Blog 114 - 08.04.18

Blog 114 - 08.04.18

Our squad was strengthened mid week with the signings of speedster James Hoyt and classy defender Augustin Contratti. Both players gave a good account of themselves on Saturday night at Seddon Fields, in the 1-1 draw against Western Springs.

Another valuable point was gained on our road to survival.
It was a pleasure to have officials whose contribution to the game enhanced the performance of the players.
They actually looked like they were enjoying their work.

Western Springs coach Chis Zoricich, acknowledged in his after match speech the role I played in his football career, (selecting him for the All Whites).
I will never forget him he scored a goal that got us a 1-0 win against the famous Glasgow Celtic at Parkhead.

Earlier in the week an old mate of mine passed away.
I first met Russell Gray way back in my Gisborne City days. He was a journalist working out of Wellington for “The Dominion” newspaper. Gisborne in those days were topping the Central League division one and on the way to an unbeaten 1979 season that would take us back into the National League.
Russell loved to get away to Gisborne attend training and watch the Sunday fixture invariably against a Wellington team. 
Later I had a weekly football column for the Sunday Times and Russell rang me for copy. In more recent days he was employed by the Wellington Phoenix as their kit man/ manager.
He loved his football and will be sadly missed. RIP Russell.

It will be a pleasure to play on grass again. The last two fixtures have seen us trying to adapt to the dreaded omni turf surface.
This week in fact on Sunday we host Central United. The game should be a cracker so get down to Centre Park kick off 3pm to support the boys in this table topping clash.

Outside of the game I have been busy visiting a mate up in Kaeo whose authentic Italian Pizza is worth the long journey. It also coincided with the end of Lent so what better than a drop of wine to accompany the meal. Plus a live Inter Milan game.
Thanks Stefano and Lindsay it is no wonder Kahoe Farms Hostel, is always full you are the perfect host. As Arnold says “I’ll be back.”
Been reading another new author Nuala O’ Faolain. Yes Irish and a memoir called “Almost There.” A book about the common place thoughts and feelings of an ageing, single woman. But this woman is also a journalist, public speaker, acclaimed author and survivor. She is well travelled with a cottage in the west of Ireland where her writing is done. Almost shades of Edna O’Brian.
I like her quote “a memoir may always be retrospective but the past is not where the action takes place.”
I will seek her other books.

WOW (word of the week) Enhanced, meaning to increase in value or worth, to add to the effect. The role of Allan Wilson and his AR’s in our recent game versus Western Springs.

POW (phrase of the week)
“I’ll be back”
Those Far North beaches are too good to stay away
for too long.

See you at Centre Park this Sunday for our first home game of the season.

Posted: Sun 08 Apr 2018