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!
Saturday 17th June 2017, 09:10pm
Men's report - After a tough week, the Prems bounced back in superb style to beat Northern 5-0 at Ellis Park. It was the 25th anniversary of the Robert "Stumpy" Brownlie Memorial Trophy so it was a proud moment for the entire club when it was presented to the side. Ben Kiore bagged a brace, Jack and Tim got one each, but the highlight was probably an unfortunate own goal created by a massive kick from young keeper Niko Cockerell, standing in for Tom who had an exam.
With Niko stepping up, the Seconds were needing a goalkeeper vs Mosgiel - it was veteran Phil Kelly who put his hand up, and his unique keeping certainly kept the game interesting! We went 1-0 up when Nick Kelly scored brilliantly direct from a corner, but then the visitors scored as a result of a corner themselves, before scrambling in the winner. Our boys kept battling but final score 1-2. POD went to big Nick Tooley.
Thirds had a sublime 6-2 win over Caversham, despite missing a few regulars. Cavy scored first but then it was all RW with goals from Tom Lewis (x2), Paddy Ou (x2), Conrad Sinclair & Matt Duke. Great effort boys.
1888's always have a good tussle with Melchester Sharks and this was no exception. Missing our regular keeper, so Mork volunteered to go in goals, it did see the Sharks take a two goal lead... our boys battled back bravely for a 2-2 draw, with Langers getting both goals. POD went to Mork for being keen to keep goals.
Mustangs were missing a few regulars and came up against an in-form Green Island side, end result was a 0-6 loss. Our lads had their chances but didn't take them, and there were some interesting moments, including a phantom whistle in the buildup to a GI goal... POD went to new arrival Matt.
Meanwhile the Chargers are taking Div 4 by storm... coming up against bogey team Tech Weasels, we scored the opener inside 10 seconds, and were 3-0 up after 7 minutes, as our new formation worked wonders. The game petered out a little after that, final score a comfortable 5-0 - all goals to Terry, but our entire side was genuinely brilliant today. POD Tim who was a beast at the back.
Originals faced Tech on a boggy Ellis #2. We had plenty of chances and scored the only goal of the game, when Chopper turned and chipped the keeper from 30 metres, top locker! Shame it was his own keeper as poor Pete was left helpless, and could only admire the best oggie the team have ever seen. POD went to Pete, who much like Grandma's cast iron skillet just keeps getting better with age (better than Teflon aye?).
The Colts & Moas had their big derby and while the Colts came away with a 5-0 win, it was a good game and it took a while for the Colts to break down their rivals. Matt and Gerald shared some more goals and Sid McConville broke his Colts duck. POD went to Darrin Healy who was brilliant at the back.
Women's Match Report - Roslyn Premier Women took on Uni B today at a very mucky Logan Park. Not much to say about the first half other than having to play into a strong wind that played havoc with the linesmen's flag.
Half time saw the score locked at nil all, girls were asked to giddy up for the second half and that they did. Took until 65th minute for us to finally find the onion bag with a 30 yard shot from POD Alex, it was so nice she did it twice to give us the 2-0 win. The girls stepped up in the second half in an ugly game but a win is a win.
Well done to the always improving Uni B, next week we look to redeem ourselves with a strong performance against Queenstown - Hamish
The Rogues kept their win streak going with a 4-1 win over Tech after leading 2-0 at half time. In difficult windy conditions, the girls weren't quite at their best but got the job done; Jo bagged a brace, with Hannah and POD Neve getting one each. Jess was also a standout with some crunching slide tackles.
The Shetlands had an absolute thriller against Northern up at Brockville, finishing 5-5. A poor first half saw us a couple of goals behind, but the girls woke up in the second half and deserved at least the point. POD was Kelly Eyres who did a great job at sweeper.
Meanwhile, a week after scoring their first ever goal, the Kaimanawas created further history when they got their first ever point in a 1-1 draw with Caversham - great effort girls! Just keep getting better & better every week. After going a goal behind, Janet flicked a great ball through to Lisa to score!! POD went to Teena who was a rock at the back.
Sunday 4th June 2017, 11:43am
It was always going to be a big test for our Men's Prems finally facing Caversham at Tonga Park, and the home side managed to score two in each half for a 0-4 final scoreline. It was an often niggly match played in close quarters on a surface that isn't really conducive to flowing footy and Cavy have it mastered. Tom pulled off some stunning saves, and up against his old club Harley once again showed his class at centre back and was POD.
After a brilliant win last week, the Seconds came crashing back to earth against Uni with the students scoring the winner with the last kick of the game to edge us 3-4. It had been a topsy-turvy affair, a couple of goals to Damo had us in the hunt, and young Dom Madden was an impressive POD. Special mention to our veteran bench, comprising Tel & Robbie O - that duo plus Phil Kelly have a combined sesquicentennial age of 150!
Our Thirds pipped Northern 2-0, but left it late for both goals. Sub Tom Lewis scored with his first touch of the match, and then Conrad sealed the win. Cam picked up POD for a solid game at the back.
1888's ground out a 3-2 win over Melchester Teckle. After going behind Matt scored a penalty, Browny got his obligatory goal, and Alan scored the winner. Matt had a busy game in midfield and was POD.
Big derby in the Brandwell Moller Div 4 with the Chargers shading the Mustangs 2-1 at the Brockville Superdome... Henry put the Chargers ahead finishing off a nice move, before Patrick managed to loop one over the keeper to equalise. The winner was classic route one footy... a massive punt from Adam bounced through to Terry who coolly finished. Mustangs probably played the better footy but the Chargers know how to scrap a game out... Massive thanks to Danny Glover for doing a great job reffing.
That was followed by another big derby up in Brockville as the unbeaten Rogues took on the Shetlands. The match was played in brilliant spirits and the Shetlands fought hard but couldn't stop the Rogues from winning 7-1. Goalscoring machines Hannah & Jo scored another five between them while Neve & Hahna got one each. Charlotte picked up POD for the Shetlands while Kim was the Rogues best, setting up a few of the goals.
Meanwhile, the Kaimanawas faced Northern down at the Gardens and celebrated early on when Rachel Smart scored the side's first EVER goal. Unfortunately, the celebrations continued long enough for Northern to bang in five quickfire goals before the break... the girls switched back on in the second half and only conceded one more for a 1-6 final score. No question about POD - Smarty for finding the net!
Our Originals went down 2-4 to Caversham at Tonga. It was a good fightback after being down by three at the break, Nice to see Scotty back at the club and he picked up POD for his efforts.
Two great wins in the 45s... the Colts expected a tough game against Grants Braes but blew them off the paddock with an immense 5-0 win. Bad Santa Merce was the hero, pulling off a brilliant penalty save (although the penalty was the result of his foul). Meanwhile a midweek team bonding session did the trick for the Moas... or was it Chris Connor who was the lucky charm? They beat Northern 1-0 with Aaron Brownlie scoring the only goal of the game. POD was new face Jon Waters.
Remember that Monday is a massive day of football at Ellis Park - Women's Knockout Cup at 11am, Fletchers at 12pm, and then Chatham Cup at 2pm, it'll be YUUGE!
Sunday 28th May 2017, 07:01pm
'VOTE VAN GORP' - Congratulations to the legendary Tony van Gorp, who is a national finalist in the Lotto Volunteers 'Thank a Sport Maker' award. He's pictured here being presented with the award by Sport Otago's Jason Wadsworth in front of a typically packed RWAFC clubrooms!
After a nationwide competition receiving nominations for people who go above & beyond for grass-roots sports, TVG is one of just ten finalists from across the entire country! As a finalist, he receives $2,000 worth of Lotto Volunteers gear, and is now in the draw for the grand $10,000 prize!
Everyone at Roslyn Wakari - the senior & junior clubs - knows how much time and effort TVG puts into the greatest club in town. As well as being the Men's Premier team's "Yoda", he coaches two girls sides. And if you ever wondered how the nets magically appear on Ellis Park every Saturday morning - that's our TVG too!
There will be a voting process to determine the overall winner, apparently everyone can vote every day - we'll provide more details soon, but remember, "VOTE VAN GORP!"
Big thanks to our super-keeper Tom Stevens for taking the time to nominate TVG for the award!
Sunday 28th May 2017, 06:59pm
Results Round-Up - The undoubted highlight of the day was the first win of the season for Tel's Fletcher Cup boys, and it was all the sweeter coming against the experienced table-topping Tech side that belted us in the opening week. Our game plan seemed to frustrate Tech who were perhaps expecting another walk in the park. On his surprise return to the club, effervescent quinquagenarian Phil Kelly was excellent, but it was his "junior" strike partner Damo who scored a sublime tap-in for the only goal of the game. Young defender Oscar was superb in keeping the league's top scorer anonymous, and Josh Lucas picked up POD for an energetic performance, despite seeing red! Can't blame our guys for being a bit excited after that, Tech did ask if we had just won the FA Cup final - no lads, that was the mighty Arse, giddy up!
The news wasn't as good for our Men's Prems, who conceded a very late goal to go down to Green Island 1-2 at Sunnyvale. Ten opened the scoring early on but the home side equalised seconds later, and then it was a real tussle until GI bundled in the winner. To be fair we were lacking a bit of spark in the second half and GI just about deserved the 3 points. POD went to Jack Pirie, he's played every minute for us this season and along with Harley has been a real calming influence on the pitch.
Our Thirds expected a niggly match against Melchester Rovers and that's what they got, so were happy enough to come away with a 1-1 draw. After going behind, Al Black converted a penalty in the second half to grab the point. Young Paddy Ou picked up POD for a committed effort, and thanks to Dusty for keeping things from boiling over!
1888's kept their run of form going with a big 5-1 win over Northern. It was a great second half after a 1-1 deadlock at halftime. Goals went to Matt (x2), Alan, Andy, and an oggie, but it was Phil Lyndom who picked up POD for his efforts down the flank - Lippy claimed Phil had ran his arse off, guessing it must just be a figure of speech though Phil?
Mustangs faced a Grants Braes side that only bothered to have 8 players show up. Somehow Braes managed to open the scoring before the 'Stangs took control. After dishing up rubbish towards our ref in the first half, we didn't hesitate to ensure they reffed the second half... putting them down to 7 players. We should have probably scored 20 but a 4-1 win will do - Shaz bagged a brace, and Patrick and Eddy got one each. POD went to rookie keeper Steve who just gets better every week.
Chargers were wondering whether GI students were going to bother to turn up to Walton Park at all, when they did eventually turn up 5 minutes before kickoff, it then took them a painful 20 minutes to put the nets up... and we weren't close to our best on an awkward field, not taking our own chances and then a couple of keeper gaffes leading to both their goals in a 1-2 loss - although the penalty they awarded was one of the stupidest decisions I've ever seen. Rob grabbed our goal, and Liam and Tim were both excellent in defence. Matty Aitken picked up POD for doing exactly what Fozz told him to, obviously something Fozz isn't used to.
Originals went up against a good Highgate Hobbits side and went down 0-1 in a tough game. Chopper was decent at fullback and was POD, and lay off the Shorty Street Pete!
Colts had a big 7-1 win over Mosgiel on the postage stamp, with all of the goals coming in the first half. Postman Pat was bloody good again and was POD. Moas had the bye.
The Roslyn Premier Women were welcomed by James and The Uni Premier Women to the Cale in the latest game of the league. This was set to be a tough one, both teams coming into the game with 2 wins and a loss. Yet another early sub this week for us as Sammy came off inside the first 10min. No need to fear as our girls were firing today, in a very even match up. We lead 4-1 at the half, we knew Uni still had plenty in them, they got another just after half time but we were clinical in front of goal and took a 7 - 2 victory. Goals going to Alex, Sam B, Holly J with a brace and Renee with a hat trick. Player of the Day went to Holly White after really stepping up this week in the midfield. Our next match we face Uni on the Monday but this time in the KO Cup!
In the big women's derby match, new side the Kaimanawas had the daunting task of facing the in-form Rogues. No surprise that the Rogues came away with an 8-0 win, but the Kai's put up an awesome effort in a game that "wasn't an absolute bitch-fest" (Shirlene's words, not mine!). The Kai's awarded Beth, like many of the girls new to the sport this season, POD, and in a nice gesture the Rogues awarded their POD to the opposition keeper Hannah who was covered in mud from head to toe!
Meanwhile the Shetlands had a good 4-0 win over Green Island. It was their first match since their coach Mike Court passed away, so it was a really emotional affair - but getting the 3 points was the perfect send-off, well done girls.