Melville teams sitting pretty

Melville sat atop Waikato men’s A, B, C and D divisions at the close of weekend play, while the Women’s Epic team were top of the women’s B Division, and the Reserves were top of the Northern Reserve Division One.

And in a curious twist, Melville’s Women’s Development team sit ahead of our first team in the women’s A Division, after beating Wanderers 3-1, with goals from Natalie Hallett, Summer Gunn and Sarah Mete. The women’s first team beat Matamata 5-0 away. The Epics beat Te Awamutu by default to lead Women’s C Division on goal difference.

Melville Reserves lead Ellerslie on goal difference (12) at the top of the Reserve league after three rounds, and are well on their way to defending their 2016 title, with arguably a better team than last year.

Melville Reserves have strolled to the top of the Northern Reserve League

Melville Reserves have strolled to the top of the Northern Reserve League

Melville Feds picked up their first win of the season, 5-3 at home to first-round winners Matamata Swifts, with goals from Dylan Blair (2), Cameron Crowe, and two first-half own goals.

But the real stars of men’s competition have been the newly-formed Melville Noobs (New Old Boys – and since you asked, no, “Nobs” didn’t seem quite right, somehow) in the Waikato A Division. They beat Te Awamutu 12-1 away, and were not only running out of space to write the goalscorers on the team card, but were politely inquiring if a “mercy rule” exists in senior men’s football.

Rising talent Jason Chewins, playing in his favoured everywhere role, scored a hat trick while fellow former first team players Kieran Frewen (2), Wayne “Master” Bates (penalty) and Justin Harden also got in on the act. But the Noobs largely attributed their win to the work of emerging goalkeeping star Gavin “The Cat” Douglas, who was able to combine his glove work with child care. The Noobs are at home to Cambridge, 2.45pm Saturday.

The old Old Boys beat Claudelands Wallies 4-1, with Robbie Orchard and Matt Leaver among the scorers for the second successive week.

Tony Schischka’s Melville Young Guns beat Te Awamutu 7-3 to go a point clear at the top of the C Division, while Alan “Hairy Javelin” Holt’s Melville Ds spanked Te Aroha 5-0 to lead the D Division on goal difference.

Melville club captain Phil Wheatley noted that apart from the men’s first team, every other team in the club won at the weekend.

“Of course at lower levels we tend to mark success by far broader parameters than simple win-loss ratios,” Wheatley said. “For some of our less elite teams, success is measured in terms such as the life skills taught on the playing field, lessons learned through the competitive experience, and the accomplishment of personal goals regardless of the final outcome.

Melville club captain Phil Wheatley checks results on his phone while contemplating the meaning of life.

“How we measure success becomes intricately tied to our philosophy of life, and the beliefs, principles, and values we hold to be true. All the same, the bottom line is it is extremely satisying to harvest such a collection of wins from one weekend.”

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