Tikipunga take home Cup

17/09/2012 17:29

Tikipunga vs. Central Brown, Stafford Choat Cup final, 15th September 2012

Tikipunga take home Cup

By Arriane Christie

Tikipunga won the Stafford Choat Cup for the first time in 20 years when they beat Central Brown six-nil in the final at Toll Stadium on Saturday.

After faltering in the early league games this season, Tikipunga decided they would concentrate on winning the Stafford Choat and Federation One Cups. Tikipunga last held the Stafford Choat in 1992, and have never won the Federation One Cup.

After improving all season, Tikipunga were the favourites to take the Stafford Choat, but knew Central Brown were capable of an upset.

The large, flat playing surface at Toll Stadium worked in Tikipunga’s favour. They were able to play their short passing game and they dominated the match. They played with the wind at their backs in the first half and were three-nil up at half time thanks to goals from Mark Ruddell, Marcus Mulhearn and Steve Crowley.

Tikipunga player Daniel Dunbar said they knew they couldn’t sit back on their lead with Central Brown having the wind advantage in the second half. But they “shut the gate” on Central Brown when Ruddell scored his second goal.

Lance Dinsdale and Dan Johnston also added their names to the score card in the second half.

Dunbar also commented on the impact of having former Tikipunga player and club stalwart Billy Gibson in the changing rooms before the match, saying his inspirational talk helped the side get in the right frame of mind.

Tikipunga coach Clive Adams said “the guys played really well as a team and it all came together. The boys were fired up for it. They worked hard and got what they deserved.”

Tikipunga play in the Federation One Cup final next Saturday against Kerikeri.