Final game of the season and the Elite were looking to solidify their spot in Cap 5 after the mid-
season promotion. The day was as good as you get this time of year in Wellington and Newtown 2
wasn’t as sloppy as we expected – that said the grass hadn’t been mowed in 4-5 weeks so a slick
passing game of football would be difficult.
The starting formation had been tweaked slightly again from the previous weeks’ but it was a
familiar 3-2-4-1 and the personnel we had available was made up from a squad we’d had available
for the last 3 weeks – a welcome change to most of the season where we’d been struggling to field a
team without recruiting more than 3-4 “ring-ins”.
The game kicked off and straight away it appeared that Karori were pressing forward with 3 up top
which gave our 3 man defensive line something to think about – the lads dealt with all they threw at
us in the first 15mins before we started to get our foot on the ball and start playing some football of
our own. Turk and Levi were looking good when they could get the ball into their feet and with Saji
pushing high up he left flank we created a few chances – alas the final ball just couldn’t find it’s
mark. Karori had a couple of chances at the other end but a firm keeping performance from Shane
was keeping them at bay. The Elite linked a good move through the middle and Gazza was fouled in
the box – penalty awarded and with Shane in goal Rori took it upon himself to take it, trying to get
himself off the end of season nude run I think was the main focus, all looked good as Rori stepped
forward to begin his approach, he must have had a few options floating around in his mind as he
placed a his shot just to the right of the keeper who hadn’t been too decisive in his own mind and
was basically standing still in the centre of the goal and managed to save it…………The Elite deserved
that goal but it wasn’t to be. Stu made a few classic crunching challenges and you could see he was
up for the final game of the season. The first half came to a close and the score was locked up at 0-0.
The Elite were feeling good at the break and with a switch of Keeper and Striker with Turk and Shane
trading positions we were ready to go and stamp our mark on the game.
The 2 nd half kicked off and straight away the Elite were holding better possession and turning the
Karori defenders and getting our wide players involved to exploit the oppositions newly formed back
3. Gazza had another good run into the oppositions penalty area ended with more rough treatment,
this time however the ref waived play on, no penalty awarded. After some end to end exchanges the
Elite broke down the right with a pass infield to Rori who decided Shane needed to try again and
passed it straight back out to the right from a central position and Shane measured a cross into the
box which just alluded a rampaging Rori and feel to the man of the moment Levi who calmly
controlled the ball and waited for the keeper to square up before firing past him and into the far
post side netting 1-0 to the deserved Elite.
The Elite were playing well but Karori were enjoying some decent breaks and they fluffed a couple of
very good chances – the nervy Elite then managed to build some possession again and Levi took
control of the ball around 40 out from goal and sized things up before chipping the keeper from 30
metres using the sun to his advantage – quality strike and settled the game for the Elite.
All in all just the 2 nd clean sheet of our multi divisional season – Shane and Turk doing the job when
needed between the sticks………a great way to finish the season with 3 wins on the trot to secure our
place in Cap 5 for next season.
3: Levi – 2 well taken goals – what a quality end to the season!
2: Jase – Great game in defence – big effort and always coming up with the goods when required.
1: Isaac – Started off slow after a 4-5 weeks off but built into the game and added some good
composure in the 2 nd half.
It had been a tough season for getting a settled line-up but we managed to come through late in the
piece and all of the lads who helped us out this season are owed a few brews come the Elite Awards
which Rori will be confirming a location and date for later this week.
Thanks to Rori and Dave for putting in the effort to run the team and scrape around their contacts to
get past players to fill in our personnel issues week to week.
It’s been an up and down season lads but one which ultimately came good, I’ve enjoyed playing
alongside all of you and hopefully we have you all available for next season along with a few of the
regulars from years past who will either be injury free or finished travelling…….
Just a reminder to those who haven’t yet – pay your fines (myself included) – Rori will be wanting
these in by the end of this week if possible, if not contact Rori to advise when this will be done.
Thanks lads and looking forward to catching up soon for some entertaining banter whilst spending
our hard earned fine money.
Write-up By Garrick
After a few close losses and a win last week against Brooklyn the Cap 5 relegation battle was really beginning to heat up. The equation was simple: to say up in Cap 5 we need to keep winning. If we lose, we needed Brooklyn to somehow also lose to bottom of the table Olympic - who hadn’t won a game all season.
Pre match conditions were kinda shit. Boyd Wilson is notorious for blowing a gale and it looked as though the weather would play a big part in the match. While the Elite struggled through a warm up with as many layers on as possible, our opponents - VUW Beavers - had decided that staying warm on the sideline was more of a priority.
Inspirational skipper Shane won the toss and in a moment of divine intervention the weather cleared up. Things were looking good.
In typical elite fashion we fielded a new look lineup from last week’s winning side (@consistency), but the lads were up for it. Unfortunately, the lads weren’t that up for it in the first 10min and we conceded early on to a dusty goal that had a huge luck component. 1-0 VUW.
We picked ourselves up and got on with the job at hand. VUW barely had any field position after their early goal, and our 4-5-1 was starving them of possession. They couldn’t seem to leave their half, leaving their keeper taking goal kick after goal kick.
Stu got his head on the end of one of these goal kicks, sending the ball back towards their defence. Chasing the ball down I went in for a header and copped a boot to the fucking face - for some reason the ref seemed reluctant to call the foul but about 2 years later decided that he probably should. Up stepped Levi to take the free kick. Curling the ball around the wall reminiscent of 2004 Beckham he beat the keeper and we found ourselves on level terms. 1-1.
Given the Elite had the luxury of multiple substitutes, i took a spell on the sideline as Saji came on. We looked the better team from the sideline. Rolf, Rori, and Stu were putting in a shift in the midfield, we looked safe at the back, and Levi/Turk were managing to get on the end of just about anything we were sending their way.
Shane played a ball into the 18 yard box to Levi who absolutely sent his defender to the shops with a Cruyf turn and drilled the ball into the back of the net. 2-1 Elite.
In a rare chance the Beavers managed to get out of their own half and have a shot on goal. Nothing to bother CJ, though. CJ collected the ball and, looking to play the ball out quickly, got a bit eager and ran out of his 18 yard box still holding the ball. Surprisingly the ref let him retake the kick and we were back on our way.
It was about this time that some of the WAGS turned up (cc: Tim Haslop) so i actually missed Turk’s goal, but going into the break 3-1 up put us in a good position to go on and get the win.
The second half started and I found myself on the left wing. CJ absolutely drilled the ball my way and VUW’s right back couldn’t judge a header to save himself. I’m through on goal, getting chased down by their defenders, and wishing that i’d had one or two less park lanes the night before. VUW’s keeper pulled off a save similar to David de Gea (i scuffed the shot) and the opportunity went begging.
Every time VUW would come forward Stu/Rori managed to clean things up in the midfield and release Saji/Shane down the right wing. Saji/Shane were both putting in good yards delivering decent crosses. For whatever reason we couldn’t seem to finish our dinner though - we must have had 10+ opportunities and didn’t manage to score any of them.
Finally, after a nice bit of tight passing with Tim Haslop, the ball was whipped into the box. Turk ran near post and drew a defender with him, the ball sailed over both of them and fell to Rolf’s feet at the back post. Easy tap in for a 4-1 lead.
The lads began to play a bit more of the tried and tested route one footy from here on out, confident that the win was in the bag. For the last 15min or so the game opened up a little, but Tim/Jase/Ozzy/Fiaz were equal to anything VUW tried.
Final score:4-1 to the Elite. Back to back wins in the lofty heights of Cap 5.
3 - Levi: huge performance, scored 2 goals and was all over the park for the better part of 90min - impressive lungs after Friday night
2 - Jase: solid at the back
1 - Stu: consistent in the midfield, barely put a foot wrong all game.
Elite Match Reports