Members 2011 Season

Juniors:

Girls

Girls vs Wainuiomata
Drew: 2 - 2
 
Girls vs QMC
Win 2-1
Goals: Maya (1), Delaine (1)
Our girls started off soft so QMC scored an early goal. The attack got came out strong then and the ball was evenly distributed between the teams. We finished the first half 1:0 down. The girls turned the game around in the 2nd half, passing well and scoring a beautiful field goal. After that the team got fired up and they manage to force 2 PC's, which they handled well but unfortunately didn't score off.
The whole 2nd half our girls were fighting to win the ball back and Delaine secured a 2nd goal just 5 min before the end of the game. Very good game and well deserved win!
 
Girls vs Hutt.
Drew: 0 - 0
This was another good game. The girls played well against taller opposition and nil all half time. Naenae was the stronger team and the 2nd half of the game was played in opposition half and circle. Full time score remained 0-0. So many of the girls had improved and played an excellent game that coach decided the whole team was Player of the Day!
It was lots of fun to watch!
 
Girls vs Rangikura
Draw 1:1
Goal: Delaine
After an early goal from Rangikura, the girls managed to get the ball more towards their end of the field. Lots of attacking and good defence kept the score to 1:0 til half time. In the 2nd half things changed, after Delaine scored from a PC! The game then got very exciting!! Rangikura was strongly attacking the whole time, but  girls managed to win the ball back and attack themselves. Well done to all of you - these Rangikura girls were tall and strong!
 
Girls vs Marsden
Won: 1 - 0
Goal: Isabel (1)
This was a very exciting game with lots of attacking and very good defence.  The girls even managed to get a pc, and continued to put a lot of pressure on the opposition. Isabel scored a nice field goal in the first 15 min. Naenae managed to keep the score at 1:0 and everyone had a great game. It seems like everyone is getting the concept of the game and the little ones looked very confident on the field! Well done girls keep it up!
 
Girls vs QMC
Lost: 1 - 0
The girls played an exciting 1st half with lots of attacking but also good defence. Grace had a great debut as goal keeper- well done! Despite QMC having managed to score half way through the 2nd half, the girls had a good game with lots of passing.
Girls vs Marsden
Loss 5:0
Despite a strong try to attack, Marsden scored twice in the 1st 10 minutes. The team was passing well, but wasn't strong enough to keep the score down without a goalie. The first half  finished 3:0.
In the second half the defence was working really well but Marsden managed to score 2 more goals.

Junior Girls vs Rangikura
Loss: 2 - 0
After early goal from Rangikura came great strong defence from Naenae. Good passing started moving the ball forward. Without goalie girls excellent defence kept the score to one down at half time. Stronger attack from our girls in second half, and only one opposition goal slipped by. Excellent defence and new players holding their positions giving Georgia player of the day.

Girls vs Harbour City
Won: 3:1
Goals: Delaine (2), Charlotte(1)
The team played the whole game without a goalie and Harbour City managed to score in the first 5 minutes. Only a couple of minutes later, the ball went down the other side and wobbled off Delaines stick over the line, and we had our first goal! The defence was doing a great job and the whole team kept attacking, with Delaine scoring a 2nd goal in the first half. During the 2nd half Charlotte scored a beautiful goal and the team managed to hold that score till the end. It was a great game to watch, and the whole team was doing really well in their 2nd game of the season.

Girls vs Karori
Lost: 6 - 0


Mixed

Mixed vs Upper Hutt
??
 
Mixed vs Bishop Viard
Lost: 4 - 0
 
Mixed vs Northern United
Lost: 2 - 0
 
Mixed vs Hutt
Lost: 2 - 0
 
Mixed vs Clyde Quay
Lost: 3 - 1
 
Mixed vs Harbour City/Tawa
Drew: 1 - 1
With quite a few new players the Junior Boys team is now starting to know their positions and are beginning to call  to each other during the game.  This helped the team keep the score to nil all against Harbour City, although the team was unlucky to score a goal as there were several good attempts to score.  Also good to see was the quick short passes betweens players.  Keep it up boys.
 
Mixed vs Kelson
Lost:
The junior boys played Kelson on Saturday and although they lost they had a good second half.  The team is working on marking when the opposition has the ball and passing when we have possession and the team were doing this a lot better in the second half.  Thanks to Caleb who filled in for our usual goalie who was away sick.

Mixed vs Wadestown
Won: 2 - 1

Seniors:

Mens Teams

Premier Three 

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Round 11:
P3 Men vs Indians
Won: 5 - 0
Goals: Cam Ellis (2), Travis (1), Alex (1), Hayden (1)
The guys had a fantastic game this weekend and earnt themselves the bonus point to put them back into the top 4.  Cam scored first to give Naenae the lead and then not too long later Travis scooped the ball out from under the keeper and calmly lifted it over him into the goal. NaeNae went into the sheds 2-0 up and had made some great attacking plays.  The second half was even better, with more territory and possession in NaeNaes favour.  Travis made run into the D only to hit the post with his shot at goal, but Alex was there to pick up the rebound and put it into the goal. Hayden got a nice goal off the PC, with a direct hit which slamed against the boards. As the clock was counting down, the supporters on the sideline were calling out for one more goal to give the boys the bonus point. The Indians got fired up and after a chop on Vaudin (who completed the manoeuvre with a nice roll), the Indians ended up with 10 men on the field.  Only a few minutes later, the Indians were down to 9 players. Unfortunatly, NaeNae weren't quite able to take advantage of the situation but once the 2 Indian men were allowed back onto the field, Cam put the icing on the cake with a great reverse shot (from the baseline) which somehow defied the laws of physics and went into the goal. Of course, a PC was awarded to the Indians right on full-time and the supporters on the sideline were anxious about the bonus point slipping away.  However, they need not have worried, the PC was successfully cleared and the bonus was NaeNae's for the taking. This was a great game for the guys and very exciting to watch.
 
Round 10:
P3 Men vs Victoria
Lost: 4 - 3
Goals: Travis Speakman (1), Alex Hampshire (1), ??
The boys were guttered at the end of this game.  Victoria turned up with only 10 players but as the P2 girls know from last week, sometimes when you have a 1 player advantage it ends up being a disadvantage as you can loose your structure and not stick to the game plan.  The NaeNae boys ended up conceding the first two goals before they managed to sneak one back themselves to be down 2-1 at half time.  The second half saw NaeNae fired up and they got 2 more goals past the Victoria defense to take the lead 3 - 2 with around 15 minutes left on the clock.  Unfortunately, things then started to go pear-shaped and Victoria managed to equalise and then with a few minutes left score the winning goal to take the game 4 - 3. There were some periods of great play from NaeNae, particularly the third goal they scored, but they were hurt when they dropped their standard of play and Victoria took advantage of these times.
 
Round 9:
P3 Men vs Harbour City/Tawa 3
Lost: 4 - 2
Goals: Cam Ellis (2)
The team had an amazing start to this game and were looking dominant in the first 20 minutes of play.  Cam scored a great individual goal, receiving the ball around his teams defensive 25. dribbling it all the way up the left wing around a number of players, bringing it into the top of the D, around another couple of players and the goalie then slotting it into the goal to give NaeNae the 1-0 lead.  NaeNae kept the pressure up for a while after that and had a few decent chances at goal but were unable to convert them. Eventually Harbour City/Tawa woke up and the Naenae defense had a lot of work to do in the last 20 minutes of the first half, including a number of defensive PCs.  Eventually this pressure lead to HCT getting a goal off a PC to even the match up at 1-1. Then only a couple of minutes before half time HCT took a 2-1 lead with a field goal. HCT came out and scored first in the second half but Naenae wasn't out for the count.  We earned a coupld of PCs and Cam slotted one away to get his second goal.  NaeNae fought on again and were trying to get the equalising goal, but their backs were caught high and HCt took advantage of this to get the final goal of the game and win with a 4-2 lead.
 
Round 8:
P3 Men vs Hutt 5
Won: 3 - 0
Goals: Bevan (1)
While the guys were having their team talk in the changing room, the weather started putting together a real treat for them!  In fact, for a while they were unable to hear the words of wisdom from their coach because the rain was smashing against the roof and the thunder was rumbling away outside.  Though much to their relief the weather had subsided by the time they actually had to go out and warm up.  Hutt started with only 8 players on the field and it wasn't surprising that NaeNae took an early 1 - 0 lead.  Eventually the remainder of the Hutt team turned up but NaeNae converted one last goal in the first half to take a 2 - 0 lead.  In the second half, things were much the same and NaeNae converted one more goal to go 3 - 0 up.  In the dying minutes, Hutt managed to finally crack the NaeNae defence to end the game 3 - 1.
 
Round 7:
P3 Men vs Harbour City/Tawa 4
Won: 8 - 2
Goals: Cam Ellis (3), Jamie Sinclair (1), Travis Speakman (2), Michael Cooze (1), Hayden Wiliams (1)
The boys followed up a great game last week with another awesome game on Saturday.  Although Harbour City had the first PC of the match, it was NaeNae who put the first points on the board.  Around midway through the first half, Cam scored two goals in the space of 2 minutes to give NaeNae a 2-0 lead.  A short while later, Jamie and Cam scored again in quick succession to take a 4-0 lead.  Travis then dribbled around 3 guys at the top of the circle before putting a clean shot past the goalie. Unfortunately, Harbour City had a PC as the last play of the first half although the first shot was saved by Andy (the keeper), the ball was cleared to a waiting Harbour City player who slotted the ball wide (even a diving Brad wasn't enough to keep it out of the goal) to bring the half time score to 5 - 1. Travis opened up the scoring in the second half with a great reverse shot from the top of the D.  Bevan then set up the final two goals, bringing the ball down along the base line then putting it back to Cooze to slot away, then to Hayden to run the ball over the goal line.  At the end of the second half there was a bit of deja vu when Harbour City had a PC as the last play of the half (and game).  They were able to score off this as well to have the final say and bring the score to 8 - 2.
 
Round 6
P3 Men vs Hutt
Won: 5 - 2
Goals: Cam Ellis (2), Sam Stannard (2), Amon Van der Burg (1)
The boys definitely turned up to play this game!  It was the best game they have played in a while, and could have been the best they have played all season.  After conceding a goal early on in the first half, the boys fought back and scored two goals in quick succession to take the lead 2 - 1 at half time.  The second half was exciting with lots of opportunities for the men in red.  They managed to convert 2 goals and Cam put away a stroke in the second half to have a 5 - 1 lead.  Hutt did managed to get the last say though and scored the final goal to end the game 5 - 2 in favour of NaeNae.  It was great to see the NaeNae boys hold their own during this game and even though the Hutt boys were getting testy and physical at times the NaeNae boys didn't retaliate.
 
Round 5:
P3 Men vs YWCA 1
Won: 3 - 0
Goals: Sam Stannard (2), Alex Hampshire (1)
The game started in fairly dry conditions and NaeNae had some opportunities to score in the first few minutes of the game.  It was unfortunate that the umpire missed a stroke in the open minutes but NaeNae played on and it wasn't too much longer before Sam Stannard put the ball in the back of the net and got the first points on the board.  NaeNae kept the pressure on in the first half, with some great runs down the right flank and converted one more before half time to take the 2 - 0 advantage.  By this time, the rain was starting to come down and the boys looked rather wet!  The second half was not as good as the first.  NaeNae still had plenty of opportunities to score (and missed a couple of sitters) but they also let YWCA have quite a bit of territory and possession.  NaeNae converted one more goal before full time to have a comfortable 3 - 0 win.
 
Round 4:
P3 Men vs Indians 3
Lost: 3 - 1
Goal: Amon Van der Burg (1)
The boys played on Saturday evening in town and looked like drowned rats before the whistle had even gone for the start of the game.  They were immediately under pressure when the Indians had a one-on-one with the keeper only a short few minutes into the game.  Andy did well to keep the ball out of the goal though, but it was a sign that the Indians were ready to play! And they came to play in the second half.  At half-time, after a couple of silly mistakes from the team, the Indians had a 2 - 0 advantage.  In the second half, NaeNae applied much more pressure and controlled the game, so much so that the Indians only went into NaeNae's defensive circle 3 times in the entire 35 minutes of the half. NaeNae had numerious PC's throughout the game and it was unfortunate that they were only able to score off 1 of those.
 
Round 3:
P3 Men vs Victoria
Drew: 3 - 3
Goal Scorers: Bevan Leahy (1), Richard Lennon (1), Cam Ellis (1)
The boys were very disappointed to have lost this match.  They were 3-2 up with only about 3 minutes to go when Victoria scored a goal to even up the game.  The match was a fiery one, with Vaudin taking a close range shot directly into the knee.  The guy from Victoria came over to help and was flabbergasted to hear Vaudin say something along the lines of 'it's alright, I have an ice pack in my sock.'  He was then even more surprised when Vaudin proceeded to pull out the ice pack he had in his sock and place it over his newly injured knee! Not something you see everyday - nothing like being prepared I guess.

Round 2:
P3 Men vs Harbour city/Tawa 3
Loss: 4 - 1
Goal: Jamie Sinclair (1)
Overall, a pretty scrappy game. NaeNae conceded a goal fairly early on in the first half which put them on the back foot to start with.  After maintaining a lot of possession and territory, Jamie Sinclair finally put one past the goalie to tie the game at 1 all.  This was short lived as Harbour City scored not too long after to take the lead 2 - 1 at half time.  The second half again saw NaeNae maintain a lot of territory and possession but Harbour City soaked it up and when they were given the option, they would make some very fast breaks up the field which left NaeNae open defensively.  One goal was put past the NaeNae boys on a fast break and then late in the second half, Harbour City executed a brilliant overhead which gave their forward essentially a one-on-one with the keeper and he slotted the last goal home to win the game comfortably 4 - 1.  The score is very flattering to Harbour City which is a shame as it doesn't reflect the game at it.  NaeNae did have more territory and possession overall but were unable to convert that into goals.

Round 1:
P3 Men vs Hutt 5
Drew: 2 - 2
Goals: Vaudin Cole (1), Sam Stannard (1)
NaeNae scored first in the game but ended up going into half time 2-1 down after Hutt scored 2 quick goals. NaeNae put another one away in the second half to tie the game at 2 all. With a few minutes left in the game, Hutt had a PC and were obviously hopeful that they would be able to convert it to take the lead.  Unfortunately for them, the NaeNae defence was so strong that the ball was cleared and sent out to the wings who were ready and waiting for their opportunity to pounce.  The ball came into the D and the Hutt goalie was beaten, but sadly the ball rolled just wide of the goal to keep the game tied at 2 all.

Friendly Game
P3 Men vs Indians 3
Drew: 3 - 3
Goals:Bevan Leahy (1), David Poole (1), Unknown (1)


Cross Over Game: 
P3 Men 
vs Victoria
Loss: 3 - 2

Goal Scorer: Sam Stannard (2)
The P3 men were safe in this round, though if they had produced a win they would have been eliable to challenge for P2.  The game was held in very wet conditions in town on Saturday.  The boys adjusted to the wet conditions fairly well, but after a few slightly dodgy tackles Bevan found himself awarded a green card.  This was then promoted to a yellow a while later after a unfavourable call. Victoria got a PC for this and slotted away the first goal of the match with a nicely placed ball right down the righthandside of the post.  NaeNae then found themselves on the back foot but to their credit they didn't drop their heads and played hard for the remainder of the match.  Sam Stannard was very close to eqaulising in the first half with a great individual effort when he had a one-on-one with the keeper, but was unable to slot the ball over the goal line.  At the conclusion of the first half, NaeNae kept the Victoria defense under constant pressure with numerous PC's and it was frustrating that we were unable to capitlise on this and convert one into a goal.  So they went into the second half 1 - 0 down but were certainly not out for the count.  Sam put two goals away in the first half to give NaeNae a 2 - 1 lead.  Unfortunately, before the end of the half Victoria slotted another goal home to tie the game 2 all at half time.  This sent the game into extra time.  In the second period of extra time, when both teams were down to 7 men each, Victoria managed to slide the decider against NaeNae and in doing so, took the game 3 - 2.

Grading Game 3
P3 Men vs Indians 4
Won: 2 - 1
Goal Scorers: Michael Cooze (1), Bevan Leahy (1)
This was a much better game from the P3 men than their previous two.  However, still the score does not reflect the real dominance that they portrayed throughout the match.  The boys were up 2 to 0 halfway through the second half but then they let the Indians have a go at attacking.  Eventually the defence cracked a let in a goal to bring the game to 2 - 1 and give the Indians some hope as to being able to bring the match back.  But eventually time ran out and NaeNae took the game out at 2 - 1.  Although it was a good game, NaeNae probably should have converted more goals with the amount of pressure that they were applying to the Indians defence, but this will come over time.


Grading Game 2

P3 Men vs Indians 3:
Draw 1 - 2
Goal Scorer: Vaudin Cole
NaeNae really dominated this match in terms of both possession and territory. They had a few chances at goal but were unable to sink one until nearing the end of the first half when Vaudin slotted one past on the goalie in a PC.  Ahead 1 - 0 at half time the guys came out again strong and dominated the stats for the second time.  Unfortunately they were unable to hold their dominance throughout the second half and the Indians started to attack a lot more during the second half.  Eventually the pressure broke the NaeNae defence and the Indians got a field goal to tie the game at 1 - 1.  For the remainder of the match, both teams had chances to put the winning goal away but failed to do so which left the game tied at 1 - 1 at full time.

Grading Game 1
P3 Men vs Harbour City/Tawa 3

Lost: 1 - 0
The team didn't have a good first half and were down 1 goal at half time.  However there was a much improved second half where they dominated play . It was heartbreaking that they were unable to put the ball away in goal as they had heaps of opportunities and a small handful of very close goals.

Reserve One (The Young Guns and Dads)

                        Coach: Richard Manson         0272208907               Richard.Manson@capacity.net.nz
                        Manager: Phil Taylor            0275654177                phil.taylor@lightbulbman.co.nz

Round 11:
Young Guns vs Kapiti
Lost: 3 - 1
Goal: Travis (1)
It took the 11 Guns most of the first half to get use to the bouncy ball on the turf with lots of miss traps and Kapiti swooping in on their chances to have a shot on goal.  The defence let an easy goal get past them after 5 mins into the game and then again 10 mins later from a missed trap.  Richard's half time talk was advice to "talk it up", "support the ball carrier" and "pass early to RED"  - the only thing left out was get some goals but that must come next week! PC's were the strong point for the guns this week, only getting 2 but Travis was able to leave a dent in the back board of the goal from one of them, so 50% conversion rate was an improvement on previous games.  Kapiti had a goal off a PC as well in the second half that spent about 2mins zig zaging all over the D and was eventually hit into the top right corner.  It was a good game apart from the bouncy turf and it would have been a different score if the match were played at Fraser. 
Special thanks to Gus for driving all the way up to Ref
 
Round 10:
Young Guns vs Petone:
Lost: 2 - 1
Goal scorer : Chris Page
It was the morning before the coldest day of the year, half the team was hung over after a fantastic casino night, the other half where wondering why that had to get up so early on a Sunday.  With Trev blowing the whistle at 9:45 the game was under way, it was the standard back and forth with Petone putting up some great attack and defense, the Gun's using their speed up front (Chris, Sunjay and Travis) to whip around a few defensive players but not being able to get any past the keeper in the the 1st half, not that Petone had any lucky getting one past Phil. PC's let the guns down again with no conversions.
2nd half was the same as the 1st back and forth but Petone got a massive break away and were able to have a one-on-one with the keeper, Phil went to slide tackle the ball and the Petone striker snuck it under his arm hitting the far post and bouncing in the goal,. That was shortly followed by an unmarked man having a shot at the top, squeezing the ball in to top right hand corner. The Guns were now all fired up in the front row had to get it back.  With the keeper down on the ground Chris collected the ball off his pads and lobbed it over the top of the keeper to get on the board.
Special Thanks to Trev for Reffing
 
Round 9:
Young Guns vs Indians 4
Won 4-0
Goals Jared (1), Chris (2), Sanjay (1)
Firstly big thanks to Cairns for reffing the game as the umpire assigned did not turn up. A good game all round from everyone.  We controlled a lot of possession and territory for the second week in a row but this time WE WON!! The forwards certainly took their opportunities well and some great goals scored.  We tried to get the bonus point late in the game but couldn't quite manage it with a couple of goal mouth scrambles and one shot was actually saved behind the line but the umpire missed that.  Great defensive effort (yes defensive) from the guys up front with the insides especially doing a lot of work, great effort guys.  Special mention to Jordy for back tackling one guy after loosing the ball on halfway to near the circle edge.  Other highlights, Travis's dribbler stroke (a zimmer frame walker could have beaten it to the goalie). Sunjay thought he would get friendly with the goal keeper and got a bit close and they both collided with the keeper down for the count, must have heavy bones eh Sunjay!!  Cairns giving team warning for back chat to "Blue" and belatedly "Red" (just to keep the indian team happy... surely no one in our team back chats eh Carl!!!)  A great game and good words of wisdom at half time from our new coach on board this week Richard Manson.
 
Round 8:
Lost: 5 - 2
Goal scorers : Dave Poole (2)
The guns had a great 1st half again against Upper Hutt controlling the ball and mostly on the attack Dave finished off a pass across goal about 10 minutes in.  The defence had a great 1st half keeping Upper Hutt out of the D, but eventually they managed to crack the defence to only be down 2 - 1 at half time.
There was some good work in the second half but there were some frustrating moments and we didn't play our game which hurt us. UH scored a few goals off PCs, one inparticular came off Phil's glove, hit him in the side of the head and still went in the goal!  Travis then over did it and injured his ankles again and had to come off. 
Thanks to Gus for rolling subs and coozie for reffing. 
 
Round 7:
Young Guns vs Victoria 4
Victoria 4 defaulted to NaeNae a couple of hours before the game was about to start so we decided we would use the turf time anyway and we had a friendly game with Young Guns vs a mixture of P3 men, P2 women and 2 Petone players (known as Team Teal).
Winners: Team Teal
Score: 4 - 3
Goals: Travis Speakman (2), Jess Bond (1), Mike Van der Burg (1), Jeremy Flintoft (2), Dave Poole (1)
This was a great game and the Young Guns opened up the scoring early on with a great goal from Jeremy Flintoft.  The mixed team took a while to settle down but eventually Travis managed to score 2 goals to give the mixed team a 2 - 1 advantage. Jess Bond then took a stroke and gave Team Teal a 3 - 1 advantage at half time.  In the second half, the Young Guns evened up the score with Jeremy getting his second goal off a PC (I think) and then Dave scored again off a stroke to even up the match at 3 all.  Team Teal weren't to be beaten however and Mike Van der Burg (after a 5 minute cameo) slotted away the 4th goal to take the final score to 4 - 3 in favour of Team Teal.  A big thanks to Damon and Allan who umpired the match, and also to the supporters on the sideline! 

Young Guns vs Upper Hutt
Loss: 6 - 3
Round 6:
Young Guns vs Indians:
Lost: 1 - 0
 
Round 5:
Young Guns vs Karori:
Won by default
Unfortunately, Karori rang a couple of hours before the game was supposed to start to say that they were defaulting because they did not have enough players for the game.
 
Round 4:
Young Guns vs Kapiti
Loss 3 - 4
Goal scorers: Jordan Dunn (1), Dave Poole (1) and Sanjay Patel (1)
With no Ref or subs turning up this week the Guns where having to put the whistle in Carl and Jerry's hands.  The game started off well with Sanjay putting the finishing touches on an early goal in the first 5 mins after giving Kapiti loads of pressure. Unfortunately this was short lived as Kapiti answered back quickly, capitalizing on basic mistakes from the Young guns and using the back of their stick to score a goal (Carl missed that one). Dave didn't stick to the game plan on a PC,  Phil Kicked the ball a couple of times to save goals just to give it straight back to Kapiti at the top of the circle and then made some awesome saves by hiding the ball in his pads. Kapiti where up 3-1 at half time.  
The second half was a typical Guns come back special, Dave got smacked in the face by a ball off 'Kapiti stick' (Dave claims) giving him a nice cut above his eye "Not a real game unless someones bleeding".  Eddy Forster stepped in as ref doing a great job and allowing Jerry to get back on the field. Dave was fired up from being hit in the face and got Hungry in the D to score a nice goal. Quickly following the tip off Jordy intercepted the ball ran around a player and used the back of the keepers heal to slot the 3rd goal away for the guns.  With the scores tied it was an all out battle to seagull each other in the last 5 mins to get the winning goal. Phil made a great dive save on one breakaway from Kapiti but was not able to stop the next one with a lucky slice that just went in top right. 
Special thanks to Eddy for reffing (I know how much you hate it!) 
Round 3:
Young Guns vs Petone:
Drew: 2 - 2
Goals: Cairns Mason (1), Jordan Dunn (1)
Petone dominated the 1st half on the score board with 2 goals before half time, which did not really reflect the game after having 10 PC's and not converting one of them.  There was some great one, two passing to get the ball up the field but then it seemed we had forgotten how to score.  The second half was a lot better with a early goal coming from Jordan Dunn and then 10mins later Cairns "the goal scoring machine" Mason (guest appearance) deflected the ball in mid flight making it fly in and around the goal like a pin ball.  Last minute of the game and Petone had a PC, deja vu! only this time Phil used his head and butted the ball out while lying on the deck. Much to Petone disappointment as Trev blew the final whistle with a 2 all draw.  
Cheers to Cains for playing and Trev for controlling the game really well.

Round 2:
Young Guns vs Indians
Won: 2 - 0
Goals: Richard Bell (1), David Poole (1)
After a intense first half and the nerves getting to Richie so much he had to run off for a power chuck, only one ref knowing the rules and calling them, even tho a couple of calls went the other way, Jerry getting hacked, Shepparded and run over while standing still.  It was 0-0 going in to half time thanks to Phil's dive save on a PC.  The pep talk from Carlos at half time fired up the fowards.  Scotty taking over reffing for the Indias, Richie came out fighting and made sure he got his name down for the 1st goal (just hope it's not going to be a ritual from now on!!!) and then set up the next one for Dave to slot it home.  Carlos though he would take over Cams roll of encouraging the Indians to get themselves sent off.  Few green cards later and young guns had won the game.  Thanks to Trapper and Scotty for Reffing and Ash 'coach' Roper for Rolling the subs.

Round 1:
Postponed due to rain

Promotion/Relegation Game
Young Guns vs Victoria 4
WIN WIN WIN 5/1 Did I mention it was a WIN!!!!
Goal Scorers : Sanjay (1) Cam (2) Chris (1) and Dave (1 and 1 robbed)
So much to type where to start .... best game of hockey I have seen since the final last year,  Sunjay's baseball swing to start the scoring off, Dave on a PC dribbled around 2 players and popped it past the keeper to make them look like cones in a drill and his massive hit that went in and out of the goal so quick the Refs didn't even see it, but we all heard it.  Jeremy dribbling the ball through 2 players that shepherded him, making them fall over themselves and he walked away with out the ball leaving his stick.  Cam's back, enough said!!  Chris had a deliberate infringement against him in the D resulting in a stroke that just went wide of the goal but had suckered the keeper into go the other way. Only one green card in the game for Cam's "pep talk / rule explanation" to the other team.  All up great game of Hockey and the team has really come together to secure their place in R1 for the year. 

Cross Over Game: 
Young Guns
 vs Petone
Lost: 3 - 2
Goal Scorers: Sanjay Patel (1), Dave Poole (1)
Young Guns 1st Cross over game for the year was a back and forward game with Petone scoring 1st in a congested D and nobody really knowing what was going on, the ball some how made it in.  After a few golden missed open goals, Sanjay slotted one away before half time to equalise the game at one all.  The second half was a lot better play from the the team with more structure and players working together. Petone where able to slot one more away after poor marking, but the Young guns had a quick answer to this by some simple passing and Dave finding a way under the keeper to make it 2 all. Coming down to the the final minutes, Petone had a PC that got very messy with too many people in the D, a Petone foot that was missed at the top and some other "boiking" rule (otherwise known as borking) that was broken, which eventually led to a goal (and hence the game) being awared to Petone. Looks like it will be the Young Guns VS old farts battle in two weeks.


Grading Game 3
Young Guns vs Kapiti:
Lost: 8 - 1
Goal scorer: Dave Poole (1)
After five minutes of battling, Kapiti had a PC and hit it straight at right post and consequently also straight at Gus's knee, taking him out of the remainder of the match. Kapiti then opened up on the attack and took advantage of the Young Guns, slipping seagulls in behind the defence. Passing into space was working very well for our opposition.  The second half started off great with Dave Poole finishing off a great set of passing between players by slotting the ball into the goal, but this good fortune was not going to last.  With a few hung over people (thanks to the quiz night) and no subs left, everything started going from bad to worse and Kapiti had a few faster legs to counter a lot quicker then the Young Guns could defend.

Grading Game 2

Young Guns vs Indians:
Lost: 4 - 1
Goal Scorer - Dave Poole ???
The Indians started off strong and put away a goal in the first 2 mins of the game, then again 5 mins later.  This fired up the young guns and they countered hard and had the Indians pinned in there 22 for 10 min with a goal finally coming (after a ref referral). Chris Page was running all over the place trying to get the ball back and pressure them before half time.  The half time talk lacked one thing 'get more goals' as the young guns executed everything else perfectly: 1-2 passing, marking and keeping possesion.  The Indians took advantage of the few chances they had and scored two more. After 4 PCs in a row and no goal scored, the Young Guns had been given a lession in skillfull hockey.

Grading Game 1

Young Guns vs Hutt (R1):
Lost 2 - 1
Goal Scorer: Sanjay Patel
First game of the year was very positive, Hutt came out fighting and condensed us in to our half and had what felt like a countless amount of shots.  However the defense held its own for a good 20mins before they finally got one past. 
Everything settled down after that and the Young Guns started to make some good counters up the field and attacked Hutt's defensive D.  
After a quick pep talk from Carl at half time we came out fighting and Sanjay scored a fantastic goal leveling the score 1 all. We had a couple more bad moments  Jordan missing a open goal, and Phil made a dodge kick which gave Hutt a one on one with himself but he managed to keep it out. 
Coming down to the last 5 mins of the game, Hutt got there 12th PC and after mucking around with it they managed to find a small gap in the defence and put one last goal in before the end of the game.

Reserve Two (Old Farts) Blog

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Round 11:
Old Farts vs Upper Hutt
Won: 7 - 1
Goals: Scotty (3), Wayne (3), Brad (1)

Upper Hutt were pleased they had reserves going into this match, whilst the Farts were pleased they actually had 11 players.

True to local derby’s, it was a physical and at times heated exchange, with both umpires withering a storm of “assistance” from both teams.

Upper Hutt looked ominous early on, with some slick short passing, trapping and effective running off the ball.

 However it was the Farts that drew first blood, playing their typical fast break game they pressured the UH defence, with Trapper having a shot at goal saved by the goalie and another going wide of the uprights. Shortly after the Farts were awarded a PC, which Scotty slammed into the back board.  UH responded with a quick goal, aided into the back of the net by Alan.

UH still looked impressive with their passing and trapping, however the Farts were able to wrestle back enough ball to pressure them, Brad forcing the goalie to make a save, who was then stranded at the top of the D for Scotty to score again.

Before half time, Scotty had bagged a hatrick, and the Farts went to the sheds 3-1 up and were feeling reasonably pleased with their efforts.

The second half started off with a hiss and a roar from UH, but as it progressed they seemed to fade badly.

The midfield opened up, and the Farts were getting lots of ball up the right through Chris and the centre through Willie. Trapper scored to open the score sheet for the second half, then shortly afterwards banged a rebound off the goalie into the net.

Most of the game seemed to be played in the UH red zone, with numerous corners, long and short, and tempers getting frayed with very loose tackling by UH.

Brad deftly placed the ball into the inside right of the goal to open his scoring for the Farts, and Trapper finished off the scoring with his third (and first hatrick in 20 years), perfectly trapping a cross field pass from the right wing by Chris, one step into the circle and slamming the ball past the keeper into the left hand backboards.

The final score line (7-1) reflected the overall pattern of play and pressure. The Farts seem to be peaking at the right end of the season, and after a injury induced disrupted season seem to be getting their game plan together.  However it seems a large mountain to climb to get back in QF contention.

 
Round 10:
Old Farts vs Victoria 5
Won: 4 - 1
Goals: Scotty (2), Willy (2)
While it was a balmy 5 degrees yesterday out of the wind, when a depleted 10 man farts team took the field the wind chill was down to only 1 degree.

A full strength Victoria (with reserves and a much lower average age) came out firing in the first half. While they didn’t pressure the goal much, the backs and halves had a lot of work to do.

However it was pressure form long balls (the std Farts strategy) that drew first blood at the other end.  The pressure started to show with some few incisive runs, and a reverse stick zinger at goal from trapper that narrowly missed (and even Cam would have been proud of that).

 Action around the top of the circle saw Scotty have a shot that took a deflection past the goalie into the boards. 1-0 up!

Shortly after Vic drew level, then had a goal from a PC disallowed due to being too high.

 The sheds were welcome shelter from the wind and rain at half time, with not a lot of discussion  – but still 1-1 was a good position given Vic pressure.

 The second half saw a slight respite in the weather (the rain was falling vertically not horizontally) and the game initially see–sawed, but towards the last quarter the Farts game plan of pacing themselves started to pay off as Vic fell away from the play.  While the centre of the field was still a bit of an armwrestle, the Farts managed to slowly get the upper hand, with lots of pressure, 55 PC’s and numerous free hits in the red zone. 
The pressure first started to tell when Willy latched onto a rebound off the keepers pads and nearly pasted it through the back net.

 From their it was constant  Farts pressure, with Trapper finding space around the spot a number of times but not being able to stop or deflect the fiercely hit passes from Scotty (he blamed cold hands!).

Willy then hammered home another one, and Vic’s heads started to drop, then Scotty nailed the coffin lid shut with an awesome strike that squeezed past the RGH upright 4-1! And thus it finished.

A great result, given the weather and only 10 players!

 
Round 9:
Old Farts vs Harbour City/Tawa 5
Drew: 3 - 3
Goals Trapper (1), Shaun (1), Scotty (1)
The Farts appear to be hitting their straps with their expansive style, with Legs making a quest appearance up front, the Farts had a mobile three pronged attack force (Legs, Shaun and Trapper) to move the HCT defence around.  The first half was almost all Farts pressure, with a number of long balls making the HCT scramble in defence and forcing their goalie to work.  The pressure resulted in a number of PC’s in the first half, but couldn’t convert any.

A number of shots went wide, and Trapper edged a long ball from Scotty past the defender and gaolie but couldn’t turn back into the goal, only managing to rattle the side netting.

The first goal was pure reflex from Trapper, following a series of passes that carved up the HCT defence, Shaun had a shot that cannoned off the goalies pads and Trapper was there to smack it into the net 1-0.

A little later in the half and series of passes saw Scotty around the spot and Shaun on Post duty on the LH upright, Scotty slid the ball to Shaun who guided it home, 2-0.

It was a reasonably quiet time in Farts defence for the half, Rearend did touch the ball a couple of times, although once was just a back pass to nuts to clear.

Half time was a chance for the Farts to gather their breath and tend to the wounded, Craig had picked up a shoulder injury in a tumble, and there was concern that he wouldn’t go back to the front line, however with a stern upper lip he announced that he was willing to again front up for Club and Country.

The second half saw a re-invigorated HCT come out, almost like a different set of 11 on the field?

The Farts continues their Blitzkrig attacks, although they were punctuated by some sterling work on defence, Rearend putting his body on the line saving a number of shots.

The Farts continued to apply the pressure, resulting in a number of long corners and also a few more PC’s , although the HCT defence managed to hold out, the ball hit a foot, and unfortunately for the HCT team, the foot was just in front of the goal line. Scotty sent the goalie the wrong way with the stroke.

Unfortunately, that just fired up HCT even more, and they managed to slot three goals on their own in the last 15 mins to draw the game 3-3.

One was a stroke, and while Rearend dove the right way, it flicked the outside of his raised arm to go in.

So the game ended 3-3, a disappointing end in some ways, although a good open game, with periods of old style Farts brilliance showing through.

 
Round 8:
Old Farts vs YWCA 2
Lost: 12 - 2
 
Round 7:
Old Farts vs Indians 6
lost 5-1, 
Goal: Scotty (1)
Result doesn't reflect overall pressure in the game, first half we had lots of opportunities but could only convert 1.  In the second half  the Indians were helped by "friendly" umpiring at times, but converted their opportunities.
MVP was Craig.
 
Round 6:
Old Farts vs Karori
Lost: 8 - 1
 
Round 5:
Old Farts vs Northern United 
Drew: 1 - 1

Old Farts vs YWCA 2 - Catch up game
Lost: 7 - 2
 
Round 4:
Old Farts vs Karori
Drew: 2 - 2
Goals: Wayne Chapman (1), Sean (1)
It was with a hushed and wide eyed anticipation that the huge crowd (Mrs Nuts, Mrs Trapper, Mrs Craig, and Mrs Scotty and a one armed paper hanger – Justin) waited for the whistle to blow.
The game started and seemed to go back and forwards, although the Farts had the lion share of possession and territory in the opposition goal they couldn’t even buy a PC.  Trapper managed to get onto a partlty defended shot, and with a sweeping motion propelled it towards the goal. Unfortunately it was with a high arc, so high and slow that the goalie had to stop and wait for it to get to him and then calmly pat it away.
However trapper got his revenge a few minutes later, standing on the far post when a firmly Hit pass (yes Cam, it was a pass, not like your “shots” , i know because Adrian said it was!) found his stick and cannoned into the net.
The Farts poured more pressure on, and were at times hacked to pieces , but apart from a number of shots that went just wide or crosses that were just out of reach had nothing to show for it.
So the discussion in the shed at half time was more of the same but improve accuracy of the passes. Just 1 – 0 up, but should have been more.
The Farts poured on more pressure in the second half, a couple of searing runs by trapper fizzled out, he managed to get himself in the clear, completely unmarked on the top of the circle with only the goalie to beat, a great through ball from Toddy managed to scythe through the Karori defence and then trapper missed an easy trap by an inch or two! In defence of Trapper, at his age he doesn’t handle surprises well.
Sean came on to the left wing and the attack got even fiercer, however there must be something wrong with a spot just on the LH edge of the circle, as Sean was there completely unmarked when a ball came through to him and he promptly slipped over (exactly the same spot Trapper had missed the ball).
A short time later Sean made up for it, smacking a cross from close range goal wards, tit rose up, deflecting off a Karori player into the net 2-0!
Karori should have gotten a debating award then for consistent and persistent discussion with the umpire about rules, rulings, player eligibility and anything they could find to “discuss” .  The Farts were probably lucky they didn’t save the energy they expounded in the “discussions” as they would have “run them off the park“ if they had.
Up till now the farts defence had shown sterling efforts to combat everything thrown at them, however it had gotten harder in the second half, partially due to the Karori provided umpire being changed for a player. Suddenly the umpire down that end knew what a pc was, and started to dish them out for events as trivial as Karori actually getting into our circle.
Toddy, Nuts, Wicky and Al all played well, but with 10 minutes to Go the Karori players (and umpire) seemed to step up a gear with determination.  Karori pulled 2 goals back, the last with about a minute to go, to snatch the draw.
The result didn’t show the true efforts on the pitch, with possession of 67%, territory of 63% and “time in the opposition quarter” of 7min 36 seconds as opposed to Karori’s 4 mins 12 secs, the Farts felt disappointed to have not gone on to a glorious thrashing.
 
Round 3:
Old Farts vs Victoria
Won: 1 - 0
Goal: WIlly (1)
Victoria applied the heat early on and had the majority of the pressure through the first half and into the second. The Farts with-stood the pressure, through some solid defence from Wicky, Wazza and Nuts. Timbo made a couple of great saves, one an instant reaction to a close lifted shot that he parried past the upright.
This made up for his near disastrous “leave” of a ball that was clearly going out for a 16 except it hit the post, cannoned back into play straight towards a Vic forward, however Timbo managed to usher the ball away before the Vic forward could shoot, recovering what could have been a very embarrassing “leave”. 
Willy had some scorching runs up front, and the Farts did apply some pressure of their own, but half time came with the teams at nil all. 
While Vic continued their pressure in the second half, the Farts slowly but surely managed to drag back the possession and territory stats. An early ball into the circle nearly saw Justin score, however the goalie came out made a gallant save, but in the ensuing collision Justin sustained a shoulder injury forcing him from the field. 
The girls on the sideline were horrified to see a strange lump on his should where no lump should be and Ains and Jenny promptly organised to take him to Hospital. The medical report is that he “popped an AC joint”, 2 weeks in a sling, no lifting etc for a few weeks +, 2 months off any sport. That’s the end of his “comeback” season! 
As the pressure swung the Farts way they started to have opportunities, a couple of crosses failed to find a Farts stick, a deflection from Trapper was saved by the Goalie. 
Then the defining moment (and quote of the game). 
Vic got a pc, their #4 shouted out “I want to see a goal”. The PC was cleared, and moved midfield., then moments later the ball came wide and was passed up field to Robbie who threw a precision pass into Willy, he nut-meged the advancing goalie to score. Strangely enough the Vic #4 didn’t seem to like “seeing “that goal” 
That was the only goal of the match, and the farts came off the field relieved to have won their first game of the season, and looking forward to the 2 weeks break till their next game.

Round 2:
Old Farts vs Harbour City/Tawa
Loss: 2 - 0

The longer and more physical Super season is starting to have an impact on the Farts.

This week it was a scramble to field a fully fit Farts team. It brings back memories of that world cup and the rotational strategy.  A new look Farts team with a much lower than normal average age took the field yesterday against the might of HCT.

With so many new players, it took some time for the Farts to settle down to any sort of rhythm. In fact, it took all game!  The game was reasonably evenly matched, with both teams applying pressure and forcing saves from the opposition goalies. Early in the second half Phil “hero captain of the young guns” was nut-meged by a HCT forward for them to score their first goal (didn’t your mother tell you to keep your legs together?).

 HCT scored again, and that really fired up the Farts. They had a period of sustained pressure, with a number of shots at goal, one bare cms from being deflected in off Trappers stick.

With all that late second half pressure the Farts were unlucky to not hit the back of the net, and were defeated 2-0.

Round 1:
Old Farts vs YWCA
Rained off:
To those that didn't make it the turf yesterday we "called off" the game after discussion with the YWCA captain, due to
  1. Flooded turf
  2. Lightning
  3. Only half the frats team managed to get to the turf (probably due to flooding)
  4. Ash didn't want to play in the rain
Given the choice of playing in the rain, or retiring to a coffee shop the Farts did what was the only obvious choice, we went and had coffee and something to eat.
WHA have confirmed that the game will be rescheduled at some stage. 

Promotion/Relegation Game:
Old Farts vs Indians 6
Lost: 4 - 2
Goals: Shaun (Trapper) (2)
On Sunday night the Farts played Indians6 for the right and privilege to stay in R1. 
Hard to tell really who would be more pleased with the result, the winning team or the losing team. 
The Farts only fielded 10 players, with several unable to play, and Trapper (senior) on the sideline. Luckily Scotty had brought Shaun, and he slotting in well on the right wing (Trapper junior) in the much cherished #44. Not only did he live up to Trapper Seniors reputation for slashing runs through the opposition defence, but he even fitted Trapper Seniors shirt well. 
Indians threw everything they could at the Frats during the first half, including bringing on Bilbo Baggins older brother (or was it Gimli the Dwarfs father?). Gok did manage to out sprint Bilbo, although Todd struggled, at one stage being robbed of the ball by this 100 YO 3’ 6” winger with the white flashing legs (like watching a strobe light at Boogie Wonderland). 
Indians applied the pressure but were struggling to score, they had numerous balls into the goal mouth, with lots of missed shots and few saves from Rearend. Nuts played brilliantly in defence, saving a shot off the line (he obviously hadn’t read the script) and playing a strong and “solid” part in the defence. 
Scotty took control of the team in the sheds at half time, it was nil all, but with the right tactics the farts still had a chance to grab a loss. 
The second half had more pressure, and Rearend appeared to remember the game plan and let in a couple of quite soft goals. 
With Indians 3 up, the Farts decided there was enough room for them to play aggressively, and Scotty really turned up the wick with incisive running and passing. Shaun scored 2 good goals and had chances to get a hat trick. The Indians defence opened up like the red sea, and the Farts were wishing this was a normal round robin game as they applied lot more pressure. 
All in all the 4-2 loss was a good result, the Farts looking forward to R2 and Indians6 belatedly realising they had won the right to promotion to R1 (they were gutted!)

Cross Over Round:
Old Farts 
vs Indians
Lost: 5 - 1

Goal: Jamie Jolly (1)
In the cross over round of R1 Promotion/Relegation the farts matched up against Indians 5. They quickly scored a couple of goals to open their accounts. In true British tradition the Farts defence manned up, and fought valiantly, with every man doing their duty (and Nuts as well). 
The Farts certainly gave out some of their own, with a number of runs and long through balls they applied some pressure of their own. 
Half time saw the Farts 3-0 down, not a bad result given the pressure Indians 5 had applied. 
The second half was a much more even affair, with more emphasis on marking (especially trapper on their CH) paid off. Although they still attacked the attacks broke down outside the circle and the backs were able to clear the ball. Adrian had seemed to run endlessly in the first half and continued this in the second, seeming to be everywhere. 
A break down the right wing to the line saw the ball pulled back, a melee in the goal mouth saw a light shot at goal by Peter E, and in a shot Needles would have been proud of (because he did them all the time to “steal” goals) Jamie Jolly slammed it the last 3 inches to claim the goal. 
The game ended 5-1, although again the game was more even than the score line suggested. 
A number of players are starting to hit their straps, Ash again had a couple of cameo appearances, even playing at CF and IR! A number of times he appealed to the umpires for a free hit on the basis that the opposition had simply jogged around him faster than he could move.

Grading Game 3
Old Farts vs Petone:
Lost: 6 - 1
Adrian Straayer (1)
Petone 1 came out firing, and scored three quick goals, which would have dropped the heads of an ordinary team, but the Farts struggled through it and started to apply their own pressure. They had a number of chances in the first half with a couple of PC’s, the game see sawed and the boys went to the sheds 4 – 0 down.A stern talking to at half time saw the Farts go out and apply more pressure, and the second half was certainly more even.
More pressure was applied, with a good movement down the RH ending with Scotty flicking the ball back to Toddy just outside the circle, he drove it in for Adrian to find the back of the net. For a long time the Frats held the score at 1-1 (for the half). The Farts finished the game 6-1 down, but came off knowing they are improving, and looking forward to the real season to come.

Grading Game 2
Old Farts vs YWCA:
Lost: 5 - 0

With some help from Al Hyndman, Rub and Damon, the Farts took the field with a couple of subs, and Dave P from the guns was umpire.

In defence Rearend was outstanding, even saving a stroke.  

A little later Ash went down in a heap after a lifted ball smacked him on the side of the knee. Ash was in too much pain to move, but still managed to harangue the poor YW guy that hit him, enough to make him run from the field in tears.

The team weathered the rest of the first half and went to the sheds 3-0 down, not a bad effort considering.

The second half was more of the same, with some of the Farts starting to show the strains of early season hockey,

It has to be said the defence was outstanding, and Al Hyndman made a superb save parrying a lifted shot around the post just off the line.

The game ended 5-0, but the scoreline didn't really reflect the play of the Farts, certainly a game they can look back on, and if not quite proud , can at least hold their heads up .


Grading Game 1

Old Farts vs Upper Hutt (R1):
Lost: 11 - 1
Goal Scorer: Adrian Straayer
The Farts looked rusty and have to admit older and slower than their opposition. Mind you, the opposition had an average age of half the Farts?
It also didn't help that just before the start of the game they looked to be 3 players down. Phil (of Young Guns goalie fame) was scheduled to umpire but the UH umpire let him play for us, and they also loaned us on of their players (Lorne). starting with 10 players, they were just overwhelmed with UH's pace and fitness.
3-0 down, and another hit off for the Frats, and with lightning acceleration, Trapper was off, beating the forwards to the ball, weaving past the Half, then the Right fullback and driving along the goal line and managed to force a PC. This one came out cleanly to Adrian who slammed the ball into the backboard to open the Farts scoring acct for the year.
The first half finished with UH getting more goals and Glenn Shining in goal to keep the scoreline under 10.
A stern talk from Ash at half time focussed on basics. First 10 mins of the second this worked but then the Frats seemed to again lose their way.
Vary late in the second half the rain started, which some players saw as a great relief (early season!) until the lightning and thunder.  The umpires called the game off with 3 mins to go, and we retired to the veranda (out of the rain) for oranges and a chat.

Reserve Three

                    Coach: Warrick Saunders            0221267710            wazzamoolu@hotmail.com
Round 11:
R3 Men vs Eastern Hutt
Won by default though played a friendly game
Friendly game:  loss 7-3. 
Goals Amon (2), Warrick (1).
Although we 'lost' Eastern Hutt had actually defaulted to us as they didn't have enough players and took two from the Petone team who had just finished playing the previous game. In the first half both teams kept on trying to score a goal but nothing happened until 30 minutes later when Amon got our first goal.  In the 2nd half that was when all the action happened from Eastern Hutt as they got their 1st goal after 3 minutes of play, then they got goal after goal after goal. Amon managed to get his 2nd goal a few minutes after Eastern Hutt scored but then we just couldn't get any more. In the last minute of the game we had a PC and that was when Warrick scored his goal.
Thank you to both Raewyn and Jolanda for umpiring the game.
 
Round 10:
R3 Men vs Petone 4
Lost: 4 - 2
Goals: Phil Taylor (1), Matt Booker (1)
 
Round 9:
R3 Men vs YWCA 3
Drew: 1-1
Goal: Matthew Booker
This was an intesnse game for the team but there was some great hockey being played.  All team members played really well and although the R3 Men could have won the game, the draw was still a fair result.
 
Round 8:
R3 Men vs Petone
Lost 3-2.  
Goals: Vincent Goodman (1) and Brandon Harrison (1).
The game started off well with both teams trying hard to get the first goal but unfortunately for us Petone got the first one after 12 minutes of play.  Soon after Amon and Michael kept passing the ball between them to try and get a goal and then when the ball was close enough it was passed to Vincent who only just missed getting it into the goal mouth.  This must have annoyed Vincent that he missed because about 10 minutes later he got our first goal.  A few minutes after Petone got their 2nd goal from a PC which was unlucky for us. Ten minutes after the 2nd half started Petone managed to get their 3rd goal even though Tim did a really good job of trying to stop the ball going in by kicking it out twice but they managed to eventually get past him and hit it into the goalmouth. With less than 5 minutes to go Brandon had the ball and hit it into the goalmouth to get our 2nd goal.  It was a well played game and just unfortunate that we lost.
 
Round 7:
R3 Men vs Upper Hutt 2.  
Loss: 5 - 4
Goals: Dave Van der burg (1), Sanjay Patel (2), Phil Talor (1)
We only had 9 players so Phil and Dave came along to help out which was much appreciated. After only 5 minutes of play Upper Hutt scored their first goal and then a few minutes later we got our first goal by Dave.  Upper Hutt kept pushing past our guys and it worked as they got their 2nd goal two minutes later.  We kept trying and Sanjay got our 2nd goal although Upper Hutt tried to tap it out but they actually tapped it in much to their disappointment!  All the way through Upper Hutt would get a goal then we would get a goal so it was very evenly matched.  The second half was very much like the first half and we only just lost.  Maybe if we had had some subs it might have been different!
 
Round 6:
R3 Men vs Eastern Hutt:
Won: 2 - 0
Goals: Prabjeet Giddie (1), Amon Van der Burg (1)
Last time we faced this team we lost 8-4 so it was really nice to have a win for a change!  Everyone was passing to each other and doing what they had practised and it paid off as there were no goals from either team in the first half even though we tried on a number of occasions but their goalie was very good.  In the second half we had a PC after only playing for three minutes and Prabjeet got our first
goal.  Eastern Hutt tried but our defence did a good job in stopping them and then with about five minutes to go Amon got our second goal.  Eastern Hutt tried a couple of more times but Tim our goalie did a great job and stopped them which everyone was pleased about.
 
Round 5:
R3 Men vs Petone 3
Won 3-2.  
Goals: Sanjay (1), Jason (1) and ?
At the beginning we had the ball and kept trying to get a goal but we just couldn't quite make it happen.  After 15 minutes Petone got their 1st goal  which must have inspired our guys as we finally got our 1st goal by Sanjay after another 15 minutes went by.  At half time it was 1-1 and after a team talk we played better in the 2nd half.  Jason had the ball and slipped and managed to get a goal after the
first 5 minutes in the 2nd half which was an impressive one, then less than 5 minutes later another goal went in.  There was some pushing and shoving as Petone were very aggressive but we came out the winners which was great.
 
Round 4: BYE
Round 3:
R4 Men vs YWCA
Lost: 6 - 3
Goals: Jordan (1), Sanjay (1), Matt (1)
We had no goalie for our game today and right from the beginning our team put the pressure on YWCA and it took them 25 minutes to get their first goal.  After that though it seemed to go down hill as it only took them another 4 minutes to score their 2nd goal. Michael got a yellow card and was sent off for 5 minutes as he wasn't 5 metres away from a free hit and it was the third time the umpire had warned him!  We only had 10 players to begin with but Jordan from the R1 team offered to play which was a big help and after 33 minutes of play Jordan got our first goal.  By then the other team had their third goal and then 5 minutes into the second half they got their 4th goal.  We kept trying to put pressure on but they managed to score another two goals. Warrick was awarded goal-save of the day as he was near the goal mouth area when the ball was hit in, and he managed to hit it out high into the air.  It was a wonderful save and he was applauded from the side line.  After 20 minutes in the 2nd half Sanjay got our 2nd goal and then a few minutes later Matt got our third goal.  All in all considering we had no goalie and we were short of players the team played a good game and should be pleased with themselves. A big
thank you to Jordan for helping our team out, it was much appreciated.

Round 2:
R3 Men vs Upper Hutt
Drew: 2 - 2
Goals: Matt Booker (1), Amon van der Burg (1)
Only 10 players turned up so everyone had to play twice as hard to fill the gaps where the missing players should have been!  After 5 minutes of play Michael had his first attempt at getting a goal but just missed it and soon after Amon attempted to get his first goal as the goal mouth was open
and he missed it also!  Our players put on good pressure but after 15 minutes of play Upper Hutt scored their first goal.  At half time Tim (goalie) and Jason had a talk to the team and they must have listened because the team played a lot better in the second half.  Jamie hit the ball straight to
the goal and Matt tapped it in and that was our first goal.  A few minutes later Amon hit the ball and got our second goal.  We tried hard not to let Upper Hutt get another goal but just before the end of the game they managed to get one past our goalie and so it was a draw.

Round 1:
R3 Men vs Eastern Hutt
Loss: 8 - 4
Goals: Sanjay Patel (2), Michael Hendrie (1), Matthew Booker (1)
Well what can we say; at least the sun came out for our game which was great after all the rain this morning! In the first 15 minutes Eastern Hutt already had two goals and we just couldn't seem to stop them.  They kept passing the ball to each other and got one goal then two minutes later they got another.  Tim our goalie did a great job defending but unfortunately Eastern Hutt just kept on getting goal after goal and by the end of the 1st half they were already 5 goals up.  Tim gave the team a good talking
too at half time and it must have worked because we started to gel together and started passing the ball alot better. Ten minutes into the 2nd half and once again Eastern Hutt got their 6th goal.  We had a long corner where Michael passed the ball to Amon but unfortunately he just missed the goal.  Matt's mum then called out to Matt who responded by saying " Don't yell at me"!  Michael had the ball who passed
it to Matt who fell on the ground but managed to tap it into the goal mouth and that was our first goal - so it worked being yelled at!!  Our 2nd goal came when Amon hit the ball from the sideline to Sanjay who hit the ball with his stick up in the air and hit it backwards into the goal - what a great goal that was.  Sanjay then got another goal soon after when Michael passed it to him from the inner circle.
We couldn't stop Eastern Hutt from getting another two goals but we did manage one more goal with only 5 minutes left when Michael had the ball and was running down and hit it into the goal and that was our final one for the day. Although we lost it was a good game.

Friendly Game:
R3 Men vs Eastern Hutt
Drew: 2 - 2
Goals: Michael Hendrie (1), Josh Driscoll (1)
Not long after the game started Sanjay was hit in the ankle from a ball hit by Warrick (accidently) so he had to come off for at least 15 minutes as he needed spray and a rest. We nearly got a goal in the first half but it just missed and unfortunately Eastern Hutt managed to get one. Eastern
Hutt kept trying and then they did get another one although our boys thought it should have been disallowed.  Jason nearly got a goal in the first half but just missed.  In the 2nd half Michael was racing down with the ball and hit it to the goal but it was a little bit too high and unfortunately it hit Vincent in the chest who had to come off for a few minutes.  He did go back on later so he was alright! Next Jason had the ball and hit it towards the goalie who kicked it away but Michael was in the right spot and managed to just tap the ball into the goal mouth and that was our first goal.  The guys were passing the ball between them alot better in the 2nd half and then just before the end Michael was racing down with the ball and passed it to Josh Driscoll who just had to tap it in and that was our 2nd goal with just a minute to go.  It was a really good game although some players were injured and everyone had a great time.

Cross Over Round:
Lost: 4 - 2
Goal Scorers: Jason Heckman (1), Michael Hendrie (1)
The R3 team faced Upper Hutt and lost 4-2.  Michael Hendrie and Jason Heckman got our 2 goals both in the 2nd half. Our goalie Tim saved quite a few from going in and did a great job sliding all over the place.  In the 1st half we were sort of all over the place and not marking properly but after a team talk at half time by Tim and Jason the boys got their act together and played much better in the 2nd half.
Sanjay nearly got two goals but narrowly missed much to his disappointment which was a pity.  Overall it was a friendly and evenly matched game and the rain had stopped by the time we played which was great.

Grading Game 3:
R3 Men 
vs Petone
Won: 1 - 0
Goal: Amon Van der Burg


Grading Game 2

R3 Men vs Kapiti:
Unfortunately early on Saturday morning the Kapiti R3 team was pulled out of the R3 mens competition completely so the R3 game was called off.  

Grading Game 1

R3 Men vs Easter Hutt
Won by default.
NaeNae turned out to play their game on Sunday night in town only to find that Eastern Hutt did not have enough players and had to default the game.  The trip was not entirely wasted though as they managed to combine the NaeNae team and what was there from the Eastern Team and have a friendly game. Hopefully this was a good warm up for next weekends game.

Womens Teams

Premier Two

Coach: Allan Saunders        027 359 9686     allansaunders@paradise.net.nz
Manager: Paul Stannard             021 623 369           pwscrs@paradise.net.nz

Round 11:
P2 Women vs Eastern Hutt
Lost: 3 - 1
Goal: Shelley (1)
The girls played a fantastic game on Sunday evening and really took it to Eastern (the defending champions of the grade and also are unbeated and placed top of the table for this year). The girls soaked up a lot of attacking pressure from the Eatern Team in the first half and only gave away 1 PC. NaeNae had plently of attacking opportunities themselves and altough they only broke into their attacking D a handful of times, they were able to make the most of one opportunity and Shelley put away the first goal of the game. NaeNae went into half time with a 1-0 lead.  The second half started well, with NaeNae keeping up the intensity and continuing to have some great attacking play. Eastern were awarded with more PC's in this half but were unable to convert them.  They managed to equalise about halfway through the second half. NaeNae still weren't out for the count and contiued to put pressure on the Eastern defence. But with around 10 minutes to go Eastern made the most of a couple of beark-aways, using their pace up front to bring the ball into the D, pop it to the spot and take the lead 2-1.  A few minutes later they again managed to break the NaeNae defence and grab the last goal of the game to win 3-1. Even though it was a loss for the girls, they played a great game of hockey and had Eastern rattled for much of the game. Good work girls, lets keep that up for the remainder of the season!
 
Round 10:
P2 Women vs Eastern Hutt 3
Lost: 3 - 2
Goals: Laura (1), Anna Forster (1)
The girls braved the cold, wet and windy weather in Newtown on Saturday morning to take on Eastern.  The game started fairly evenly with chances at both ends of the park but Eastern scored first off a PC. It wasn't much longer before NaeNae equalised with a nice field goal which I think Laura scored but it was just going into the goal when Shelley gave it one last final wack (just to make sure it went in) so I'm not totally sure who actually put it over the line.  Eastern then took advantage of another PC with about 3 minutes left in the first half to take the lead 2-1 at the break.  NaeNae came out firing and had a number of chances at goal although it wasn't until halfway through the second half that Anna planted a nice goal from the top of the D to even the scores up once again.  NaeNae then had another handful of chances to take the lead in the game but weren't quite able to put the ball in the goal (even though it went either side of the post a number of times). Eastern then had an opportunity up front which, with only a few minutes left on the clock they took and with that final goal they had the win at 3-2.  A big thanks to Kate for umpiring for us (again!)
 
Round 9:
P2 Women vs Toa
Drew: 3 - 3
Goals: Kiriana Wairau-Hunter (1), Jess Bond (1), Nicole Edmonds (1)
The girls were again playing with some team members who are trying to recover from various illnesses.  The game was very frustrating at times and the NaeNae girls should have taken more advantage of Toa playing with only 10 players in the first half and take the win.  Unfortuatnley, Toa were actually the first to score off a PC in the first half and NaeNae found themselves 1-0 down.  Not too much later though the Naenae girls put a great attacking piece together and Kiriana was waiting by the goal for the ball to come through and she very calmly pushed it into the goal.  Towards the end of the first half Naenae had their first PC and Catriona put it beautifully into the D for Jess to put it into the goal.  We had a 2-1 lead at half time.  In the second half, Toa lost another player and were down to 9. The Naenae girls started strong with a period of about 5 minutes in their attacking 25.  We were unable to convert that pressure into a goal and Toa soon ended up with a couple of PCs down the other end of the park and managed to put one of those away to bring the game to 2-2.  It was at this point that the structure of the NaeNae team fell apart.  However we did create a great goal scoring opportunity which was stopped by the foot of the last defensive player and so we were awarded a storke.  Nicole Edmonds calmly put this away and NaeNae found themselves with a 1 goal advantage.  This wasn't to last as Toa managed to get the equaliser with less than 10 minutes on the clock.  Although NaeNae still had some opportunities in attack, they were unable to put the ball into the goal and the game was 3-3 at full time. A big thank you to the girls who filled in for us again this week - we really appreciated it and you played really well.
 
Round 8:
P2 Women vs Victoria
Lost: 2 - 0
The P2 women played a hard game on Sunday. Again our line-up had some extra fill-in's as we were missing some of the Rep girls.  We also had some of the girls playing who were unwell and so all things considering, it was a fairly good result.  We started the game well and Victoria put one goal away in the first half to only have a 1-0 lead at the break.  Unfortunately, right from the start of the second half, victoria played the ball up the right wing, along the baseline and flicked it to 2 free players on the left to slot the ball into the goal and be up 2 - 0 about 30 seconds into the second half.  The NaeNae girls didn't drop their heads though and had some great periods of attacking play and some near goals.  They also withheld some intense pressure from the Victoria attack.
 
Round 7:
P2 Women vs Upper Hutt:
Drew: 1 - 1
Goal: Nicole Edmonds (or Cherry - I can't remember who had the last touch)
The ladies played a very valiant game with only 10 players.  A number of the team were unavailable due to Rep games/tournaments so a big thank you to those girls who filled in. We really appreciated all your hard work out there.  Even with only 10 men, NaeNae looked very threatening during the game and had a number of chances to score goals (particularly in the first half).  It was a shame we were unable to covert those chances and the game was tied 0-0 at half time (even though Upper Hutt had had a number of PC's).  In the second half, Upper Hutt had a few more PC's and eventually were able to put one away to take a 1-0 lead.  NaeNae were not out for the count though and after a string of attacking opportunities, Bob and Cherry teamed up to put one past the Upper Hutt goalie to tie the game at 1-1.  There were more scoring chances in the final 10 minutes of the game, one where the ball was dropping and looked like it might just sink into the top right-hand corner of the goal but it wasn't to be and at full time the game was still tied at 1 each.  A great game girls, you put in lots of effort and hard work playing a man down.
 
Round 6:
P2 Women vs Northern
Won: 1 - 0
The girls have really found their stride in this grade and have done one better than the draw last week to take the win this week!  However,  we didn't exactly start the game well.  Our goalie was injured during the warm up and so we played the first few minutes with 11 field players and no goalie.  Although Northern did make it into the D once during that time, they were unable to get a shot away.  Once we got our goalie back (who was still in a lot of pain and trying hard not to move) we started to relax into the game and created a number of opportunities for ourselves.  It wasn't until Melody subbed onto the field (as a half) that she intercepted a pass on a Northern back-and-around, carried the ball from halfway into the D and went around the goalie to get our goal.  We were up 1-0 at half time and although we applied constant pressure in the second half and had a number of near goals, we couldn't quite concert anymore but were happy to take the win at 1 - 0. Thanks for sticking it out Megan - it would've been a different game if you weren't able to hang in there for us!
 
Round 5:
 P2 Women vs Kapiti:
Drew: 2 - 2
Goals: Selina (1), Nicole Edmonds (1)
Congratulations to the girls for getting their first point in the P2 grade.  This was a great game and we scored a great team goal about half way through the first half to get the first points on the board.  Nicole Edmonds dribbled around a few players, passed it onto Shelley who drew the goalie and passed square to Selina who just had to slot the ball into the goal as the keeper had already been beaten.  Kapiti managed to equalise before half time and we went into the second half 1 - 1.  NaeNae took their feet off the throttle for a period of time in the second half and Kapiti took advantage of a PC to take the lead 2 - 1.  With around 15 minutes to go in the game, the NaeNae girls were fired up again and were constantly attacking. This pressure eventually lead to a stroke after the goalie was beaten but as Selina tried to put the ball into the goal the full back fell on top of it.  Nicole Edmonds slotted away the stroke and the game was tied at 2 - 2 at the final whistle.
 
Round 4:
P2 Women vs Eastern 3
Lost: 2 - 1
Goal: Kirin Cherry (1)
NaeNae didn't start the game well and let two goals in early on the first half.  After that the girls settled into the game and started to play some more constructive hockey.  We had our chances at goal in the first half but were unable to convert so Eastern had a 2-0 lead at half time.  In the second half, the NaeNae girls came out to play and started to move the ball around the field more.  We definitely had more territory and possession in the second half, and probably dominated the half so it was a shame we were only able to put the one goal away. Towards the end of the first half the NaeNae girls had the Eastern defence rattled and it was only going to be a matter of time before we put another goal on the board. Sadly for us, time ran out before we made that possible and we ended up going down 2 - 1.
 
Round 3:
P2 Women vs Eastern 2
Lost: 6 - 1
Goal: Sorry - can't remember -  I think either Nicole Edmonds or Selina Reichert???
The girls started the game well and had a number of moments when they were attacking the D.  The pressure eventually led to a goal being scored and NaeNae took the lead at 1 - 0.  Unfortunately, this wasn't to last for long.  After around 5-10 more minutes of play, Eastern scored two quick goals to not only equalise, but had take the lead.  NaeNae were down 3 - 1 at half time.  The second half was much the same as the end of the first half.  NaeNae still had opportunities to score, even earning a number of PC's but were unable to convert those into goals.  Eastern always took the most of their opportunities and with their precision passing they were hard to stop.  

Round 2:
P2 Women vs Toa
Loss: 3 - 2
Goals: Selina Reichert (1), Nicole Edmonds (1)
This wasn't the best game from the girls.  Toa play a very hard game and don't give anyone much room - they play very in your face.  We were looking to use our fitness and speed against them but this was short-lived when they scored in the first 3 minutes of the game and all of a sudden NaeNae were already on the back foot.  We struggled to adjust to their style of defence and were unable to string the final passes together to get the goal.  Toa scored again after a few PC's but NaeNae converted a goal before half time to only be 2 - 1 down at the break.  Toa came out strong again in the second half and Naenae spent a bit of time in their defensive zone.  Eventually, Toa got a scrappy goal and NaeNae were 2 goals down again.  Late in the second half Nicole Edmonds did a wonderful run up the field and managed to get the final goal past the keeper to get the final score to 2 - 1.  Overall it was a disappointing and at times frustrating game for the girls and we will be looking to make amends next time the two sides meet.

Round 1:
P2 Women vs Victoria
Loss: 4 - 2
Goals: Nicole Edmonds (2)
First of all, a huge thank you to Emily Monks who stepped in as goalie for us for this game.  It's not an easy ask coming to play P2 hockey against one of the top teams in the grade! But Emily did a great job and we were all very grateful that she was there. The girls played a fantastic first 10 minutes when we were constantly attacking and breaking the circle.   Unfortunately, Victoria adjusted and eventually managed to get 2 goals in quick succession but NaeNae didn't give up.  With only a couple of minutes to go in the half we earned a PC and Anna delivered it into the goal for Nicole to get a touch on and send the ball flying into the top of the net. Halftime we were only down by 1 goal.  The second half was much the same as the first.  Victoria got a goal off a PC but NaeNae answered back with another goal off a PC of their own.  This time Anna flicked the ball which was saved by the keeper but delivered straight to Nicole Edmonds who just had to push it back into the open goal.  With less than 7 minutes to go, we were 4-3 down and some changes were made in the front line to try and even up the score.  Unfortunately, Victoria had a run along the baseline and managed to sneak one final goal past us in the final few minutes of the game to take the win 4-2. Even still, a great turn around from the NaeNae girls who were beaten by this team 4-0 during their last encounter.

Cross Over Game
P2 Women 
vs Hutt
Won: 4 - 1
Goal Scorers: Nicole Edmonds (3), Matie Whitman (1)
The P2 women needed to win this game in order to be safe for the season in the P2 grade.  The first half saw NaeNae put a lot of pressure on Hutt's defense and after a handful of opportunities, some quick passing between Shelly and Laura and finally Nicole Edmonds saw the first goal go past the keeper to put NaeNae in the lead. NaeNae continued to dominate territory for the remainder of the first half and only narrowly missed sinking a goal off a PC. We went into the second half 1-0 up but wanted to get another goal to put the game out of reach.  The first part of the second half was much like the first half, until Matie hit a wonderful reverse and sunk the second goal in the top right of the net.  Not too long after this, Nicole managed to grab her second goal of the game and with 12 minutes left, the game looked safe.  Hutt managed to excert some pressure of their own and after a shot from the top of the D was deflected off a NaeNae stick up into the top of the net, Hutt finally put themselves on the board.  But NaeNae were going to get the last say with a ball passed again to Nicole Edmonds who had been left with a lot of space in the D and all she had to do was push it into the goal to complete her hat trick for the game.  NaeNae have sealed their place in P2! 


Grading Game 3

P2 Women vs Upper Hutt:
Won: 2 - 0
Goals: Selina Reichert (2)
The women had their first win against a P2 squad.  Both goals were scored by Selina Reichert with her reverse on the left side of the circle.  The girls went into half time 2 - 0 up and had played a very solid first half.  The start of second half was high defensive pressure for the NaeNae girls but after arouned 7 minutes they settled into the half and the rest of the game saw the NaeNae team with more territory than they had in the first half.  Unfortunately they were unable to capitialise on this territory and pressure and even through they had a few PC's in the second half, the scored remained unchanged.  They ended up winning the game 2 - 0 and therefore with the win and the draw have placed third in their pool of the P2 grade.

Grading Game 2
P2 Women vs Eastern Hutt:
Drew: 1 - 1
Goal Scorer: Nicole Edmonds
The girls really stepped up the play for this game.  We were able to put some passes together to work up the field and we also had a lot of work in defence.  It wasn't until about half way through the first half that NaeNae managed to get a PC which Anna hit across the circle and Nicole deflected into the goal.  We then went into hard defensive mode and held the lead at 1 - 0 at half time.
The second half saw a lot more defence from NaeNae and about 10 minutes into the second half Eastern levelled the score.  But the NaeNae team held on, soaking up a lot of pressure in defence. In the last 5 minutes of the game NaeNae had a PC and a good chance at getting the winning goal, but it wasn't to be.  The game ended with a 1 all draw.

Grading Game 1

P2 Women vs Victoria 2
Lost: 4 - 0
The P2 women played their first game in the P2 grade against a very sharp Victoria team.  The first 20 minutes of the first half were fantastic, but unfortaunely they were unable to maintain it throughout the entire match.  Vitoria managed to get 2 goals late in the first half to take a healthy 2 - 0 lead at half time.  NaeNae came out again in the second half and the defense soaked up a lot of pressure.  Again, Victoria managed to sneak 2 goals in towards the end of the half to stretch their lead to 4 - 0 and take the game.  Howver, all is not lost.  The girls did play well and were complemented from various people about how they played. So even with the 4 - 0 loss they can hold their heads high and come out fighting again next weekend.

Reserve One

                    Coach: Eddie Forster                 0275770465            4starwhanau@actrix.co.nz

Round 11:
R1 Women vs Hutt
Drew 3 - 3 (I think?)
 
Round 10:
R1 Women vs YWCA
Lost: 3 - 2
Goals: Amber Owen (1), Matie Whitman (1)
R1 Ladies lost 3-2 to YWCA1 with a huge thank you to the R3 ladies again who helped us field a team.
We did actually get 3 goals but the umpire thought it wasn’t touched by an attacking player in the D for the other goal so it wasn't given. Eddie said we will have to teach some of the players to jump up and down all excited when we get a goal, but overall it was a good game.
 
Round 9:
R1 Women vs Victoria 3
Won: 2 - 1
Goals: Unknown
Again there were some fill in's required for this team (and the P2 women had used some of the R1 girls to play for them).  Victoria managed to get the first goal of the game and held that to take a 1-0 lead over the NaeNae girls at half time.  However, the NaeNae girls weren't out of the game at all and scored the equalising goal halfway through the second half.  The game was then tied at 1all until the dying minutes of the game when NaeNae scored the winning goal. Thanks to the ladies who filled in for this team -  the team would not have had the win without you.
 
Round 8:
R1 Women vs Upper Hutt
Lost: 5 - 3 (or possibly 4 - 3)
 
Round 7:
R1 Women vs Karori
Lost: 2 - 0
 
Round 6:
R1 Women vs YWCA 2
Lost: 1 - 0
Well we started the game with only 9 players on this wet, cold and windy lunch time game, by half way through the first half we had 11 players, we played a very hard game with lots of chances at goal but not quite finishing off, by half time the score was nil all, YWCA scored the only goal for the game about half way through the second half. 
 
Round 5:
R1 Women vs Karori
Drew: 1 - 1
Goal: ?
Well we started off this game knowing it was going to be a hard game, we also started with just the bare minimum of players knowing we still had 2 more to come part the way through the game.  The first goal was an awesome pass which resulted in our only goal of the game.  Our goalie made some awesome saves as Karori’s shots at goal were very hard and fast and sometimes quite high, but all in all it was a good game.
 
Round 4:
R1 Women vs Hutt
Won: 3 - 1
 
Round 3:
R1 Women vs YWCA
Won: 3 - 0

Round 2:
R1 Women vs Victoria 3
Lost: 3 - 2
Goals: Natasha (1), ?
Another hard fought game this week. It was nice to operate with 2 subs and to have Natasha back. 
The mix of youth and ‘maturity’ is great to observe from the side line. In fact the age of the defence line stands out when you look at the defensive p.c’s and see there is no one above 17 in the goal. The newly demoted Varsity 3 sometimes struggled to cope with the tenacity and grit as well the skill amongst the team.
The cost of not being a practicing team showed up when we failed to nail 6 different attempts at goal in the first half. We were down two -one at half time. The game was hard fought and heated in both circles throughout the game. Varsity pulled out to a 3-1 lead and their ref pulled out an invisible green card, much to the amusement of some. While we were down to 10 players Naenae 2 tied together a great wave from one end of the field to the other which resulted in a pc. Laurens put a great shot in on target which the goalie initially stopped. Natasha won the resulting skirmish but there wasn’t enough time to tie up the game.
While it was tough, it was a great game.

Round 1:
R1 Women vs Upper Hutt 
Won: 2 - 1
Goals: Laurens Sadlier (1), Kiriana (1)
We would like to say a huge thanks to Tauvale who came out of retirement to pad up because the
club is officially short of women goalies. She did an awesome job.  Our first goal was off a PC it was a beautiful shot from the top of the circle which gave us a 1-0 lead at half time.  We conceded a goal early in the second half but scored our own second goal after many rebounds back out from the opposition it was eventually put in by Kiriana, a well deserved goal.  We were grateful that the weather cleared up and stayed good for the game. 
It is going to be a good season if we stay as hard as we were on Sunday.

Grading Game 3
R1 Women vs Northern United 2
Lost: 2 - 1
Goal: Matie Whitman (1)
Well considering we only had 10 players and with one of those not being able to run fast, I think we played a really good game even though we lost 2-1.  We really missed our forwards for this game with them I think we could of won.  Our only goal scored was from Mate Whitman in the second half who took the ball all the way from one end of the field to the other with some great skills. 

Grading Game 2
R1 Women vs Kapiti
won: 3-0 
Goal scorers: Mate Whitman (1), Shelly (1) and Brenda Wong (1).  
Well we started the game with no goal keeper for the first 10 mins while our lovely coach went home and got the missing helmet and stick, luckily most of the action was down the other end of the field for this time.  It was great to actually  finish the whole game without being rained off.  Our first goal was a beautifuly hit from the top of the circle from Mate, the second goal was some great passing up the field to our wings who were on the posts, the last goal was in the last 5min of the game Brenda was just so excited she got a goal.  Other than that we had a great game.

R1 Women vs Victoria 4

Game postponed due to turf flooding.
The girls started their game with great detmination and bravery when the downpour started.  They battled through less than 10 minutes of the first half before there were no longer just puddles on the turf, it was totally under water and the game had to be postponed for safety reasons.

Reserve Three

                    Coach: Craig McWilliam               021689580            craig@naenaehockey.org
                    Manager: Eileen Leask                        027 2362095                jake.leask@xtra.co.nz

Round 11:
R3 Women vs Island Bay
Won: 4 - 0
Goals: Jolanda (2), Amber (1), Trisha (1)
Well it was a reversal of last week’s game this week. This time we were the ones with Subs and the opposition only had 9 players.It was exciting to have a full squad (although not the entire squad) at this week’s game.
The most exciting part was that we won 4-0 against Island Bay.
First goal we scored was by me (Jolanda) during one of our many PC’s.  Nice straight hit into the goal.Our next goal came from Amber who sat by the left post and nicely pushed the ball into the corner.Our third goal came from Trisha who never realised the ball had gone in and was busy looking for it to slot it home. What a surprise to find she had already done it.The last goal came once again from me, after Kristin hit a fantastic ball from outside the circle, touching a defenders foot, rolling past the goal keeper to reach the right hand post where it got gently slotted into the goal.Outstanding players were Trish Cherry, Yasmin Golding and Trisha Warren who were part of a terrific front line.
Also many thanks to Catriona who umpired for us with her broken arm, our supporters, Men’s Club Captain, Club Secretary, Treasurer and President (Who kept pulling his wife off every 5 min in case she got hurt again!)….Plus Eileen our manager who is still getting over the flu.
Awesome game girls. Well done.
 
Round 10:
R3 Women vs Harbour City/Tawa
Lost: 5 - 0
The reserve 3 women started the game in howling winds and icy rain at Elsdon and nine players on the field. 3 of whom were carrying injuries.
Half way through the game one of our ladies got taken out by an elbow to the forehead. She ended up being taken to hospital by ambulance.
Then during the second half we decided that when the score got to 5 nil we would call it game. Most of us were blue and shivering uncontrollably.
So with 15 min to go the game ended. Harbour city Tawa won and got their bonus point.
Many thanks to Catriona who played with a suspected broken arm, Dale who umpired with the flu, Kate W who came frozen directly after her netball game and Kiriana who filled in for us.
Highlight was going to Mac Café for a hot chocolate afterwards
Round 9:
R3 Ladies vs Toa
Drew: 0 - 0
A good effort from the ladies this week to come away with the draw.  Again the team was struggling for numbers with some people out injured and others unable to make it. The girls played well though. The defense held out Toa and kept them scoreless and while there were some attacking opportunities for NaeNae throughout the game, the girls were just unable to put one past the goalie. Good work girls, keep it up!
 
Round 8:
R3 Women vs Island Bay
Lost: 9 - 1
Island Bay came out strong and scored a few goals in the first half to take a healthy lead at half time.  The NaeNae girls put some great plays together though and did manage to score off one of those.  NaeNae were missing a couple of their key players for this match and so next time these teams meet, I'm sure the game will be a lot different!
 
Round 7:
R3 Women vs Harbour City/Tawa
Lost: 2 - 0
Unfortunately, NaeNae were unable to convert their chances at goal this week.  Harbour City/Tawa got a somewhat messy goal in the first half to give them a 1 - 0 lead at half time.  NaeNae did continue to attack and some very close calls but they just weren't able to quite get it past the keeper. Harbour City/Tawa got a very nice second goal (there wasn't much our keeper could do about it) with a very clean, hard hit from the side of the D, hitting the sideboard of the opposite side of the goal.
 
Round 6:
R3 Women vs Harbour City/Tawa
Won: 2 - 0
Goals: Trisha Warren (1), Trish Cherry (1)
What a game!  Last time these two teams meet, NaeNae took a heavy beating but winning by two goals this week just goes to show the level of improvement that this team has had already this season. The passing was great and NaeNae had lots of opportunities to score. Trish got a touch on a ball put into the D which deflected and went into the goal during the first half for NaeNae to have a 1-0 lead at half time. Then late in the second half, Trisha got the ball wide from the top of the D in a PC and swept the ball firmly into the goal to give NaeNae the 2-0 lead which they held until the final whistle of the game. Great game girls, well done!
 
Round 5:
R3 Women vs Toa:
Lost: 4 - 1
Goal: Yasmin
The NaeNae women started off well and they were only 1 - 0 down with less than 10 minutes to go in the first half.  Unfortunately, Toa then managed to get 3 more goals in the last 10 minutes before half time to have a 4 - 0 advantage at half time.  The second half was much better from the NaeNae girls though and Yasmin slotted home a penalty stroke to win the half 4 - 1.
 
Round 4:
R3 Women vs Island Bay
Drew: 3 - 3
Goals: Jolanda Saunders (1), Kate Vickory (1), Tania Bond (1)???
From what I hear this was a great game.  NaeNae really controlled the game and had the advantage at half time.  They were playing with limited numbers while waiting for the netball girls to arrive from their netball game but unfortunately they didn't make it as early as they would have liked. NaeNae did have a 3 - 1 lead in the second half but Island Bay weren't out for the count and managed to come back in the dying minutes of the game to even up the scores and deny NaeNae of the win.
 
Round 3:
R3 Women vs Harbour City/Tawa
Lost: 
The R3 women played a very polished Harbour City/Tawa team who had great attacking skills.  NaeNae's defence had a lot of pressure applied which eventually led to goals being scored against them.  NaeNae did have some great attacking opportunities, and with a little more practise and passing they will be able to give the defence a good run for their money and get some of their own goals on the score board.  Emily in goal made some great saves and was kept busy for the entire game.  

Round 2:
R3 Women vs Toa
Loss: 2 - 0
We had 11 ladies take the field and once again we played Toa. However we are improving with each game. We lost 2-0 but we actually had some opportunities. We only noticed that some of the ladies need to be a little more assertive as Toa had no hesitation on pushing some out the way. We had 2 of the girls hit in the hand. And others who relished the challenge.
The netball girls are improving with leaps and bounds. I think we’re going to end up with an awesome team. Well done girls. 
Many thanks to Tania Forster for umpiring our game.

Round 1:
R3 Women vs Island Bay
Loss: 3 - 0
This was a much more improved game from last time these two teams met.  Even though they only let in one less goal than last time, their was much more attack from the NaeNae team and the passing is starting to come together.  Island Bay scored twice in the first half, but NaeNae kept them to only one goal in the second half.  There was some promising runs up the field from the girls in red, which was impressive considering there were no subs and some of the girls had already played netball that afternoon.

Friendly Game:
R3 Women vs Harbour City/Tawa
Drew: 1 - 1
Goal Scorer: Yasmin Golding (1)
We played once again against Harbour city/Tawa. However due to the late notice we had quite a few away, and netball girls who arrived in the last 15 min. But we managed to field a team.
It was an exciting game and for once we were evenly matched. 
We drew 1-1 which was heaps better than last week when we lost 7-0 to them. 
Many thanks to Anna, Catriona and Jess for helping us in the front line. Also a big thanks to Abby van der Burg, Kristen Harris and Lydia Hamer. 
We are hoping that the 3 non club players will join us on a permanent basis…. 
Apart from one head injury to a Harbour city player who came in from the wrong side, it was not a bad game.Also thanks to Courtenay Stobbs for the umpiring.

Cross Over Round:
R3 Women vs Upper Hutt
Lost: 5 - 0
The R3 Women played at Fraser Park on Saturday midday in the pouring rain. 
It was a fun game against Upper Hutt but we lost 5-0.
This is a relatively new team with only a few of us having played together before. 
Although some work is needed on positional play, strategies and attacking. it was a still pleasant game, with no injuries and plenty of laughs - even though we never managed to make it into our attacking circle in the second half!

Grading Game 3

R3 Women vs Toa
Lost: 4 - 0
We only had 10 players to take the field. First half we were down 1-0 and had plenty of attacking opportunities. The front line is starting to look really good. We just need to be a little more assertive and finish. This will come as the season progresses.
Second half we ended up spending most of our time defending.
We ended up losing to Toa 4-0 
We had some awesome game time with a number of players outstanding.
The netball girls too did really well considering they had already played 3 netball games that day. A great effort by all.

Grading Game 2
R3 Women vs Island Bay:
Lost: 3 - 0
The girls played a good first half and had quite a few chances at goal but couldn't quite sink one past the keeper.  It was promising to see them getting some breaks up the field during the game and it was unfortunate that they were unable to get a number up on the scoreboard.

Grading Game 1

R3 Women vs Indians
Won: 7 - 2
Goal Scorers: Kate Walker (2), Tania Bond (1), Kirin Cherry (1), Jess Bond (1), 
The girls had a fantastic first game against the Indians.  For many of the girls this was their first ever hockey game and they were very impressive.  They held their structure well and managed to string some good passes together to work their way up the field.
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