10th August 2019

With the end of the season approaching, Awakeri's leading teams kept their noses in front on Saturday. In the 13th grade Awakeri Ninjas travelled to Opotiki. Ninjas were down 1 – 0 at half time after an even tussle. Summer Jones and Jasmine Kerdemelidis worked well down the right, attacking and defending solidly. The team was asked to control the game more at half time, and to up the pass count. Ninjas responded. A good run from Kobi Wetting gave the chance to Ben Peat to score and even the scores. A quick throw-in from Sophie Growden put Ben in again for Ninjas to hit the front. The Opotiki keeper denied Ben a hat trick with an excellent save in a one-on-one. There was a very sporting attitude on the field and the sideline and the game ended 2 – 1 to Awakeri. Sophie Growden's strength in defence earned her player of the day. Ashlee Jennings was also in top form.
It was another strong team effort from Cascade Charters Awakeri Raptors in the 11th grade, as they had a 6 - 0 win over Opotiki. Very solid defence from Raptors' back three meant that the game was played for the most part in the attacking half. There was some great work from the halves and forwards to create the win. Their player of the day was Talan Kennedy, for his excellent effort as goalkeeper.
In the 9th grade there was a match-up between Awakeri's two teams, with the Mustangs taking the win against Athletic 3 - 1. It was an enjoyable game for the spectators to watch and was very competitive. Wilson Carter received player of the day for Athletic, for his excellent teamwork, making plenty of great passes to his teammates. Jacson Heal got stuck in for Mustangs and was their player of the day.
Awakeri Phoenix played Ohope Hammerheads in the 8th grade, with Ohope winning 6 - 2. Awakeri's goal scorers were Addison Whiteman and Joe Ferguson. Players of the day were Maddie Baker, for strong defending, and Paige Horner, who used her powerful big boot.
Awakeri Rascals had an exciting morning of soccer in the 7th grade. They played Allandale and drew 3 - 3, it was a fantastic game on both sides. Good defence by Mckenzie Nurkka allowed Harry Davidson to run the length of the field and score. Max Mead and Harry scored the other two. Their second game was against Awakeri Rangers, which was a 2 - 2 draw. Braxton Yardley scored both goals for Rascals, following some great teamwork. Their player of the day was Harry Davidson.
Awakeri Rangers played really hard in the 7th grade. They won their first game against Plains Strikers 8 - 2. The Rangers goals were scored by Asher Spalding, Kaylee Howson and Anais Spalding. Their second game was against the Awakeri Rascals. It was a draw 2 - 2 with the Rangers goals scored by Kaylee and Asher. The player of the day was awarded to Oliver Shallard for determination and good defence.
Also in the 7th grade, Awakeri United had a close game with Ohope Bluefins, losing 3 – 2. Josh Jennings and Tanner Willetts scored the goals. United won their second game, against Allandale Panthers 2 – 0. Player of the day Dylan Leech scored a spectacular goal from right out by the sideline.
Awakeri Aces had two exciting draws this week in the 6th grade. The first was a 3 – 3 against Ohope, with goals by Kyan Krause, Jude Sweeney and Saoirse Kerrigan. The second was 4 – 4 against Plains. Those goals were scored by Kyan (2) and Jude (2). Player of the day was Kyan Krause, who worked tirelessly like N'Golo Kante of Chelsea! He linked up well with Sweeney in particular on attack, while also sweeping back in cover defence to save the day.
Awakeri Rovers had a great game in the 6th grade against Ohope Kingfishers! Ohope took the game 1 – 0. Rovers' second game was a win against St Joseph's 4 – 0. Ben Overdevest (2), Tobi Tootell and Tobias Hoffmann scored the goals. Player of the day went to Logan Owen, for determination and drive.
Also in the 6th grade, Awakeri Eagles had a fabulous warm up followed by a win against Kawerau 4 - 0. The second game was against Allandale, a 1 – 1 draw. The goals scored by Arlyn Williams and Mylee Mathews. Player of the day went to Braden Thomas, for great team work and excellent ball work.

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