Wesley Cain's 68th-minute goal prompted the soccer player to erupt into a spectacular triple, back-flip somersault celebration in Napier yesterday.
"From the time I was a kid I'd been doing gymnastics for 11 years so every time I scored a goal I did that," said Cain after helping Thirsty Whale Napier City Rovers thump Integration Works Waterside Karori 7-3 in their soccer match at Park Island.
"It was two back-hand springs and a back flip," said the grinning Canadian right winger on his debut for the Blues and deservedly finding the net twice after creating numerous opportunities for other teammates who got on the referee's scorecard.
The hosts started somewhat tentatively in their opening Ultra Football Central League encounter to go into the break 2-1 up but then showed why they are traditional power houses in the premier winter league in the combined Capital and Central Football competition.
"We just needed to get a touch of the ball, get adjusted, take the nerves out of the way and then after that they [the goals] just kept coming," said Cain, putting down the shaky start to the boys becoming accustomed to each other after just a fortnight of scrimmaging at the adjacent park.
"We're on the same page defensively so offensively we need to tick the ball around," said Cain, putting down the two quick goals to Waterside Karori striker Ryan Cain, in the 83rd and 85th minutes, to a momentary lapse which they would address in training this week.
He said the lads thoroughly enjoyed a crisp surface on a lush autumn park to come away with two points.
The Thirsty Whale Hawke's Bay United player found the pace wasn't as frantic as the national summer league but tactically it was equally demanding.
"We'll get stronger and stronger as season goes on," said the 24-year-old.
Unfortunately the native of Guelph in Ontario will be unavailable for the next three rounds as he jets off home in the hope of bringing back his girlfriend, Alisia Mar, as well as attending to other commitments, such as fixing up his driver's licence.
The James Hoyle-skippered team showed they will be title contenders although a better test will although a better yardstick will be their away game against Miramar Rangers in a 2.30pm kick off at David Farrington Park, Wellington, this Sunday.
The newly promoted Capital League side from last year battled commendably in the first half for Kyung Kong Dim to draw first blood in just the eighth minute for the Robert Crump-coached outfit.
Cain's compatriot Patryk Misik, stoking the engine room, levelled terms in the 20th minute from a deflected free kick after Karori defender brought down Uruguayan forward Martin Bueno.
Misik put the Blues ahead 2-1 in the 31st minute after doing justice to a probing run from Cain.
"He's a great player. I've never played with him but against him when we were younger but we seem to know how each other plays and have a real connection on the pitch," said Cain of Misik, a 23-year-old from Brandtford who has plied his trade with SD Órdenes in Spain.
Bueno, who had collected a yellow card for diving in the 52nd minute, made it 3-1 from a penalty kick after he was brought down in the box.
Cain (68th), leftback Liam Schofield (73rd), Stevenson (77th) and Cain (90th) piled it on for a 7-3 result which could come in handy when goal averages kick in towards the business end.
Karori captain Tor Davenport Petersen said his troops started out with intent and that was reflected early in the first.
"Once we conceded one [goal] our heads started dropping and they took their chances really well," said Petersen.
The 19-year-old centreback felt Karori did really well for their first outing in Central League but it was certainly a decent step up from the Capital One League.
Petersen said the Rupert Crump-coached team were predominantly players who, like him, were products of the club's youth academy.
"I started playing there from the time I was 5 so it's nice to see the boys coming through to play for the first team now."
However, Petersen said their next assignment was against Wellington Olympic at Karori Park this Saturday.
"No games are going to be easy in this league," he said.
■ Building King Havelock North Wanderers went down 2-0 to Stop Out Soccer Club at Hutt Park yesterday.
The villagers from Hastings, who accepted a last-minute invitation to the Central League as the Lotto Federation League champions who lost to Karori in their promotion playoffs, conceded both goals in the first half to 2016 golden boot winner Jerram Tuck in quick succession in the 35th and 37th minutes.
Wanderers player/coach Chris Greatholder said it was a good introduction to a higher league for his troops.
"We've learned a lot, obviously, and we've run in close. We had probably two or three decent opportunities which we should have scored.
"We're disappointed with the loss but in our first run out, when we're still learning our shape and our tactics, it's not too disheartening," said Greatholder of the Ethan Dent-captained side, who play Wellington United at Newtown Park in the capital city in a 2.30pm kick off in their next round this Saturday.