Football was the first of the big winter codes to get underway this weekend. The Waimak United competition junior grades kicked off on a beautiful but frosty winters morning, and it was obvious they were all excited to get their seasons started. In the Canterbury United Youth Development Leagues, the Waimak 15th grade had a 0-3 loss to Selwyn. The 14th grade overan their opponents, Halswell, 9-1, and the 13th grade had a 3-0 win over the Pride Academy. In the girls grades the 18th grade defeated Cashmere Tech 4-3, and the 14th grade had a 4-0 win over Parklands. The Waimak women’s CWC reserve grade were the first of the senior grades to kickoff, and they were too strong for their opponents, defeating Coastal Spirit 9-1. However it was the other way around in the Women’s Premier grade, where Coastal put 7 goals on the board, without conceding. The new look Waimak squad should improve over the coming weeks as they settle into their combinations. By the time the senior men’s games kicked of the weather had turned bitterly cold. The Waimak CCL Men’s reserves defeated Burwood 4-1. The CCL had much more of a battle, and conceded first, but were able to level the score when Alex Kedzlie finished a corner that was not cleared. Burwood scored again, to take the lead heading into halftime 2-1. A determined Waimak came out in the second half, and scored an equaliser through Floyd Duffy, from another corner scramble. But it was Burwood who found the winner, when ex-Waimak player James Hurren found the back of the net from a free kick. Final score 3-2 to Burwood.