2014 Winter Season: Week 8

  26 May 2014   Jeff Bell   Club News
2014 Winter Season: Week 8

What a difference a week makes! After seeing a number of Petone teams struggle last weekend it was much better watching this weekend.


Central League

Languishing in second to last place Grant Plumbing Petone needed to turn it on. And boy did they ever! In blustery conditions the boys looked good heading into the wind. Passes were measured and precise and despite conditions that were far from ideal Petone looked good for a win. After a handful of probing runs and some good saves from Upper Hutt's keeper the deadlock was broken in the 26th minute. Dicey climbing high to head a ball across goal and towards the back post where young Josh Ebert was waiting to take the glory and see the ball past an outstreched defender. The goal, Josh's first of what will hopefully be many for the Petone FC first team. Taking a one goal into the break a good result start.


With the wind at their backs the firsts never looked back. After 10 minutes Benn Dawson was on hand to knock in a rebound off the post, making it 2-0 to the blues. Things stayed as they were for a while before the introduction of Paul Whitmarsh up front. Having barely taken the field, he was in the right place at the right time to knock in a pinpoint cutback from Hamish. Two minutes later it was Reiner's turn to get on the scoresheet with a great strike from outside the box. Not to be outdone, Stick was again in the right place to nod home from a cross only 3 minutes later. George Milne also grabbed his chance to get on the scoresheet finding the net from close range. Rounding things off Stick netted his third, completing the hat-trick with only a couple of minutes left on the clock. A good win enough to push the Blues back into 5th spot ahead of this weekend's trip away to Napier.


Capital Premier

In a game that could have moved the Seconds up the table the wind proved the leveller. Despite Petone dominating much of the play Seatoun were the first to strike. After going one goal down, the reserves looked good for a win after goals to Leighton Arraj and Ryan Benson gave them a 2-1 lead late in the game. Unfortunately it wasn't to be with a wind assisted shot from halfway hitting the back of the net giving Seatoun an equaliser.


Men's Football

Capital 3 saw both teams playing Waterside Karori sides. The Third team travelled to Karori Park only to walk away with a 2-1 loss. The Armanis on the other hand had a 4-3 victory.


In Capital 5, the Chicago also played Waterside Karori at Karori Park. Unfortunately falling to a 5-2 loss.


Capital 8 saw the Stonecutters taking a 5-0 win over Waterside. The Chuggers not so lucky losing to top of the table Seatoun.


The Hawk Wasps in Capital 9 showed us how it was done with a 9-0 thumping of Wellington United Salmon. I would be lying if I said I felt sorry for the Salmon, well done lads!


Petone For Shore climbed one place in Capital 10 following their 4-3 win over Waterside Karori.


In Masters 3, the Mighty Masters lost 5-3 to top of the table Seatoun while the Left Over Stew had a 2-1 win over Upper Hutt putting them second.


The Dreamers continue to build their match fitness with a 4-1 win over Brooklyn. The victory bumping them up to 5th in Masters 4.


The Under 17A side had a bye this week so the U17Bs stepped up and provided some entertainment. Running out 7-1 winners over Upper Hutt.


Women's Football

Looking to carry on their good run of form, the Pure hosted bottom of the table Marist. In conditions that were unbelievably worse than Saturday's, the ladies started things off heading into the wind. The difference in skill was noticable from the start with the girls keeping the passes short and low. The Pure could have been off the mark within the first few minutes, hitting the upright and two shots going just wide. It took until the 22nd minute for Jade Morrissey to provide the breakthrough, rounding the keeper and tapping the ball in. Several more chance went begging before Jade scored again, beating the keeper at near post. It didn't take long in the second half for things to pick up again. Sarah Duffin picking up the first of her goals with a long-range shot. Hayley Smith joined in with a comfortable goal before Jade rounded out her hat-trick. A very good win in trying conditions was enough to see them take top spot heading into the final week of the first round.


While they were playing a friendly, the Paulers were keen to keep their good form going. Keeping their North Wellington opposition scoreless in the first half heading into the wind, the Paulers used the wind to their advantage in the second spell running out 2-0 winners. Goals going to Andrea Carter and Jo Morrissey.


Junior Football

Hutt Valley 11th Grade Yellow, the Petone Rovers had a 6-0 win over Eastbourne while in the Black division the Nomads had a 7-0 over Upper Hutt. Well done to both teams.


The Settlers in 12th Grade Travel League East had a 7-4 win over Western Suburbs.


In Hutt Valley 14th Grade the Villagers had a good 8-0 win over Stop Out. Unfortunately the Wanderers didn't have the same luck coming away with a 12-2 loss to Lower Hutt.


Girls Only

It was a very successful day yesterday for the Petone team in 7th & 8th Grade Yellow. Having a good 3-0 win over Brooklyn in their first game they then went on to win 5-1 against Karori, 3-1 against Wellington Utd and 6-0 against Tawa.


It didn't go quite so well in 10th Grade Yellow with Petone 1 losing 3-2 to Upper Hutt and 4-0 to Onslow. Petone 2 in the Black division had a marginally better time with a 1-1 draw against Island Bay before losing 1-0 to Onslow.


In 12th Grade Yellow petone had a 1-0 win over Island Bay before another 1-0 win over Onslow.