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Wairarapa Secondary Schools Football Division One: Round 2

Friday 11 May 2012, 8:42PM
By Wairarapa Schools Football
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After two rounds of competition, three teams are tied at the top of the table on 6 points, and three more tied up on 3. Blitz, Chanel Development, Rathkeale Rovers and LWR remain winless on the bottom of the table and will be looking to gain their first competition points of the season tomorrow in round three.

Chanel 1st XI continued their first round dominance, defeating Rathkeale Rovers 27 – 0, passing the records they set in the previous game of most goals in a match, highest scoring match and largest winning margin. This is the second week in a row Rovers have failed to score, going down 10-0 in the opening round and this leaves them in last place going into round three. Chanel’s superior goal difference (+51) leaves them in the top spot and they will look to extend this against the winless Blitz, meanwhile it doesn’t get any easier for the Rovers, who play an in form Rathkeale 2nd XI tomorrow morning.

Rathkeale 2nd XI made it two from two when they held out a determined Kuranui side 3-1 in what was picked to be the game of the round. Both teams were coming off large first round victories and Kuranui were looking for valuable points before challenging defending champions, Waicol 2nd XI in week three. Kuranui have held on to 4th spot on goal difference, ahead of Rathkele United and Bideford.

Waicol 2nd XI haven’t shown the dominance that Chanel 1st XI has in the opening rounds but have had another convincing win to remain in second place. They defeated LWR 9-1, who have now suffered two consecutive losses after being handed a difficult start to the season when the draw was written, but have shown promising signs and will be confident when they take on Rathkeale United in round three.

Bideford had their first win in the 1st division, after a season to forget in 2010 and a heavy loss to Chanel in round one, in a match that didn’t see a goal until the second half. Blitz were first to score after the break, but Bideford equalised through the boot of Chase Miller, who is likely to miss the next three rounds with an ankle injury. A Liam Jolliffe double put Bideford 3-1 up and ensured they held off a late comeback to win 3-2. Both teams play Chanel teams in round three, Bideford are away to the development Squad, while Blitz host the 1st XI at the Guidford.

Results:

Chanel 1st XI                27 – 0          Rathkeale Rovers
Rathkeale 2nd XI            3 – 1           Kuranui 1st XI
Waicol 2nd XI                 9 – 1           LWR
Blitz                                2 – 3          Bideford