22nd June 2013

Awakeri's two unbeaten football teams continued their good form on Saturday. There is plenty of enthusiasm in the other grades with a good variety of action.
Barringtons Motor Lodge Awakeri Wild Cats had a tough game against Kawerau Taniwha in the 11th grade 1st division. Kawerau made the Awakeri team play right to the end to get their 5 - 2 win. Caroline Paulson was very strong in defence, Emily Robbie lead many attacking moves down the right wing and was rewarded with a great goal. Luella Howe scored her first goal of the season, which was just reward for her constant determination. She received player of the day. Linette Lengkeek scored for the second week in a row and Emily Julian bagged another two goals. Wild Cats are currently equal top of the table but face a tough couple of weeks, with games against fellow high fliers Otakiri and James Street.
Also in the 11th grade 1st division, HTL Spreading Awakeri Lightning all girls team started slowly to be behind Allandale 5 - 0 at half time. However they came alive after half time, and with player of the match Sarah Sheaff making excellent saves in goal, they only conceded two more.
Private Asset Management played Whakatane Yellowfins in the 11th grade premier division at Awakeri. The visitors started well and opened the scoring with a brilliantly taken penalty that keeper Noah Robinson got a hand to, but couldn't stop. Awakeri didn't really get into the game until the second half, by which time they were thee goals down. Ethan Patterson and Kevin Paulsen scored well worked goals but defensive errors saw Whakatane extend their lead again and a second goal from Ethan made the final score 5 - 3. The Comets' player of the day was Robbie Perkinson who had a good game in defence, stopping many dangerous attacks.
In the 13th grade, the Whakatane Town Kahunas team got out to the score cut off of a 6 goal lead against Insitu Heritage Awakeri Sharks. Players were then rearranged and the Sharks had an enjoyable last passage of the game. Good crosses from Finn Spod saw player of the day Sam Cook (2) and Jacob Davis score goals. Elana Spod was another to impress.
The youngest age groups continue to have lots of fun with Junior Framework. Sixth grade player of the day were Jessie Jones (Awakeri Rascals), Isla Fergusson (Awakeri Lions) and Jemma Show (Awakeri Tigers).
Kiwi Waste Awakeri Magic had a great morning in the 7th grade. Everyone had lots of energy and they did some great kicking and goal scoring. Player of the day was Summer Jones. Magic played Saints Tigers. One half of the team met with tough opponents, while the other half was well matched and it was a draw.
Awakeri Alligators lost both their 7th grade games. The team impressed with their high energy play and commitment. Good sportsmanship was shown from both teams! Games were played against Allandale Warriors and the Ohope Sharks. Good all round play saw Mary Bragg named player of the day for Alligators.
In the 8th grade an improving R. Mahy Contracting Awakeri Warriors secured another win against Ohope Bluefins to maintain their unbeaten run. Jamie Julian, Katie Mahy, Blake Hermansen, Elijah and Bonnie-Marie Wetting-Davidson all scored. Blake Hermansen earned player of the day for his solid effort in all areas of the game.
Awakeri Dragons had no subs for their 8th grade game against Ohope Oysters. They did well early on with the score at 0 - 0 at half time. A Shaun Snow goal had Dragons in the game at 1 - 2 with ten minutes to go, but tired legs saw Ohope win 5 - 1 in the end. Oscar Mahy did well being named player of the match.

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