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Cup progress the goal on a big weekend for the University

With the University of Otago holding our largest event this weekend to celebrate the 150th the luck of the draw and inability to move fixtures means the club will be a bit distant from the celebrations but there’s still plenty to look forward to.

When the Men’s Premier League draw was announced Head Coach Darren Hart lamented the fact that there was no away trip to Wanaka for their first year in the League. With luck on our side his wishes are rewarded with a Chatham Cup trip up to Wanaka tomorrow. For the first time this season we do really know a bit about our opposition and it took a second half onslaught in the league clash for our boys to overwhelm Wanaka so it might take a similar patient effort this week.

A couple of changes this week with Goal Keeper Stewart Catto unavailable, Club Goal Keeping Coach Tom Fitall will don the gloves behind that reliable defensive combo of Tom Sule and Tim O’Farrell. Further up the field there’s all the quality that we’ve become known about and with South Island League approaching and a couple of new faces scheduled to arrive now is the chance for the boys to solidify their spots in the starting side.

Plenty to look forward to for the rest of the season and with a projected 4-5 week break until the South Island League, progress over Wanaka at least gives us shorter break between games and hopefully a home draw for the cup after two away fixtures.

Back down in Dunedin, there’s a mega clash at the Football Turfs where our unbeaten Women’s Premier side take on the current Kate Sheppard Cup holders Dunedin Technical. Both sides carry identical records with both five from five this year so something has to give tomorrow. A big challenge for our girls with the away side a formidable combination of home grown players and University of Otago scholars but with precious little exposure to the new facility at Logan Park.

Our side is coming along nicely and with substantial backing from the club and the University towards our ultimate goals there’s a feeling that the girls are not too far away from where they want to be and a win tomorrow would send a strong signal of intent for the rest of 2019.

No game for Women’s Seconds during cup weekend but there’s a potential for a epic encounter out at Memorial Park as Stu and the Men’s Seconds head south to face the table leading Mosgiel side. Last time out between these two sides got pretty heated with our hosts somehow stealing all three points so watch for the lads to come out firing looking to keep their good form of recent weeks going.

Coach Campfens and the Men’s Thirds have spent the week recoiled after a defeat to Dunedin Technical last time out which stopped our winning run and dented spirits. The boys really need to drag things back together against a Mornington side which is sitting near the bottom of a contested lower half of the table.

Both Men’s Division Three sides are at home with Liam and the Fourths hosting Roslyn Wakari in what is sure to be a physical clash between two unforgiving sides. Fourths flirt with good form but haven’t managed to really put a good run together and with Roslyn near the top of the table this is a big clash to look to stamp their mark. For Fraser and the Fifths its Friday night football with Northern agreeing to move the match forward to take advantage of the unavailability of the Football Turfs. The Northern side looks a bit up and down based on previous results so anything could happen on the football friendly Logan Park.

In Division One Women there is only Blue in action with Balclutha advising that they are unable to travel for the game against Yellow. For Blue they start the next round with a game against Dunedin Technical who we beat earlier in the season but have started to find some form and have picked up some wins. Blue have been either well on top in games or have struggled their way to a close loss so tomorrow really needs to be a good day for them to keep up any ambitions of a winning season.

It’s Sixths versus Sevenths down in Men’s Division Four with both sides sitting close together on the table its not just club bragging rights at stake with a spot in the top half of the table the additional carrot.

The full fixture list is:

  • Men’s Premier versus Wanaka, 2pm at Wanaka
  • Men’s Seconds versus Mosgiel, 12:45 at Memorial Park
  • Men’s Thirds versus Mornington, 12:45 at the Oval
  • Men’s Fourths versus Roslyn Wakari, 2:45 at Forrester Park
  • Men’s Fifths versus Northern 7:15 at Logan Park
  • Men’s Sixths versus Men’s Sevenths, 12:45 at the Oval
  • Women’s Premiers versus Dunedin Technical, 1 at Logan Park
  • Women’s Division One Blue versus Dunedin Technical, 12:45 at De Carle Park