Another busy week at the club as the season gets humming.

Well done to our Men's Prems who brought back the Blair Davidson Challenge Trophy after their win against Green Island on Saturday which helped with their quest to qualify in the top 3 which guarantees a place in the South Island League.
MEN'S PREMS | Amalgamated Builders Limited: Southern Premier League
Played Green Island AFC at Sunnyvale
WIN 1 - 2

Squad list: 1. Tom Steven's, 2. Jak Stevenson, 3. Karma Gyeltshen, 5. Mitchell Gray, 8. Sam Cosgrove, 9. Harley Rodeka (c), 10. Luke Clissold, 11. Justin Wiechens, 14. Nathan Wilkie, 18. Josh Lucas, 19. Shay Thom. Subs: 4. Luke William's, 16. Zac Baird-Hodge, 20. Michael Sweet, 21. Brandon Sumpter

Well...As I said in my speech,  as a coach, today's performance is why we spend so much time planning and that you coach for. In the pre-match team-talk  I said to the players that today's game was a make or break day for us, are we worthy of pushing on to put ourselves in a good position to get into the top three, or are we going to get stuck mid table and be one of those chasing teams going further behind the top three? To say that I am proud I say that one game defines our season well today does..

I have challenged my players to be more consistent week in and week out. And today, hopefully, is a turning point going forward that the players started to trust themselves and each other. We do want to be in the top 3 to qualify but getting there requires belief, trust and an unwillingness to never give in. Todays game is one of those moments it was a turning point in our season, we had the belief the trust and the application and the result was deserved.

We had a couple of personnel changes today with welcoming back our Captain Harley Rodeka as well as Justin Wieche. Were they key yes they were as was, Tom Stevens, Jak Stevenson, Mitchell Gray, Josh Lucas, Karma Gyeltshen, Luke Clissold, Shay Thom, Sam Cosgrove, Nathan Wilkie, Michael Sweet, Luke Williams, Zac Baird-Hodge, Brandon Sumpter. Yes I know that's the squad but that was what was required today, a squad effort. As it should be every week.

We started the game off well, challenging for every ball and leaving no stone unturned, playing some very good football on the way, we created a lot of opportunities but were denied by some poor decision making or poor finishing, but on the plus side it's about creating chances and we are. Green Island have some good moments and if they had their shooting boots on it would have been different. Halftime comes and its 0-0.

The second half was only 10 minutes in when we scored a good goal from the penalty spot as Sam Cosgrove was brought down by their Goalkeeper, conceding a penalty and Justin Wiechens coolly scored from the spot. We then grow another arm and a leg and start to play more football and are looking good, but then we concede a goal from a mix up at the back which we will learn from and not make that same mistake again, the Green Island player finishes very well under pressure. We score a worthy winner through young Sam Cosgrove, his perseverance of movement and running of the ball is rewarded with a good finish, the through ball from Justin Wiechens was played behind the back four catching them flat footed and Sam shows his calmness and slots in our winner. We hung on to win and also win the prestigious Blair Davidson shield.

Our first challenge will be against Queenstown in two weeks time, but our sole focus this week is on the Chatham Cup against a very good Royals team. Today everyone played really well, but having our skipper back was a big turning point for us, he epitomizes our team values, by the way he plays,  and the way he conducts himself, he is a great role model to our younger brigade of players.
Man of the match Harley Rodeka.

WOMEN'S PREMS | Affinity Mortgage Advisors: Women's Premier League
Played Mosgiel AFC at Memorial Park
WIN 0 - 4

Hard fought match over the hill today for the ladies. Mosgiel did well to keep us out by putting players behind the ball. Zara would open the scoring, with a one two of the upright, doesn't matter how you score them they all count. Renee would grab another goal for us not long after. We had to make two subs before half time from different injuries, Zara then Sam, we are hopeful for quick recovery. The team did really well not to lose shape before the half. Half time chat around a different points of attack and how to move the ball around the field. We worked extremely hard in the second half, we held the ball for most of the half. Well Done to the Mosgiel GK Morgan, she did great for them. Renee would grab two more to get hat trick near end of game. Plenty of chances for today and positive signs. Isy got her first full game for Premier. Alex was class again in back line, same with Grace. Z Energy Player of the Day going to Juliette, our hard hitting player, massive work rate today. Cup footy next week.
Giddy Up!!
2ND'S | Fluid Recruitment: Men's Division 1
Played Northern AFC at Forrester Park
WIN 2 - 5

The Fletcher Cup team took on Northern at Forrester park. The team had trained very well during the week in anticipation of a tough game. The game was evenly matched in the first twenty minutes. We struggled to get their passing game to flow as they were playing into a strong head wind. Eventually we settled and created four really good opportunities to score but failed to take advantage of any of them. On 35 minutes Ben William Davies challenged for a ball into the box. The ball fell nicely to his feet and he swivelled and finished front 8 yards. Within minutes Northern levelled when an error in defence gifted them with a goal scoring opportunity which they took. In the 44th minute Flynn was put through in goal in the left channel and he planted a strong shot the Northern keeper failed to hold. Northern went down on attack immediately and replied when a simple cross was headed home at the far post. The goal was due to a lack of pressure on the ball on our behalf, making it too easy for Northern.
At halftime the message was simple – fight and be more aggressive.
In the second half we totally dominated, playing some effective 2 touch football and moving the ball with greater speed and accuracy. On 56 minutes Hamish was put through one on one with the keeper and he kept his composure to finish nicely in the bottom corner. We were now in total control and pressing and winning the ball all over the park. On 68 minutes Ben finished a well-constructed team goal. Ben completed his hattrick on 86 minutes with a strong finish after a driving run at the Northern defence.
The result was well deserved and reward for the teams positive play and strong work ethic since the beginning of the season. There were several stand out performances. Ben with his hattrick. Joe at centre back won every header that came his way. But stand out was Curtis in the middle of the park who led by example and had a superb game dictating play and winning the ball back.
3RD'S | Back In Motion: Men's Division 2
Played Caversham AFC at Ellis Park
DRAW 2 - 2

A disappointing 2-2 draw with Caversham this week. A comfortable 2-0 lead by us at halftime as we dominated the half and restricted Caversham to limited opportunities. Goals by Luke Salisbury and Dom McPhee being the difference. We came out the stronger of the two teams after halftime before having a stone cold penalty turned down and a goal chalked off due to a dubious offside. We were looking good and odds on favourite for the win. But football can change in moments and it was two moments we let ourselves down that enabled Caversham to level. An unfortunate bounce after a spilled ball by our keeper and a total lack of concentration at a set piece enough to concede two goals. The match ended in a farce with a few handbags thrown towards the end of the game. In all, a disappointing performance that we’ll need to improve on going forward.

Man of the match - Jack Pearson. A comprehensive and noteworthy performance at the back. 
BLACK'S | Back In Motion: Men's Division 2
Played Balclutha AFC at Balclutha
WIN 2 - 4

A big game this week against the Blue tide of University. A week ago, if you had asked what write up I would have given, I probably would of said on par with Football South level of despair. Firstly, before we get into the game, I would like to congratulate the University Cobras for one of the greatest fair play moments I have seen in Otago football. A classy gesture of good spirits and sportsmanship. You all deserve a beer!

Onto the game, we changed formation and trained on possession. We were anticipating the Uni team to give us a run for our money, until Sean Flett’s “lazy” strike of the ball, 1-0 in the first minute! Our plan worked better than anticipated and Buzz, the wee master mind, was fizzing! Tempers started to flair with the side-line contesting each other’s banter (thanks to the support from the Originals and Co). The game was settled and just before half time Damo ensured the team would go into the break 2-1 up.

After the break, another goal from Damo put the Blacks into a commanding lead, the game fell flat for a while until Uni were awarded a penalty for a supposed hand ball in the box. Royce pleaded his case to the judge and executioner, however to no avail, the penalty was awarded. The Uni wanks decided that they would find Royce not guilty and pass the ball to the keeper instead of taking the penalty. What a touch of class, never in my wildest dreams would I imagine someone to intentionally not score from as penalty (Bet365 must have been paying good money for a missed pen in the game). Still cannot believe it, Uni deserve the fair play award.

The game continued in good spirit; Damo finished off his Hat Trick before Uni pegged another goal to make it finish 4-2. Alex Black proved to be the better Black on the day, with an immense game putting in 110% and with some simple passes was able to break down many of the Uni’s attacking options. Next week sees us travel to Mosgiel as we look for our fuel reimbursement for last years no show.
POD - Alex Black
BRUMBIES | Aotea Electric Ltd: Men's Division 3
Played Northern AFC at Forrester Park
LOSS 5 - 3

It was a 2:45 kickoff at Forrester Park for the Brumbies. We started the game in our typical 4-3-3 formation with an almost full strength squad. We started off well, with some early pressure but unfortunately went 1-0 behind. This was then closely followed by another Northern goal leaving the score 2-0. With little time left in the first half, our left back Max Dallow found space in an advanced position for himself and was able to deliver a beautiful ball for a Brumbies header and our first goal. This brought an end to the first half with the score being 2-1. With a huge second half needed the Brumbies came out firing but again found a way to concede against the run of play, Northern then added another and with a 4-1 score line something needed to change. Skipper (Bobby) decided the 3-5-2 formation was needed, which turned out to be successful with two quick fire goals getting us back into the game. Although, this was short lived with northern managing to counter our last ditch efforts and the game finished 3-5.

Overall a tough loss for us, but we move onto next week with three points in mind.
MUSTANGS | Switchbuild: Men's Division 4
Played Nothern AFC at Brockville
WIN 12 - 0

Up at another sunny day at Brockville we were up against 1 of 5 Northern teams in our grade.  With no knowledge of the team, we treated this game like any other.  Within the first 2 minutes it was preferred clear goals were being scored.  Although, to my surprise, we were 0-0 after the first 20 minutes.  The Mustangs were too relaxed. Ethan eventually opened the scoring and all of a sudden we were 4 nil up at the half.  Unfortunately for the boys the coach wasn’t settling for 4-0.  After a bit of a chitchat we went out there more tuned in and, well, the Mustangs galloped to a 12-0 victory.  A very mature performance and one they can be very proud of. I have to give credit when credit is due, the Northern keepers were outstanding today and if it wasn’t for them we would of had 20+ goals! To date its the highest win in Mustangs history!
Goalscorers were Ethan 4,Iori 3, Finn 2, Bailey 1, Pat 1 and an OG

POD - Iori Carryer
BLACK (FORMERLY RESERVES) | David Browne Contracting Ltd: Women's Division 1
WHITE (FORMERLY FILLLIES) | Hope & Sons: Women's Division 1
Played Dunedin Technical AFC at Tahuna Park
LOSS 6 - 0

RWAFC White played Dunedin Tech White at Tahuna Park. Thank you to Alyssa, Ayesha, Emily, and Paige for joining us this week. Thanks to Craig for refereeing the match. Tech are a very good side, and we were under pressure immediately, conceding after 3 minutes. Tech had the better of us in the first half, in a spell of 5 minutes they piled on 3 more goals, and the half finished 0-5 down. Whether it was the halftime lollies, giving Mamia matchtime out of goal, or the chat about being more competitive in our individual match ups, just as Zoe had coached on Wednesday, the team improved immensely in the second half. We went close to scoring a number of times through Alannah, Tyla and Vicci but the bounce of the ball didn't go our way. Final score 0-6 down.

POTD went to a midfielder who stuck to her task, winning plenty of ball in the second half for us, Helena Walker.
SHETLANDS | Southern Wide Real Estate: Women's Division 1
Played Green Island AFC Reserves at Ellis Park
WIN 4 - 3
ORIGINALS | Adams Plumbing & Electrical: Masters 35+
Played Green Island AFC at Brockville
DRAW 2 - 2

The Originals played Green Island up at Brockellis , GI coming off a heavy defeat the week before had come to play , from the kick off we looked a little flat and couldn’t get things going, GI were winning the 50/50's and their counter attack with the fast ball getting forward was causing us issues, how ever we got on the score board first with a corner coming in to find big Al’s head, GI would equalise 10 minutes later and the first half finished 1-1.

2nd half we were playing much better but GI where still equal to the task, we were rewarded with a goal mouth scramble where Fozzy got a foot to it and put us 2-1 up, despite a number of opportunities we couldn’t get the 3rd goal to kill it off and GI managed to score with 10 minutes to go to draw it 2-2 at the finish.

POD # 1 Ref Craig Smart
COLTS | Downie Stewart Lawyers: Masters 45+
Played Caversham AFC at Brockville
LOSS 0 - 5

The Colts went up Brock Road knowing it was going to be a very challenging game, we were right. Last season’s Champions Cavy were our quest and we had 10 of our troops out of action or unavailable for the match… and Pat had forgotten the beers, not ideal.

However, our makeshift starting line-up was indeed up for the task with Mike Thom returning to the footie field after 2 years out due to a serious knee injury, Barry Barry available between work shifts and the clubs most valuable asset Peter Verwey answering our plea for help. For most of the match we were chasing the ball, occasionally getting the best of them with strings of passes but inevitably the Cavy boys found ways to our net. With Chopper and Sherb having to leave the game with injury’s we were down to no subs but thankfully a spectating angel in a Refs uniform offered to assist, many thanks to Danny Glover for stepping in and giving his all.

This is now uncharted territory for the Pack of Colts, two losses in a row has never been experienced in our Thirteen year crusade… I’ll get some advice from the Trojans on how to process this.

Also noteworthy was the return to footie for our very good friend Dazzle Healy, he copped some friendly banter from his Colt mates but it was great to see him and his family at the clubrooms and clearly enjoyed the day.

Colts Player of the Day – Mr Peter Verwey.

Giddy up you Colts.
TROJANS | Connor Consulting: Masters 45+
Played Green Island AFC Legends at Sunnyvale
DRAW 0 - 0

The Trojans stretched their unbeaten start to the season to 2 weeks with a hard fought, goal less, draw V the Green Island Legends. With a reduced squad of 13 we were grateful for 3 new signings from Balclutha and a fill in goalie on a one game contract to get us a treasured point. The team gelled effectively and against a well drilled GI team and came close a number of times to steal a win but were happy with a draw.
POD Aaron Collins
DRAW for 15 MAY
Men's Prems: Catham Cup - 2.00pm vs South City Royals FC at Ellis Park

Women's Prems: Kate Sheppard Cup - 11.00am vs Dunedin Technical AFC at The Turf

2nds: 11.45am vs Green Island AFC at Ellis Park

3rds: 12.30pm vs Dunedin Technical AFC at Tahuna Park

Blacks: 12.30pm vs Mosgiel AFC at Memorial Park

Brumbies: 2.45pm vs Dunedin Technical AFC at Brockville

Mustangs: 12.30pm vs Grants Braes AFC at Ocean Grove

Black: 12.30pm vs Dunedin Technical AFC at Ellis Park

White: 12.30pm vs Mornington AFC at Ellis Park

Shetlands: 12.30pm vs Otago University AFC at Forrester Park

Originals: 2.45pm vs Grants Braes AFC at Bayfield Park

Colts: 2.45pm vs Grants Braes AFC at Ocean Grove

Trojans: 2.45pm vs Grants Braes AFC at Ocean Grove

Please note the draw is subject to change.
You can find the official draws here:

2021 SUBS
Senior men, women and masters: $270
Men's and women's prems: $180
Students/unemployed: $240
Youth/school pupils: $110 (half subs if you coach a junior team)
Midgets: $50
Social members: $40
Casual players: $20 per game

Subs are due by June 1 and will increase by $25 after this date. You will not be allowed to play after this date and this will be strictly adhered to. Payment plans can be arranged.

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Men's Prems with the Blair Davidson Challenge Trophy
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