GAME 18,19,20:
WIS Boys [1] vs [1] WHS 2nd XI  
 
WIS Boys [0] vs [5] WHS 1st XI 
WIS Boys [3] vs [4] Mt Maunganui 1st XI

First up we held the lead well into the second half against Skie and his troops. Looking sharp we clocked up the attacks, mixed up the set-piece, and passing plays, and came away with the draw.

Next we had the WHS First XI, and we starting working out our defense. Epa and Callum stood up on D, and our man on the match Zach put endless assaults on our goal to rest. Patrick went down fighting like a warrior. Aakiwa and Ollie skinned the right side attack, Harry worked tirelessly through the midfield and we finsihed the last 5 minutes camped in their 23 trying to put one away.

Then came the game. Having to bounce back from 2-0 down, kavya the snapper snapped us back onto the scoreboard and we were away. Epa threw some overheads, and when he broke into space and we gave hi the call to hummo, his mum who was on the sideline said ‘he doesn’t need any encouragement’, and away he went crushing his way through time after time. Luke morphed into a pellet of dynamite and exploded on anything that came his way. Ben nailed it, their centre forward barely recieving a pass, dismantled by the little gutsy cleghorn rock.  Bryn magic, someone with this ability to make things happen out of nowhere. Aakiwa and Ollie again taking it to them in fashion, inside out, outside in, working working working. Ngai stepped up and what a contibution he made. Moving into the midfield we had Leon and Harry melting down their attack, flicking passes and latching onto anything and everything.  Zach outstanding, about 30 saves over three games, including many deflects, doubles and dives.

Everyone gets a mention for this game, but lets finish with two special things. A set-piece that worked upfield to the stick of Oroz, cut back inside and there he found Quinn who sunk our second goal and set the stadium alive. Lastly Callum, the fight of a dog, the muscle of a tractor, 3 epic games with finished with this dominating performance. His amazing mazon, his weapon and mass destruction.

Kent, Kelly, Fiona, John, Centrie, the dug-out was ecstatic! You boys turned up the noise, and all the parents scattered around the rest of the turf got treated to some pretty special intermediate school wizardry.

Thanks for an excellent two days, to those behind the scenes that made it happen, and to us, for the respect we have earnt to be invited to play up at that level. Thanks again, the build up is over, the new week is dawning.

GAME 17: WIS Boys [0] vs [5] Otamotai

THE GUTTING REPEAT LOSS

Luke took the goalie tongiht and loved making a handful of saves and then got to defend the 8-second against 8 of them. A pretty decent effort.

Harry and Epa had punishing games, took the punishment and delivered plenty themselves. When Ash got his engine going he too tore some shread off them. Bryn’s workrate was sharp and put himself in good position.

Leon had a big workload, and Ollie too. Kavya got landed in Centre Half and looked brilliant.  Callum pumped some monster drives downfield, and then was unlucky not to score from three inside out hits on goal.

Lastly we had Ethan show up, put an AIMS shirt on him and woulda thought he’d been with us all year. Well done, bought the fight of a god and the muscle of a tractor.

GAME 16: WIS Boys [4] vs [0] WIS Girls + Others

THE Goal for Goal

It made for a nice even game, both teams working for their goals. We started with some serious dominance, restricting the opponents from getting their paws on our hockey ball. Some set piece was constructed and the space was broken open.

Bryn opened the scoring. A perfect example of practicing what we need to use in a game, and getting it right by sinking an upright backstick through the goalie. He continued to press hard on offence, and got some great cut-back ball into Harry.

Patrick got a taste of goalie, letting a few slip through but stamping out several critical attacks. His defense started sharp, stringing ball and busting open the attack. Harry released a bunch of shots, one of which was his trademark rocket strike.

Callum linked really well with Epa and Harry, made movements to get set piece going and has developed a lethal hit.

We got some PC’s working, like really got them working. Still need to think what the best option is for the situation, but its starting to happen.

I’ll finish with Sunball, the feed was delicate and accurate, to recieve was soft and controlled which made was for a flyer of a dragflick. Its the first dragflick Kent has seen at intermediate level. Ash has taken his duty to practice and perfect this, and in it went.

Hockey Camp Apanui this Saturday for those that can make it, 8am till about noon.

GAME 15: WIS Boys [5] vs [0] WHS combi team

THE DOGFIGHT 

There were some shining moments in the first half, including a ferocious start. Harry bagged a hattrick, Oroz and Kavya collected goals from the wings.

Callum and Ashley both got involved, which is really important, getting involved, Te Mahitahi, use yourself to attract the play and make a good impact.

Harry unleashed a bullet but the keeper gloved it, Epa made yards when the ball came his way.

Bonecrusher was there, he was hoping to see some bonecrushing plays, but really it didnt happen, definatley not in the second half. While it was good to see him back, he was gutted he didn’t get to see any set piece.

As we head into our last turf training and our last competition game, we are leaving it pretty late but it will happen, and it will happen faster with committment. Trainings have become very precious, please make a morning training and Te Mahitahi, get involved.  This Saturday a good car-wash, rubbish run, cake stall and sizzler banger might be just the prod we need to crack on. See you all there.

GAME 14: WIS Boys [1] vs [2] Trident

THE BIG GAME

It looked good, the passing was up, the running was smarter, the space broke open, we didn’t give away silly ball, we protected and played. We didn’t win, and it doesn’t feel the best, especially when the effort was good. Harry torpedoed the team into the lead early in the game, we held on. Zach upped his game, nothing was going through, we were clearing his saves, and rushing their time to shoot. 

Aakiwa was pretty brilliant, Ollie and Leon rock solid, Luke massive. Ash carved through a player and the crowd ‘wwwwwwooow’, Kavya neary snapped one,  in, Harry blasted off a few more rockets and Zach just kept keeping them out.

Callum went strong, played good down the left and up the centre. Ben you were on fire, here there everywhere. Powerful game, brought the fight, won the dog-tractor.

Well done, it looked good, we’re a bit gutted only cos we know we have more in us yet, few weeks left.

OTHER

Please tell Kent about your other committements. Tell him at the start of the week, not when the game ends. We like to get together after a match, its important so if you can stay for 20 mins after it is appreciated. I also appreciate the same boys that hang around, just to help out, Ben, Epa you guys lead the way.

Cake Stall tomorrow, money raised will go to AIMS fees.

Please, lets train hard, make sure you have watched the animations and understand what to do at set piece.


GAME 13: WIS Boys [3] vs [0] Edgecumbe

THE FIVE BUCK CHUCK

A tricky night for all to understand, running under the Mysterious WISterriers the game had, well…mystery and plenty of terriers. Bryn had a few comments made after the match of his attitude to attack anything possible, and was rewarded with one of the teams goals.

Oroz finished another into the netting, and sunball went through the barricades when Epa harrassed the ball to put our first on the board.

Harry could open a hockey turf at Mahia, teach them how to launch rockets. No score tonight, but drove hard from the new formation. He also took a shattering hit to his back calve when Kent pulled him off during close combat, probably a good lesson for the Coach to take on board about when not to make subs. Harry not convinced to call it a day, went the full 25mins in the second half.

Our play looked promising at times, and no real bad stuff to reflect on from any players, but definately a battle on the field with the whistle. Kent’s pretty proud, humbled really, by the attitude you all showed to get on with it. If your having a bad day, and come home to your terrier, it doesn’t matter whats going on, as long as theres another ball coming to chase its game on.

Ngai and the brothers gave it plenty, worked some big busts up the midfield and Ngai took it to us. Always proud for Ngai to be out there getting his gametime up and starting to look hungry and make good decisions.

Thanks to all the parents for coming on down. With the weather hotting up and the recent rain we hope the final rounds might bring pleasant conditions to the turf.  Big game coming up, Trident next Wednesday.

OTHER MATTERS:

Be there half an hour before and get swiftly game ready so we can talk about the team.

If Kent has lent you shorts, socks, get them back to him please please please, or if your using them again let me know. For AIMS no labels on socks are permitted !

Warm up drills will start happening in prep for AIMS.

PC moves and cues will be printed to be studied.

GAME 12: WIS Boys [5] vs [1] Opotiki

THE ‘get the season back on track' GAME
Harry x2, Epa x1, Leon x1, Zach x1

First, thanks to Ngai who due to us keeping our committmenet to CBOP hockey we couldn’t play him, but he stayed and watched, supporting his troops.

Four out for production, so we were without subs, which turned out ideal because we got a great performance from everyone.

Leon got the dog-tractor, coming back from break and shaking off some 2am jetlag, he was involved in all the play and especially for his slapshot which came after several slow plays, just enough oomph on the ball to beat their keeper. Quick to self-pass on penalties and keep the team rhythm fast and skilled.

Leon was backed up with good games from Aakiwa, Epa, Harry and Luke. Constructing our plays, and bringing the intensity. Quinn is staring to slot into his form, almost snagging a few goals and playing a good role on the right wing.

Zach has a sorta quiet night, a few 1-on-1’s and after letting one slip, made up for it at the other end crushing home a PC and bring our tally up to 5. We were about 6 seconds short of making it 6, with Harry carving through to destroy the goal but time was up so its just an awesome memory.

Epa has been given a few duties. The first was to test the old-school grip, and he worked a few wonders with the towlie, and tonight given a new stick to break in done what no ones done, and scored with it in its first game. A good move too, from a PC, decent Epa. 

Bryn almost sunk a late strike, and offered a big hand to Luke controlling the defence for the second half.

Back on track - 4 or 5 weeks till AIMS, Winter tournmanet lurking and Trident High School next week!

Thanks to all the parents for coming down to watch and Aakiwas clan who also provide some quality commentary from the dugout :-)

Reminder hoodies are up for order until this Monday. We will put the order in an then sort out how to make payment etc,…. Also, for sizing: Harry Sheaff has a small, so most will be small or medium. Parents will probably be large.

Cheers for an awesome night, we are gonna get a team name introduced next week - something to build the excitment as we head into the end of the season.





GAME 11: WIS Boys [3] vs [1] WIS Girls

THE JELLY GAME

When you make jelly, is wobbles. As it sets it gets solid, and forms. It takes the shakes, and you end up with the pudding. The second half came our way, and with a double from Callum, backed up with a cracker from Oroz we got there.

To the girls, a pretty respectable score, fought hard to score, and your goalie had a huge night.

Aakiwa was the crafter the plays while putting in a monster effort cleaning up the mess all game long.

Oroz had a triple whacker which didn’t get in, but eventually blasted one home. Connected onto some very fast through balls and was able to keep feeding the circle. 

Ben a gusty effort, its always a big mountain of determination from you, backed up with some committed trainings this week. Well done.

Epa, the fantastic. The report from Coach Fredrickson was you that you stood up. Epic spins, control, off-loads, your slowly eating away at the rust and its now time to polish. Dog-Tractor coming your way.

As we head into an awesome weekend of hockey, its time to put us Whakatane boys out there and shine for all our teams. Go hard, see you there.

And finally, Patrik, Out injured, yet straight down to the turf to support the team!! That kind of committement builds teams.

GAME 10: WIS Boys [9] vs [0] WHS Girls 2 XI

This week the scoreboard looked pretty good. Particularly the second half when the albatross scored twice and Bryn announced himself to the teams scoresheet with a double.

Epa walloped one in, and Kavya snapped a backfooter. Akiwas passing game was electric and the left side with Callum and Ollie put some dominanating plays together.

Good show tonight - hammered away at the goal so a final well done to the oppostion goalie who blocked a heap of shots.

Training during holidays is on and is OPTIONAL.

No morning trainings, instead wishbones will be 12-1 at Apanui with Kent getting there in his lunch break. Be wary we may need to share the court with the basketballers.

GAME 9: WIS Boys [0] vs [5] TRIDENT COMPOSITE

The scoreboard doesn’t look pretty, fair enough the Trident team worked hard for their goals. Our boys though went really hard, strung together some plays, and for parts of the game looked dominant including the start of the second half. We had our chances and made a good effort to take them, Partick and Kavya coming close to scoring.

Callum played strong, sending some monster balls through to the forwards. Ollie ran shop as he seems to be doing game in game out. Patrick got the dog-tractor for moving some exciting plays both on defense and attack. He was helped by Aakiwa who can suck in defenders and sent Patrick a bunch of precision passes. Bryn made a statement on his defensive tackling from Centre Forward, and created us some moments on attack with speed and pressure. Harry reunited with his fusion and didn’t hesitate to tell his new stick its in for an epic season. Luke and Ashley on D were pretty outstanding, fast, real fast and Ash was a bit unlucky getting penalised for his overhead pass but well done Luke on those fast 16s catching them napping.

To finish with, I wasn’t impressed with the umpiring, but have apologized to WHK hockey becuase the reffing this year has been very good, we need our umpires and they need our support. It could be another tough battle at AIMS and other matches we play, so expect me to put that frustration aside and let the boys skills and speed to do the talking.

A difficult week with another loss and GISBORNE exchange being post-poned. We trained pretty hard this week,  consecutive morning frosts at wishbones trainings. Its exciting to have a crazycatch to train with and Zach will bring his along on Monday training so we can have some epic sessions around the goal mouth.

GAME 9: WIS Boys [0] vs [5] TRIDENT COMPOSITE

The scoreboard doesn’t look pretty, fair enough the Trident team worked hard for their goals. Our boys though went really hard, strung together some plays, and for parts of the game looked dominant including the start of the second half. We had our chances and made a good effort to take them, Partick and Kavya coming close to scoring.

Callum played strong, sending some monster balls through to the forwards. Ollie ran shop as he seems to be doing game in game out. Patrick got the dog-tractor for moving some exciting plays both on defense and attack. He was helped by Aakiwa who can suck in defenders and sent Patrick a bunch of precision passes. Bryn made a statement on his defensive tackling from Centre Forward, and created us some moments on attack with speed and pressure. Harry reunited with his fusion and didn’t hesitate to tell his new stick its in for an epic season. Luke and Ashley on D were pretty outstanding, fast, real fast and Ash was a bit unlucky getting penalised for his overhead pass but well done Luke on those fast 16s catching them napping.

To finish with, I wasn’t impressed with the umpiring, but have apologized to WHK hockey becuase the reffing this year has been very good, we need our umpires and they need our support. It could be another tough battle at AIMS and other matches we play, so expect me to put that frustration aside and let the boys skills and speed to do the talking.

A difficult week with another loss and GISBORNE exchange being post-poned. We trained pretty hard this week,  consecutive morning frosts at wishbones trainings. Its exciting to have a crazycatch to train with and Zach will bring his along on Monday training so we can have some epic sessions around the goal mouth.

GAME X: WIS Boys [1] vs [3] WHS First XI

A pretty good effort from both teams and a decent result probably for both teams. Cory and Ryan gave us a head-ache on the goal posts and Carter stopped Kent in a his tracks a few times. Mr Box crushed in our only goal and Zach tidied up several saves on D. Mitch whos been super comitted to his hockey was having a lash on the wing and mounting pressure. Ollie keeps stepping up, and smashed a defensive drive up the field. Aakiwa also hit a massive left to right cross-field play. Kent got to link the midfield play well with Aakiwa, and noticed how easy it is to pass to Epa cos hes always moving into space and always alert. 

Harry done the big yards for the team, driving hard with the ball on stick.  Kavya almost snuck in a goal and Oroz fed the circle with some strong center balls. No holding back going up against his brow Manu-Tai. Bryns got a knack for popping up the right place at the right time, and probably got a decent 7 tackles on them. Ngai worked hard, playing stronger; and together with Bryn taking their opportunities to jab tackle. Patrick had a hard night on attack cos they were fast and tackled well, but he put up a real fight on defence.

Lots of parents getting down and supporting this game at short notice. Thanks always, thanks for the lollies that appear in the bomb box! 

GAME 8: WIS Boys [5] vs [0] EDGECUMBE

A bit of a rushed start, Harry sorted out the line-up and we were away. Soon after Harry sorted out the score-board, and we were up. Crashing home a PC! The game was a bit ugly for a while, lots are people trying this and that then right on half time Aakiwa got the second goal making our first half look a little better. A tidy goal from Kavya in the 30” put us up to 3, then Oroz bought the team home with a double, including netting the last.

We did have a bit of plan, to get some back-passing going, well done cos we did do this! Just not that well, so we know we gotta pass back to find space forward, and it started tonight, we’ll get this polished up.

Bryn latched onto a ball in the circle and almost whipped in a late goal. Callum is getting more solid each game, and we got some good wide ball to both our halves tongiht. Epa big work-rate, Patrick handy as always.

Lastly Luke - back to back dog tractors - completed his job. Maybe only involved in about 10 seconds of play all game, managed 2 saves including a rush slide. Job done Luke, a shut-out on debut.

GAME 7: WIS Boys [2] vs [3] OPOTIKI

We sucked up our second loss in a week. It doens’t feel good, not really because we lost but because we haven’t made in easy, made too many poor decisions and don’t think we played very good. We lost to Trident but played really good, so time to think about player closer together, linking up. To be fair we went down, and came back to level at 2-2 it looked like we had them on the run. They got a third and even then we launched some decent late attacks we couldn’t break them up.

Aakiwa had a few nice runs, keeping ball on stick and weaving/stepping through defencer. We defended a very good PC with Ashliegh rushing, Zach saving and Patrick clearing. That looked really good. Callum and Luke chewed into their work, both playing strong hockey. Quinn and Bryn gave them a decent headache with a few opportunites there to score from next time. Oroz, look good when you can get the ball, we need 20 touches per half, and your playing closer to your midfield and starting to make that happen. Leon, its fast out there, but tonight you starting getting control of the ball, scanning for passes. We must hold our possession, and the lack of back passes in both games this week shows that rather than keeping the ball, and trying to create something, we are hitting and hoping, so together we need to take better control of the ball amonst us.

Patrick deflected in a super movement to score. Harry and Callum played very good positional play, but barely got pased the ball. Please, if players are open and calling, you have only that exact moment to hit them. Don’t think, pass it and pass it fast.

Cmon, together lets move to improve our game, training Monday through to game against Edgecumbe on Wednesday.

*NEWS*

We have informed Mrs Warnerford that we will commit to a quadrangular day on Sunday in 3 weeks time. This will involve WHS 1st XI, WHS 2nd XI and WHS 1xt XI (girls). Lucky we have been given this opportunity, more game time and the chance to challenge some old bones! 

GAME 6: WIS Boys [1] vs [4] OTAMOTAI

A good night out for Otamotai getting decent wins over both the boys and girls sides. A decent effort from the girls to lead to game 1-0 for a long stint. Both an Otamotai and WIS Girl took a hit to the body-hope they are doing good after that. The reffing was great, and the wind seemed pretty dominante with 9 of the 11 goals in the night scored with the wind.

I take critisim for talking Harry into stacking our attack, sounded fun but difficult to let 15 mins slip by without Ash and Harry getting involved. It was nice we all learnt together tonight that we gotta  muscle up on D, launch from the deep. 

Callum had a beast of a match, was in space most of the night (just need about 30 more passes come his way), and on attack pumped the ball upfield to try find attackers. He needs far more options to hit, other players have gotta run sideways cos he’s scanning, just no targets are appearing. Also running midfield in what was a brilliant game was Ollie. Taking out the opposite wing from start to finish, just straight up reliable and solid play all game.

Ben you seem to figure out the opposition and then just go as strong as you can and your job. Your second half effort tonight, together with the rest of the defense unit starting bringing the magic back out.

Harry done a lot. He always does, And probably I just gotta repeat that for Ashleigh. They done something amazing out there tongiht, took up their post, starting applying the brakes. It was straight up strategy, and to be fair, job done. 

Luke another who made some big plays. Luke would take off an anything he could possible end up being a tackler, and intercepter or just a straight up bit of pressure. Had a good face-off with the goalie, couldn’t slip it through but like a few others starting to play better and better.

Zach had a tough night. Working through some gear issues, and getting two balls in the danger zone and a rather unusual backstick deflection. 6 saves though, and looking tough otherwise.

Patrick you blasted home our only precious goal. That was well deserved, and the determination was massive. The saying ‘all or nothing’….well its ‘all’ from you. Solid work, both up and down. Player of the day’ dog-tractor.

We will work hard to get our inners linking in midfield play. Some serious talent there which didn’t get to shine tonight. Looking forward to seeing those that didn’t ready to get stuck into Opotiki on Wednesday at 4PM. Opotike have improved and will be looking for a tough game, so will we.

*NEWS*

We have informed Mrs Warnerford that we will commit to a quadrangular day on Sunday in 3 weeks time. This will involve WHS 1st XI, WHS 2nd XI and WHS 1xt XI (girls). Lucky we have been given this opportunity, more game time and the chance to challenge some old bones!

OTHER

      - uniforms - Navy Blue PC SHORTS - Navy Blue ONLY SOCKS - White SHIRTS - 

It the wet the shammy grips at the best. They are cheap ($10 ??) and just wrap over the grip before a wet game and prevent a helicopter stick from departing. 

All our PC gear is sorted, please watch the OOP destruction testing which you can link to from the home page. Also please send through any player pics if you haven’t already. This years pics so far are looking real good.

Have a brilliant 6-a-side and ask your coaches to text through any updates. Also if you take any pictures during the game, if you email them through we can add them to the write up to make it a better read.

GAME 5: WIS Boys [8] vs [0] WIS Girls

A bit of talk about our bashing they gave us during training on Monday probably didn’t help, we fired back during game time with a solid 8 goals. Kavya snapping half of them. Epa broke open the scoring off a PC in the 6”. Aakiwa followed crashing one home in the 10”. Sustaining the pressure, Leon slotted our third in the 15” and right on half time Kavya pocketed his first with 30 seconds to play. Unreal, he almost done it with 2 seconds left in the second half.

Oroz got a mean goal, slided in on through, and played a mean right wing. Luke has a busy night, setup some massive chances in the circle. Ben and Aakiwa worked hard as always, and Ollie is another who has strung together 5 top performances this year. Ashliegh ran the right wing, made that his territory and his brother Callum put in a strong performance, a few commments after the game from supporters about the power he generates. Harry ran defence to goal about three times, and stuck hard on the PCs. In a mixy game, he pulled out the biggest plays and won the honourable dog-tractor.

OTHER

Otamotai game on Monday at 5pm. Competition game on Wednesday against Opotiki at 4pm. Please be ther 30 minutes early, I name the team 15 mins early.  Ngai will play Weds during out first boys-on-boys match.

It was wet tonight so the shammy grips at the best. They are cheap ($10 max) and just wrap over the stick during a wet game and prevent a helicopter stick from departing. 

All our PC gear is sorted, please watch the OOP destruction testing which you can link to from the home page. Also please send through any player pics if you haven’t already. This years pics so far are looking real good.

Have a brilliant 6-a-side and ask your coaches to text through any updates. Also if you take any pictures during the game, if you email them through we can add them to the write up to make it a better read.

Uniforms: Navy Blue Socks, Navy blue school PE shorts (else you got the short shorts), White shirt (issued with team gear). A few random socks and shorts again this week. Please return any socks/shorts you have borrowed.

GAME 4: WIS Boys [7] vs [0] WHS Girls

Tonight we put our performance onto the scoreboard. Their keeper put up some decent saves, but time and time again we found a way through, mostly through the battle around the pads where Kavya nailed the teams second hatrick of the year, player of the day performance. Striking in the 24” 25” and 38” minute, strong on the ball and building a bunch more opportunites around the strike zone.  Also up front we had Oroz, Bryn and Ashliegh all strong on the ball. Bryn lots of little touches and deflections on attack that put the ball in behind the defence and setup the strikers.

Captain Harry opened the scoring tapping in after 6”, then Patrick nailed one in the 16”, his support teacher on the side stoked she stayed to watch. Ashliegh got our fifth goal and 3 mins later our sixth which was sensational. Goal of the year, blasted a low angle strike across the face of the keeper and into the top left of the net. He also put a stunning PC nearly onto the crossbar and in the first half with Luke, the speedsters kept stack after stack of cover defense forming.

Zach kept their 4 shots out, another classy run before albatrossing in the D, unluckly not to get on the scoreboard. Leon picked up his game, and together with Ollie and Aakiwa we have some outrageous ball carrying skills on the turf. This looks sharp, fast and forms plenty of chances.

Patrick had a fantastic first half before floating back onto defence where he barricaded the attacks. Quinn took his chance and with 20+ movements showed how to get stuck in and back into this game! Ben is taking shape in the midfield, he’s backing himself and getting stronger and stronger. Callum when he was not leaving the midfield exposed, set up and worked heaps of plays, gotta remember when its coming from Callum it will be powerful and your wont get much time to react, expect anything.

Thanks to the great support tonight. Some great hockey happening.

Reminder: Playing strips - if I give you spare socks or shorts you need to get them back to me, I didn’t get any of the socks or shorts back from last week, and I need them.

Reminder2: Get your sons favourite picture of anything they want emailed to put up on the webiste, whether your AIMS team or not: info@wishbones.co.nz

Reminder3: SHINY-HOUSE-Ltd has offered to wash bibs and any players gear. If you feel you need your shirt cleaned better than you can do it yourself, leave it in the chaning shed after the game.

Thanks heaps, and battle of the intermediate 5pm next Wednesday!

GAME 3: WIS Boys [0] vs [1] TRIDENT

A 9.5/10 performance for the team tongiht. A really tough battle that we took to them all game. The running metres were massive, the skills were massive, and all boys out there making immense contributions. The game started with a white on white, its was messy so we bibbed up and settled into the game. Aakiwa got hammered early on and nursed a decent bruise. While this happened they snuck a goal through, what would become the only goal of the night as our defence blocked shot after shot. Zach and Ashley alone saving 10+ goals. Really Zach that was spectacular. Epa was everywhere and everywhere he wasn't he was there too.

Callum bought our best strike of the night, gotta give their keeper credit, he kept us out with some brilliant blocks. Ngai came into the team and worked and worked, his positional play with our defence unit made us looked well structed. Luke, Ben, Leon just running and crushing space everywhere they could. Patrick looked mean up front, no goals but terrorising the circle. Kavya had some touches and moments he kept the magic alive on attack. Bryn fed a super pass in during the second half. Harry just another solid match, whether on defence or attack getting the play hyped up. Unlucky call with your sweet back flick to beat 2 defenders. Ben a special mention for his ability to play exactly where and how we needed. Oroz linked up down the left wing in the first half with several strong runs. Ollie has transformed to a beast of player, reading the play, strong game again. 

Zach that was relentless. Time and time again, save after save, some special mentions to me by people after the game for your performance. And to finish with Ashley, made the game a living nightmare for the opponents. Rush defence. Power clearing and that magic run up the right with a super cross into the circle.

Some comments from the boys, ‘we lost but if felt like we won’, ‘i have never run so much in my life’.

You can’t play at that speed without a strong unit. Our subbing was critical, fresh legs, fresh plays. Well done to Trident, hanging on for a hard fought victory, with James, Tom and the others  getting pushed to the 50th minute.

Thanks to the refs becuase its been consistent and no complaints from anyone after the game. We are lucky to have that. Thanks to all our supporters, braving the cold turf conditions to pump up these boys! *Thanks to Zach’s mum Nic for bringing the lollies, the team and the support kids loved em*

GAME 2: WIS Boys [9] vs [0] EDGECUMBE

Sillful and heaps of goals. A hatrick to Oroz and the Dog-Tractor award! Play of the game was Ashleighs feed to Aakiwa who slammed in a bouncer. Kayva sneaked the last, and looked fast and accurate with his pass. Luke scored twice in the 48”. And we got three in the last 3”. Brilliant finish that made a second half look a lot better.

Epa spinned a defender, real fast. Leon put in the finest deflect. Ollie looked outstanding, a good example of training well to play well. Harry you were scrambling the defense at Centre Forward and running hard with the ball. Patrick and Ben worked well through the midfield. Bailey got through a full game, called players out to mark, kept the ball close and hit his passes, particularly a link pass to Ashliegh on defense that opened up an attack down the right side with space. Callum led the 3D charge leaving defenders swiping at air, sunk a goal in the 29” to open the second half scoring.

It was the rime of the ancient mariner, with the albatross flying before the storm. The power surge knocked out many turf lights, Shes a bit of a broken turf and we were the only team to get a game in. Any turf updates share the info, it will depend on getting the lights fixed before next week else we might have to play an earlier game without lights?

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We didnt’ convert all our PCs, but the strike was often there, we had some space. Keep working a mix of left and right. Get it out further to the top of the D on Kavya’s side, and on Epa’s side he will need to work out what the best power angle is, maybe not so close to the top of the D cos its tricky dragging inside out.

Ryan and Mitchell camd down and ran a heap of hockey for the other team. This is awesome more wishbones can be involved, and putting their school pride aside to get out on the turf and play. And play against good opponents, big and fast highschool teams. Remember what even team, if you not touching the ball, play closer to the ball, get involved becuase you can influence the game by getting the ball and working hard, calling when your in free space. Always moving to try get into free space so your closer to the ball and your players. That applies to all of you.

GAME 1: WIS Boys [3] vs [1] OPOTIKI COLLEGE

A pretty ferocious battle first up. Defence top job, in particular Harry moving the defence into place, and Zach starting the season with a shut-out. First points came from Aakiwa with a deflection off Callum who put in  a precision feed. Moving into the second half our defence got put under big pressure, and then the  game swung back and the attack kept coming. Harry went onto the scorecard in the 44”, a solid as goal, but his shot a minute later inthe 45” was spectacular.

Patrick played a massive game, running solid all game at right half, then pumped the defence up when called on. Even got a ball in the head, shook it off, and then cleared the 16. Ollie you were in total control, fast and with ball on stick. Strong match. 

There was a lot of aerial ball, Luke, Callum, Harry and others. We practice heaps of 3D skills and its great to see. Caleb you made a nice attacking tackle that led to a good movement in the 2nd half. Bryn you up’d your game, a valueable effort tonight. 

Aakiwa, massive. The ball across the face off the goal, the trickly little movements you created, defensive marking, and that super fast hit at goal you almost pulled off. Man-o-the-Match. You win the dog-tractor award!

Thanks for coming to watch, how good to play at home and cheers to Opotiki for travelling this way, we appreciate the long haul over winter the team and Mark are prepared to make.

I am getting more information up to the website, but for now just the match summary. Most boys have a hockey quiz to fill in, Akira returned his, and his answers were legendary. Please get yours into the Mrs Warnerford at school or myself at trainings.

Quickly, morning trainings have been pretty busy. Fellas are a skillful bunch.  We have 4 schools involved in wishbones trainings. Looking forward to them all letting loose at 6-a-side on Friday. I think its gonna be pretty damn exciting also. 

Kent




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