WEEKEND WRAP – 13th and 14th of August

Some big results for our Men’s and Women’s First Teams, while in the rest of the club there were some insane scores and individual efforts with Wild Potros and U13 Boys Red scoring 9 and 8 respectively.

Check out the results of our Youth and Senior teams below:

Senior Teams

Saturday 13th August | Ellerslie teams listed first

Diamonds 3 (not listed), Northern Rovers Tornadoes 1
Iguanas 1 (Travis), Albany Utd Hot and Spicey 2
MLP TBC
Deceptively Slow 1 (Sven), Mt Albert Ponsonby 5
Business Time defaulted
Wild Potros 9 (Alex 7, Qais, Jacob), Western Springs Choppers 0
Screaming Eagles 4 (Owen 2m Paul, Nicholas), Wild Bucks 1
Wild Bucks 1 (TBC), Screaming Eagles 4
Greyhounds 4 (Eddowes 2, Keen, Major), Te Atatu 3
Wounders 1 (Dylan), West Auckland Wookies 0
Seadogs 1 (not listed), Fencibles Utd Magics 4
Metro 5 (OG 2, Simon, Martin, Mark), Western Springs Kosmos 2
Mustangs 6 (Glenn 3, Sam 2, Alex), Western Springs Reefers 2

Sunday 14th August | Ellerslie teams listed first

Rebels 2 (Natasja, Lauren), West Coast Rangers 1
Roverines 2 (Amanda 2), Mangere Utd Maramas 3
Rovettes 6 (Dallas 3, Steph, Brenna, Evy), Onehunga Mangere Rookies 0

Youth Teams

Saturday 13th August | Ellerslie teams listed first

U16 Girls Red BYE
U14 Girls Red 1, (Thanesha), Eastern Suburbs 5
U13 Girls Red 5 (Willa 2, Coco, Olive, Pahul), Bay Olympic Whirlwinds 0

U17 Black 2 (Francis, Hudson), Papakura City 1
U16 Girls Black 4 (Maddie, Sophie, Keira, Lilly), Western Springs Napoli 0
U16 Girls Gold 0, West Auckland Bears 3
U15 Black 1 (Ben), Fencibles Utd Red 3
U14 Black 0, Bay Olympic Rockets 10
U13 Black 0, Central Utd SPC Wilson 3
U13 Gold 5 (not listed), Papatoetoe Utd Jaguars 4
U13 Green 2 (Callum 2), Western Springs France 4
U13 Silver 4 (Timmerman 3, Takumi), Pukekohe AFC Red 4

Sunday 15th August | Ellerslie teams listed first

U17 Red 0, South Auckland Rangers 0
U15 Red 1 (Daniel), South Auckland Rangers 0
U14 Red 2 (Lorenzo, Kaito), Uni-Mt Bohemian 3
U13 Red 8 (Ben 5, Vicente, Samuel, Joshua), Northland FC 2

(please note if your result is not showing, or your goalscorers are missing please ask your manager or coach to make sure they are submitting their results via the Ellerslie AFC app)

NRFL Men’s

Men’s Reserves 0, Fencibles Reserves 6
Men’s First Team 2 (Rowan Corbett, Pat Grey), Fencibles Utd 1

While the day didn’t start in great fashion with the Men’s Reserves conceding early in their game and going on to have a tricky opening 45 mins against the leagues leading team. Things did improve as the Reserves picked themselves up and had a much better second half and the First Team took that energy and ran with it in the main game – with a number of chances in the first half but always seeming to have a bit of control in the game.

As it goes in football as soon as we scored our opening goal in the second half the game became frantic and control really went out the window as we chased a insurance goal and Fencibles chased an equaliser.

As it turns out we really needed that second goal which we scored in injury time, before Fencibles gave themselves a glimmer of hope by scoring straight back – but it wasn’t to be and Ellerslie took all three points with a 2-1 win and leapfrogged Fencibles in the table in the process.

Ellerslie’s run home

  • Metro away on the 19th of August (Friday Night)
  • East Coast Bays at home on the 27th of August
  • Onehunga Mangere at home on the 3rd of September

Man of the Match: Adam Scott, our highest capped active player really embodied the spirit of the derby and put his body on the line time and time again. It’s rare to see him really spark up but as the game intensified Adam really stepped up and dominated his area of the pitch and the substitute striker Fencibles brought on. Probably unlucky not to grab a headed goal as he had a couple of efforts on target.

NRFL Women’s

Women’s Reserves 2 (Sarah Jessup 2), Northern Rovers Reserves 1
Women’s First Team 2 (Britney Cunningham-Lee, Sarah Carpenter), Northern Rovers 2

Round 18 of the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier saw your Ponies head to McFetridge Park to take on league champions Northern Rovers. This fixture is always an exciting affair and this encounter was no different. While Rovers had secured the league in round 17 there was still plenty to play for as they aimed to stretch their unbeaten run to 22 games unbeaten across all competitions and as they prepare for their Kate Sheppard Cup semi-final fixture against Dunedin City Royals. 

The Ponies had come to crash the party and did just that in the 6th minute when Cunningham-Lee won possession off the Northern Rovers centre-back and charged towards the goal before calmly tucking the ball into the far post to put the Ponies up 1-0. Rovers certainly had most of the possession in the early stages of the encounter however they really struggled to find a way to play through the Ponies’ midfield block. 

Suya Haering managed to intercept a loose pass just inside a Ponies half which started the Northern Rovers counter attack. The swift counter attack had the Ponies in trouble and the referee awarded a penalty at the end of the move after Leanna Ryan was taken down inside the penalty area. Up stepped one of the league’s stand-out players Michaela Foster. Foster managed to calmly tuck away the ball into the side netting past Olla to draw Rovers level in the 36th minute. 

In the second half, the game ebbed and flowed with chances being presented at both ends. The deadlock was finally broken in the 71st minute when the Ponies were dispossessed at midfield. Rovers quickly switched the play to left-back Suya Haering who drove forward with the ball before unleashing a thunderbolt from 30 yards at Nadia Olla’s goal. Despite the goalkeeper’s best efforts, she could do no more as the ball flew into the back of the net and gave Rovers the lead for the first time in the match. 

The Ponies did a nice job of playing out from the back to get to midfield before releasing Cunningham-Lee down the line who pick up the ball and raced away toward the Rovers goal before being brought down on the edge of the box. The free-kick presented Sarah Carpenter with the chance to draw level with 3 minutes to play in regulation time. Carpenter whipped the ball into the far post with expert precision to draw the Ponies level. 

With the scores drawn at 2-2, the Ponies coaching staff made it clear that they wanted to push for the three points and be the ones to bring an end to Rovers’ unbeaten run. The changes almost instantly impacted the game as Marie Green picked up the ball on the left wing and struck a shot goal bound only for her first shot to be blocked and the second sent just wide of the upright. 

The Ponies had one final chance after Ella James was fouled just over halfway as she tried to play the ball through to Cunningham-Lee on a counter attack. In a game that was begging for a winner, the Ponies sent everyone forward including the goalkeeper Olla with Coach Ryan Shiffman claiming that “this one is for the fans”. Cat Pretty took the final kick of the game as she sent in a ball towards the back post which just alluded the players in red and was collected by the Northern Rovers keeper. The referee blew the final whistle as the Rovers keeper distributed the ball bringing to a close what was another thrilling encounter. 

Ellerslie’s run home

  • West Coast Rangers at home on the 21st of August
  • Auckland United at home on the 28th of August
  • Western Springs away on the 4th of September

Woman of the Match: The player of the match was Cat Pretty who was the glue in all things good for the Ponies. Pretty did a fantastic job of holding her position in front of the backline and setting up those in front of her thus making it difficult for Rovers to play through the midfield. She was also the catalyst of many of the Ponies good attacking moments. Congratulations Cat on another fantastic performance!

WEEKEND WRAP – 6th and 7th of August

It was a foggy old Saturday down at Michaels Ave and around Auckland, and the rain made an appearance on Sunday, but we didn’t get any ground closures which was lucky and good to see.

Check out the results of our Youth and Senior teams below:

Senior Teams

Saturday 6th August | Ellerslie teams listed first

Diamonds 0, Central Utd UoA 2
Iguanas 2 (not listed), Eastern Suburbs Siberian Heskeys 3
MLP BYE
Deceptively Slow 1 (Logan), Bucklands Beach 2
Business Time 0, Onehunga Mangere Prestige 4
Wild Potros 3 (James, Jacob, Matthew), Uni-Mount Quiche 0
Screaming Eagles 1 (Paul), West Auckland Rangers 1
Wild Bucks 2 (not listed), Eastern Suburbs 3
Greyhounds 3 (Hansen, Keen, Major), Uni-Mount 0
Wounders 5 (Christian 3, George, Eli), Te Atatu Wild Stallions 0
Seadogs 6 (Frank 2, Charlie, Bejem, Daniel, Terrious), Bucklands Beach Stacked FC 1
Metro 2 (Martin Nichols, Simon Lapthorne), South Auckland Rangers 2
Mustangs 2 (Daryl, Sam), West Auckland Tailevu 2

Sunday 7th August | Ellerslie teams listed first

Rebels 1 (Lauren), Greenhithe Mozamba 2
Roverines Postponed
Rovettes 2 (Dallas 2), Bucklands Beach Vixens 4

Youth Teams

Saturday 6th August | Ellerslie teams listed first

U16 Girls Red 1 (TBC), Western Springs 2
U14 Girls Red 1, (Amber), Auckland Utd 3
U13 Girls Red 3 (Coco 2, Willa), Beachlands Maraetai 1

U17 Black TBC
U16 Girls Black 1 (Sophie), Northern Rovers 8
U16 Girls Gold 0, Metro FC 2
U15 Black 1, (Levi), Waitemata Barcelona 2
U14 Black 0, Drury UFC Gators 5
U13 Black 2 (not listed), Papatoetoe 1
U13 Gold BYE
U13 Green 0, Bay Olympic Jetstreams 2
U13 Silver 5 (Zuhayr 2, Zander 2, Oliver), Western Springs Chile 1

Sunday 7th August | Ellerslie teams listed first

U17 Red 3 (Sam 2, Calum), West Coast Rangers 1
U15 Red 5 (Ben 4, Boston), East Coast Bays 2
U14 Red 1 (Jeff), West Coast Rangers 2
U13 Red 3 (not listed), Fencibles Utd 1

(please note if your result is not showing, or your goalscorers are missing please ask your manager or coach to make sure they are submitting their results via the Ellerslie AFC app)

NRFL Men’s

Men’s Reserves 2 (Allan McBride, Will Sayer), Tauranga City Reserves 6
Men’s First Team 2 (Rowan Corbett, Tom Durkin), Tauranga City 6

A tricky away tie for a significantly under powered Ponies – Tauranga were the players pick for the best team in the league after our home game, and it’s probably fair to say for the players who did travel to Links Ave that opinion probably hasn’t changed.

Highlights of the trio include some stunning Bay of Plenty weather, a very delicious after-match spread and 4 goals across the two games, scored by Allan McBride, Will Sayer, Rowan Corbett and Tom Durkin.

With not much else to say about the game, we just wanted to thank Baradene College for the use of their vans across our NRFL teams this season – in a tricky season financially for the club this has been a big help!

This weekend we focus on a local derby as we host Fencibles in the Panmure Bridge Derby – or the #BattleoftheBridge as it’s affectionately known – come check it out at 3pm on Saturday at Michaels Ave.

Ellerslie’s run home

  • Fencibles at home on the 13th August (#BattleoftheBridge)
  • Metro away on the 19th August (Friday Night)
  • East Coast Bays at home on the 27th August
  • Onehunga Mangere at home on the 3rd of September

Man of the Match: Coach Ben Fletcher declined to name a Player of the Day on Saturday, so the media team took the opportunity to pick our own candidate and we have gone for Team Manager Tim Adams who also doubled up as van driver for the day. Just like the match referee our decision is final!

NRFL Women’s

Women’s Reserves 2 (Sarah Jessup), Eastern Suburbs Reserves 0
Women’s First Team 2 (Cat Pretty, Marie Green), Eastern Suburbs 3

A tight contest between the two Premier Women’s Clubs in East Auckland ended up being decided by a stunning goal by Devon Jackson who had come on as a sub to win the game for her team.

Ellerslie bounced back from going behind with a spot kick late in the first half, which gave them momentum into the second half where a powerful header from U17’s NZ Rep Marie Green gave the Ponies the lead.

It didn’t last long as Suburbs drew level within a couple of minutes, but that didn’t deter the Ponies from throwing everything they had at the Lilywhites.

While the first half was dominated by Suburbs, Ellerslie showed in the second half that on their day they can compete with the top four teams, consistency probably the biggest issue for the Michaels Ave based side.

Ellerslie travel to take on League Champions Northern Rovers at McFetridge Park this weekend, perhaps an upset on the cards?

Woman of the Match: In what was a quite physical game, Jemma stepped up and chased and harried and frustrated her bigger opponents, while contributing with the ball immensely. It’s such an Ellerslie AFC vibe to see the the underdog battling against the favourites.

WEEKEND WRAP – 30th and 31st of July

We were back to full games for this weekend – and the fields while they were a bit soft at Michaels Ave looked great! Speaking of things that look great, our Men’s First Team took a vital win on Saturday against Metro – check that out below.

Senior Teams

Saturday 30th July | Ellerslie teams listed first

Diamonds 6 (n/a), Eastern Suburbs Keats 0
Iguanas BYE
MLP 2 (Samaan 2), Northern Rovers One Hit Wonders 5
Deceptively Slow 1 (Rob), Western Springs 3
Business Time 2 (Dave, Aiden), Bay Olympic Mavericks 2
Wild Potros 2 (Pablo, Enrique), Metro FC Football Friends 0
Screaming Eagles 3 (Jordan, Wynton, Owen), Eastern Suburbs Hustlers 4
Wild Bucks 0, Ellerslie Greyhounds 2
Greyhounds 2 (Major, Keen), Ellerslie Wild Bucks 0
Wounders ?
Seadogs 3 (n/a), Bay Olympic Saints 4
Metro 5 (Martin 3 Simon 2), South Auckland Rangers Kiwi 1
Mustangs 4 (Sam 2, Glen, Ian), Uni-Mount Hart 0

Sunday 31st July | Ellerslie teams listed first

Rebels 2 (Katie, Natasja), Central Utd 4
Roverines 0, Bucklands Beach Vixens 1
Rovettes 1 (Alice), Waiuku Wolverines 0

Youth Teams

Saturday 30th July | Ellerslie teams listed first

U16 Girls Red 0, Auckland Utd 5
U14 Girls Red 1 (n/a), Birkenhead Utd 4
U13 Girls Red 0, West Auckland Sapphires 0

U17 Black 4 (Tomas 3, Pawan), Western Springs Nice 5
U16 Girls Black 0, Central Utd Swifts 4
U16 Girls Gold 3 (Sophia 3), Auckland Utd Leopards 2
U15 Black 7 (Finnbar 2, Christian, Daniel, Levi, Alex, Andre), Western Springs Seals 1
U14 Black 3 (n/a), Eastern Suburbs Yellow 11
U13 Black 7 (not listed), Warkworth 0
U13 Gold 5 (not listed), Pukekohe Blue 2
U13 Green 0, Papakura FC White 2
U13 Silver 6 (n/a), Papakura FC Waiau Pa 1

Sunday 31st July | Ellerslie teams listed first

U17 Red 3 (Charlie 2, Cooper), Eastern Suburbs 3
U15 Red 2 (n/a), Western Springs 1
U14 Red 3, (Louis, Jesse, Elliot), Auckland City 3
U13 Red 7, (n/a), East Coast Bays 1

(please note if your result is not showing, or your goalscorers are missing please ask your manager or coach to make sure they are submitting their results via the Ellerslie AFC app)

NRFL Men’s

Men’s Reserves 2 (Athan Ratnam, Dan Evans), Metro FC Reserves 1
Men’s First Team 3 (Rowan Corbett, Alex Clark, Ryan Morrow), Metro FC 0

Ellerslie’s run home

  • Tauranga away on the 6th August
  • Fencibles at home on the 13th August (#BattleoftheBridge)
  • Metro away on the 19th August (Friday Night)
  • East Coast Bays at home on the 27th August
  • Onehunga Mangere at home on the 3rd of September

Media Picks Men of the Match: Liam Buyck and Alex Clark this duo contributed greatly to Ellerslie’s win over Metro, with Alex Clark scoring the second goal and Liam Buyck being a rock at the back.

NRFL Women’s

Women’s Reserves 0, Hamilton Wanderers Reserves 2
Women’s First Team 1 (Sarah Carpenter), Hamilton Wanderers 2

Ellerslie’s 4th game of the season against Hamilton Wanderers didn’t quite go to the script of the previous three, with the Ponies taking the win in the previous two league games and the Kate Sheppard cup, scoring 7 goals and conceding none.

Those stats don’t paint the picture of how close those games were, with Hamilton frustrated they didn’t have anything to show for their efforts.

You could tell right from kickoff that Hamilton wanted some blood in this game, on what ended up being a tricky surface to play on. Although Ellerslie scored to open the game with a nice effort from ex Wanderer Sarah Carpenter, it was mostly the home side on top early on and to be honest for most of the game.

Hamilton drew level not long after the Ellerslie goal, the first Ellerslie have conceded against Hamilton this season and while the home side were dominating there was the feeling the Ponies could find something to get themselves a vital three points in this game.

Britney Cunningham-Lee in particular was on a mission upfront and only last ditch efforts from Hamilton’s backline, in particular Tiana Hill stopped the Ellerslie forward from scoring and putting her team back infront.

The second half saw an improvement from the Ponies as they had their best spell of the game, with the team going a little more direct which in turn saw the Hamilton players drop off and allow some space in midfield. Unfortunately this space in midfield didn’t ultimately lead to that one chance the Ponies needed to re-take the lead.

As it goes in football just as one team settles into their groove the other team scores – for the Ponies last minute goals scored by Hamilton has been a burden in the past, and this came back to haunt us in this game as Helen Arjomandi got played inbehind and finished past Nadia who had saved two similar efforts already.

Not the result Ellerslie wanted and with Springs coming from behind against West Coast Rangers the race for the top 4 all of a sudden got tricky.

Media Picks Woman of the Match: a lovely strike from Sarah Carpenter gave Ellerslie the lead against her old club, a nice way to come back to your old home ground. Sarah’s 5th goal of the season was worthy of being a match winner and it was a shame it wasn’t – but she will still get to celebrate her performance at Mexico Ellerslie with a $50 voucher!

WEEKEND WRAP – 23rd and 24th of July

With the last weekend of the school holidays in the bag we are back to 100% of games next weekend, but for this weekend we had a few tasty Ellerslie vs Ellerslie clashes in the seniors and a few of the youth teams were in action.

Senior Teams

Saturday 23rd July | Ellerslie teams listed first
Diamonds 3 (n/a), Waitemata 0
Iguanas 4 (Travis 2, Shomel, Warren), Birkenhead 2
MLP 2 (Nicholas, James), Greenhithe 7
Deceptively Slow 3 (Sean 2, Jack), Ellerslie Business Time 1
Business Time 1 (n/a), Ellerslie Deceptively Slow 3
Wild Potros 6 (Pablo 2, James 2, Enrique, Orlando), Ellerslie Seadogs 2
Screaming Eagles 0, Ellerslie Greyhounds 1
Wild Bucks 2 (not listed), Ellerslie Wounders 2
Greyhounds 1 (Eddowes), Ellerslie Screaming Eagles 0
Wounders 2 (n/a), Ellerslie Wild Bucks 2
Seadogs 2 (Terrious, Daniel), Ellerslie Wild Potros 6
Metro 0, North Shore 4
Mustangs 7 (Sam 3, Paul, Alex, Shaun, OG), South Auckland Rangers 1

Sunday 24th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
Rebels 0, Franklin Utd 0
Roverines 2 (Amanda, Mel), Ellerslie Rovettes 0
Rovettes 0, Ellerslie Roverines 2

Youth Teams

Saturday 23rd July | Ellerslie teams listed first
U16 Girls Red 1 (n/a), Northland 2
U14 Girls Red 5 (not listed), Melville Utd 2
U13 Girls Red – No Game

U17 Black – No Game
U16 Girls Black – No Game
U16 Girls Gold – No Game
U15 Black – No Game
U14 Black – No Game
U13 Black – No Game
U13 Gold – No Game
U13 Green – No Game
U13 Silver – No Game

Sunday 24th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
U17 Red 6 (Callum 3, Kenny 2, Cooper), Waiheke Utd 4
U15 Red – No Game
U14 Red – No Game
U13 Red 3 (not listed), Birkenhead 1

(please note if your result is not showing, or your goalscorers are missing please ask your manager or coach to make sure they are submitting their results via the Ellerslie AFC app)

NRFL Men’s

Men’s Reserves 1 (Ryan Robinson), Albany Utd Reserves 1
Men’s First Team 2 (Johnleo Caselli, Alex Clark), Albany Utd 2

Two tough encounters for the Men’s NRFL teams on Sunday, partly to do with the opposition and partly to do with the terrible playing conditions at a wet and very windy Rosedale Park.

For the Reserves a slightly underpowered team did well to dominate Albany but couldn’t find a goal to punish them with and as it goes in football fell behind. Albany employed some questionable time-wasting tactics at this point which seemed to play in Ellerslie’s favour as they grabbed a stunning equaliser from a free kick deep into added time.

The script was much the same in the first team game, Ellerslie with the wind dominated the first half and could show a goal to their credit, and perhaps were unlucky not to have another – however Albany showed a threat from set pieces as they had Jason Hicks back in their side after escaping a 4 week ban midweek.

Ellerslie’s first half goal a thumping header from Johnleo Caselli who has in his first season at the club proven to be a popular character in the squad. His room mate, Keeper Keegan Hansen however stole the limelight with a series of saves in the first half and again in the second.

Albany showed fighting spirit and pulled themselves level twice, with the first one coming from a Hicks free kick as the ball hit the post and rebounded back into an Albany player and then into the net. Ellerslie retook the lead from their own corner which was taken short to Alex Clark who smashed it home for his 4th goal of the season.

In the late 80’s of the game Albany grabbed another equaliser to break Ponies hearts as a substitute for the home team fizzed in a low shot that Keegan just couldn’t keep out.

A draw is a much better result for Ellerslie than for Albany but to have a win right there and ripped out of our hands will hurt for a while – until we can right that wrong this weekend against Metro.

Media Picks Man of the Match: Keegan Hansen not the first time Keegan has won the award and after his performance on Sunday where he showed considerable talent in impersonating a brick wall it probably won’t be the last – we pick Keegan to become a regular at the Ellerslie Mexico in the weeks to come.

NRFL Women’s

Women’s Reserves 3 (Mia Collins 2, Sarah Jessup), Tauranga City Reserves 0
Women’s First Team 6 (Kim Oosterbeek 2, Britney Cunningham-Lee 2, Leigh Aitken, OG), Tauranga City 0

Our Womens teams faced a struggling Tauranga squad over the weekend, coming away with the full 6 points and two clean sheets. Despite the awful weather, the Reserves started the day off on a good note with a deserved 3-0 win over the Bay of Plenty side. Mia Collins with a brace and Sarah Jessup adding another to her tally. A great morale booster for the side as the team still fights unavailability and injuries.

The First Team followed the winning, clean sheet streak as they took the field later in the day. Tauranga managed to hold on deep into the first half until Britney Cunningham-Lee was unleashed down the middle. The attacker showcased exactly why she’s such a threat as she tore through the middle of the park on two breakways, both times leading to well-taken individual goals.

Set plays were Tauranga’s downfall come the second half as the remaining four goals came from corners. Kim Oosterbeek got on the end of one of Hollie Leona’s in-swingers in a superb near post header, while the other of Leona’s corners went to the back post where Cat pretty applied the pressure to her defender, resulting in an own goal.

Oosterbeek picked up another goal after Cat Pretty took over corner duties, while Leigh Aitken got her first open-play goal in a while, hitting a tidy left-footed volley into the net after it popped out to the top of the box from another Pretty corner.

The growing danger of Pony set plays a positive as Oosterbeek has found her groove in front of goal. With another big match up on the road next Sunday, the girls will use the week to prepare for an away trip to Hamilton. Having finally broken the Hamilton curse earlier in the season, they won’t want to slip into old ways. Should be a good one if you find yourself down in the might Waikato next Sunday!

Media Picks Woman of the Match: Can’t go past center-back stalwart Kim Oosterbeek. Nothing beats a clean sheet and two goals! A growing threat off set plays, she’s definitely one to look out for in the coming weeks.

WEEKEND WRAP – 15th, 16th and 17th of July

School Holidays meant there was a bunch of teams not playing – but we still had some football action over the weekend, kicked off with a thrilling Friday night game for the Women’s First Team on the turf at North Harbour Stadium – check out more about that and the rest of the results below.

Senior Teams

Saturday 16th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
Diamonds 1 (not listed), Northern Rovers 4
Iguanas 5 (Jacob 2, Travis, Brendan, James), East Coast Bays 2
MLP – BYE
Deceptively Slow 2 (Ivan, Aaron), Eastern Suburbs 5
Business Time 2 (not listed), Bucklands Beach 3
Wild Potros 6 (James 2, Rushil 2, Aaron, OG), Auckland Utd 0
Screaming Eagles 3 (Wynton, Alex, Nicholas), Ellerslie Wounders 3
Wild Bucks 1 (not listed), Western Springs 1
Greyhounds 4 (Hansen 2, Keen, Eddowes), Eastern Suburbs 0
Wounders 3 (Christian 2, Ollie), Ellerslie Screaming Eagles 3
Seadogs 4, (Terrious 2, Charlie, Bejen), Te Atatu 0
Metro 1 (Mark), Western Springs 1
Mustangs 4 (Glen 3, Campbell), Onehunga Mangere 2

Sunday 17th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
Rebels 2 (Jess, Sophie), Hibiscus Coast 2
Roverines 8 (Alicea 4, Mel, Jess, Dallas, Arnia), Waiuku 3
Rovettes – BYE

Youth Teams

Saturday 16th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
U16 Girls Red – No Game
U14 Girls Red – No Game
U13 Girls Red – No Game

U17 Black – No Game
U16 Girls Black – No Game
U16 Girls Gold – No Game
U15 Black – No Game
U14 Black – No Game
U13 Black – No Game
U13 Gold – No Game
U13 Green – No Game
U13 Silver – No Game

Sunday 17th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
U17 Red – No Game
U15 Red – No Game
U14 Red – No Game
U13 Red 10 (not listed), Northern Rovers FC 1

(please note if your result is not showing, or your goalscorers are missing please ask your manager or coach to make sure they are submitting their results via the Ellerslie AFC app)

NRFL Men’s

Men’s Reserves 2 (Athan Ratnam, Martin Lyon), Northern Rovers FC 1
Men’s First Team 0, Northern Rovers FC 0

The Men welcomed Northern Rovers to The Ave over the weekend, where they were on the hunt for some much needed points.

The Reserves took a well-deserved win under the helm of Coach Callum McKenzie after goals in both halves sealed them a 2-1 win. Despite a missed penalty early on Ellerslie took the lead via a back post header from Athan Ratnam. The Ponies were able to hold on after Martin Lyon scored before Rovers pulled one back in the second half, helped when Rovers went down to 10 men late in the game.

On the main stage, Johnleo Caselli retained his first team spot as Jordan Bresler remains out through injury while Liam Buyck started yet again out at left full back. A midfield made up of Pat Grey, Chris Kessell and Alex Clark, with Tom Durkin and Josh Lai out wide made for a strong attacking setup, capped off with Hazem Alfayad up top.

It’s hard to sum up in words how entertaining the match was, and it’s hard to go over every big chance Ellerslie had so we’ll pick out a few key favorites.

Alex Clark had two chances early on that he’ll be disappointed he didn’t put away. The first was a nice combo through the 18 yard box that had him shooting on his left, with it just going wide. The other was another left footed shot that sailed inches over the crossbar.

Hazem Alfayad had his own chance just before the half but his resulting shot went just wide of the goal, while Tom Durkin fancied his chances from outside the box, forcing the keeper to tip it over the bar.

In the second spell, there were a few half chances but neither team could capitalize. It felt like Ellerslie were looking more like scoring compared to their opposition, but it wasn’t until injury that we came with inches of clinching the winner.

Winning a corner deep in the game, it was sent in before there was some agonizing pinball in the six yard box as Rovers did everything in their power to block the Ponies trying to score. It then popped out at the top of the box, where Shukrulla Rezaie was steaming forward. He hit it first time and as the ball went sailing towards goal, the crowd were on the fence ready to celebrate, but it wasn’t meant to be as his shot sailed inches wide of the top corner.

A real thrilling end to finish a very entertaining game, but bittersweet to take away a much needed point. The Ponies may have felt they deserved all three points but at the end of the day, they didn’t have that final execution they needed.

They now look to the next round where they will face a struggling Albany outfit, who sit below them in relegation. This will be the most important game to date this season so they will need every bit of support they can get. A small change up sees the game being played on Sunday at 3pm over the bridge at Rosedale Park. Let’s go Ponies!

Media Picks Man of the Match: Tom Durkin gets our pick, having settled in to a right wing role, he was incredibly effective both on attack and defense over the weekend. After coming off the bench again West Coast Rangers where he put in a solid shift, it’s good to see him finding some form.

Pictures from the Men’s First Team and Reserves game against Northern Rovers on Saturday

NRFL Women’s

Women’s Reserves 3 (Holly Marx, Mia Collins, Sarah Jessup), Western Springs Reserves 3
Women’s First Team 2 (Kim Oosterbeek, Kat Gow), Western Springs 3

A rare Friday night game for the Ponies over at North Harbour Stadium was probably enough of a deterrent for the casual fan but those who braved the travel and the cold were treated to another epic Ellerslie/Springs contest.

Springs had the momentum early on as they tested debutant keeper Kasey Leary who was combining the GK duties with her physio work – the only change to the Ponies starting team who took on West Coast Rangers last weekend.

Ellerslie however against the run of play took the lead as Kim Oosterbeek nodded home a perfect corner from Jemma McCormick, that combination looking particularly effective recently.

Going behind against the run of play seemed to sting the hosts into action as they equalised via Rina Hirano and before the halftime whistle took the lead thanks to the first of Chloe Henderson’s goals on the night. Springs picked up where they left off in the opening part of the second half as they pushed hard for a 3rd, which proved to be an important goal – another powerful effort from Chloe Henderson.

In typical Ellerslie style the Ponies fought back and pushed hard for a goal to get back into the game, a free kick on the edge of the box won by Hollie Leona was the opportunity they had been pushing for and Kat Gow stepped up and tucked away the free kick as the debutant Springs keeper could only watch.

It didn’t get much better for the Springs GK as she somehow survived the next 15 mins under massive pressure from a hyped up Ponies side, efforts from Britney Cunningham-Lee and Hollie Leona went so close to equalising the game – at the other end of the park the dangerous Western Springs attack had disappeared as Marie, Kim, Taylor and Anita marshalled them well.

Unfortunately for Ponies fans the goal they so desperately wanted didn’t come and Springs took the win and on balance of the game probably deserved the three points, with a dominant first half and opening period of the second half.

That left us with Sundays Reserves game, at Crum Park (we really covered Auckland this weekend) and another epic game with Springs taking the lead twice in the First Half to be clawed back straight away by the Ponies. The second half saw the Ponies take the lead for the first time as they stepped up the pressure on the home side, but a late penalty awarded to Springs saw the points shared.

Media Picks Woman of the Match: Marie Green was a rock at the back against Western Springs, she significantly contributed with her central defensive partner to allow Ellerslie a chance in the game – not even a somewhat dodgy yellow card (her first ever) in the first half could hold her back.

Pictures from the Ellerslie vs Western Springs Reserves game at Crum Park on Sunday

WEEKEND WRAP – 9th and 10th of July

The rain all week looked like it was going to wipe out all the football this weekend but a relatively dry Saturday meant some games were saved, although Michaels Ave grass fields were not able to be used.

In terms of highlights it’s tough to go past a game with 23 goals, with Ellerslie U13 Silver putting 17 past Waiuku who scored 5 themselves – what a game!

Senior Teams

Wednesday 6th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
Wounders 1, (Ollie), Eastern Suburbs 3

Saturday 9th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
Diamonds 1 (not listed), Mt Albert Ponsonby 2
Iguanas 2 (Travis, Warren), Puhoi 4
MLP 3 (not listed), Warkworth 6
Deceptively Slow 3 (Sean 3), Auckland Utd 3
Business Time 1 (not listed), Western Springs 5
Wild Potros 2 (Pablo H 2), Auckland Utd 0
Screaming Eagles 0, Western Springs 2
Wild Bucks – (postponed due to rain)
Greyhounds 3 (Eddowes, Major, Hansen), West Coast Rangers FC 1
Wounders 1 (Christian), Eastern Suburbs 2
Seadogs – (postponed due to rain)
Metro – (postponed due to rain)
Mustangs – (postponed due to rain)

Sunday 10th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
Rebels 1 (Katie), Fencibles Utd 0
Roverines 7 (Brianna 3, Arnia 2, Melissa, Ellen), Onehunga Mangere 2
Rovettes 2 (Dallas, Sebeeha), Mangere Utd 0

Youth Teams

Saturday 9th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
U16 Girls Red 3 (not listed), Eastern Suburbs 2
U14 Girls Red 0, Northern Rovers FC 0
U13 Girls Red 1 (not listed), West Coast Rangers FC 1

U17 Black 0, Waitemata FC 1
U16 Girls Black 2 (Ellen, Maggie), West Coast Rangers 7
U16 Girls Gold 3 (not listed), Birkenhead Utd 0
U15 Black 3, (not listed), Bucklands Beach AFC 0
U14 Black 4 (not listed), Birkenhead Utd 4
U13 Black 3 (not listed), Takapuna 1
U13 Gold 1 (not listed), Eastern Suburbs 4
U13 Green 2 (Callum 2), Western Springs 7
U13 Silver 17 (not listed), Waiuku 5

Sunday 10th July | Ellerslie teams listed first
U17 Red 0, Fencibles 3
U15 Red 3 (not listed), Hibiscus Coast 1
U14 Red 0, Fencibles Utd 9
U13 Red 0, Western Springs 3

(please note if your result is not showing, or your goalscorers are missing please ask your manager or coach to make sure they are submitting their results via the Ellerslie AFC app)

NRFL Men’s

Men’s Reserves – BYE
Men’s First Team – BYE

NRFL Women’s

Women’s Reserves 0, West Coast Rangers Reserves 1
Women’s First Team 1 (Jemma McCormick), West Coast Rangers FC 1

Media Picks Woman of the Match: Jemma McCormick – the diminutive midfielder has delivered big time in the last couple of weeks, with strong performances on and off the ball and with a long range screamer against West Coast Rangers to give the Ponies the lead it’s only fair to celebrate Jemma as our Mexico Ellerslie Woman of the Match!

WEEKEND WRAP – 2nd and 3rd of July

Cup weekend for the senior teams – let’s see how that played out, also check out the Youth results and finally find out how the Men’s and Women’s NRFL teams got on.

Senior Teams

Saturday 2nd July | Ellerslie teams listed first
Diamonds 7 (TBC), Hibiscus Coast 0 (Plate Round of 16)
Iguanas 3 (n/a), Greenhithe 0 (Plate Round of 16) *Greenhithe defaulted
MLP 3 (TBC), North Shore 14
Deceptively Slow 2 (Logan, Sean), Ellerslie Business Time 0
Business Time 0, Ellerslie Deceptively Slow 2
Wild Potros 1 (Matthew), Bucklands Beach 0 (Cup Round of 16)
Screaming Eagles 2 (Owen, Wynton) South Auckland Rangers 1 (Cup Quarter-Final)
Wild Bucks 1 (not listed), West Auckland 0 (Cup Quarter-Final)
Greyhounds 2(3) (not listed), Ranui Swanson 2(4) (Cup Quarter-Final)
Wounders (game moved to the 6th of July)
Seadogs 4, (Terrious 3, Charlie), Eastern Suburbs 6 (Cup Round of 16)
Metro – BYE
Mustangs 1 (Campbell), Uni-Mt Bohemian 2 (Cup Quarter-Final)

Sunday 3rd July | Ellerslie teams listed first
Rebels – BYE
Roverines 0, Bucklands Beach 3 (Cup Round of 16)
Rovettes – BYE

Youth Teams

Saturday 2nd July | Ellerslie teams listed first
U16 Girls Red 0, Melville 3
U14 Girls Red (postponed)
U13 Girls Red 1 (Mia), Onehunga Mangere 1

U17 Black 2 (Luke, Pawan), Papatoetoe Utd 2
U16 Girls Black 2 (Keira, Maggie), Fencibles Utd 3
U16 Girls Gold 3 (Olivia, Sophia, Lucia), Bay Olympic 1
U15 Black 2, (Andre, Sam), West Coast Rangers 0
U14 Black 2 (not listed), Pukekohe 6
U13 Black 3 (not listed), Takapuna 1
U13 Gold 6 (not listed), Bay Olympic 1
U13 Green 1 (Tanush), Central Utd 6
U13 Silver 4 (Timmerman 2, Murray, Jin), Central Utd 0

Sunday 3rd July | Ellerslie teams listed first
U17 Red (postponed)
U15 Red 6 (not listed), South Auckland Rangers 0
U14 Red 1 (not listed), North Shore 1
U13 Red 7 (not listed), Eastern Suburbs 0

(please note if your result is not showing, or your goalscorers are missing please ask your manager or coach to make sure they are submitting their results via the Ellerslie AFC app)

NRFL Men’s

Men’s Reserves 1 (Ryan Robinson), West Coast Rangers Reserves 1
Men’s First Team 0, West Coast Rangers 4
Our Mens Reserves pulled off a draw as they played West Coast Rangers away, with a keeper mistake seeing Ryan Robinson’s corner go into the back of the net. Coach Callum McKenzie was pleased with the efforts as the boys had to adapt to changes on the fly.

Our Mens First Team weren’t so lucky as they fell 4-0 to the tabble-toppers. Two early first half injuries a blow to the side as they saw Jordan Bresler and Pat Grey limp off. Tom Durkin was great when he came on and Liam Buyck held his own in his first start of the season. Going into the half with the scores locked at 0-0 was a promising sign, however West Coast Rangers came out firing and proved why they’re top of the table, scoring in the 50th, 57th, 66th and 70th minutes.

Media Picks Man of the Match: Liam Buyck gets our pick this week as he was given a big task, Holding his own, he was calm on the ball and happy to go forward. Won’t be surprised to see him again in games to come.

NRFL Women’s

Women’s Reserves 0, Auckland United Reserves 2
Women’s First Team 2 (Kat Gow, Kim Oosterbeek), Auckland United 2


The Womens Reserves conceded twice to admit defeat against their top of the table counterparts. Injury and illness a gamechanger as the girls battled away with only one sub, a late call up from U16s star Lauren McKenzie. Hopefully with some more return to the lineup, the results will start to swing the Ponies way. Check out some photos from the game below, sent in by a fan!

A shaky start made for an entertaining finish in the Premier game as the Ponies conceded in the first minute after a mistake in the midfield. Auckland United managed to score another twenty minutes later before the women started to claw themselves back into the game. Some promising play, included a well taken shot that just floated inches wide from Anita Trugden saw the Ponies stay in the match despite the scoreline.

A few changes up top meant Kat Gow was unlocked and using her pace, latched onto a through ball and sliding it home between the keeper’s legs in the 90th minute, bringing her league total to five goals. It came down to the wire as the coaches sent all the Ponies forward for a corner in the 93rd minute of the game. A goal mouth scramble saw Kim Oosterbeek come out on top, finding the back of the net and equalising the game at the death. A great show of perseverance meant the girls were never out of the game and fought hard right to the end, salvaging a much needed point.

Media Picks Woman of the Match: Can’t go past Cat Pretty in the midfield as she seemed to be everywhere, both on attack and in defense. A stalwart in our Ponies midfield, it always looks at its best when she’s on the field.

WEEKEND WRAP – 24th, 25th and 26th of June

Matariki Weekend saw a few games postponed and some more interesting scores – including a 12-2 win, you can check out all the results below.

Senior Teams

Friday 24th June | Ellerslie teams listed first
Diamonds 1 (not listed), Hibiscus Coast 2
Iguanas 1 (not listed), Drury Utd 2

Saturday 25th June | Ellerslie teams listed first
MLP 0, Otahuhu Utd 6
Deceptively Slow 2 (Logan 2), Lynn Avon 4
Business Time defaulted
Wild Potros 4 (Aaron, Pablo R, Pablo H, James), Uni Mt Wellington Bohemian Celtic 1
Screaming Eagles 3 (Owen, Alex, OG) West Auckland 1
Wild Bucks 3 (not listed), Te Atatu 2
Greyhounds 5 (Eddowes 2, Hansen, Keen, Clark), Ellerslie Wounders 1
Wounders 1 (Shaun), Ellerslie Greyhounds 5
Seadogs 12, (Terrious 5, Charlie 3, Jayden 2, Frank, Ryan), Auckland United 2
Metro – game was postponed
Mustangs 2 (Sam, Morgan), Mangere Utd 1

Sunday 26th June | Ellerslie teams listed first
Rebels 0, Western Springs 0 (result to be confirmed)
Roverines 2 (Amanda, Lillian), Onehunga Mangere 0
Rovettes 1 (Lisa), Onehunga Mangere 0

Youth Teams

Saturday 25th June | Ellerslie teams listed first

U16 Girls Red 0, Fencibles 0
U14 Girls Red 1 (not listed), Western Springs 2

U17 Black 1 (not listed), South Auckland Rangers 4
U16 Girls Black – BYE
U16 Girls Gold 1 (not listed), Beachlands Maraeitai 4
U15 Black 6 (Gabriel 2, Ben 2, Alex 2), Fencibles Utd 4
U14 Black 8 (not listed), North Shore Utd 0
U13 Girls Red 3 (not listed), Onehunga Sports 0
U13 Black 6 (not listed), South Auckland Rangers 2
U13 Gold 8 (not listed), Auckland Utd 1
U13 Green 3 (not listed), Western Springs 0
U13 Silver 2 (not listed), Pukekohe AFC 2

Sunday 26th June | Ellerslie teams listed first

U17 Red 2 (Dan, Tom), Western Springs 0
U15 Red 4 (not listed), Franklin Utd 5
U14 Red 0, Hibiscus Coast 7
U13 Red 13 (not listed), East Coast Bays 1

(please note if your result is not showing, or your goalscorers are missing please ask your manager or coach to make sure they are submitting their results via the Ellerslie AFC app)

NRFL Men’s

Men’s Reserves 1 (Jordan Oosterhof), Mt Albert Ponsonby Reserves 1
Men’s First Team 0, Mt Albert Ponsonby 0
Media Picks Man of the Match: Keegan Hansen

In keeping our first clean sheet of the season, Keegan was a lock for man of the match with three clutch saves in the second half – while he was supported with some good performances from his teammates, Keegan had the quality to make sure those moments when MAP were able to expose us did end up costing us the maximum penalty.

NRFL Women’s

Women’s Reserves 6 (Maggie Jaques 2, Ruth Bowerman, Lauren McCormick, Sarah Jessup, OG), Tauranga City Reserves 0
Women’s First Team 3 (Sarah Carpenter, Hollie Leona, Britney Cunningham-Lee), Tauranga City 0
Media Picks Woman of the Match: Britney Cunningham-Lee

The powerful striker was at her best as she won a penalty in the first half and then finished off a nice chance in the second – in-between she worked hard for the team (like she always does), but it was great to see her on the scoresheet.

WEEKEND WRAP – 18th and 19th of June

A great weekend for football and some mixed results – and luckily the weather didn’t interfere to much – let’s get into it and check out the results this week.

Senior Teams

Saturday 18th June | Ellerslie teams listed first

Diamonds 1 (not listed), East Coast Bays 2
Iguanas 4 (Jacob 3, Harry), Albany Utd 1
MLP 1 (not listed), East Coast Bays 3
Deceptively Slow 1 (Sean), Onehunga Mangere 4
Business Time 2 (not listed), Eastern Suburbs 5
Wild Potros 4 (Aaron 2, Sam, James), Western Springs 1
Screaming Eagles 0, Te Atatu 1
Wild Bucks 3, Uni Mount Bohemian 0 (Default by Uni Mt Bohemian)
Greyhounds 5 (Douglas, Hansen 3, Eddowes), Western Springs 1
Wounders 1 (Ollie), West Coast Rangers 3
Seadogs 5, (not listed), Auckland United 6
Metro 3 (Stan 2, Martin), South Auckland Rangers 1
Mustangs 5 (Sam, Campbell, Paul, Glen 2), Western Springs 0

Sunday 19th June | Ellerslie teams listed first

Rebels 0, West Coast Rangers 3
Roverines 4 (Alicea 2, Aishling, Amanda), Otahuhu AFC 2
Rovettes 1 (Sabeea), Waiheke Utd 3

Youth Teams

Saturday 18th June | Ellerslie teams listed first

U16 Girls Red 1 (not listed), Northern Rovers 1
U14 Girls Red 2 (Misha, Isla), Eastern Suburbs 1

U17 Black 2 (Alex, Francis), Manurewa 2
U16 Girls Black 3, Bucklands Beach 0 (default by Bucklands Beach)
U16 Girls Gold 3 (not listed), West Coast Rangers 1
U15 Black 3 (Christian 3), Waitemata FC 3
U14 Black 1, Onehunga Sports 9
U13 Girls Red 0, Bay Olympic 5
U13 Black 8 (not listed), Bucklands Beach 0
U13 Gold 0, Fencibles Utd 4
U13 Green 0, Bay Olympic 3
U13 Silver 5 (Zanda 2, Sam 2, Harry), Papakura City 0

Sunday 19th June | Ellerslie teams listed first

U17 Red 3 (not listed), South Auckland Rangers 0
U15 Red – no game
U14 Red 4 (Lorenzo 3, Jesse), Uni Mount Bohemian 4
U13 Red 6 (not listed), Western Springs 2

(please note if your result is not showing, or your goalscorers are missing please ask your manager or coach to make sure they are submitting their results via the Ellerslie AFC app)

NRFL Men’s

Men’s Reserves (No Game)
Men’s First Team (No game)

NRFL Women’s

Women’s Reserves (No Game)
Women’s First Team 1 (Kim Oosterbeek), Northern Rovers 3
Media Picks Woman of the Match: Tayla Hawes
A superb defensive performance from Tayla, back to full fitness after being sick and she brought the intensity and defensive awareness with her, part of a impressive rear guard performance in this game and with it being her 50th appearance, it’s appropriate that she brought the noise.

WEEKEND WRAP – 11th and 12th of June

This is a new weekly feature from our media department – in this weekend wrap we will cover all the results from our Senior and Youth teams as well as looking at our NRFL Men’s and Women’s results by way of a video match report.

Senior Teams

Wednesday 8th June (Catchup Game) | Ellerslie teams listed first

MLP 1 (Samaan) Hibiscus Coast Kiwa 3

Saturday 11th June | Ellerslie teams listed first

NRF Men’s Community Cup
Diamonds 9 (Ramesh 2, OG 2, Jimmy, Harry, Joe C, Joe S, Mike), Northern Rovers 0
Iguanas 6 (Harry 2, Jacob, Warren, OG), Manurewa Dino’s 1
MLP 0 , Papakura City 3
Deceptively Slow (no game)
Business Time (no game)
Wild Potros 7 (Aaron 2, Sam, Pablo, James, Alex, James), Bucklands Beach Kebab 1
Screaming Eagles 1 (James), Manurewa Esebaaa 0
Wild Bucks 4 (not listed), Fencibles Utd 0
Greyhounds 2 (Keen, Eddowes), South Auckland 1
Wounders 4 (Shaun, Ollie, Liam, Callum), Pukekohe AFC 0
Seadogs 5, (Terrious 3, Jayden, Sangkyu), Fencibles Utd 3
Metro (no game)
Mustangs 1 (Glen), Western Springs Royals 8

Sunday 12th June | Ellerslie teams listed first

Rebels (no game)
Roverines (postponed)
Rovettes (postponed)

Youth Teams

Saturday 11th June | Ellerslie teams listed first

U16 Girls Red 1 (not listed), Auckland Utd 4
U14 Girls Red 3 (Sophie L 2, Lily), Fencibles Utd 2

U17 Black 3 (Robert, Francis, Ben), Bay Olympic Rapids 1
U16 Girls Black 4 (Keria 3, Sophie), Western Springs 1
U16 Girls Gold 0, Onehunga Mangere 4
U15 Black 4 (Ben 2, Finnbar, Christian), Western Springs Seals 2
U14 Black 2, Bay Olympic Rockets 3
U13 Girls Red 0, Greenhithe La Verde 4
U13 Black 3 (not listed), Central Utd 1
U13 Gold (postponed)
U13 Green 0, Papakura City 5
U13 Silver TBC, Papakura City TBC

Sunday 12th June | Ellerslie teams listed first

U17 Red (postponed)
U15 Red (postponed)
U14 Red (postponed)
U13 Red (postponed)

(please note if your result is not showing, or your goalscorers are missing please ask your manager or coach to make sure they are submitting their results via the Ellerslie AFC app)

NRFL Men’s

Men’s Reserves 1 (Liam Buyck), Waitemata FC 2
Men’s First Team 0, Waitemata FC 3
Media Picks Man of the Match: Our pick goes to Denny Twigg as he was influential down the left, often leading attacks from the back. His tight ball skills came in handy on the small pitch and he was very hard to dispossess.

NRFL Women’s

apologies about the poor video quality, had some lighting issues

Women’s Reserves 1 (Dee Mosca), Northern Rovers 1
Women’s First Team 0, Northern Rovers 2
Media Picks Woman of the Match: Cat Pretty gets our pick — having recently moved to the backline to cover our injury crisis, she’s been rock solid and vital to steadying the ship. A cracker of a goal last week and another strong performance sees her get our award.