Soccer: Familiar look to women's final games

By Anendra Singh

The Hawke's Bay women's soccer competitions have finally reached the business end and have a resemblance with the men's Hawke's Bay Knockout Cup and Federation Cup finals.

High flyers Taradale Baldwin Jewellers and Maycenvale Misfits are playing a must-win final league match and also in the HB AppMed Knockout Cup final, just as Promotem Napier City Rovers men are against Geon Taradale.

The Graeme Jones-coached Taradale will play the Craig Barkle-coached Misfits under floodlights at the Petane Domain, Eskview, on Thursday for the league bragging rights in a 6.30pm kick off.

Dale are sitting on the top rung of the table on 31 points with Misfits three points behind them in second place.

A victory on Thursday night will be the perfect end to the season for Maycenvale but anything shy will mean Taradale will be the league champions.

The Misfits have a better goal average so three points from a win will help their cause.

"It's been a very good competition this winter and we've been all over them," said Barkle last night who will be without the services of captain/central midfielder Laura Wallis holidaying in Australia.

The teams are then scheduled to lock horns in the Knockout Cup final this Sunday but Barkle wasn't sure where the venue would be although he suspected it could be also at Petane Domain in a daytime clash.

"Central Football haven't put any draws on their website either,"he said. Central Football general manager Phil Holt could not be reached last night.

However, Barkle said Taradale were attempting to shift the Sunday game to another day because of unavailability of players but that didn't suit the Misfits' main striker, Aleesha Heywood, so they declined to accommodate their rivals considering the Hastings club are struggling to field 11 after the rep tourney at the weekend left a player injured.

Dale coach Graeme Jones, back from the London Olympics as a walk race coach, could not be reached for comments either. The Taradale comfortably beat Western Rangers 4-0 in one cup semifinal while the Misfits crushed their division two side, Maycenvale Crusaders, 16-0 in the derby on August 26.

In the plate final, PlusRehab Port Hill United (Div 1) will meet Hastings Rovers (Div 2) after the former pipped Taradale Black (div 2) 2-1 in one semifinal and the latter edged out Port Hill (div 2) 5-4 in the other semifinal also on August 26.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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