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Karori women unassailable Waterside Karori AFC took on Wellington United in a top-of-the-table clash in the Capital Football Women’s Premier League on Sunday July 29. Karori took out the match 2-0, and with that also took out the league with two rounds to go - and still unbeaten. PHOTO: Paulo Pics

Northern football teams in a good place By Grant Stephen

North Wellington Football Club teams were in the thick of the action over the weekend as the winter season draws to a close. The Just Paterson Real Estate Men’s Reserve side continued their late season resurgence with a 4-0 win over Marist to retain second spot in the Division 2 competition. With just two points separating three teams, local supporters are holding on to their lucky charms for a win and the promotion that goes with it in the last match of the year this coming weekend. The Just Paterson Real Estate Men’s third team have already won their Division 4 grade and maintained their points margin and plus 50 goal difference due to an unfortunate

default by their opposition. In a top of the table clash, the New World Newlands Men’s Premier side made no race of it playing Upper Hutt away at Maidstone Park. The final score was 3-1 to North Wellington and Kiernan Mason-Hughes joined the hat trick club in his first full game for the team, using both his head and feet in some text-book finishes. The Under 17 youth side had a 1-all draw against Lower Hutt and are now placed second on the table. In the Women’s Executive Plate competition, New World Newlands didn’t have it all their own way but won comfortably in the end against Tawa by four goals to two. New World Churton Park also prevailed scoring three goals to Stop Out’s two.

Jonty Bilderbeck in action for North Wellington on Saturday against Upper Hutt.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Kiernan Mason-Hughes on target again for North Wellington on Saturday against Upper Hutt. PHOTOs Glyn Badcock

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Premier (Jubilee Cup) Old Boys University beat Northern United 37-31 Premier Reserve (HD Morgan Memorial Trophy) Johnsonville beat Petone 22-19 Women’s (Izzy Ford Cup) Old Boys University v Hutt Old Boys Marist 71-22 Under 21 (John E Kelly

Memorial Cup) Hutt Old Boys Marist v Old Boys University Green 55-0 85 kg Restricted (Paul Potiki Memorial Shield) Paraparaumu 80/80s beat Old Boys University 49-0 85 kg Restricted (Tony O’Brien Shield) Johnsonville v Marist St Pats 50-0 Western Suburbs v Hutt Old Boys Marist 24-10

Reserve Grade (John Davies Cup) OBU Teddy Bears beat OBU Pink Ginners 7-5 OBU 69ers drew with OBU Righteous Brothers 19-19 Marist St Pats vs Western Suburbs 34-31 Reserve Grade (Paul Donoghue Memorial Cup) Johnsonville v Poneke 32-22

LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: Men’s Central League Miramar Rangers v Stop Out 5-4 Wellington Olympic v Wanderers 3-2 Capital Premier Island Bay Utd v Kapiti Coast Utd 2-1 Capital 1 Brooklyn Northern Utd v Naenae 1-5

Capital 2 Seatoun AFC v Wairarapa Utd 4-3 Marist v North Wellington 0-4 Women’s W League Wellington Utd v Palmerston North 3-1 Seatoun AFC v Wairarapa 0-1 Premier League Island Bay Utd v Victoria University 0-6

Cantabs do right by champion Crusaders Hats off to the people of Canterbury for their support of the Super Rugby champion Crusaders on Saturday night. Cantabrians have received plenty of criticism for not filling their pop-up stadium over the past five years but Saturday’s 38-19 win over the bride’s maid Lions showed they will come out if the product is worth it. A sellout crwod of 19,500 people had the place rocking, I was there and enjoyed elements of my childhood in the buzz and atmosphere at the game. Hopefully that came across on television because the crowd was supportive, vocal and passionate to their own team and respectful to the Lions who lost their third consecutive final. Make no mistake, the stadium experience is poor and not worth the $82.50 for a second-tier ticket that I paid to be there. It was my first game at the stadium this year and I’m a fully eye-patched member of the crusade. The stadium is cramped, cold and clunky. It’s easy for people in other cities to

question Cantabrian support for their team but, as a big fan of all teams, there is competition for the entertainment dollar and there’s not much value in a rugby game in the middle of winter in that stadium. The atmosphere on Saturday night was decent by Kiwi standards. Generally, unless we are intoxicated, Kiwi crowds tend to sit on their hands and not do much unless their team does something worth getting vocal about. We aren’t a country of loud and proud cheer sections, perhaps our lineage to England runs deep. However Crusaders fans chanted for their team on defence, cheered when they were hot on attack and drowned out the final siren with a “back to back” chant. It was well deserved for a team that looked likely to win the competition on paper nine months before it started and never looked likely to lose that favourites tag once the season began. So for one week, lay off us Cantabs - we supported the right way and celebrated in great style.

Independent Herald 08-08-18  

Independent Herald 08-08-18

Independent Herald 08-08-18  

Independent Herald 08-08-18