NOTE: Check comms before game for any updates
Sat Aug 18th vs Manakau – Manakau Domain
Sat Aug 25th vs KCU Thirds – Waikanae Park 1
Sat Sept 1st vs Choppers – Jim Cooke 2
Sat Sept 8th BYE ‘cos we in Picton!
Full draw & results can be found at http://www.capitalfootball.org.nz/FIXTURES-RESULTS/Senior-Mens-Competitions
7 August (Tues) – Balance due for Picton ($111) into account 06-0541-0417861-35
20 August – votes for ‘Player of the Year’ and ‘Players Player of the Year’ to Wolfy please
1 September – Quiz Night for u19’s fundraiser $10pp
7 – 9 September – The Picton Picnic
29 September (Sat.) – Club Senior Prizegiving $20pp – 3 meat spit roast & DJ
Total cost (ferry, registration, accommodation & shuttles) $211
battle of the b’s… – vs waikanae masters 11 august.
Our placing in Div 2 saw us entered into the ‘Shield’ competition for the equivalent of the end of season Knockout Cup competition. After a quick re-draw to suit our Picton trip our first game was to be against Waikanae Masters on Waikanae 2. While most of the squad was available notable absentees were Craig (injury), Matt Reid, Jordan and Chris. Charlie elected to ref, so a strong starting XI with an “experienced” bench i.e. Johnny Y and me.
A typical Jets start with some lovely possession, sublime passing, and about 80% possession. We did pull the trigger on a number of occasions but didn’t ultimately threaten to score, either finding the keeper or blasting over the top. Masters threatened on the quick turnover and long ball and, with us playing three at the back, they had a couple of great one-on-one chances. Wolfy had to pull off a couple of great saves to keep us in the match. We went into half time 0-0 just waiting for Masters to crack.
The direction from Wolfy at half time was to be more direct up the middle of the park. We started to execute the plan but 20 mins into the second half we were still waiting for the chink in Masters’ armour to appear with the scores deadlocked at 0-0. Would this be another stalemate like Choppers last week?? Now some might say tactical blunder by Wolfy, but others might say stroke of strategic genius… …we needed something to set us alight and Wolfy lit the fuse. Sure, a calculated gamble gifting them a goal, but all the great dramas need the heroes to face adversity before they overcome it. Who can forget the ‘Battle of the Bastards’ in Game of Thrones. Jon Snow (played by Wolfy) climbing over the dead bodies, all but lost outside Winterfell (the Waikanae Clubrooms) as the evil Ramsey Bolton (played by Craig Weise) is about to deliver the killer blow. Then the cavalry (the Jets) arrive to save the day. We could be forgiven for thinking this would be another defeat or draw from the jaws of victory but the Jets are made of sterner stuff. We continued to attack but with more urgency now. So urgent that Matt Smith tried to take out one of the goalposts on our behalf but discovered there is less give in metal than in flesh. We had enjoyed virtually 100% territory and goalmouth pressure saw a few shots fired and blocked before Ryan finally found an opening to level the scores. From there the floodgates began to open with Richie putting us ahead soon after. Paul found the net for our third not long after. I briefly recalled us surrendering a two goal lead to Masters twice in our previous meeting before Derryn put the nail in the coffin with our fourth goal to put my mind at rest. Even Charlie could safely play the game out to 90 mins now.
A 4-1 victory and at last a result that befitted our dominance and rewarded some great footy played out there. Credit must go to the Masters who for 70 minutes ensured the game was a tough competition. The game was played in a great Waikanae spirit and well reffed by Charlie – well done to all the players from both teams for a great game to play in and watch.
Other results in the Shield saw Manakau defeat Choppers 3-0 while KCU Thirds had the bye.
Next week it’s Manakau at Manakau (the equivalent of the Lannister’s at Kings Landing) and this will be crucial for us to win and secure some silverware for the season. They’ll be ready for us ‘cos I believe some of them read this webpage!
More photos from the game can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rj8eeqbkx1k6xlv/AABAdeFUfu4XE4hwZzkf87PRa?dl=0