Results for 28 June

8th GRADE Onslow Kims 8 Pukerua Bay Dolphins 1 It wasn't until quite late in the second half that the Dolphins pulled off their first goal of the season. Louis Bailey drove home a goal, passed up to him from Reese in goal, through a number of the team and on to Louis to score. The team and the parents went wild and it was great to see the inspiration this was to all the kids as they realised what a goal feels like. That energy was apparent as Louis and Meredith came close to getting 1-2 more goals that were stopped by the Kims' goalie. We are seeing continued improvement in all the players as they make sense of the game and how to play it. It was a muddy game and it was great to see those who got down in the mud get up and carry on (even the ref!). The Kims were quick off the mark and scored a number of goals by strong attack on our goal kicks, so we'll be working on that at practices. Players of the day were Bruce for keeping to his position and getting onto the ball - well done a great improvement over the season; Louis Bailey for the first team goal of the season and a strong all-round game; and Tabitha Batchelor for some superb strong defence that prevented the Kims scoring more and also a great effort when up in attack. Well done Dolphins. Onslow Raroas 4 Pukerua Bay Skinks 2 This was a really good match - everybody got wet but they all had a lot of fun. After a good, even start, the score stood at 1-1 at half time. Unfortunately, Onslow pulled away in the second half to get a win. Amy and Courtenay S got the goals for the Skinks. Player of the day was Mary Lynn, and the special award went to Hazel. 10th GRADE A Tawa Harriers 1 Pukerua Bay Stingrays 6 The Stingrays made a storming start to this match stringing together some excellent passing movements right throughout the team and finishing with real effect in front of goal. They really stretched the Harriers' defence by taking the ball wide and combined this with good accurate crosses for the Stingrays attackers to latch on to, and they were 5-nil up by half time. Some of the passing leading up to the goals and the striking was of real quality.The defence was also rock solid controlling the midfield, shutting down any Tawa attacks early, and working really well as a unit. It was also great to see the players starting to head the ball in the match, both in defence and attack. The second half had the Stingrays creating a lot of opportunities, but not quite finishing them off as they did in the first half. A rare goal mouth misunderstanding led to the Harriers getting a goal late in the game and the Stingrays finished in style with a deserved goal for their 2nd half efforts. Player of the Day: the whole team for an excellent performance. 11th, 12th & 15th grade games were all cancelled.

Results for 21 June

8th GRADE Nth Wgtn Chaos 5 Pukerua Bay Dolphins 0 While it might not look it this score is a vast improvement on the first game against Chaos, which the Dolphins lost 10-2 (only scoring the two goals after swapping two players at half time). We had three players away - Meredith, Bruce and Tabitha B - and we were very grateful for the ring-in short notice help from Ollie Markwell and his cousin Freddy. This time against Chaos it was exciting to see the Dolphins go out and play like a real thinking team in the first half. We had a few shots at goal, which unfortunately missed but were a great improvement on a tendency the team has to take the ball up and then wait allowing the opposing goalie to get the ball rather than drive in a shot for goal. We saw good passing, calling and team play, but confidence and energy seemed to ebb for the Dolphins in the second half and we finished with five goals scored against us. It needs to be remembered we were playing with one player with a half-healed foot injury, three of our players away, and two younger players who haven't faced this level of competition nor played with the Dolphins before. So with that in mind, it was a great effort from all those who played and keep up the fitness, skills development and thinking about how you play as a team. Players of the day - Alex Connolly for despite a major injury last week playing a great first half in goal and then good all round play in the second half, Ollie and Freddy Markwell for helping us out and a great first effort in a highly competitive game. Pukerua Bay Skinks 2 Nth Wgtn Impact 3 The girls played a close gutsy game of soccer against this team. Amy scored a couple of ripper goals, one after the other in the first half. She attacked like a champion all game, with the support of her team mates, receiving some great passes. The score at half time was 2-2. We continued to play well in the second half but, although we had many close shots on goal, we didn't quite manage to score again. Harriet was our stand out defender - demonstrating lots of great positional play, tackling and clearances. Every one put lots of energy into this game. Well done the Skinks! Player of the day- Harriet Cook. Special award- Amy Hunter. 10th GRADE A Pukerua Bay Stingrays 3 Nth Wgtn United 0 Another solid game by the Stingrays in which they always looked in control. North Wellington were very organised in defence and also had a goalie who wasn't afraid to leave his line to shut down potential shots. Ngatitoa 1A and 1B pitches are also a lot longer in length than the other pitches we have been playing on, which had an effect on the players' positioning on the field and the links between defence and attack. It took a while for the Stingrays to get on the scoreboard, but the pressure finally told with a great left foot shot from Johnny. They were 2-nil up at halftime and continued to press forward in the 2nd half with some good passing, nice runs down the wings, and some excellent crosses coming in. Angus then scored with a powerful low shot into the corner to end the scoring.Once again all the Stingrays players worked effectively all game to shut down any of United attacks. United's best opportunity near the end was stopped by a nice parrying save at close range by Elroy and then the return shot well blocked off the goal line by Jack. Players of the Day: Johnny & Elroy. Thanks also to Chris Mooney for refereeing. 11th GRADE C Pukerua Bay Barracudas 1 Olympic Iris 4 By all account, this was a pretty even game, marred by the Barracudas letting in three soft goals. Pity, as it could have been a draw. 12th GRADE B IBU Mokis 2 Pukerua Bay Sharks 4 The sky was blue, but it was very cool with a sometimes strong but always blustery northerly screaming across Wakefield Park. The Sharks were fortunate to win the toss, and Hannah (today's captain) made a wise decision to play with the wind. The Sharks took a little while to settle down and were scrappy to start with, as indeed were the Mokis in their first game after being promoted to Section B. However, after about ten minutes the Sharks started getting their passes to feet, and with Dominic, Josh, Clarrie and Zac popping up all over the place, it wasn't long before Andrew scored the first goal of the game. This gave the Sharks their confidence back, and the midfield joined in the fun, with Logan, Fraser and Sam (who was playing all over the field!) getting stuck in. There was plenty of excellent passing during this stage of play, and Andrew scored another two goals before half time to claim his third hat trick of the season (and his second was a beauty!). Jake and Hannah in defence had very little to do, and Robert in goal only touched the ball three times. The second half was going to be a lot harder for the Sharks playing into the wind, but early on it looked like they were going to bag a few more goals when Robert scored a well taken goal from what was almost a set piece from kick-off. For the next ten minutes or so the game settled down with the Mokis beginning to put some attacks together to put our defence under pressure. About this time the Sharks gave away the first of several handballs, but this one was on the edge of the box. The Mokis took a tremendous free kick, and Logan made a terrific save to put the ball over the bar - good football! After this the Mokis kept up the pressure, which the Sharks exacerbated at times by getting in each others' way when trying to clear, and these errors eventually led to the Mokis scoring two good goals. At the other end of the park the Sharks were still able to put good attacks together, but over-enthusiasm meant that two goals (both scored by Zac) were disallowed for being offside. Overall, this was another very good game for the Sharks, with continual improvement game-on-game, particularly the passing. Player of the Day was Zac for working really hard throughout the game; and best effort of the day was to Fraser, who by recent standards had a quiet game, but he was there when it mattered. 15th GRADE B Pukerua Bay Rangers 10 Tawa Reds 0 A reasonable win to the Rangers, and one that will be remembered for two of the best (possibly flukiest) goals seen for a while. The Rangers played with a stiff wind in the first half and the first goal came at one of the many corners they forced on Tawa. Guest player Abel took the shot from the left hand corner and delivered a high curving ball towards the far corner of the goal. The wind caught it and swept in through the keeper's hands and straight into the net. It would have been a dangerous shot anyway, but with the wind behind it, it was superb. The goals came regularly in the first half and the second great goal came in the final minutes of the spell. Peter did a high bicycle kick over his head from the edge of the penalty area, straight in front of the goal. Once again, the wind caught it and swept it over the keeper's head and into the net, while Peter lay sprawled on the turf. Great stuff! The Rangers were up 6-0 at half time, but the score would have been higher if it hadn't been for some committed saves by Tawa's first half keeper. Tawa were also unlucky to have a possible goal disallowed when a striker ran offside to receive the ball. The second half wasn't too flash, although the Rangers scored another four goals. Playing into the wind was harder work, and the Rangers went off the boil for a good 20 minutes or more. Passing was lacklustre and there was none of the sparkle they so often show. Tawa were unlucky to give away a couple of good scoring chances by going offside. However, the Rangers spent more time on attack then defence. And Abel had a lot of fun in goal, running out of the box on a number of occasions to challenge attackers. Talk about confident! Goals went to Abel (1), Luke (4), Peter (3), Tim (1 - his first for the season) and Cam (1).

Results for 14 June

8th GRADE: Pukerua Bay Dolphins 0 Nth Wgtn Fever 8 What the score doesn't show is that we saw the Dolphins really start to play and think like a team. There was great calling for the ball, much more spreading out and sticking to positions, some good looking around, and well placed goal kicks and throw ins. Some superb and courageous tackling and defending. Reuben played goal in the first half and Meredith in the second. Both goalies made lots of great saves that prevented Fever scoring more than they got. Player of the Day Louis Bailey Pukerua Bay Skinks 4 Wests Suns 5 This was a very close, exciting match. The girls all stepped up and played an excellent attacking game with lots of shots on goal as well as some very good defensive play. Teagan, Courtney S and Maia scored a goal each in the first half bringing the half time score to 3-1. The Sun's arrival of a key player during half time resulted in two quick goals scored against us early in the second half. However, Maia blasted a goal into the corner to put us into the lead 4-3 shortly before full time. Unfortunately there was a discrepancy with the time keeping and the Suns scored two more goals after full time to put them into the lead. However it was still an excellent match. Thank you to Courtney D who volunteered to play for the other team in the first half and Mary Lynn in the second half - you both played very well! Player of the Day: Courtney for amazing energy, speed and many excellent attacks on goal. Special Award: Maia for also showing great energy and dedication. 10th GRADE A: Pukerua Stingrays 6 Wests Herons 2 Similar to last week's game the Stingrays started strongly from the outset and dominated the first 15 min of the game, scoring three nice goals. Then (probably for the first time this season) they were just a bit casual when competing for the ball and the Herons came back with two goals before half time. After a bit of a regroup at the break the Stingrays came out again strongly at the start of the second half and really dominated the rest of the game across the whole park scoring three more excellent goals. What was really pleasing about this match from a coach's perspective was that at half time we talked about the need to be first to the ball, especially in defence and midfield, and all the players responded really well and everyone lifted their game back up again. Well done guys - a great effort. Players of the day: Jack and Noa. 11th GRADE B: Seatoun Lions 6 Pukerua Bay Barracudas 0 The Barracudas were down to the bare 11 team members with three members away, so no subs for tired players during the game. The started the first half playing uphill (!) and into the wind, against a better team. The muddy field slowed things down, and by half-time the Barracudas were down 4-0. However, they picked up in the second half, challenging Seatoun and contesting the ball a bit more. They even had a few chances to score by breaking away into the opposition's danger zone, but weren't able to finish off. Player of the day was Samuel for good work in midfield (a change from his normal position in defence). 12th GRADE B: Pukerua Bay Sharks 0 Porirua Pukeko 8 Not a good day for us - an 8-0 defeat by a much too strong Porirua Pukeko who should probably be in the Promo league. This was a re-run of last year's game, with a much stronger and very skillful girl dominating the game, particularly in the first half. The first half was really hard work for the Sharks; not only did they have to contend with the northerly, but also the whirlwind that was the Pukeko, and a failure to play cohesively. Robert played really well in goal to deny them many more goals than the five they put in by half-time, but defensively and in midfield we were really poor and deserved to be behind. The second half was much much better, and Robert came out with his usual gusto, which seemed to lift the Sharks a bit and put Porirua on the back foot at times. The Sharks started putting some good passing together, and a combination of strong defending by Porirua, and lack of numbers in attack denied us any real scoring opportunities. Porirua scored three goals in the second half, though these were a lot less convincing than those in the first half and didn't really reflect the run of play. I am really proud of how the Sharks came out and played in the second half - they could have given up but they didn't, and credit to everyone for just trying so hard and putting some good attacking moves together. What to work on for training? Getting to the ball first and not waiting for it, and first touch control (there's not point kicking thin air!). Player of the day was Logan for a good second half performance in goal, and especially his excellent penalty save and subsequent clearance, which so nearly resulted in a goal for us. 15th GRADE B: St Pats White 2 Pukerua Bay Rangers 10 The Rangers dished out another resounding defeat to an under-strength St Pats side, which had to borrow two of our players in each half just to make up the full 11. The scoring started pretty early from the Rangers, but St Pats were no pushover, and gave us some anxious moments on attack. Hamish B did at least three excellent saves, diving at the feet of an attacker to smother the ball as they were about to shoot. By half-time, the Rangers were 5-1 up. The second half continued the one-way scoring, with some superb goals from the very confident and controlled Rangers forwards, including one goal headed in by Hamish M from a superb corner kick from Luke. St Pats contested well in the midfield, but found it very hard to get through our defence to even have a shot at goal, although their second half goal was a great left foot shot at the end of a good crossing manoeuvre. However, their defence could not keep out our attack, with strong crossing, good possession and accurate shooting from all points around the goal box. The final score was probably higher than 10 for the Rangers, but the ref lost count at one point in the second half :-|.

Results for 7 June

8th GRADE: North Wellington Shock 4 Pukerua Bay Dolphins 0 The Dolphins played well, especially in the first half, and this was a well matched game. It could have gone either way with one goal got in by the Shock before half time. Reece did a great job in goal in the first half and did some great saves and huge kicks. Strong attacking was in place and Meredith, Tabitha, Louis, Reuben and Lewis all did some superb passing, attacking and had a number of shots at goal that just didn't get past a good Shock goalie. In the second half one of the North Wellington players managed a hat trick of three run away goals to take the final score to 4-0. Player of the day was Tabitha for great all round work from backing up the goalie during goal kicks to almost getting a goal or two when in attack. Onslow Bengals 0 Pukerua Bay Skinks 2 The girls had a good win, and everyone played well. Courtney D got Player of the Day for her excellent goal keeping in the first half. She made some good saves and cleared the ball from goal kicks well. She also scored a goal in the second half. The score was 0-0 at half time but with the wind in the second half and the girls' speed and strength the team dominated the second period. Teagan also scored. Courtney S won the coach's special award for improved skills. Player of the day: Courtney D. 10th GRADE A: Wests Hawkes 1 Pukerua Bay Stingrays 5 A really good game and more even than the score suggests. The Stingrays had to battle hard in the first half into a strong northerly and some organised attacks by the Hawks. Great scrambling defence, however, by all the fullbacks (Jack, Katie and Cammy), some nice goalkeeping by Zac and the usual tireless running by Connor at sweeper, kept them scoreless while the attackers worked hard into the wind to put some good shots on goal. This paid off after about 20 minutes when a nice cross from Johnny was struck home powerfully by Oscar. This seemed to lift the Stingrays and they scored again with a good shot on the turn by Elroy. The Stingrays started the second half with the wind at their backs and a very quick goal after Angus cut in nicely from the right to beat the goalie. They continued to direct the play for the rest of the match. The Hawks are a good team with skilled attackers who the Stingrays drew with 3-all in their first match of the season, so to keep them to just one goal while scoring five was an excellent effort. Well done everyone. Players of the day: Zac and Oscar. 11th GRADE B: Pukerua Bay Barracudas 1 IBU Makos 4 This was an improved performance from the first time the Barracudas played the Makos earlier in the season, when they lost 6-0. They were a wee bit off the pace and slightly out-played. The kids seemed a bit tired - were're putting that down to many of them competing in the inter-school cross-country on Friday. Still it's good to see that they halved the goal margin from the previous game. Player of the day: Taylor. 12th GRADE B: Miramar Dynamoes 2 Pukerua Bay Sharks 0 The Sharks were down three players and only managed for field 10 with the help of Clarrie as a ring-in at the last minute. Unfortunately, they also didn't fire on the field and their usual snappy passing wasn't there. Player of the day: Hannah for being the stand-out defender. 15th Grade B Wellington College E vs Pukerua Bay Rangers All 15th grade games were cancelled due to a large number of transfers in the 12th grade. Second week in a row. :-(

U-17 Women's World Cup draw for Wellington announced

Wellington has done very well out of the draw for the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup being played in New Zealand in October 28-November 17 this year. Local football fans will be able to see Brazil, England and New Zealand play at Westpac Stadium. New Zealand has drawn Denmark, South American champions Columbia and a yet-to-be-decided team from North/Central America in group A. New Zealand is the top seed in this group. Brazil, England, South Korea and an African qualifier make up Group D to be hosted in Wellington, and this is picked by some to be the toughest group in the competition. New Zealand will play Colombia in Wellington in the final match of Group A. New Zealand's other games against Denmark and the North/Central American qualifier will be in Auckland. Games to be played in Wellington are: Thu 30 Oct 12.00 pm - Brazil vs England Thu 30 Oct 3.00 pm - South Korea vs African A Sun 2 Nov 1.00 pm - African A vs England Sun 2 Nov 4.00 pm - Brazil vs South Korea Tue 4 Nov 4.00 pm - New Zealand vs Colombia Tue 4 Nov 7.00 pm - African B vs Nth/Central American B Sat 8 Nov 1.00 pm - Quarter Final Sat 8 Nov 4.00 pm - Quarter Final More details on the draw are at NZ Soccer site We have brochures with order forms for the 'Friends and Family' package, which gives access to all matches at a venue (except the final in Auckland) for just $30 pre adult and $20 per child. This is great value, and if we sell 50 or more packages through the club, we'll get a 10% rebate.

Good result for the NZ U-17 women's team in Australia

The New Zealand team did very well in a recent trip to Australia, making football history by becoming the first women’s team to win back-to-back trans-Tasman matches on Australian soil. After a 1-0 loss to the same team in February, the Kiwis showed vast improvement by scoring eight unanswered goals against the home side. The 4-0 score line in both games is the biggest football win by New Zealand over Australia at any level, breaking a long-standing record held by the All Whites with their 4-1 win over Australia in 1923. In the third and final match of the tour the Young Football Ferns went down 4-2 to the Australia U-20s side.

Draw for 7 June

8th GRADE: North Wellington Shock vs Pukerua Bay Dolphins - Churton 3 (11am) Onslow Bengals vs Pukerua Bay Skinks - Grenada North J1 (11am) 10th GRADE A: Wests Hawkes vs Pukerua Bay Stingrays - Ngatitoa 2 (11am) 11th GRADE B: Pukerua Bay Barracudas vs IBU Makos - Postgate (10am) 12th GRADE B: Miramar Dynamoes vs Pukerua Bay Sharks - Miramar 1 (10.45) 15th GRADE B: Wgtn College E vs Pukerua Bay Rangers - Anderson (10.45)

Results for 31 May

A fair set of results for the younger players (apart from the Dolphins, who came up against some very tough opponents). There was a great deal of disappointment for the Sharks and Rangers, when all the games in the 12th-16/17th grades were cancelled because so many Wellington fields were in such bad condition from the previous week. (They must have been really bad as four senior soccer grades and a bunch of rugby grades also cancelled). 8th GRADE: Nth Wgtn Zoom 1 Pukerua Bay Skinks 1 The girls had a good close game with a 1-1 draw. They made good progress with their passing, tackling and positional play. The first half ended at 0-0. North Wellington scored late in the match, however, Teagan scored an excellent goal to equalize with just two minutes left. There was great work in defence by Mary Lynn, Lucy and Harriet. Maia and Lucy also kept goal well, particularly their goal kicks, as well as making some good saves. Courtney S ran and ran all match in mid-field. Teagan and Amy were dangerous in attack, working together to set up the goal. Player of the Day: Maia. Coach's special Award: Courtney D for battling on after injury. Tawa Huskies 15(?) Pukerua Bay Dolphins 0 A very tough opponent for the dolphins, after last week's excellent game. Another team that had a core of players who have been playing together for more than one season. In the first half our defence couldn't stop the quick attacking play of the Huskies. Tabitha B tried hard in goal but lots of missed tackles and a lack of confidence by the Dolphins in defence when trying to clear the ball meant we were down 5-0 early. We put on an extra player and managed to make some good counter attacking moves, which saw Meredith and Rees come close to scoring. Three more goals to the huskies before half-time and we played our full team for the whole of the second half. Meredith didn't stop running the whole game and had a couple of excellent runs, which tested the Huskies' defence. A few sloppy goals let in late in the game sealed the day for the Dolphins. Player of the day: Meredith Metcalfe. 10th GRADE A: Nth Wgtn Jets 2 Pukerua Bay Stingrays 2 A close and exciting game. The Stingrays played extremely well considering the state of the Alex Moore pitch, which had very little grass and was slippery with boggy patches. This tended to curtail the Stingrays' wide passing game and, although they had the bulk of possession throughout the match, it was always going to be difficult under the conditions to be keep their feet enough to score a lot. That said, the two goals they scored - courtesy of Angus - were excellent and just reward for sustained attacks on the opposition goal. All the defensive players had really solid games also with the Jets' two goals both coming from long range shots that dipped under the crossbar. I think everyone is impressed with the amount of effort everyone in the team is putting into these Saturday games. They are really competing for the ball throughout the match and playing with a lot of determination, skill and heart from the start, right up to the final whistle. Well done guys! Players of the day: Angus - for hard work in the midfield and accuracy in front of goal. Blake - for excellent and physical defence. 11th GRADE B: Pukerua Bay Barracudas 2 Wests Rovers 3 A close and even game, with the dominance changing several times during the match. The team work was good throughout, with good passing. It was really pleasing to see players setting up opportunities for their team mates to have shots at goal. The Barracudas dominated for the last 10-15 minutes, and had numerous shots at goal, hitting the wood a few times and going a bit wide. They were very unlucky to the equalise (or win). Player of the day: Jack for nice passing. 12th GRADE B Miramar Dynamoes vs Pukerua Bay Sharks - Cancelled 15th GRADE B Wgtn College E vs Pukerua Bay Rangers - Cancelled