25th May 2013

Awakeri's football teams all enjoyed their games on Saturday. Quite a few teams were at home, making for a busy Awakeri sports field.
In the 13th grade Insitu Heritage Awakeri Sharks hosted Otakiri. Otakiri started well, taking the lead, but a good strike from Cody Baker Bragg evened the game up. Otakiri went ahead again 2 - 1 before half time. The Sharks had some good spells when they had Otakiri pinned in their half, but their defence held firm. Awakeri's player of the day Lara Wills had a couple of good shots. Others to shine included Brianna Smith, Finn Spod and Sam Cook. Otakiri won 3 - 1 in the end.
Awakeri Comets had a win in their home game against Saints Crusaders in the 11th grade premier division. Goals by Kevin Paulsen and a great team move finished off by Ethan Patterson gave them a 2-0 half time lead. In the second half Crusaders battled hard, particularly their goalie, who played on bravely after receiving a ball directly in his face, but they were frustrated by some good defensive work from Awakeri. Further goals from Korben Wilson, Kevin Paulsen and a penalty scored by Korben completed the scoring for a 5-0 victory. Kevin Paulsen had another outstanding game to earn player of the day.
Barringtons Motor Lodge Awakeri Wild Cats played another great game of soccer in the 11th grade 1st division. They won 5 - 3 against Opotiki. Emily Julian (2), Taryn Forbes (2) and Shayna Penberth were the scorers. Shayna was player of the day, scoring her first ever goal. Her smile showed her joy. The senior Wild Cats players are showing exceptional understanding of the game and are getting some great results.
HTL Spreading Awakeri Lightning all girls team had an early start to the day. They won a promotional team breakfast and had an inspirational talk from Olympian Karen Hanlen before their 11th grade 1st division game against an all boys team from Ohope. Ohope scored an early goal and that proved to be the winner. It was an awesome game, very closely fought. Lightning's player of the day was Brodie Nathan. She did extremely well competing for the ball and setting up play for the forwards.
Grade 9 Da Silva Autos Awakeri Strikers had another tough match against another skilful Ohope team. They played well again, making good tackles and trying to play a passing game. They created a lot more chances this week with Kaleb Muggeridge, Alex Robbie and Matthew Reihana-Asquith putting in a lot of effort up front. Player of the day, Cambell Julian, was outstanding, making a lot of great individual runs and promising passes. Only good work from Ohope's goalkeeper kept him off the scoreboard a number of times. The final score was 0 - 6, with goals conceded in the dying seconds of each half.
Excellent passing and teamwork saw R. Mahy Contracting Awakeri Warriors win against Awakeri Dragons in the 8th grade. Jamie Julian, Oliver Forsyth, Blake Hermansen, Kalib Schuler, Elijah and Bonnie-Marie Wetting all scored goals. Bonnie-Marie received player of the day for her tireless effort all game. Dragons improved throughout the game. They kept on trying and their tackling improved a lot. Kaylia Best scored for the Dragons and was named player of the day.
Awakeri's 7th and 6th grade teams all had their first junior framework day at Warren Park. It was a cold start for all the young players but they got stuck in.
7th grade Kiwi Waste Awakeri Magic all enjoyed their football.
7th grade Awakeri Alligators' player of the day was Marshall Foxx, who played with enthusiasm which resulted in loads of goals!
Awakeri Lions 6th grade did well, with Brad Yuill the player of the day.
6th grade Awakeri Tigers had a lot of fun. Their player of the day: Nathan Davidson.
6th grade Awakeri Rascals had a ball, even though the kids were freezing! Their player of the day was Jon Tiwha-Smith, who showed awesome balls skills and put in 100% effort.

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