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Olympic Premier 1, Karori 0

The Olympic 1st team, started the 2003 season with a difficult away game against Waterside Karori. Always strong opposition especially at home, we knew that we would have an early challenge to our goal of building on our pre-season form. With a number of new players to the club and the late arrival of Steve Romijn, it was always going to be the case of looking to gel over the first 3-4 games of the season while trying to obtain the required results. The first half saw Waterside's normal style of play with an interesting selection of Darren Johnson, a regular centre back playing up front, something that we dealt with quite well, in fact given that the backline started with a sixteen and a twenty year old they performed admirably against more experienced opponents. First game nerves were displayed, with the passing style of play seen over the pre-season not as evident, but saying that a number of opportunities to Steve Romijn, Benn Dawson and Russell Kamo saw the majority of the first half played in Waterside territory, with Wayne Rooker and Karl Whalen building on the their combination, which has the potential to develop into an exciting unit. The second half saw less nerves and a better flow to the game in periods. Waterside continuing with their direct approach, causing some problems, particularly with their combative nature. But as with the first half a number of opportunities presented themselves, without being taken, something that the team needs to improve on if we are to challenge for the top half of the table. A goal finally came after some good build up work once again being interrupted by an increasingly frustrated Waterside defence, resulting in a free-kick which was quickly taken by Wayne Rooker, with the final pass allowing Jerry Packham having only been on the field for 10 minutes to set up Russell Kamo to score with a clinical finish. The remainder of the game continued in a similar pattern with Waterside's main thrust coming from quick breaks and long balls. When the final whistle blew it provided a result of 1-0 to Olympic. Not an ideal game from a coaches perspective, but providing enough evidence to show the team has the ability to improve further over the coming weeks.

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