Weekend wrap: Waikato cup fever
Melville will have two women’s teams and at least three – possibly four – men’s teams able to enjoy the romance of the cup in upcoming rounds of Waikato knockout competitions following weekend action.
Standout result in Waikato Women’s Knockout Cup was Melville Women’s Development’s 13-0 win over a lower-ranked Claudelands Rovers team. Melville premier women had a bye into the next round, while Melville Epics put up a brave fight against higher ranked Northern United – taking a 2-0 lead through Bailey Guildford and Annika Puriri before eventually falling 3-2.
Melville Development were 5-0 up against Rovers by half time on Gower No 1 and continued in the same vein in the second half, totally dominating.
But Melville club captain Phil Wheatley philosophically dismissed suggestions there was little value to be found in such one-sided matches.
“Everyone at Melville – apart from perhaps our Knights team – knows that winning is more fun than losing,” Wheatley said.
“And yes, winning can create its own problems with overconfidence and being too cocky. But the girls also know that the real competition is with yourself – not the scoreboard – when it comes to developing as a player.
“Melville players are always encouraged to develop an attitude of personal improvement over and above winning, and ultimately see victory and defeat as the same enemy in that eternal quest for improvement.
“While training lays the foundations of success, there is always a delicate balance to be struck with establishing a sense of community and purpose both on and off the field.
“To succeed as a team, these players must work together and extract from these shared experiences of the playing extremes, a vocabulary and set of meaningful beliefs which become the basis of their common bonds.
“That is ultimately what makes the difference and what mitigates the more deleterious impacts of a lop-sided scoreline.”
In the men’s Soccer Shop Waikato Cup, super Melville Ds were D-lighted to beat Huntly Thistle – from two divisions higher – 1-0 away at the Huntly Domain.
In wet and bitterly cold conditions – a storm in a D Cup-run, if you like – Greg Holt netted the decisive goal, while Jono Jordan was player of the day.
But a rare outing north of Ngaruawahia wasn’t a total success for the Ds. Poor Connor left his boots behind at Huntly.
“It is hard for these boys sometimes without their mothers with them,” explained coach Alan “Hairy Javelin” Holt. Thanks to the lovely Jess from Huntly for collecting the boots.
Melville Genuine Old Boys (Gobs) beat Claudelands Rovers Pacers 3-1 on the newly marked Gower 5.
The fact that goal supremo Marc “Hitman” Evans had helped “Marc” the pitch just 24 hours earlier rubbed off on a couple of players at least, as Matt Leaver and Gavin Porter-Webber found the target.
But the Gobs also missed a gobber when Big Phil Wheatley made a hash of a sitter with his left trunk.
“#@*k,” said Wheatley.
High-flying Melville Nobs (New Old Boys) were a teeny weeny little bit upset their cup game against Waikato Unicol was postponed because the Gower No 3 pitch – colloquially known as “The Everglades” – was a complete bog up the middle, with a number of their former first team players struggling to adjust to the objective reality of playing in what is effectively the men’s 4th team.
Melville C beat Tokoroa 1-0, while Melville Knights bowed out 8-0 to Ngaruawahia
# In a non-Cup match, Melville Feds pushed Federation League leaders Taupo hard at Crown Park, before losing 2-1. It was 1-1 at half time, with Dylan Blair again on target for the Feds, who remain in sixth place.