Progress in the Chatham Cup a further boost for burgeoning reputation

On the back of a positive season so far the chance to progress through the Fourth Round of the Chatham Cup presents an opportunity to further enhance the reputation for Head Coach Darren Hart’s Men’s Premier League side.

With South Island League Football coming on the horizon quickly this is another chance to further press our claims as one of the top sides on the Mainland against a Caversham side who harbours similar ambitions. The league match between these two sides earlier in the season probably doesn’t tell us much about what to expect with Caversham missing a number of their Southern United players on a day that we ran out pretty comfortable winners.

Caversham are a much tougher unit when said players are back on board so this game could run on the typical way of cups with plenty of endeavour but few real opportunities. Our lads are at full strength for this clash and with the talent available to Darren have proven a handful for even the most capable of players. The game will be live via Facebook just before the 2pm kick off.

Women’s Premiers got back in the swing of things on Wednesday night with a comfortable four nil win over Green Island and will look to collect another three points against the new comers Mosgiel who are huffing and puffing but yet to really find their feet at this level. An early evening 6pm kick off to accomodate our visitors to the Turf created a few headaches with bookings already made after the finish of exams but there’s still more than enough quality in the side to get the business done.

The midfield trio of Lena de Ronde, Emma Crewe and Beth Elliott have found consistency in their play with the diligent possession play of Lena and Emma opening opportunities for Beth to pull the strings further up field just off our main striker. The goals don’t necessarily flow as you might expect but the play is still very good to watch.

With Coach Arnon Tapp on Chatham Cup duty our Women’s Seconds travel up to Queenstown with a good solid squad against the side that sits immediately above them on the table. Our English import Emma Whalley plays her last game for the club as she concludes her year long exchange at Otago and will be looking to carry on her good recent form to push the girls to a win. If the girls can find the same form they showed against Green Island last weekend there could be another tick in the box for this quality seconds outfit.

Stu’s Men’s Seconds travel over the hill to face Roslyn Wakari in what you would expect to be a pretty brutal contest on a small pitch with two sides not shy on the physical side of things. Exams haven’t really had the same impact on player availability as has been the case in recent years so there’s only 1-2 deflections for Stu to contend with. The key is probably going to be how they adapt to playing at Ellis Park after enjoying the comforts of the Logan Park turf over recent weeks.

Men’s Thirds with Coach Jack Campfens on a strong run of form host the middle table Caversham AFC side and with everything going to plan should be able to get the business done against a side which has yet to experience the quality conditions at the Turf. Trent Lynch and Ben Norton form a really pacey attacking duo and with the wide open spaces of the Turf encouraging open football they will prove a handful for even the most talented of Division Two sides.

Down in Division Three this weekend is probably about damage limitation where both the Fourths and Fifths will be trying to avoid dropping points which could prove very costly in the pursuit of the league title. Fifths have arguably the harder of the two fixtures against last years league winners the Sharks so it will take a well thought out game plan from Coach Fraser Towers to get the business done.

The Division One girls both have very winnable games with Yellow needing to keep the game winning form up when they host Dunedin Technical at the Oval they sit just on the cusp of the top two. Plenty of experience in our side but there’s still the need to find the goals and that hasn’t necessarily been a consistent each week. Blue are away at the Gardens to the winless Northern in another North Dunedin Derby and will be hoping that there’s not too many defections from exams so they can field a strong enough side to pick up the three points.

Men’s Sixths are also at home at the Oval against top three side Mornington. After getting a bit of battering mid week against the Sevenths on the Turf, Coach Tom Simpson will head in to the game with a bit of fire in his belly seeking to get some form of redemption. Always on the improve our lads are certainly capable if they do things right.