The wrap: Super Stu bags two
From a catalogue of mixed Melville results at the weekend, one veteran Unicorn was prancing taller than most.
Stu Timings, 59, emerged as a 2-goal hero and scorched to the top of the club Golden Boot standings after scoring twice from the penalty spot, as the Old Boys beat Te Awamutu 3-2 away in Waikato Division 3.
“I haven’t hit penalties that well since 1989,” a reflective Timings said of his goals. “For the second one, the keeper requested a blindfold.
“But I certainly hope the website headline doesn’t read something like: ‘Super Stu bags two’ because it was a team effort.
“I told the lads as long as they earn the penalties, I’m happy to convert them.”
Timings said it was more than just precise technique and nerves of steel which stood him in good stead for spot kicks in the inferno of Div 3.
He has this season handed over the Old Boys management reins to Todd Nasmith and Phil Stark, and credits this with reviving his stalled career.
“I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and it has given me a new lease on life,” Timings said.
“I’d been thinking about giving it away completely this year, but then I reflected on how retirement has adversely affected the general quality of life of some of my former team mates.
“Not mentioning any names, but they don’t now get out for a drink as often as they used to. They always seem depressed or have that haggard hen-pecked look, or are angrier than Neil Mouncher after an own goal.
“Then I look at a team mate like Big Phil, who continues to play on despite fitness and talent issues, and by contrast his life seems to be proceeding in a very orderly fashion.
“So I think I’ve made the right choice.
“As I said to Ange the other night, ‘yes, I’m getting on,’ but I’m confident I can still get up for the big occasions.”
Old Boys other goal came from Darby. No, not the one with arms like an octopus, but Darby Seabright, or Darby Junior (DJ) as they call him. Stark was named player of the day.
Melville Nobs got the weekend off to an encouraging start with a 1-0 home win under lights on pitch 7 over Claudelands Wallies.
The contest unfolded as a seeming mismatch between a mobile Wallies team and the slowest backline in Nobs history. Usually the action looks faster under floodlights, but the glacial Nobs defenders completely debunked that theory.
But the final scoreline did not reflect the mobility mismatch after Frewy Frewan turned the game into a one-man shooting drill, in which he shot on sight every time he got the ball, and this sensible policy paid dividends.
“This was a big derby for us and we were delighted with the win,” said Nob head Raj Naidu. “It augurs well for the season ahead.”
It was a tough start for Melville women’s teams.
Melville Premier women lost 4-1 at home to Papamoa, with their only goal coming from a Papamoa defender. Women’s Development lost 3-2 to Claudelands Rovers and the Epics lost 3-0 away to Mangakino.
Melville Feds drew 2-2 at home to Ngaruawahia, after David Brennan and Jordi Ditfort had earned a 2-1 half time lead. Melville are away to West hamilton on Saturday.
In men’s division 2 the Melville Mighty Bs beat Putaruru 2-0 but the B52s lost 0-1 at home to Waikato Unicol.