Kia ora and welcome to Hereweka JFC. The 2017 Season is upon us kicking off on the 29th April. The festival games went well for all teams that participated. Any questions please use the contact form and we normally will respond within 48 hours.
What a fantastic game of football! We were up against a well organised, fast and skill-packed Dunedin Tech. We had no subs this weekend (god bless the queen), but had a fantastic new "signing" joining us for his first game of the season - so it was always going to be interesting to see how we fared. We played in an extremely composed way and despite going down a few early goals we almost clawed our way back to even terms. We had several impressive attacks with long, well weighted passes putting our strikers into dangerous positions - we some more luck we could have scored more! On the other hand we could have conceded far more and it was only the persistence of our defenders that saved us by chasing back and reducing the angles when Tech broke through our defence.
It was a game played on a significantly higher level than our previous encounters. All teams have certainly stepped up from the days on the Oval. I was proud to see how the team upped their game and backed themselves throughout the game against a very good opposition.
The last few weeks has been tough going with the weather turning bad. Some of the experiences the players (and parents) at the Green Island tournament were not pleasant. Training has been affected by the closure of the playing fields by the DCC but hopefully the coaches can try and get some indoor sessions organised. There was a goalkeeping coaching course this weekend which was really good and delivered in a friendly and informative manner. Interesting to hear other coaches talk about the training of the goalkeeper in junior football. If anyone is interested take a look at the Football South website. The Football South Skills Centre is running on Fridays at Bayfield park with well organised coaching sessions for all ages.
Hopefully the weather will clear up at the weekend and all players can have some fun games.
The season is up and running with most teams having played three games. All the teams are playing with great spirit and a sense of fair play. A few teams are struggling for numbers but are being supported by other grades when they can with quick drives around town depositing players. The 6th Grade recruited two more players this week which will hopefully take the pressure off - 'Have we got enough players Fridays' This weekend we have our usual matches on the Saturday and then The Green Island Tournament on the Sunday where we will field six teams. Good luck to everyone involved. If anyone wants to contribute to the 'News' page email the club and we can put it in.