Blog 112 - 25.03.18

Blog 112 - 25.03.18

Our 2018 season opener at Waitakere City saw us concede a goal in injury time to share the spoils. At the final whistle we were a bitterly disappointed team. After all it was a game we let get away.

We have to recognise moments and times in every game when tactics dictate what we do. When the game is won we should shut up shop and kill the game off.
Despite the disappointment there were many plusses.

Jonno Mannes returned to first team duty after a lengthy time out with a broken wrist, Sanni Issa opened his account scoring a brilliant first goal for Manukau United from a classy Andre Estay cross.
Defensively we coped at a higher level with long serving defenders Hone Fowler, Paul Day and brother Reece acquitting themselves well.
Newcomer Prince Quansah was a tower of strength in midfield ably assisted by George Konusi.
We will get no easy games this year, everyone we play will be most competitive.

Many clubs not only at this level but also in division one have spent big trying to sign a team.
We have lost players to other clubs because money convinced them to up and move.
This week on Good Friday we have another away trip just down the road to visit Onehunga Sports a team who beat us in pre season 5-2.

We will be working hard in training to improve on that result.
Franz Schmid started his All White career with a 1-0 loss to Canada in Spain!
The solitary goal was a central defenders nightmare a simple ball played over the top and volleyed home by Tosaint Ricketts in the 54th minute.
How much either coach got out of a game that was played in a sterile atmosphere with a team in New Zealand’s case that can only be called experimental is open to debate.

On the home front we are heading for yet another Auckland City versus Wellington final. So what’s new? The teams with the most money get the most success.
No ones relegated, no one gets promoted no one watches and the fiasco rolls on.
Time to return to the good old days one winter season a National League for clubs not franchises, promotion relegation, a Chatham Cup and a opening season Challenge trophy where the cup winners play the league champions.
No that’s much too organised we are better with confusion, franchises, two football seasons, plus players running around looking for deals in the winter season.

What have I been reading to cheer me up? Another book on one of my favourite coaches the late Brian Clough. I have read so many on the man who brought success to such unfashionable clubs such as Nottingham Forest and Derby County.
Imagine in this day and age Nottingham Forest winning the Champions League (European Cup) twice! Or Derby County winning the Premier League!
The feat is gigantic and in the
same class as the Leicester City 2016 triumph.
The book “Provided You Don’t Kiss Me” is well worth a read and the author Duncan Hamilton captures Clough’s personality to a tee.

Joan Baez is a folk singer who was popular in the sixties, seventies and in my case now.
These days her pure voice tends to bring back pleasant memories of Ormond Road, Gisborne.
The album Joan Baez “The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection”. 50 songs, probably half a dozen I know well, most old folk songs but pleasant.

WOW (word of the week) Acquitting,
To conduct oneself well in a specified manner.
Referring to our team in general during the seasons opening fixture at Waitakere City.

POW (phrase of the week)
To share the spoils. A reference to Waitakere United’s late equaliser. Meaning to share the point or prize from days when armies conquered and shared the booty or spoils of war.

Support the game and whatever the opening result stay positive.

Posted: Sun 25 Mar 2018