7th September 2013

There were lots of good results for Awakeri’s football teams on Saturday.
Private Asset Management Awakeri Comets had a fantastic win in their last home game of the season in the 11th grade Premier division against second placed Kawerau. The visitors made the better start going into a 2-0 lead which they held onto until half-time. In the second half the Comets worked excellently as a team, with players of the day Noah Robinson and Ben Olifiers having outstanding games in defence and goal respectively to frustrate the Kawerau forwards. Awakeri had worked on set pieces in training and this paid off with goals from Campbell Forsyth corners for Korben Wilson and Ethan Patterson. A superb solo effort from the always hard-working Kevin Paulsen in between gave the Comets a well deserved 3 - 2 victory.
In the 11th grade 1st division, Barringtons Motor Lodge Awakeri Wildcats had a very good game against Allandale, winning 6 - 2. The highlight of this game was the collective determination shown by all the team. Jenae Brownless scored her first goal of the season and gained player of the day for playing a great game on the right wing. Emily Robbie was outstanding in her new position of centre midfield, making lots of switches of play and structuring our attack. Emily Julian scored four goals, one of which was a great header from a corner kick. This was the first goal to be scored by the head ever in the Wildcats history. Luella Howe scored her second goal for the season. Sophie Lawrence and Renske Brabant continued their good form and were strong on defence.
Also in that division, HTL Spreading Awakeri Lightning all girls team had a 1 – 0 win against James Street. It was nil all at half time, but a Sarah Sheaff goal proved to be the winner. Tayla Jones’s strong defence earned her player of the day.
The 9th grade Dave da Silva Autos Awakeri Strikers faced a mobile Allandale team with an impressive strike partnership.  Both teams played well but Awakeri lost too much ball through individuals failing to pass the ball and Allandale dominated the score sheet deservedly.  At 4 - 0 down with ten minutes to play Awakeri stepped up a gear and started to play good possession football.  Player of the day Kaleb Muggeridge shone, making desperate saves then running with the ball and slotting some good passes.  They created a number of good scoring opportunities only to be repeatedly denied by committed defence and goal-keeping.  In the dying seconds they were awarded a penalty that Cambell Julian convincingly put away to finish 4 - 1.
R. Mahy Contracting Awakeri Warriors continued their unbeaten season in the 8th grade tournament. They won seven games and drew the other two. Blake Hermansen and Frank Butler shared the player of the day honours.
Awakeri Dragons also did well in that tournament, winning their first three games and losing the others by much narrower scores against those teams than earlier in the season.
In the final day of Junior Framework, Awakeri’s teams as usual had a fun day. Players of the day included Summer Jones (Kiwi Waste Awakeri Magic) and Leon Mahy (Awakeri Lions).

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