2014 Winter Season : Week 20

  21 August 2014   Sam Boyd   Club News

Central League

Grant Plumbing Petone faced Lower Hutt in the local derby in Upper Hutt… Makes sense? Yes with Fraser Park becoming an actual muddy bog with every passing minute there was no option but to move the game to the turf at Maidstone Park. Both teams haven’t had great seasons so this was a chance for local shouting rights.


Petone started brightly and took the game to Lower Hutt. As has been the case in recent weeks Taban Makoii was in hot form and it was no surprise when he put the Blues in front. Benn Dawson schemed from midfield and, yet again, found the perfect ball thorough the Lower Hutt defence. Taban took the ball in his stride and calmly slotted home, 1-0 to GPB!


The game plodded along until just before half-time Lower Hutt equalised via an iffy penalty. Most people were of the opinion it wasn’t a penalty and Josh Ebert had the pleasure of being booked for asking why exactly it was given. Anyway the simple fact is… the penalty was awarded and Lower Hutt scored. 1-1 at the break. Players enjoyed a water and supporters had a beer on the balcony - it was a very warm day and keeping fluids up, alcoholic or non, is important to anyone who enjoys looking after themselves.


The second half started in gorge (short version of gorgeous) conditions. And not long into the second stanza a gorge goal followed! Petone broke forward, hot on attack. After a half hearted clearance from Lower Hutt the ball fell to Hamish Smylie just outside the 18 yard box. Smylie assessed the situation and picked the best option, smashing it into the top corner. It was a delightful finish from a player who has only been available sporadically for the Blues. Here’s hoping we can get a full season out of him and his stylish head-band in 2015.


Again the game tootled along with not much of note. It seemed Petone had everything covered for a morale boosting victory. But, and has unfortunately been the case this season, the win and 3 points wasn’t to be. There were two minutes left when Lower Hutt dinked a cheeky ball into our box. Davey Lane seemed to have everything sussed but a slight stumble/mis-read saw the ball fall beautifully for a Lower Hutt attacker. The ball was tucked away and it was 2-2. Bugger it. Unfair on big Davey who has had a great season but just the way the cookie has crumbled for the Blues this year.


So another missed opportunity you would say and the boys now prepare for their final game of the season. They take on Wests at Memorial on the turf at 1pm this Saturday.


Men’s Football

Watch out yo! Our Reserves had another win and Sean Clarke is scoring at will. The boys played on Sunday, also against Lower Hutt, and came away with a mighty fine 3-0 victory. Clarke bagged a hat-trick as his fine season continued. We aren’t fully in the clear yet but if we keep this great form up we should be sweet. Keep it up lads!


Not a lot else to report from Men’s footy with an absolute gaggle of cancellations. There were a couple of teams who were lucky enough to get a run and slap the shinpads on snuggly.


A good day was had by The Stonecutters who beat Wellington United 4-1. No such luck for The Dreamers, For Shore and Pickle Jar who all went down.


In Monday night action Chicago had an entertaining 4-3 win over Naenae. Out at Alex Moore the Chuggers fell to Waterside Karori.


Women’s Football

The magic run in the Kelly Cup continued for Tall Poppy Petone. A lovely stroll on the turf, it ended up being with an 8-0 destruction of Stop Out Black. Goals came freely through Jade with four, Bianca a double and one-a-piece to Nads and Whaea. Brilliant!


A quarter final match this Sunday awaits… 3pm at Alex Moore v North Wellington.


Good luck ladies and may you keep the dream alive!


Junior Football

Just under half of the junior games were cancelled over the weekend, however it was great to see the 7th and 8th grades catch up on their festival day at Petone, which was postponed from last weekend. With only two weeks left of the season, let’s hope everyone gets to play this weekend.


From the 13th grade, the Wanderers kicked off the weekend with a draw against Onslow 1-1, while the Settlers weren’t able to hold off a strong performance from Western Suburbs, going down 5-0. This weekend sees the Settlers head into the 13th Grade Cup Tournament and the Wanderers play off in the 13th Grade Plate Competition. Good luck guys!


The 11th Grade Settlers bounced back from their last game to secure a close win over Western Suburbs 3-2. We have it on good authority that the team played really well and were up 3-0 with 15 minutes to go, before having to pull together in defense to maintain the lead. Possibly hint of relaxing? Who knows and who cares as the 3 points were secured!


On Sunday the Girls Only teams had another strong round of games with the 8th Grade team finishing with three draws and a loss. The 10th Grade Petone teams both had two wins from two, with a massive result for the Petone 2 team defeating Western Suburbs 10-1! Finally the 12th Grade team fought hard for a 3-1 win over Seatoun, but narrowly lost to Karori 1-0.


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