21 April vs Manakau Jim Cooke 2, Waikanae 2.30pm Kick off
28 April vs KCU Hearts Weka Park 1, Raumati 2.30pm Kick off
5 May vs KCU Sopranos Jim Cooke 2, Waikanae 2.30pm Kick off
12 May vs Waikanae Reserves venue tba
Full draw & results can be found at http://www.capitalfootball.org.nz/FIXTURES-RESULTS/Senior-Mens-Competitions
Training Wednesdays 7.00pm at Jim Cooke Park
Another Masterful Display – vs OTAKI Masters 14 April
Our second Pool A grading match was against the re-formed (note: not reformed) Otaki Masters at Haruatai Park. As Wolfy said pre-match it would be a physical game in a town where there is a fine line between rugby league and soccer football. No scrums and lineouts but the occasional ruck & maul and a couple of conversions – oh and the odd drop kick here and there. Anyway I’d spent all week practising to ref – blowing on a whistle and waving my arms around – so I was good to go when Dave asked the question. Brett won the toss and elected to take the slope in the first half. Manson was in goal as Wolfy couldn’t get the plastic sticker from the stick-on transfer off his shoulder.
We dispensed with the pre-match hakas and it seemed a slow start by both teams. However we soon warmed up and did the usual Jets good passing combos and chasing/tackling in the mid-field to gain ascendancy. We were finally rewarded at about the 20 min mark when after a good build up Ryan managed to slot one past their keeper to put us 1-0 up. Fifteen minutes later while defending a corner and the ball bouncing around like a pinball in the box it collected a Waikanae hand and the penalty was awarded to Otaki. The Brendan Heenan rocket gave Manson no chance, 1-1. However it was normal transmission soon after when Richie finished off another good build up just before half time and we went into the break 2-1.
Some reinforcements arrived for the Otaki bench as the game wore on but we continued with our better brand of football in the 2nd half playing up the slope and adding two more goals to Mike. It could have been more – standout moment a 40 (no, 60 or 70 according to Matt Smith) metre run carving up the middle, beating player after player to unleash from outside the box and hit the crossbar. Another shot went millimetres wide of the right upright and a powerful Ryan volley was unfortunate to hit the keeper dead centre. In defence both Jade & Brett showed outstanding skill & composure to diffuse Otaki attacks. Otaki got more physical as the game wore on so next time I’ll check the pea in my whistle doesn’t get stuck quite so much. Credit to the Jets players though who focussed on the footy, stood up and played them off the park.
Once again it’s tough to mention players as everyone had an outstanding game – the bench adding value when they came onto the field. A couple of standouts though were Matt Smith putting his body on the line once again and owning the mid-field with Paul, and Manson who was outstanding in goal and gets better with every game there – a clean sheet from open play.
p.s. Charlie has paid me good money to say it was he who scored the second goal last week. Charlie please present this to your family, friends and colleagues as evidence. I’ll pm you my bank account number…