Congratulations to all our teams that played their Grand Finals. Unfortunately we were unable to win the big games but gave it everything right up to the last minute.
Results as follows:
Friday - AAA Res vs Arncliffe Aurora Lost 2-0
As the season's best performing team Carlton were heavy favourites to lift the crown for successive years but injuries and work commitments before the game hurt our chances big time. The much younger Arncliffe came out full of run and got a quick jump on us to snag 2 early goals. However the big crowd knew never rule this Carlton team out as our boys had the ability to turn a game on its head. We battled bravely right to the end looking for a way back into the game but were unable to find the goals that were needed. Congratulations to Arncliffe.
Saturday - Premier League 1st Grade vs Connells Point Draw 1-1
Lost on Penalties 6-5
The two top teams of 2013 didn't disappoint with an absolutely epic and torrid encounter full of drama, chances and end to end action. After conceding early, Carlton clawed their way back into the match with a goal to Adam D and then the biggest arm wrestle was on as no team gave an inch. Even in extra time both teams had opportunities to win the game but brilliant defence epitomised by an incredible display by our keeper Shane thwarted every attack and increased the tension as a vocal crowd urged both teams to break the deadlock. Finally, it took an equally dramatic penalty shoot out lottery with saves and misses to decide the title and separate the two teams. After 9 penalties each Connells emerged with the winning kick to take out game. Well done to all players from both teams.
The Club congratulates and thanks all the PL Squad players and our Coaches David Z & Warren M for their hard work this year. We look forward to improving again in 2014.
Sunday - O45A vs Scots Lost 3-2
Wow, what a game by two very good teams that showcased some of the finest talent in our district that defied their age turning back the clock to the glory days. After weathering the early storm, Carlton struck with a super goal from Spiro after a deliberate and well place through ball by PF. This silenced our opponents as we were now on a roll and maintained pressure. The second half continued to be tense but Scots had to gamble everything and pushed hard to get back into the game and finally their pressure got them a goal. We responded to retake the lead with a well taken header by Joe D and it looked like we were in for something special. With 10 minutes to go, Scots classy attack countered and finally found a way past our defiant defence to score an equaliser and then just as it looked like going into extra time, another lethal finish secured our fate.
AAA Reserves Grand Final Winners & Champions
AAB Women Grand Final Winners
AAB- Women are the 2010 Minor Premiers & Champions
Carlton Rovers 2 defeated Sans Souci 1 at Bicentennial Stadium 5/9/10
Our all age womens team won back to back Grand Final win against a very galant Souci team. The game was extremely competitive and exciting with loads of end to end action and some well taken goals.
Fantastic effort by our girls to win this game against very worthy opposition.