The weather impacted on football again last weekend and this time it was the senior men’s WaiBOP Premiership and WaiBOP Championship teams that suffered. Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts and Richardson Racing Stables Swifts Reserves had last Saturday’s matches postponed due to a gluggy Domain pitch. The matches, against Melville United and Whakatane Town, will be played later in the season. Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies’ match in Hamilton on Sunday, however, went ahead.
Waikato Unicol 0-5 Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies
Waikato Division B – top 6
Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies carried over their fine cup form to the end of season top 6 competition with a dominating victory over Waikato Unicol.
The ladies smashed home four first half goals to effectively seal their result by the break. Kerrie Cox and Krystal Morrison scored a goal apiece, while Sommer Rickard lashed home two fine strikes from distance to give the team fine reward for a strong and energetic first 45 minutes.
Goalkeeper Ana Paterson had a comfortable ride at the back as the Matamata defence dealt with everything that came their way.
The second half was far more sedate, with the game already won. Morrison capped of an excellent display with her second goal of the afternoon to push the victory margin out to five, while the team continued to manage all their opponents could throw at them.
This was yet another impressive performance from a side that continues to improve. They get to cool their heels this coming Sunday before looking forward to another trip to Hamilton to play Division B’s form side, Hamilton Wanderers.
Open Grade: Claudelands 1-3 Matamata Hornets, Matamata Hornets 0-2 Peachgrove – Knockout Cup, Claudelands 0-10 Matamata Tigers (Tigers’ scorers: Will Benefield 3, Brodie Cleaver 2, Will Winke, Jayden Baker, Raymond Davis, Jordan Griffiths, Reuben Davis. POD: Will Benefield), Matamata Falcons 4-1 Peachgrove.
11th Grade: Matamata Jets 11-2 Te Awamutu (Jets scorers’: too many for the manager to remember! POD: Harry Chittick).
10th Grade: Wanderers 3-1 Matamata Dragons (Dragons’ scorer: Reilly Benefield), Matamata Dragons 5-0 Cambridge (Dragons scorers’: Reilly Benefield 3, George Jeffrey, Jake Fannin) – Knock-out Cup, Matamata Strikers 3-3 Cambridge (Strikers’ scorers: Anshil Dayal, Damon Shaw, Keeley Temm. POD: Anshil Dayal).
9th Grade: Hillcrest 2-5 Matamata Rebels (Rebels’ scorers: Dylan Brown 4, Liam Costello-McVeigh. POD: Tim Baxendine), Glenview 1-2 Matamata Eagles (Eagles scorer: Jason Li 2. POD’s: Jason Li & Jackson Donderwinkel).
8th Grade: Matamata Magpies 4-2 Cambridge (Magpies scorers’: Eloise Assen, Nathan Quinn, Harrison Smith, Jack Scelly. POD: Penny Lang).