Keri prems win seven-goal thriller
Kaeo Inter 3 Kerikeri 4 (0-3): The two Far North sides and arch rivals putting on a seven-goal thriller in round 6 of the Northland Men’s Premier Division at Whangaroa college on Saturday.
The defeat at home halted Kaeo Inter’s rampaging start to their debut NMP campaign — and allowed Onerahi to occupy the top of the standings on goal differential — and also represented a form of revenge for Kerikeri for their home loss to Kaeo at the start of the season.
The visitors led at halftime through goals from Finn Miller, an own goal and Taine Lonsdale. Kaeo made it 3-2 but a screamer courtesy of an Alex Brandes free kick from 40 yards out restored the visitors’ two-goal advantage before the homeside had the last say, albeit a consolation goal, with seconds to go. Kerikeri’s POTD was Matt Pickles.
■ NMP STANDINGS, all played 5: Onerahi (for 19/ against 5) 12 points, Kaeo (11/7) 12, Madhatters (11/8) 7, Kerikeri (7/8) 5, Tikipunga (8/18) 4, FC Whangarei (5/15) 2
Kerikeri B 1 Bream Bay United 3 (HT 0-3): Bream Bay won this Northland 1st Division clash played at a fast pace in benign autumn conditions at Waipapa. Keri player coach Mark Roberts said the homeside struggled to cope with a well organised opposition featuring several players from the premier div last season.
“The hair-dryer treatment at halftime seemed to work and Keri played themselves back into the game,” Roberts said, noting the hosts went out and scored the only goal of the second half through Adam Shields, while the standout was Mike Carr.
Other results by Kerikeri men’s teams on Saturday saw the 2nd Divvers draw 3-3 at home to FC Whangarei, while the 3rd Divvers lost 2-0 away to Madhatters Black.
FC Whangarei 3 Kaikohe Phoenix 4 (H-T 1-1): A strong away performance for the Phoenix saw them take all three points up for grabs in this NM1 clash, with Luke Earsman the standout.
Stonecraft Kaitaia United 8 Kaikohe 0: Kaitaia emerged convincing winners of the Far North derby from the Northland 3rd Division at Taipa. Only able to field one team this season (compared with two in the NM1 and NM3 in 2018) due to the defection of some key players to other clubs, Kaitaia still had plenty of players available for this home game but will be hoping to see the same level of interest for the away games.
Goals by Joel Cross 3 (the hattrick also giving him POTD citation), Kian Milne 2, A Charlie and Matt Collins.
Kaikohe FC president Sean White noted 14 players were unavailable, which forced him to issue a late call to arms; to see it answered, allowing both teams to take the field on Saturday, was tribute to the depth of resources open to the Mid North club.
“No discredit to Kaitaia, they played well we didn’t,” he said candidly of the outcome, adding Jenny Lee was named as he visiting team’s POTD.
Tikipunga Tuskers 1 Paihia 1: Paihia took a share of the points at Tikipunga, with the Tuskers having a good first half and the visitors being the more dominant force in the second. The Paihia goal was by Cameron Pene off a Cameron Marshall assist, while also notable were goalie Paul Rechenberg (POTD) with some amazing saves alongside a couple of great efforts from newbies/ youngsters, Alazhay Reihana and Lyrik Thompson.
Kaitaia United 0 Kerikeri Fairview 8 (HT 0-3): It was all one-way traffic in the Far North derby from the Northland Women’s Premier Division at Taipa on Sunday. The Kaitaia side’s match report noted this was a full-on game against the competition’s frontrunners but “Kerikeri’s fitness and skills were just too refined” by the end of the day.
Standouts included goalie Renee Walters Price, with coach Shane MacDonald also singling out midfielder Javia Maheno for displaying great skill, while newcomer Iris Watson also impressed.
Keri coach Russell McCabe paid credit to the homeside’s show of resistance despite being underdogs.
“They played well, took us 20 to 25 minutes to get our first goal. They seemed to get a bit of a second wind in the second half, started attacking us a bit more.”
Marki Marks picked up Kerikeri’s standout player award after scoring her second hat-trick in as many weeks.
Bay Cosmos 1 Bream Bay 3 (HT 1-1): Bay Cosmos losing the other match of Far North significance in the NWP at Bay College in Kawakawa on Sunday.
Player manager Jayde Rogers applauded both teams for contributing to an “awesome” game where Aleisha Norman got the sole Cosmos goal and also POTD award.
Also impressing were the mother-daughter combination of Tanya and Robyn Clark.
KAITAIA VETS. A round-up of results from recent weeks for the Kaitaia vets fraternity began with the outing on Monday, April 29, which saw 15 make a visit to Whangaroa where, despite being out of their comfort zone, the visitors only lost the annual challenge by a few points, while all had a very enjoyable day.
Results from May 6 saw a turnout of 24 in a very pleasant outing and a bit of exercise. Winners, were, men: Roy Dawson 36, Neville Masters 30, Brian Hamilton Smith and Travis Tahana 29, ladies: Rosaleen Steed, Brenda Muller and Raewyn Shaw all scoring 29. Also, nearest the pin: Barrie Knightbridge (men, by draw) and R Steed, and, lucky draw: Warren Rogers.
May 13 saw a turnout of only 18 vets braving a less than encouraging forecast. The hearty souls who did come out and play in strong winds all went home cobwebfree. Top placegetters were, men: Dave Russell, Brian Hamilton Smith 30, Mike Masters 28, ladies: Marj Duncan 27, Elaine Hammond 26, Raewyn Shaw 24; nearest the pin: Travis Tahana (men, and also a 2), Rosaleen Steed (ladies), and lucky draw: Lorna Subritzky.
KAITAIA LADIES. Play by the club’s midweek ladies on the first day of May found the winners to play off for the Cossack Cup, being Lorna Subritzky, Rosaleen Steed and Lynn McCarthny; with Steed to now play McCarthny for the Cossack Cup after beating Subritzky 3-2. The following Wednesday, May 8, saw LGU, J Morrison, Reynolds and Eagles (nett) contested and the top scorers were Brenda Muller 70, Noeleen Robson, Val Yates 73 and Elaine Hammond 75, and no 2s.
HOUHORA. A smaller field than usual in the Sunday club event at Houhora (due to the pennants team being away) saw John Cooper come home first with 41 stableford points, with Ian Davis taking out second place on countback from Ivor Bates after both finished on 35. The Wednesday 9-hole haggle was won by the aforementioned Davis with 20 stableford points from Kevin McStay 19 and Glenys Rogers 15.
In other news, club stalwart Bill Knight was elected as a life member at a special meeting held before the start of play on Sunday. A report on the occasion noted Knight was a worthy recipient of this honour, having spent many years in many different roles such as committee member, groundsman, tending the bar, Wednesday haggle organiser, publicist etc. He unfortunately suffered a debilitating stroke nearly a year ago which had prevented him from being able to participate in the game he loves.