Hann’s hat-trick lifts side to first victory after ‘shaky’ start

Harry Hann’s hat-trick was instrumental in Ballarat’s first win of the Ballarat District Soccer Association division one season.

Ballarat's Harry Hann

Ballarat's Harry Hann

The youngster delivered the opening two goals of the game before Ballarat North United levelled with two goals in five minutes before half-time. But Hann’s third at the 62-minute mark proved the match-winner.

Hann normally plays as a midfielder, scoring one goal in hi previous four matches, but he played a key role up front on Sunday.

“I’m not normally the goal-scorer so it was good to bag a few, but I’m just glad I could go out there and do my part for the team,” Hann said.

Ballarat’s team is made up of mainly 17 and 18-year-olds and it has taken time to adjust to playing against the senior bodies. Hann felt a draw with Sebastopol two weeks ago gave it confidence and last week reaffirmed that.

TRIPLE THREAT: Ballarat's Harry Hann scored a hat-trick on the weekend, scoring all three of the side's goals on its way to a 3-2 BDSA victory over Ballarat North United. Picture: Kate Healy

TRIPLE THREAT: Ballarat's Harry Hann scored a hat-trick on the weekend, scoring all three of the side's goals on its way to a 3-2 BDSA victory over Ballarat North United. Picture: Kate Healy

“We had a pretty shaky start to the season to be honest.

“After that draw with Sebastopol, it really boosted our confidence and showed that we can compete with every team.”