Manukau Courier : April 10th 2014
www.stuff.co.nz SPORT MANUKAU COURIER, APRIL 10, 2014 13 Scrappy Eagles win and coach not happy By ALAN APTED Discipline will be the buzzword at training this week as the Papakura Sea Eagles prepare to take on the Otahuhu Leopards in round two of the Fox Memorial Trophy at Prince Edward Park in Papakura on Saturday. It will be the first home game of the season for the Sea Eagles and new coach Richard Blackmore wants to make an impression on the Kura faithful. But he acknowledges his team has a way to go after a bumbling effort in the season opener against the Mangere East Hawks at Walter Massey Park in Mangere last Saturday. got sucked into a street fight and got distracted. ‘ Richard Blackmore We didn’t play well. We ’ The Sea Eagles scored a comfortable 32-18 win but the way they did it didn’t please Blackmore. ‘‘We didn’t play well. We got sucked into a street fight and got distracted. We didn’t control the ball and our discipline let us down badly,’’ he says. ‘‘Our discipline was poor. So too was our patience. I’d like to think that we have more variation to our game than running one-off the ruck. I think we dodged a bullet. ‘‘Had we been up against a more experienced side, the result may well have been different.’’ Blackmore expects the Leopards will be a tougher proposition than the Hawks. He reckons they’ll be highly motivated after a 40-38 loss to the Howick Hornets in ➤SCOREBOARD Fox Memorial Trophy: Mangere East 18 Papakura 32; Otahuhu 32 Howick Hornets 40; Richmond 16 Northcote 48; Glenora 12 Pt Chevalier Pirates 46; Marist Saints 26 Mt Albert Lions 36. Points: Pt Chevalier 2, Northcote 2, Papakura 2, Mt Albert 2, Howick 2, Otahuhu 0, Marist 0, Mangere East 0, Richmond 0, Glenora 0. Draw: Papakura v Otahuhu, Prince Edward Park, Papakura. Mangere East v Richmond, Walter Massey Park, Mangere. Pt Chevalier v Marist, Walker Park, Pt Chevalier. Howick v Glenora, Paparoa Park, Howick. Mt Albert v Northcote (venue to be decided). Date: April 12. Kickoff: 2.30pm. Premier firsts: Mangere East 54 Papakura 10. Sharman Cup: Papatoetoe 24 Manukau 10; Otara 36 Manurewa 30; Bay Roskill 20 New Lynn 52; East Coast Bays 34 Ellerslie 12; Te Atatu 32 Waitemata 44. Points: New Lynn 2, East Coast Bays 2, Papatoetoe 2, Waitemata 2, Otara 2, Manurewa 0, Te Atatu 0, Manukau 0, Ellerslie 0, Bay Roskill 0. Draw: Manukau v Otara, Moyle Park, Mangere. Manurewa v Te Atatu, Mountfort Park, Manurewa. Papatoetoe v New Lynn, Lawson Park, New Lynn. Waitemata v East Coast Bays, Ranui Domain, Ranui. Date: April 12. Kickoff: 2.30pm. their season opener. ‘‘They certainly won’t be happy with that loss . . . Attitude and discipline will be the key for us.’’ The Papatoetoe Panthers and the Otara Scorpions opened their Sharman Cup campaigns on a winning note. The Panthers beat newcomers Manukau Magpies 24-10 and Otara just managed to tame the Manurewa Marlins 36-30 in a high-scoring affair at Ngati Otara Park. The Magpies are next in line for the Scorpions, the match to be played at Moyle Try: Mangere East Hawks players celebrate a try. Go to manukaucourier.co.nz for more photos of the Sea Eaglesgameagainst the Hawks. Park in Mangere on Saturday. The Marlins are also at home. They face the Te Atatu Roosters at Mountfort Park in Manurewa. The Roosters are coming off a 44-33 loss to Waitemata. The Panthers will be look- ing to make it two in a row against the New Lynn Stags at Lawson Park in New Lynn on Saturday. They’re gearing up for a tight contest with the Stags who opened their account with a convincing 52-20 win over the Bay Roskill Vikings at Blockhouse Bay Reserve. Try time: The Papakura Sea Eagles players celebrate a try. Head down: Sea Eagles’ Visesio Setefano takes on the Mangere East defence. Crunch time as Manurewa seek their first points By ALAN APTED Manurewa go hunting for the first points of their Northern Region Football League campaign on Saturday. The result of the match against Eastern Suburbs at Madills Farm in Kohimarama could have a significant bearing on whether the blues win their way back into the premier ranks or stay a first division team come the end of the season. It’s still early days yet with 19 rounds to play but a third loss in a row might have implications down the track as teams like Western Springs, Eastern Suburbs, Ellerslie and Mangere get the jump on them. They were beaten 4-2 by Ellerslie last Saturday and coach Mark Armstrong is worried. ‘‘Losing three in a row is not ideal. We need to start picking up points otherwise the leading teams will get too far ahead of us.’’ he says. ‘‘Our starts have been poor. We lost our shape against Mangere and gifted Ellerslie a goal before and just after halftime. ‘‘Although we came on bet- ter in the second half to score two goals, we just can’t afford to wait half a game before we start playing. ‘‘The problem isn’t just with the back four. It’s all over the park.’’ But amid all the sloppi- ness Armstrong saw signs of the team’s potential. ‘‘We dominated the second half against Ellerslie and showed we had potential. It’s the sloppy starts that have let us down.’’ Armstrong says Eastern Suburbs are always a difficult proposition at home and they’ll have their tails up after their 4-1 win over Hibiscus Coast. Mangere United, who came from 1-0 down against Metro to draw 1-1, are the highest ranked of the three South Auckland teams in division two. They are sitting fourth on four points, the same as Eastern Suburbs and Ellerslie. Still unbeaten Western Springs are in the lead. Papatoetoe AFC, who were beaten 5-0 by Mt AlbertPonsonby are 11th, one point ahead of last-placed Manurewa. Papatoetoe are away to Hibiscus Coast on Saturday while Mangere face North Shore in the third straight home game of the season. Onehunga-Mangere have earned their first points of the season with a 1-1 draw against Forrest Hill Milford at Mangere Domain last Saturday. They’re in eighth place in division two, two places below Papakura City who went down 3-2 to North Force in Whangarei. In premier women’s foot- ball, Papatoetoe AFC are also looking for their first points of the season against Claudelands Rovers at Galloway Park in Hamilton on Saturday. They were beaten 6-2 by Eastern Suburbs in their season opener at Murdoch Park in Papatoetoe last Saturday. RESULTS Men’s Division 1: Mangere United 1 (Nazeem Sharif) 1 Metro H/t: 0-1; Mt AlbertPonsonby 5, Papatoetoe 0 H/t: 2-0; Ellerslie 4 Manurewa 2 (Kieran Nevey, Brody Cleave) H/t: 3-0. Points: Western Springs 6, Eastern Suburbs 4, Ellerslie 4, Mangere 4, Mt Albert Ponsonby 3, Takapuna 3, Hibiscus Coast 3, Metro 2, North Shore 1, Melville 1, Papatoetoe AFC 1, Manurewa 0. Premier reserves: Mt Albert 1 Papatoetoe 1; Mangere 0 Metro 5; Ellerslie 2 Manurewa 0. Points: Manurewa 3 (8th), Papatoetoe AFC 1 (9th), Mangere 0 (10th). Draw: Mangere v North Shore, Centre Park, Mangere. Hibiscus Coast v Papatoetoe AFC, Stanmore Bay Park, Stanmore Bay. Eastern Suburbs v Manurewa, Madills Farm, Kohimarama. Date: April 12. Kickoff: Premier reserves 12.30pm. Premiers: 2.45pm. Men’s Division 2: OnehungaMangere United 1 (Nathanael Lucas) Forrest Hill Milford 1 H/t: 1-1; North Force 3 Papakura City 2 (Harry HillaryJenkins 2) H/t: 3-1. SCOREBOARD Points: Papakura City 3 (6th); Onehunga Mangere 1 (8th). Division 2 premier reserves: Mt Albert-Ponsonby 2 Papakura City 3; Onehunga Mangere 1 Forrest Hill Milford 4. Points: Papakura City 3 (6th); Onehunga Mangere 0 (12th) Draw: Onehunga Mangere v Fencibles, Mangere Domain, Mangere Bridge. Waiuku v Papakura City, Massey Park, Waiuku. Date: April 12. Kickoff: Premier reserves 12.30pm. Premiers: 2.45pm. Men’s Conference League: West Auckland 3 South Auckland Rangers 2; Otahuhu 0 Unimount BC 4; Ranui Swanson 1 Manukau City 3. Points: Manukau City 3 (6th), Otahuhu 3 (8th), South Auckland Rangers 0 (10th). Draw: South Auckland Rangers v Pukekohe, Rongomai Reserve, Otara. Beachlands Maraetai v Manukau City, Te Puru Park, Beachlands/Maraetai. Ranui Swanson v Otahuhu, Starling Park, Ranui. Date: April 12. Kickoff: 2.45pm. Men’s Conference League reserves: Otahuhu 3 Unimount BC 1; Ranui Swanson 1 Manukau City 4. Points: Manukau City 3 (2nd), Otahuhu 3 (3rd). South Auckland Rangers 0 (10th) Draw: South Auckland Rangers v Pukekohe, Rongomai Reserve. Ranui Swanson v Otahuhu, Starling Park, Ranui. Manukau City bye. Date: April 12. Kickoff 12.30pm. Men’s Division 2: Drury 0 Papatoetoe United 1. Papakura City Sangam 1 Unimount 5. Points: Papatoetoe United 3 (3rd), South Auckland Rangers 0 (7th), Drury 0 (8th), Papakura City 0 (9th) Draw: Onehunga Sports v South Auckland Rangers, Waikaraka Park, Onehunga. Date: April 12. Kickoff: 1pm. Papatoetoe United v Tuakau, Papatoetoe Recreation Ground, Hunters Corner. Date: April 12. Kickoff: 2.45pm Premier women: Papatoetoe AFC 2 Eastern Suburbs 6. Points: Papatoetoe AFC 0 (7th) Draw: Claudelands Rovers v Papatoetoe AFC, Galloway Park, Hamilton. Date: April 13. Kickoff: 1pm Women’s championship: Papatoetoe 3 Eastern Suburbs 0. Points: Papatoetoe AFC 3 (2nd). Draw: Papatoetoe bye. Offloading: Right, Papakura Sea Eagles’ Stedman Lefau looks for support while standing in the tackle of Mangere East Hawks’ Mateaki Hemoa. Photos: PHOTOTEK Straining: Mangere East Hawks’ Fesilafai Sopoaga on the charge against the Sea Eagles.
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