Wests start season with two draws
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.