Kempsey Saints Football Club are approaching mid-season in all competitions. The club is still receiving registration enquiries and their miniroo numbers are continuing to grow. Cut off is June 30.
Premier League travels to Wauchope this weekend to take on this season’s newcomer. All eyes are on first grade who suffered another defeat last weekend against Port Saints 2-1. Again the squad played good football and a highlight was Player’s player Sam Mahoney who scored a quality long range goal to get his side back into the game. Unfortunately good football has not been getting the results that were expected of this side, every game has been tight but going against the green the white. It will be an interesting team list that goes up when Coach Matt Baker names the side. With only one unforced change in the four defeats, will Baker stick with predominately the same players or will he press for results with a rejuvenated squad?
Reserve grade left their supporters in awe of how they can scramble to a win, with full points last weekend in a very lack lustre display. They somehow hung onto to 1-0 lead for over an hour, after an individual near-post effort by talisman Liam King. Against a strong breeze in the second half it was the game plan out the window and sheer effort that got the result. Highlight was junior Griffin Ryan who is in great form and playing outstanding football in every position he has been placed. Ryan must be close to a first grade start with players in that grade needing to respond soon or reputations may not be enough to hold on to a spot.
Both the Northern Men’s sides are struggling for consistency and need to put together some results soon if they want to play in September. The Luke Flanagan Green Machine take on West Kempsey side MVR in what should be a close game. This side made a late charge last year and nothing is beyond them but they need some points and it could be the coaching of Flanagan that may make the difference. The White side is also looking for full points in every game as well. On paper this side looks the goods and they should now be starting to come together for Coach James Brady. With plenty of individual ability and speed across the park it is getting the side to play as a unit that is the challenge in this one. White takes on Yowies who are always competitive, so it won’t be easy. Both these games at Eden St.
Saints Ladies teams are the shining light of the senior squads this year with the decision to make two even teams now playing dividends for coaches Abby Baker and Amy O’Brien, with Saints sitting second and third on the ladder. The teams play each other this weekend, which should be a friendly but very competitive match. It was the O’Brien coached Green Turtles that got the better of the White Ninjas last meeting 3-1.