Melville women lead the way
Melville women completed a clean sweep of Waikato league matches in a weekend of generally encouraging results for the club.
Clare MacKintosh starred as Melville women’s As beat Wanderers Sports Club 5-0 on Gower Park No 1.
MacKintosh was praised as much for her work out wide on the left as well as her keen finishing touches, in being named player of the day by coach Laichyn Parkinson, who was proud of his team.
“It was match that could have got niggly, but the girls didn’t let the opponents get into their heads, and we played way better in getting forward,” Parkinson said. “But we didn’t finish as many chances as we might have – it could have been 10.”
Kelsie MacKintosh,above, also got on the scoresheet, while Jackie Pretswell – having her first game of the season – completed the scoring from the penalty spot, after missing a couple she usually would have buried.
Melville Women’s Development team beat Claudelands Rovers 6-0 on Gower Park No 2.
Sarah Mete and the quicksilver Summer Gunn scored two apiece, while Jessie Begbie-Hall – grand-daughter of former Melville coach Dave Hall – also netted in a dominant performance.
Delighted midfielder and aspiring model Erica Teare completed the goalscoring.
“It is so nice to score, but it is even nicer to be the hottest ‘taken’ chick at Melville,” gushed Erica, above, after the match.
Coach Lance Vervoort said the No 2 pitch – 8m longer than it was at this time last year – was rather big for his team, but praised two cracking strikes from Mete and the goalscoring fluency of Gunn.
TDO-sponsored player of the day was Antonia Timings, who was feted for her leadership.
Melville Epics beat Cambridge 4-2 away. Player of the day Jackie McInally scored three, after Melville led 1-0 at half time.
Newcomer Anika Puriri debuted in centre midfield and scored the fourth to seal the win, after Melville conceded two relatively soft goals late in the game.
In men’s football Melville northern league team beat Ellerslie 5-0 at home but the Reserves lost 0-1.
Melville Feds lost 3-1 away to West Hamilton.
But Melville Noobs beat West Ham 6-2 in the Waikato A division after being locked at 1-1 at half time, thanks to a Mike Cosgrave goal. The goals came in a late rush for Melville, with Grant Kettle, Kieran Frewen (2), Jason Chewins, and Joe Waugh all netting in the final 20 minutes.
Melville Bs drew 2-2 at home to Waihi, conceding a goal in the last minute. Rob “The Banker” Dunnigan and Te Aroupo scored for Melville.
Melville Old Boys lost 2-1 to a strong Otorohanga team, though their consolation goal was a goodie.
Player-coach Stu Timings did his best Stu Psycho Pearce impression and leathered home a stunning free kick – though a disturbing number of his team mates completely missed seeing it.
“We’re so used to his shots going over the crossbar and disappearing that whenever he shoots we concentrate on the horizon to see where the ball might end up,” said a team mate who wished to remain anonymous in case it affected his future selection.
Melville Cs drew 2-2 with Claudelands Rovers after being 2-0 up approaching the last 10 minutes.
Melville Ds beat Cambridge 8-0.