Weekend Wrap: Double Digit Delight
Melville Premier Women have caught the double-digit bug from the men.
They beat Claudelands Rovers 10-0 at Gower Park on Sunday to stay top of the Waikato Women’s A Division after two rounds, with skipper Clare “Super Mac” Mackintosh (above) potting five.
With the opposition fronting with just 9 players from their own side for their first game and then being topped up with four from the game played earlier against the Melville Epics, it was always just a question of when the goals would start flowing.
Emma Sizer started the scoring in the 12th minute, from six yards out, after a succession of well delivered corners from Mackintosh. Seconds late some good pressing from Kendal Gaby-Sutherland on the right got the ball to Mackintosh for her first, and she then made it two when one of her corners went untouched through a couple of defenders into the goal.
Later on in the half Mackintosh got her third and fourth after Bailey Guilford and Emma both won the ball pressing high. Ali Galletly showed her utility values again in midfield Taz Gaby-Sutherland returned from injury to join the backline.
The second half began with a well worked move down the left between Isla Allen and Mackintosh, with the ball drilled into the box for debutante Shannen Perry to make it six without Rovers even touching the ball.
Allen then got her first senior goal after another well worked play down the left hand side and Mackintosh got her fifth when she was left free at the top of the box.
Jessica Sizer jumped into the action soon after chipping the keeper from 25 yards when the opposition were starting to sit in.
Melville started to knock it around after that with Johnelle Wereta introduced down the right hand side while the midfield trio of Emma and Jess Sizer along with Natasha Murrihy quite happy to spread the ball around and wear the opposition out. The back three of Kendal, Hannah Buesnel and Dion Henley meant keeper Brittany King was largely untroubled.
The elusive 10th came in the in the final minute of the game when hard working Guildford managed to get a foot to a lose ball in the box to rocket it into the back of the net.
TDO player of the day went to Mackintosh for her five goals and three assists while New Delhi Managers POD went to Kendal Gaby-Sutherland who was dynamic down the right for 60 minutes before sliding into the back three to see the game out.
Next fixture for the Premier women is a new look Northern United side following a bye this weekend.
Melville Women’s Development drew 2-2 with Otorohanga, with the experienced Jackie McInally scoring both goals and nabbing player of the day in an even contest. Nat Milicich was superb at left back for Melville.
Melville Epics moved ahead of Development on goal difference to second on the points table after a 5-1 home win over Claudelands Rovers Bs. Tanya Mete and player of the day Georgia Harrison scored two apiece, while late call-up Steph Murray (remember her?) got the other.
In men’s footbal Hamish Utteridge scored a hat trick as Melville Feds hammered Hamilton Wanderers – now coached by former Melville U16s coach Johan Andeweg – 5-0. That’s left Melville as one of three clubs with a perfect record at the top of the table.
The other goals came from Harry Coulsen and Sok Ven. The Feds are away to Te Awamutu this weekend.
In Friday night football Melville Nobs failed to give game time to freshly available Sam Wilkinson and paid the price when they could only draw 1-1 at home to title rivals Otorohanga.
Wilkinson has not taken the field for Melville for 15 years, but was certain he would have been the best player out there after watching from the sidelines.
Nob head Gav Douglas said it was simply not good enough for a player to make himself available at 1.15pm on matchday and expect to be selected. He also wanted to see more signs of Wilkinson fitting in socially with the team, given his 2004 transfer to Tauranga.
Wilkinson expressed mixed feelings. “You can stick your knobs up your…. What? Wait, yes, I could play next week.”
Wilkinson said he would also like to draft in Michael Mayne as a co-midifielder, an area where he thought the Nobs were weak, as evidenced by Douglas electing to play there as the match progressed.
Melville Nobs took an early lead through lively Kieran Frewen – who was almost as good as Wilkinson – but Otorohanga replied with a close range header within 10 minutes.
Douglas refused to blame keeper Neil “True Detective” Mouncher for the goal. (Mouncher blamed Josh Billman.)
“Mooch is actually one of my favourite Nobs,” Douglas said, in a statement which failed to take account of the gobfuls of withering advice The Mooch has offered Douglas over 20 years.
Seamus Marten advised that he is waiting in the wings should the goalkeeping winds of change blow for the Nobs.
Melville should have sewn it up in the second half – even without Wilkinson – but squandered more chances than Simon Bridges.
It was an entertaining match, made more-so by a handful of loud Otorohanga fans who had the greatest sense of grievance – against the referee, Melville and the world in general – heard outside of Tauranga. They made Dennis Billman sound like Ghandi. It was hilarious and by the end of the game home spectators were laughing un-ironically on the deck.
In the B Division Mighty Melville were less mighty than usual in drawing 2-2 with Claudelands Rovers Squatters, while the B52s lost 0-1 to West Hamilton.
The Melville Old Boys netted their first win with a 2-1 away victory over Waikato Unicol Red. Darby “Arms” McDonald and Gavin Porter-Webber scored screamers for Melville, but the rest of the match was shit.