Melville did well at U17s

Technical director Sam Wilkinson is pleased with the efforts of Melville’s teams at the Western Springs U17 tournament.

Melville men qualified second in their group (three wins, a draw and a loss) and were beaten in the quarterfinals by Lower Hutt City (Wellington Phoenix) who then lost 2-1 to Tauranga City in the final. Lower Hutt boasted Melville products Finn Conchie and Josh Tollervey.

A youthful Melville women’s team finished fifth in a group which produced both tournament finalists, picking up a win over Tauranga and a draw with Ellerslie.

Wilkinson said the men’s efforts had a very similar vibe to the U19s at Napier, with solid performances throughout, and drawing positive feedback from many quarters.

“We were good throughout,” he said. “While we lost to Lower Hutt in the quarters, there were also times when we looked capable of winning the tournament.”

Wilkinson singled out Campbell Brown, Ryen Lawrence and Josh Galletly (pictured above) as Melville’s stand-out performers.

“They were as good as anyone at the tournament.”

Meanwhile Melville women were the youngest team at the tournament, with most having another two years in the age group.

“Their positives are a longer-term thing, and there were good lessons for them, given the whole group will be back for the March 2021 tournament.”

Stand-outs for Melville were Ella McMillan and Aaliyah Konui.

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