30 August 2014

Awakeri's younger competitive teams took pride of place on Saturday.
In the 8th grade, Mainstream Engineering Awakeri Lightning had a really good game against Ohope Orcas. Awakeri scored the equaliser in the last play to grab a 3-3 draw. The player of the day was Jon Tiwha-Smith, who was in top form. The goals were scored by Jon (2) and Miles Ashton.
Teamwork continues to aid R. Mahy Contracting Awakeri Warriors, who secured a 3 - 1 win over Allandale Warriors in the 9th grade Top Four competition. Forwards Jamie Julian, Oliver Forsyth and Blake Hermansen attacked with excellent passing. The goal scorers were Jamie Julian and Blake Hermansen (2). Katie Mahy was awarded player of the day for her continued dominance in defence.
In the 9th grade Bottom Four, SLH Contracting Awakeri Dragons won 5 - 1 against Opotiki Magpies. Dragons played really well together with some good team work. Keighly McNeil scored two goals, one being a great solo effort from half way. There were also goals from Shaun Snow, Mia Sutton and Fearghus Byers. Fearghus was awarded player of the day for great defence and good attacking skills.
Private Asset Management Awakeri Comets were at home to Kawerau in the 11th grade premier division. The visitors took a lead which was equalized by player of the day Kevin Paulsen, before Kawerau regained the advantage before half-time. In the second half, Kawerau scored twice more to end up 4-1 winners.
Also in the premier division, HTL Spreading Awakeri Crushers lost 4 – 0 to Allandale Deans Dynamites. It was a good game. Meadow Smith was the Awakeri player of the day.
In the 11th grade 1st division, Awakeri Store Ultimate Strikers had an exciting last game against Opotiki Mustangs, which sadly ended in a 5 - 2 loss. Rhylee Mahy was rewarded for her perseverance in the penalty area with a goal. A big boot from Inderpreet Singh got the second goal. Dan Brown played a good game in the centre, as did Beth Wilson who gave it all she had along the wing, making her player of the day.
In the 13th grade, Barringtons Motor Lodge Awakeri Wildcats went down to Opotiki 6 -1. The Wildcats had a difficult first half with Opotiki playing well and one of their strikers scoring freely. They tightened up later in the half with Gemma Baldey marking the striker well to stem the flow of goals. After half-time, both teams changed goal-keepers and the Wildcats came out with more fire, winning a lot more ball and making many good opportunities. Jenae Brownless played very well on the right wing and was unlucky not to score, firing a shot over the goal. Emily Robbie and Taryn Forbes worked hard winning the ball and creating chances. Robbie Perkinson subbed on with twenty minutes to go. He put in a lot of work and scored a rocketing goal. Keely Forbes played another solid game in defence and in goal, reading the game well and keeping a clean sheet in the second half. The Wildcats were proud of their second-half effort and a very well earned player of the day trophy went to Emma Paine who played a mighty game at right-back, tackling brilliantly and working hard to use the ball well.
In the youngest age groups, Awakeri's teams continue to have fun and develop.
The 6th grade Awakeri Eagles were awesome on Saturday, winning all their games. The girls in the team are really standing out with their great effort and are improving every week. Zoe Laurent was player of the day, for her all round game play.
Awakeri Sharks' 6th grade games went well. There was good team work amongst the players. Player of the day for the Sharks was Callum Hathaway.
7th grade Awakeri Rascals had a great day. They joined forces with Whakatane Town Sharks for the activities and then played them in the first game, giving them two of our players Jessie Jones and Mikey Griffiths, to even the sides up. Ohope Snappers who are always a force was the next game and ended in a nil all draw. The third game of the day against Plains saw Ashlee Jennings put in some excellent effort. Kobi Wetting-Davidson scored two goals and Mikey Griffiths put away a lovely goal. The player of the day went to Mikey Griffiths, who had a fantastic day.

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