Swifts score but leave de­feated

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DWAYNE BARLOW

If you want to see goals in this sea­son’s Loaded WaiBOP Premier­ship you’d bet­ter make sure you fol­low Mata­mata Swifts.

Their sec­ond round match, at Hamil­ton’s Melville United, saw the teams trade eight goals.

This fol­lowed 10 goals in their sea­son opener.

This time the Swifts didn’t find them­selves on the right side of the score line, los­ing 5-3.

They gave Melville a three-goal lead in the first half, in­clud­ing two own-goals, be­fore the twin threat of Chris Walker and Dayne Willem­sen hauled the mar­gin back to one by the break.

A sim­i­larly open sec­ond half saw Melville score again, but the Swifts cre­ated enough to win it.

Walker made it 4-3 with 12 min­utes to go but the equaliser wouldn’t come and Melville sealed it right on time.

More pre­ci­sion up top and prag­ma­tism at the back would have seen quite a dif­fer­ent re­sult for a Swifts side that was miss­ing sev­eral se­nior play­ers.

The young Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves fell to a 4-1 WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship de­feat at pro­mo­tion favourites Toko­roa.

The team played some good foot­ball.

But the team wasn’t quite con­sis­tent enough to put enough pressure on their more ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nents.

A Toko­roa own-goal was all Mata­mata had to show for a per­for­mance that de­served a lit­tle bit more.

The Swifts A team made no mis­takes this week as they romped to a 7-0 win at Cam­bridge.

They were up 4-0 at the break but, with mem­o­ries of their open­ing fix­ture still present, made no mis­take this week.

Se­rial goal scorer, Jamie Cox, scored a dou­ble and was joined on the score sheet by Fener­bache’s own, Hayri Ci­han, Rob Cox, Jason Lawrence, Kyle van Wav­eren and Ro­nan Costello.

On Sun­day, the Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies put up an­other promis­ing show­ing in Waikato Ladies Di­vi­sion A.

El­e­vated to the top flight a week be­fore the start be­fore the sea­son, Mata­mata has been forced to ad­just their goals for 2017.

Their 5-0 de­feat at the hands of Melville United, a lead­ing side in the 2016 WaiBOP Ladies Premier League, was a bat­tling ef­fort against the sort of play­ers the team didn’t ex­pect to be play­ing.

Cham­pi­onship games have been fi­nalised. For the men’s sin­gles after six rounds, cham­pion was Ge­orge Theobald with run­ner-up Ken Barlow.

The fol­low­ing games were run as tour­na­ments: mixed cham­pion fours cham­pi­ons were Ada Stev­er­son with Mark Pat­ter­son, Bob Squibbs and Brian Jonas­son with three wins, 16 ends and 35 points.

Run­ners-up were Tony Don­der­winkel with Jane Bartelink, Ian Lyons and Bruce Ste­wart also with three wins, 15 ends and 35 points.

Mixed cham­pion triples cham­pi­ons were Ge­orge Theobald with Lyn Lopez and Bob Squibbs. Run­ners-up were Doug Caird with Beth Vosper and Ti­bor Koc­sis.

Un­der five years mixed cham­pion sin­gles win­ner Lyn Lopez with four wins, 21 ends and 47 points. Run­ner-up Frances Canty with three wins, 21 ends and 30 points,

Third place went to John Best with three wins, 14 ends and 28 points.

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Mata­mata Swifts’ Shaun Richard­son bat­tles ex-Swift, Luis John, in an en­ter­tain­ing Loaded WaiBOP Premier­ship en­counter at Melville United.

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