Updated: Jun 10, 2020
Saturday Game Reports
Fantastic set of results from yesterday- there will be a few exciting games next week to finish off the season!
DIV 2 WOMEN
semi vs HDF
Match was drawn 2-2, ABC won 2-0 on penalty shoot outs! 📷📷📷
That was a match for the books, ABC took the early lead with a fantastic goal from Kassidy Allot and we completely dominated the first half (rain and all). Second half HDF came out swinging and manages to slip one past the formidable defense line. Thanks to some great play and passing Kaitlyn Horan managed to sneak us in front. HDF never gave up and continued to push for the equalizer which they managed right near the end of the game.
With the rainfall ABC ladies took up their positions for shoot outs...Kassidy Allot and Carey Wessels managed to sneak to past the HDF goalie but the lady of the hour was our goalie Maureen who kept a clean sheet and HDF just could not get anything past her! Needless to say Maureen was our star player of the day but in saying that the team tonight fought hard and as always never gave up and stayed calm under immense pressure!
Well done ladies, see you in the plate final! Let's go ABC!
DIV 2 MEN YELLOW vs Takapuna Green, 5nil win With most of our more experienced players injured, this was an opportunity for the younger players to show off their talent, and they did that in bucket loads. As was the case last week, we started off brilliantly, scoring 3 goals in the first 10 minutes. This was purely from keeping possession, running into space and passing well. We added another 2 in the second half to win 5-0 and qualify for the plate final next week. The highlight of the game was when Peter Fitzsimons stepped up towards the end of the game to slot a PC for his first goal of the season and a deserved award for player of the day.
DIV 2 MEN BLACK A good game against Glenfield Old Boys ABC 5 GOB 2 We started strong with an early goal but then went off the boil. With the umpires playing advantage our team stopped play and GOB equalised.
A few words were said about playing to the whistle. A good team talk and back on track.
Today we were advancing onto the ball and claiming possession. Dan Johnson had a great game as was in the thick of everything. No player of the day as everyone made a contribution to the outcome. As with the tradition of our grade, we have a knob of the day trophy which has not been recently been handed out but today Wayne nominated Graham W.
Wayne felt that Graham with a swing and a miss taking a sitter of a goal and finding himself flat on the ground was worthy of the nomination. Everyone agrees so trophy handed over. All in good fun. Team is in good spirit and finds itself looking at playing in the Bowl final next week. Go ABC
P3 WOMEN semi vs Takapuna. Nil all at full time, lost in sudden death shoot out. Immensely proud of this side and the progress made this year. Saturday’s semifinal with ABC as the underdog was only disappointing in that we did not officially convert our chances into goals. For the most part, ABC dominated the game but the fairy tale ride to finals day was not to be this year. Great finish to the season with plenty fired up to get stuck in next year, especially at the new facility. P1 MEN vs Auckland Indians, 10-2 win
Boys put a big effort in yesterday!!! Great ball movement and team dynamics where unreal. Got the win and left the park 10 goals to 2 against Auckland Indians. P1 WOMEN vs Western, 3-1 win Strong performance from the girls! Came away with a solid 3-1 win, with player of the day going to Mischa Tattley who cleaned up in defense.
Sunday Match Reports
Prem 2 Women v Taka Green
Finishing 2nd place after the round robin competition the ABC P2 women solidified their place in the grades top 4 after a comprehensive 5-0 win over Takapuna Green on Sunday.
At a blistering pace, the first quarter saw the Bees put 2 goals away. The first goal by Megan MacLean who went on to capture player of the match. Continued pressure on their structure meant they struggled to gain any momentum and when they did, our midfield and defensive systems shut their forward movements down effectively.
Playing on Harbour 4 there was plenty of bounce in the surface, taking some of the older players back to the days of grass hockey and upright trapping.
Overall, a team game, played by implementing our processes from back to front and with a level of intensity we pride ourselves on, sealed off a well earned victory and set up a show down on Sunday at 11:45 against HDF White!
Prem 2 Men 3-0 loss to NSU
Disappointing last few games of the season this year, unfortunately the attacking chances didn't go in, and the defensive slips resulted in goals. Still an appearance on finals day for the 4th/5th position awaits.
D1 Women v HDF White Quarterfinal Won 5-0
Having finished 5th in the Championship four weeks ago we were finally back playing a game that counts. Having had a win and a draw against this side in the round robin we knew it could be a tough game so the team was ready to play hard. And play hard we did, with Kassidy Allot (2), Rina Transom, Jolie and Carey Nortje Wessels all scoring in the first half we went into half time 5-0 up! Some beautiful hockey and great finishing in the first half.
We knew they would come out hard in the second half so the plan was to start again like it was a new game and we did that. The second half was definitely tougher than the first but we stayed strong confusing to dominate the play but unfortunately didn’t manage to get anymore goals. Final result 5-0 win
D1 Yellow Men
There was a good crowd along to watch the 4th ranked team play the 5th ranked in the division one quarter final. ABC Yellow were matched up against the higher ranked Takapuna Green team. Two early goals from ABC set the scene for a great match. The first goal was scored from an upright reverse by Steve Laming, followed soon after with a deflection goal by Dale Trott at a corner. ABC played very well early on holding the ball in attack and making scoring opportunities. The young guns continued to impress as has been the case late in the season. Both Tim Dean and Kees De Groot were outstanding with their running back in defence as well as constructive carries from left to right across the opposition on the 45. Tom Escott worked very hard up front as did Oscar Dorbeck. Oscar in fact scored a great goal after the whistle and amazingly got carded for his efforts! At the back Charlie Horne was impressive again marking their dangerous centre striker. Athletically he has the measure of his opponents and coming forward with the ball has an ability to find space. Vincent Van Der Vegte made some good tackles and now appears more confident on the ball. And finally at the back Matt Thompson had his best game yet in goal and showed composure in the shoot outs.
Takapuna did manage to claw back a couple of goals to make it 2 all at full time. The shoot-out was exciting with the young boys bringing the team through to the next stage. We now take on Takapuna Black who are the top team and have set the standard for the grade.
QUOTE FROM MD
Kees' shoot out goal was the most perfectly planned and executed shoot-out Goal I have ever seen.
HIGH PRAISE INDEED
ABC TigerTurf vs HDF
In every season there seems to be one game when luck and the flow of the game go against you. This was this game for ABC TigerTurf. Short of players through injury, family commitments, illness and travel meant we started with 12 on the card and that was reduced to 11 with a first half injury. HDF played an amazing game with each and every bounce of the ball going their way. At the end of the game the score was 6-1 to HDF. Looking forward to practice on Tuesday to get the bitterness of the result out of the system.