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.
Sunday 14th May 2017, 01:57am
It was Cup day at Ellis Park, with Round One matches of the Women's Knockout Cup and Men's Chatham Cup both taking place on Ellis #1. Our Women kicked off proceedings with a big 10-0 win over Green Island (see below), and then our Men's Prems dispatched a plucky Thistle 6-0. The Invercargill side battled away in the first half but we led 2-0 at the break, thanks to goals to Liam Sercombe (his first senior goal for the club) and a Wilkie header.
Things clicked a bit better in the second half; Ten apparently should have scored 10 but did put one away midway through the half, while Ben Kiore made the perfect return from long-term injury bagging a brace from off the bench. Reid slotted a penalty right at the end and picked up POD after another energetic display on the wing. Overall a good result for Wal's boys, can't wait to see who we face Round 2.
Our Seconds had the weekend off due to their opponent Grants Braes being involved in the Cup. PV's Thirds travelled down to Balclutha and a poor 1st half led to a disappointing 0-2 defeat.
Lippy's 1888's had another good win, beating Grants Braes 5-1. Lippy was on the scoresheet again along with Jules, but the real star was Browny who belted a superb hat-trick inside the first 20 minutes. Nice to see Tel with the boots back on too.
The Chargers remain at the top of the table after beating Mornington 5-3. Henry can't stop scoring with another two brilliant finishes, and Terry scored again. Rob Scorpio finally opened his account - albeit with his foot rather than his noggin. Fozz's cameo this week didn't see a goal, but instead a sublime backheel assist. POD to Duncan.
Mustangs hosted a much improved Balclutha side, and had to come from behind to claim a point - no surprises that 'T' was the goalscorer again. Really good game played in awesome spirits, and well-reffed by Danny G who popped his reffing cherry in dishing out his first yellow card... beware folks, it's always easier after the first time. POD was Ross who was solid at the back - and a special mention to Rob and both sides for observing a minute's silence out of respect for the late Shetlands coach Mike Court.
Originals polished off a couple of bottles of whisky after fighting back to beat Mosgiel 3-2. Rich scored again, but Keiryn was POD. Rea owes Pete Evans a drink after conceding a penalty but our legendary keeper saved the spot kick of course!
Colts went up against their great rival Green Island and lost 1-2, but the game did see a star performance from Pat who I'm told had his best ever game for the club. Meanwhile the Moas were competitive against Mosgiel but went down 0-4. POD was Neil, and it was great to see the legendary Barry Still back on the pitch... he might have a few cobwebs to dust off though after tapping a penalty straight at the keeper!
Our Rogues faced their toughest test of the season against Mosgiel, but had a good 2-0 win, with Jo scoring against her old club, and Katie picking up the other. Morgan and Rachel were good too. Kaimanawas faced Tech and came away second best, while our Shetlands had the bye which probably wasn't such a bad thing considering the week the girls had.
The Roslyn Prem Girls welcomed Green Island to Ellis Park for the first round of the NZ KO Cup. We knew we needed to step up from last week's performance, 5 minutes in and we had to make an early sub due to injury, was not the greatest start but we picked up. Half time saw us with a 4-0 lead and we carried our momentum to finish the game with a 10-0 win. All the girls stepped up today, to name some, Jessie and Crystal linking well with the wingers, Alex found herself in fine form with some very unselfish plays and our Player of Day went to our South African beatboxer Sam for her hard work up and down the wing. Thanks to the referees and to everyone that came out to watch, your support is really appreciated. Next week we take on the top of the table Tech.
Wednesday 10th May 2017, 03:58pm
The entire Roslyn Wakari footballing community wishes to pass our condolences onto the family and friends of Michael (Mike) Court, who passed away on Sunday.
Mike was the coach of our Shetlands team, a team which includes his daughter Mel. Mike and Mel are pictured resplendent in their Shetlands finery.
Mike has a long coaching association with the club, dating back many years to when he coached successful junior sides.
Our thoughts are with Mel, Diane, and their extended family; and of course with the Shetlands team, who have lost their much-loved mentor.
A funeral is being held at Hope & Sons at 3pm this Friday.