Waiheke Marketplace : May 22nd 2013
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 30 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MAY 22, 2013 SPORT Reds fight back hard to level score SOCCER Good game: Waiheke United 17th Grade Leopards beat Metro Black 3-0. Photo: PAULA MURRAY Winning style: Waiheke Fullers Falcons beat Eastern Suburbs 3-1. Photo: ALEX KAHL Waiheke United Fullers Boom vs Mangere Stingers 1-1, Centre Park The Reds travelled to Mangere to take on second placed Mangere Stingers on Saturday. The teams were greeted by glorious sunshine which soon turned to rain, making conditions very difficult and the pitch almost unplayable in places. The game started well with both teams stringing together a number of passes and really getting a feel for one another. The Reds pres- sed hard and had a number of chances but could not find the back of the net. Follow- ing some great counter attacking play, Mangere had the Waiheke United defence stretched and were able to find their striker in the box unmarked. He slotted the ball across the goal into the far corner of the net, leaving the Waiheke keeper stranded. Waiheke continued to challenge, but let a number of chances go begging and went into half time a goal down. The second half began as the first half ended with United peppering the oppo- sition s goal and eventually managing to find a break- through 20 minutes in. Some superb play down the left from Bobby Puddifoot who crossed for Steven Turnbull to head in his 5th goal in four games. A Man of the Match per- formance from Steven Turnbull, who had been playing with an injury, and a solid performance from the entire team was not enough to ensure the three points as Waiheke continued to spurn chances and ended the game 1-1. A spirited performance from the team, especially Steven Turnbull, and team captain Ethan McDonald ensured that the team ral- lied from a goal down, away from home, securing a valu- able point. -- Jono Henning Waiheke United 17th Grade Leopards v Metro Black 3-0, Onetangi Sports Park The clouds cleared and the field was in perfect condition at Onetangi Sports Park. After a default and a post- ponement, the Leopards were chomping at the bit and the supporters were abun- dant on the sidelines. Only six minutes in, the first goal was scored by stri- ker Daniel Blair, who had already been awarded player of the day status in a rugby match in town that morning. While many opportunities presented themselves, the Metro goalie was in fine form and Waiheke were denied until seven minutes into the second half when a penalty was awarded and success- fully taken by international student Diego Saez. Metro played with courage but were unable to score in either half. The cherry on the top came for the Leo- pards when another inter- national student, Kaito Tanaka, who, in perfect pos- ition and with precision tim- ing, slotted home the third and final goal of the day. Final score 3-0 to Waiheke Leopards. -- Paula Murray Waiheke Fullers Falcons vs Eastern Suburbs 3-1, Onetangi Sports Park The game started off with the Falcons showing promise with good passages of play. Unfortunately, due to a few defensive errors, Eastern Suburbs managed to score within five minutes. The Falcons hit back with good forward ball movement resulting in a goal to Troy after a goal line scramble. The Falcons kept the score level after some great saves by new keeper Reon. The Falcons then took more control over the game with forward runs by Tati- jana which ended up with a goal by Harrison. In the sec- ond half, only one goal was scored which was an own goal after a good attempt from Kit. The game ended Falcons 3, Eastern Suburbs 1. Louis was awarded player of the day for a great effort in defence. -- Louis Davidson Waiheke United Stags vs Three Kings 12-1, Onetangi Sports Park At 7.40am on Saturday morning, with rain pouring, the Three Kings team rang the Stags coach to try to postpone the game. It is not surprising a team would not want to play against the high-flying Stags even on the most perfect day, but coach Saunders refused their request knowing that the sun would come. The final stages of grading games before this team goes up to meet the stronger teams in Division 1 are important, as is learning and perfecting the way the coach tries to encourage the Stags to play. The Stags started strong with some slick passing but, against the run of play after giving away a free kick, the Three Kings team scored a long range goal with what was to be their only chance of the game. Their moment of hope didn t last long. Within a minute the score was level. The first half was an average performance by the standards set. Passing was weak and awareness poor, yet the half time score was 3-1. The half time talk was firm, clear and precise and the team went out to show their true colours. Everybody upped their game. Man of the Match Declan scored four goals, showing why he is valued in this team, Gab and Baxter improve every game and can always be trusted at the back, Lorenzo was like a brick wall -- not much gets through him-- and Huxley produced a good perform- ance, highlighted with a per- fect winger s cross to Eli Timmons who nearly scored what would have been a great diving header. Miles Saunders played OK with his five goals scored: one or two were so good even the coach couldn t truthfully say: I taught him that. But it was the team per- formance that gives us great hope as we prepare for the harder challenges that are to come. -- Nick Saunders Waiheke United Panth- ers vs Bay Olympic Concords 1-2, Onetangi Sports Park It was always going to be tough against the unbeaten table toppers from the West. The first half was mostly even for possession, though the Panthers were often in the opposition half for long periods. The midfield and strikers worked well together with some good passing and runs and some good shots which just missed the target. Dominic and Oli- ver both had a few shots with Callum and Salif mak- ing the most of their touches in the field. Bodhi was run- ning past what at times seemed like the whole bay team but found the last min- ute pass being cut off by the organised defence. Miro played the first half in goal, making several saves includ- ing one that was very impressive. Even though he had the likes of the day s captain Connor and Travis in defence, Miro was still fre- quently occupied. Noa and Ethan played valuable roles and, with the help of Kaea, the game was evenly poised. The second half was simi- lar but as both teams wanted goals there was more fire. The first goal to Bay was a bit soft and somewhat unfor- tunate but that got Waiheke fired up and soon after they had a well worked second. To the Panthers credit, their heads didn t go down and they fought on giving the spectators of both teams a thrilling watch. Oliver scored what is for now the goal of the season. From a distance, he gave himself room and smashed a volley which went over the goalie s hands and dropped perfectly into the back of the net. Miro and Dominic worked well together with several close crosses and shots. At several points a number of Panthers got shots off but the Bay box was congested and difficult to see through. Everyone played an out- standing game. Despite the loss it was one of the best team efforts yet. Oliver won Player of the Day and the cape of general awesomen- ess while Dominic was Coach s Choice for his never- give-up playing style. -- Simon Riddell Waiheke United Fullers Foxes vs Bay Olympic Lightning 2-4, Onetangi Sports Park On Saturday the Foxes played Bay Olympic Light- ning. The Lightning proved to be a tough opposition, scoring four impressive goals. The Foxes showed their strength and determi- nation and, despite being a much smaller side, managed to score two awesome free kicks. Following the match, stand-in coach Glendale told the team: I m so proud to have the opportunity to coach some of football s future superstars. As a team there was excellent bonding and team spirit. The Player of the Day title was deservedly awarded to Sam for very strong defend- ing and hard work in the midfield. Heath was awarded Coach s Choice for switch from his usual defender position to give the strikers reason to keep train- ing. A deserving mention must also go to Phoenix for an outstanding contribution as goalkeeper in the first half. While the Foxes lost this week s match, it cannot be said that they went down without a fight. Their grit and determination was evi- dent until the final whistle blew. All in all, it was an out- standing outing for the boys and one they should all be proud of. -- Theresa and Kaea Rangi- haeata Professional footballer will be here for coaching clinic Waiheke visit: Ben Sigmund is coming to the island for a coaching clinic and meetings at Queen's Birthday weekend. He is pictured here at the New Zealand All Whites v Solomon Islands football match played at North Harbour Stadium on the North Shore in September. NZ won 6-1. Photo: PETER MEECHAM All White and Wellington Phoenix defender Ben Sig- mund is coming to Waiheke Island during Queen s Birthday weekend for a coa- ching clinic and a meet and greet session to inspire the next generation of players. On Saturday, June 1, Sig- mund will be coaching the First Kicks (6-7 years) and Fun Football (7-8 years) in the morning sessions before watching the other junior teams play. On Saturday night he will be catching up with the senior teams. On Sunday, June 2, 10 junior players will get the opportunity to have Break- fast with Ben where they can ask questions about what it is like to be a profes- sional player and what they would need to do to follow in his boots. There will be a coaching clinic on Sunday, June 2 from 10.30am to 12 noon which is open to everyone. The cost is $20 per family. This will be followed by a sausage sizzle and signing session where Ben will hap- pily sign balls and shirts for the young players.
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