2014 Winter Season : Week 18

  7 August 2014   Sam Boyd   Club News
2014 Winter Season : Week 18

A week with a lot of wins, a real close (maybe too close?) relationship with Waterside Karori, another title for our Ladies and our Juniors scoring at will!


Let's break it down!


Central League

In abysmal conditions at Maidstone Park, Grant Plumbing Petone and Upper Hutt served up an 8-goal stunner. Hats off to both teams for playing great football in those conditions and it just goes to show how great the artificial turf is during our rather abrasive winters.


Petone came out the gates slowly but soon took control via a headed goal by golden boot leader Paul Whitmarsh. Upper Hutt soon pulled one back with a well taken goal. Petone then quickly regained the lead with another headed goal, this time to young Logan Archer. The teams headed into the changing rooms for a well earned break and reprieve from the ferocious rain. The rain was still pouring down as the second half kicked off. Petone soon found themselves 3-1 up after a simply seductive finish from Davey Lane. Lane ghosted in the box and finished with the instincts of a young Marc van Basten. It looked for all money that Petone were home and hosed. But Upper Hutt started playing some lovely stuff and, thanks especially to Pedro Garcia, they started dominating the game. Soon it was 3-3 and then with two minutes to go Upper Hutt made it 4-3, the locals were going ballistic. Then deep in the darkest regions of stoppage time, Benn Dawson popped up with a stunning finish to make it 4-4. A quite gripping, pulsating game in conditions Jim Hickey would best describe as "utter sh*t".


Men's Football

Our Reserves team had a mighty win over Seatoun 4-1 to steady the ship. After a tough run of games the lads got the result they deserved to fend off any relegation dramas. Great to see Michael Pickering, with his troublesome knees, going around and scoring also!


In Cap 3 both our teams had great wins. Our Third team had a booming 5-2 win over Wharfies thanks to a brace to Stevie Yates, Alex Shepherd-Reynolds, Liam Smith and an own goal. Armanis also got the chocolates beating Wharfies (what? yes it's true) 3-1!


The Stonecutters continued a fine season with a 3-0 win over… Wharfies. The Chuggers went down 3-1 also in Cap 8. The Hawk Wasps had a big win 5-1 over Wellington United. Chicago were mightily unlucky to go down 2-1 to… Wharfies. Petone For Shore had a lovely 5-2 win over… Wharfies. And far out man how about the Station Village Petone Pickle Jar who smashed North Wellington 8-1! OOOOMPHA!


Masters' football wasn't very nice to our lads. Dreamers went down 5-4, and Left Over Stew and Mighty Masters both got on the wrong end of 5-0 scorelines.


Hey how about the Under 17's you ask? Well they got two nice wins and with some style. Our A Team put away Greytown 5-2 and the B's sized up Upper Hutt and went "not now you lot!" - beating them 7-3!


Women's Football

Tall Poppy Petone Reserves only needed a point to secure the Championship. They got the job done with a nervy 0-0 draw with Wellington United! Hats off to Paul Martin and all the team for a fabulous season - you guys rule. Mega partying then took place at the Clubrooms... (There is photographic evidence if you have the right "connections".)


Tall Poppy Petone had already secured the title but carried on in their rampant way with a 2-1 win over Tawa. A double from Sarah Duffin saw our top team home safely.


Junior Football

Despite a few cancellations in the lower grades and also the Girls on Sunday it was another busy weekend of football. Some teams felt the effects of all of that rain on the local pitches – big thanks to the parents who did the washing last week! If you have time you can scoot round finding the best deal on washing powder, remember shop smartly and respect the wallet..


Let's take a look at the 14th Grade this week, with the Villagers kicking off the weekend on the Turf and securing a good win over Stokes Valley 7-5, unfortunately the Wanderers, playing the later game, came up against a strong Stokes Valley team and went down 10-1. You can't grizzle that they weren't any goals scored though!


In the 14th Bowl, the Settlers played away from home at Fraser Park and came away with a great win over Lower Hutt 3-0! It's always nice to beat the old foe!


In the 11th grade, both Travelling league teams had close losses, with the Settlers going down to Upper Hutt 2-1, and the Wanderers narrowly beaten by Western Suburbs 1-0.


In the Hutt Valley league the Villagers took on Lower Hutt and came away with an impressive win 6-1, and the Rovers beat Eastbourne 3-1. Unfortunately the Nomads had another week off with a bye, they are roaring to go this weekend, another cancellation could see a riot. Fingers crossed they get to do battle with Upper Hutt.


All of the 8th grade teams went on the road this week travelling to a mini-festival in Brooklyn which included teams from Stop Out, Brooklyn and Petone. A great way for the kids to check out the opposition for upcoming tournaments!