With our Men’s Premier side awaiting confirmation of the start date of the South Island League and our Women’s Premier side drawing the bye this weekend both our Men’s and Women’s Seconds come to forefront playing side by side tomorrow at Logan Park.
For Stu’s Men’s Seconds they have the second of their three North Dunedin Derby’s for the season with neighbours Northern AFC visiting the Logan Park Turfs for the first time. Travelling along well unbeaten since early in the season the boys are right in the fight for the Division One League title with games over the exam period and the holidays going to be key.
With a few unavailable due to examination sessions there’s a chance to bring a couple of the lightly used members of the squad in and see how they perform. Plenty of commitment and ambition overall with numbers at training maintaining consistent levels and some good form being shown in training games against the Premier side.
On the back of a win last time out our Women’s Seconds with Coach Arnon Tapp at the helm face a Green Island side that they suffered an agonising one nil loss to at the start of the season. With exams not having a huge impact on the unavailability of players, a strong squad will be rolled out with the girls looking to inflict another defeat on a Premier team.
A solid defensive structure with the impressive Sophie Armitage in goals, the girls will be difficult to break down with Shannon Roydhouse getting a promotion from Division One to lead the line at the other end. After a good few weeks of training under their belt now, Arnon has his troops confident and ready to challenge for higher places in the league.
Coach Jack Campfens and this Men’s Thirds will host Green Island out at the Oval with the need to get back in to match winning form crucial if this unit is going to avoid being another one of the nearly men for our club in Division Two.
The bye for Men’s Fourths so its just the Fifths in Division Three who will travel out to South Dunedin to face Caversham AFC who sit mid table on the back of a solid run of draws and a single win/loss record enough to show a threat for our free scoring side. The potential of Men’s Premier Coach Darren Hart lining up on a free weekend adding additional strength to already strong unit.
Final match for the weekend sees our Men’s Sevenths hosting Green Island out at the Oval. Could be a tough game for the lads with our visitors sitting on top of the table with a solid record of five wins from their seven games. Anything’s possible and variable as you get down the grades and our lads did turn over the Mosgiel side in second a couple of weeks ago so it could be another boilover.