Results for 17 May

8th Grade Nth Wgtn Blaze 8 Pukerua Bay Skinks 1 A much more even game than the score suggests. The Skinks competed strongly for the whole game, with lots of shots at goal. Unfortunately, only Amy was successful in scoring. Player of the day - Amy. Coach's special award went to Lucy. Onslow Bankots 13 Pukerua Bay Dolphins 3 10th Grade A Nth Wgtn Victory 0 Pukerua Stingrays 12 A few weeks off didn't seem to affect the Stingrays with a comprehensive display of attacking football along with some equally committed defence. It's good to see the commitment shown at training transferring to the Saturday matches. A well contested first 5 minutes of the game seemed to suggest an even tussle but once the Stingrays started scoring they never let the opposition get into the game and completely dominated right to the final whistle. Some terrific goals from Angus, Noa, Johnny, Zac, Elroy and Connor many coming from taking the ball wide and sending in accurate crosses. The few opportunities North Wellington had were repelled by excellent skills shown by all the defensive players, rarely letting the opposition strikers to have an uninterrupted shot on goal. Player of the day was the whole team for an all-round performance. 11th Grade B Pukerua Bay Barracudas 1 Karori Bellbirds 3 This was an even game, despite the score. The Barracudas held Karori to a nil-all draw until the last couple of minutes of the first half, when Karori managed to slip in two quick goals. An evenly contested second half saw the teams get a goal a piece. Player of the day - Peter. 12th Grade B Karori Volts 0 Pukerua Bay Sharks 9 A beautiful day for football after so many cancellations, and both teams went out determined to enjoy themselves and score a few goals. In the first few minutes of the game it looked as though this might be quite an even contest, with both midfields putting some attacking moves together. Fortunately for the Sharks we took the first chance that came our way with George scoring a lovely goal from around the edge of the box (it might have been a half volley, too, but I can't remember). Even better, though, was that this was the culmination of some terrific passing and a perfect cross into the centre from the right wing. In fact, the Sharks' passing during the first half was without doubt the best they have ever played, and we were 4 - 0 up at half time, with the other goals scored by Robert and Andrew. The second half was a bit scrappier, largely because the Sharks started to play a little more individually rather than as a team, but nevertheless they scored 5 more good goals. At this point I moved defence into attack and attack into defence, but by now it was too late for the Volts to make any inroads. That said, the Volts are not a bad team at all (they looked really switched on during their warm-ups; I was very impressed), but a number of them are playing up a year and I think found it hard to keep up with the older players. Quite a bag of goals for us, with Andrew scoring 4, Robert 2, Dominic 2 and George 1 (his first for the Sharks). I couldn't pick a player of the day because everyone played so well, so everyone was:-) Well done. 15th Grade B Wellington College D 0 Pukerua Bay Rangers 13 This was the first outing for the reconstituted Rangers. None of us were really sure how they would do, but we didn't have long to find out - the first goal was scored within a couple of minutes of kickoff. The Rangers played a terrific game. Their passing was excellent, ball control was great, positional play well thought out and they fought hard for the ball at every opportunity. They were controlled and confident for the entire game. College never troubled them apart from one serious attacking sequence in the second half, but it was obvious that most of the Rangers were used to playing together and that gave them a real edge. The benefit of all those hours of impromptu soccer at the school really showed! Everyone had a great time.