Abdullah Wahidi was doubting his ability early on Saturday, until he struck a quick hat-trick of goals for Goulburn Valley Suns and then his doubts were soon forgotten.MATTHEW GALEA April 15, 2014 3:20am
Abdullah Wahidi scored a hard-fought hat-trick for the Goulburn Valley Suns’ under-20 side at the weekend.
Abdullah Wahidi doubted he was cut out for National Premier Leagues Victoria under-20 soccer midway through the first half on Saturday.
He’d already failed to take three one-on-one opportunities against Port Melbourne Sharks, and after failing to make the most of a number of opportunities in the previous week’s match against Heidelberg United, Wahidi was ready to give up.
‘‘I’d get through and I’d just kick it straight at the keeper instead of going around him or something. I panicked,’’ Wahidi, 19, said.
‘‘I just started to feel like I wasn’t good enough and I even thought about giving up, but ‘Serks’ (Serkan Aktas, coach) kept me on.’’
Then the first goal went in.
Then the second followed and before long the third.
It was a crazy 17 minutes for the striker, but it was just the tonic he needed.
‘‘Once I got the first one, I was a lot more composed,’’ Wahidi said.
‘‘We had lots of chances to finish and it was good to start finishing them in the end. All the set ups came from my teammates, so they made it easy for me.’’
The quality of the team, which has taken a win and a draw from its first four games, not including the game against Ballarat Red Devils that was abandoned with the Suns 3-1 up due to the broken leg Red Devil Jake Francis suffered, has come as a surprise even to Wahidi.
‘‘I wasn’t very interested in playing initially, so I missed the first game,’’ Wahidi said.
‘‘I came and saw the game against Oakleigh (that finished in a 1-3 defeat) and I was impressed. I saw that it was a good league and a big league and I wanted to get involved.’’
The decision has proven a golden one so far, and even in the short time he has been a Sun, Wahidi has seen big improvements in his game.
‘‘The training is really good. We’ve done a few good finishing drills where I’m learning how to push defenders off and use my body,’’ Wahidi said.
‘‘I’m a lot more aggressive now as a striker. I never used to push off or anything, but now I’m being taught how to shield defenders and use my body, I’m learning a lot.
‘‘I’m still only 19, so I think it’s good for me to be playing in the 20s, but hopefully next year I can play seniors.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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