Melville weekend wrap: Women win big
Another week, another 9-0 win for Melville Premier women in Waikato A Division.
This time it was at home to Claudelands Craft, the better-performed of the two Rovers teams in the division.
To a certain extent Melville Prems’ big recent wins illustrate the uneven nature of the 10-team league, a makeshift division covering a wide spectrum of ability that was required after too few clubs were prepared to commit to again running a flagship federation league.
But it also reflects the blossoming talent of this rebuilt Melville team under new coach Laichyn Parkinson. The arrival of veteran goalkeeper Yvette Stevenson – long a legend of the 6-a-side tournaments at Gower Park – and the goalscoring ability of Jackie Pretswell means Melville have real experience at both ends of the park.
If there is a weakness to Melville’s game it is that they tend to ease off when they reach 9-0, but there can be no complaints after such a dominant performance.
Pretswell, fresh from four goals last week, went one better with five. Kelsie MacKintosh and Konagh Garrett got two apiece, and Ali Galletly got the other. Melville led 6-0 at half time.
There was much to admire in Melville Women’s Development team’s 2-0 win over Waikato Unicol 2-0 to remain level with Melville Prems on points, but fourth on goal difference.
Melville Development have been focusing their energy on strengthening the backline, to better support the midfield and be more efficient in attacking the opposition. Defenders Antonia Timings, Laura Davidson and Selena Timings were central in providing direction and structure for the rest of the team to advance from.
Sharleen Murray owned her ‘ideal position’ as a defensive midfielder, and was integral in supporting Johnelle Wereta and Erica Teare down the flanks, as well as Natalie Hallett and Tanya Mete in the midfield.
Although Melville Development held most of the possession and strung together some great strategic play, Waikato Unicol were a tenacious team who competed for the full 90 minutes.
Melville Development had plenty of opportunities to net the ball, but it was only Erica Teare and Jana Furlan who converted their shots to goals.
Furlan came on as striker late in the first half and caused mayhem for the Unicol defence. Her performance earnt her this week’s player’s player of the day as well as coach’s player of the day.
Melville Epics won 5-1 away to Mangakino United to remain two points clear at the top of the women’s B Division.
Melville Youth teams made their season debut with mixed results.
In the U-16 league Melville Green won 4-2 away to Wanderers, but Melville Red were beaten 4-1 at home to Tauranga.
In the U-14 division Sam Wilkinson’s Melville Green crushed West Hamilton 23-0 – that’s no misprint – but Michael Mayne’s Melville Red lost 3-2 to Claudelands Rovers.
Wilkinson said credit firstly needed to go the more inexperienced West Ham team who kept trying to make a game of it.
Stand-outs for Melville included Josh Galletly and Sean Leadley with four goals each, and some quality finishes.
The Melville U-14s have been selected as mixed squads split down the middle rather than A & B squads.
Wilkinson was delighted to see Claudelands win as a very organised team.
“I was quite pleased to see there will be some tough games,” he said. “From the point of view of development, there was far more value in the Reds 2-3 loss than the Greens 23-0 win.”
There were subtle stylistic differences between the Melville U-14 squads. The winning Greens were made to play with their shirts tucked in, the Reds played with their shirts untucked.
Melville Reserves recorded just their second loss of the season in going down 4-1 away to Hibiscus Coast. Luis John, promoted from the Federation team, scored a late consolation goal for Melville.
Melville trail leaders Ellerslie by three points.
The Ressies were over-run in midfield and lacked their usual bite up front, while in the absence of Keegan Hansen goalkeeping duties were shared (a half each) by keeper coach veterans Neil Mouncher and Tony Govorko.
There were mixed views on which keeper played best. Mouncher felt he had, while everyone else thought the slightly younger Govorko did.
But Melville club captain Phil Wheatley warned it was wrong to write too much into performance perception, and suggested Mouncher, a 55-year-old Huntly-based detective-inspector, would always suffer in comparison.
“The problem is Tony is everybody’s mate and a nice guy, whereas Neil is a policeman,” Wheatley said.
“So I think you need to take cogniscance of process accountability, relative to outcome accountability, if you are to improve subjective judgment quality.
“The performance advantage of process accountability does not generalise to more complex configural tasks, because process accountability improves the analytical process based on cue abstraction, but does not change a holistic process based on exemplar memory, if that makes sense.
“In simple terms, it’s the old good cop-bad cop thing. In his heyday even Mouncher’s own team mates were terrified of him in the dressing room when the veins in his neck would throb, so people naturally tend to align themselves more with someone like Tony in passing judgement. I know I do.”
Melville Feds came from 2-1 down at half time to nick a 2-2 draw away to Otumoetai. Dylan Blair scored a goal in each half. Melville are ninth on the table ahead of a home game against Cambridge on Saturday.
Melville Nobs (New Old Boys) continued their one-sided cake-walk through the Waikato A Division with a 12-0 home win over Matamata Swifts. Mike Cosgrave and Kieran Frewen scored hat tricks, but another former first teamer, Steven Holloway, could somehow only manage two goals after coming off the bench. The other scorers were Gav Douglas, Joey Waugh, Jason Chewins, and Wayne Bates.
Melville Old Boys won 4-2 away to Waihi, where the feature goal came from club captain Wheatley.
Team mate Darrien Jamieson described it as “a Margot Fonteyn moment” (ask your Mum) as Wheatley executed a delicate pirouette to steer the ball home through a forest of legs.
“He’s got such a good touch for a big man,” Jamieson said. Other goals came from Phil Stark, Gavin “Porter” Webber and Robbie Orchard.
But there was no luck for the Melville Knights as they lost 4-1 at Huntly.
Melville Young Guns are still clinging to a one-point lead in the C Division despite 0-2 loss to second placed West Hamilton, who have played a game less.
Melville Ds lead the D Division on goal difference after losing 0-2 away to Tokoroa.