21st September 2013

The 9th grade Da Silva Autos Awakeri Strikers finished their season in style, playing probably their best game of the year. Having no subs, they battled throughout the field and dominated their game with Opotiki Sharks. Cambell Julian played a fantastic passing game, setting up a number good chances though Strikers failed to capitalise in the first half. While Matthew Reihana-Asquith had a quiet game in goal, he did make a crucial save to keep the score to nil all at half-time. In the second half the team continued to play well. Kaleb Muggeridge was outstanding, making many strong runs and lovely passes and crosses. Strikers improved their finishing in the second half and finished with a solid 4 - 0 win. Matthew scored a good goal and the busy Jamie Julian bagged a hatrick. The whole team earned player of the day.
Barringtons Motor Lodge Awakeri Wild Cats had a very tough 11th grade 1st division game against Otakiri Thrashers and were relieved to come away with a 3-1 win. It was 1-1 for most of the second half, with Wild Cats needing a win to stay on top of the table. In the final four minutes Wild Cats scored two goals, one to Emily Julian and one to Taryn Forbes. Taryn was player of the day, with two goals and countless attacking runs down the left wing. The entire team played their hearts out with a lot of skilful passing making it a great game to watch. The goalie for Otakiri saved many fine shots on goal and caused a lot of frustration for the Awakeri team. Next week Wild Cats play James Street, who are second on the table. The winner of this game will probably win the league.
Also in the 11th grade 1st division, HTL Spreading Awakeri Lightning lost to the Whakatane Dominators 2-0. Their player of the day was Tayla Jones. The all girls Lightning only had nine players so they were very tired by the end of it.
This coming Saturday the Awakeri Football Club has their break up and prize giving. The day starts with two home games for the 11th grade teams, followed by games between parents and children, then presentations.

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