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Any thoughts on CL games today. Watched most of the Olympic/NCR game. NCR well worth the win.

NCR - Not the strugglers previously predicted

Olympics social media seems to have dried up

How was the stop out v rapa game?

West’s playing Sunday’s now or a one off?

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Wests home games have been on Sundays for about 3 years.

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zonknz wrote:

Wests home games have been on Sundays for about 3 years.

Ok. That’s probably why I have seen some of them actually :)

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Watched a bit of both SO vs Rapa and Hutt vs Karori. 

Rapa didn’t actually look too terrible. Imports are solid. They have a very skilful young lad up top. Scored a peach of a goal for his second. Stop Out looked decent, Nati and Gulley stand outs on the park and a level above others. 

Hutt could do better if they stopped trying to walk the ball into the goal. You get the impression that they don’t care if they lose as long as the football they play looks good. Young Asian lad ( Joe? ) and Slim shady midfielder ( Louis? ) both very skilful players caused lots of problems. Big lad up top for Karori looked most likely to score for them, surprised they took him off. 

Hutt could also do better if they stopped pissing and moaning at every single decision the ref made, including their support staff. Was embarrassing to watch. 

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did Wests look like the champions everyone is picking? close game 2-1 v NW

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NW got the penalty they deserved but otherwise didn't trouble Wests. NCR v Wests next weekend will be interesting.

NW pressed very hard and tired. Reckon title will depend on how many Wests lads do go to uni/Europe and in what timeframe.

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saw wharf play stop out on a wet track. Wharf played the better footy but stop out came home strong with chances off a few corners. Draw a fair result.

Petone beating NW a surprise. Wage subsidy dried up?

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Olympic showing already you can't buy the league?

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Wairarapa's first MCL win in 701 days

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2ndBest wrote:

Wairarapa's first MCL win in 701 days

It's a pretty incredible result when you consider the corresponding game last season ended 10-0 to Olympic and the Wairarapa team is largely the same team - Just 3 players starting that didn't play for them last season!

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Olympic in the relegation zone!

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Too much souvlaki (although some of us would argue there is no such thing).

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Feverish wrote:

saw wharf play stop out on a wet track. Wharf played the better footy but stop out came home strong with chances off a few corners. Draw a fair result.

Petone beating NW a surprise. Wage subsidy dried up?

Heard the pitch was ankle deep water in most of it. Surely this isn't conducive to actually playing football, more a bit of kick and chase and hope for the best.

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Fulltime wrote:

Feverish wrote:

saw wharf play stop out on a wet track. Wharf played the better footy but stop out came home strong with chances off a few corners. Draw a fair result.

Petone beating NW a surprise. Wage subsidy dried up?

Heard the pitch was ankle deep water in most of it. Surely this isn't conducive to actually playing football, more a bit of kick and chase and hope for the best.

yeah for sure. But Karori did knock it round fairly well to feet compared to SO who turned the ball over more

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2ndBest wrote:

Wairarapa's first MCL win in 701 days

the MCL in redundent in this. Their last Chatham Cup win was before their last MCL win. 

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Fulltime wrote:

Feverish wrote:

saw wharf play stop out on a wet track. Wharf played the better footy but stop out came home strong with chances off a few corners. Draw a fair result.

Petone beating NW a surprise. Wage subsidy dried up?

Heard the pitch was ankle deep water in most of it. Surely this isn't conducive to actually playing football, more a bit of kick and chase and hope for the best.


Both teams play on the same pitch, you just have to adapt. 

Watched quite a bit of the NCR vs Wests game. Think Wests got away with a bit of a robbery there, Napier deserved at least a point, looked very dangerous on the counter and shut out Wests well for the most part. 

Stand out players for me were Napier’s blonde centre mid, centre back and the guy they had up top out wide who was outrageously quick. Stamenic very good for Wests. 

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ChopperNZ wrote:

Fulltime wrote:

Feverish wrote:

saw wharf play stop out on a wet track. Wharf played the better footy but stop out came home strong with chances off a few corners. Draw a fair result.

Petone beating NW a surprise. Wage subsidy dried up?

Heard the pitch was ankle deep water in most of it. Surely this isn't conducive to actually playing football, more a bit of kick and chase and hope for the best.


Both teams play on the same pitch, you just have to adapt. 

Watched quite a bit of the NCR vs Wests game. Think Wests got away with a bit of a robbery there, Napier deserved at least a point, looked very dangerous on the counter and shut out Wests well for the most part. 

Stand out players for me were Napier’s blonde centre mid, centre back and the guy they had up top out wide who was outrageously quick. Stamenic very good for Wests. 

The point wasn't that if was unfair or anything like that. It is that both teams cannot play proper football in ankle deep water when it is all about kick and chase and see what happens.. At the end of the day the game is called football and at this level you would hope that the grounds are suitable for playing a decent game.

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the pitch wasn't great but looked ok

check it out in the goals from the week  (from Cap Footy's Facebook)

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I'm not totally sure which game you're referring to, JourneyFan, but the Napier-Wests pitch was a bit dodgy but not unplayable. The ball stopped rolling almost every time it went into the centre circle and there was a lot of falling over. At least one player was injured in a colision caused by another player slipping. Having said that, we had a couple of games last year in much worse conditions, both pitch and weather-wise.

The clips from the Karori-Stop Out game look pretty borderline in terms of player safety though, that is a lot of standing water.


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Olympic 7/8? Up vs Wharf... not dead yet

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