Tough go­ing for Valkyries play­ers

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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.

WOODVILLE RSA re­cently re­ceived a cheque for $236,, the pro­ceeds of the an­nual Poppy Day Bush Tele­graph fea­ture. The cheque was pre­sented by Bush Tele­graph/ NZME me­dia spe­cial­ist Nikki O’Leary to Alan Braben­der . The money goes to­wards main­te­nance of the Woodville World War I soldiers’ re­mem­brance trees at Ferry Re­serve at the en­trance to the Manawatu¯ Gorge.

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.

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