11th May 2013

Bay Day tournament was a great success, with weather to match. Here are a few reports from some of the the various Awakeri teams:

6th grade Awakeri Tigers player of the day was Ryan Sommerville. It was a great success in the end despite the initial lack of volunteers.

Kiwi Waste Awakeri Magic only had four in their 7th grade team on the Saturday as 3 were sick. The four girls had a great time and the games went off really well.

Awakeri Strikers 9th grade team played well, finishing with a good win. Kaleb Muggeridge and Kaedyn Portsmouth stood out. Matthew Reihana-Asquith won player of the day putting in a great effort in all four games.

HTL Spreading Awakeri Lightning had a really good day in the 11th grade. The girls lost the first one 1 - 4. Tessa scored first for the season. The next two games were won 1-0, with goals to Olivia and Sarah. The last game lost 2-0. Although the girls were tired they tried their best. It was the very last game of the day and they were fading. 9am till 1.20 was a big day. A little while ago Awakeri Lightning were entered into a draw at 1xx to win a breakfast for the team before a game and Karen Hanlen to give a talk. They won it! It's going to be for our first home game on the 25th. Sounds exciting!
Bay day was a good start to the season for Awakeri Wild Cats in the 11th grade. The players had lots of fun and showed some good skills. Player of the day went to Renske Brabant for her positive contribution. Goal scorers were Emily Julian and Emily Robbie. Caroline Paulson showed she is a good tackler, Taryn Forbes was all class on the left wing, Jenae Brownless dominated the midfield and Sam Marks was good in goal.

Bay Day was a great success for the Private Asset Management Awakeri Comets in the 11th grade, with 2 wins and a draw in the final game, when three players had to leave for prior commitments. It was good to try some different combinations and get a better idea for some positions for players ahead of the start of the season.
There was no player of the day but Kevin Paulsen scored 3 goals during the day.

The Insitu Heritage Awakeri Sharks 13th grade played four games against some pretty good teams. It looked like the Awakeri team was still 'hibernating' and it took 3 games to finally wake up! The first 3 games were lost (0:2, 0:4 and 0:1) until the midfield and strikers got it together and equalised after trailing an early goal. During the final game it was Alex Coventry who scored from right in front of the goal and Awakeri even had the chance to score again but the opposition's defence and goalie threw themselves at the attackers and the game ended 1:1.
Player of day was Dylan Curtis, who played as goalie for three games and defender for one. This was his first match ever and he showed excellent ball handling skills both in the goal as on the field. He directed his defenders well, saved many great shots and showed no fear. He is also a great team player who can control the ball well and play clever passes.

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