The football season continues to move into full swing with the first game of the season for the women’s leagues, a Football Fun Festival on the Oval for junior 6th to 8th grades, festival grading games continuing for 9th to youth grade and men’s senior grades getting the second game under their belt.
Next weekend is a break for everyone with chocolate egg eating taking priority over the football field around Dunedin. Juniors take two weekends off, one weekend for everyone else.
The 29 April will be the first Saturday of the season when every grade will be playing across the junior and senior club, so we’ll be having our Club Day on that date to welcome everyone back. Club Day is the opportunity for all players, coaches, managers and supporters to come together at the club on the Saturday afternoon to catch up and socialize.
This week we also had 4 coaches attend the NZ Football Level 2 Senior Coaching course held in Dunedin: Joe Cole, Grant Simpson, Stu Moffat and Graeme Smaill. A current focus of the club is to make sure all coaches are given the tools they need to develop as a coach. We are providing all our coaches with the opportunity to obtain their relevant NZ Football coaching certificate. All coaches will be contacted over the coming weeks for this.
Just a few reminders
Duty Teams – Each team will have a turn rostered as the Saturday Duty Team. This is your chance to help out at the club, you will be selling the Saturday raffle at the club, cleaning/sweeping the changing rooms, emptying the rubbish and bringing in the nets. It is up to your team to organize who does this (many hands make light work!) and a great way to give a little bit of time to help the club. The Duty Team List dates for each team will be on facebook and the website.
Lastly, any footballing issues that arise over the weekend which need to be informed to the club please email captaindunedintech@
Below you will see match reports for the teams that played this weekend.
Tech 1 Vs Queenstown 1
In the main game at Tahuna, the Premier Men’s side were left a bit disappointed after a late equaliser gave Queenstown a share of the points in a 1-1 draw. The lads tightened up defensively considerably from last week but will reflect on missed opportunities in the first half that ultimately proved very costly. Michael Bergin, Oscar McCallion and Kalib Bouma-Tucker all made their run on debuts as Coach Martin continues to re-build his side after significant player losses over the last couple of seasons. Goal scorer was substitute George McCall
Player of the day Campbell Higgins
Tech 2 vs Grants Braes 2
In the early game at Tahuna Park, the Fletcher Cup side continued their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought 2-2 draw against Grant Braes. After going behind to a scrappy goal from a set piece, Richard Smith equalised mid way through the first half before again falling behind to another goal right on half time. The second half was a tense affair with the only goal being scored by Luke Le Brun. Overall a fair result with good performances from Rhys Bayly and Alastair Moore
We also wish Morgan Rowan a speedy recovery from a broken leg sustained during the game.
Player of the Day Richard Smith
Tech 5 vs Green Island 0
Away at a coaching course Graeme left the team in capable hands and the girls didn’t let him down.
A strong start out of the block for the girls on their first game back saw them up at half time 4-0. This was a good start but unfortunately in the second half the defense of Green Island meant that they could only put 1 more goal away to take the game 5-0.
Goal scores were 2 to Emily, 2 to Kate and 1 to new comer Mikayla Gray.
Player of the day going to Mikayla Gray
Tech 1 vs Green Island 8
Eddie was struggling to put a team on the field with players away injured and on varsity events. Big thanks to the team that went out and played on Saturday including Goal Keeper Kathryn Boomer.
Although Roslyn managed to put 8 goals past Tech they were still able to return the favor with 1 goal scored by Amelia Currier.
Player of the day going to Holly Shanks.
Tech 0 vs Green Island 8
The girls were struggling to get a team on the field this weekend. They managed to take the bare 11 down to Balclutha but ended up with 10 until the legend that is Julia Connor drove down to take the field for the second half.
Against some old Dunedin Tech prem faces the girls unfortunately went down 8-0.
Player of the day Emily Scott.
Tech 3 vs Green Island 2
Tech playing away at Sunnyvale against Green Island started strong staying in the oppositions half for most of the 1st period. The midfield and strikers battled hard to put some rewards on the board and were able to find this twice in the first half. Jayden Howarth scoring a stunning penalty shot to the top corner, followed up shortly after by Elliot Gibbins netting his first for the day. Just before half time GI broke through and scored to have us 2-1. Battling in the second half saw both teams find the net again in the second half, given Elliot his second and Tech 3 points on the day.
Player of the day Elliot Gibbins.
Tech 2 vs Green Island 1
Out at Walton park the Weasels took on the GI Tippers in a rough contest. Both teams really wanted to be able to take the win home today and putting the ball into the net wasn’t easy. At the end of the game both teams managed to come away with goals but tech were the team to come away with the Win and 3 points.
Player of the day Josh Taylor and Alex Greer
Tech 1 vs Caversham 0
Tech coming off the back of a lose and going up against Caversham knew they had to take something away from this game. Both teams looking for a goal before half time, but tech managed to find this with the head of Gerald Finnie.
Caversham had plenty of chances, but with Shane puting his body on the line kept the boys in the game and 3 points higher on the table.
Player of the day going to the clean sheet keeper Shane Matthews
Tech vs BYE