Full draw & results can be found at http://www.capitalfootball.org.nz/FIXTURES-RESULTS/Senior-Mens-Competitions
13 – 15 September – PICTON PICNIC – woo hoo!
21 September – Kiwis vs Rest of World match (1:00pm) followed by Senior Prizegiving (6:00pm)
vs Otaki Puru Reserves – 24 Aug (2-1)
It all came down to the last game of the season, our 20th competition game of 2019. A shaky start to the Bowl competition with a loss and a draw meant this was effectively a final. Win this and the Jets would take the Div. 2/Bowl double, draw or lose and we would likely hand the Bowl to Otaki Puru Reserves. Away at Haruatai Park this would be a tough assignment.
And so it proved to be with both teams going toe to toe in the first half, the Jets with slightly more chances and an open goal miss that could have broken the deadlock. But Otaki also threatening on occasions, however the half ending in a 0-0 stalemate.
Wolfy’s half time talk was spot on – we were playing ok, just had to keep going hard for the 50/50’s and take our chances. We came out firing and took advantage of a slow start from Otaki to press some attacks with ‘golden boot’ Ryan managing to slot one to the far post past the keeper – Jets striking the initial blow 1-0 early in the second half. Back to the arm wrestle and Otaki came back with some attacking pressure. From a defensive corner the ref spotted a penalty infringement after some pushing & shoving and Brendon Heenan stepped up for the penalty. Normally you’d chalk this one up to Otaki but Brendon took a conservative approach with Wolfy sending him then going the right way to make the save – we lived again! Then not long after a second penalty – no mistake this time and Otaki were level with about 10 mins to play 1-1. Some inspired substitution from Wolfy – rotating Ryan, Josh & Richie – proved inspirational with desperate attacking from Jets seeing Richie able to finish from in front and Jets restore a 2-1 lead – but it the dying minutes – DRAMA! A third penalty awarded to Otaki in the box. Would the Bowl be cruelly snatched from us in the final minutes of a long season? Now I’m not going to say Karma, well yes I am going to say Karma, as the ball was fired over the net and we lived to breath out the final few minutes of a dramatic final for ourselves and our support crew. 2-1 the final score with goals to Ryan & Richie.
Once again a huge defensive effort led by Brett & Jade in the centre with Matt S, Manson and Chris on the flanks. An engine room of Mike & Paul feeding the wingers Jay, Josh and Richie – with Ryan, Richie & Derryn the strike force up front. A cameo from Matt Reid ensuring that once again a star team is greater than a team of stars. Congratulations lads on a stellar season where we have really enjoyed our footy and fought hard for each other. We can definitely enjoy looking back on the 2019 season.
Thanks to Graham for reffing and Otaki for a competitive match and hospitality in the clubrooms after. A huge THANK YOU to Wolfy as coach & Brett as captain for leading a successful and enjoyable season for the vintage Jets of 2019.
Don’t forget Picton activities – buy your pink shirt!………Gg