8th June 2013

The third win in a row for Awakeri Warriors was a highlight for Awakeri's football teams on Saturday.
A hard fought battle saw R. Mahy Contracting Awakeri Warriors win over Saints Dragons 5 - 2 in the 8th grade. Jamie Julian played well to secure a hat trick and earned player of the day. Blake Hermansen and Kalib Schuler also scored. Katie Mahy showed great skill and determination in defence too.
Also in the 8th grade, Awakeri Dragons lost to Saints Swordfish. Rhys Robertson was player of the day for the Dragons.
Da Silva Autos Awakeri Strikers started strongly in their 9th grade game at Kawerau Raiders. Cambell Julian scored to have Strikers ahead, but the home team scored three times early in the second half. Strikers finished the game well, but Raiders hung on for their 3 - 1 win. Olivia Benner was player of the day.
In the 11th grade 1st division unbeaten Awakeri Wild Cats had to cool their boots, having the bye. However, HTL Spreading Awakeri Lightning played in that grade, against Whakatane Town Dominators. The game was 1 all up till about ten minutes to go but late goals saw Whakatane win 3 - 1. Lightning's goal scorer was Sarah Sheaff and the player of the day was Tayla Jones.
Private Asset Management Awakeri Comets were away to top placed Whakatane Force in the 11th grade premier division. They started well, containing the home team and restricting them to a 2 - 0 lead until midway through the first half. After Comets missed the first of two failed penalty attempts, Force got a second wind and added another three goals. The scoring continued in the second half but Awakeri kept fighting and had several good attempts on goal but couldn't score. They ended up losing 6 - 0. Player of the day was Caleb Keightley, who showed great determination in defence.
In the 13th grade, Insitu Heritage Awakeri Sharks played well for the first fifteen minutes against Kawerau All Stars. However Kawerau proved too strong, winning 6 - 0. Finn Spod was a great goalkeeper for the first half and saved lots of shots from going in. Sharks had a strong defence but had trouble getting the ball from the midfield onto attack. Player of the day was Lochie Brooking, for improving tremendously in his role as defender. He really got stuck in and didn't let many players get past him. Sam Cook also impressed, reading the play well in defence.
Awakeri's youngest teams all enjoyed their Junior Framework games at Warren Park. The players of the day were: Ethan Heal (Awakeri Lions), Kobi Wetting-Davidson (Awakeri Rascals), Kaleb Grindrod (Awakeri Tigers), Emma Thompson (Awakeri Alligators) and Devon McCormick (Kiwi Waste Awakeri Magic).

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