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Auckland Football VS Capital Football

Sunday 30 October, 1pm William Green Domain


Message of welcome Today we welcome Emma and Sam and their Capital team for our second home game of the 2016 National Women’s League campaign. We know the Capital side will be confident following their good win last week but our team is keen to maintain the momentum from last weekend’s second half performance against Northern. If we can build on the intent, physicality and unity of that performance we will give ourselves the best chance of a good result.

Below: Britney Cunningham-Lee in red.

We know the Capital team will be just as eager to come away with a win and we are expecting them to provide an attacking challenge especially after scoring three goals against Central. We hope you enjoy the match. Tracy Wrigley


Focus on:

Britney Cunningham-Lee Promising 15-year old Britney Cunningham-Lee has been included in coach Tracy Wrigley’s squad for the National Women’s League after a stand out rookie season in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League. The Papatoetoe AFC youngster spearheaded Andrew Kirk’s side’s attack, netting an impressive 13-goals whilst coming up against some of the best defenders in the country. The 13 strikes saw her place 8th in the Golden Boot standings and CunninghamLee believes it has given her a boost of confidence for what’s ahead. “Scoring 13 times this year has given me some confidence knowing that I can score goals at this level.” “It has also given me a bit more selfbelief in my abilities,” she adds. Her performances in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League has recently seen her included in Tracy Wrigley’s squad for the National Women’s League and the humble teen admits she never saw it coming. “I didn’t even know the league existed,” says Cunningham-Lee. “It was a pretty good feeling knowing that I’d made it, when I first heard of it I didn’t know anything.” “Now I know a lot more about the National Women’s League and it’s great. It’s also an awesome experience.”

Despite the club season being over, Cunningham-Lee is still keen to carry on her goal scoring exploits. “My goal for this National Women’s League campaign is to score at least one goal.” The youngster will be in good company to help make that happen when she steps out onto the pitch with the likes of Football Fern Evie Millynn and New Zealand age group internationals Nadia Pearl, Deven Jackson, Alosi Bloomfield and Nicole Mettam in the heart of the midfield providing quality service. The powerful and pacey striker is already reaping the benefits of just training alongside the internationals week in week out, with the experience helping improve her game.” “It’s a really good opportunity to be training with the New Zealand players. I get to learn a lot from them. Hopefully one day I get the chance to represent my country too.” The road to representing her country has certainly taken a step forward after being selected for the Auckland side at the age of 15 as it puts her in good stead for being selected in the next crop of New Zealand U-17s.


Squad Lists Auckland Capital Football Football 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27

Kaitlyn Savage (GK) Georgia Martin Jenna Dodd Harriet Steele Leah Mettam Emily Cooper Ally Toailoa Dayna Manak Tessa Leong Milly McWhirter Jess Philpot Deven Jackson Nadia Pearl Monique Fischer Britney Cunningham-Lee Maisy Dewell Hannah Kraakman Annie Byrne Evie Milynn Nicole Mettam Alosi Bloomfield Isabella Richards Jacqueline Hand Ashleigh Emery (GK)

1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 18

Anna Wittmann-Wenzel (GK) Fran Grange Tessa McPherson Ella Wilson Emma Main Emily Morison Katie Barrott Jayme-Lee Hunter Michaela Robertson Briar Palmer Mikaela Hunt Kennedy Bryant Maggie Jenkins Maya Hahn Asha Strom Natasha Ingram (GK)

Coaches: Emma Evans and Sam Morrissey

Head Coach: Tracy Wrigley Assistant: Steven Upfold Manager: Carol Waller Media: Steph Trowill Technical Analyst: Carl Edwards Physio: Mei Morton

Match Officials

Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley AR1: Hilary Osborne AR2: Beth Rattray Fourth: Wendy McNeely


Byrne Makes Her Mark It hasn’t been the easiest of journeys for Auckland National Women’s League striker Annie Byrne to make her mark in the country’s top domestic Women’s competition, with the 19-year old having a horrific run of injuries. In 2013 the talented teen suffered her first Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury whilst playing Lacrosse. After bouncing back from the devastating injury, Byrne ended up re tearing the cartilage in her knee, putting her out of the game she loves for even longer. When 2014 school football nationals came around, the former Marist College student was back in action, but it didn’t last long as she soon found herself sidelined for another lengthy period. “I did my ACL for a second time,” says Byrne. “This time it was on my other knee playing at school nationals in 2014. It was my first week back playing and I did it in the semi-finals.” “I spent a little longer rehabbing this one, although, I re tore the cartilage in this one as well about 9 months’ later. Both were non-contact, which made it really hard to trust my body in a competitive environment and coming back was hard since I hadn’t played properly in almost three years.”

For anyone who suffers a long term injury it is a mental thing as much as a physical thing and Byrne ensured she found ways to keep herself motivated, in what turned out to be a very long stint on the sidelines. “I realised pretty early on in the rehab of my first ACL that I wanted to represent my country and play at a high level at some point. It made it a lot easier to keep motivated in what I was doing especially when the rehab was long and boring.” “It made more sense when everything had a purpose; to ultimately be a better athlete, mentally and physically. At the time I didn’t realise how long I would have been injured for, but being forced to deal with it ultimately made me want to work even harder to get back to where I was.” “I know I’m still a fair way off, but I’m able to do something about it now and being in this league is a real boost of confidence.” Being selected for the Auckland squad came off the back of her first full season in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League. “I really enjoyed my club season. It was my first season back from injury, and it was really nice being reintroduced slowly without too much pressure,” says Byrne. “I lacked quite a lot of confidence, but my coach Rico helped me ease back into


training, which made it a lot easier when it came to playing actual games.” Byrne has now made two appearances in the National Women’s League, and has made her mark coming on as a 90th minute substitute in round two against Northern, netting her sides third goal. “I wasn’t really expecting it to be honest. It happened so fast, I was just going with the play. I could hear my dad on the sideline after I scored, which I can’t normally. That made me feel really proud.” Having missed out on the opportunity to represent her Federation last year, Byrne is enjoying playing in a high level environment and is keen to add to her goal

scoring tally. “Each training I feel like I’m learning more and more and I know that the objective is to become a better player. So, I’m just going to keep trying to make the most of everything and take advantage of the environment I’m in.” “I want to be recognised as a threatening player and also score more goals as a striker,” she adds. Byrne and her Auckland team mates take on Capital Football this Sunday at William Green Domain in round three of the National Women’s League.

New Zealand squad for 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

Player (club/home federation)

Goalkeepers Tessa Nicol (Lynn-Avon United / Football South)

Emily Couchman (Forrest Hill Milford United / Northern Football) Nadia Olla (Norwest United / Auckland Football)

Defenders

Sarah Morton (Norwest United / Central Football) Sophie Stewart-Hobbs (Three Kings United / WaiBOP Football) Elizabeth Anton (Western Springs / Auckland Football) Samantha Murrell (Norwest United / Football South Meikayla Moore (Cashmere Technical / Mainland Football) Eileish Hayes (Claudelands Rovers / WaiBOP Football)

Midfielders

Mikayla Wieblitz (Cashmere Technical / Mainland Football) Daisy Cleverley (Eastern Suburbs / Auckland Football) Isabella Coombes (Forrest Hill Milford United / WaiBOP Football) Jade Parris (Eastern Suburbs / Auckland Football) Grace Jale (Eastern Suburbs / Auckland Football) Juliana Los (Nelson Suburbs / Mainland Football)

Forwards

Jasmine Pereira (Three Kings United / Auckland Football) Martine Puketapu (Three Kings United / Auckland Football) Emma Rolston (Forrest Hill Milford United / Capital Football) Paige Satchell (Three Kings United / WaiBOP Football) Hannah Blake (Three Kings United / Auckland Football) Tayla Christensen (Forrest Hill Milford United / WaiBOP Football)


Statistics – 2016 Season SQUAD

Pos.

Player

Apps

Goals

1

GK

2 3

Club

Kaitlyn Savage

2

0

Glenfield Rovers

DEF

Georgia Martin

2

0

Lynn Avon

DEF

Jenna Dodd

1

0

Western Springs

4

DEF

Harriet Steele

1

0

Western Springs

5

DEF

Leah Mettam

2

0

Eastern Suburbs

6

DEF

Emily Cooper

2

0

Western Springs

8

DEF

Ally Toailoa

1

0

Papatoetoe

9

MID

Dayna Manak

2

0

Western Springs

10

FOR

Tessa Leong

2

1

Three Kings

11

MID

Milly McWhirter

0

0

Western Springs

12

DEF

Jess Philpot

0

0

Three Kings

13

MID

Deven Jackson

2

0

Eastern Suburbs

14

MID

Nadia Pearl

1

0

Three Kings

15

MID

Monique Fischer

1

0

Western Springs

17

FOR

Britney Cunningham-Lee

0

0

Papatoetoe

18

MID

Maisy Dewell

1

0

Western Springs

19

MID

Hannah Kraakman

1

0

Papatoetoe

20

FOR

Annie Byrne

2

1

Western Springs

22

MID

Evie Millynn

2

0

Western Springs

23

MID

Nicole Mettam

1

0

Eastern Suburbs

24

MID

Alosi Bloomfield

1

0

Eastern Suburbs

25

MID

Isabella Richards

1

0

Three Kings

26

FOR

Jacqui Hand

1

1

Eastern Suburbs

27

GK

Ashleigh Emery

0

0

Western Springs


2016 NATIONAL WO DATE

TIME

HOME TEAM

AW

R1

Sunday, 16 October

1:00pm

Auckland v Can

Sth Utd BYE

Sunday, 16 October

1:00pm

Central v Nor

Sunday, 16 October

1:00pm

WaiBOP v Cap

R2

Friday, 21 October

7:30pm

Northern v Auc

WaiBOP BYE

Sunday, 23 October

11:00am

Sunday, 23 October

1:00pm

R3

Saturday, 29 October

12:30pm

Southern United v Nor

Can Pride BYE

Sunday, 30 October

12:00pm

Central v Wa

Sunday, 30 October

1:00pm

Auckland v Cap

R4

Sunday, 6 November

1:00pm

Northern v Can

Central BYE

Sunday, 6 November

1:00pm

WaiBOP v Auc

Sunday, 6 November

2:00pm

Capital v Sou

R5

Saturday, 12 November

1:00pm

Southern United v Wa

Northern BYE

Sunday, 13 November

11:00am

Sunday, 13 November

2:00pm

R6

Sunday, 20 November

12:00pm

Central v Sou

Auckland BYE

Sunday, 20 November

1:00pm

WaiBOP v Can

Sunday, 20 November

1:30pm

Capital v Nor

R7

Saturday, 26 November

1:00pm

Southern United v Auc

Capital BYE

Sunday, 27 November

11:00am

Sunday, 27 November

1:00pm

PRE-FINAL

Sunday, 4 December

TBC

GRAND FINAL

Sunday, 11 December

TBC

Canterbury United Pride v Sou

Capital v Cen

Canterbury United Pride v Cap

Auckland v Cen

Canterbury United Pride v Cen

Northern v Wa


OMEN’S LEAGUE DRAW

WAY TEAM

VENUE

CITY

nterbury United Pride

Wiliam Green Domain, Howick

Auckland

rthern

Memorial Park

Palmerston North

pital

John Kerkhof Park

Hamilton

ckland

Domain 3, QBE Stadium

Auckland

uthern United

English Park

Christchurch

ntral

Menorial Park, Petone

Wellington

rthern

Tahuna Park

Dunedin

aiBOP

Memorial Park

Palmerston North

pital

Wiliam Green Domain, Howick

Auckland

nterbury United Pride

Domain 3, QBE Stadium

Auckland

ckland

John Kerkhof Park

Hamilton

uthern United

Menorial Park, Petone

Wellington

aiBOP

Peter Johnston Park, Mosgiel

Dunedin

pital

English Park

Christchurch

ntral

Wiliam Green Domain, Howick

Auckland

uthern United

Memorial Park

Palmerston North

nterbury United Pride

John Kerkhof Park

Hamilton

rthern

Memorial Park, Petone

Wellington

ckland

Tahuna Park

Dunedin

ntral

English Park

Christchurch

aiBOP

Domain 3, QBE Stadium

Auckland


Golden Boot 2016 Player

Results: 2015 Season

Goals

Capital Football 0-2 Auckland Football

Own Goals

1

Football South 2-2 Auckland Football

Tessa Leong

1

Auckland Football 0-0 WaiBOP Football

Annie Byrne

1

Mainland Football 0-0 Auckland Football

Jacqui Hand

1

Auckland Football 0-2 Northern Football Auckland Football 2-0 Central Football New Zealand Development 1-0 Auckland Football

Fixtures/results 2016 Round 1:

Round 3:

Round 5:

Auckland 1-4 Canterbury AF: Own goal CU: Bray 3, Pascoe

Auckland vs Capital Sun 30 Oct

Auckland vs Central Sun 13 Nov

Round 2:

WaiBOP vs Auckland Sun 6 Oct

Round 4:

Round 6:

Northern 4-3 Auckland NF: Rood 2, Barnett, Tawharu AF: Hand, Leong, Byrne

BYE

Round 7:

Football South vs Auckland Sat 26 Nov

National Womens League TEAM

PL

W

D

L

GD

PTS

Canterbury United Pride

2

2

0

0

6

6

Northern Football

2

2

0

0

4

6

Capital Football

2

2

1

0

3

4

WaiBOP

1

0

1

0

0

1

Southern United

1

0

0

1

-3

0

Auckland Football

2

0

0

2

-4

0

Central Football

2

0

0

2

-6

0


New Zealand Universities Futsal team

Hannah Kraakman (University of Auckland)

Auckland Football National Women’s League players Tessa Leong, Hannah Kraakman and Dayna Manak were recently awarded a Blues Award for their achievements in Futsal. The trio were part of the New Zealand Universities Futsal side that travelled to Brazil to compete in the FISU World University Futsal Championships. What are Blues Awards? The Blues Awards are part of a tradition from England. The blue colours of Oxford and Cambridge Universities symbolise sporting excellence.

Tessa Leong (University of Auckland)

Dayna Manak (AUT University)

Hannah Kraakman in action


Above: Dayna Manak

Left: Georgia Martin

Right: Kaitlyn Savage

Below: Maisy Dewell

Above: Leah Mettan

Below: Hannah Kraakman

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