The second round of the Bealey’s Ale House CPL kicks off this weekend with the teams looking to settle into their work after getting their first game jitters out of the way.
Marist vs HSOB/Burnside – 12:15pm: Waimakariri Stadium
The first men’s game of the day sees a monumental clash between Marist and HSOB Burnside. HSOB will be keen to recover from a disappointing loss in last week’s match up with the students, and they will looking to do this with the likes of Scott Gread returning from a romantic getaway and Tom Leov returning after a three week hiatus. Marist will be wanting to carry on their winning ways after dispatching a tough Stingers side the week before. Andrew Ross will be a key player for the Marist lads after his ‘Man of the Match’ debut performance. It will be a battle of the attacking PC brackets, with Joe Bartholomew, a seasoned veteran for Marist, duking it out with the aforementioned Tom “Shoulders” Leov, who had an unreal performance at last year’s Senior National Tournament.
Carlton Redcliffs v Southern United Stingers – 1:15pm: Marist Park
The next match up of the day sees last year’s CPL runners up Carlton Redcliffs facing off against last year’s 4th placed Southern United Stingers. Carlton Redcliffs will be happy that they decided to save their goal scoring abilities for the CPL season having netted 5 goals last weekend, Trent Summers and Tom Mouldey both bagging a double. But Stingers man Gareth Stewart may have something to say about that. The Stingers will be looking for their first points of the season after a tight loss to Marist in the 1st Round and led by skipper Ben Owers they will be working hard to bag their first points of the season.
University v Harewood – 4:15pm: Marist Park
Game three on the men’s side of the draw sees University coming up against Challenge Shield holders Harewood. Having both recorded wins in their respective first round match-ups one team is likely to come away with a loss. University will be looking to lift the Challenge Shield for the first time in what feels like forever and their biggest rig and skipper Bryce Smith certainly has ample mass to do so. Harewood will be missing star striker Garren Fyfe, who is currently sitting pool side at a resort in South Africa, but Wairarapa youngster Morgan Taylor will provide plenty of strike power up front in his absence.
Hornby Vipers v Avon – 4:50pm: Waimakariri Stadium
The last men’s game of the day has the Hornby Vipers facing off with Avon. With both sides suffering first round losses both captains, and coincidentally ex-flatmates, Ari Barrow and Bryan Schofield will be aiming to lead their respective teams to a first win for the season. The recently named Regional Under 18 side also adds fuel to the fire with Avon’s Harry Darling and Sam Armitage battling away with the Viper’s Will Duston and Simon Yorston for bragging rights come training next week.
Marist v HSOB Burnside – 1.45pm: Waimakiriri Stadium
On the women’s side the opening game of round two sees the first appearance of HSOB/Burnside coming off their bye in round one, they will take on Marist at Waimakariri Stadium. The Marist girls will be full of confidence heading into the match after comfortably picking up three points against Southern last weekend. They will be aware of the effort required from the whole team against last year’s runners up who all have fresh legs. HSOB Burnside on the other hand will be keen to get their season started on a winning note and with several of their new youngsters named in the U18 teams earlier this week keen to prove their worth, they will be hoping for maximum points to start their 2018 campaign.
Carlton Redcliffs v Southern United Stars – 2.45pm: Marist Park
The second game of the round matches up Carlton Redcliffs and the Southern United Stars. Carlton Redcliffs will be keen to secure the three points and knock Harewood off the top of table early on in the season. With five Carlton Redcliffs players finding the net last week, Southern will have their work cut out trying to nullify their strong midfield and speed up front. The Stars will be looking for an improved performance after losing 1-4 to Marist last weekend. With a number of new players joining the team this year the experienced heads of Zoe Summers, Kodie Kutyn and Jo Madeley will need to lead from the front if Southern want to break into the top four this season.
H & B Avon v Hornby Tigers – 3.20pm: Waimakariri Stadium
The final women’s match of the weekend will be played between H&B Avon and the Hornby Tigers. Both teams suffered round one losses at the hands of Carlton Redcliffs and Harewood. Both teams will be aiming for maximum points in order to climb off the bottom of the table and stay within touching distance of the other teams. Avon will be hoping Libby Bird continues her goal scoring form from last year and counting on her, and the other experienced players Jackie Eden, Sophie Radonovich and the Walcott sisters to be instrumental in their effort. While Hornby have a more experienced squad overall and will be looking for a more consistent effort this season and hand the wooden spoon to someone else in 2018.