New Melville women’s first team coach

Melville have appointed a new women’s first team coach, Laichyn Parkinson.

Parkinson took charge of his first match for Melville on Sunday, as Melville lost 3-1 at home to a Cambridge team strengthened by recent signings.

Parkinson replaces Blair Cowley, who resigned – with regret – on March 24, citing WaiBop’s inability to organise a quality competition, after calls for 2017 Federation League entries only attracted five teams, and was scrapped.

Cowley predicted the Melville women’s A team would immediately disband with players moving to other clubs.

However the Melville committee moved quickly to appoint Parkinson and start rebuilding the team.

While several players have left, a keen core have remained, and any ambitious female players who wish to return or join Melville are encouraged to contact Laichyn on 027 8348792.

Parkinson, 22, was previously involved with Waikato Unicol, and also coaches junior girls at Hillcrest High.

“I’m always looking for a challenge, as well as the opportunity to further my knowledge and develop my skills,” he said. “I am not afraid to test myself.”

HANDS ON: Laichyn Parkinson has settled quickly into his new role as Melville women's first team coach.

HANDS ON: Laichyn Parkinson has settled quickly into his new role as Melville women’s first team coach.

In his first game in charge Melville fell three goals behind to Cambridge but struck back with a goal from Monica Corkill.

“There is plenty to work on, but there is also much promise,” he said. “Our distribution was very good in the second half.”

Melville’s player of the day was midfielder Konagh Garrett.

Melville skipper Nat Mora has played a key role in rebuilding her team.

Melville skipper Nat Mora has played a key role in rebuilding her team.

Meanwhile the Melville Women’s Development team beat Matamata 3-0. Sumer Gunn converted two penalties, while it proved to be an eventful day for new signing Holly Duggan.

Duggan, in her first match for Melville, was late arriving after a one hour drive following morning milking duties. She not only scored, but then got sent off, and had to leave quickly afterwards to do more milking.

Duggan missed the pre-match briefing on how players should at all costs not interact with a notoriously sensitive referee, got booked for a bad tackle, complained, and then got a further card to be dismissed.

Football can be like that sometimes.

Melville Epics beat Ngaruawahia 3-1.

# Melville’s first team and reserve team are both top of their northern league divisions after big wins against Franklin on Saturday.

The first team won 4-0 with second half goals from Patrick Hinchcliffe, Marc Evans, Liam Hayes and Eric “Jones”. A guest match report can be found HERE but is not recommended for sensitive souls.

Melville Reserves went top of their league on goal difference after their 7-0 win. Goals came from Josh Nooijens (2), Jacob Robb (2), Marc Glenister, Matt Shaw and Quest tipping.

# Melville Feds lost 0-2 to Waikato Unicol, but Melville Noobs (New Old Boys) started life with a 6-1 win over Unicol in the Waikato A Division.

Melville GOBS (Genuine Old Boys) beat Huntly 5-0. “Local” Darby McDonald scored a 35m screamer, while Scott Clark, Robbie Orchard, and new signing Matt Lever also got on the scoresheet.

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