1st August 2015
There were lots of goals scored in the games involving Awakeri's football teams on Saturday.
Private Asset Management Awakeri Comets were home to Whakatane Avengers in the 13th grade. A well worked team goal by Ethan Patterson opened the scoring, and Tom Kloppenburg scored a hat - trick to secure victory before a good individual goal from Ben White completed a 5-0 win. Cody Cook's great positional play, passing and attacking runs down the wing earned him player of the day.
Also in the 13th grade, Awakeri Blue Strikers played a challenging game against top team Whakatane intermediate Foxy Feet, losing 6-0. Awakeri started out strongly, but Foxy Feet were too good. Kyla McGuire put in a good effort in goal. Daniel Brown was awarded player of the day for his determination and consistent performance, others to impress included Shallan Keighley and Nicole Webb.
SLH Contracting Awakeri Warriors got back to winning ways on Saturday by beating the Allandale Arrows 5-1 in the 11th grade 1st division. Jamie Julian got a hat trick and Kaleb Muggeridge also had a great game, scoring the other two goals. Rohan Shami was player of the day.
In 11th grade division 3, Designline Kitchens Awakeri Dragons had their work cut out against Kawerau Sports, who were generally bigger and played with some good skills. Bradley Burr did a fine job as goalie and was named player of the day. Dragons kept Kawerau scoreless in the second half, a good effort. Kawerau won the game 4 – 0.
EBOP Plant Services Awakeri Aces had a challenging game in the 9th grade against Whakatane Town, losing 7 – 2 in the end. The Aces played well, with Chelsy Wardlaw received player of the day.
Also in the 9th grade, Awakeri Titans played Ohope Stingrays and lost 8-2. With a couple of players away sick, Titans were lent a couple from the opposing team. The team played really well, with some good passing and positional play. Player of the day went to Isaac Tootell for a great game.
The Awakeri Avengers were back to their best in the 8th grade, with a 7-1 win against Opotiki Magpies. Caleb Hanlen was Mr Dependable at the back, always with his eye on the ball. Chase Read and Kaleb Grindrod were fantastic in the midfield with Kaleb attempting some great mid-range shots. Kobi Wetting-Davidson bagged two good goals. Jessie Jones and Max Thompson played supporting games, with Max bagging his first goal of the season. Ashlee Jennings ran a solid wing. Sophie Growden again showed her prowess up front, netting a corker. Michael Griffiths attacked well, pulling off some great one-twos with team mates and scoring a hat trick of goals. He was awarded player of the day.
Also in the 8th grade, Eastern Bay Curtains 4U Awakeri Ninjas continued their unbeaten season with a solid win against Saints Stinger. Ninjas passed the ball around really well and the team shared player of the day.
In the 7th grade, Real Awakeri had a good day. They won two games and drew one. The player of the day was Barclay Fort.
The Awakeri Panthers had another great morning in the 7th grade, even though they lost two games and drew one. Charlize Butler and Milan Laurent both got player of the day, for showing lots of courage and determination.
In the 6th grade, Shed Boss Awakeri Phoenix's first game was a great battle with Awakeri Athletic, with Athletic managing a 2-1 win. Tyler Wardlaw scored Phoenix's goal. Their next game was against Plains Panthers, who only had three players. Phoenix halved their team with them and played a friendly game. In their final game, Phoenix played Allandale Midgets and again gave them players. No goals were scored. Well done Awakeri Phoenix: a committed team who always turns up!
Saturday was a tougher day than usual for Awakeri Athletic as they initially went 1-0 behind in their first game but showed great character to come back and win 2-1. Goals came from Aramia Hanlen and Kyle Hennessey-McKay. The second gamed ended at 0-0 and the opposition did not appear for the third game, continuing Athletic's undefeated run since the opening of the season. The player of the day was Lucy Overdevest, for showing great determination at training and on game day.
6th grade Awakeri Magic played with enthusiasm as always, everyone was giving it their all, with lots of smiles and everyone enjoying the games. Magic had two good wins and one loss. Jade Mahy got player of the day for having an outstanding morning.
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