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The Black Stripes

Brooklyn Northern United 1
Waterside Karori 1

Capital Women’s Premier League
Sunday 03 July 2016

The red with black stripes, BNU, met the white with black stripes, Waterside Karori, in a mid-table clash on the Wakefield Park turf.

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Waterside Karori (a 1987/88 merger of Karori Swifts and Waterside) are colloquially known as “Wharfies” due to Waterside’s long association with port workers.

Both BNU and Wharfies have had spells in Women’s Central League, but BNU were relegated at the end of 2015. Wharfies withdrew before the 2015 season started due to uncertainty around availability of coaches and players. Many of Wharfies’ Central League players can now be seen at other Wellington-based Central League clubs (eg Rhiannon Jones at Stop Out, Chelsea O’Callaghan and Cara Chung at Seatoun, Hope Gilchrist and Hannah Wignall at Wellington United).

BNU are a mix of the remainder of last year’s Central League team, plus the 2nd team which was merged with the first team this season.

Wharfies have improved over recent weeks, moving from near the bottom into mid-table with 4 wins out of their previous 6 matches. BNU have been inconsistent, but have scored in every match this season and all their league games this year have been within a margin of 2 goals—apart from the match between the two sides earlier in the season (a 4-1 win to BNU).

There was a long stoppage midway through the first half as a BNU player appeared to have part of her knee out of place and on medical advice there was hesitance to move her. The stoppage lasted 22 minutes.

It was a sunny, but breezy day where the wind was just enough to make it tough for those players who may have less than perfect control or judgement.

There were few chances in the match. The sweepers for each team played well, stopping much from getting through. It was a mixture of challenges for every ball, well-timed interceptions, mishit passes, and lack of patience that saw the ball turned over many times in midfield.

It was going to be a set-piece or individual mistake that led to a goal, and I saw one of each. Laree Taula won a corner in the 73rd minute for BNU. Trish Cross prodding the ball in from the delivery from Maddie Cooper.

It was a mix-up between the otherwise solid BNU central defence that saw Ella Vincent Hyde come away with the ball in the 84th minute and use her pace to out-run the BNU defence and place a shot past the goalkeeper for Wharfies’ equaliser. The match finished 1-1.

Pass of the day: Wharfies’ Mei Burden from a short corner. She managed to get away with passing the ball to herself while the referee (who otherwise had a good game) was watching the players in the penalty area.

Next up for Waterside Karori is a visit from league leaders, the unbeaten Wairarapa United. A great chance for them to test how they’ve progressed. Meanwhile, BNU will visit bottom of the table Stop Out reserves.

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Phil Clayton

Phil Clayton's feet are registered with Brooklyn Northern United but—despite having moved back to Wellington from Christchurch in 2011—his heart is still bonded with Coastal Spirit FC.

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