Results for 12 April

8th Grade Pukerua Bay Dolphins 2, Nth Wellington Chaos 10 The Dolphins played a great game today, all trying really hard. North Wellington Chaos scored 10 goals and in a great improvement on last year, the Dolphins scored 2 goals - final score 10-2. Last year it took about 6 games before they got a goal. Thanks to Chaos for swapping two players at half time and to Louis and Tabitha for playing for Chaos in the second half. Meredith worked really hard in goal in the first half and Alex made some great saves in goal in the second. Tabitha and Tabitha did a great defending double act both tackling even when four Chaos players were coming at them! Reuben played strong defence and also helped out the forwards. The forwards, Lewis and Rees, plus Louis, Alex and then Meredith for a half each did some great kicking and took some strong shots at goal. Best hollywood goes to Rees for his somersault tumble (no injury) and Player of the Day was Tabitha H for great tackling and defending. A good fun game :-) and the Dolphins looked really smart in their new gear. Pukerua Bay Skinks 6, Onslow Bengals 0 The Skinks played extremely well against another all-girls team, with lots of passing through the whole game. Hazel played in goal in the first half and saved lots of goals. In the second half, the Skinks turned the game around and were definitely on attack and had lots of shots at goal. Goals were scored by Courtney (2), Teagan (1), Maia (2) and Mary-Lynn (1). Player of the Day went to Teagan, and the coach's special award went to Courtney. 10th Grade A Pukerua Bay Stingrays 3, Wests Hawks 3 An exciting match as those supporters on the sideline will attest. An excellent game of soccer by the Stingrays against an organised and skilled team from Wests. Considering there were three new players who were having their first season of football the Stingrays competed well as a team and they played with a lot of heart and determination. Although being down by a goal early on, the Stingrays fought back through a great strike by Oscar - his first goal for the team. Wests scored twice either side of half-time and were ahead 3-1 with 10 minutes to play, but the Stingrays never dropped their heads, fought back and dominated the last period of the game with two more fine goals to bring about the draw. A great first up game. Player of the day - all the players for great team spirit. 11th Grade B IBU Makos 5, Pukerua Bay Barracudas 0 The Barracudas played well and held their own throughout the game - better than the score would suggest. Unfortunately, the team lost a bit of heart when a goal was disallowed, and then they had to play the last 10 minutes with only 10 players after one of the Barracudas was injured. The forwards tended to drift out of position a bit, so they missed a few opportunities. But it was a good game for the spectators, and Chad made some good saves in goal. Player of the day was Thomas or great defence and staying in position. 12th Grade B Pukerua Bay Sharks 1, Seatoun Dragons 3 Apart from no rain, this was a near perfect morning for a game of football;-) The Sharks had a very shaky start and struggled to cope against a very well drilled and skillful Seatoun team. Robert had a busy time in goal, but was eventually beaten by an excellently placed shot that anyone would have been proud of. This was a bit of a wake-up call for the Sharks, who came alive in the last five minutes or so of the half. The second half was better fought by the Sharks, but unfortunately mostly in defence as Seatoun hammered away at us. Eventually the pressure was too much and an additional two goals were scored in quick succession as the Sharks began to tire. In the dying moments of the game Robert made a breakthrough and outpaced the defence to slot in a consolation goal for the Sharks. Despite the 3-1 defeat I think the Sharks can take a lot from this game: the team put a number of very good (and planned!) moves together, only to be thwarted by good defence, and conversely defended very well for long periods of time. Player of the Day was Dominic for his almost tireless running, and in only his second game of football, demonstrating terrific ball skills.