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Glenfield Rovers 5, Three Kings United 0
McFetridge Park, Auckland, July 15 2012

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After months of polite persistence on Twitter from Three Kings striker Steph Trowill (@steph_trowill), I have finally managed to be in a position to agree to get along to one of her games. Her profile says she’s aiming for the 2014 FIFA u20 World Cup and I must say I have been quite intrigued to see how she’s tracking towards that goal. It was also a good opportunity to go to my first ever Conference game. The Conference is the league below Northern Premier, made up of teams from the Auckland Football Federation and Northern Football. In the women’s version, the Conference mostly consists of reserve teams from the Premier division.

Anyone who follows Steph will be aware that she has been finding it tough to break into the Three Kings first team despite being a prolific goal scorer at lower levels. Unfortunately it was a bit difficult to gauge how justified her frustration is from this particular game, a match where her opportunities to shine were few and far between due to a Glenfield midfield that starved their opponents of oxygen for most of the game. What opportunities she did get were swiftly turned into genuine scoring opportunities though. She displayed a great turn of pace and some sharp changes of direction in getting around her defenders. No goals on this occasion, but it’s easy to see how they often come by the bucket load.

Steph is still young and her petite size may be counting against her a little bit. But that’s not going to hold her back forever and to my seriously untrained eye, I suspect hers will be a big name sometime in the not too distant. It’s hard to be patient at 17, but as teenagers always get thoroughly sick to death of hearing, good things come to those who work their butts off, and wait.

As for the rest of the game, 5-0 sounds like a good old fashioned shellacking, and it is, but for much of the encounter Three Kings were playing the better football. Glenfield relied on the long ball a lot going forward, particularly in the first half, and their 2-0 lead at the break was fairly fortunate in that it could just as easily have been 2-0 the other way. Glenfield was definitely more dominant in the second half though and the visitors having to substitute their keeper due to her commitments across town in the club’s Premier match had a big bearing on the final outcome. The next two Glenfield goals came early in the second half and were at least in part caused by goalie errors.

But despite the score blowout, it was an enjoyable afternoon! The rain held off for the most part and testosterone-lite football yet again reminded me why I love it so much. One quote I overheard:

Ref “it’s your throw-in”
Player “no it’s not, it’s theirs”
Ref “Ok, sorry, my mistake”

Bliss.

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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots football enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent club on earth - A.S. Roma. More info (including e-mail address) can be found here: https://in-the-back-of-the.net/about/

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