Final sprint towards South Island places

With only two rounds to go the final push for teams to make the Men’s South Island Football League is on, our lads are right in the mix with a win this weekend against Dunedin Technical likely to confirmation our qualification as one of the top three Football South sides.

Our opposition have been slow burners this season with points to make up on the earlier leaders they have found some form recently and are still in the hunt for a South Island league spot. With a new coach but a lot of the core group who powered their way to the title last year they are a difficult side who will relish the chance to host us at Tahuna Park which is probably better suited to their style of play.

For our lads its really just a case of controlling our own destiny and doing the business on the day, we know we can play attractive possession dominant football with a cutting edge that few teams have had a solution for when it happens. More of the same tomorrow and we can look forward to the challenges to come for the rest of the season.

Immediately prior to our Men’s game at Tahuna Park our Women’s Seconds take on the Dunedin Technical Women’s side in what will be a real test of how well they have come together and developed an understanding under new coach Arnon Tapp. There’s plenty to like about how they have gone about their games against Green Island, Roslyn Wakari and our Premiers but this is another step up for them. Execute the basics and they should show more of that competitive spirit and with the footballing gods smiling down you never know what might happen.

Our Women’s Premier game with Queenstown scheduled for the Logan Park Artificial Turfs has been deferred after a late request from our visitors due to unforeseen circumstances which has prevented them from being able to travel. Fixtures come thick and fast for our girls over the next few weeks with three-midweek fixtures to play starting on Tuesday night against Mosgiel. In the future, a more holistic approach to requests for deferrals will be considered as we do appreciate that deferrals should be few and far between and are not healthy for the league.

For the first time, a men’s senior game will be played on the new Artificial Turfs with the league-leading Green Island side traveling to North Dunedin to face Stuart and his in-form Men’s Seconds side. This could be a cracking match with both sides having accounted for last season’s winners Dunedin Tech over the last two weeks you could be seeing two of the title favourites battling it out at the lovely new facility.

The game will also see our side joined by a new initiative with local aspiring footballers Xavier, Jordan, James, Sam and Ethan joining us as ball kids for the day as part of our efforts to engage more fully with the football community.

An embarrassment of riches sees coach Jack Campfens scratching is head to find ways to fit everyone in against what is some of a grudge match against Roslyn Wakari who seem to have always found a way in recent seasons to take points off our boys. With the late mail confirming that the game will replace the Women’s Premier League game on the Turfs this could be the chance for our boys to banish a few of the demons from previous years with a big win.

Two home away from home games in Division Three as both our Fourths and Fifths have home fixtures this week. With full squads to call on and a real ambition to finally claim the Division Three title after a long drought period, both teams will be looking to make their mark of the next few weeks and shoot up the table.

In Women’s Division One both Yellow and Blue have very winnable games against Green Island and Balclutha respectively and after a good couple of weeks training led by coach Megan O’Malley who would bet against them. Just like out Division Three Men’s side both our girl’s teams have desires on the league title but need to keep pace with those above them.

Our Division Four boys are in action with two of the stronger sides in the division with Thomas and the Sixths facing a tough fixture with Dunedin Technical and the Sevenths an even looking match with Mornington.

A final word about the Turfs as usage opens up to the football community. It has been great to start to gain access to the facility and also see this being shared among groups with a real need. We’ve had three sessions this week involving most of our players this week which have really brought some excitement to our players which has also been shared by the players from Southern United Academy and Roslyn Wakari who have also been using the facility.

We are happy to accommodate where possible during our bookings but we do ask for respect during our training times as we would for others so don’t react aggressively if asked to move off the facility if you’re using it privately without a booking. We are asked to respect each other and the officials during matches so it is only fair that this goes both ways.

The full fixture list is:

  • Men’s Premier versus Dunedin Technical, 2:45pm at Tahuna Park
  • Men’s Seconds versus Green Island, 12:45 at Logan Park
  • Men’s Thirds versus Roslyn Wakari, 12:45 at Logan Park
  • Men’s Fourths versus Northern, 2:45 at Forrester Park
  • Men’s Fifths versus Dunedin Technical, 2:45 at the Oval
  • Men’s Sixths versus Dunedin Technical, 12:45 at the Oval
  • Men’s Sevenths versus Mornington, 12:45 at the Oval
  • Women’s Premiers versus Queenstown, deferred to 23 June
  • Women’s Second versus Dunedin Technical, 12:45 at Tahuna Park
  • Women’s Division One Yellow versus Green Island, 12:45 at Sunnyvale
  • Women’s Division One Blue versus Balclutha, 12:45 at Balclutha