The Sydney Rangers Football Club, Australia’s first gay men’s soccer team, has two teams entered in the Canterbury District winter competition. Both teams are playing for the Balmain District Soccer Club and remain unbeaten after the first round of play.

The first game of the season, against Stanmore at Wentworth Park in Ultimo, ended in a nil-all draw, with the Rangers describing it as “a good, solid start to the season”.

The Rangers reported that the first game of the season was a tough one — injuries and work commitments meant they only had the starting 11 players for the game and no subs. Strong winds and an uneven surface hampered both teams on the day.

The second game of the season took place against Enfield at Callan Park in Balmain, with a strong team effort from the Rangers resulting in a 7-1 win.

The Rangers’ defence was solid and was rarely penetrated, overcoming a shaky first 10 minutes when they defended under mounting pressure from Enfield. After that the forwards and wings created more than 20 chances and dominated the game.

“Once we got out of our own half, we maintained possession, passed the ball around and switched from side to side running the opposition ragged,” the Rangers reported.

“By half-time they were tired and we had several close chances. Last year this team beat us twice but they never looked in the hunt and after our first goal to Dihno the team lifted again and went on to score six more.”

Sydney Rangers FC runs a social game on Sunday afternoons at the Centennial Parklands Reservoir Fields. It’s a casual kick-around and all are welcome, no matter the skill level. Anybody interested in joining any of the Sydney Rangers teams is encouraged to come down to meet the guys.

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