7th June 2014

A win! Barringtons Motor Lodge Awakeri Wildcats had a win at Opotiki in the 13th grade on Saturday. This was the first win by an Awakeri 13th grade team since 2011. The mostly girls Wildcats were down 4-0 at half time and came back to win 6-5. Emily Julian scored 5 goals and Linette Lengkeek the other. Emily Julian played very well with ball at her feet and finding those shooting opportunities in tight spaces. Linette Lengkeek played a centre midfield role for the first time and really had a presence about her game which resulted in a great shot being taken outside the box for a fine goal. The player of the day was Emily Robbie, who was always in the right place at the right time. She set up a lot of the attacking play with great through balls and switching the play.
Another top result was in the 11th grade premier division, where Private Asset Management Awakeri Comets had a good win at Opotiki. Without a couple of key players, there were no substitutes so the remaining team had to play the full game. Kaleb Muggeridge scored a goal in each half and player of the day Ethan Patterson scored a great goal after excellent team work moved the ball quickly from one end of the pitch to the other. This gave the Comets a 3-0 victory.
In the 11th grade 1st division, HTL Spreading Awakeri Crushers won a tight game with Ohope Surfers 2 - 1. Lilly Du Toit and Tara van Beekhuizen scored the goals. Olivia Sheaff's good work in goal had her named player of the day. Amber Fort also shone with her work on the wing.
Also in that division, Awakeri Store Strikers had a disappointing 1 - 7 loss against Ohope Seahawks. There was good support play by Inderpreet Singh Aujla and Thomas Wessells. Player of the day went to Shayna Penberth who attacked well.
In the 9th grade R. Mahy Contracting Awakeri Warriors had solid defence and great passing in attack. They defeated Opotiki Magpies comfortably. Jamie Julian, Blake Hermansen, Katie Mahy, Oliver Forsyth, Kalib Schuler, Kaia Skipps and Elijah and Bonnie-Marie Wetting all scored. Kaia Skipps picked up player of the day for her tireless effort playing up front.
Also in the 9th grade, SLH Contracting Awakeri Dragons won 2-1 against Kawerau at Awakeri. Coming back from 1 nil down at half time and playing with no subs, the Dragons showed true grit. Fearghus Byers scored two second half goals. Player of the day Keighly McNeil chased everything, tackled well and made some blinding runs up the left flank.
Mainstream Engineering Awakeri Lightning won against Plains Panthers with a final score of 8 to 2. Ollie Fort, Jon Tiwha-Smith, Phoebe Carter and Miles Ashton all scored goals. The entire team played strongly, showing more improvement in their team skills. Addison Dodson was the player of the day, showing great offensive play, contributing significantly to the final result.
Awakeri's youngest teams were pleased to be back at Warren Park for Junior Framework.
Awakeri Rascals had three really good games on Saturday. Kobi Wetting-Davidson again showed his skills getting the ball out and running it up the side line to take several shots on goal. He managed to put two in the net with one from a fair distance. Sophie Growden also had several shots on goal. All of the Rascals showed they knew to spread out and mark players. They were protective of their goal, running back if there was an attack. The player of the day was Ashlee Jennings for getting in amongst it and doing some fantastic kicks and following them up.
The 6th grade Awakeri Eagles played really well this week, improving on their skills with every game! Player of the day was Tylah Bateson who scored an impressive goal in the last game.
Awakeri Sharks had a great game on the weekend, a few not there due to illness. Jessica Carter got player of the day for getting 3 goals in our first game.

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