Saturday 17 June 2017
Sunday 18th June 2017, 11:23am
Bit of a novelty this weekend for our Men's Prems, with a Friday night game under lights on the artificial turf in Invercargill. Exams and work commitments meant kickoff wasn't until 8:30pm, and we still had to race to make it in time. We started well but conceded the first goal, before Wilkie bagged a brilliant brace to give us the lead. Southland battled back and scored a couple to lead, before we got a well-deserved late equaliser. Back on the road after the match, it was 3am before we were home! Great to see the likes of Irish & Foxy stepping up. POD went to young Liam Sercombe.
Seconds bagged their second win of the season with a convincing 5-2 win over Caversham. Liquorice-allsorts lineup with a few stepping up from the 3rds, Tel winding back the years, and a couple of first-teamers who couldn't make the Invercargill trip getting a run. Tom Connor made the most of that by bagging a brace, while Phil Kelly looked a lot more comfortable without the keepers gloves on and scored a hat-trick (the 100th of his career, probably). POD was Josh Lucas.
The Thirds were looking for round 1 redemption against Mosgiel and got it with a 4-3 win. POD Matt Slocum scored a couple, and Paddy Ou & Tom Lewis one each, but it was a nervy finish as Mosgiel hit back to run us close.
1888's had a high-scoring 8-3 win over Northern on the Brockville highveld. The goals were shared around (including an oggie for Christian to help out Northern). Browny was typically immense and picked up POD.
The Chargers were asked by Northern to kick off super-early because of exams... we did oblige and they still only had 10 players. They defended admirably though and we couldn't find the net for 60 minutes despite dominating possession, and Northern even had a couple of quickfire counters that were brilliantly denied by Adam. It was an hour before Duncan found the net, and later Henry made it 2-0; it wasn't pretty but sometimes you've got to win ugly, we're still sitting pretty at the top of the table. Cheers Rob for reffing.
Mustangs went down 1-4 to a decent Green Island Tippers side. Rob Bray was scrambling to field a side, and Duncan made it a day to remember by bustling one in the Mustangs only goal (pictured). Cheers to Danny Glover for doing a great job with the whistle.
The Originals match against Harbourside was shifted from Forrester to Corstorphine, which may have been a factor in the opponents starting light on numbers... Our Originals took advantage with a strong first half performance to win 4-2. Den was POD for controlling the game from an unfamiliar midfield role.
The Moas and Green Island had an intense pre-game workout, having to push the Ch39 van off the postage stamp... Perhaps this took a bit more out of our Moas, although they were heavy underdogs and put up a good fight - Charlie was great in goals and man-mountain Dawsie had a big game too. Final score 0-4.
The Colts followed that by blasting six unanswered goals past Northern. After a slow start, we netted twice before the break, with the final four goals all coming in the last few minutes of the match. POD was Bad Santa Merce with his 3rd clean sheet in a row, he's in 'career best form'.
The Rogues kept their winning streak going with a comfortable 7-0 win over Green Island. Solid effort, with Becca & Caitlyn standouts.
Big win for the Shetlands, 5-1 over Caversham. Played well in the first half to lead 4-1, played even better in the second but only found the net one more time. Jenna scored a great goal, and POD went to Tania Bell who's been a quietly doing a great job at the back.
Kaimanawas had a big road trip down south to face a strong Balclutha, and came away on the wrong side of a 0-6 scoreline, but sounds like the girls had an awesome time... hope there wasn't as much pashing going on in the van as there was in the clubrooms afterwards...
Women's Prems play Queenstown at Ellis Park at 1pm today, pop on down and cheer them on.
Remember, Quiz Night this coming Friday... & VOTE TVG!