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Welcome... Hello and welcome to the final Central League game of 2012. What a way to finish with a local derby against our arch rivals and bragging rights at stake - both teams still have plenty to play for. The same can’t be said for Maycenvale unfortunately, who defaulted their final game last week. Regardless of their league position and the reason for defaulting, their decision was poor and was disrespectful to Miramar and the league. They deserve whatever fine CF decide to impose. The grounds have been a constant problem this year so I’m thankful we’re at least at Memorial, but #1 is in a sad and sorry state and a shadow of its former self (and probably gumboot weather once again). The amount of rain hasn’t helped but it really isn’t good enough to have three home games transferred elsewhere due to poor ground conditions. As far as I’m concerned, having an artificial turf is only part of the answer... My sincere thanks to Grant Plumbing for their wonderful support of the club, and in particular the 1st team. Their sponsorship has been invaluable and is appreciated by us all. I look forward to working with Jim Cryan and his team again next season. Please remember to support them in return and give them a call when you’re considering plumbing, gas fitting or roofing work. Finally thanks to you all for watching and supporting the 1st team. The lads are very grateful and play with pride in the blue shirt each week. Let’s hope they can finish the season on a high. Play hard but play fair. Craig Deadman Chairman, Petone Football Club

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From the Coach... Hi all, and welcome to our last game of the 2012 season. We will all reflect on the season and have our ups and downs. I guess the first thing that sticks out for me is our fantastic new artificial ground (haha). This was meant to have been completed by the start of the year and then we were meant to have our last game on number 1, as we know it, half-way through the season. Today hopefully sees us play our last game on this piece of turf and the work will be carried out over the summer break. To me it is a damn shame we are digging up grass pitches and replacing them with artificial ones. Don’t get me wrong, they certainly have their place and this is highlighted by the number of cancellations there have been this year. I just wish we could replace some of our grass pitches with sand-based ones. Look at Newtown, Farrington and Endeavour, absolutely stunning! I am sure the players enjoy playing on these instead of the turfs? These three grounds also have good maintenance on them, something we have not had at Memorial unless our own Phil Pickering has tended to them. This is a disgrace and has certainly been highlighted with the fact of how many games have been transferred off Memorial this year. We should send the council an invoice for lost revenue, and ask for a rebate as the grounds have not been used as much.

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On a playing front we all knew this year was going to be a challenge. Results for the 1st team have been of a satisfactory standard but we certainly need to press on from here to become a threat to the big teams. Highlights for me would be the scoring 6 goals in two consecutive games; beating Napier in Napier with 9 men for 35 minutes; and when was the last time a Petone 1st team did the double over Wests! The reserves have struggled at times with their first season in the premier league (we currently have our fingers crossed that Upper Hutt get promoted to save us from relegation), but results towards the back end of the season have proven they can foot it in this league and give us great hope for next year. The huge plus of the year is how the 3rd team has developed; they are a very young side with some older ones scattered amongst them, which bodes well for the future. Well done to Broadie, Guy and the team. This leaves the Mighty Armanis who have been their usual consistent selves. Thanks to Paul and the team for their support during the season. A big thank you to all the Committee, supporters, players for their support/ guidance and opinions during the year - they are certainly appreciated. Finally, welcome to Brendan and the Lower Hutt lads/supporters and congratulations on your tremendous cup run. What a great way to finish the season - a full-blooded local derby. I’m sure both teams will give it their all, so get in behind your team and make it a memorable day! Hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas / New year and summer break and we see you all back in 2013. Mark Foster


From The Balcony! Hello everyone.

Last little ramble from me before I put my pen away in its little carry case. Is anyone even reading these anymore? Haven’t had any fan mail in my PO Box for many moons.It’s okay, most of this stuff just comes to me when walking the streets like a wild man. Mouth breathing and shadow boxing. Talking to stray cats and laughing at weather… “oh drizzle you can’t stop me walking to Countdown for a cookie time!”. Petone finish the season off against the old foe Lower Hutt. This Hutt team has just been on a rather magical Chatham Cup run. Sure it ended in a shellacking from a quality Central team, but when the average age of your team is 11 making the final is rather impressive.

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God, what about the gash on Wayne Rooney’s leg? Brutal. Looked like a shark bite. It’s a big worry for United with him out for a month. I mean who do they have in reserve to score the goals? What’s that? Robin van Persie? Oh that’s not so bad. The Premier League is amazing. We have had 2 rounds and the football has been wicked. Swansea and Michu are sexing it up like Rihanna under an umbrella. Sorry but Football is the greatest - no look, I’m not sorry. The Olympics were great but Football is and will always be king. I got in trouble with a mate recently because he was getting pumped for the All Blacks game. I said to him “f**k the All Blacks - the Premier League starts tonight”. Boy that went down like a cup of cold sick. I stand by it though, Football is the business. I’m predicting this game today will have a few goals. Think it could be open flowing football with a possible Davey Lane left foot rocket flying in from 30 yards. I also predict a chicken to run on the pitch and Fozzie to chase it round going “this one has the golden egg! Grab it!” Time for a beer… Go the blues!

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LOWER HUTT CITY

GK

Daniel Clarke

GK

RGK

Simon Rippon

RGK

Charlie Morris

2

Caleb Duncan

3

Jarred Mitchell

Scott Basalaj

2

Craig Alderdice

3

Scott O'Donnell

4

Jayden Grant

4

James Craughwell

5

Hayden Stuthridge

5

Nick van Driel

6

Kade Schrijvers

6

David Lane Š

7

James Vernon

7

Sam Pickering

8

Hamish Price

8

Sam Morrissey

9

Tobias Bertsch

9

Paul Whitmarsh

10

Hamish Watson

11

Cam Lidstone

10

Michael Pickering

12

Jarrod Smith

11

Leighton Arraj

13

Shaun Melrose

12

Terry O'Donnell

14

Jack Imray

13

Jamie Duncan

15

Martin Pererya

14

Richard McLay

16

Adam Leckey

17

Pom Te Anau

15

Mitchell Blair

18

Shaq Stirling

16

Cameron Blair

19

Taylor Hall-Jones

17

Benn Dawson

20

Corey Van de Coolwijkn

18

Jono Blair

21

Andrew Coad

19

Donny Stoupe

22

Taylor Scrijvers

20

Karl Whalen

23

Jack Cotter

24

Taban Mokaii

21

Sean Clarke Coach: Brendan McIntyre

Coach: Mark Foster GK coach: Barry Pickering Manager: Phil Pickering Asst manager: Dan Whittington

Asst coach: Mark Taylor

Match Officials

Manager: Bob Walker

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Score

Opposition

F

A

15 April

Napier City Rovers

Away

3

2

21 April

Miramar Rangers

Home

1

0

25 April

Olympic

Away

0

1

29 April

Wairarapa Utd

Away

0

2

5 May

Western Suburbs

Home

6

0

12/13 May

Chatham Cup - LHC

Home

1

2

19 May

Tawa

Away

6

2

26 May

Lower Hutt City

Away

0

1

2 June

Wellington Utd

Home

3

0

9 June

Olympic

Home

1

4

17 June

Maycenvale

Away

2

0

30 June

Napier City Rovers

Home

1

2

14 July

Wairarapa Utd

Home

2

2

21 July

Western Suburbs

Away

2

1

28 July

Tawa

Home

0

3

11 August

Wellington Utd

Away

2

1

18 August

Maycenvale

Home

2

3

29 August

Miramar Rangers

Away

0

2

1 Sept

Lower Hutt City

Home


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Central League Table P

W

D

L

GF

GA

P

Wellington Olympic

18

11

4

3

45

25

37

Wairarapa United

18

11

4

3

41

24

37

Napier City Rovers

17

12

0

5

43

19

36

Miramar Rangers

16

11

1

4

38

20

34

Lower Hutt City

16

9

1

6

36

27

28

Petone

17

8

1

8

31

26

25

Tawa

18

7

0

11

25

44

21

Western Suburbs

18

4

3

11

29

43

15

Wellington United

18

4

1

13

22

45

13

Maycenvale United

18

2

1

15

17

54

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Life Member: Barry Pickering Barry joined the club in 1963 as a 6 year old. He soon impressed and was selected in representative teams from an early age. He made his debut for the 1st team in 1973, with one game from the bench, but the following two seasons he was a 1st team regular, scoring 17 goals, before giving some compelling performances as a goalkeeper in 1976.

With two sons emerging into junior football, Barry became a junior team coach in 1995 and he continued in this role, moving up the age grades for 15 years. He was also a representative coach for 6 years, and a coach at Hutt Valley High School for some years. He also coached goalkeepers at various levels over many years, and is currently the 1st team goalkeeper coach.

In 1977, Barry transferred to Stop Out for National League football until the end of the 1980 season, after which he played for Christchurch United in 1981, and then for Miramar Rangers through to 1986. During this time he was in the 1982 New Zealand World Cup squad in Spain and made 20 appearances for New Zealand.

Barry was elected a Life Member of the club in 2006 in recognition of the substantial contribution he had made as a player, coach and administrator in his 33 years with the club. He had served in key positions of responsibility, on and off the field, and had also performed a myriad of other tasks. If something needed to be done, he would ‘just do it’, seldom asking for the help of others.

After 5 seasons at Miramar Rangers, and his career threatened by serious injury, Barry returned to Petone as 1st team coach for the 1987 season. That year however coincided with the entry of Hutt Valley United (HVU) into the National League, and of course Petone was one of the three clubs that formed HVU. Barry ended up playing virtually a full season for HVU on Sundays, winning Player of the Year in doing so, while coaching our Central League side on Saturdays. He then played national league football for two more seasons before semi-retiring with several games over the years for our 1st and 2nd teams. Of particular note over these years was his scoring his 18th career goal, a match-winning goal, which saw us win the 1990 Central League 1st division; his playing a full season of Superclub in 1996; and his last game for the 1st team being in goal at the age of 47. Overall, in national league, he had played over 200 games and won Player of the Year awards on 7 occasions, while for Petone he was almost a 1st team centurion.

It is easy to sum up Barry’s contribution by way of referral to the years of position-holding, but it is very difficult indeed to quantify the sheer intensity of the contribution he has made in the depth and breadth of the club’s administrative area. Ground set-up, gear, organising the Hilton-Petone Tournament for a decade or so, coaching and playing resources, 1st team appearances and match records, Council and Capital Football relationships, the inauguration of Team Wellington, the artificial turf development, the clubrooms, collation of results, communication with teams – these are all areas in which he has contributed significantly, and that list isn’t exhaustive.

We were always very proud that Barry was only the second born and bred Petone junior to play for New Zealand, (after Tony Evans). The fact that he had to leave our club to achieve the level of football required to sustain national selection never lessened our pride in his success. In a similar vein, it was straight back to our club for him when injury curtailed his days of national representation. In terms of administration, Barry was first elected to the Management Committee in 1994, and that year became the key person in developing the Committee’s proposal to build the fence around the No. 1 pitch. Barry undertook most of the planning, specifications, funding arrangements, and Council authorisation work. Using his ample football experience, he also contributed in the area of appointments and liaison with coaches and players, and was a key figure in our newly set up Football Committee. From January 1999, the Committee elected him as its Chairman. He held that position for five years, and when he stepped down from that role in 2003, the annual general meeting elected him as Club Secretary, a position he still holds after 9 years.

One key contribution worthy of special mention is the challenging area of the club’s applications for funding from the various poker machine charities. The success of our funding applications overall is crucial to the club’s survival in its current form. The diverse criteria that the charities have for grants and the wide range of funding requirements we have, not to say the importance of getting the timing of applications just right, are all demanding of a systematic and integrated approach which Barry has managed carefully and successfully for many years. As of this year, Barry has been an active club member for 40 years, and most of those have involved very substantial contributions. Not so well known would be that over much of that time, and befitting someone of his playing achievements and administrative responsibilities, he has taken an holistic and open-minded view of the structure of local football and where Petone might best be placed in terms of any national and regional aspirations. It will be important for the club to be able to benefit from his strategic approach as we move further into an era of less funding available, local authorities reducing their direct involvement with grounds, and higher costs impacting on our sport. John Bradbury


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