Keri prems win seven-goal thriller

The Northland Age - - Sport -

Satur­day men

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.

Sunday women

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.

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