Top team fin­ishes the year in top spir­its

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

The Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies team have fin­ished their 2017 foot­ball sea­son with yet an­other vic­tory.

The team’s 3-2 win against Waikato Uni­col in Hamil­ton on Sun­day com­pleted an ex­cel­lent year of foot­ball for a team that was un­ex­pect­edly pro­moted to the Waikato’s top flight a week be­fore the sea­son started.

The Ladies took sev­eral weeks to get go­ing but af­ter their first win in May went on a long un­beaten run that in­cluded a Waikato Cup win over Cam­bridge, the re­gion’s top women’s team.

Sun­day’s win at the University came cour­tesy of goals from Pa­trice Mor­ri­son, Emilee Holmes, and cap­tain Ker­rie Cox and capped a sea­son in which the team, un­der the guid­ance of new coach Nigel Leaver, has made sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in terms of qual­ity of per­for­mance and re­sults.

Comag Mata­mata Swifts’ im­por­tant Loaded WaiBOP Premier­ship match at Tau­ranga’s Old Blues, sched­uled for Satur­day, was one of sev­eral games in the Bay of Plenty that fell vic­tim to some un­sea­son­able weather.

This game will now likely be played at the end of Septem­ber.

Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Mata­mata Re­serves ac­tion, how­ever.

They fought through the mud at the new WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship cham­pi­ons, Cam­bridge Re­serves, but fell to a 2-0 de­feat de­spite an­other com­pet­i­tive show­ing.

Two long range first half goals got the job done for Cam­bridge were in but the Swifts re­serves put in an­other good show­ing with the team’s ar­ray of young­sters look­ing in­creas­ingly com­fort­able at this level.

The Swifts A team fell to a 5-0 de­feat at Waikato Di­vi­sion A lead­ers Ngaru­awahia in their penul­ti­mate game of the sea­son. The team put in a rea­son­able per­form- ance but were just beaten by a team with lots still to play for.

This Satur­day the Mata­mata Do­main hosts its fi­nal triple header of 2017.

Comag Mata­mata Swifts play Taupo in the main game, at 2.45pm, while the re­serves play Te Puke at 12.30pm and the A team host East­ern City at 1pm.

At 9am the club hosts its first prize­giv­ing event of Septem­ber when the Mini-Kick­ers group of 4 to 7 year olds com­plete their sea­son. Prize­giv­ing for the club’s other ju­nior teams is from 11am on Sun­day Septem­ber 17.

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Mata­mata Swifts Ladies team, af­ter their their 3-2 win against Waikato Uni­col in Hamil­ton.

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