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The players get up close and personal to claim possession. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER

Momentous win

The inaugural senior mens’ game for Hauraki Plains Football Club was a resounding success, as the team came away from their first ever game in the Waikato Senior Men’s league with a win under their belts. 

The Hauraki FC Wolves played against West Hamilton United, in a hard-fought match at Hugh Hayward Domain in Ngatea on April 6. 

The division 4 team donned their new home kit of red and black stripes to face the Hamiltonians. They played a fast-paced and intensive game, and play travelled the full length of the field as the teams battled it out. There were headers, goalie saves and plenty of close-quarters action. Despite the fierce rivalry though, there was still an abundance of sportsmanship to be seen, as demonstrated by a West Hamilton United player helping an injured Hauraki opponent to the sidelines. Chatter and spirits were high both on the field and off, with several supporters there to see the momentous event.  

The teams were well-matched, with the score nil-all at half-time. Ultimately though, the Wolves were able to pull ahead in the second half to take out the match 5-1. 

ALICE PARMINTER took to the sidelines to catch the match. 

A Hauraki player heads in for a header as the neighbours watch on. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
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A punt in time for Hauraki. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
West Hamilton slides in to nab the ball. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
The Wolves keep ahead of the competition. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
Play pauses as a Hamilton player helps an injured Wolf to the sidelines. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER