With no action in the Southern Football League due to Chatham Cup fixtures our top men’s side in action is Stu’ Seconds in a big clash against rivals Roslyn Wakari. Hopes of a championship winning campaign faded a couple of weeks back when well beaten by the table leading Mosgiel side but with plenty of points still on offer there is heaps to play for particular a spot in the Chinese Charity Shield should the lads finish in the top two.
A full squad to call on this week saw Stu with lots of difficult decisions to make with his entire group of players putting their hands up for selection with a solid week of training, no need to call in any Men’s Premier players either with more than enough quality sitting in Stu’s team.
An exciting attacking group of Caleb Roberts, Harry Gaskin and YoungJae Lee is supplemented with the inclusion this week of En Watanabe who with his ability on the ball and understanding of space likely to prove a handful on the wonderful Logan Park pitch. Get going and those boys could rack up some scoreline particularly with free scoring midfielders James Harris and Jack Mawdesley sitting in behind.
In the early game out at Memorial Park, our Women’s Premiers seek out a first win for a number of weeks but buoyed by a good performance last time out against runaway leaders Dunedin Technical. The games so far this year against Mosgiel have not been particularly close in scoreline but our opponents never give up and as they seek their first points of the season there is no room for any complacency.
With a bit of squad rotation this week due to player unavailability there is a chance to claim a starting spot for the remaining games of the season. Football South Media Specialist Holly Percival joined us a couple of weeks and after only getting a few minutes last time out will be looking for more tine on the field as she gets to know the local football scene.
Women’s Seconds host Queenstown on the Turfs who have been in good form over recent weeks including a victory two weeks back over our Premiers. You do never know exactly who will turn up in Dunedin for Queenstown and with Coach Arnon Tapp able to call on a full strength unit this weekend it could be day for the Seconds to claim their third win for the season.
In Women’s Division One, Blue travel out to Memorial to play alongside Women’s Premiers and after a few losses in a row now will be really looking to get a win to bring back a bit of confidence. With two catch up games to be played as well, win this one and they can probably overtake their opponents with a couple more wins in those catch up games. For Yellow they’ve snuck their way in to second place and with a bit of luck could claim second place for the season. Facing winless Northern today you would expect a win but Northern can be a tricky opponent and Forrester Park doesn’t exactly promote ideas of free flowing football.
No game for Jack and Thirds with Mornington struggling for numbers and unable to field a side but there is a blockbuster at Ellis late this afternoon in Division Three with Liam and the Fourths facing Roslyn. These games can be ultra competitive at times and carry an unfortunate reputation for getting a bit out of hand but with both teams in the running for the league title the focus needs to be on football and ignoring the dark arts.
Out at Forrester late, Fraser and the Men’s Fifths face Northern for the second week in a row this time their other side and with other clubs in action this week they are expected to be a bit weaker than the earlier clash on the turfs which we easily won 11 nil. A different game when we are away from the turf so every bit of quality from top scorer Andrew Robinson will be needed to get the job done.
Sixths and Sevenths play their Divison Four clashes early this week with Sixths sitting in the top half playoffs (an earlier report had the teams around the wrong way) and Sevenths in the lower sections. Both sides are capable of great football on their day but really its more about getting out there and enjoying playing than the results for each team.
The full fixture list is:
- Men’s Seconds versus Roslyn, 12:45 at Logan Park
- Men’s Thirds versus Mornington, default by Mornington
- Men’s Fourths versus Roslyn Wakari, 2:45 at Ellis Park
- Men’s Fifths versus Northern 2:45 at Forrester Park
- Men’s Sixths versus Roslyn, 12:45 at the Oval
- Men’s Sevenths versus Northern, 12:45 at Forrester Park
- Women’s Premiers versus Mosgiel, 12:45 at Memorial Park
- Women’s Seconds versus Queenstown, 12:45 at Logan Park
- Women’s Division One Yellow versus Northern, 12:45 at Forrester Park
- Women’s Division One Blue versus Mosgiel, 12:45 at Memorial Park