Tournament chance to get up to speed


The Gore Wanderers women’s team has been honing its game at the Southland Football pre-season tournament at Hyde Park in Gore this month.

The women’s and men’s sections of the round-robin tournament both involve four teams and provide an opportunity for sides to get back in shape before the season begins next month.

In the women’s section, Gore Wanderers, the Wyndham Town Football Club and Invercargill’s Thistle Football Club have each notched up one win in their three games so far.

Invercargill’s Queens Park AFC is unbeaten, having won all three of its games.

Gore Wanderers manager Mel McKenzie was happy with the team’s performance.

“We’re absolutely stoked. There have been a number of new girls who have been so patient working with myself and [coach] Simon Cars while we get them into the right positions.”

She was impressed with the team’s efforts so far.

“We’ve really given some of those harder teams a run for their money.”

Gore Wanderers boasted a squad of about 25 this season, players ranging from high school pupils to experienced players, she said.

“It’s a large squad but it’s fantastic numbers for us, especially at that school-age level, to be able to bring them through for us,” McKenzie said.

“It’s looking really promising for us this season.”

In the men’s section of the tournament, also being played at Hyde Park, Gore Wanderers have had one draw and two losses.

Queens Park is on top with two wins and a loss, Thistle has won once and drawn twice and Invercargill club Old Boys has had one win, one draw and one loss.

The final games in the tournament will be played on Saturday.Sports brandsSneakers