Weekend wrap: Ressies, Feds & Knights win
Thomas Mouncher (above) potted a stunning free kick as Melville Reserves battled gamely to beat Mt Albert Ponsonby 3-1 and remain second in their league, six points behind leaders Ellerslie.
With the game locked at 1-1 the 17-year-old centreback fired in a left-footed free kick from near the visitors dugout on Gower No 2 to put Melville in control of the game, after Jono Viviani had scored in the first half.
Thomas, better known as “The Likeable Mouncher” at Gower Park (to distinguish him from his dad, Detective-Superintendent Neil) bounced back from a recent sending off to show his goalscoring prowess with his fourth strike of the season.
“It wasn’t as good as my volley the other week, but it was still nice,” Likeable said. “I only got to take the free kick because I was the only left-footer in the team.”
Mouncher attributes his hot form to having taking up a painting apprenticeship with Anglo Painters, where he is spending a lot of time educating his new boss about the subtleties of football.
And after sanding all week, he is more than happy to take the rough with the smooth in turning out for the Reserves.
It’s been tough for Thomas finding a niche in a club where his father starred for many years, with people drawing inevitable comparisons, and quick to announce similarities and differences.
Like his dad, Thomas can be grumpy at times. But unlike his dad, he is a passionate and thoughtful Sunderland fan.
Josh Nooijens added the insurance goal for Melville Ressies later in the second half.
# Melville Feds scored an important 3-0 home win over Tauranga Boys College to remain ahead of them in 10th spot on the WaiBop league table.
Dylan Blair (above) scored two while young Ben Wheatley followed in the footsteps of his more illustrious uncle, Big Phil, to also find the net.
The Feds are at home to West Hamilton on Saturday.
# With Melville’s best-performed teams having the wekend off – Te Awamutu defaulted to the Melville Nobs, Melville D’s had a bye, and all women’s teams had their games postponed through weather – there was more focus on the Melville Knights.
The Knights beat Waikato Unicol 2-0 at Gower in a bottom of the table clash to extend their winning streak to a record two games and ensure they won’t finish last in the Waikato B Division.
The Knights had only barely beaten Unicol 2-1 last time around, and once again it was a hard Knights day – and they were working like a dog.
But when they get Unicol at home they know the things that they do will make them feel alright. (There’s a Beatles song in there somewhere, folks.)
Because when the Knights are at home, everything seems to be right, even if it’s tight, tight, tight. (in the key of G, 1964, Lennon/McCartney.)
Luke Finnerty got the game off to the best of starts with a goal from close range after four minutes. Then at the 10 minute mark Isaiah Chalmers put in a pin point corner kick for Finnerty to head in his second.
# Melville Gobs (Genuine Old Boys) battled to a 1-1 draw against Claudelands Wallys, with a goal from Hamish Utteridge. The Gobs were without inspirational player-coach Stu Timings, who was attending an electrical refresher course on modern techniques for changing light bulbs. (Club members might be curious about how many electricians it takes to change a light bulb at Gower Park. “Only one,” said Stu. “That is what we are trained for – but you have to remember not to leave your tools at home.”)
The Gobs enjoyed the freedom of allowing others to take the free kicks for once, but skipper Gavin Porter-Webber admitted they missed 55-year-old Stu in defence.
“We will be glad to have him back,” Webber-Porter said. “Even if he has to take the free kicks.”
The Gobs are fourth in the B Division, but this weekend have a cup match away to Eastern City, which will be a delight for all, except possibly the referee.
Melville Young Guns eked out a 2-2 home draw with Te Awamutu and are sixth in the C Division.