Cook Straight News, Thursday April 6, 2017
Island Bay United AFC and Wellington Olympic squared off in the opening game of the season for Capital Premier Football at Wakefield Park at the weekend.
This followed a busy Saturday morning at the club for junior players, with around 430 Island Bay youth having their first game of football for 2017.
This year Island Bay has 12 open-grade men’s teams, 3 women’s teams, 3 Masters men’s teams and an under 17 team playing each weekend in the senior grade.
In the Premier match, a tight game saw Island Bay take a first half lead through Pat Hayton, with a second half equaliser for Olympic. The match was won with a late strike from Olympic’s Daniel Minshull, with the final score being 2-1.
Coach Mick Waitt said while he was disappointed with the result he was happy with the performance. He said he felt Island Bay had dominated the game but were wasteful in front of goal and thought Olympic goalkeeper Washington Bgoni had “pulled off a few first class saves to keep Olympic in the game” .
Pat Hayton was man of the match for Island Bay and received a gift voucher from major sponsor Bel Mondo International Food Market / La Bella Italia.
Captain Bryn Hickson Rowden said the boys were “gutted” by the defeat but will look to build on the solid performance and get all three points away at North Wellington on the weekend.
Club president Shane Kinley said despite the results for Island Bay’s top men’s teams, the weekend was a great success with the women’s teams having a clean sweep of three wins on Sunday, and the clubroom was full of positivity, coffee by Supreme and craft beer on tap from new sponsor Sprig and Fern.
Island Bay are still looking for a game day manager to help out. For more information head to the club’s Facebook page or head along to their next game at Wake eld Park on Good Friday to introduce yourself to Mick.
PHOTO: John Serepisos
Daniel Minshull and Tyler Ngaia in Saturday’s game.
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