Petone 1 Stop Out 5
Saturday 9th April 2016
Attendance around 100
If NZ had a UK-like ground hopping culture, Petone would be a brilliant one. Not so much the ground but the trip - an easy bus or train journey from central Wellington gets you to Jackson Street which contains a myriad of pubs (from the spit and sawdust Horse & Hound to the craft beer boutique's Sprig & Fern & Queen on Jackson) and eateries representing a lot of the world (French, Chinese, Thai, Turkish, Dutch, Kiwi) and even a brewery!.
There is the history, you pass the site of where some of Wellington's first football games were played - Gear's Paddock (it later became the Gear Meatwork's and is now a Pak n Save Supermarket)
|Grant Turner 71 games & 19 goals for NZ|
There is a Petone Sports walk of fame with plaques along the street dedicated to famous Petone sports people, football is well represented with plaques among others for Andy Leslie (Snr), Barry Pickering, Grant Turner and even reasonably recent players like James Bannatyne. It's a real shame that the proposed Petone Rec stadium for the Wellington Phoenix never got of the ground. It would have greatly enhanced the game day experience.
The game I was attending today was a local derby between Petone and Stop Out. There is only 3km between the two clubs home grounds and with local derbies always a lot of interconnections. In fact these 2 clubs, along with Lower Hutt City created a composite team called Hutt Valley United to compete in the National League from 1987-92. In hindsight an amazing achievement given the rivalry between these clubs.
NZ Goalkeeping legend & Petone life member and their current goalkeeping coach, Barry Pickering, is also on the honours board at Stop Out playing 83 games in the National League for them between 1977 & 80. His son Sam Pickering is in the Stop Out team. There was another Pickering, Jordan, lining up for Petone I'm not sure of the exact relationship but can be reasonably safe in the assumption he is from the same family.
Last season Stop Out inflicted Petone's heaviest ever league defeat when they thrashed them 9-2, while Stop Out's record Chatham Cup loss was a 7-0 loss to Petone in 2008.
In all since 1968 (as that's when our records start) the top teams of these clubs have met in the League 32 times with Stop Out winning 16 times to Petone's 9 and 7 being draws.
Petone had lost 8-9 players from last season and have a young squad that have an average age of 17. They had managed a 3-3 draw against Wellington United in the opening weekend. Stop Out's big signing, Luis Corrales is currently away with Team Wellington at the Oceania Champions League.
It took 20 minutes for Stop Out to break down the young Petone defence when Micky Malivuk sent a looping header from a very narrow angle over the head of Jake Piper in the Petone goal.
|Micky Malivuk gets up to head the ball....|
|...Over Petone's Jake Piper.....|
|and it's a goal!!!! 1-0 Stop Out|
A minute later it was 2-0 when Piper failed to deal with a shot and Andrew Abba rounded the keeper for an easy slot home.
|Andrew Abba makes it 2-0|
5 minutes later and it was 3 when Abba got his second and you started to think we could be on for a repeat of the 9-2 result of last season, especially when Stop Out's Martin Packer added a 4th 5 minutes before half time.
In the second half it looked as if the goals would continue to come when 10 minutes in Malivuk got his 2nd and Stop Out's 5th, but that was to be it for Stop Out.
|Malivuk nets his 2nd and Stop Out's 5th|
Petone were reduced to 10 men when Jordan Pickering received a yellow card for a foul and then talked his way to a Red Card, falling foul of the Capital Football directive cracking down on bad language.
Petone's Zach Watson got a consolation goal in the 87th minute to make the score 5-1. A result that puts Stop Out top of the table and indicates to Petone that they are going to have a long hard season ahead of them.