With South Island Football League qualification confirmed a free shot at the Football South Men’s Premier League is on offer tomorrow as we host the table topping Mosgiel AFC side at the Caledonian.
Three points separate us from Mosgiel at the top with a clear three goal win going to be enough for us to claim the league title and bookend a remarkable turnaround in form after a difficult 2018 season. A win let alone by three goals will be difficult against a well organised side but there is nothing to lose for the boys with our main goal of South Island Football League qualification achieved.
Neutrals agree that this is the clash between the top two footballing sides in the region with an absence of direct long ball play from either game plan it could be a thrilling match. Mosgiel have a similar make up of players to us with the majority of their side being University imports to the city, surrounded by a few Dunedin raised players.
The full squad for the match is: Stewart Catto, Connor Speer, Tim O’Farrell, Tom Sule, Jack Rathbone, Arnon Tapp, Greg Nimmo, Oban Hawkins, Ben Stanley, Ben O’Farrell, Tom Durkin, En Wantanbe, Allan McBride and Dom Scahill.
The game will be live streamed via our Facebook page with the full coverage to be published later to our newly released YouTube Channel.
As a curtain raiser to the league decider, Stu and the Men’s Seconds host Caversham AFC at the Football Turfs and will be looking to get a positive result against a side which took all three points in our Round One clash earlier this season. With a squad to call on and a full week of training on Saturday’s match surface don’t bet against our boys getting a positive result.
In the early game over the valley at Ellis Park our Women’s Premier side face off with the traditional strong Roslyn Wakari side that currently sits on top the Women’s Premier League table. Evenly matched over the last few seasons, the pre-season fixture between these sides saw our girls easily account for our opponents but that is pre-season and a lot can change in two months.
So far this season we’ve moved the ball around well and managed to maintain significant periods of possession without really being challenged at the back. Roslyn will be a step up from our earlier games and their direct style of football will mean that any time we turn over the ball they will be looking forward to find runners to isolate our backline. It could be a real clash of contrasting styles with the side who adapts best to the conditions on the day likely to be successful.
Watch out for the quality sitting in the wide positions with Erin Roxburgh and Meike van der Meer possessing technique and speed to get in behind their markers. There’s also the wildcard to come of the bench in Bella Cartman who is a proper old school winger with a devilish cross that causes nightmares for defensive struture.
Arnon’s Women’s Seconds will find the pace this week more to their liking as they host Mosgiel at the Football Turfs. After their difficult outing last weekend there was a chance that interest would drift but that has not been the case based on training with full squad attendance at both sessions this week. With a few players back in the squad this week bringing some extra depth, this might finally be the day that the seconds win their first Premier League game.
Fresh off two wins last weekend in Division both Yellow and Blue will be looking to keep the momentum going as they start to put pressure on the top of the table sides, with Yellow facing off against the table leading Mosgiel team this week in an early game at the Oval. For Blue they have the Roslyn side sitting in second place who are chockablock full of young players and turned over Yellow earlier in the season on the slope at Brockville. With seven goal star Jess Marvin in the squad it could be another big win for the side.
Another week, another win as Jack and the Men’s Thirds got the business done at home on the Turfs, with a more significant challenge coming this week away to Dunedin Technical being able to call on players from Stu’s Seconds makes the squad for the weekend pretty formidable. The key will be how the boys adapt to being back on grass where the style of play cannot be as complicated as the turfs allow. A win this week and they will go nine clear after just seven games, a big buffer to hold as exams and holidays approach.
After playing out a far from boring draw on Wednesday night, both our Men’s Fourths and Fifths are right bang in form and looking to keep the momentum going against middle table Caversham and Northern Frogs respectively. For the Fifths they are still looking for that killer instinct up front as they’ve been rescued in the last two games by goals from the not exactly prolific Evan Curry and Fraser Towers. The Fourths led for long periods on Wednesday night as their breakaway football proved difficult to contain, tighten up at the back a bit and they will be a really difficult side for anyone to beat.
Men’s Sevenths are at home on the Oval to the unusually named Mosgiel Thirsts, with our boys having an up and down season as they easily win one game and then suffer a big defeat the next. Thomas and the Sixths are away to Roslyn Brumbies who are behind us on the table so it will be full commitment from the boys to claim the points and rocket up to the top half of the table.