Weekend wrap: Nobs ahead
Melville Nobs (New Old Boys) were the stand-out club winners at the weekend, with an 8-1 home hammering of Wanderers Classics.
The Nobs are now six points clear of Ngaruawahia – who they face at Centennial Park on Saturday – at the top of the Waikato A Division.
Justin Harden (above), Kieran Frewen and Terry Blunt all scored a brace, in a match that Nob head Raj Naidu described as “the usual Old Boys win”.
However there were still a number of conversation pieces, starting with Blunt’s stunning left-footer from distance in the first half, after having returned from suspension.
On the debit side, Big Joey Waugh is out long-term with a ruptured achilles tendon.
The other talking point from the match was the referee’s decision to stop the match for 5-10 minutes in the first half because he needed a break. But it was more a case of a food poisoning being the problem than the extreme pace the Nobs play at.
The Feds were beaten 4-0 away to Te Awamutu to dip to 10th in their league, ahead of a home match against 6th-placed Rotorua on Saturday.
Big Phil Wheatley was so nearly the hero as Melville Gobs (Genuine Old Boys) fell to Putaruru 2-3 at home.
Mike (Donkey) Stewart had earlier netted for the Gobs, and Big Phil subbed on with about five minutes to go to score and draw the game level at 2-2 – though in the final analysis his team mates let him down.
“I’d been looking after the clubrooms bar and was grumpy because once again I felt like I was doing everything before I finally got to get on the pitch with five to go,” Wheatley said.
“Most of my goals are crafted by imagination, but this one was fueled by anger.”
And a home loss was not the end of the world.
“The final score may say the Old Boys lost but what if, say, one particular individual met all their personal goals during a brief cameo? Yes, there is naturally disappointment in a team loss, but I think there can still be an inner celebration for a personal triumph.
“Sometimes you can feel much more successful when you’ve lost than if you’d won, and as worldly players, the Old Boys understand that you need to experience losing as well as winning because both worlds exist for everyone, at all levels.”