Winter Season 2015: Week 6

  14 May 2015   Comms team   Club News

Mens Football


ASB Chatham Cup

Waterside Karori 2 v Grant Plumbing Petone 2 (Van Elia, Alex Shepherd Reynolds) 
Petone win 5-3 on pens 


Michael Pickering, who now holds a UK passport, gave us another brilliant review.


Grant Plumbing Petone made the trip out to Karori Park to take on Waterside Karori in the first round of the Chatham Cup. The first round has proven to be a tripping point for the Mighty Blues in recent years so the boys were determined to get the better of their opponents in this tricky cup tie.


Yours truly missed the first 5 minutes of action (thanks to the pure fun that is trying to find a park somewhere remotely close to Karori Park). Thankfully not much happened in that time… I think. Moving on to what I did manage to see. The first half was fairly evenly contested. The boys in blue had the better of possession but the hosts always looked threatening on the counter, particularly down the left wing. Petone made the breakthrough bang on the half-hour mark. Some exquisite build up play between Richie McLay and Van Elia saw Van through on goal and he made no mistake to put the boys up 1-0. Van had a golden opportunity to double his tally and give Petone a commanding lead heading in to half-time. But this time, when put through on goal once more, he opted for a cheeky chip which the Karori keeper gratefully plucked out of the air.


Wharfies came out with more fire in their bellies in the second half and didn’t take long to get themselves back on level terms. A foray down the left saw a cross delivered into the box which a recovering Bob Berry could only manage to turn into his own net. Alex Sheppard-Reynolds thought he had restored Petone’s lead after slotting home a one-on-one, only to find that the offside flag had (controversially) been raised. The assistant referee must have been taken aback by the speed of the kid! Soon after, justice was served. ASR (kudos to Sam Pickering this) found himself through on goal again and produced a tidy finish to give the Mighty Blues a 2-1 lead. He looked a tad offside this time but I don’t think the linesman fancied another verbal spray form anyone associated with Petone.


As the match wore on, Karori started to apply more pressure in search of an equaliser. The game opened up and both sides were able to create some decent chances. With Wharfies pressing on late in the game, Petone had a couple of chances to put the result beyond doubt. The final ball or the finishing was letting them down, however, and they were made to pay. With not long left on the clock, another Karori attack down the left saw Davey Lane deflect a cross into his own net. 2-2. Extra time beckoned.


Extra-time was pretty uneventful and with no more goals in the game it was time for a penalty shootout. Petone were up first and made no mistake. Karori’s first spot kick was blazed over the bar which gave the Blues the ascendancy. There were no more misses which meant Petone won the shootout 5-3 to progress to the next round. A local derby awaits in round two as Grant Plumbing Petone will travel the short distance to take on arch rivals Lower Hutt. Pumped for that one!


Capital 3

Petone Thirds 3 (Joe Sambrooke, Todd Bryant, Simon Conway ) v  Miramar 2


Liam Smith has quit his job and become a full-time journalist…


For the fifth consecutive time this season it was a cracker day for Da Firdz to take to the pitch. We were on the turf against third from bottom Miramar who had only taken 3 points from their first 4 games. The game plan from Chris was very simple from the get go “Just keep doing what we’re doing”... unfortunately we didn’t.


Miramar opened the game with what I can only describe as some pretty nice Armani style football, which took us by surprise considering their previous results and our subsequent expectations. Moving the ball with both urgency and quality, supported by our unsettled backline and midfield (we changed our line up from previous weeks due to player availability), they had us chasing the ball for the better part of the first half. To make matters worse, when we did manage to get the ball we were feeling rushed to make use of it and often gave it away again needlessly. We were let down late in the half when a clearance-turned-throughball managed to penetrate our last line and set away their striker one-on-one, the score line now reflected the run of play and we went into the break slightly speechless.


The second half saw the tide turn as we found our stride and began to play our own style of football. Tom Heaps made a huge contribution coming on the right wing and running about 15km in the second half. 10 min into the half Joe Sambrooke (feeling threatened that Heaps might catch up to the 25km Joe had already run during the match) took on a few players down the right and, after hesitating far too many times and nearly ruining my hair, finally tucked away a side footer under the keeper.


With momentum shifting and the reward finally coming our spirits were rapidly lifting, they would be silenced within 90 seconds when a loose cross reached their striker at the far post. He skilfully rounded Krish (who couldn't have done more, from a strikers’ perspective I expected to see us concede a penalty) and found the smallest gap between Mark and the near post to send us back down to earth. Spirits remained high, however, and an inspired substitution soon changed the shape of our attack. With 30 minutes left young Joel was brought on and told “we’re 2-1 down, I’m not bringing you on to defend!” Joel’s orders were to inflict some pace into our attack; be strong and drive our boys forward from the middle of the park, he did a hell of a job!


Simon Conway, who was having a bit of an off day, showed why he was kept on the park when the perfect run was given the perfect through ball and Conway found his boots and slotted a tidy wee floater over the advancing keeper to bring us level once again. We continued to push and momentum was clearly on our side. After missing another one-on-one Todd finally brought it home for his 5th of the season helping the boys to secure a scary, yet ironically delightful victory!


Sambo was our man of the match for a half marathon effort that saw him assisting on every inch of the park. The lads were then rewarded with a great 4th team game to watch from the balcony and really got into supporting our colleagues, who put on quite a show and helped us to a much deserved top of the table.


Petone Fourths 4 (Bradley Ebert 2, Steve Elgar, Dave Goldsbury) v Waikanae 2


Wayne Ebert hits us with another fantastical break-down of a big win for our Fourth team.


The weather mid week was not anything to write home about, but we had a full turn out at training with the clash against the top of the table Waikanae approaching. We trained well and although a few "harsh" words were spoken, the response was welcoming.

We turned up to Petone to watch the 3rd team beat Miramar and keep them locked down the bottom in 8th spot. (We were in 9th!) We had the services this week of Ben Feld up front to partner Tom Heaps, which quickly turned into Dylan Goddard up front and Tom into mid. A return from injury saw us with the use of Guy Turner at CB. We started well and dominated the opening passages but couldn't capitalise on our chances. That cost us when they broke away into our half and crossed from the left and powered home a rocket like header to take the lead. We kept the domination going and the equaliser followed from a corner. A physical challenge from Michael Gendall in the air found the ball dropping to the ground where Stephen Elgar was lying (the challenge even knocked him over) on the goal line and an out stretched foot was all it took to be on level terms. It stayed this way until half time. 


The second half started after a positive half time message of "more of the same guys". Legs were starting to tire a touch and changes were afoot but before that could happen we didn't challenge for a corner and it was an easy header in for 2-1 Waikanae. A few words said and we got back into our game plan and it started to show with a few opportunities narrowly missed. We needed something to happen, and on the 60 min mark, new legs were introduced with Luke Waring and Bradley Ebert coming on for the last 30. Well that worked a treat, as Ben Feld produced some great work down the right and got to the byline to cut it back into the box and those fresh legs of Ebert were there to put the ball into the back of the net, 2 all. Not to be outdone by his 2 goals in the morning for his school side, 2 minutes later we had another attack and the ball again got cut back...there was Ebert again to tease the opposition by playing a 1-2 off the cross bar, then onto a defender, and then drop at his feet and slot home for his 2nd of the game. 3-2 up, and looking good. The three points would be confirmed by a corner with 5 to go that was met by Dave Goldsbury at the near post to nod home to make it 4-2, where it stayed til the end.


Our first win! Love it when a plan comes together. This also helped the 3rds go top equal, where they hopefully will stay.


Some good all round performances from everyone involved. Hard to single out players but those who stepped up included Jono Stewart and Brett Stevenson at the back.  I've already mentioned how Guy just took control and commanded the CB with Stephen Elgar. Dylan Goddard with another stand out performance up front, helped by the ever hard working Ben Feld (thanks for your efforts Ben) and the physical battle won by Michael Gendall and Brendon May in the centre of the park.


We would also like to acknowledge the help of Chris Hosnell and the 3rd team who have helped us out in the last few weeks, good Club focus.


Onward and upwards to this weekend where we take on Marist at Kilbirnie (what? we have to play on Grass!) to continue our good fortunes.



Capital 6

Stop Out 5 v Petone Chicago 0


Capital 8

Seatoun 1 v Petone Chuggers 6 (Kelly Higgins 5, Chris Gazley)


Legendary footballer, good guy and frontman of the almighty Blueprint, Matt Carnihan gives us an entertaining journey through a huge win…


The Chuggers descended on Seatoun Park with a spring in their step following a relatively good start to the season. Having been robbed of a point thanks to dubious officiating (and a lack of the much needed Goal-Line-Technology in Capital 8) the previous week, the Chuggers were out to make amends, with Seatoun Gulls firmly in their sights.


The game started with a little scrappiness, the Chuggers trying to assert themselves with the high-tempo style of football that they have become renowned for. Seatoun were having none of it really, often playing aimless balls into the corners for their lone striker to chase – to no avail.


Kelly Higgins, son of Chuggers legend Derek, almost single-handedly kickstarted the game for the Chuggers with an absolute master-class of finishing in a first half that flew by in the blink of an eye. Aided by his new strike partner, Chris Gazely, Kelly managed to find the back of the net 4 times, yes FOUR TIMES in the 1st half. With top quality ball being provided out of the middle of the park by Skipper Johnston and new Chugger Phil McIntosh, the Chuggers put on the kind of finishing display that would have had Jerome Boateng falling over for 45 minutes straight!


Into the sheds at halftime the Gaffers instructions were pretty clear, keep playing the way we were. Easy right? The second brought the introduction of the Chuggers spiritual leader, Jason Cox, who had replaced Phil McIntosh due to a groin injury. The Chuggers set about their work to increase the 4-goal halftime lead. Unfortunately, Seatoun pegged one goal back early on, much to the displeasure of Primetime Richardson in goal, but a 4-1 lead with 35 mins to play isn’t much of a big deal. The dominance of the Chuggers in this game was even more magnified with Kelly Higgins bagging his FIFTH goal for the day (taking him into double figures for the season we believe) and Chris Gazley getting his name on the score-sheet after a day of playing provider for his strike partner.


All told, a 6-1 win for the Chuggers away from home. Having won more games already in 2015 than ALL of 2014, the feeling within the camp is that we can really push on and make a run at the top 4, with a view to securing a place in Europe next season.


We are at home next Monday night (18th) – get along and watch football how it should be played. Note: This will be the last home appearance of Steve “My Sky” Kelly, who is making the move to Auckland for work soon. A huge thank you to Steve for his contribution to the Chuggers, he will be sorely missed on and off the field. Safe travels Chugger!


Petone Stonecutters 3 (Paul Bascand 2, BJ Crook) v Waterside Karori 2


Capital 9

Petone Hawk Wasps 0 v Stokes Valley 9


Capital 10

Petone Pickle Jar 1 v Vic University  2


Masters Football


Masters 3

Waterside Karori 2 v Mighty Masters 6


Left Over Stew 1 v North Wellington 4


Masters 5

Dreamers 4 v BNU 1


Womens Football



Massey 3 v Powerex Petone 1 (Vanessa Olson)


Womens Div 1

Stop Out 0 v Powerex Petone Reserves 4 (Hayley Potter, Bianca Mueller, Tammy Ka, Kristy Whalen)


Womens Div 3

Petone Power Rangers 3 (Warolyn Anthony 3) v Marist 1


Junior Football


This week saw the first of the 7th and 8th Grade festival days on the turf.  It was a fantastic spectacle of colour with some great football played over the course of the morning. Over 35 teams in each grade from clubs across the Hutt Valley turned out in what seemed like a logistical nightmare. This meant parking was at a premium with a full round of games on Sladden Park and First Kicks starting at 8.30am, but on the up-side coffee was flowing from the Flying Bean Tuck Shop!


In other games, the 13th Grade Settlers played Upper Hutt on a lush Sladden Park taking the game 5-3. The 13th Grade Nomads also went down to Upper Hutt with a narrow 2-3 loss, whilst the Wanderers had a bye.


In the Girls only grades, the 10th Grade Settlers had two comprehensive wins against Hataitai and Island Bay, whilst the Wanderers went down to some tough opposition - Brooklyn and Miramar. This is the first year Petone FC has had a 13th Grade Girls only team and they had an impressive result again North Wellington this week – winning 2-0!


Our match reports this week come from the 12th Grade Aurora team for their game last week and the 10th Grade Settlers.  


Petone 12th Aurora 2 vs Wainuiomata 3


On the 2nd of May the 12th Grade Petone Aurora mixed team went to Riverside Park and played Wainuiomata. The whistle blew and we started the game with a sloppy start, we were bunching up and doing sloppy passes it was a disaster, and before we knew it was 1-0 to them!


The half time whistle finally blew so we scrambled off the park for a team talk. Our coach gave us some wise words to motivate us, he then told us that we had to spread out more and play the simple ball, the whistle blew, it was game on.


We kicked off, I passed to Emily and ran forward to receive another pass but Emily was already in the goal box. I zoomed up the field to help Eli and Emily, Emily passed to me I passed to Eli and he took the shot and it goes in right past the goalie.


Wainuiomata kick off and speed past all of my team, they past the last defender and took a shot, it goes in. We rush back to the kick off line getting ready to start, we go for the same approach but a cheeky midfielder intercepts my pass.


He gets his mate to come up with them and they pass back and forward, back and forward until they’re in the goal box, he shoots and it hurtles in pass our goalie, 3-1.


It’s our turn to get a goal, Eli and Emily speed towards the goal, Eli takes the shot and scores 3-2.


Somehow we made it past their defenders and into the goal box, but sadly the goalie boots it out. It’s our throw in, Eli takes it and throws it to Emily, she takes a big smack at the ball, it hurtles towards the goalie, it hits his chest and bounces onto the ground, I run for the follow up but it's too late the goalie dives for it and clutches it with both hands, the whistle blew and the game ended, Good Game.


Bethany Baker


Petone 10th Grade Settlers 3 vs Upper Hutt 2
Petone 10th Grade Settlers 5 vs Island Bay 2


This week the 10th Grade Petone Settlers played Upper Hutt (aka our friendly rivals) and Island Bay. Both games were played at Vogelmorn Park. Both games were tough and the grass was very long, so we had to really think about our passing and taking the ball up the field, one thing we worked on this week was our defense which was important against Upper Hutt.


We came away with two wins against Upper Hutt we won 3-2 and 5-2 against Island Bay.


Our coach said that we played really well as a team, talking to each other and never giving up even when we were 0-2 down at half time against Island Bay.


We are enjoying having tough competitive games each week and look forward to playing against Upper Hutt again in a few weeks.


Reegan Kowalczyk