Winter Season 2015: Week 10

  10 June 2015   Comms team   Club News
 

Mens Football

 

Central League

Grant Plumbing Petone 1 (Van Elia ) v Lower Hutt 0

 

Before he heads off to England to take up a coaching role at Manchester United, Michael Pickering filed this report.

 

Grant Plumbing Petone played host to bitter rivals Lower Hutt in the second local derby in six days. The boys were looking to build on the 3-0 Chatham Cup victory on Queen’s Birthday Monday. Big Stick once again took the reins with Graham still away.

 

Lower Hutt started the brightest, peppering the Petone goal early on and requiring Reed to put his body on the line by making a couple of good saves before crashing into each post. By all accounts the game last Monday did not have a real local derby feel to it. But Lower Hutt came out fighting this time around and the boys in blue knew they were in for a tough game. The first half went on with no real goalmouth action, the majority of the battle was taking place in the middle of the park and was evenly matched.

 

Petone was forced to make a substitution early in the second half with Bayley struggling with injury and needing to be replaced. Ben Feld was his replacement and boy did he look up for this game. With his arrival on the pitch the Mighty Blues started to gain control and really put Lower Hutt under some pressure. That pressure proved telling as James Nash played a nice cross field ball out to George Milne who had drifted onto the left wing. George then produced a beauty of a cross to pick out the in-form Van who did the rest with a terrific header to break the deadlock. Petone nearly doubled their advantage on a couple of occasions. First, when Feld showed some blistering pace to break free down the left hand side only for the Hutt keeper to make a tremendous save to deny Van a double. And then, when Feld again created some space with a nice turn before firing a shot just wide of the post. There was still time for Lower Hutt to create a couple of chances but big Reed was having none of that and produced one top class save in particular to preserve the lead and seal the victory.

 

Nothing like beating your rivals twice in the same week!

 

Capital Premier

Petone Reserves 1 (Sean Clarke) v Vic University 0

 

Wa hey! Michael Pickering doubles up the reports! He’s going to miss us…

 

A double whammy of reports from me this week. I was masquerading as assistant coach for both teams so was able to keep my concentration levels up for an extended period of time. I’ve been helping out with the Reserves for a few weeks now and each week they seem to be getting better and producing some great results (bar a slip-up against Miramar last time out).

 

This time the boys played hosts to Victoria University in what turned out to be as tough a game as we expected. This was another game that proved to be quite a battle through the middle of the park. Throughout the first half there was a general lack of quality about the play of both teams though and chances were at a premium. With the scores locked at 0-0 at halftime we knew we were in with a good shout of getting something from the game and started the second half positively. I had to sneak away for the pre-match team talk of the first team so missed the next 10 or so minutes. During that time, the pendulum swung in Vic’s favour as Morgan Blair received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. The sending off had the potential to rattle our boys in blue but in fact it did the complete opposite. The boys showed some great spirit and fight and dug deep to keep University out. Ryan McGlinchey was sitting on the bench itching to get on the park and make a difference. When Scotty put him out there, make a difference was exactly what he did. Petone won a free kick on halfway which Ethan Attewell smartly took quickly. He played the ball into Sean Clarke who turned the ball round the corner to the advancing Ryan who then drove into the box before squaring the ball back to Sean who produced a neat little finish to put us up 1-0. The boys dug deep once again as they looked to hold onto this valuable lead but Vic Uni nearly found a way through. Dan Clarke stood in their way though and he produced a quality double save right at the end to secure a vital 3 points.

 

1-0 wins are my favourite. So to get two on the same day was just plain brilliant.

 

Capital 3

Miramar Rangers 5 v Petone Thirds 3 (Todd Bryant 2, Tom Heaps)

 

Waikanae 7 v Petone Fourths 3 (Dylan Goddard, Steve Elgar, Daryll Pickering)

 

Wayne Ebert yet again comes through with another entertaining wash-up…

 

Well, that was a quick round (I’m sure we played them just 2 games ago!!).

 

This time we were off to Waikanae, dragging four of our college boys (who had just played) along with us on the way up. Not to mention the seven players who could have all played Masters (the young and the…experienced!).

 

We knew they were going to be difficult to handle at home, so tried to do our best to shape the team to fit the challenge.

 

We started off very well with two of our College boys showing no signs of fatigue early to combine for the first goal. Brad Ebert played a nicely timed through ball for Dylan Goddard to run on to. After a settling touch and from 25 yards out he hit an absolute screamer to launch into the top of the net and off we go Petone 1, Waikanae 0. The next passage of play saw a physical (in the air) challenge on Petone’s GK, Mike Kininmouth. Mike lost his balance in the air with the ball in hand and landed very heavily on his side and managed to break his ribs! (He finally found out at 9pm that night, after some lengthy waiting around!) Out for four weeks!! He tried to carry on after a bit of a breather, but it was not to be and his day ended there, after about 10 mins! With Jeremy Bowen on hand as a sub today, it was an easy decision to get the gloves on.

 

They followed up the attack on goal with a bit of an onslaught and from there on in with their pace and target boots on half time came around and it was 3-1 to Waikanae. Dylan had to work so we swapped him for Kurt McGuiness’s first 4th team run.

 

Half time saw a positive team talk and hopes of pressure on their defence to turn things around. However after about 15 minutes in, we were in a bit of strife at 5-1 down!

 

Step up Petone senior players! Daryll Pickering providing a perfect free kick into the box for Stephen Elgar (yes again!! = top goal scorer now!!) to bravely header home with the keeper thinking Beefy (Stephen) resembled the ball and tried to launch him into the Waikanae river. I think he was told to “pick the ball out of the net”- 5-2.

 

Then 5 minutes later we got another one back...with a bit of a twist. A Pickering free kick, targeted straight into Beefy, again got their keeper all upset. He forgot about the ball and more about Stephen who thought a nice “dummy” was on and let it go and it bounced all the way into the goal un-aided. A goal to Daryll in his first game for the 4ths, again the keeper was reminded where the ball was!! 5-3.

 

However, a number of “discussions” ensued between players with the referee not noticing and things started to get a little heavy handed out in the middle. Some of the banter was quite funny when it was retold afterwards.

 

Connor Bliss was introduced to replace Brett at the back so we could try and push forward a bit, but it didn’t quite work. That was where it ended for Petone, but Waikanae still had some pace and target shooting to finish with, ending up 7-3 winners.

 

Not the type of result we wanted but hopefully we can improve for next week as we travel away to the depths of Alex Moore Turf. Let’s hope our 3rd team brothers can inflict some damage on them next week.

 

Player of the day was given to Daryll Pickering for lasting 90 mins and having a say in two of the goals. There were good performances from Graeme Henderson and Stephen Elgar and the ever consistent Brendon May.

 

Until next week…

 

Capital 6

Petone Chicago 0 v Stop Out 6

 

Capital 8

Waterside Karori Glory 3 v Petone Stonecutters 0

 

Petone Chuggers 0 v Seatoun 0

 

Capital 10

Vic University 9 v Petone Pickle Jar 2

 

 

Masters Football

 

Masters 3

Mighty Masters 2 v Waterside Karori 1

 

North Wellington 5 v Left Over Stew 2

 

Masters 5

BNU 2 v Dreamers 6 (Paul Baker 2, Chris Spayes, Jim McKenzie, Greg Revell)

 

 

Womens Football

 

Womens Premier

Welllington United 1 v Powerex Petone 4 (Kirstie Baker 2, Sarah Kendall, Jacqueline Valentine-Ramsden)

 

Womens Div 2

Powerex Petone Reserves 5 (Own goals 2, Meg O’Saurus, Vanessa Pickin, Hannah Carey)

 

Petone Power Rangers 2 (Collette Mullin, Kristy Whalen) v KCU Reserves 2

 

 

Junior Football

 

With another dismal week of rain we were holding our collective breaths this week to see if we would get a full round of games in, and thankfully sanity prevailed. For those who got to play on muddy pitches it was a great opportunity to develop some new skills.

 

The 7th and 8th grades headed to Hutt Park for a mini festival against Stop Out and Eastbourne teams. An excellent way to break up some of the in-house rounds.

 

In the 9th grade this week, the Settlers and Wanderers also took on Stop Out teams, with a draw and a win respectively. They then went head to head in a tough battle with the Settlers coming out as victors 1-0, great to see a close tussle at the top.

 

The other 9th grade teams had a mix of results against other teams from across the valley. The Villagers headed to Williams Park to face Eastbourne and won convincingly 4-0, followed by a slightly closer finish against Upper Hutt – win 2-0. Both the Rovers and the Nomads had a win and a loss in their games.

 

In the Girls only league this weekend, the 13th grade Settlers – now in a mixed 13/14th grade had a comprehensive win against Wellington United at Nairnville Park. The team is tracking very well this season under the guidance of senior women’s player Sarah Kendall.

 

Petone 12th grade Rovers 2 vs Petone 12th grade Villagers 1

 

Our match report this week comes from 12th grade Rovers coach Paul Robertson, whose team went head to head with the Petone Villagers this weekend.

 

Saturday 6th June saw the clash of the two Hutt Valley yellow 12th grade Petone sides, Villages and Rovers.

 

Last season the mid table Rovers had been Petone’s C team but have been joined in the grade this season by the Villagers who have taken the grade by storm winning games by big margins and are to date unbeaten.

 

A bit of friendly banter among the players had the Rovers team well aware of the Villagers triumphs so far this season leading into the game. It was a cool but clear morning at Sladden Park for the 9am kick off, which saw both teams looking to get the upper hand and find space to attack.

 

The Rovers right striker was the first to score midway through the first half with a great run and clinical finish after some good work from the midfield secured the ball.

 

Relieved to have gained the lead and only too aware of the Villagers reputation for scoring goals, the Rovers concentrated on maintaining defensive pressure all over the pitch to deny them the opportunities to reply and the shocked Villagers went to half time down 1-0.

 

The second half was almost a repeat of the first with a real tussle to convert possession into goals from both teams with one of the Rovers fullbacks lobbing a Villagers clearing kick back into their goal area for his striker to lay back to their centre mid who deftly chipped it into the net, 2-0 to the Rovers and the tension was still palpable. The Rovers team was now exhausted from holding out a firmly attacking team and it was only a matter of time before the Villagers would start their come back.

 

Sure enough with about ten minutes to go one of the Villagers strikers confidently smacked a goal though the posts from a well-placed corner kick to bring them within one point of a draw.

 

With some committed, determined and at times scrambling defence the game ended 2-1 to the Rovers.

 

It was a hard fought game played in good spirit which left both teams looking forward to the rematch latter in the season and confirmed Petone’s strong position within the grade.