Meadowbank 2nd behind Timaru Boys’ in division one


Meadowbank is looking sharp this season.

The Oamaru football club’s first XI is sitting in second place in division one of the South Canterbury Football competition after recording two wins, a draw and three losses.

Meadowbank has fallen twice to Timaru Boys’ High School XI but president Eden Souter- Napier said the side was still a good chance to win the league.

‘‘We’ll have to beat Timaru Boys’ the next time we play them which is doable,’’ Souter- Napier said.

‘‘They’re the team to beat, sort of thing.’’

Meadowbank’s B team is sixth in division two which had been a tough grade this season, with eight teams involved.

‘‘It’s quite competitive for them, but if they can string some wins together they’re not completely out of it — they’ll be going for a top-three finish.’’

Meadowbank has three father-son combinations playing this year — Darrell White and son Riley, Karl and Matthew Burke and Dan and Elijah Turbucz.

‘‘It’s a wee bit of a highlight for the club,’’ Souter-Napier said.

Both teams have been playing well this year, and an influx of new players had bolstered the playing stocks. A large number of Waitaki Boys’ High School players joined Meadowbank this season and had made an impact.

‘‘A lot of them have stepped up to the firsts and are doing really well. It’s been good for us and their game, I think.’’

The competition takes a break tomorrow for Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

However, the matches on June 11 will be big, as Meadowbank first XI hosts Timaru Boys’ XI at the North Otago A&P Showgrounds. Meadowbank B will play Timaru Boys’ Second XI.