Winter Season 2015: Week 2

  15 April 2015   Comms team   Club News
 

Central League

Wairarapa 2 - Grant Plumbing Petone 0

 

Grant Plumbing Petone headed over the always delightful to encounter Rimutaka Hill to face Wairarapa United on Saturday. The game was moved to Queen Elizabeth Park as the host’s new fancy turf wasn't quite ready. Queen Elizabeth Park was looking rather gorgeous and not even the constant tooting of the mini train could ruin the setting.

 

This game will go down as a huge missed opportunity for the Blues. They were the better team for 90 minutes but simply didn't take the chances offered. Despite playing some strong football as is often the case in this great game you can be the best team on the park and come home with nothing.

 

Not surprisingly the first goal for Wairarapa came from Paul Ifill. He took the ball down beautifully in the box and finished powerfully. Petone coach Graham Little remarked after the game that it was a great goal and Ifill didn't even think about it, he just did what came naturally and banged it home. It was the only goal of the first half which was a surprise as both teams attacked with zest. Ifill was a joy to watch, but it was very strange to see him wearing green.

 

The second half followed the same story line with Petone dominating possession but lacking the final punch. Richard McLay came closest with a lashing left-footed effort that came pinging off the bar. There were also good chances to Sam Greene and, the again impressive, Bob Berry but it wasn't to be. To be fair to Wairarapa, they had a number of opportunities too and would grab a second after an error in the Petone rear guard.

 

It felt like Petone was certain to score and give us a grandstand finish but it was one of those days when it wasn't to be for the Blues. That said, Reed Collingwood pulled off a couple of great saves and was rewarded with the MOTM gong at the after match.

 

So a disappointing result but the boys can be happy with their overall performance and how they played. They will look to get things back on track this Saturday v Palmerston North on the Turf for Old Timers Day.

 

The after match was held at the Horse and Hound Masterton. This would feature the hottest mustard ever encountered by some delicate Petone tongues and Bob Berry expressing his disgust with the way the TAB do odds on horse races. It was then all aboard the party bus for a rather entertaining ride home and Benn Dawson basically yelling loudly for an hour and a half. Good times.

 

Capital Premier

Waterside Karori 2 - Petone Reserves 0
Report from Guy Turner

 

What a week of turmoil and tragedy for the sporting community. Firstly “That Result” on Monday evening and then the loss of the one and only Richie Benaud, It was almost too much for this correspondent to bear. However, we soldier on.

 

It was a typically average afternoon that our second team found themselves preparing for a fixture against one of the contenders for the title this season, Karori AFC. It was a lucky thing Tony Greig wasn’t doing the pitch report out there on Karori Park number 1, to say this pitch was a bit too green would have been an understatement; Kristy Whalen had to stand on the tips of her toes just to see over the top of the grass.

 

Let’s get on with the match then, and it was a steely resolve that Scotty and the boys came out of the locker room with in the first half. Right from the whistle it was noticeable just how much the team were keen to avenge their effort earlier in the week. Through their hard endeavours, the Petone lads created the first opportunity of the match, Jake Theron cut back a ball to the edge of the area which was met by Hami’s strike... but, unfortunately the ball spiralled harmlessly away from goal. Karori pressed on after the early scare, and played with a shape and tempo that was befitting their “league favourites” credentials. They eventually did open the scoring midway through the half when Petone failed to deal with a cross towards the far post. The ball dropped into the six yard area and it was expertly toed home by the Karori striker, 1 - 0. Not long after, Karori stretched their lead out further as Simon Rippon did well too parry a solid strike, only for it to fall to a man in a “bar-code” strip, it was tucked home. Two nil it was to Karori, going into the half time break.

 

Whilst this humble reporter put on a riveting halftime show, blazing shots wide of an empty goal, Scott and Barry got stuck giving words of inspiration and the boys in blue responded with the opening of the second half. They harried their opposition hard and were physically tough in the challenge. Karori’s ball speed slowed and they looked bereft of ideas going forward. All the opportunities of note fell Petone’s way despite not having much of the ball. Petone were sharp on the counter attack. Jake, Ethan, and Brad Ebert all missed chances that they would eventually come to lament upon whilst licking their wounds in the showers post match. In the end it was not to be. There were strong individual performances, particularly from the youthful midfielders Connor Coulson, Ryan Benson, and Brad Ebert who all held their own against skilful opposition. Scott’s man of the match was the impressive new German import, Leon, who had a solid effort in the centre back position.

 

Karori are to be given their dues, they played actual football in this match and perhaps their former “Larry Longball” approach to the game has well and truly been left in the locker for this season. It was a good game to watch, and one that the players can hold their heads high walking away from. One can’t help but feel that with a similar work ethic, and sharper finishing, there are three points prime for the taking next weekend.

 

Mens Football

Sad to say but we are already running into trouble with cancellations, postponements and just general mess very early in the season. Only five other games were played…

Capital 8

Stonecutters 1 v IBU 2

Capital 9

IBU 2 v Hawk Wasps 1

 

Masters Results

Porirua 2 v Petone Left Over Stew 2 in Masters 3

Mighty Masters 3 v Eastbourne 3 in Masters 3

Dreamers 1 v BNU 2 in Masters 5

 

Womens Football

All our Womens teams were in action thank goodness. Will be hoping to have some entertaining match reports for you in the coming weeks…

 

Petone Powerex 4 (Mueller 2, Williamson, Sanders-Lloyd) Waterside Karori 1

North Wellington 1 Powerex Petone Reserves 0

Petone Power Rangers 0 BNU 0

 

Junior football starts this weekend.

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Good luck to all teams!