Petone's Under 19 Season Review

  4 November 2014   Comms Team   Men's News
 
Petone's Under 19 Season Review

We asked our Men’s Under 19 manager Wayne Benson to give us a little review of how things went for the lads this season. Wayne came back with a stunning report - and has quite probably secured a regular column in next season’s award winning match programme… Cheers Wayne!

 

Petone pulled together a group of youth players from the club at season end to form the U19 squad, entering them into three well known end-of-season U19 tournaments – Ivan England run by Lower Hutt FC, Upper Hutt U19 run by Upper Hutt FC and Lotto U19 Youth Tournament run by Napier City Rovers at Labour Weekend. Over the last two years we have also entered a Development team into the development draw of the Upper Hutt Tournament. This year the team won the single pool without defeat, unfortunately losing the final cruelly to a penalty shootout that had 15 of the best penalties I’ve seen in a long time - with not one save and a single skied penalty deciding the outcome.

 

This year we gathered together an extended squad of 30 plus players from the men’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams, along with players from the U17s teams. There is some exciting youth talent coming through and Joel Ashforth, a young 15 year old from the U17s, was named by Graham as the Petone youth player of the Napier tournament. Morgan Blair was named Petone player of the tournament and led by example as the co-captain of the side.

 

Results from Ivan England were three wins to top the group and into the semi-final, but a loss against a very big and physical Tawa side left us out of the final.

 

Miramar   win   5:3
Karori   win   5:1
Wests   win   6:2

 

Results from Upper Hutt were one win, one draw and four losses. With an understrength side we struggled to regain the form shown in Ivan England pool play, however it did give us the opportunity to give our young and up and coming players a good run in preparation for Napier and also for our senior players to step up and ready themselves as well.

 

In Napier we played five games and the results were as follows…

 

Fencibles   draw   1:1
Western Springs   loss   1:5
Cashmere Technical   draw   1:1
Hibiscus Coast   win   1:0
Western Suburbs   draw   0:0

 

Despite only losing one game we finished third in our group and missed out on quarter finals to Western Springs and Western Suburbs who both made it to the semi-final where they played off and Western Suburbs went into the main draw final.

 

Overall the U19s season, while somewhat disappointing results-wise, did give our youth development players a good insight into Graham and Scott’s coaching style and exposed them to the next level, playing them alongside our Central League and Capital Premier League youth players - which can only be a great platform for next season. Graham and Scott both made many comments through the campaign that the youth players did not look out of place and the experience had helped them greatly in seeing the quality of our youth coming through. They have invited a number of these young guys along to pre-season training to continue their development. The other initiative that they were keen to pursue was to develop the men’s third team into a U19s development side, which would be bolstered with a couple of senior players for on-field mentoring and allow us to take a group that has had a solid season of playing together rather than bringing players together for a 7-8 week period at the end of the season.