Plains Rangers 8 Otumoetai 1

2 April 2016

A new season kicks off. Captain for the day Matt Dalgity calls for the toss with his Otumoetai opponent. Ref Norm Howe has things under control.
Rangers starting XI, from left to right: Matt Dalgity, Jaiden Ibbetson, Jordan Ogilvy, Jimmy Krause, Levi Riri, Sione Lotu, Christian Wetting, Ali Scott, Matt Eveleens, Ben Sexton & Andy Willis. On the subs bench: Tijmen Corporaal, Jamaal James, Richie Nillesen, Chris Butler.
Three minutes in and Wett powers in a strike from 20 metres, squeezing it between the distraught keeper and the post. 1 - 0! Little T? Not really, that was just to distinguish him from his dad, Big T, when they both played two seasons ago. Tijmen Corporaal contributed well with some good passing in the midfield.
Jordan Ogilvy is off on one of his rampaging runs down the wing. This one brought a result, he took it to the line and pulled it back for Wett to bury it in the net and make it 2 - 0. Ali Scott and Jordan play a one-two in the midfield.
Thanks Chris Butler for these two photos.
Captain Matt Dalgity comes to take a throw in. On the subs bench Sione Lotu looks like he's ready to get back on there. Ben Sexton's turn to throw in as Rangers press their visitors mercilessly.
It's been a while since Richie Nillesen last played for Rangers. He was player-coach back in 2012! After time out playing for Whakatane Town and having knee problems, Richie was back. Wett passes him the ball out on the right wing. Ref Norm gives an Otumoetai player a good talking to for his charge on Richie, who sees the funny side of it all.
Richie still has those skills. Game over, a good win. Player of the day Jimmy Krause is also back at Rangers after last being in the 2012 team. It's almost a reunion! Jamaal, Matt and Andy have had a fun day too.
Many thanks to our officials Norm and Graham. They did a good job, but they do wish there were more referees in the BOP to help out though. Special moment of the day... no, not Sione taking in the corner flags, but his spectacular bicycle kick to score Rangers 8th goal. It wasn't a fluke. Sione does them in training as well! A memorable debut!
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