17th August 2019
Awakeri Raptors took pride of place for the Awakeri Football Club on Saturday, when they had to battle hard to retain their unbeaten season in the 11th grade. Raptors defence was excellent against a well-coached Ohope team that also played exceptionally well. Raptors solid attacking, built on a whole team performance, brought them the goals for a 3 – 0 win. Their player of the day was Kalani Robinson with some great attacking and good passing.
In the 13th grade Awakeri Ninjas hosted Foxy Feet in front of a big crowd. The long wet grass made life difficult for good attacking football. After fifteen minutes, Foxy Feet opened the scoring with a long shot finding its way into the net. On the half hour Ninjas were unlucky when a shot bounced off the post, hit their keeper's back and went in. Ninjas had quite a period of good pressure in the second half, but Foxy Feet caught them on the break to extend their lead. Cody Parsons went agonisingly close to scoring for Ninjas after a good move. Foxy Feet sealed the win with a late goal, making the score 4 – 0. Centre defenders Sophie Growden and Mason Nurkka were in super form for Ninjas and shared player of the day honours. Joseph Spalding was dynamic in the midfield too.
Awakeri Magic lent some players to Plains to make a game of it in the 11th grade. Ryan Lambert played for them and had a good first half in their goal. Magic won the game comfortably. Isla Thompson was player of day.
The Awakeri Athletic had a great game yesterday in the 9th grade, true commitment to the ball. They did lose 3 – 0 to Allandale, but the kids didn't give up. Ash Kelly got player of the day for dong two headers early on in the game.
Also in the 9th grade, Awakeri Mustangs had to play with only six players for whole game. However, they played with a lot of determination for a hard fought 3 – 2 win against Kawerau Sports. Their scorers were Fergus Rowe and Jacson Heal (2). Player of day was shared by the team.
Awakeri Phoenix played Saints Dragons in the 8th grade. Dragons won 5-1. Innes Tootell scored the only Phoenix goal and received player of the day, along with Addison Whiteman.
In their first game 7th grade Awakeri Rangers played Allandale. They won 4 - 0, with two goals each scored by Kaylee Howson and Asher Spalding. Their second game was against the Plains Strikers. Awakeri won 6 - 1 with Asher scoring 4 goals and Kaylee scoring 2. Isabella Mitton also played two fantastic games with lots of energy and enthusiasm. Player of the day went to Reece Brown.
Awakeri Rascals first game in the 7th grade was against Whakatane, a 3 - 0 win. Goals were scored by Harry Davidson and two to Braxton Yardley. In the second game against Kawerau Rascals lost 3-0, but there was great team work by the five who played. They defended really well. Player of the day went to Olivia Hathaway who played really well in both games.
Also in the 7th grade, Awakeri United had a good game against Whakatane Town Avengers. United came away with a 1- 0 win with player of the day Bonnie Brownlee scoring a great goal coming from good controlled ball skills. The second game was a very tough one against Whakatane Town Snappers, who won comfortably.
Awakeri Eagles had a good day in the 6th grade. They played Poroporo first, a 5 – 0 win.
The second game was with Whakatane Dolphins, a 4 – 0 win. Player of the day was everyone!
Awakeri Rovers had an awesome morning in the 6th grade. First up was a 2 - 0 win against the Ohope Stingrays. Corbin James and Logan Owen scored the goals. Their second game was against the Awakeri Aces, a 1 – 1 draw. Player of the day Corbin scored an exceptional goal from the left side of the field. Scarlet Mead and Maddie Paling worked hard on defence whilst Ben Overdevest and Tobias Hoffman stayed in the action, redirecting the ball.
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