Winter Season 2015: Week 9

  3 June 2015   Comms team   Club News
Winter Season 2015: Week 9

Just a mini Weekly Review this work as Chatham Cup and the U20 World Cup took priority. Big shout-out to Kylee for her match report! See you next week when we  will return to our usual bumper edition that sweeps the footballing nation off it’s feet!


Mens Football


ASB Chatham Cup 2nd Round


Lower Hutt 0 v Grant Plumbing Petone 3 (Van Elia 3)


Queens Birthday saw a large Petone contingent arrive at Fraser Park to watch Grant Plumbing Petone face Lower Hutt in the 2nd Round of the ASB Chatham Cup.


Fraser Park is a funny old place. Lots of pitches, interesting buildings around the landscape and parking on the street that reduces the road to a one lane lottery. When I arrived, with a mince pie clasped in both hands, there was a hint of drizzle trying to turn into rain. That rain would never eventuate and the sun would dominate. The colour of the day would most definitely be Blue.


With Graham Little overseas for a couple of weeks Paul Whitmarsh took control of the team. This would be a wonderful start for Big Stick in the management biz and I'm sure he will be chuffed to bits with how the lads went.


The first ten minutes were a tight affair with a couple of half chances for the Blues. Lower Hutt had a couple of shots from inside the box but Reed Collingwood was always beautifully positioned to thwart any chance of a goal.


Around the 12 minute mark Petone would take the lead in classy fashion. Sam Greene found himself with a bit of space on the right and dinked in a great ball in between Van Elia and the on-rushing LH keeper. Van was always going to get there first and produced a sublime chip with the outside of the right foot. The ball politely find its way into the net and the Blues lead 1-0.


A second to Van and the Blues followed 15 minutes later. Rich McLay found the ball just inside the box. He jinked and jived, drawing the keeper ever so slightly in to no man's land...tucked it across to the unmarked Van, and bababoompha it's 2-0 to Petone!


The half would draw to a conclusion with Petone comfortably controlling the game and basically letting Lower Hutt only get brief peeps at goal.


The half-time show was Cooper and George Dawson having kicks on the pitch. They were happily diving into tackles with the kind of ferocity last seen from Sir Roy Keane. They'll be good those two...real good.


The second half wasn't the greatest - highlights wise. Petone had the game where they wanted and Reed and his defensive four were hardly troubled. It seemed the game would peter out to the same score we found at the break until a pacey substitute jazzed things up.  With about ten minutes to go James Nash found the newly introduced Alex Shepherd-Reynolds with a glorious ball. ASR then flicked the pace throttle, surging into the box, avoided being dragged down and then found, the man of the match, Van Elia to tuck away his hat-trick. A great goal.


There was almost time for a fourth with both Jordan Pickering and Alex coming close but it would end 3-0 to the Blues. 


It wasn't the greatest game you will witness but by golly Petone was good. They had this game where they wanted it from the get go and Lower Hutt never really looked like scoring. Van Elia was a deserved MOTM and his first goal was a treat to behold. It's great to see one of the season's new signings starting to really turn it on. Defensively we were solid as a rock, following on from last week's monster effort against Napier. We face Lower Hutt again on Saturday in the Central League, it's also Green Bottle Day! You should get along cos this Petone team is starting to get it together quite nicely.



Womens Football


Womens Premier Cup


Stop Out 1 v Powerex Petone 0


Womens Div 1


IBU 2 v Powerex Petone Reserve 2 (Rachael Corbett, Andrea Carter)



Junior Football


Another busy weekend of football and for some it was busier than other.  After being postponed a couple of weeks ago, the 9th & 10th grades got to play in the Wynton Rufer tournament at Hutt Park.  It was a wet start to the day but the sun managed to show itself later in the afternoon.  Petone FC entered two teams in each grade and there was some fierce competition in both divisions of each grade.  Congratulations to the 10th Grade Petone Blue team who fought hard all day to come out on top of the A division.  Well done!  


Back to the main competition rounds of Saturday and this week we take a look at the 14th grade.  The Settlers headed to Plimmerton to take on PNS Western Suburbs.  This was the first week of a new round so the table was clear leading into the weekend.  The Settlers had an impressive win 4-1, leaving them second behind Porirua City.  In Travel League B, the 14th Wanderers headed down the motorway to Karori.  Up against the Ninjas, the result wasn’t so good for the Wanderers going down 5-2.  


The second festival day for 7th and 8th grades saw a massive turnout not only of players but the usual vehicular congestion as the throngs of cars tried to squeeze into every possible gap.  A word of warning however to those who try their luck on the yellow lines – it appears the local parking wardens have been making an appearance to leave their marks on the windscreens of unsuspecting cars!!  Better a long walk than a $20 fine.


In the Girls only league, the 11th Settlers had two great results against Onslow teams, winning 2-0 in the first and 3-1 in the second.  


We are still searching for more contributors to our match reports, but this week our thanks to Kylee Hancock who gives us a rundown of her team’s season so far. 


9th grade Wanderers 

This season has started well. I am a midfielder or striker for my team. We have played about 12 football games thus far.  I have scored one goal, but have helped set up lots of goals.  We have a strong team. We have a strong defence and a strong midfield and a strong forward team also. We have won nine of our games and we have lost only three games. By the way my team is the 9th grade Wanderers. Luke is the main goal scorer in the Wanderers so far. 


I am really enjoying this year but I am finding this grade is a lot tougher than last season. This year we are learning to play in positions and have to work more as a team. We have this fun game called coconut and a game called bullrush we play at football practice.  Near the end of football training we play a game of football against other 9th grade teams.   I love to be goal keeper because you get to save goals from being scored. I love corner kicks when I am Striker because I can shoot for goal, first touch sometimes. My favourite teams are Chelsea FC, Wellington Phoenix, and Petone Football Club.


Kylee Hancock