Season over for Sharks, Vintage

TWO of Gisborne football’s more colourful men’s teams bowed out of the 2017 season on Saturday.

Division 1 giant-scarers Wainui Sharks lost their Bailey Cup game against Carpet Court Thistle Reserves 2-0 at Childers Road Reserve.

And Division 2 runners-up Thistle Vintage lost their Chris Moore Cup game against Bohemians Social on penalties after they ended extra time locked at 1-1.

This season Wainui drew 1-1 with Eastern League champions United, beat Carpet Court Thistle Reserves 2-0 and ran both sides close on other occasions in a season blighted by injuries to key players.

Many times they relied on reinforcements from the club’s Division 2 side Demons to bolster their strength, and it was common to hear of players turning out for two games in a day to make up the numbers.

On Saturday, they were relatively well off for players. Shane Hooks, out injured for most of the season, had his first game back in months and was outstanding at the heart of the defence.

Te Wai Coulston came into the side in midfield and made an impact.

Jimmy Lawrence had another strong game at leftback, and Blaise Houston-Amor was tireless on the right flank.

Goalkeeper Andy Daubé made two particularly good saves that kept his side in with a chance.

Thistle’s first goal — midway through the second half — came from David Barker, who had just come on at centreback.

Reports differ. Wainui stalwart Mike Vita said it was a cross from the right, caught by the wind. Thistle Reserves coach Garrett Blair said Barker chipped the keeper from about 35 metres on the angle, and it was the goal of the season. Barker’s a centreback; I’ll go with Blair’s version.

The second goal, with about 10 minutes to go, came when central midfielder Max Mika intercepted a backpass, rounded the keeper and slipped the ball home.

Thistle’s man of the match was centreback Jake Robertson, while fellow central defender Daniel Venema and keeper Mark Baple were also outstanding.

Wainui’s Vita — who had a sideline view for a change, such were the numbers — said everyone played well.

“We were just unlucky with the goals.”

Division 2 side Thistle Vintage have a combined age that defies logic when you look at their work rate.

Player-coach Grant Thomson has had nearly two decades on titanium hips. On Saturday, he got through 90 minutes on the field for the first time this year.

Now 54, Thomson had both hips replaced on the same day 18 years ago.

“The surgeon, Mr (Iain) Kelman, said I should get 15 years out of them if I sat on the couch.”

Thomson has regularly done more than sit on the couch.

Vintage have some “youngsters” coming through, as well. Dan Murphy is a midfield workhorse who gets a handful of goals each season by being “Johnny on the spot”. He did it again on Saturday, pouncing on a rebound to give Vintage a first-half lead against the Bohs.

Brad Reynolds is the baby of the side, still in his twenties, and a prolific goalscorer. His strike partner at the weekend was Thomson, with Glen Udall dropping to central midfield to help fill in for Dave Watson and Jason Scott, who were away.

Reynolds and Udall both put in good shifts but could not score.

Like the organiser of a football class reunion, Thomson runs through his team’s ages: Dudley Meadows is 55, John van Helden is 55 next month, Roger Faber is 57, Peter Stewart is 53, Bryan Notting and Udall are in their late forties.

Then come the young bucks — Watson, Scott, Phill Gill and David Raggett — who are closer to 40 than 50.

Most of them have played football to a level that requires travel outside the district, and it shows.

Vintage and a few other teams in the second and third divisions embody the football diehard’s expression, “You’re a long time retired”.

On Saturday, those to shine included Raggett in the middle of midfield, Gill at centreback, and Faber providing cover.

But the Vintage man of the match was goalkeeper Charlie Kapene.

Bohemians got their equaliser in the second half, through non-stop midfielder Matt Sowerby. He played a wall pass close to the goal, shot, and put away the rebound off the keeper.

In the shoot-out, Bohemians scored from their first, third, fourth and fifth penalties.

Thistle hit the bar with their second penalty and had their third saved.

The Bohs clinched victory with their fifth penalty kick.

In other Chris Moore Cup games, Gisborne Boys’ High School (2) beat United seconds 6-2 and Wainui Demons beat Three Rivers Medical Bohemians Development 5-1.

In Poverty Bay Cup games for Division 3 teams, Smash Palace Shockers beat Liquid Thistle Allsorts 6-0, United (3) beat GBHS (3) 3-1 and Campion College beat Lytton High School 4-0.

In Braybrook Cup games for women’s teams, Heavy Equipment Services United beat Gisborne Laundry Services Riverina 4-0, while Campion College took league champions Tatapouri Marist Thistle to penalties after the teams were locked at 2-2. Marist Thistle won the shoot-out.

That leaves Marist Thistle with the possibility of securing the league and cup double when they play United in the final on Childers Road Reserve No.1 at 10.30am on Sunday.

The highlight of men’s football this weekend will be the Bailey Cup semifinal between league champions Heavy Equipment Services United and runners-up Thistle Massive on Childers Road Reserve No.1 at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Thistle player-coach David Ure said midfielder Kane Stirton would be out of town, but otherwise he had a full squad to call on.

That is likely to mean a Nic Somerton/Ure strikeforce, an Ander Batarrita/Matt Hastings central midfield, a Chris Spurr/Michael Rogers central defence, and Raymond Rickard in goal. Emerson Araya and Shannon Dowsing will likely start as fullbacks, with Hector Araya and Daniel Contreras in front of them on the flanks.

Ready to come on will be Lief Keown, Dave Sluter, Phill Gloistein and Jason Burgess.

United player-coach Stu Cranswick said his team’s three weekends off had helped players recover from injuries.

Timoti Weir would continue in goal, and the defence would be some combination of Daniel Torrie (just back from coaching rugby in the UK), Jonathan Purcell, Kim Perano, Matt McFatter and Jimmy Holden.

Aaron Graham had filled in at the back but could return to the midfield, alongside Craig Christophers, Damon Husband, Jack Feyen and Chris Adams, with Josh Adams and Cranswick up front.

Thistle Reserves will play Boys’ High on the Reserve No.2 in the other Bailey Cup semifinal.

Thistle coach Blair said Boys’ High were a well-drilled team who played good football.

“We won’t be underestimating them,” he said.

Riverina versus Bohemians Social will be the Chris Moore Cup game to watch, although Wainui Demons versus Boys’ High (2) should be close, too.

The Shockers/Ngatapa clash will be the Poverty Bay Cup highlight.

TWO of Gisborne football’s more colourful men’s teams bowed out of the 2017 season on Saturday.

Division 1 giant-scarers Wainui Sharks lost their Bailey Cup game against Carpet Court Thistle Reserves 2-0 at Childers Road Reserve.

And Division 2 runners-up Thistle Vintage lost their Chris Moore Cup game against Bohemians Social on penalties after they ended extra time locked at 1-1.

This season Wainui drew 1-1 with Eastern League champions United, beat Carpet Court Thistle Reserves 2-0 and ran both sides close on other occasions in a season blighted by injuries to key players.

Many times they relied on reinforcements from the club’s Division 2 side Demons to bolster their strength, and it was common to hear of players turning out for two games in a day to make up the numbers.

On Saturday, they were relatively well off for players. Shane Hooks, out injured for most of the season, had his first game back in months and was outstanding at the heart of the defence.

Te Wai Coulston came into the side in midfield and made an impact.

Jimmy Lawrence had another strong game at leftback, and Blaise Houston-Amor was tireless on the right flank.

Goalkeeper Andy Daubé made two particularly good saves that kept his side in with a chance.

Thistle’s first goal — midway through the second half — came from David Barker, who had just come on at centreback.

Reports differ. Wainui stalwart Mike Vita said it was a cross from the right, caught by the wind. Thistle Reserves coach Garrett Blair said Barker chipped the keeper from about 35 metres on the angle, and it was the goal of the season. Barker’s a centreback; I’ll go with Blair’s version.

The second goal, with about 10 minutes to go, came when central midfielder Max Mika intercepted a backpass, rounded the keeper and slipped the ball home.

Thistle’s man of the match was centreback Jake Robertson, while fellow central defender Daniel Venema and keeper Mark Baple were also outstanding.

Wainui’s Vita — who had a sideline view for a change, such were the numbers — said everyone played well.

“We were just unlucky with the goals.”

Division 2 side Thistle Vintage have a combined age that defies logic when you look at their work rate.

Player-coach Grant Thomson has had nearly two decades on titanium hips. On Saturday, he got through 90 minutes on the field for the first time this year.

Now 54, Thomson had both hips replaced on the same day 18 years ago.

“The surgeon, Mr (Iain) Kelman, said I should get 15 years out of them if I sat on the couch.”

Thomson has regularly done more than sit on the couch.

Vintage have some “youngsters” coming through, as well. Dan Murphy is a midfield workhorse who gets a handful of goals each season by being “Johnny on the spot”. He did it again on Saturday, pouncing on a rebound to give Vintage a first-half lead against the Bohs.

Brad Reynolds is the baby of the side, still in his twenties, and a prolific goalscorer. His strike partner at the weekend was Thomson, with Glen Udall dropping to central midfield to help fill in for Dave Watson and Jason Scott, who were away.

Reynolds and Udall both put in good shifts but could not score.

Like the organiser of a football class reunion, Thomson runs through his team’s ages: Dudley Meadows is 55, John van Helden is 55 next month, Roger Faber is 57, Peter Stewart is 53, Bryan Notting and Udall are in their late forties.

Then come the young bucks — Watson, Scott, Phill Gill and David Raggett — who are closer to 40 than 50.

Most of them have played football to a level that requires travel outside the district, and it shows.

Vintage and a few other teams in the second and third divisions embody the football diehard’s expression, “You’re a long time retired”.

On Saturday, those to shine included Raggett in the middle of midfield, Gill at centreback, and Faber providing cover.

But the Vintage man of the match was goalkeeper Charlie Kapene.

Bohemians got their equaliser in the second half, through non-stop midfielder Matt Sowerby. He played a wall pass close to the goal, shot, and put away the rebound off the keeper.

In the shoot-out, Bohemians scored from their first, third, fourth and fifth penalties.

Thistle hit the bar with their second penalty and had their third saved.

The Bohs clinched victory with their fifth penalty kick.

In other Chris Moore Cup games, Gisborne Boys’ High School (2) beat United seconds 6-2 and Wainui Demons beat Three Rivers Medical Bohemians Development 5-1.

In Poverty Bay Cup games for Division 3 teams, Smash Palace Shockers beat Liquid Thistle Allsorts 6-0, United (3) beat GBHS (3) 3-1 and Campion College beat Lytton High School 4-0.

In Braybrook Cup games for women’s teams, Heavy Equipment Services United beat Gisborne Laundry Services Riverina 4-0, while Campion College took league champions Tatapouri Marist Thistle to penalties after the teams were locked at 2-2. Marist Thistle won the shoot-out.

That leaves Marist Thistle with the possibility of securing the league and cup double when they play United in the final on Childers Road Reserve No.1 at 10.30am on Sunday.

The highlight of men’s football this weekend will be the Bailey Cup semifinal between league champions Heavy Equipment Services United and runners-up Thistle Massive on Childers Road Reserve No.1 at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Thistle player-coach David Ure said midfielder Kane Stirton would be out of town, but otherwise he had a full squad to call on.

That is likely to mean a Nic Somerton/Ure strikeforce, an Ander Batarrita/Matt Hastings central midfield, a Chris Spurr/Michael Rogers central defence, and Raymond Rickard in goal. Emerson Araya and Shannon Dowsing will likely start as fullbacks, with Hector Araya and Daniel Contreras in front of them on the flanks.

Ready to come on will be Lief Keown, Dave Sluter, Phill Gloistein and Jason Burgess.

United player-coach Stu Cranswick said his team’s three weekends off had helped players recover from injuries.

Timoti Weir would continue in goal, and the defence would be some combination of Daniel Torrie (just back from coaching rugby in the UK), Jonathan Purcell, Kim Perano, Matt McFatter and Jimmy Holden.

Aaron Graham had filled in at the back but could return to the midfield, alongside Craig Christophers, Damon Husband, Jack Feyen and Chris Adams, with Josh Adams and Cranswick up front.

Thistle Reserves will play Boys’ High on the Reserve No.2 in the other Bailey Cup semifinal.

Thistle coach Blair said Boys’ High were a well-drilled team who played good football.

“We won’t be underestimating them,” he said.

Riverina versus Bohemians Social will be the Chris Moore Cup game to watch, although Wainui Demons versus Boys’ High (2) should be close, too.

The Shockers/Ngatapa clash will be the Poverty Bay Cup highlight.

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