, with a couple of rusty touches the only thing preventing the Peacocks from going ahead. The scores were even at 0-0 going into the second half, though at this point it was surely a matter of time. With a larger squad and a fitter, younger group of players, Cook Street would slowly gain a more significant advantage as the game wore on. Eventually the floodgates opened, with an oddly uncelebrated goal from striker Kieren Parfey followed by three more in the next 20 minutes from Kale Haley, man of the match Eli Fullaway and a wonderfully taken (but entirely stolen) goal by Jonny Hand to wrap up this resounding win. Jonny was awarded the inaugural ‘dick of the day’ award for pinching the ball from teammate Dane Seidlitz‘s foot to secure his first goal. A dream start for the cocks and a promising way to begin the season.