24th August 2013
There was plenty of drama for the three Awakeri football teams involved in the 11th grade Jubilee Cup tournaments on Saturday.
Private Asset Management Awakeri Comets took part in the premier division. They started well, having a 2 - 2 draw against Whakatane Yellowfins, with excellent teamwork and goals from Kevin Paulsen and Korben Wilson. They were then held to a goal-less draw by St Josephs. All three teams finished level on points in their pool with goals scored deciding the final positions for play-off matches. Awakeri played in the 2nd place final, losing 3 - 0 to Ohope despite creating some good chances. Comets' player of the day was Robbie Perkinson who had an excellent tournament, working hard in midfield. The tournament final was won by Whakatane Force, who defeating the Yellowfins 1 - 0.
Barringtons Motor Lodge Awakeri Wild Cats were in the top section of the 1st division. They did very well in the pool play, scoring quite a few goals. Wild Cats used the width provided by their wingers well to beat Kawerau in the semifinal. Otakiri edged out Wild Cats in the final 2 - 1. Linette Lengkeek was the Wild Cat player of the tournament, with her usual sound defence added to by scoring a terrific goal from her centre back position. Other scorers were: Taryn Forbes (4), Emily Julian and Emily Robbie (2 each).
HTL Spreading Awakeri Lightning all girls team were unbeaten in the other section of pool play. They had four great games; the score was 0-0 in all of them. The last two games had penalty shoot outs. Lightning lost their first ever shoot out 1-0 with the girls not knowing what it all was about. By the second one, the plate final, they had it sorted and won that one 1 - 0, the goal scored by Tayla Jones. Brodie Nathan was Lightning's stand out player of the tournament.
In the 13th grade, Insitu Heritage Awakeri Sharks had a very good first half defensive display against Whakatane Town Kahunas, with Manjot Farrar excellent in goal. Sharks grabbed a 2 - 0 lead after half time, with goals from the feisty Emma Paine and Sam Cook. However, Kahunas speedy strikers came back to eventually win the game 5 - 2. Chrystal Marriner and Isaiah Davidson were players of the day.
Da Silva Autos Awakeri Strikers had another great battle against Opotiki in the 9th grade. The game was played in good spirit and chances were many at both ends. Keegan Jones and Matthew Reihana-Asquith defended well and Kysarck Cornwall had a great game, playing energetically and goalkeeping well in the second half. Player of the day Cambell Julian had a great game making many crucial saves in goal then attacking well in the second half. Opotiki sneaked the win 1 - 0.
In the 8th grade, Awakeri Warriors had a hard fought win over Whakatane G Force. Oliver Forsyth scored the only goal in a tense 1- 0 game. Katie Mahy was outstanding in defence, gaining player of the day for her efforts.
Junior Framework continued too on Saturday. 7th grade Mary Bragg won player of the day for good sportsmanship in her Awakeri Alligators team. Mason Nurkka was player of the day for the 6th grade Awakeri Tigers. The Awakeri Rascals played well and Jon Tiwha-Smith got their award. Awakeri Lions, all did well too, they have really improved through the season. Their nominee was Ethan Heal.
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