The Bealey’s Ale House CPL returns this weekend, with the biggest match-ups of the day occurring out at Waimakariri Stadium where the Harewood men and women take on Carlton Redcliffs.
Carlton Redcliffs v Harewood – 12:15pm, Waimakariri Stadium
The first game of the day sees a matchup of Carlton Redcliffs coming up against the undefeated Harewood Hunters. Whenever these two teams meet on the field, a battle of colossal proportions is guaranteed to ensue, and the as the Challenge Shield is up for grabs this only adds fuel to the fire of this already explosive matchup. Reddos have had a mixed bag of results so far in the CPL competition with just a lone win under their belt thus far. Keeley Legge, the self-proclaimed “Off field skip” for the Regional Under 18 boys will be reeling after the Canterbury boys first game loss to Marist on Thursday, so will be gunning for the W and a chance to lift the Challenge Shield for Reddos come Saturday.
Marist vs University – 1:15pm, Marist Park
The 2nd match of the day has the Marist Musketeers facing off with the students from University. The students have had a plethora of players away over the Porritt cup rounds and the return of CPL also marks the return of those players, most notably University’s Amon van der Burg, who for the past two weeks has decided that Saturdays are not for the boys. Jimmy Mortimer is also another notable return, after successfully skippering the Northland U21 side to a top 8 finish in last week’s National U21 tournament. Marist also have some high profile names returning to the starting line-up, with the likes of Tim Schulpen and Josh Meates returning from representative duty to bolster Marist’s defensive unit and fill Marist’s man bun quota.
helloworld Fendalton Avon v HSOB/Burnside – 3:20pm, Waimakariri Stadium
The 2nd to last match of the day sees the lads from Avon taking on HSOB/Burnside. Both teams are sitting in uncharted territory when we look upon the points table, with Avon sitting cosy in 3rd and Old Boys desperate to get away from 7th. Avon will be looking to carry on their winning ways and make a claim for the illustrious 2nd place position that is currently held by University. Levi Barrow, Avon’s top goal scorer, will be shooting for the CPL’s top goal scorer this weekend if he’s fortunate enough to nab a couple of meat pies. Old boys have a massive gap to fill after the departure of clan member Sanjay Kanji, who after nearly 10 years of service to the jersey, has hung the boots up for an unspecified amount of time, to take on other endeavours. The departure of Kanji also squashes any rumours of a mid-season transfer from Ben Owers, who has been quoted saying that “he would love to play with the clan”.
Southern United vs Hornby - 4:15pm, Marist Park
The final game of the day for the men’s side of the draw sees Southern United Stingers coming up against Hornby Vipers. This match serves as a rematch for the two sides, with their last encounter occurring just last week, where the Stingers managed to hold off a vintage Vipers comeback to win 4-3. Stingers frontman Ryan Cosgrove, 2nd equal top goal scorer in CPL, will be looking to do what he does best come this weekend by banking a few more past Viper’s Bryan Schofield. The return of Lewey Heale to the Vipers side may just tilt the scales in favour of a Viper’s, however will the youngster’s presence be enough to fire the Vipers up for any matchup.
Carlton Redcliffs v Harewood – 1.45pm, Waimakariri Stadium
The opening game of round four on the women’s side of the draw sees last year’s CPL winners Harewood taking on Carlton Redcliffs. The Carlton Redcliffs girls will head into this match full of confidence after a successful opening two rounds of the Porritt Cup which sees them sitting at the top of the points table in Pool 2 in that competition. They dominated the Burnside Babes last weekend, adding another 3 goals to their already impressive goal-scoring tally this year, and will no doubt back themselves tomorrow against a Harewood team that is still trying to find its stride this season. Harewood though will be back to full strength after missing five of their girls to U21 duty over the last couple of weeks and they will be keen to get their season back on track after an uncharacteristically slow start to their 2018 season. Both teams will be looking to their experienced players to lead from the front in a game that promises plenty of attacking flair from both sides and looks like being the match of the day.
Hornby v Southern United – 2.15pm, Marist Park
The second game of the round has the Hornby Tigers facing off against the Southern United Stars in a bottom of the table clash. Neither team have registered a win in the regular CPL competition, though Hornby should head into this match hoping to continue their winning form after beating Avon in their Porritt Cup match last weekend. The Tigers will happily welcome back Lucy Turner, from U21s, who will add some much needed firepower up front, while a strong base of experienced players across the rest of the paddock should give them plenty of confidence heading into this clash with the Stars. The Stars will be pretty gutted after letting in seven goals last weekend against an under-strength Harewood team, but they will be desperate for their first win of the season and will be targeting this match as a chance to come out of it with maximum points. Zoe Summers returns from the victorious U21 team and will strengthen their midfield, while Kodie Kutyn will be hoping for a standout performance in her final match for the Stars.
H&B Avon v HSOB/Burnside – 4.50pm, Waimakariri Stadium
The final women’s match of the weekend is the clash between the Avon and HSOB/Burnside girls. The Babes will be smarting after suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of the Reindeer last weekend and will be working hard to get back to their winning ways. Their five U21 players will come back into the team full of confidence after an outstanding week away, adding more experience and control across the pitch, while Rachel McCann’s return will also add more firepower their strike-line. The Avon girls will be disappointed with their loss to Hornby last week and will need more than just the return of their sole U21 player, Olivia Amey, to turn their game around. Again they will look to Libby Bird to shoulder most of the responsibility, while the Walcott sisters and Sophie Radonovich will also play a major part in pushing HSOB/Burnside for the full 68 minutes.
Marist - bye