9 August 2014

There were some nail biting results for Awakeri's football teams on Saturday.
In the 9th grade top division, unbeaten R. Mahy Contracting Awakeri Warriors faced a determined Allandale side. Warriors were down 3 - 0 at the half time break. An energized Warriors team came out fighting in the second half with Blake Hermansen, Jamie Julian and Kaia Skipps scoring, to grab a 3 – 3 draw. Warriors called on two eighth grade players to cover for absentees; Jon Tiwha-Smith and Miles Ashton stepped up extremely well. Blake Hermansen was awarded player of the day for his commitment and all over cover.
In the 9th grade bottom division, SLH Contracting Awakeri Dragons had their first win for a while, completing a 3 – 1 win against Opotiki Magpies. The team played really well together . Fearghus Byers scored two goals in the first half and Mia Sutton scored in the second. The player of the day went to the team. As they were a player down and a goal down in the first minute, they dug deep and played some great football to make the Dragons' supporters very proud.
Private Asset Management Comets had an excellent game at home to Allandale in the 11th grade premier division. Player of the day Kaleb Muggeridge scored 4 goals and worked hard all game. Comets only had eight players, but made up for the extra person with great teamwork. Additional goals were scored by Kevin Paulsen, Ethan Paterson (a very well taken penalty) and Tayla Jones, with her first goal of the season, completing the scoring in a 6 -0 win.
Also in the 11th grade premier, HTL Spreading Awakeri Crushers all girls team were unlucky to go down late in their game against Saints Shooters 1 – 0.
In the 13th grade Barringtons Motor Lodge Awakeri Wild Cats were away to Kawerau. Wild Cats started well but couldn't contain the strong Kawerau team, who won 6 - 0. There were some good through balls by Gemma Baldy and some great shots on goal by Emily Robbie. The player of the day was Chloe Howard who worked hard on the wing.
Awakeri Store Strikers had a strong game against Plains Dragons in the 11th grade 1st division, losing 2 - 1. The whole team played well with excellent defence play and tackling. Matthew Reihana-Asquith had a strong game in defence, as well as Dan Brown who showed great attacking play, getting player of the day. Rhylee Mahy scored the goal with a good strike from distance.
Mainstream Engineering Awakeri Lightning played a determined game, winning 5-0 against Saints in the 8th grade. Ollie Fort started the ball rolling with a great goal, followed by Phoebe Carter and then a hat trick from Jon Tiwha Smith. Their player of the day was Summer Jones for great determination, chasing the ball and tackling.
The 7th grade Awakeri Pumas had an enjoyable day. They had some fun activities. Pumas are practicing headers at the moment and they are showing some real skills. Brad Yuill has great power and accuracy with the head. Pumas also did some first touch shooting at pace. Judah Bailey surprised himself with some powerful strikes on target. Player of the day went to Caleb Hanlen. He was strong on the ball and a great pass to Brad who scored. Caleb also powered his way through scoring a great goal himself. The local derby with the Rascals ended in a hard fought nil all draw.
Awakeri Rascals' Sophie Spod started off the games by volunteering to play for the other team to make up numbers, which showed great sportsmanship. Ashlee Jennings attacked the goal. After weeks and weeks of trying her best, Sophie Growden put the ball away scoring a fantastic goal and the only one for the Rascals for the day. The second game was against our Awakeri Pumas and was a hard fought nil all draw. Max Thompson showed great defence and Jessie Jones had a great run up and shot on goal but just missed. Michael Griffiths also put in a great effort. The player of the day went to Max Thompson for his defence and attack.
6th grade Awakeri Sharks played three great games where the whole team played well. Hannah White got player of the day as she has good listening skills, is eager to play and always tries her best.
Awakeri Eagles played three great games in the 6th grade too. Asha van Veen was player of the day with great attacking and footwork skills.

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