With a move back to Level 2 last week the future for football in the region was uncertain once again. Fortunately only the First Kicks and Fun Football at The Oval was cancelled, perhaps giving those player coaches a welcome break before their games.

A big congratulations goes to Holly Johnstone and Rab Smith. Holly played her 100th senior game for the club on Saturday, we look forward to many more to come. Check out the ODT's "Football Chat with Roslyn Wakari duo" with Holly, Jordyn Walker and host Morgan Jarvis - CLICK HERE

Rab was awarded Football South Life Membership at the AGM earlier this month for his immense contributions to football in the region for many (many) years and again we look forward to many more to come! Check out Rabs Facebook page HERE.

Giddy Up!
Wayne and Mark
MEN'S PREMS | Amalgamated Builders Limited: Southern Premier League
Played Caversham AFC at Ellis Park
WIN 2 - 1

This was a game that we were expected to lose with the way the results had been going. We had a couple of personnel changes with some season ending injuries: Michael Sannum with a rib fracture, Jaime le Compt with his knee, Sam Cosgrove with his knee.
And others on the mend, like Tennesse with his knees, Dylan Edwards still playing but still recovering with his back. Also a bonus is also having Tom Connor back training with us, and Harley Rodeka finally making his return to Premier league action.

The game started like both teams were really cautious about there approach, it seemed like all that was needed was a goal to start either team to play, this happened finally in the 43rd minute when we gave Caversham a goal with a mistake in our own half for Connor Neil to go and score giving Caversham a 1-0 lead. We created plenty of chances before this but couldnt score, we did get a penalty awarded to us in the 46th minute for a hand ball, which Nathan Wilkie duly stepped up and put away giving us a 1-1 scoreline at half time.

The second half was better than the first as both teams searched for that second goal. A lot of chances were created by both teams but through a lack of a final pass, or a poor finish, or good keeping from the GKs it remained 1-1. We got a corner which Josh Lucas headed home to give us a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes to go, Caversham threw the kitchen sink at us but couldnt convert their chances as our players were scrambling for last ditch tackles and interceptions and a real drive of wanting to win which was evident from our display. We did get another penalty awarded to us with about 2 minutes left which we missed. With the final whistle there was a real sense of relief from the players which they earned the three points through sheer guts and determination and a real passion...

All players from Tom Steven's who played well as did Karma Gyeltshen who started at left back and was solid as, as were the rest of the back line, Jak, Josh, and Luke. Our Midfield of Shay, Curtis, Matthew, and Luke fought all day along with Harley, and Wilkie up top. Yuni came on and did really well as well, a big thanks also go to Ben Lucas,  James Govan and Sean Flett for backing up as well on the bench. Player of the day was Josh Lucas who showed what he was about today he played with his heart on his sleeve as he always does but is starting to show with a bit more hard work will be a force to reckon with in the future.
Regards Terry.

POD - Josh Lucas
WOMEN'S PREMS | Brandwell Moller: Women's Premier League
Played Otago University AFC at Ellis Park
LOSS 3 - 5

The Roslyn Wakari Premier Women's team faced Uni A at Ellis. First off massive congratulations to Holly Johnstone on her 100th Premier League Game for the Horses Head. Also all the best to Morgan who recovers from surgery. Juliette would step up to play in goal today with both Premier GKs out of action, great to have her step up. We had more shots than LMAFO today sadly not enough went in to win the game. We worked extremely hard round the park, as the game went on we started to have more of ball. Half time we knew we could get back in to the game, we tried as hard as we could but was not enough. Sadly we lost 5-3 our goals were Amelia and brace to Renee. Some special mentions, Juliette saving a penalty, Jemma first full game for prem team, overall attitude of the girls to never give up when it's all against you. Z Energy player of the day going to Juliette in goal. Well done again to Holly Johnstone. Next week Mosgiel, Giddy up.

POD - Juliette Lucas
2ND'S | Fluid Recruitment: Men's Division 1
Played Mosgiel AFC at Brockville
LOSS 2 - 3
3RD'S | Back In Motion: Men's Division 2
Played Green Island AFC at Brockville
WIN 2 - 1

The 3rds beat the Green Island 3rds 2-1 at a sunny Brockville this weekend. We were backing up after a midweek 4-0 win vs Balclutha on Wednesday night. We started the game strongly dominating the first half and going up 2-0 after goals by Jack McFarlane and Ben Williams. We could have had several more but failed to capitalise on our chances. Up 2-0 at halftime we were cruising and looking the stronger of the two teams.

GI came out firing in the second half but weren’t able to create very many opportunities, that is until our CB had the ball at his feet in our own box facing the baseline while a GI player attempted to get the ball off him by pushing and grabbing at him from behind. The ref blew the whistle and awarded a penalty to GI. A strange decision but one we had to accept. GI grabbed one back from the spot making the score 2-1. A game that we were comfortably winning had now become a war of attrition as my players took the decision badly and our heads dropped a bit enabling GI to dominate play. In saying that we were able to hold out and GI weren’t able to make their dominance pay and we held out to take the win.

I was happy to take the three points for the win but wasn’t happy with the way we reacted to the penalty decision. It’s a part of our game that, as a young team, we have to learn to handle better. Adversary is part and parcel of football and the team that deals with that the best way is often the better team on the day.

POD - Angus Dagg
1888's | Aotea Electric Ltd: Men's Division 3
Played Nothern AFC at Forrester Park
WIN 2 - 7

Saturdays game had the 1888s heading up to Forrester to play against the Northern Sherpas with a squad suffering from injuries and missing our only striker Damo. So we rejigged the midfield and found a stand-in striker in Dom, who assured me last time he played striker he bagged 7 goals, I later found out this was at U13 level against Balcutha but the decision was made and we started the game. It was a positive start and we created chances but just couldn’t put them away early on until finally Sauce bagged his first goal of the season from a Mark corner and we never looked back with Dom finding his stride up front he bagged a well taken hat trick before the break with some class finishes. 4 - 0 up at half time I made some changes and bought poor James Barker on who unfortunately had to be carried from the field. This break allowed Northern to get back in the game with a goal and we looked a little bit shaky, but a nicely worked goal with Jez running 100m to slide in for the 5th and a mistake at the back gifting Chiz, the game was sewn up. There was still time for Jules to finally score on his 10th try and some tired legs at the back to leak another Northern goal for the game to finish 7 2. POD was Dom Madden who did well to fill in for an absent Damo but has a long way to go if he's gonna catch him in the race for the golden boot.

POD - Dom Madden
DERBY MATCH! Education Enterprises: HOTSPURS vs Switchbuild: MUSTANGS | Men's Division 4
Played Green Island AFC at Brockville
WIN 5 - 4

Hotspurs Version
The young Hotspurs team took on the vastly improving Mustangs in the much anticipated derby rematch. My team of young charges knew a win was needed to keep the pressure on the top of the table Mosgiel. A squad of 16 was whittled down to 13 and yours truly after one of our mob was promoted to Fletcher Cup and another was awaiting a Covid test after a recent jaunt to the big smoke. We had most of the chances in the first half and only a fortunate Max Dallow penalty saw us ahead after a tenacious first half. A stunning strike from our silky midfielder Luca Hine took us out to 2 nil but we conceded after a goalmouth scramble after a corner for 2-1. George Miller then scored from a surging run down the left flank to take us out to the comfort of a 3 1 lead, but a curling effort from an acute angle saw a tense last ten minutes and us holding onto a 3 2 win and top by a point after Mosgiel slipped up. Player of the day was Luca Hine for his breathtaking goal and goal line clearance to secure the points. See you all at our next fixture this Thursday 6:15pm at Mornington Park. A big thank you to Wayne Van Gorp for carrying the whistle astutely and managing the game well. Cheers Wayne

Hotspurs POD - Luca Hine

Mustangs Version
Big Derby day finally arrived and thankfully the weather was kind to us!  The match started well with it staying 0-0 for a good part of the half.  This was until Mr Van Gorp awarded a penalty against his son for the Hotspurs to go 1-0.  I'd say it was an interesting Sunday roast at the Van Gorp household.  Mustangs kept their heads and saw the half out 1-0.  The boys came in and had a big discussion amongst themselves, talking over what needed to change etc and came out fighting!  We unfortunately went 2-0 down and to the Hotspurs credit it was a great goal.  We managed to get a goal back from a corner,  falling back to the feet of LVG to redeem himself and get a goal.  Even with our revitalised energy we let another goal slip to put us 3-1 down.  Things were not looking good but we kept going and it was worth it as young Nathan turned a player,  took his shot and scored his first club goal and it was a screamer!  Congratulations Nathan.  Things could of got very tasty but unfortunately Andy hit the post in the dying minutes from a lovely cross and left us wondering what could have been. Great game of football but unfortunately on the wrong side of the result.  We played with good heart and spirit!  I couldn’t of asked for anything else.  Unlucky boys. Congratulations Hotspurs

Mustangs POD - Luke Van Gorp
DERBY MATCH! David Browne Contracting Ltd: RESERVES vs Hope & Sons: FILLIES | Women's Division 1
Reserves vs Fillies at The Turf
Reserves POD - Amelia Newlands & Isy Parry
Fillies POD - Kendal Walker
SHETLANDS | Southern Wide Real Estate: Women's Division 2
Played Otago University AFC at Brockville
LOSS 1 - 9

Another tough game this week up at Brockville, the ladies took on a very young University side. The Shetlands came out very determined and competed well, we dominated the play for most of the first half, but could not gain any reward for a lot of effort. University took their chances with a steady stream of goals against the run of play which was frustrating given our dominance across the park. We turned with an equal amount of fight against another physical side, and had several chances to get back in the game, all but one missed the prize by the slimmest of margins. Brie and Kim let some absolute screamers go, unfortunately the Uni keeper got lucky with her positioning as she showed some wobbles earlier in the game which we were unable to finish against.
Although a cliché, it is fair to say the score doesn’t reflect the game, probably would not have been a win, but the ladies definitely deserved a closer margin than the final score. The whole team can hold their heads high fighting to the end once again.
POD was Tania Bell playing at centre back, with another gutsy effort giving 100% and putting in some huge tackles when we really needed it.
ORIGINALS | Adams Plumbing & Electrical: Masters 35+
Played Grants Braes AFC Teckle at Ellis Park
LOSS 2 - 5

Originals vs Teckle It was always going to be a tough match against the defending champs, and as is our style we started poorly and were quickly a couple of goals down. We battled our way back into the match though and while we ended up conceding five, we deservedly pulled a couple back with Fozz smashing one in from 30 inches, and Rich scoring a floating screamer from halfway (of the postage stamp, so it must have been all of 20 metres). I can't remember much more than that after copping a swinging elbow from their geriatric striker to my already unappealing noggin. Anyway, it was otherwise a really good contest against a competitive bunch of lads. Our thoughts are also with GK Sammy who suffered a concussion and is out for this weeks game. Cheers Morgan

POD - Den
COLTS | Downie Stewart Lawyers: Masters 45+
Played Green Island AFC Legends at Sunnyvale
DRAW 2 - 2
TROJANS | Connor Consulting: Masters 45+
Played Northern AFC at The Turf
WIN 3 - 1

The Trojans played their final round robin game against Northern on the Turf on Friday night. A keen squad of 18 took the field on a cold night with high hopes of a win possibly securing a top 4 finish. We conceded a penalty mid way through the first half and although they scored from it ,an over excited Phil Kelly had run into the box so Dennis adjudged a retake, which they dutifully blasted over the bar. Before half time a hassle of the goalkeeper from a backpass led to a Dave Hunter scrambling goal.

Into the second half it looked like Northern's passing game may pay out albeit from some stout Trojan's defence. Our next goal came from a goalmouth scramble from a corner and Joseph Mundava stabbed high into the net for a 2 nil lead. Northern snatched one back from a sprinting run from the evergreen Vinny and we secured the points when Joseph was chopped down in the box and Dave Hunter scored for a 3 1 win to us. Player of the day was Jon Waters who had many rampaging runs from central defence and defended stoutly. Although we won and most other results went well Tech beat Grants Braes and we dipped out on the top 4 by goal difference.

POD - Jon Waters
Bar Bookings / Functions Contact
Our new contact for functions etc. at the club, Mark Black, bar@roslynwakari.co.nz 


U19 Tournament
The club has entered a mens and womens U19 team in the Coastal Spirit tournament at Labour Weekend in Chch.
There will be more details in next weeks newsletter but if anyone knows of an available accommodation venue please let Wayne Facer know asap on 027 354 6077.
1 August 2020
Prize Ticket Number
$100.00 57 - Chopper
$50.00 27 - Dan/TVG/Nigel B
$50.00 37 - Wally
$25.00 8 - James Baker
$25.00 18 - Una Madden
$25.00 23 - Charlie P
$25.00 36 - Nicky Algae
8 August 2020
Prize Ticket Number
$100.00 12 - Dave Hunter
$50.00 31 - Danny Glover
$50.00 40 - Neil MacKenzie
$25.00 5 - Mark Black
$25.00 93 - Swanni
$25.00 16 - PV
$25.00 15 - Jordyn Walker
15 August 2020
Prize Ticket Number
$100.00 89 - Nick Hart
$50.00 26 - Jose Valdes
$50.00 35 - Rab Smith
$25.00 23 - Charlie P
$25.00 26 - Pryde Welding
$25.00 32 - Larry Markham
$25.00 31 - Danny Glover
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