There was plenty of action, but it was 30 minutes into the first half before anyone scored in a crucial match between the Hibiscus Coast AFC’s Women’s First team and Onehunga Sports.
The two teams, who are at the top of the Northern Region Football Women’s championship, faced off in a no holds barred game in Stanmore Bay on Sunday, July 10.
The Hibiscus women ended up scoring twice in the first half, and followed up with two more goals in the second.
The result left the team at the top of the championship table having won all nine of their games to date, and gave them a cushion of points between them and second place.
The club’s head of women’s football, Asher Trotter, is head coach of the team. He says fitness, both mental and physical, has been key to the team’s success – as demonstrated by their ability to put on vital points in the second half in many of their games.
Asher credits their conditioning coach, Paralympic sprinter Mitch Joynt, with fine work and also says the team’s youth – 80 percent of them are under 20 years old – sees them constantly improving.
“This is a very strong side – and core players have been together for a number of years,” he says.
The second round of competition has begun – only the top team in this women’s league gets promoted at the end of the season.
“Last year we narrowly missed out so the pressure is on,” Asher says.
The day before this game, the Coast men’s team, which is playing in NRFL Division 2, beat Cambridge by the same margin, 4-0, to put them first equal at the top of their table.