ASB Premiership Round 4 Review

Only 3 games played this week due to Auckland City heading of to Japan for their 7th FIFA Club World Cup.

The Thursday night game saw the Wellington Phoenix playing at home at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium! The big team were playing Melbourne Victory at QBE Stadium on Saturday so the Weenix were in Auckland also, why they didn't just reverse the games and give Waitakere the home game, who knows? They at least changed the venue as it was originally suppose to be at QBE, a ground that they had actually spray painted green in parts to make it look as if it had grass!

Playing at a home away from home obviously didn't bother the Weenix who helped by some great goalkeeping from Lewis Italiano, picked up their first points of the season winning 2-1 over Waitakere.

In Napier Hawke's Bay United moved into 2nd spot with a 2-0 win over Canterbury United. A game that was won by the side that took their chances

At Forsthy Barr stadium in Dunedin, Southern United & WaiBop United served up the sort of game that makes the National League hard to sell as WaiBOP won 2-1

Here are the highlights

Goal of the week : Hamish Watson Hawkes Bay United v Canterbury United

Other football this week
A game that probably should have been on TV but wasn't (although it was streamed via the NZ Football website) was the Women's final between Northern & Mainland Pride in Christchurch, final score was 4-3 to Northern and it sounded like a great game to be at Check out Jeremy Ruane's report on the game

Results & Beers
Just the one game in the beer league this week

Football Only
Wellington Phoenix    2    Waitakere United    1

Southern United         1    WaiBOP United       2

Beer & Football
Hawkes Bay United      2    Canterbury United                     0
Fat Monk Pilsner (5%) 1    Wigram Bavarian Pilsner (5%)  3

Fat Monk Pilsner (5%)
The hardest thing I have found about the Hawke's Bay region is there just aren't that many breweries from there. So I was about to increase their area and include Gisborne so I could use Sunshine breweries but then I noticed this beer called Fat Monk from Hastings.
It uses Motueka & Citra hops, the Citra definitely came through giving the beer quite an orangey taste.

Wigram Bavarian Pilsner (5%)
Wigram Brewing have been on the go since 2003. The label says this is a Bavarian Pilsner and it is (oddly enough!), a dry, slightly sweet pilsner with a slight bitter aftertaste that makes you want more. It wins out this week as I'm not a huge fan of the Citra hops used by Fat Monk.