The ISPS Handa Chatham cup took most of the focus this weekend, but several games were still played in both the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership and the WaiBOP Championship.
Only two matches went ahead in the Premiership, with Tauranga’s Old Blues and Hamilton’s Melville United picking up three points apiece.
After a goalless first half at Tauranga Boy’s College, Old Blues had the best of a five goal second half to win 3-2 and moved up to fourth in the standings. Andy Cooper’s double, and a goal from Luke Barlow, ensured Adam Davidson and Riley Bidois’ strike’s would be mere consolation.
After a slow start to the season, Old Blues have now won three in a row and sit joint on points with both Waikato Unicol and Comag Matamata Swifts, albeit having played a game more than those two sides.
Melville’s win was an expectedly comfortable 6-0 demolition of bottom side, Papamoa. Dylan Blair was the star of the show, netting four times on an afternoon that saw his side move into the top half of the table. Conor Crowe and Hashim Noorzai also got on the score sheet.
The top three sides – Taupo, Unicol and Matamata – were all involved in ISPS Handa Chatham Cup action and all progressed to round 2 after excellent victories.
The Championship’s top two sides, Otumoetai Reserves and Cambridge Reserves, both won to give themselves a small gap at the top.
Otumoetai scored through Richard O’Regan and Jayden Hill to win 2-1 at a Te Puke side that had previously been in very good form, while Cambridge won by the same margin at previously unbeaten Tokoroa. Mason Woodall and Deihen Hindley scored for the red and whites.
Tauranga City United moved into the top three also winning 2-1. Goals from Dion Bartosh and Chris Prosser overturned a half time deficit.
In the only other game played, Richardson racing Stables Matamata Reserves shared the points with Taupo Reserves after a 1-1 draw at the Matamata Domain.
Full results from the weekend here (including all the ISPS Hand Chatham Cup matches involving WaiBOP sides).