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Martinborough WFC: First-ever home game

June 13, 2024 June 2024, Sports Comments Off on Martinborough WFC: First-ever home game

The all-important stats:

Result: Irrelevant, but Martinborough Women scored at least 2 good goals.

Enjoyment factor: as a spectator 10/10

Enjoyment Factor: as a player: 11/10

Effort and commitment: off the scale.

Possession: Marty 58%; the opponents in Green: at times a bit less

Shots on target: 3; goals 2.

Shots off target: 4.

Good saves: quite a few.

Martinborough Women’s soccer team have been in existence for only a few months.

Saturday 11 May in front of a near capacity crowd they played their first home game.

After a mere 3-0 loss the previous week against Carterton, spirits were high for the first homer  against a very strong Wairarapa United FC.

Before 11 May Martinborough Women’s FC had played only one game. To be in Martinborough and to be able to see footwork with the ball that even Ronaldo would be pleased with, eventually beating 3 players, was a treat. Forwards. Backwards. Nut-megging the opposition. Dinking and dunking. It was a treat that one hardly ever sees from “The Phoenix.”

Lionel Messi put in some fine and sublime ‘slide-rule’ passes into space and allowed Peter Crouch or ‘the Gazelle’ on the wing to run on to the ball. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Golf

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Grandma and Grandpa winners (from left):  Andy Morison, Richard Pither, Marie Scrimshaw, Jane Terpstra.

By Karen Stephens

An annual favourite, the Beef & Burgundy Ambrose held on Friday 10 May, saw a great turnout in favourable conditions (thank goodness it wasn’t the previous day when winter arrived with full force!) 

Top honours went to the team of Michael Bing, Shane Colton, Tiawharangi Aranui, and Lisa-Marie Ireland with a Net score of 56.25. The Women’s Longest Drive was Sandra Petersen and the Men’s, Owen Lloyd. Nearest the Pins: #6 Brock Shute, #8 Tiawharangi, #12 Carol Parkinson, and #16 Zeb Livingston. 

Thank you to everyone involved and sponsor: Eastwood Motor Group. 

The ever-popular Grandmas and Grandpas tournament on Sunday 19 May saw a good turnout of both. The Grandma winner was Marie Scrimshaw and the Grandpa Richard Pither – their grandchildren will all be proud. The non-Grandma winner was Nicola Warren and the non-Grandpa Guy Walmsley.

On the same day the Ngahau Trophy was played for, provided to the club by June and Guy Hume as a competition amongst the Committee, Ladies Committee, Staff, Administrators, and Life Members. Ngahau was the name of the Hume’s Pirinoa farm and coincidentally 19 May was the day that June and Guy married in Sydney during WWII. The trophies were to recognise the work that these members do for the club on a voluntary basis. … Continue Reading

Golf clubhouse fundraising builds up

May 7, 2024 May 2024, Sports Comments Off on Golf clubhouse fundraising builds up

An amazing fundraising day for the new clubhouse was held on April 19 when 34 teams took to the course in an ambrose tournament. The winners on the day with net 54.87 were Taylor Dewis, Robbie Robinson, Tom de Groen and Liam Richardson. 

The longest drive for men went to Michael Bing and the ladies to Lisa Marie Island. Malcolm Bridge had a good day on the par 3’s winning two “closest to the pins,” the other was won by Ju Allen who picked up the $500 star prize of the day.

An enormous thank you goes to all the sponsors and donators of prizes and auction items including Kate Paterson (Paterson & Co), Bevan Sweeney (EnTain), Poppies, Cool Change, Runholder, Ata Rangi, Moy Hall, Colombo, Wharekauhau, Trust House and Royal Wellington Golf Club. The biggest thank you goes to the members who put in their time to ensure the day was a resounding success.

Fundraising and grant applications continue, with a grant from the Pain Farm Fund of $10,000 recently received.

The new clubhouse roof is going on and the weather gods have looked very favourably on Holmes Construction as all is on track to have the building covered before the worst of winter hits.  … Continue Reading

Women’s football team in Green, Black and … Pink strip

May 7, 2024 May 2024, Sports Comments Off on Women’s football team in Green, Black and … Pink strip

Goalmouth Girls: Martinborough Football’s wahine toa.

Martinborough Football Club has unveiled a vibrant new palette of green, black and pink with the introduction of a women’s team, marking a significant milestone for the club.

The rise of interest in women’s football, fueled by events like the FIFA Women’s World Cup, highlighted the demand for local opportunities. Responding to this need, Martinborough FC proudly welcomes the addition of a women’s team – a platform for local women to shine in their hometown.

What began as a modest messenger chat group, spearheaded by Michelle Ford and comprising of five-six local women, the idea quickly gained traction. 

From its humble beginnings, the group burgeoned, attracting what felt like half of Martinborough with around 40 enthusiastic participants.

Numbers slowly reduced as the initiative gained momentum and the group delved into securing sponsorships, engaging with the junior club, organizing fundraising events, and conducting summer skills training sessions. In late January, pre-season training commenced, solidifying the commitment of 16 dedicated women, who display a blend of experience and skill.

Under the guidance of the “very courageous” Tim Roach, who graciously assumed the coaching role, the group has evolved into a cohesive team. Recently outfitted in their sleek new uniforms, courtesy  of amazing local business sponsorship and the incredible work of Mike and Lindie from Dusty and Lulu, the team showcased their talent in a women’s 7-aside tournament hosted by the combined efforts of Capital Football and Greytown FC.  … Continue Reading

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Martinborough WFC: First-ever home game

The all-important stats: Result: Irrelevant, but Martinborough Women scored at least 2 good goals. Enjoyment factor: as a spectator 10/10 Enjoyment Factor: as a player: 11/10 Effort and commitment: off the scale. Possession: Marty 58%; the opponents in Green: at times a bit less Shots on target: 3; goals 2. …

Martinborough Golf

By Karen Stephens An annual favourite, the Beef & Burgundy Ambrose held on Friday 10 May, saw a great turnout in favourable conditions (thank goodness it wasn’t the previous day when winter arrived with full force!)  Top honours went to the team of Michael Bing, Shane Colton, Tiawharangi Aranui, and …

Golf clubhouse fundraising builds up

An amazing fundraising day for the new clubhouse was held on April 19 when 34 teams took to the course in an ambrose tournament. The winners on the day with net 54.87 were Taylor Dewis, Robbie Robinson, Tom de Groen and Liam Richardson.  The longest drive for men went to …

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