Round 2 of The Bealey CPL and the teams will be starting to get into their work. After wresting the shield off Marist last weekend The Stingers face a tough match-up against Carlton Redcliffs in their first defence, while on the women’s side of the competition the feature game is likely to be between last year’s 3rd and 4th teams HSOB/Burnside and Marist.
HSOB/Burnside v Novus Glass Marist – 12pm: Marist Park
The opening game of the round on the women’s side is the match-up between last year’s 3rd and 4th teams, HSOB/Burnside and Marist at Marist Park. The Marist girls had a first-up win last weekend against Southern and will be looking to build some momentum going into the second round of the competition. Key to their success will be their six U21 players, Danielle Ackland, Emily Baker, Claire Bamford, Saasha Marsters, Arabella Sheild and Maddie Wotton who all provide some solid experience through the defence and mid-field. HSOB/Burnside on the other hand will be champing at the bit to get into their work after the bye week last weekend. With seven players absent from last year’s team they will be hoping that their 2018 Cats (Hayley Cox, Annabelle Wilson and Emily Wium) and their new young imports will be firing right from the beginning as they hunt for maximum points to start their 2019 campaign.
Southern United v Carlton Redcliffs – 1.30pm: Mainpower Waimakariri Stadium
The Southern Stars take on Reddos in the second game of the day, out at Mainpower Stadium. Carlton Redcliffs started their 2019 campaign with a bang last week, comfortably dispatching H&B Avon Eels 6-1 in their opening match. Despite losing seven players from last year’s roster Reddos have a team stacked with attacking flair and will be full of confidence going into their second match of the season. The Stars put up a good fight last weekend against Marist and will be disappointed to have found themselves on the wrong side of the scorecard. They will need to play with plenty of determination and grit to match Reddos, and they have the players to do just that.
H&B Avon Eels v Hornby Tigers – 3pm, Nga Puna Wai #2
The last game of the round sees 2018 5th placed Avon up against 7th placed Hornby. The Tigers will go into this match full of confidence after holding last year’s winners Harewood to a 0-0 draw last weekend. With one point already on the table they will be hungry for more, and coach Sunjay Ganda will have full faith that his team is capable of adding to their tally. The Eels will be smarting after suffering at the hands of Carlton Redcliffs last weekend and will have worked hard this week to iron out the kinks. Based on past history the Avon girls should be backing themselves against Hornby, but the experienced players brought back into the team will need to fire this week if they are to get the result they are after.
University vs Harewood Hunters – 2:45pm, Nga Puna Wai #1
The first game of the day for the men’s side of the draw sees the Harewood Hunters going up against the students from University. The Hunters will be looking forward to their sleep in on Saturday morning after their frosty 10:30am start from last weekend. The Hunters have started the season off with a W, holding onto a 2-1 victory over a relentless Vipers side. The Hunters will surely be looking for a more clinical performance come the weekend, and they will no doubt look to veteran striker Garren Fyfe to come up with the goods. The part-time dad, full time sparky, who has been looking in fine form during the pre-season, will no doubt be the spark that this Harewood side needs to put in a fine performance. The students from University on the other hand, come off the back of a 6-1 trouncing, dealt to them by HSOB. After what can only be described as a shaky start at best, the students will be hoping they can bounce back from their round 1 loss and give the hunters a good run for their money. Having decided that going bush for the first round of CPL would be a good idea, old dog Bryce Smith makes a triumphant return to the field this weekend. Bryce may not be the tallest player on the field, but despite what he lacks in stature, he makes up for with a big heart and work rate, and boy can those little legs move!
Southern United Stingers vs Carlton Redcliffs – 3:00pm, Mainpower Waimakariri Hockey Turf
The 2nd game of the day sees the Challenge Shield go on the line once again as the Southern United Stingers take on Carlton Redcliffs. The Stingers came away with the goods last weekend, after successfully prying the shield from the tight grip of the Marist Musketeers, in what was a closely fought match. A goal in the dying minutes of the game is the only thing that could separate the 2 teams. Skipper Ben Owers was delighted to lift the shield on the weekend, with spectators even hearing him say “bend from the knees, not from the back”. Carlton Redcliffs will be hoping the Stingers reign over the shield will be short and bitter sweet, if they can play their cards right. An exciting first round battle has seen Reddos come out the other end worse off, so they will be looking to recover this weekend, and what better way to do so than getting the W and the Challenge Shield. Youngster Lucca Burley had an impressive start to his CPL career, banking a meat pie in the first round. He’ll be one that needs to strike again if Reddos want any chance of taking that shield from the Stingers lads.
HSOB/Burnside vs Novus Glass Marist Musketeers – 3:00pm, Marist Park
The 3rd game of the day has a real derby of a match instore for the viewers as HSOB/Burnside take on the Marist Musketeers. The Old boys side have had a rocket fuelled start to the season, bagging 6 meat pies against a lackluster Student side. The return of veteran Sunjay Kanji was noticed by all, with his signature runs down the train tracks causing all sorts of havoc for the Student defenders. Another massive effort from him will be sure to put Old boys on the front foot come the weekend. The Musketeers on the other hand, had a not so great start to their season, falling short 1-0 to the Stingers and having to reluctantly hand over the Challenge shield. The Musketeers are nothing short of a stellar side after a generous summer saw the recruitment of some talented players into the side. Nevertheless, Marist will be looking to old faithful Joe Bartholomew to push the side over the line when they match up against Old boys this weekend. He’s the man that can produce the goods, when no one else will!
Hornby Vipers vs helloworld Fendalton Avon – 4:30pm, Nga Puna Wai #2
The final match of the weekend for the men’s side of the draw sees the Hornby Vipers taking on the boys in yellow and blue, Avon. The Vipers lads came away from last weekend with a hard fought 2-1 loss to the Hunters, with some saying they were unlucky not to topple those wood boys. Willy Mace-Cochrane was instrumental in disrupting Harewood’s go forward last weekend and will no doubt be again when he matches up with older Barrow, Levi. The Avon boys finished their first round with an unbelievable first round upset, beating the Reddos lads 4-3 in the final minutes of the game, Levi Barrow, the pincher of those last 2 meat pies. Avon will be looking to carry on their form this weekend, and as long as they leave Levi high and in the circle, goals will be sure to come.