Match reports 24-25 April

Wests Barracudas 2 PKB Falcons 2
Wow, what a difference one week makes. The game resulted in a 2–2 all draw with goals to Hayley in the first few minutes, and then to Mitchell later on.

The kids ran, tackled, scored goals, and looked like they were having so much fun. Every player looked much more confident in their second outing and they should be very proud of themselves. It must have been Rachel telling the kids to treat the ball like an Easter egg and to not let it go, and we know how they like chocolate.

Well done to our player of the day this week, Harry, who was outstanding in goal in the first half stopping everything that came his way. Well done Harry!!

Thanks to all the parents who showed their support by turning up.

— David Hawkyard

Wests Suns 1 Pukerua Bay Barracudas 2
The kids took a minutes silence to mark ANZAC day and then it was game on. This was an exciting game that looked alarming early on before the Barracudas started applying what we have been talking about in practices and game strategy and strengthen up a tight defence. This is exactly what we have been looking for. An early break saw the Suns score off our goal kick. The Barracudas did not lose confidence or momentum at this early set back, but stepped up, locked in their defence much more strongly and took every chance they could to score as well. Thanks to Caeleon for playing for us this week, as well as his own team, the Sharks. And to the three Barracudas, Will, Kaea and Louis, who gave our game their all despite having played at 100% for the Sharks already. We started with Conor in goal, Sian (Captain), Dylan and Olano defending, and Merrie, Will and Ben in attack. Subs Kaea, Caelon and Louis replaced our attack line. In this half we saw the play of the day; a cross in corner from Louis that Olano took on as a superb header on goal. Although it missed, everyone on the sideline recognised this for the great teamwork and play that it was. Awesome!

Our team were great at looking for each other in attack and passing to each other, and this saw Louis set up by his team to score, so we were 1–1 at half time. Oranges, water — drunk and tipped over heads — and the boost to confidence that realising they could score creates, and we were back on. In the second half Olano took on goalie, Ben, Caelon and Merrie defence and Conor, Louis and Sian in attack. Kaea, Will and Dylan itched to get back out there on the sideline and came on as subs renewed to take the game home. We saw the whole team thinking, defending, using the sideline time and again and locking in strong defence, as well as breaking away, including two of the defence line to power in on goal attacks, and then race back to protect and support Olano in goal. This was a really well matched team for us, and the game showed the Barracudas that they can do it. All who played merited Player of the Day and as usual Will was in there keen to second guess who I would choose.

Players of the Day were:
Olano — such a strong game defender in the first half who took that strength into attacks and ran back time and again, and without his great goal keeping the score could have been quite different — Olano you did us proud! :)
Merrie — Merrie showed us all just what she can do when she is let loose. Merrie had two shots on goal that nearly got home (and this was seizing opportunity from defence in once case). She played full on and superbly the whole game. Outstanding Merrie — keep it up :)
Ben — Ben shone today. He showed real strength and determination and skill in attack, strong passing and later in defence he kept that tough locked down defence in place. Well done Ben. :)

Many thanks to Kaea's parents who did the oranges and to all the parents and family on the sideline — it really means heaps to the kids to have you there and supporting them.

— Kate MacIntyre

Wests Suns 0 Pukerua Bay Sharks 1
This was a very evenly contested game as the score suggests. With two of our players away and another only available for the second half we only would have been able to field 5 in the first half! Thankfully the Barracudas loaned us three to make up the numbers. And after observing a minutes silence for ANZAC Day the kids were into it. Kaea in goal, Tabitha(captain), Will and Jacob made up the defence and Louis, Reuben and Armari were our midfielders and attackers. Heath replaced Armari as the first sub. Wests came at us early and we were camped inside our own half and had to rely on counter attacks for most of the first half. One of those counter attacks saw Louis squeeze a shot through the goalie and we went one up. Heath got flattened and winded by a ball in his guts, but to his credit got up and got back into it.

Half-time and water and oranges reignited the kids. Caelon took the field in attack and Jacob and Louis sat out the start of the second half until Will and Kaea came off. Armari went into goal. We had more play in the opposition's half, but couldn't get a goal despite lots of good moves forward. The defensive line throughout the game were exceptional and they joined in attacks when possible but the speed getting back to defend was simply amazing and as a coach very encouraging to see.

No goals in the second half at all, but it was still exciting to watch and the positive talking to each other and encouragement is a great thing to see.

The last five minutes saw us defending quite a bit, but good clearing and sweeping by Jacob and remembering to use the sideline as a friend got us through.

Players of the day:
Heath for getting outside his comfort zone and bravely playing on through two injuries
Jacob for amazing energy and effort especially on debut.

Thanks to Kate MacIntyre for refereeing first half, Heath's family for supplying half-time oranges, and the families on the sideline encouraging the whole team.

— Stu Connolly

Wests Wildcats 1 PKB Stingrays 10
Another fine result for the Stingrays. Although we had most of the play in the first half, we were continuously stifled by the West’s goalkeeper, who kept them in the match early on. Two goals by Gus gave us a 2-0 lead at half time, although numerous attacks were foiled by their goalkeeper. To our surprise they changed their goalkeeper at half time and the flood-gates opened. Five in a row by James, another two by Gus and one through Jack Mac showed this team's determination. Once again, a complete team performance from goal keeper to striker. These guys are just boiling with enthusiasm.

Player of the Day was James for continuously applying pressure and putting his chances away. It's pleasing to see the passing developing and, once again, getting stuck into the tackles.

The support were once again vocal and the entertainment supplied by the boys. Thanks Clint for refereeing 2nd half and Paul for running the line. (Paul I’ll try to stay in the technical area next time. :)

— Chris Mooney

Pukerua Bay Piranhas 1 Nth Wellington Kiwis 6
The second game for the 11th grade girls and another loss, sadly. It has been great to see an improvement in skills and fitness from last week, and as this is the first time many of the players have played football, I was impressed. Kiwis went up 1–0 from a penalty kick after a hand ball in the box, but we went straight up the other end and equalised from a thunderous strike from Molly. Kiwis snatched a second goal just before half time. A change in goalkeepers and Harriet leaving to join the Panthers left us with only five players and we struggled in the second half. North Wellington had a fantastic player who scored direct from a corner and from a throw in, but a couple of own goals by us late on made the scoreline flattering for them.

When their best player left the field the teams looked even and we matched their skills.

Player of the day went to Lucy who defended well and helped keep the scoreline to six.

— Keith Block

Draw for 1-2 May

Saturday 1 May
Pukerua Falcons vs Wests Pikes - Greenmeadows (10am)

Pukerua Orcas vs NW Hawks - Greenmeadows (11am)
Wests Wolves vs Pukerua Morays - Kura 3 (11am)

10th GRADE A
Pukerua Barracudas vs NW Zoom - Plimmerton 1 (11am) Friendly

10th GRADE B
Pukerua Sharks vs NW Shock - Plimmerton 2 (11am)

12th GRADE C
Tawa Hawks vs Pukerua Stingrays - Grenada Nth 1 (10.45)

Sunday 2 May
Nth Wgtn Kiwis vs Pukerua Piranhas - Nairnville 2B (10am)
Pukerua Panthers vs Karori Firebolts - Nairnville 2A (11am)

Pukerua Firebirds vs Karori Porto Onslow Orari - Nairnville 1A (11am) (Karori has defaulted both games, so we are now playing Onslow)

Results for 24-25 April

Saturday 24 April
7th Grade
Wests Barracudas    2    Pukerua Bay Falcons    2

8th Grade
NW Tigers    vs    Pukerua Bay Orcas
Pukerua Bay Morays    vs    Tawa Storm

10th Grade A
Wests Stars    1    Pukerua Bay Barracudas    2

10th Grade B
Wests Suns    0    Pukerua Bay Sharks    1

12th Grade C
Wests Wildcats    1    Pukerua Bay Stingrays    10

Sunday 25 April
11th Grade Girls
Pukerua Bay Piranhas    1    Nth Wgtn Kiwis    6
Pukerua Bay Panthers    10    Onslow Madras    1

14th Grade Girls
Pukerua Bay Firebirds    2    NW Storm    3

Match reports 17-18 April

PKB Falcons 0 Wests Turtles 8
The Falcon's first match was character building. The Turtles, who already had their first season under their belts, out played us. However, the Falcons never gave up. They worked hard, had some fun and played like it was their first ever game of soccer. Hayley had an impressive first half in goal; she was focussed and determined and saved many goals. The Falcons received awesome support from their many fans and are looking forward to their second game of soccer.

Player of the Day: Hayley

- Rachel Hall

PKB Barracudas 0 North Wellington Dynamos 7
It was great to have the Barracudas and Sharks games back to back in same venue for the first game of the season and we appreciated the kids and parents who settled in for the whole timeframe - sideline support was awesome.

Excitement was huge and great to see most of the team arrived in time to warm up, kitted out and all set to go, that makes the warm up and focus so much easier. :)

Will captained the Barracudas and took on the role well - staying positive, directing play and never flagging as he was all over the field, starting in sweeper and then playing stongly in goal in the second half. As well as Will, the players from last year's team - Merrie, Alex, Louis, Conor and Dylan all showed a developed and stronger game from last year with a good understanding of some of the tactics and strategy. New players Olano, Kaea, Ben and Sian all gave the game their all, working hard. These four have to learn the game and positions, tactics, strategy and roles, but we saw great attitude, good effort and some skills that will really develop as we move into the season from them.

We started strongly in the first quarter with some strong shots on goal and a really humming enthusiasm from the kids. In the second and third quarters our defence was broken through - seven times in total but the score belies the fact that these teams were quite well matched. Our shots on goal missed, and theirs didn't. We also lost a bit of confidence as they kept scoring and then suddenly we got our mojo back and in the final quarter we saw a stronger game and team and a driving attitude take us to a strong finish with some more shots on goal, which unfortunately missed. At this stage we are not focused on the score - rather on building a strong team who have fun and are learning.

Thanks to Stu Connolly for refereeing half the match so I could concentrate on the kids play and the sideline subs being ready to go. Thanks to all the parents watching and supporting us - the kids do hear you and they love you being there.

Congratulations to all the Barracudas - Stu and I were stoked to see how well everyone ran and to think how we are going to see them all come on over the season.

Players of the day - Sian for great determination and courage tackling a player the size of Conor without flinching and for applying some of what we had talked about in practice in her game much larger players. Will for such a strong hard working game, great attitude and some great saves in goal in the second half.

- Kate MacIntyre

PKB Sharks 3 North Wellington Fever 1
As usual at the start to the season, every player was keen to get out there and have a go. Caelon as captain played an important role as "stopper" or central attacking midfield and was a good motivator throughout the game. Doing lots of positive talking to his teammates. The defensive lineup was made up of Armari on the left, Tabitha on the right, and Jordan as sweeper with Connor in goal. Heath and Alex were the wide midfielders, replaced in the first round of substitutions by Reuben and Louis.

From the whistle we started working well as a team and cleared the ball from our goal very well. When we went in attack we looked strong and had a few early chances, which were well saved and defended by the opposition. Our defence were reading the game well and a most impressive debut for Jordan saw him intercept attack after attack, and Tabitha and Armari were always close by for support. One attack did get through and we missed our opportunity to clear it for a corner and they squeezed a shot between Connor and his near post. The Sharks heads' stayed up and they got back into playing in the Fevers' half and strung some great attacks together, with great passing from the defenders to midfielders to forwards, and we got our well deserved equalising goal through Louis shortly before halftime.

Alex went into goal for the second half and Heath returned to his left wing role. Louis, Armari, Jordan and Caelon kept their positions and Reuben moved into defence, Connor and Tabitha replaced Armari and Jordan in the last substitution.

Whistle went and the kids, boosted by water and just getting a goal, steamed into it. The defence joined the attack when they could. Lots of pressure in the midfield and upfront, and quality defending when needed, gave us the platform to add two more goals in the second half (both to Louis to get his hatrick). The defence did a good job, so Alex was pretty quiet in goal but he was called on to make two important saves. Jordan and Armari ran themselves into the ground and Connor and Tabitha replaced them and we saw the clock run down and the final whistle go.

Thanks to Kate MacIntyre and Mark Orange for refereeing and to all the parents watching and supporting us. Hi fives all round to the team - Kate and myself are proud of all of you.

Players of the day - Louis for his 3 goals and Jordan for his amazing energy around the field.

Very special thanks to Alex, Louis and Connor for playing 2 games back to back. Thats what being a Shark/Barracuda is all about :-)

- Stu Connelly

PKB Stingrays 5 Karori Storm 2
Wow! What a good first up result. For a match that looked pretty even early on, a 2-0 half time lead was pleasing. The Stingrays purely took more of their chances. Early in the second half we gave Karori a bit of a sniff and let them back into the game to score two goals. In the final 15 minutes, the tackling, passing and two more goals for the Stingrays put the game out of their reach. This was a fine display from defence right through to attack. The entire team came to play!

It was particularly pleasing to see 4 different players on the score sheet and a good defence to back it up. A few players were running out of puff, and as the season goes on, we will work on the fitness.

Player of the day was Arran (left back) who tackled his heart out and virtually put their right wing out of the game. Thank you to all the parents, family and friends for all the vocal support, this is great for our kids and they will provide the entertainment. Also thanks to Clint for refereeing and the parents assistance with nets and corner flags.

- Chris Mooney

Draw for 24-25 April

Saturday 24 April

Wests Barracudas vs Pukerua Bay Falcons - Waihora 2 (11am)
(Waihora Park is on Waihora Crescent in Porirua East. Google map)

NW Tigers vs Pukerua Bay Orcas - Grenada Nth J1 (11am)
Pukerua Bay Morays vs Tawa Storm - Greenmeadows (11am)
(Grenada Nth J1 is on the lower field. Access is off Caribbean Drive.)

10th GRADE A

Wests Stars vs Pukerua Bay Barracudas - Ngatitoa 2 (10am)

10th GRADE B
Wests Suns vs Pukerua Bay Sharks - Ngatitoa 2 (9am)

12th GRADE C
Wests Wildcats vs Pukerua Bay Stingrays - Endeavour 2 (10.45)

Sunday 25 April
Pukerua Bay Panthers vs Nth Wgtn Kiwis - Nairnville Turf Nth (1pm)
Pukerua Bay Piranhas vs Onslow Madras - Nairnville Turf Sth (1pm)

Pukerua Bay Firebirds vs NW Storm - Nairnville 2A (1pm)

Results for 17-18 April

Saturday 17 April
Pukerua Bay Falcons 0 Wests Turtles 8

Pukerua Orcas 6 Wests Bears 2
Wests Hyenas 7 Pukerua Morays 1

10th GRADE A
Pukerua Barracudas 0 North Wgtn Dynamos 7

10th GRADE B
Pukerua Sharks 3 North Wgtn Fever 1

12th GRADE A
Pukerua Stingrays 5 Karori Storm 2

Sunday 18 April
Onslow Hekes 7 Pukerua Piranhas 1
Onslow Madras 1 Pukerua Panthers 0

Onslow Orari 6 Pukerua Firebirds 2

Draw for 17-18 April

Saturday 17 April  
Pukerua Bay Falcons vs Wests Turtles - Greenmeadows (10am)  

Pukerua Orcas vs Wests Bears - Greenmeadows (11am)
Wests Hyenas vs Pukerua Morays - Kura 3 (11am)
Kura field is on Kura Street in Titahi Bay (Google maps)  

Pukerua Barracudas vs North Wgtn Dynamos - Ngatitoa 2 (9am)  

10th GRADE B
Pukerua Sharks vs North Wgtn Fever - Ngatitoa 2 (10am)  

12th GRADE A
Pukerua Stingrays vs Karori Storm - Ngatitoa (10.45)

Sunday 18 April  
Onslow Hekes vs Pukerua Piranhas - Nairnville 1 (12pm)
Onslow Madras vs Pukerua Panthers - Nairnville 2 (12pm)  

Onslow Orari vs Pukerua Firebirds - Nairnville Turf Sth (3pm)