Wests 12th Grade Lions Roar at the Nelson Suburbs Club Cup 2013

Western Suburbs 12th Grade Lions travelled to the Nelson Suburbs Club Cup 2013 played on the 24th and 25th July at Saxton Field sports grounds in Nelson.

Day 1...
The Weather was not great on arrival to Nelson and full rain in the days leading up to the Tournament started to clear but left the pitches boggy and waterlogged. The 1st game started foggy but the sun thankfully came through.

Wests Lions 9 v 0 FC Nelson B development squad. Boys came out flying… scored some well created team goals and played some Fabulous Football. Final score Wests Lions.. 9 FC Nelson B.. 0.    Goals from Sam 4, Ben 2, Euan 1, Aaron 1

Wests Lions 4 v 0 Nelson Suburbs. Boys played well again and kept composure! Goals from Ben 2, Ethan 1, Jack 1

Wests Lions 4 v 3 Cashmere Technical FC from Christchurch. Fantastic game was end to end and plenty of goals at both ends, boys did extremely well to come back from being 3-2 behind. Goals from Bradley 2, Ben 2.

Almost 3 hours of football and very tired legs seen us go through to the Semifinals with 3 wins and top of group A!


Day 2...

Wests Lions 0 v 0 Lower Hutt (Lions win 2-1 on pens)
An all Wellington semifinal saw us up against Lower Hutt and a tense game ensued, heaps of goal opportunities for the Lions but couldn't score - score after 50 mins 0-0. Forced us to the nerve racking penalties....!!!! Sam and Jack both slotted their pens, and with Gabe saving 4 of the penalties sent us through to the final 2-1 winners!

The Final
Wests Lions 6 v 2 Western Springs of Auckland
After being under the pump in the first half the boys dug deep after being 2-1 down scoring some fabulous goals in a thrilling game.
They all played their hearts out after again creating some inspirational team play moments scoring 1 goal after the other. Goals from Ben 3, Sam 2 and Matt 1

The coaches were delighted with the performances and that the hard work the boys have put in at training inspired the win. All the parents who cheered and supported the Team were also very proud of the fantastic efforts, teamwork and determination of the players as the Lions were presented with the 12th Grade Winners Trophy, medals and footballs which the boys all signed for each other to cap off a successful Tournament and superb couple of days for the Western Suburbs 12th Grade Lions  ...!...!...!