Fencibles United 8, Papamoa FC 0
Riverhills Park, Auckland, May 27 2012
It has been a couple of months since I was in the Bay of Plenty for Papamoa’s opening game of their 2012 season against Claudelands Rovers. At that time they were a new side with a lot of very young players. They unsurprisingly struggled to hold their own against a team brimming with New Zealand internationals both age group and senior.
I was keen to catch up with them again to see if or how they have improved. Their opposition today should have been a much better match for them. Fencibles were third from bottom before this game but even though they are a much weaker side than Claudelands, they still have a goal difference of -12 compared to Papamoa’s -48 so it was always going to be difficult for the visitors, especially considering Papamoa appeared to be missing some of the better players that I saw in action at Gordon Spratt Reserve. Why, I didn’t get a chance to find out. Injuries presumably.
It wasn’t much of a contest and by half time, with the score at 3-0 to the home side, to be brutally honest I was already beginning to regret not going to the top of the table clash over in Glenfield instead.
Never mind, I did enjoy being at my first ever game at Riverhills Park, home of Fencibles United, a big South East Auckland club with what appears on the surface a very interesting history. Their logo and red and white shirts mimic the old uniforms of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles Corps, original settlers of East Auckland who were a group of former British Army soldiers that migrated to New Zealand to provide a sort of militia for the security of other settlers during colonial times.
The name Fencibles is short for defensibles and couldn’t have been more apt today. Their goal proved very defensible as their clean sheet can attest and their strikers had the freedom to fire at will. Having said that, it’s hard to draw too many conclusions from a game like this and how much confidence ‘Fencies’ can take out of this one I’m not too sure. But they looked a pretty solid side that should probably have a better record than they do. They now sit in 6th place and their match against 5th placed Pukekohe next week should be quite telling indeed.
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