North Dunedin Derby great chance to bounce back

The North Dunedin Derby involving our side based on campus and near neighbours Northern AFC based in North East Valley presents us with a great chance to bounce back after a disappointing outcome last weekend.

After going through a chance in personnel not too dissimilar to our own side the only information we have to go on for Northern is their place on the table where they currently sit as the basements dwellers without a point so far this season. That would suggest we are the favourites but you cannot take any side lightly and Northern have claimed wins over us in recent years in fairly regular fashion so it is important to approach this fixture just like any other.

It will be a welcome return for Oban Hawkins who has now fully recovered from the brutal blows he suffered in Round Two against Green Island and should take his spot in the heart of the midfield where he will be joined by last week’s Man of the Match Ben O’Farrell. More depth in place with regular Goal Scorers Ben Stanley and Tom Durkin back in the fold to rejoin an exciting attacking formation when you add free scoring Dom Scahill and the quick footed Allan McBride.

For those fans outside Dunedin the live stream will be operating, there may be a slight delay in the start of the live stream due to our support staff playing in the early fixtures in town. Keep an eye on our facebook page for the stream when it goes live.

Elsewhere around town both our Men’s and Women’s Seconds have clashes with Roslyn Wakari AFC. For Stu’s lads they are in to the swing of things after a comfortable win last weekend against Northern and with more stability in the side this week a win looks entirely possible. The midfield three of Jack Mawdesley, Liam Sercombe and Michael Webb is as strong as anyone could field at this level which should give us a good platform to push forward from with the mach 3 rated YoungJae Lee ready to reek havoc if he can find some space.

For the Women’s Seconds, things have been a bit stop-start with holidays and the lack of training facilities pausing their development. With new coach Arnon Tapp now in place, they will look to put in a performance to kick start the season proper and there is even a comeback from Katreena Drake to boost the stocks in midfield where she will look to showcase her talents and motivate her teammates.

Down the grades a little further, Jack Campfens and the Men’s Thirds get to go on tour and visit the metropolis of Balclutha seeking a third straight victory. Balclutha have dropped off a little since their title winning days from a couple of years ago but there’s the ghosts of dozen’s of varsity footballers careers stored away in the pocket of the ageless Alfie so any thoughts on an easy win will be far from anyone’s minds.

Megan takes her Division One Yellow side out to South Dunedin to face Dunedin Technical Seconds who took an absolute shackling from our Division One Blue side a couple of weeks back. If the girls can get going then it might be a long afternoon for the home side but with any teams in this grade depth can change from week to week so things could be vastly different that we expect.

The full fixture list is:

  • Men’s Premier versus Northern, 2:45 at the Caledonian
  • Men’s Seconds versus Roslyn, 12:45 at Forrester Park
  • Men’s Thirds versus Balclutha, 2:45 at Balclutha
  • Men’s Fifths versus Roslyn Wakari, 2:45 at the Oval
  • Men’s Sixth versus Northern, 12:45 at Forrester Park
  • Men’s Sevenths versus Roslyn, 12:45 at Ellis Park
  • Women’s Seconds versus Roslyn, 12:45 at Ellis Park
  • Women’s Division One Yellow versus Dunedin Tech, 12:45 at De Carle Park

Women’s Premiers versus Green Island has been deferred due to University commitments until Monday 27 May at the Artificial Turfs.