Round five of the Football South Men’s Premier League sees us on the road to face Queenstown in what is set to a huge clash as positions begin to shape up on the table.
Sitting just below our boys on the table, Queenstown have shown the strong form which saw them qualify for the South Island League last year and then go on to finish the highest of the Football South teams. Built around the talents of forward players Carlos Hermann and Jan Kumar, our boys can expect a physical clash that might be decided by a piece of individual brillance. There to stop these quality front runners are the strong combination of Tom Sule and Tim O’Farrell.
There is one blip on the form book for Queenstown who were dispatched a couple of weeks ago by Southland United in Invercargill, but there’s a saying that Queenstown are always much stronger at home. There is little for our boys to fear in travelling as our squad is strong and the boys are really firing at the moment. A couple of enforced changes this week with recent goal scorers Ben Stanley and Tom Durkin unavailable, but with a solid squad this year there’s able replacements ready to come in.
For the first time this year our Women’s Premier side are in action as they travel out to the Taieri to face the newly promoted Mosgiel side. Holidays have hit the squad hard and with only a handful of regulars available this game will be much closer than is probably expected. A good challenge for the girls to come together and work towards a result, there’s plenty of quality through the club and with our Division One sides not in action this week there’s plenty of players willing to make the step up.
If nothing else this clash gives our girls a chance to size up their opposition for the Kate Sheppard Cup having been drawn away to Mosgiel in the first round which will be held on the 11th of May.
The Women’s Seconds clash with Queenstown has been deferred to the end of the season.
Stu and the Men’s Seconds have put the last two weeks behind them and have a chance to start again as the take on our neighbours from North East Valley, Northern AFC. A few players back in this week should make the team a bit stronger and with a good week of training, Stu has the boys focused on their tasks and ready to kick start their season.