Grey United, in the men’s top spot, played bottom placed Paroa in the early fixture at Arthur Fong. Paroa have struggled to find results this year and even started this game with 10 players. However, they still have a strong team and were boosted by the inclusion of Harvey Rubbo, who had a stand out performance in defence. Both teams started well but it was Paroa with the best early chance, with Matt Wakeford getting in behind the Grey United defence, only for his well hit shot to be turned past the far post by James McLean in the United goal.
Paroa came close to opening the scoring when Martin McDonald cracked a low shot from outside the box, but McLean managed to get a hand to it. McLean then had to turn another good effort from Ben Anderson over the bar shortly after. Grey United’s best chances came from a few corners later in the game. Belinda Dempster, Paroa’s player of the day, did well to clear one off the line after a headed effort had beaten their keeper. At the other end, Wakeford kept the pressure on the United back line, but Ravin Brown, in particular, stood out, making some great tackles, earning him Grey United’s player of the day. This game also finished 0-0, giving Paroa their first point of the main championship.