There was a packed club house on Saturday afternoon for the Club Season Open Day, the first weekend where both junior and senior football games were all on. With an increase of juniors to 22 teams there was plenty of player of the day awards to go around. Jim Stenhouse, Club Patron, gave a warm speech welcoming new and old ‘back to the best family club there is’. Four generations of the Boomer family at the club and Ross Howard starting as a 5 year old junior working his way up to a Prem player of 87 games, being shining examples of what the club is all about.
Games a plenty around the football fields of Dunedin this weekend. Congratulations to Kelsey Kennard for her 100th Premier Women’s game. What a fantastic milestone and a great role model for the young players to look up to.
Andrew Douglas, President
Just a few reminders
Duty Teams – The Duty Team List dates are currently hanging up at the club, these have also been emailed to all managers and coaches.
Locking the club rooms and bringing gear in. The club rooms need to be secured at all times, On Saturday after the morning games the flags were left out and the changing rooms left open.
Lastly, any footballing issues that arise over the weekend which need to be informed to the club please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible after the game and we’ll get in contact to discuss. Prior to a Saturday game if you have any changes or requests please get them to the same email address by the Thursday afternoon.
Below you will see match reports for the teams that played this weekend.
Congratulations Kelsey Kennard on reaching 100 games for Dn Tech Premier Womens Team.
Sunday the 30th of April 2017 marks a milestone for not only Kelsey but for Dunedin Tech women’s football with Kelsey due to play her 100th Premier League first team game against Queenstown at Culling Park this Sunday.
Kelsey started off her career as a junior at Maori Hill going on to make the Otago under 12 team as a goal keeper. She was fondly known in that team as the little princess, oh how things have changed. Her goal keeping career lasted all of one season and she reverted to her current position as a defender.
The following year Kelsey and the other girls from that Otago under 12 team played together in the local competition under the banner of Otago Football and continued to do so until they all moved to Dunedin Tech in 2010. Kelsey had played a few games for the Dunedin Tech Premier Women’s side in 2009 when they were short of numbers and has continued to rack up the games since that time.
During her career Kelsey has played in every available Otago age group side as well as the Football South Federation sides and is currently a starting player in the Southern United Women’s National League side. She was also a member of the Dunedin Tech U17 side that were runners up in the Auckland City National Club tournament in 2013.
Kelsey is a no nonsense defender who is totally committed to the contact, strong in the air, builds play well and thrives on the offensive side of the defenders role. She is and always has been totally supportive of all members of the team.
I personally am very proud to have been part of Kelsey’s journey; to have witnessed her transformation from a young girl into a well-balanced, focused, polite young women and it gives me the greatest pleasure to along with all members of the club congratulate Kelsey on the milestone she is about to deservedly achieve, 100 PREMIER LEAGUE FIRST TEAM GAMES for the mighty Dunedin Tech.
Congratulations Kelsey, you are a star in so many ways.
Kelsey, also known as our Princess…. What an achievement 100 Premier games for Tech, the first female to do so. You have come a long way in the game from first meeting you as a tall, skinny ballerina who was pushed into the goal keeping position be default to the strong, fierce, reliable defender today. I’m sure my words are engrained in your brain, ‘where is your ankle guard !!, putting that on before training or games should be like putting your sports bra and knickers on!!…ha-ha, congrats on this awesome achievement.
Andrew and Debbie Whittaker
Ross Howard off to London
Words from Ross.
“Will miss this amazing club and the incredible people that have made me feel welcome since day one! As a 5 year old playing nippers, all I wanted to do was play first team football like the big boys! 87 appearances later and I still get the same buzz! Once a maroon, always a maroon!”
The Club will miss having Ross around as he is one of the family here at Dunedin Tech, we have been honored to have him play for the club and look forward to his return to the Culling Lounge.
Having Ross and his family at the lounge on his last game, his Dad said it best. You can take Ross away from Dunedin Tech, But you can’t take Dunedin Tech away from Ross.
Tech 3 Vs Roslyn 3Tahuna Park saw the Masetti Trophy up for grabs, a trophy played only between Tech and Roslyn in the first home game of the season for the trophy holder.
It was Roslyn who were first to score with a well hit strike from far outside the box getting over the Tech keepers head and into the netting. Tech responded with a number of pressing runs which eventuated in a clinical Ross Howard side line cross reaching Tim McClennan who headed it home. Right before half time another cross landed at George McCall allowing him to hit the back of the net, Tech going into the break 2-1 up.
In the second half Roslyn came back with two goals, going 3-2 up, with the pressure increasing and players getting tired. With 10 minutes to go the ball bounced in the box for Andy Coburn to pounce and strike through for 3-3, which was the final score of the game.
A big thank you to Ross Howard who is heading on his OE after 87 Prem games, coming through the club from the junior ranks.Player of the day Ross Howard
Tech 3 vs University 0University were top of the table coming into this game so Tech knew they had a battle on their hands. A good start by Tech saw Richard Smith take the lead after 10 mins. Possession was fairly consistent by both sides in the first half, with Tech going 1-0 up at the break.
Just after half time, Richie Smith was bought down in the box. Stepping up to take the penalty Aaron Burgess made it 2-0. University put the pressure on in the remainder of the second half, making the Tech defence work hard. Aaron delivered on another chance with a volley in the 70thminute after Smith had adroitly glanced the ball with his head making the final score 3-0.Player of the Day Richard Smith
Tech 7 vs Queenstown 1
Tech 3 vs Mosgiel 4
Newly appointed Coach Eddie Dijkstra, meet some of his team for the first time on Saturday, but this did not stop them getting out on the field and seeing a Maggie Burgess goal within the first few minutes of the game. Mosgiel equalized taking it 1-1 at the half.
More goals in the second half to follow by both teams. goals to Ingrid and Simone saw the game end 4-3 to Mosgiel
Player of the day Sammy Richards
Tech 5 vs Mornington 2
Tech 2 vs Roslyn 5
A revised game plan had Tech draw the second half 2-2 ending the game 5-2.
Tech 1 vs Habourside 4
Not the start of the season the lads have been hoping for, going up against the newly formed Harbourside at Forrester park, Tech was not having a good day. The needed win was out of reach and the boys went home without the points.
Tech 1 Vs Grant’s Braes 4
The Frotters were out visiting the beach lands at Ocean View, at times the game was going well, however it was not to be the day for the Frotters going down to Grants Braes 4-1
Player of the day, Alan Fraser
9th July, Chisholm Park.
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