Winter Season 2015: Week 5

  6 May 2015   Comms team   Club News
 

Men's Football

 

Central League

Wests 2 v Grant Plumbing Petone 2 (Van Elia, George Milne)

 

Sam Boyd drove to the game with a friend and came back with this...

 

I personally love going to games at Endeavour Park. It’s a ground that is always in top nick and whenever Petone play it’s a nice sunny day that rejuvenates a body starting to prepare for the naughtiness of the upcoming winter. The grass at Endeavour is an actual joy to walk on and I wanted to take some home to put on my wall, quite frankly.

 

Wests went into this match in booming form. Sitting second on the table and, by all accounts, playing some eye-pleasing football. Grant Plumbing Petone was also looking relatively healthy but cursing missed chances that could have made 1 point become 3. This game would follow a similar narrative unfortunately for the Blues.

 

Petone dominated a lack lustre first half. Chances were few and far between and some of the passing, particularly from Wests, was landing nestled in the powerful looking pinus radiata that have a brooding presence at Chez Endeavour. Petone would have the best chance of the half after Van Elia whipped in a stunning cross that found the head of Benn Dawson. Dawson, playing in quite an attacking almost striking role, got his head to the ball but it went just wide.  Not long after Van was guilty of not taking his time when George Milne picked him out just outside the box. Van snatched at his shot and it was received by the Wests keeper comfortably. The teams headed into the half-time break all even and with Petone definitely playing the better football.

 

This correspondent used the public loos at half-time and Wests may like to look at fixing the main door into said toilets. It seems to be jammed halfway and there is a real chance, if you’re busting, this half-door policy could back fire spectacularly on the toilet seeker. I’m sure Wests have money to sort this so I will get Craig Deadman to fax them about it. 

 

Anyway back to the football…The second half started with Petone again in the ascendancy.  Sam Greene had a good drive saved by the keeper which fell to Van Elia who couldn't steer it home. Rich McLay would then make his entrance off the bench to replace Greene. Things would get very interesting from here. Van set off on yet another fine run and tried to feed McLay, the ball was a touch short but popped up to George Milne who couldn't capitalise.  Then in the 64th minute McLay picked the ball up around half-way and thread a simply gorgeous ball through to Van who slotted it home in assured fashion. Yes, Wests keeper was all over the show and basically in the defensive line for the goal but the through ball and finish were of supreme quality.

 

This goal would push Wests into action and after a few minor efforts they would equalise. Some defensive indecision at the back from the Blues saw the Wests attacker in and, after lobbing over Reed Collingwood, he tucked it away to level up the score. The game was now nicely poised. I was busy yakking away to my 2IC when I looked up to see Jordan Pickering walking off the park. It was his second yellow and, look I will be honest, I’m not too sure what it was for, all I know is if he has a suspension it will be stink because watching Jordy play has been a real treat this season.

 

You would think that red card would lead Wests to believe they now had the upper hand. Aaahh no no. Around the 83rd minute Richard McLay, now a man possessed, took a quick throw in, received the ball back, beat two men and then whipped a beautiful cross into the box. George Milne met this cross with a stunning diving header that ended up with the ball thumping into the back of the net. I actually jumped for joy and thought to myself “far out this will be a bloody good win”.  It wasn’t to be as three minutes later Petone failed to hold onto the ball and Wests surged forward ending with one hell of a drive into the top corner to again level the scores. Swear words floated around my head at this point. The final whistle arrived not long after and yet again it was a missed opportunity for the Blues. Imagine if we’d beaten Miramar last week and then Wests…bloody hell man...far out...oh well that’s football. 

 

It's off to Karori next week for Chatham Cup football.  I am positive a big Petone performance and result will occur.

COYB!

 

Capital Premier

BNU 2 v Petone Reserves 4 (Ryan McGlinchey 2, Tavonga Mahowa, Ethan Attewell)

 

Capital 3

Petone 3rds 4 (Todd Bryant 2, Cameron May, Liam Smith) v Vic University 0

 

Liam Smith keeps on bring home the (free range) bacon with his great reporting skills...

 

This week 'Da Firdz' were facing Uni, who were unbeaten in their first three games and have traditionally proven to be quite good opposition. We were coming off back-to-back away wins against strong teams and looked to carry that momentum into the game. Early on it looked as though it might be tight. Uni were happy to play the ball around at the back and up the middle and looked quite confident in doing so. Meanwhile, we came out of the blocks in good spirit and with good tempo, but our final delivery was letting us down a bit and we gave away a few unnecessary balls in our defensive half. Thankfully, Uni didn't look overly strong going forward and didn't test us much even following their quality build-up play. 

 

Chris Hosnell made his return at CB replacing an absent Tough-Guy Turner. Hosnell and Joey McEndoe kept it solid at the back and shut out the few break-away runs Uni managed to get. Joey possibly should've been booked and a penalty awarded early in the second half but, thankfully, the ref called play on. Our opener came midway through the first half when a last-line tackle turned into a quick counter attack, the keeper fumbled the initial effort and Todd swept in to tap it in from close range. Going into the break at 1-0 we'd established ourselves as the stronger attacking side but were also feeling the effects of our hard work and decided to switch from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2. 

 

Due to fatigue and injury we were forced to bring on three subs in the second half, two were already carrying injuries while the other had just played 90 minutes for the 4ths. Our second goal came 10 minutes in when a thundering header by Joey which was cleared off the line and this time it was Cam (waiting to come off as he'd just pulled his calf) who punished the shaky goalkeeper by tapping in the follow up shot. Cam was immediately replaced and the double substitution of Liam and Dave in the midfield was enough to further unsettle Uni. With only his second touch of the ball (we won't talk about his first) Liam raced to receive a brilliant Steven Yeates cross and placed it exquisitely past the keeper to put us 3-0 up. Minutes later Yeates became our third casualty and Jimmy became the third dodgy sub to take to the field, he put in a solid 20 min at CB and helped the boys earn a much deserved clean sheet, our first of the season. We continued to press forward, even with fatigue kicking in for most of us, and were rewarded late when Todd tucked away a nice one-on-one to secure his second and a much deserved 4-0 victory. 

 

All the boys put in a top effort and man of the match was too tight to pick. Joey showed his quality all over the field and Mark keeping a solid clean sheet. Onwards and upwards, we're gonna win the league!

 

Petone 4ths 3 (Luke Waring, Tom Heaps, Steve Elgar)  v Wests 4

 

Capital 6

Petone Chicago 1 v North Wellington 5

 

Capital 8

Petone Stonecutters 3 (BJ Crook 3) v Wellington United 0
 
Waterside Karori 2 v Petone Chuggers 1 (Kelly Higgins)

 

Capital 9

Petone Hawk Wasps 2 v North Wellington 4

 

Capital 10

Petone Pickle Jar 1 v Waterside Karori 1

 

Masters Football

 

Masters 3

Wellington United 1 v Petone Mighty Masters 3
 
Petone Left Over Stew 1 v Upper Hutt 2

 

Richard Wade gives us a gentle tootle through the game...

 

A good tough game, as expected we unfortunately went down 2-1 to Upper Hutt RJ’s. 

 

Going into the game with a couple of subs saw us well balanced to give Upper Hutt a good run for their money. The first half was pretty even until around the 20 minute mark when we lost two lads to injury meaning 70 minutes without subs….Rude!

 

With the team readjusting itself the momentum shifted Upper Hutt’s way. The pressure mounted and unfortunately for us it told as they put one in from a corner. About 10 minutes later we were down another. But the cool thing about this team is that we never give up and just before half time, running on fumes, we grabbed one back.

 

Into the second half, even though we were out on our feet, we kept battling. They had a couple of out-and-out chances with Finbarr clearing one off the line. That aside I felt we spent large periods of time camped in their half but just couldn't get another one in the net.

 

At the end I don’t think anyone had any gas left, so we definitely tried our best and the beer tasted way better than the week before...

 

Masters 5

Petone Dreamers 3 v Porirua City 3

 

Womens Football

 

Premier League

Powerex Petone 3 (Caitlyn Hendry, Heather Williamson, Jade Morrissey) v Vic University 3

 

Division 1

Powerex Petone Reserves 4 (Jade Morrissey 2, Hannah Carey, Sarah Kendall) v Wellington United 1

 

Division 3

Island Bay 2 v Petone Power Rangers 4 (Warolyn Anthony 2, Kristy Whalen, Charlotte Butler)

 

Junior Football

It was another great weekend for football and as we take a look at our 9th Grade this week, there seems to be a bevy of Upper Hutt teams in that grade, with six of the ten games played by our teams having the orange and black army as opposition.

It was a mixed bag of results in the 9th Grade with the Settlers, Wanderers and Nomads all taking one loss and one win each in their two games.  Whilst the Villagers weren’t quite able to overcome the challenge from Upper Hutt and Stokes Valley, losing both games 2-0, and the Rovers walked away with a draw against Upper Hutt and a comprehensive win against Stop Out. 

This year our 12th Grade has a massive six teams across the Travelling and Hutt Valley leagues.  In the Hutt Valley league, the Nomads and Rovers showed some impressive early form with wins against Upper Hutt (them again) 8-0 and Stokes Valley 3-0 respectively. Petone Aurora had a narrow loss against Wainui 3-2, while the Villagers were overcome by a strong – you guessed it – Upper Hutt team 5-1. 

 

In the 12th Travelling league, the Settlers headed north to Trentham and drew 3-3 against Upper Hutt, and the Wanderers headed south to Miramar, but weren’t able to show their usual flair going down 2-0. 

 

11th Grade Settlers review

In the first of our junior reviews this week Jared Eglinton takes us through the 11th Grade Settlers game against Miramar.

 

On the 2nd of May Petone 11th Grade Settlers went to Miramar Park to take on Miramar Rangers. Our game kicked off at 10.00am, Petone kicked off and we played some really nice footy until we just fell asleep and they scored. We couldn’t believe it, we were shocked. After that early goal that we conceded they just kept on dominating the game until a brilliant through-ball set Caio up to take it around the keeper and made it 1-1.

 

So Miramar kick off, they had lots of really good opportunities and so did we, then the referee blew for half time. After a really good team talk the 2nd half was under way. After a reasonably good start we just fell to pieces and Miramar stuck another in the back of the net. Before we knew it they put one more in. Then a few minutes later they just couldn’t stop scoring then there were two more goals we conceded. We still had 15 minutes left in the match, then Tom comes charging to get the ball and before we knew it he had stuck it right in the top corner. Tom also had another really good opportunity but he drilled it into the post. Everyone gasped because it was one cracker of a shot. But the game ended at 5-2 to Miramar. All of the Petone boys were gutted but hopefully we can improve for next week against Eastbourne.