Wests start sea­son with two draws

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Coach De­clan Edge de­clared him­self sat­is­fied af­ter two draws to kick off Western Sub­urbs’ new Cen­tral League foot­ball cam­paign.

Edge said his side was handed a tough start to the sea­son, fac­ing heavy­weights Napier City Rovers and Miramar in the first two rounds.

Those matches pre­sented stern tests for his young team, many of whom are Ole Foot­ball Academy mem­bers.

The 1-1 draw against Miramar on Satur­day at En­deav­our Park – the same score­line as from the pre­vi­ous week­end’s trip to de­fend­ing champions Napier – could have been bet­ter for his side, Edge said.

‘‘It de­pends who you ask, but we dom­i­nated the pos­ses­sion and were more ag­gres­sive,’’ he said.

Wests went down 1-0 early on af­ter a de­fen­sive er­ror, but held their own through the mid­dle pe­riod of the game, where Miramar sat back and looked to coun­ter­at­tack.

Eli­jah Just equalised in the 60th minute and the home side could have won it, but for a su­perb late save from Miramar goal­keeper Dan Clarke.

Edge said Wests were not the big­gest team in the Cen­tral League, and were by far the youngest, but he ex­pected they would battle hard for the ti­tle.

‘‘In the first game [against Napier] we had seven debu­tants. It was an ad­just­ment to make for them, but they’ll do well.’’

Mean­while, in Welling­ton premier rugby league, St Ge­orge have be­gun with three big losses – 82-4 to new­com­ers Whiti Te Ra, 40-16 to Wainuiomata and, on Satur­day, 68-22 to Rand­wick.

Porirua Vik­ings have played just the one match, a 62-24 loss to Te Aroha.

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