(Soccer match day Report)
Whanganui-a-Tara Unaititi Runga --- 0
(Wellington United Elite)
Ko Te Tūranganui-o-Kupe --- 0
(Seatoun AFC well the beach or headland)
Write-up By Steveo
Noticed it was Maori language week so best we start with the formals first...
Last Friday I had just finished breasting my last Swan and was quietly settling in for a few drams with my hunting buddies. I started setting up our Wi-Fi to connect to Sky Go for the rugby at the lodge, it was then I glanced at my inbox and saw the sea of red emails from the elites coaching staff...
The words “Dire” and “Only 8 available” made me re-evaluate what was special to me, what made me into what I live for in a winters Saturday and made it difficult to stand up on a Sunday.. The text was made to Disco Dave I was back from the Wairarapa to stand together with my other brothers from other mothers to do battle with Seatoun.
Opposition: - Seatoun AFC
Home ground: - Seatoun Park Latitude: -41°19'31.44" Longitude: 174°50'2.76"
Registered players: - 120 including youth teams
Chatham Cup Winners: - 1957, 58
The ambience and thinking be known of a Central defender:-
The stage was set and the weather had come to the party. Slight nor'wester 5 – 10 Knots indicating wind flow moving across the harbour from scorching bay’s northern point meeting pushed upward draft air from Miramar. This air convergence is staged directly on top of Seatoun Park and known areas east of the park. Kick off was for 1430Hrs and there was no noticeable stratocumulus in the sky. Sun strike facing north was of a high probability in the 80 – 90 percentiles. Facing North after 1500 hrs indicated a significant risk of losing the football when movement was from west to east notation. Especially if the football is rising above the 50 year old poplar trees staged on the western side of the ground.
The pitch caused much discussion from the individuals who were on time to avoid the late fine. Penetrometer reading (kicking ground with any footwear while sitting mid stationary on a treated half round timber) was a Soft 5 to 6 meaning it was an average track with some significant give in it... The visual inspection (done by stretching limbs and running around on it like mercats) gave out the usual yearly comments. It’s “Long” and “wide” and its shit down the southern side. Points to note for future games is to check for small branches and twigs southern western side of pitch, potential OSH issue from sliding tackles or impediments from sharp objects. Eastern southern side of pitch is very deceiving given the amount of sun present on it, poor drainage and or lack of care from the grounds staff has created a mud bog with grass seed sprinkled on top that can only be seen or experienced while traveling over it...
Dec’s incredibly quiet.
Adam missing a sitter, then playing with the ball between his legs.
Ants pushing a player over who was already falling.
Clems WWE slide shift takeout of the keeper.
Ross and Pat moving in Unisom.
Talk of smashing the keeper again or taking a hit from the keeper to get a pen... Forwards weren’t keen on that. Get ball wide side line then look for cut in ball. Seatoun looked fudged with no subs.
Ganesy sounding like a faulty air conditioning unit.
Damo heading the ball with 2 or 3 players around him, spawning Salmon...
Seatoun’s only decent header over the bar then a few of them breaking down to get a rest.
Adam and Ryan dominating parts of the middle and moving the ball left to right across the back possession football!
Fulltime / Beers/ Lies
Ants with the scribe this week no doubt we hit 3 figures with most of us on pinger fines now... Good to see the elite drinking away and the Seatoun lads and supporters welcoming us there that’s what the beautiful game is all about…
3 for Adam, he moved the ball around got a good strike on target and generally was doing the box to box thing those midfield roosters do. Good judgement late in the game subbing and moving players around.
2 for CJ, reading the ball well realised the opposition’s strengths and game play early and disseminated this info to the troops. Good last minute headers late in the game.
1 for Ross. Ran for everything that was available up front and applied pressure on their defence, never looked like giving up.