1st June 2013

Three wins, three losses and a high scoring draw was the lot of Awakeri's football teams on Saturday. While the younger teams had the day off, the older teams all took the field.
Insitu Heritage Awakeri Sharks were at home to Opotiki Tigers in the 13th grade. Tigers started off with a roar and were three goals up before Sharks started to wake up. Sharks managed some reasonable attacks, the best of them leading to a strong shot from Dylan Curtis being well saved by the keeper. Opotiki took back control with a terrific shot from 25 metres finding the net and they went on to win 6 - 0. Finn Spod was Sharks' player of the day, others to do well included Lucille Smits, Keely Forbes and Lochie Brooking.
Private Asset Management Awakeri Comets had a tough game away to Ohope Vipers in the 11th grade premier division. After an even start Ohope took the lead but Kevin Paulsen soon equalized. Ohope added another couple of goals before Campbell Forsyth scored to bring Awakeri back into the game. However, Ohope played the better passing game and scored several goals before Kevin scored another couple of good solo efforts to complete his hat-trick. Ohope were deserving winners 8 - 4. The best part of the Awakeri performance was that they kept fighting even when they were under a lot of pressure. Player of the day was shared between Ethan Patterson for his great efforts, constantly battling for the ball, and Ben White for his tackling and hard work.
In the 11th grade 1st division Barringtons Motor Lodge Awakeri Wildcats had another great game, winning 3 - 0 against the James Street Hornets. Emily Julian scored a first half hat trick, combining strength and good finishing and she earned herself player of the day. There were season best performances from most players. Linette Lengkeek, Sophie Lawrence and Caroline Paulson were outstanding in defence. Luella Howe and Renske Brabant were accurate in all their work. Jenae Brownless again got through a power of work as centre midfielder and her distribution was first class. The parents and coaches are wrapped with the continuing development of this team.
HTL Spreading Awakeri Lightning had an off day against James Street Legends in the 11th grade 1st division. Legends won 6 - 0. Corisa Johnston and Sarah Sheaff were the best for Lightning.
Da Silva Autos Awakeri Strikers had their first win in the 9th grade. They played Kawerau Red Dragons, whose keeper had an excellent game, keeping the scores close. Strikers won 2 - 1 in the end. Cambell Julian and Matthew Reihana-Asquith were the scorers for Awakeri. Keegan Jones and player of the day Kaedyn Portsmouth were excellent in defence. Olivia Benner was also in top form.
Teamwork again saw R. Mahy Contracting Awakeri Warriors to a win in the 8th grade, this time over Whakatane G Force. Jamie Julian (2), Kalib Schuler and Elijah Wetting-Davidson all scored goals with Kalib earning player of the day for his consistent effort in attack.
Also in the 8th grade, Awakeri Dragons had a great game against Allandale Wizards. It ended up a 4 all draw. Kaia Skipps got player of the day, showing her skills by scoring three goals for the Dragons.

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