2014 Winter Season : Week 19

  14 August 2014   Sam Boyd   Club News

Our First team is starting to get a bit of a wet sail, the Reserves are getting some well deserved wins, Tall Poppy Petone fancy a big cup run and the Juniors keep on scoring and smiling! It’s time to grab the last week and review it!


Central League

At the earlier kick off time of 1pm, Grant Plumbing Petone took on Napier City Rovers at Memorial Park. Conditions were simply lovely, tropical you may go as far to say, as we celebrated Davey’s 250th and Stick’s 200th. Things started badly. Dan Clarke got caught in no-man’s land after 18 minutes and Napier happily grabbed the lead. Petone weren't down for too long though. A free kick from Benn Dawson curled naughtily in the 18 yard box and after some defensive confusion from Napier we pulled level. Josh Ebert was the goal scorer as he continues a fine season. It looked like the teams would head into the sheds all level but just before half-time an unmarked Napier soldier headed into un-armed Petone barracks. 2-1 to the Rovers at the half.


The second half was to be all Petone. The equaliser came quickly, again from a Benn Dawson free-kick. Daws again popped in a tempting ball that the Napier keeper couldn't get a positive read on, he fumbled, stumbled and the ball was in the net. 2-2.


Petone nabbed a free kick in a gorgeous attacking spot, withTaban stepped up to have a crack, after causing all kinds of trouble for Napier in a stunning burst. His free-kick wasn’t the greatest, ending up deep in the car-park. The Napier keeper then decided to re-start things smartly with a goal-kick. His goal-kick turned out to be one of the worst in recorded history and went straight to Taban (who was still trying to work out what happened with the previously mentioned free-kick). This time Taban calmly tucked the ball into the net to make it 3-2. Could the assist go down to the ball boys/girls of Petone? We think so! Their quick work lead to the poor Napier keeper getting it horribly wrong. Hats off team, enjoy that fizzy drink!


There wasn’t much more of note in a game Petone completely took over. Napier seemed to be keeping something in reserve for their Chatham Cup semi a week later. But that’s to dismiss Petone’s efforts too easily. We took over with composure and holding onto the ball superbly. A great win over a quality side. Ryan Benson was named Man of the Match in his first full start for the team and this lad looks like he has a mighty strong future ahead.


Next weekend we take on our good friends at Lower Hutt in a local derby at Maidstone Park.


Men's Football

Our Reserves made it back to back wins on the turf directly following the Firsts. A brace to Sean Clarke saw off a very orange Wellington United. After a tough season the lads can now breathe easily and know they’ve done okay in what is a very strong division.


A big win for our Thirds, coming back from 2 down against Waterside to win 3-2. They stay tucked nicely in third. The Armanis had a fair bit of trouble going down 7-3 to Marist.


Petone Chicago went down 4-1 to Upper Hutt. Over in Cap 8 Seatoun beat the Stonecutters 2-1 in a crunch game and the Chuggers had a 2-2 draw with Island Bay (a fabulous review of this game features on our Facebook page).


In Monday night turf action Petone For Shore went down to Wellington United.


In the Masters action just the one team got the points, Mighty Masters beating Tawa 2-1. Both the Dreamers and Left Over Stew went down in close matches.


In Under 17 action we had a good win for our A's over Island Bay 2-1. The B's had a torride time going down 8-1 to KCU.


Women's Football

Tall Poppy Petone were in Kelly Cup action against Premier side North Wellington. It was left rather late but our ladies secured a stunning 3-2 win! Goals came via Jade, Meg and Nat. They take on Stop Out in the next round and the excitement is building...


Junior Football

Well done to all those who managed to brave the chilly start to last weekend. A second week of cancellations for our First Kicks teams and the festival day for 7th and 8th grade teams was rescheduled for this weekend meant there plenty of kids at a loose end.


For those who did get to play there was a mixed bag of results. In the 9th Grade Yellow, the Settlers and Wanderers both drew against teams from Upper Hutt before taking on each other, with the Settlers coming out on top with a 2-0 victory. The 9th Grade Villagers had an impressive weekend comprehensively beating Stop Out 12-1 and then going on to score another 5 goals against Eastbourne, taking the match 5-2. For those paying attention that’s 17 goals in two games, awesome stuff!


In the 10th Grade, the Villagers are going great guns this season and had another two wins over the weekend. The Settlers headed north to a chilly Kapiti Coast and despite a number of chances they weren’t able to capitalize losing both games to KCU and Miramar. The Nomads also had two losses this week, while the Travellers recorded a win and a loss.


The Girls teams – well what can we say –, like our top Womens teams they just keep marching on! Getting the best of the weekend’s weather the 8th Grade team notched up 3 out of 4 wins, while in the 10th Grade Petone 1 drew against Upper Hutt and took the honours against the Petone 2 team 3-2 – a close result! The 12th Grade Petone team played two Onslow teams and came away with a draw and a win.


A head’s up – unfortunately with the rescheduling of the festival day we weren’t able to secure the coffee cart this weekend, so dust off your thermos or make a stop on the way to the games at Memorial Park for your regular coffee fix!