Sat June 23rd BYE
Sat June 30th vs Otaki Masters – Waikanae 2
Sat July 7th vs Waikanae Masters – Jim Cooke 2
Full draw & results can be found at http://www.capitalfootball.org.nz/FIXTURES-RESULTS/Senior-Mens-Competitions
June 16th – FINAL CUT OFF deposit due for Picton $100 into account 06-0541-0417861-35
July 14th – Club Quiz Night at Waikanae Chartered Club 6pm (meals) for 7pm start – please advise availability
September 7th – 9th The Picton Picnic
Training Wednesdays 7.00pm at Jim Cooke Park
Total cost (ferry, registration, accommodation & shuttles) est. $209
Countries-manakau – vs manakau 16 june.
Jets v Manakau games are always gritty physical affairs with often only a goal separating the teams. Manakau are especially tough on their home paddock but it’s one of the great character building trips you can undertake in our league. Once again it looked like we might be short on numbers so Jamie Sturman was called in as cover but many answered the call so we eventually ended up with a good subs bench. Unfortunately for us Matty Smith was out after taking up Olympic diving as a sport – someone forgot to tell him you need a board and a pool, not a truck tray and a hard surface. Still it was only three more stitches than Beauden Barrett and hopefully he’ll be back next week. I didn’t see Pete Reading so I assumed he was still recovering from last week’s game. It was great to have the Cooper boys back again.
Given the surface conditions it’s very rare to call any passage of play the ‘beautiful game’ on ‘the paddock’ but for the first 70 minutes we were exactly that – overcoming the Manakau bustle to string some lovely passages of play together. It took only 10 minutes for Ryan to eventually finish one off with a clinical finish to the keeper’s left. It seemed like more goals would follow but credit to the Manakau keeper who made a couple of great saves to deny us after good build-ups. Manakau showed their danger on turnover ball and it was Wolfy’s turn to make a couple of magnificent saves to keep a clean sheet at half time. You felt the lead of 1-0 at the break was a couple of goals shy of our dominance of the first half.
We started the second half as we finished the first and again it didn’t take long for a sweet Jay Reading special from outside the box curled in leaving the keeper no chance. 2-0 and thing looking Rosy for the Jets. However Manakau are a ‘never say die’ team and by now were shaking off the rust of their three week break. The physical challenges continued and, had there been cellphone coverage, I would have called CYFS for some of the physical abuse our younger players were taking. Fortunately Charlie was there to say some calming words and build relationships with the opposition. We also had the sun and wind and slope against us but that really shouldn’t have made the difference.
In the end Manakau, through the boot of James Wylie (a hatrick), were able to convert the limited chances that came their way – and that happened to be three of them. We struggled to clinically finish our second half chances and couldn’t add to our score. It’s not just the East Coast that had an erosion problem as our lead was whittled away and Manakau snatched a 3-2 victory with a handful of minutes remaining. I can’t fault the effort and commitment as once again we fought all the way and played some decent footy. I think I’ve figured out why Manakau wear a green strip and it’s got something to do with them being our bogey team.
Thanks to Johnny Y for again providing recovery refreshments – although it looks like a certain local brewer is saving on labelling by using post-it notes in their botting plant. Doesn’t affect the taste though! Thanks also to the Manakau lads for inviting us back for a beer – it was great hospitality and food in their clubrooms – most enjoyable. The only thing the Jets won on the day was the meat raffle as I took full advantage of Pete Reading’s absence although I think he’s still top of the raffle winners leaderboard.
Other results in Div 2: Strollers beat KCU Thirds 2-1, Choppers beat Masters 7-1, I believe Paekak Firsts defaulted to Otaki Masters
More photos of the game can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9ipt4hzuqvqlw7l/AAAVtuszkZP7Cf8lNL20wWMea?dl=0
A bye next week but keep an eye out for comms from Wolfy for any changes or events.