Once again, the combined league games (11th to 16/17th grades) were cancelled because Wellington City Council closed fields. These teams have not played since June 21st - one month ago. We have complained to Capital Football about these older teams always being the first ones cancelled. It's particularly disappointing for the 15th Grade Rangers as they have taken the initiative and organised the team themselves and run their own practices. These boys are at an age when kids stop playing sport, and they are pretty disappointed at having played only four games so far this season. We think Capital Football should be doing all they can to encourage teenagers to keep playing. Perhaps some of the younger teams or seniors (heresy, I know) could miss out next time Wellington City Council fields are closed?
8th GRADE Pukerua Bay Skinks 1 Nth Wgtn Zoom 1 The Skinks played a very wet and gutsy game against North Wellington Zoom. The girls all showed excellent form, working hard to get to the ball first despite the challenging conditions. Teagan played well in goal for the first half (her debut as goalie) and saved everything that came at her. The half time score was nil-all despite some excellent attacks on goal from Amy, Courtney S and Maia. Maia scored early in the second half, but Zoom soon evened the score. Our backs, Lucy and Harriet, made many good tackles and Hazel ran hard, doing lots of great work in the midfield. Courtney S got stuck in and saved plenty of impressive attacks on goal in the second half. I was very proud of how hard all of the girls worked. They gave it everything they had and came close to scoring again in the final few minutes. Player of the Day: Lucy Booth for good defensive play Special award: Teagan Couper for great goal keeping and a couple of outstanding runs. Pukerua Bay Dolphins defaulted to Onslow Colways because they couldn't field a full team. 10th GRADE A Pukerua Bay Stingrays 9 Nth Wgtn Jets 1 A real wet weather game with puddles. I think most of the parents on Saturday morning were wondering about the subtle benefits of going to watch a game in such poor weather, but I'm sure by the end they were glad they came along in such good numbers as the Stingrays treated them to a very impressive game of football. The Stingrays just keep improving and they played with a skill level and commitment that rose above the conditions to dominate a good team that they drew 2-all with in the last round. Although the score would suggest an easy game this result was based on the whole team working really hard the whole time and really supporting each other. This started with excellent work at the back and in midfield from Blake, Katie, Connor, Jack England and Angus who all played their positions well, covered for each other and shut down many of the Jets attacks early. The goalies, Zac and Elroy, also had strong games in slippery conditions. The Stingrays goals were shared among all the strikers, with a particularly memorable header from Angus off a great corner from Johnny. There was also a powerful late strike from deep by Connor. Players of the day - too hard to pick . This was a great performance from all the players in difficult conditions. A special mention and thanks to Jack McClean who filled in for us when his game was cancelled and when we thought we were going to be short of players. Jack played his first two seasons for the Stingrays, so it was nice for all the team to play with him again. Jack played a strong game up front, combining speed and his customary straight running with a couple of well taken goals. Also a special mention to Elroy for good sportsmanship. The Jets only goal came late in the game and the ref thought it had gone across the face of the goalposts and signalled a goal kick despite protests from the Jets players. Elroy as goalkeeper went to the ref and said it had actually gone through the posts and was a goal. Good to see Noa and Cammy although injured turning up to support the team. Also thanks to Bob Gibson for helping out at Wednesday's trainings. 11th, 12th & 15th grade games cancelled.