A big week for the Pig Hunters – including a few wins, a major injury, and an upcoming Youth Derby against a Northern ‘rival’ !!
Oceania Cup (Rnd 2)
Northern Territory City FC 0 – 9 Pig Hunters: Another comfortable win for the Pigs against bot opposition. The old-timers all got a run in defence, whilst Marcos “Five in the Pinker” García-Cardo helped himself to another 2 goals, taking his Cup tally to 7. But it was young gun Glenn Harrison who made the headlines by scoring his 1st ever hattrick. An easy victory overall, and the reward was a home match against division IV opposition.
Oceania Cup (Rnd 3)
Pig Hunters 5 – 0 Crunch Nutters: Traditionally, the 3rd Round is when the Pigs exit the Cup… but not this time! In front of nearly 47000 fans, the home team took the lead early and never looked back. Old man Dunn scored a cracker from 30 metres out, youngster Mercurio netted again, and García-Cardo came off the bench and scored his 8th Cup goal. “We didn’t expect such a result” said manager essenn after the game. “We put out a near full-strength team hoping to sneak into the 4th Round, but it has come at a cost. Goalkeeper Watze Heerssema is out for a week – we may need to look for a short-term replacement to cover his loss… “
In Round 4, the Pigs have yet another home game, this time against Hop Eaters from division III.
Pig Hunters 4 – 0 Road-Kill Rangers: The Pigs needed a win following last week’s infamous ‘no-event’ match, and got it against an under strength Road-Kill team. Historically speaking, the home team pretty much always wins in these battles, and it was no different here. Two goals in each half meant that the Pigs picked up their first points of the season, and got their campaign going. “To knock off last season’s Champions is great, but we all know Road-Kill have injured players and a new ‘keeper from last season… so it’s nothing to get carried away about. The good thing is we got the win, now we need to focus on next week’s game against cairns all stars – with a 0-2 record against them, you’d be a brave person to tip us for a win!” – essenn
In Other News
Nick Puruntatameri, a product of the Piglets, was sold this week to Fcr Cluj of România for 3,300,000 AU$. The decision to sell him wasn’t easy, but at the end of the day… “We all struggled to pronounce his name, so that made it easier. Also we have a young Piglet coming through that can use some playmaking training, and so we needed to free up a training spot” – essenn
Following yet another win last week (this time a 3-1 away win against Godwin Academy), the Piglets are still on top of the HTUM Youth League II. But it all counts for nothing though, as this week the boys are up against MS Odense U18. Since their return to the HTUM Youth Leagues, the Piglets have been looking forward to this fixture. At both senior and junior levels, both Clubs have had an on-going ‘Rivalry of the North-South Hemispheres’. The MS Odense first teamers may be winning the battle at senior level, but the Piglets are killing it at youth standards. So much so, that a few current Piglets were given ‘special permission’ to express their thoughts before the upcoming match…
“I asked manager essenn NOT to promote me to the senior squad this week, because I really wanted to play against MSO18.” – Lamah Itani
“Hopefully I will be fully fit for this game – the boys are hungry for a win! These are the games you want to play in… and win!” – Rupert Wang
“I know how much this game means to the Club. I may be a Piglet now, but I know in the future I will be a proper Pig – so to beat this MS Odense club at both junior & senior level is my aim! Harrison destroyed them when he was a Piglet, there’s no reason why I can’t too!” – Nat Bugangidja
Happy Birthday Hojris – from your nemesis Down Under