Tough going for Valkyries players
Dannevirke Sports Club’s Valkyries Women’s Football team found the going tough on Sunday at the A&P Showgrounds playing Marist Evergreens in the second round of the Tingey Cup.
This knockout competition is open to all teams and runs alongside the regular Manawatu¯ competition. After winning its first game by default the Dannevirke side was hoping to repeat last year’s result making the final, but it was not to be.
Playing Marist Evergreens, mid table in the top Premiership grade, Dannevirke — which plays down a grade in the Championship Division — could not cope with the precision passing and power of the opposition’s strikers.
Only a goal ahead after the first half, Marist’s game went up a notch in the second, launching attack after attack and only great goal-keeping by Dannevirke’s Chelsea Fairley kept the score from exploding. She was unable to stem the flow however, and Marist went on to win 5-0.
It was a steep learning curve for the inexperienced Dannevirke team which is in second place in its division.
The team defended gamely and launched some attacks of its own only to be snuffed out by very skilled defenders.
Coach Dave Barber said the team will be better for seeing how a top side plays.
On Saturday over at Feilding the Dannevirke Sports Club Rangers came back from two goals down to beat Feilding 4-2 to stay in its version of the knockout competition — the Ron Pelosi Cup.
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DEFENDER Karla Nikora-Chase had her hands full against skilled Marist forwards.
NICOLE Bourke feeds her wing.
KARLA Harris was skilled and pacey in the midfield for Dannevirke.