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Dunedin Technical Fletcher Cup champions 2018

Fletchers go back to back

It’s a tough job after a championship win to get the lads up for the next game. You can warn them the opposition will be doubly keen to take points you now. Everybody wants to bring you down to the ground, quite rightly. But that’s the limits of coaching, you can prepare the lads but you can’t get out there and do it for them!

We know Caversham are a decent side, another team who’s position on the table belies their quality.  They came out organised and up for it and sure enough got an early goal.  Going 1-0 down seemed to be the splash of water in the face the team needed  and we arrived back in the game via an Ash Watson goal to give Ash his ninth goal of the season.

We took the lead minutes later when the industrious Ethan Gall laid a defence splitting pass for Cam Thoms to get in behind to get his ninth of the season as well.  The race for second place in the golden boot behind Burgie was now well and truly on.

With the wind behind us, Ethan and Justin Flaws were now looking to get the ball out quickly to our wide-men from winning the seconds in the middle of the park.  Ollie Sutcliffe moved inside to striker and playing close to Thomsy managed to get him through for our third of the match and Thomsy’s tenth of the season.

Conceding another goal from sloppy defensive errors (from my perspective but from Phil on the opposite bench it’s was a blinder) brought the game back to 3-2.  There’s only one effective way to deal with that kind of scoreline in this grade and that’s to keep looking for more goals. Which is what Skipper Paddy Koppert did. Always combatitive he put his full back under extra pressure and kept winning the ball high up.  He was rewarded with our fourth just before the break  (also his seventh for the season).

A couple of changes at half time with crowd favourite Rhys Quarrel joining the attack and Elliot “EJ” Jenkins coming on in the middle of the park.

Caversham also jigged things around at half time and both sides contained each other for most of the second half.  Faced with the option of a defensive substitution at 70 minutes or an attacking one, we plumped for Aaron Burgess.  Having Burgie on the field gave the lads a lift in self-belief that his presence brings to the team, plus all his experience and canniness forced Caversham to be more cautious in going forward.  This was instrumental in our fifth goal. A well taken strike to Justin ‘Judda” Flaws. A fitting end to the season in which Judda has been ever present in midfield.

Thanks to Chris Wright (and helper)  from Football South coming down to present the Fletcher Cup to Skipper Paddy and the lads.  It’s been a great competition this year with the race for second place still up for grabs, none of the wins were easy and on the day any of the teams could take points off each other.

President’s 11
I want to start today by talking about Grants Braes. These lads battled so hard and never gave up. You kept coming at the end and we appreciate to battle on the park.
On to the Tech performance. After beating Green Island last week the team knew we had to keep things going and this is exactly what happened. We picked up our 3rd win of the round and the season but we had to hold on in the second half.
We scored early through a well placed kick by Elmo and he didn’t want to leave it there netting a second 10 minutes later. He also picked up an early hat trick after missing a header denied by the cross bar.
The team continued to play quality football and Ben picked up his goal from what can only be the 10th corner of the game.
Elmo taken down in the box and we were denied the goal as it ricocheted off the diving goal keeper.
Going into the half 4-0 up we kept the pressure on the and managed to get a headed goal through Raine followed up 10 minutes later by another header to Elmo crossed in by Vardy.
Grants Braes got a goal back to claim something from the game ending 6-1.
Man of the match Morgan Rowan.
Colt 35s
The final game of the season saw us playing at Forrester park versus a pretty handy and successful Harbourside outfit. We hadn’t beaten them twice previously or even scored against them… so it was looking good early on when we put together some good flowing passing sequences and slotted goals to both Matty R and Matty H. Marc and Dave were running the wings well and providing some great balls for Gareth..the middle pairing of Ross and Rock toiled hard as ever and slotted through the defence plenty of times.. 4-2 up at the half was a fair result.
Second half was a completely different story with Harbour relentlessly carving through the defensive line and only the heroics of big Jase in goal kept the scoreline from hitting double figures.
Eventual score was a 7-4 win to a deserving Harbourside. Thanks to Sos from GI for reffing.
Thankyou to everyone who has turned out for the 35’s this year, it’s been loads of fun with a great bunch of lads, it’s been a pleasure to manage and play alongside you. See you all next year.
Good luck to the Premier Women in the Kate Shepard Final, bring it home girls!
Cheers Rock.

Colt 45s

Colt 45’s managed to change our game to a Friday night game under the lights at Culling Park, thanks to GI for also changing. Colt 45’s started well and passed the ball freely across the field. GI then found their feet and were counter attacking well. Our deffense held strong and it was through a great run from the back through Rochey charging down the left flank, turning the ball into a waiting Pledge who lined up the net and smashed it past the keeper. 1 nill at half time and the lads were feeling good. No pod system this week, so our subs could go anywhere, but this week the boys stayed were they should. Chances were had at both ends and it was only in the last 7 or 8 mins that we were able to score. Both goals were to boys still on the nudy run, so we were all stoked. Well done Rob and Terry. 3 -0 final score. Thanks to GI for reffing, great game, the way it should be played.

POD – Lance Woods ( runs the game beautifully from the back)

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