Two away draws in the National Knock Out Cups sees both our Men’s and Women’s sides travelling for games. For the Women fortunately it is only as far as Mosgiel but for the Men it is their second consecutive weekend in Invercargill.
Riding a wave of good form this year which has seen them sitting second in the Football South Men’s Premier League, Darren has his side playing well and ready to supplement their consistent league position with a run in the cup.
A chance to test themselves out against different opposition in a Queen’s Park side which plays in the second tier of the Football South pyramid. Precious little is really known about our opposition other than there league standing of third so its just a case of heading in to the game ready to implement our game plan without trying to predict too much from the opposition. There could be a few personnel changes on the way as Darren looks to keep his troops fresh ahead of a big couple of weeks ahead to finish the Premier League.
Our Women’s Premier side is still in the early stages of the season having only one fixture played owed to three mutually agree deferrals so a cup game is an interesting prospect as formation and personnel are still being tested. The girls looked good for the most part on Friday night with quality in the final third being the only black mark on an otherwise impressive performance, a good solid week of training has them primed to hit the ground running tomorrow.
Hosts for this game Mosgiel has endured a difficult start to the season as they’ve shipped goals regularly and have thus far not been able to find the back of the net. As with our Men’s side there isn’t a whole lot of information about our opposition so again it is really a case of controlling what we can do and that should see us through in positive fashion. Coach Steve Brook is a canny operator and it wouldn’t be beyond him to pull a rabbit out the hat and cause our girls a few problems.
Neither of our second teams are in action this weekend owing to the Men having the bye and the women playing in the Premier grade which is not running this week. This means our thirds are next in line with Coach Campfens taking his high flying side out to Green Island to face the newest side in the league. Much separates them from us on the league table and we’ve been mostly untroubled in our fixtures so far this, no time to be complacent though, keep the foot on the pedal.
Our Division One Women’s teams are both at home this weekend and that has mostly meant for the last two years playing somewhere that isn’t Logan Park. An expected bonus for our Yellow team this week as they get to play on the Caledonian. Hopefully this motivates them to do well in what is essentially the North Dunedin Derby with neighbours Northern AFC located in Division One. Our Blue side faces off against the table topping Mosgiel side who based on form might have just too much for our girls who are still gelling as a unit but are capable of scoring goals if they can click.
The inter-club grudge match between our Men’s Fourths and Fifths has been deferred to mid-week to hopefully allow the lads to play at home on one of the new artificial turfs once they are available.
The final fixture for us this weekend see’s Thomas and the Men’s Sixths who head out to the beach to face Grants Braes who are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. Only one win so far for our boys so hopefully they double their tally this week.
The full fixture list is:
- Men’s Premier versus Queens Park, 2pm at Surrey Park
- Men’s Thirds versus Green Island, 12:45 at Sunnyvale
- Men’s Sixths versus Grants Braes, 12:45 at the Oval
- Women’s Premiers versus Mosgiel, 1pm at Memorial Park
- Women’s Division One Yellow versus Northern, 12:45 at the Caledonian
- Women’s Division One Blue versus Mosgiel, 12:45 at Forrester Park