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ABOUT OUR CLUB Our club has a number of Facebook groups which you are invited to join. Search for Cambridge FC NZ (general club), Cambridge Football Club — Juniors or Cambridge Football Club — Women for the most popular.

2015 Committee

Honours board

President and Chair: Peter Martens Vice chair: Steve Thomas Immediate past chair: Greg Zeuren Secretary: Josh Easby Treasurer (outgoing): Craig Clark Treasurer (incoming): Paul Blackstock Junior club captain: Catherine Clark Junior co–ordinator: Ingrid Cook Men’s club captain: Lee Turpitt Women’s club captain: Fern Feaver Youth club captain: Steve Thomas Volunteers co–ordinator: Michaela McQuarters Events & facilities manager: Tania Zeuren Bar manager: Fairlie Morton Facilities (outdoors) manager: Harry Bomans Kit & equipment manager: Jim Thomassen Building project manager: Geoff Wheeler Planning & policy: Pauline Lewis

1979: Champions, Northern League 4th Division 1986: Champions, Northern League 4th Division 1989: Champions, Northern League 3rd Division 1993: Champions, Northern League 2nd Division 2001: Waipa Sports Club of the Year 2010: Waipa Community Services Award (Sport) 2014: Waipa Sports Club of the Year 2014: WaiBOP Football Club of the Year 2014: Waipa Community Services Supreme Award, and national finalist 2015: Finalist, Waikato Sports Club of the Year 2015: NZ Football Quality Club Mark 2015: Champions, WaiBOP Premiership 2015: Waipa Sports Club of the Year

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‘... the past year ranks as a period for which our members should feel a sense of pride ...’ Josh Easby, the secretary of Cambridge Football Club, recaps an outstanding year ...  FOR A CLUB that has achieved so much in its 67 years, it’s difficult to single out one year as something special. But the past year — described by the Cambridge Edition as the club’s “golden year” — ranks as a period for which our members should feel a sense of pride. On and off the pitch, Cambridge FC has made much progress. The club went into 2015 as WaiBOP Football’s Club of the Year, Waipa’s Sports Club of the Year and as Waipa’s representative for the national Trustpower Community Service Awards.

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In early 2015, we hosted five WaiBOP United fixtures in the ASB Premiership, giving us the chance to see All Whites play at John Kerkhof Park. Thanks to the work of our Volunteer Army, we achieved the second highest average attendances in the competition. We staged our first international game — a friendly between the Fiji and Hungary teams in the lead–up to the FIFA U–20 World Cup. Then it was our players’ chance to shine. Our men’s first team won the WaiBOP Premiership, bringing to the club its first top level title in two decades. Our youth team won the WaiBOP U–17 Federation League. Our women’s first team reached their third Waikato Cup final in four years. Eight of our junior teams won their championships in a year when registrations grew by 90, boosting our overall membership to a record 720. After years of fundraising, our new $200,000 block of six changing rooms gradually took shape, finally providing the facilities our players and visiting teams deserve. To cap an outstanding 2015, we learned in November that we had been named Waipa’s Sports Club of the Year again. We became only the second club to receive back–to–back awards and we’ll be nominated as Waipa’s representative as a finalist for the Waikato Sports Club of the Year in early 2016. Yes, it was a vintage year and this special edition of RED is published to help us cherish 2015 for years to come.

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‘ ... a golden season for the Cambridge Football Club’ — Cambridge Edition

A year of trophies for our club CAMBRIDGE Football Club swept a number of prestigious awards in 2014 and 2015 — a period called the club’s “golden season” by the Cambridge Edition. The club was named WaiBOP Football’s Club of the Year for 2014, chosen from the region’s 106 affiliated clubs. The honour reflected the work by Cambridge’s army of volunteers to not only provide football for its own members but also to stage regional and national events for the sport. These include hosting WaiBOP–run coaching courses and game days for youngsters, as well as being the home ground for ASB Premiership side WaiBOP United. The club is also a willing host for community–based events such as local schools’ annual sports days, and regional Special Olympics events. Cambridge was named the 2014 Waipa District Sports Club of the Year and in late 2015 was named back–to–back winners of the same award. In January, the club was a finalist in the Waikato Sports Club of the Year. Its immediate past chairman, Greg Zeuren, was named Administrator of the Year for both

Waipa District and for the Waikato, for his leadership of the club’s committee. Long–time women’s captain Maria Anderton was awarded a Services to Sport award at the Waikato awards, having retired after more than 800 competitive games, including representing New Zealand. The club was also awarded the Supreme Award (pictured) for the Waipa District’s T r u s t p o w e r Community Awards, becoming only the second sports club to take the trophy which recognises services to the local community. Our club was a finalist at the national Trustpower Community Awards held in Wellington in late March. Cambridge also won two WaiBOP Football Best Practice awards. One was for the participation of women at the club, and the other was for our management of sponsors. In August, the club was awarded New Zealand Football’s Quality Club Mark (QCM), a quality assurance benchmark.

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Peter Martens (left) and Josh Easby with the club’s QCM plaque. Photo: Graeme Blake (WaiBOP).

Club earns quality mark CAMBRIDGE FC landed another prestigious award in 2015 — this time for quality assurance. The club earned the New Zealand Football’s Quality Club Mark (QCM). It is one of only eight clubs in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region, and fewer than 40 nationwide, to hold QCM 1 star – Developing Club accreditation. “The award is quite an achievement for a club that tries to operate in a professional manner but entirely through the work of unpaid volunteers,” club president Peter Martens said. “As part of the accreditation process, we had to calculate how many volunteers contribute and to what degree. We were surprised to realise that more than 100 volunteers collectively put in more than 30,000 hours of unpaid work a year for the club. “That’s the equivalent of having about 14 full-time employees.” Achieving QCM accreditation was a natural step for Cambridge. “This means that outside 6

assessors have looked at our club and instead of just us thinking we do a good job, other people have looked at it objectively, compared us to sets of standards and decided that we are doing a good job. And that’s really comforting,” said Martens. New Zealand Football created the New Zealand Football Quality Club Mark to help football clubs perform at their peak. “Quality Club Mark means that Cambridge Football Club has demonstrated both desire and capability to achieve standards of best practice,” NZ Football’s community football director Cam Mitchell said in a letter confirming the club’s QCM accreditation. “The standards have been set by its parent body, leading to Cambridge Football Club delivering football in a safe environment for players, coaches, volunteers, administrators and parents.”

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Trio land top regional awards Three Cambridge players won senior WaiBOP Football awards for their achievements during the 2015 season. Patrick Woodlock, captain of the title–winning Cambridge first team, was named Player of the Year for the WaiBOP Premiership. Logan Wisnewski was awarded Player of the Year in the U–17 Federation League after his Cambridge Reds team landed the competition title, while team mate Callum Macleod was confirmed as the league’s Golden Boot. For Woodlock, the WaiBOP award capped an outstanding season in which he was named Cambridge’s men’s Player of the Year after leading his side to the club’s first top– level title success in 20 years.

Cambridge captain Patrick Woodlock (right), named WaiBOP Premiership Player of the Year. Photo: Louis Roberts.

Women win award The Cambridge women’s first team are joint winners of the WaiBOP Respect the Referee fair play award for 2015. The team topped the fair play rankings, having gone through the season without any demerit points for cautions or sendings off.

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Kieran Hills takes on a Melville United defender during 2–1FC’s winOffi atcial John Kerkhof Park. RED 2015: Special Cambridge’s Issue of Cambridge Magazine

PREMIERSHIP Title finally comes to Cambridge AFTER 20 YEAR without a top–level title, Cambridge finally brought home a championship trophy by taking the 2015 WaiBOP Premiership. The club finished runners–up to AFC Fury in 2014 and were regarded as favourites to win the following season. But Ngongotaha were determined to make Cambridge fight for every league point and by season’s end, the title was won by a single point. Cambridge’s campaign to win the Premiership was built on two lengthy runs of form — the first a six–match winning run and the second a streak of eight victories to end the schedule. The climax of the season was Cambridge’s last game of the season, when a win at home against Waikato Unicol would clinch the title, no matter what Ngongotaha achieved in their final matches.

With the scores tied 2–2 going into added time, Cambridge supporters were willing the team to find the winner. So it was, with Glen Carmichael scoring in the 93rd minute, a goal that will become part of our club’s folklore. While memories will focus on that moment, we should not forget the bigger drivers of our success. A key was the co–operation between our top three men’s teams, and their coaching/ management, as they sought to put out the best line–ups possible to take out a title. For the first time in recent memory, the club had depth of talent, and players willing to step up for whatever role was required. As 2016 beckons, the same approach will see the club strive to retain the title.

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‘Nineteen wins from 22 games ...’

PREMIERSHIP Team CAMBRIDGE Ngongotaha Melville United Tauranga Old Blues Waikato Unicol Otumoetai Papamoa Matamata Swifts Rotorua United Katikati Tauranga Boys’ College Tauranga City United

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Scoreboard operator Elliot Beeney was kept busy by our first team against Tauranga City United as Cambridge ran up their biggest victory in many years. Goals from striker Shaun Kipara, Robbie Greenhalgh (2), Tom Woutersen (3) and Glen Carmichael saw Cambridge stay top of the table with an 8–0 win.

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2015 squad

Cambridge 2015: Back (from left) Bernardo Belladares, Sam Garmonsway, Rex Fowler, Kyle Wisnewski, Matt Wheeler, Tom Woutersen, Jason Szabo, Glen Carmichael, Fraser Nicholls. Front: Richard Armstrong, Henry Stephen, Adrian Clark, Jason Chewins, Nathan Claridge, Patrick Woodlock.  Fraser Nicholls (goalkeeper) Joined Cambridge in 2013 after five years between the posts for Otorohanga, including two seasons of Federation 1. Four appearances for the Waikato All Stars .  Rex Fowler (goalkeeper) A promising young goalkeeper who has joined Cambridge from Hukanui-Rototuna.  Nathan Claridge (defender or midfield) Made his Northern League debut at 16. Won the club’s Young Player of the Year Award in 2011 when he captained the club’s U19s at the national youth championships.  Matt Wheeler (defender) A member of WaiBOP United’s youth team in the ASB Youth League for the past two summers, Wheeler rejoins Cambridge in 2015 after a spell with northern league club Ngaruawahia United.  Adrian Clark (defender) Experienced and reads the game well, played for top Wellington clubs Lower Hutt and Stop Out before joining Cambridge.

 Henry Stephen (defender/winger) Talented left–sided wide player with pace and an excellent cross, Stephen joins the Cambridge club for the 2015 season.  Kieran Hill (defender) A first team regular at Ngaruawahia United until his transfer to John Kerkhof Park last year, he brings considerable Northern League experience to Cambridge.  Patrick Woodlock (midfield/captain) In his second spell at Cambridge, with Northern League experience here and with Wanderers and Ngaruawahia Utd. Waikato FC Youth player and Waikato age group rep .  Jason Szabo (forward or midfield) Experienced attacking midfielder who has emigrated from the UK. Gets amongst the goals and was 2013 top scorer and ‘Player of the Year’ for our Waikato A team.  Josh Clark (defender or midfield) Made his Northern League debut at 15 and expected to return to Cambridge in mid–2015

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after playing for Murray State College, in Oklahoma, United States.  Ben Latham (defender or midfield) Played Northern League for Ngaruawahia United, joining them in 2011 as a 20–year–old before transferring to Cambridge in 2015. Played ASB Premiership with WaiBOP United in 2013–14 season.  Jason Chewins (defender or midfield) Rejoins Cambridge for 2015 after a spell with Northern League club Melville United, having won their Player of the Year title in 2011 and played national league football for Waikato FC. Before emigrating, Chewins set an all–time club record with 489 appearances for professional club Aldershot Town.  Glen Carmichael (defender or midfield) Joined Cambridge for the 2013 season after playing for Matamata Swifts in Northern League Divisions 1 and 2. Selected for last season’s Waikato All Stars team.

 Robbie Greenhalgh (midfield/player coach) Signed for Cambridge in 2013 after an illustrious career as skipper of Northern League winners Bay Olympic, and a member of the Waikato FC national league squad. Previously at Central United and a former NZ U–17 international. Voted the Supporters’ Player of the Year for WaiBOP United after the 2014–15 ASB Premiership season.  Tom Woutersen (forward) Learned his football with Cambridge, helping win the U–19 Satellite Youth Tournament in Napier, before spending three seasons with Palmerston North Marist. Returned to Cambridge for 2013. Won the team’s Golden Boot in 2013.  Adam Brady (forward) Joins the club as a new arrival from the United Kingdom, where he played for Melbourne Inn in the Plymouth and West Devon Combination Football League. Top goalscorer for Cambridge in the 2015 WaiBOP Championship.

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 Kyle Wisnewski (winger) This 17-year-old member of the WaiBOP futsal team has transferred to Cambridge from Melville United for the 2015 season.  Sam Garmonsway (defender or winger) Former Cambridge High School player who joined the club in 2014 after playing for Universities AFC while studying at Canterbury University.  Richard Armstrong (defender) Joined Cambridge for the start of the 2014 season from Ngaruawahia United where he was a regular in the Northern League Reserves Division.  Jordan Sylvester (defender or winger) Joined Cambridge for the 2014 season from Universities AFC, Christchurch.  Elton Leri (forward) Joined Cambridge in May 2015 from Hastings Hibernian, Hawke’s Bay.  Gavin Clark (forward) Signed from Waikato Unicol after finishing fourth on the 2014 Federation 1 goalscorers table with the highest tally of any Waikato–based player.  Shaun Kipara (forward) Joined Cambridge from Northern League outfit AFC Fury in May 2015. A former WaiBOP United youth player and featured in last season’s WaiBOP All Stars match.

Coaches Kim Brierley, Mike Woodlock and Brett Clark celebrate with the trophy. Photo: Louis Roberts.

 Brett Clark (coach) Veteran player with the club and former first team player who has taken the reins in 2015, leading a newly–formed coaching group.  Mike Woodlock (assistant coach) Coached Cambridge between 2008 and 2010 in Northern League Division 2 and brings vast experience to the 2015 coaching team.  Kim Brierley (goalkeeper coach) Runs the Just4Keepers goalkeeping academy, coaches WaiBOP Federation goalkeepers and has been the WaiBOP women’s ASB League goalkeeper coach for the past two seasons.  Chrissy Goodin (team manager) The first woman to manage a Cambridge men’s first team, Goodin is an established member of the women’s first team and serves on the club’s executive committee.

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Brett Clark, Mike Woodlock and Kim Brierly have been re–appointed as the coaching team for 2016, with Chrissy Goodin team manager. Robbie Greenhalgh will take a break from the coaching group but will play for the side.

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A glorious day ... CAMBRIDGE sealed the 2015 WaiBOP Premiership with their eighth consecutive league win.

Glen Carmichael (left) turns to celebrate his 93rd minute winner in the 3-2 win against Waikato Unicol at John Kerkhof Park. Photo: Josh Easby.

Carmichael whips off his shirt to celebrate with non–playing teammate Ben Latham (centre) before being mobbed by players and supporters. Removing the shirt earned Carmichael a yellow card (for over–celebrating) and a $25 fine. Seconds after the caution, the referee ended the game, enabling a jubilant Cambridge to call themselves WaiBOP champions. 14

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Striker Jason Szabo (centre) pops the bubbly as Cambridge players celebrate the team’s last gasp win against Waikato Unicol to take the WaiBOP Premiership. Photo: Louis Roberts.

The match of the season RED editor Josh Easby wrote the following column a week after Cambridge secured the WaiBOP Premiership title ...  FOOTBALL can test your spirit, no last league fixture of the season. The scorer was Glen Carmichael; the goal clinched for matter how much you love the game. Whether you’re a player coping with injury, the club its first top level league title in 20 a coach who has lost three on the trot or a years. We are now the Waikato/Bay of Plenty club volunteer with too much to do, it’s often champions, the winners of the 2015 WaiBOP tempting to ask why you bother. Every now and again, something amazing Premiership. Amazing how saying that aloud rapidly happens — a moment that lifts those flagging spirits and reminds you why you fell in love erases the memories of cold, wet nights on the training pitch; the slog of a hard winter with the game in the first place. I experienced such a moment four years and the hours of volunteer work that goes ago when Cambridge goalkeeper Ryan into a club like hours. The success of our first team has given all McNamara scored a 93rd minute goal at Pukekohe to earn a dramatic 2–2 draw in the of us a lift, and we thank them. It’s not just their title; it belongs to all 730 of last game of the season to save Cambridge the players and members, juniors and seniors, from relegation. Yes, a goalkeeper. And yes, the 93rd minute. men and women, who call themselves Those of us who witnessed it will cherish the Cambridge. joy of that moment for years. Footnote: Former ‘keeper Ryan McNamara Last Saturday, many of us witnessed (now in Australia) got married to fiancee Kate another such moment. at John Kerkhof Park. Again, it came in the 93rd minute and in the on the day we won the Premiership. RED 2015: Special Issue of Cambridge FC’s Official Magazine



2015 champions: Back (from left) Kim Brierley, Ben Latham, Brett Clark, Gerard Hay, Tom Woutersen, Rex Fowler, Robbie Greenhalgh, Fraser Nicholls, Jason Szabo, Mike Woodlock, Sam Garmonsway, Jordan Silvester, Kieran Hill, Chrissy Goodin. Front: Henry Stephen, Adrian Clark, Adam Brady, Patrick Woodlock, Shaun Kipara, Nathan Claridge. Foreground: Glen Carmichael. Photo: Louis Roberts.

WINNING the WaiBOP Premiership gave Cambridge qualification to the Northern League promotion play–offs. Cambridge lost the two–game series 4–3 on aggregate against the Auckland/Northern champions, Waitemata FC. We lost our home fixture 0–2 but then showed our capability by beating Waitemata 3–2 at their own McLeod Park. After 25 successive cup and league victories, it was Waitemata’s only loss of the 2015 season.



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Golden Boot winner Tom Woutersen (right) scores in Cambridge’s 3-2 win against Otumoetai at John Kerkhof Park. Photo: Louis Roberts. STRIKER TOM WOUTERSEN led Cambridge’s goalscoring ladder for the second year in a row but he was ably supported by teammates. The wily Jason Szabo drew on every year of his experience to conjure up 11 goals and help set up others, while Glen Carmichael’s speed caused havoc for opposing defences and gave him 10 goals. Robbie Greenhalgh added nine goals from midfield Henry Stephen proved to be a dead ball specialist, scoring some classic goals from direct free kicks, including one in the second play–off match against Waitemata. At the other end of the park, the Cambridge defence was the meanest in the region, conceding only 17 goals in their 22 league fixtures. Cambridge was the only club to give up fewer than one goal a game, on average, indicating what the coaching group considered to be the team’s strength. Goalkeepers Fraser Nicholls and Rex Fowler shared the duties during the season, both performing to a high level.

GOLDEN BOOT Tom Woutersen Jason Szabo Glen Carmichael Robbie Greenhalgh Henry Stephen Patrick Woodlock Kieran Hill Ben Latham Jordan Silvester Matt Wheeler Adam Brady Jason Chewins Shaun Kipara Elton Leri Own goal

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Note: These goals include the WaiBOP Premiership fixtures and the Northern League play–offs.

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Striker Adam Brady, Cambridge’s leading goalscorer in the WaiBOP Championship, takes on the defence at John Kerkhof Park. RED 2015: Special Issue of Cambridge FC’s Official Magazine

‘A strong mid–table performance ...’

CHAMPIONSHIP Team Kawerau Claudelands Rovers West Hamilton United Te Puke United CAMBRIDGE Matamata Swifts Tokoroa Te Awamutu Whakatane Town Tauranga Old Blues Ngongotaha ha

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GOLDEN BOOT Adam Brady Bernardo Belladares Ed Kettle Dylan Brown Josh Dagnall Sam Garmonsway Elton Leri Danny Styles Alex Ball Ewan Bussey James Cakebread Gavin Clark Lee Framp Ollie Harris Mauro Periera Jordan Silvester Henry Stephen Andrew Taylor Dom Vetisse

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Nineteen players all got on the scoresheet for Cambridge in the WaiBOP Championship, helping the side achieve a strong mid–table position in a tight competition.

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Matamata Swifts Tauranga Old Blues West Hamilton Ngongotaha Whakatane Town Bye Claudelands Rovers Tokoroa Te Awamutu Te Puke United Matamata Swifts Tauranga Old Blues West Hamilton Kawerau Sports Whakatane Town Bye Claudelands Rovers Tokoroa Te Awamutu Te Puke United Kawerau Sports Ngongotaha

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WAIKATO a Team Hamilton Wanderers Claudelands Rovers CAMBRIDGE Waikato Unicol Morrinsville Eastern City Te Kuiti Albion Ngaruawahia United Melville United Claudelands A2

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WAIKATO B Team P Claudelands B2 Cuckoos 18 CAMBRIDGE B2 18 Te Aroha Cobras 18 CAMBRIDGE B1 18 Claudelands B1 NumbNuts 18 Huntly Thistle 18 Waikato Unicol B1 18 Waikato Unicol B2 18 Putaruru Rangers 18 Waihi 18

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Above: Cambridge FC’s Overall Men’s Golden Boot winner Peter Buesnel (centre) scored 23 times for the B1 team in 2015. Here, he tries to evade the imminent tackle of B2 defender Micky Welten. Photo: Louis Roberts. Right: The Cambridge B1 team.

WAIKATO D Team Claudelands D2 Vets Melville United Te Aroha Cobras Hamilton North Debacles Tokoroa West Hamilton United Claudelands D1 Pacers CAMBRIDGE D1 Waikato Unicol CAMBRIDGE D2

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‘Success on the pitch can be fleeting. Friendship, laughter and cherished memories are lasting ...’ FLASHBACK TO 2014: History is made as D1 stalwart Jim Thomassen breaks an 11–season drought and scores his first goal in more than 12,000 minutes of Waikato League football.


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CAMBRIDGE D1 Ian Harrison Leon McPhillips Richard Crafts Rick Vollebregt Don McKay Dennis Hommel Prassanna Manoharan Andre Potkamp Harry Bomans Richard Collette Sam Hurring Al McQuarters Jim Thomassen Harry Bomans MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Peter Martens Assistant referees: Anyone too slow to find an excuse not to take a flag ... 22



GK Nick Morton 2 Mike Williams 3 Des Beeney 4 Brett Halliday 5 Dave Norris 6 Les McKinnon 7 Russell Tattersall 8 James Pocock 9 Eddie Roberts 10 Ben Coomber 11 Trent Frampton 12 Ben Feaver 13 Matty Wheeler 14 Hayden Curin 15 Darcy Stannard 16 David O’Donnell 17 Geoff Wheeler 18 Damon Inia Coach: Greg Zeuren

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The D1 (blue) and D2 (red) teams recover after their epic re–match, won 4–0 by the D1 side.

Bragging rights settled IT TOOK FIVE years but the ongoing debate as to which of our two Division D teams from 2010 was the better has been settled. Settled, that is, for now. Within minutes of the re–match which re– united the squads from five years ago, players were already speculating on the need to put reputations on the line again in 2020. A tight first half saw the teams go into the interval at 0-0, but the D1 side (wearing the alternative blue strip, having being judged to be the ‘away’ side) found their form on the hour. The first goal was scrambled over the line with player–coach Harry Bomans claiming the credit, along with two D2 defenders who were happy to insist it was an own goal. But there was no argument about the second goal with Bomans — spritely at the age of 61 — smashing home a vicious shot from the edge of the area. Les Rohleder, another player closer to his 60th birthday than his 50th, added the third goal, a simple tap in. The D1s wrapped up their 4-0 win with a

late effort from Campbell Black, and both teams were ready to recover with a cold drink or two.

Referee Peter Martens doesn’t let a spot of rain get in the way of enjoying a good game.

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Ringo Collette (second from right) celebrates with D1 players after his penalty helped his side win their Waikato Cup shoot–out. Photograph: Steve Thomas (Masterpiece Photography).

Putting Ringo on the spot FOR SOME PLAYERS, there’s nothing more nerve–wracking than having to step up to take a crucial penalty. No such problem for Cambridge D1 player Richard “Ringo” Collette who made something of a speciality of scoring from the spot this season. In June, he was among the D1 players who all put away penalties in a shoot–out that saw them overcome Hamilton North Debacles in the Print House Waikato Cup. But in July, Collette went one better — in fact, three goals better when he scored a hat–trick of penalties in a Waikato Division D match. Collette’s trio of spot–kicks helped secure a thrilling 4–4 draw against Te Aroha Cobras with his side’s only other goal coming from a 25-metre screamer from Krishnan Patel.

ALL WHITE legend Brian Turner came to the aid of Cambridge FC this season, running a workshop for our senior team coaches. Turner, a veteran of five FIFA World Cup campaigns as a player and coach, has visited our club several times over the past couple of seasons.

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Above: Cambridge Red Devil Peter Lewis (right) wears a scrum cap — just in case — as our Sunday League team gets into its work at John Kerkhof Park. Photo: Louis Roberts.


Right: Time to use that scrum cap! The goalmouth gets a bit crowded. Photo: Louis Roberts.

NOT EVERY senior team is out to win every game at our club ... and the Red Devils are a great example of a team that plays mainly for the fun of the game. The Devils joined the Waikato Sunday League three years ago and have become a big part of our club, with members frequently supporting our working bees and helping when volunteers are called for. This summer, members of the Devils are running our club’s Jet Creative 5–a–side Summer Leagues for social and business 26

house teams. The summer twilight competition now attracts about 350 players and has become a mainstay of our club’s activities outside of the winter season. The Devils and our club have also hosted the annual Sunday League 7–a–side tournament in recent seasons.

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Hat–trick of cup finals CAMBRIDGE’S women’s first team seem to excel at cup football, having reached three finals of the Waikato Women’s Cup over the past four seasons. Having won the cup in 2014, Cambridge hoped to extend their unbeaten run into 2016 but, unfortunately, came unstuck in this year’s final, losing 8–1 to runaway league champions Wanderers. Despite the cup final disappointment, the women’s A team is rebuilding with a number of talented teenage players, mostly

Midfielder Victoria Gorter unleashes a shot at John Kerkhof Park. from Cambridge High School. Former first team captain Maria Anderton stepped up to coaching this year, steering the Cambridge Reds to a runners–up spot in the Waikato D division. Andrew Taylor has been appointed first team coach for 2016, with Fairlie Morton as team manager.

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Jo Chambers (centre) and Paige Pretswell set up an attack against Hamilton North.

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Senior prizegiving awards  FIRST TEAM captain Patrick Woodlock is the club’s Men’s Player of the Year for 2015, while Chrissy Goodin is the Women’s Player of the Year. Cambridge FC members hailed their best players for 2015 at the club’s annual prizegiving function at the Cambridge Town Hall. Both Player of the Year awards were voted for by all senior registered players. For Woodlock it was the fifth time he had won the trophy since first collecting it in 2008 while Goodin’s award was a worthy recognition of her contribution to the club as a player, a team manager (of the men’s first team) and as a committee member. Here’s a list of the player awards presented at the October 16 function: Best and Fairest Players Selected by team vote Women’s Red: Louise Robinson/Kylie Patterson (tie) Women’s White: Ikuko Katamura Red Devils: Simon Bratton Men’s D2: Alan Wilde Men’s D1: Cameron McGrath Men’s C: Warwick Santy Men’s B1: Thomas Rea Men’s B2: Paul Hughes Men’s A: Cameron Horsfall WaiBOP Championship: Elton Leri Women’s A: Victoria Gorter WaiBOP Premiership: Jordan Silvester Players’ Player of the Year Selected by team vote Women’s Red: Carey Ireland Women’s White: Juliet Mason Red Devils: Peter Lewis Men’s D2: Andrew Myers 30

Men’s D1: Justin Hamilton Men’s C: Mike Miller Men’s B1: Patrick Espin Men’s B2: David Arjomandi Men’s A: Gavin Clark WaiBOP Championship: Adam Brady Women’s A: Michaela Clark WaiBOP Premiership: Glen Carmichael Coaches’ Players of the Year Selected by team coaches Women’s Red: Lisa Moffat Women’s White: Casey Norling Red Devils: Brett Halliday (The Robbie Cole Memorial Trophy) Men’s D2: Alan Wilde Men’s D1: Harry Bomans Men’s C: Andrew Thomas Men’s C: Harry Turpitt (Most Improved Young Player) Men’s B1: John Ward Men’s B1: Zac Petropoulos (Most Improved Young Player) Men’s B2: Brad Tunley Men’s A: Lee Turpitt WaiBOP Championship: Sam Garmonsway Women’s A: Michaela Clark Women’s A: Astrid Howarth (Youth Player of the Year) WaiBOP Premiership: Kieran Hill WaiBOP Premiership: Jason Szabo (Most Improved) WaiBOP Premiership: Matt Wheeler (Youth Player of the Year) Golden Boot Lisa Moffat (Women’s Reds) won the women’s Golden Boot. Since the prizegiving function, two goals in his last game of the season earned B1 forward Peter Buesnel the men’s Golden Boot for 2015.

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Our U–17 teams in action against each other. Photo: Catherine Clark.

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U–17 team wins league CAMBRIDGE YOUTH teams are building a reputation for being among the best in our region and their progress was capped in 2015 when one of our sides took the WaiBOP U–17 Federation League title. Such is the strength of our club at this level, we were able to field two squads in the U–17 competition, ensuring we will continue to be strong as players reach the age threshold for senior football. Many of our U–17 players have progressed from the club’s U–15 teams which have won the Waikato/Bay of Plenty qualification tournaments for the prestigious Nike Cup in 2014 and 2015.

PRIZEGIVING AWARDS The youth players recognised at the club’s prizegiving function were: Cambridge Reds (U-17) Best and Fairest: Josh Johnson Most Improved: Noah Stevens Players’ Player of the Year: Logan Wisnewski Coach’s Player of the Year: Joseph Hylton Golden Boot: Callum Macleod Callum also collected the trophy for being the leading goalscorer of all the U-17 teams that competed in the WaiBOP Federation. Cambridge Whites (U-17) Best and Fairest: Josh Neagle Most Improved: Liam Cunningham Players’ Player of the Year: Theo Petropoulos Coach’s Player of the Year: Jonty Barry– Leach Cambridge U-13 Best and Fairest: Oscar Thomas Most Improved: Nate Henson Players’ Player of the Year: Damian Martinus Coach’s Player of the Year: Toby Hartley

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NATIONAL TALENT CENTRE Six of our youth players were invited to participate at New Zealand Football’s National Talent Centre. April: Levi Clark, Immo Frank, Patrick Steele, Logan Wisnewski. October: Levi Clark, Immo Frank, Kyle Stead, Logan Wisnewski, Mason Woodall.

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Inter–club derby between our Cambridge Red and Cambridge White U–17 teams. Photo: Catherine Clark.

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U–19s go close in Napier CAMBRIDGE U-19s narrowly missed reaching the knockout stages of this year’s national youth tournament in Napier, despite winning three of their group games. Cambridge took three wins, a draw and a narrow loss from their five matches, and finished runners-up in their group. Cambridge finished second in their group behind Forrest Hill Milford who progressed to the knockout stage, thanks to a 2-0 win against Papakura City in their final match. Cambridge results: Forrest Hill Milford (Auckland) – drew 2-2 (scorer: Latham 2). Kapiti Coast United (Wellington) – lost 0-1. Port Hill United (Hawke’s Bay) – won 2-0 (scorers: Goodwin, MacLeod). Papakura City (Auckland) – won 2-0 (scorers: Bussey, Connolly). Ranui Swanson (Auckland) – won 2-0 (scorers: Brown, MacLeod).


Half–time team talk at the Napier tournament. Cambridge squad: Thomas Gifford, Caleb Wilkinson, Rex Fowler, Dylan Brown, Stephen Watson, Joseph Hylton, James Young, Ewan Bussey, Callum MacLeod, Patrick Espin, Jacob Stevens, Flynn Connolly, Theo Petropoulos, Quest Tipping, Christopher Goodwin and Donovan Latham. Coaching & Management: Mike Woodlock, Patrick Woodlock and Nathan Claridge (coaches), Kim Brierley (goalkeeper coach), Chrissy Goodin & Michaela McQuarters (managers).

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Cambridge supporters are not short of ideas when it comes to providing their own comforts when watching games at John Kerkhof Park. Here’s supporter Skippy Branje’s version of a mobile stand!

Programme cuts injury risk  CAMBRIDGE FC are getting behind a warm–up programme that has been proven to reduce the risk of injuries by 30%. It’s the FIFA 11+ Complete Warm-Up Programme for youth and senior players and Senior Men’s Club Captain Lee Turpett and U–13 youth coach Steve Thomas recently attended a NZ Football–WaiBOP Football workshop to learn how it works. The programme has direct performance benefits for footballers — making fitter, faster and more agile players as well as reducing the risk of all injuries by 30%. It is designed to be delivered by coaches, is easy to learn and implement into existing training sessions and completion of the course results in FIFA 11+ certification in as

little as two hours. The All Whites and Football Ferns have been using FIFA 11+ for some time and all the ASB Premiership teams undertook to use it last summer season. WaiBOP Football plans to encourage all 106 affiliated clubs and schools to adopt the programme, and is running workshops to team club representatives how to use it. So what is FIFA 11+? “The programme takes 15–20 minutes to do and is designed to replace a standard warm–up,” explains NZ Football’s doctor, Mark Fulcher. “If it is done twice a week, it reduces the risk of injury by 30% and the risk of severe injury by 50%. These are things like an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury in the knee.”

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Club launches apparel range CAMBRIDGE club members and supporters can now buy a stunning range of apparel through the club’s online store. The Nike–branded apparel comes in all The online store is managed by The Soccer Shop, New Zealand’s leading retailer of sizes and is competitively priced because our club won’t need to hold stock. specialist football gear. Check out what’s available at http:// As well as club– branded apparel, there’s a huge range of other football kit and equipment available. The Soccer Shop, a main sponsor of WaiBOP United, has developed a good working partnership with Cambridge FC, including sponsorship of our Cambridge Women’s Sevens in March. Sponsor Jet Creative has generously provided new apparel for our WaiBOP Premiership and Championship sides, and our Waikato Men’s A squad. The apparel range includes zippered jackets (left, worn by Robbie Greenhalgh), and polo shirts (bottom, worn by Andrew Taylor and Matt Wheeler) and T shirts for juniors (worn by Asher Clark).

THE BANK of New Zealand has extended its community sports loan scheme to include members of our club. If you are in the market for a home loan, and the BNZ offers you the best deal, please tell their staff you were referred by our club as part of this scheme. If a member of our club takes a home loan of more than $100,000 from the BNZ, our club will receive a donation of $250 from the bank. The bank has been promoting this scheme to community sports organisations throughout the country and other Waikato football clubs have also taken up the offer. Our participation in the scheme does not suggest we endorse or prefer BNZ as a lender and we advise members to seek professional advice before undertaking any loan. 38

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Juniors set new records CAMBRIDGE SET new records for its junior teams and players this season. The club has confirmed that 430 junior players registered this year — an increase of 90 (27%) on last year. This makes Cambridge the second largest junior club in the region (behind Hukanui Rototuna FC), and significantly bigger than the third. The number of 8th-Open grade teams rose from 20 to 28, and the club has introduced 151 Junior Kickers to the world’s most popular sport. This year, WaiBOP Football have actively promoted girls-only football and Cambridge now has four girls teams in the junior ranks. * If you want to volunteer to help our club’s juniors next season, please email

Lions help our youngsters CAMBRIDGE’S Trash ‘n Treasure market days are paying dividends for our junior players. The Cambridge Lions, who run the markets, have donated $3,000 of their market takings to our club so we can buy 80 new playing shirts for junior members. The Lions, who are neighbours to John Kerkhof Park in Vogel St, fundraise all year so they can help community groups such as our club. Advising our club of the grant, Peter Knox, who chairs the Lions’ grants committee, said his club wanted to encourage youngsters to take up sport and become part of a club. The Lions donation has been made at a time when the club is fundraising to progressively

replace all junior strips. “The donation has come at just the right time and we’re really grateful to the Lions for recognising the value of what we’re doing to help children learn a sport,” club secretary Josh Easby said.

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Eight win championships MANY OF Cambridge’s junior teams finished at the top ends of their respective competitions in 2015, with eight teams winning their championship divisions. Results for the 2015 season:

The 9th grade Flaming Chillis collect their awards at the end of season prizegiving.


9th Grade Cambridge Wildcats: 3rd in 9th Grade Girls League Cambridge Flaming Chilli’s: 2nd in Preliminary Division 4B, 1st in Championship Div 11 Cambridge Ramblers: 4th in Preliminary Division 3A, 1st in Championship Div 8 Cambridge Dare Devils: 1st equal in Preliminary Division 2A, 3rd in Championship Div 3 Cambridge Demons: 5th in Preliminary Division 1A, 3rd in Championship Div 2 10th Grade Cambridge Chargers: 1st in Preliminary Division 4B, 1st in Championship Div 11 Cambridge United: 3rd in Preliminary

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HAVING FUN: The 9th grade Ramblers ham it up for the prizegiving photographers. Division 4A, 2nd in Championship Div 10 Cambridge Allstars: 1st in Preliminary Division 2A, 2nd in Championship Div 3 Cambridge Comets: 5th in Preliminary Division 1A, 2nd in Championship Div 2 11th Grade Cambridge Strikers: 4th in Preliminary Division 3A, 1st in Championship Div 8 Cambridge Gunners: 1st in Preliminary Division 3B, 1st equal in Championship Div 7 Cambridge Hatrix: 4th in Preliminary Division 1A, 1st in Championship Div 2 Cambridge Tornadoes: 1st in Preliminary Division, 1A 1st in Championship Div 1 Open Grade Cambridge Mustangs: 2nd equal in Preliminary Division 6A, 1st in Championship Division 16 Cambridge Force: 2nd equal in Preliminary Division 6A, 2nd in Championship Division 16

The 9th grade Dare Devils. Cambridge Cyclones: 6th in Preliminary Division 5A, 2nd in Championship Division 15 Cambridge Titans: 3rd in Preliminary Division 4A, 4th in Championship Division 10 Cambridge Red Sox: 1st equal in Preliminary Division 2A, 4th in Championship Division 3 Cambridge Warriors: 6th in Premier Division Note: 8th grade teams play in non-competitive groups, with match results and competition tables taking effect only from the 9th grade and older.

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Above: The 9th grade Demons. Right: The 7th grade Qatar who won the 7th grade Green division at the end of season 5–a–side tournament. Below: The girls–only 9th grade Wildcats. Bottom right: The 8th grade Clarets.


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Junior prizegiving awards FROM CHILDREN playing their first games of football at the age of four to young teens striving to play competitively, our club tries to encourage all its junior players. The players recognised at the prizegiving function were: 8th Grade Red Dragons: Most improved: Caitlin Hill. Coaches’ Player: Greer Hall. Players’ Player: Lily McQueen. Red Fantails: Most improved: Cushla Matheson. Coaches’ Player: Brooke Suisted. Players’ Player: Natalie Young. Panthers: Most improved: Ashton Vanin. Coaches’ Player: Tom Kadosh Smythe. Players’ Player: Harry Jennings. Minions: Most improved: Sam Menneer. Coaches’ Player: Tom Beech. Players’ Player: Jack Stokes. Flaming Wildcats: Most improved: Hamish Copeland. Coaches’ Player: Jasmine Davis. Players’ Player: Brandon Vines. Conquest: Most improved: Dylan Wright. Coaches’ Player: Rajeev Raj Patel. Players’ Player: Zak Banks. Black: Most improved: Ben Barrott. Coaches’ Player: Harley Waller. Players’ Player: Jack Jones. Avengers: Most improved: Luca Devcich. Coaches’ Player: Ethan Bailey. Players’ Player: Jonny Tappenden. Clarets: Most improved: Lucas Carmine. Coaches’ Player: Finn Hood. Players’ Player: Felix Dingemans. 9th Grade Wildcats: Most improved: Sarah Bassham. Coaches’ Player: Asha Shipman. Players’ Player: Courtenay Baker. Flaming Chilli’s: Most improved: Liam Thompson. Coaches’ Player: Blake Begbie. Players’ Player: Harry McMullen.

The 11th grade Gunners. Ramblers: Most improved: Lachlan McKnight. Coaches’ Player: Charlie White. Players’ Player: Cameron Cross. Daredevils: Most improved: Hamish Durran-Wolff. Coaches’ Player: Rocco Purea. Players’ Player: Luke Philip. Demons: Most improved: Shaun Baker. Coaches’ Player: Nathaniel Bodle. Players’ Player: Oliver Moutira. 10th Grade Chargers: Most improved: Ryan Nelson. Coaches’ Player: Noah Maloney. Players’ Player: Jaxon Steel. United: Most improved: Toby Brockelbank. Coaches’ Player: Ben Wiles. Players’ Player: Daniel Lynch. All Stars: Most improved: Thomas Hocking. Coaches’ Player: Aaron Borman. Players’ Player: Logan McCullough. Comets: Most improved: Lucius Bate. Coaches’ Player: Caleb Mita. Players’ Player: Declan Schagen. 11th Grade Gunners: Most improved: Angus McInnes. Coaches’ Player: Noa Rachmani. Players’ Player: Elijah Cody.

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Above: The 10th grade Cambridge Comets celebrate winning the plate final at the Waipuna Tournament. Right: The open grade Mustangs collect their awards at the Waikato prizegiving function.

Strikers: Most improved: Tommy Blackett. Coaches’ Player: Corey Hastie. Players’ Player: Blake Eva. Hatrix: Most improved: Braedon Hills. Coaches’ Player: Cameron O’Leary. Players’ Player: William Bodle. Tornadoes: Most improved: Tobias Wetzels. Coaches’ Player: Eden Cundy-Neels. Players’ Player: Kyran Lockwood. Open Grade Force: Most improved: Kyle Aitken. Coaches’ Player: Ronnie Yu. Players’ Player: Reagan Spencer. Cyclones: Most improved: Dillon Baker. Coaches’ Player: Morse McClennan. Players’ Player: Ricco Kerkhof. 46

Mustangs: Most improved: Bianca Kerkhof. Coaches’ Player: Hinewai Knowles. Players’ Player: Madelaine Burnett. Titans: Most improved: Cameron White. Coaches’ Player: Blake Anderson. Players’ Player: Harrison Eldridge. Red Sox: Most improved: Joel Taylor. Coaches’ Player: Tommy O’Brien. Players’ Player: Damo Martinus. Warriors: Most improved: Regan Phillips. Coaches’ Player: Wade Vincent. Players’ Player: Robbie Ennis.

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MORE THAN 30 Cambridge boys and girls were selected for advanced coaching with WaiBOP Football’s Waikato Skill Centre in 2015. The Cambridge players who participated in the skill centre were: U-11 Boys: Josh Tollervey, Nathan Allison, Ben Hutton, Isaac Shipman, Kyran Lockwood, Mathijs Wetzels, Tobias Wetzels, Cayden Buitendach, Sam Trebilco. U-10 Boys: Tip Keenan, Declan Schagen, Gus Foy, Mathew Jordan, Charlie Holloway, Christian Pearson, Blake Allison. U-11 Girls: Jenna Durran-Wolff, Manaia Elliott. U-9 Boys: Chris Goonan. U-9 Girls: Xanthe Lovegrove-Edlington, Bria Duncan, Hannah Jordan. U-8 Boys: Luca Devcich, Nate Bodle, Lucas Carmine, Dan Cook, Kahu Keenan, Ethan Bailey, Felix Dingemans, Aidan Smith, Toby Foster.

Above: The open grade Force.

The open grade Cyclones.

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Trophy winners ... Cambridge’s 11th grade Gunners with the W.J.Sugden Trophy.

A trophy comes home at last THEY SAY good things happen to those who wait — and that may well have been proven true this season when our 11th grade Gunners unexpectedly landed a trophy. The Gunners headed to Hamilton for a he took it to Saturday’s match. He said he regulation match against Hillcrest. wanted to return it to Cambridge. Upon arrival, Cambridge committee The 11th grade match went ahead and member Jim Thomassen was approached by a Cambridge won 4–0, and the players proudly long–time Hillcrest member, the grandparent brought back the trophy. of one of the Hillcrest players. He explained that many decades ago, the two clubs used to hold an annual tournament for 11th and 12th grade players, with the winners collecting the W.J.Sugden Trophy, named after one of Cambridge’s earliest Life Members. The grandparent explained that he had coached the last Hillcrest team to win the trophy more than 30 years ago. The tournament had stopped taking place and the shield had stayed at his place until 48

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Cambridge 8th grade Clarets

Youngsters excel at tournament CAMBRIDGE JUNIOR teams had an outstanding day at the Hukunui Rototuna FC tournament in Hamilton. The tournament was staged for 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade teams from throughout the Waikato. • A local derby in the 8th grade cup final saw our Clarets win against our Avengers. • Our Comets side won the Plate final in the 10th grade section. • Our 10th grade Hatrix won the cup final in their division. • Our 11th grade Tornadoes won their grade’s cup final. Congratulations to all the Cambridge teams who took part in the tournament. Photographs: The Avengers display their runners–up medals after their final (above right) while coach Simon Lockwood joins FIFA U–20 World Cup mascot Woolliam to celebrate victory with the 11th grade Tornadoes (lower right). RED 2015: Special Issue of Cambridge FC’s Official Magazine


our international links

OUR CLUB’S efforts to think beyond the boundaries of our town have led to links with football teams in Uganda and Cambodia. Through club member Graham Clark, Cambridge FC has been donating its retired kit to volunteers heading overseas for aid work. This has led to a relationship with Ugandan club Sun City (above) who now have entire teams who compete in the red and white shirts of Cambridge. This group of Cambodians (left) are also kitted out in the club’s colours. Graham Clark tells the story of travelling through Cambodia when he came across a group of boys playing football with a ball made of rolled up newspaper. He was able to present them with an old ball donated by our club, and he said the joy he saw in their eyes made all the effort worthwhile. 50

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Chris Wood (extreme left, middle row) with the 2002 Cambridge Open Grade Hawkes.

Wood signs for Leeds  FORMER CAMBRIDGE junior footballer Chris Wood has been signed by English Championship club Leeds United for a reported fee of more than $4.6 million. Wood (24) has had an illustrious for an undisclosed fee but widely reported professional career since making his senior by British media to be £2 million (NZ$4.6m). debut with Cambridge Football Club as a The fee could rise by a further £1 million 14–year–old. depending on whether Woods and Leeds He joined Cambridge FC as an 11–year–old meet other conditions of the sale. after moving to the town with his family The transfer fee will be paid to Wood’s from Auckland. His sister Chelsey also took previous employer, English Premiership club up football as a youngster and has since Leicester City, who signed him also for £2 represented New Zealand. million in January 2013 when he transferred Wood scored in his first senior game for from West Bromwich Albion. Cambridge and has not looked back since, West Bromwich were Wood’s first making 31 appearances for New Zealand professional club when he left New Zealand and scoring 10 international goals. Last in 2009 in search of a professional career. November, he became the youngest–ever For Leeds, the Woods deal is the club’s captain of the All Whites. biggest transfer fee paid in 13 years as Wood’s latest transfer will see him join the former English champions try to win English Championship club Leeds United promotion to the Premier League. RED 2015: Special Issue of Cambridge FC’s Official Magazine


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CAMBRIDGE FC have recognised the off–field contributions of some their many volunteers at this year’s annual prizegiving event at the Cambridge Town Hall. The Club Person of the Year, selected by the club’s committee, was awarded to stalwart Harry Bomans. Still playing at the age of 61 (he won the D1 Player of the Year earlier in the evening), Bomans has been responsible for maintaining our grounds for many years and plays a key role on the club’s committee. He coaches the D1 team, plays in the summer 5-a-side league and passionately supports all our club’s teams. The Club Personality of the Year, selected by membership vote, went to men’s first team player Jason Szabo. The award capped an outstanding year for the player who entered his fifth decade this year but played like a man half his age, winning his team’s Most Improved Player trophy this year. Szabo’s goals played a big part in Cambridge winning the WaiBOP Premiership but player-coach Robbie Greenhalgh told guests at the prizewinning function that Szabo was a strong and positive influence on his team mates. “He’s already talking about how he’s going to play next year,” Greenhalgh told the audience. The Club Supporter of the Year, decided by the committee, was Geoff Wheeler. Though he has contributed much as a member of the committee and as the project manager for the construction of the club’s new changing rooms, Wheeler deserved his award as much for his passionate backing of the club’s senior teams. His company Jet Creative was the apparel sponsor for the club’s top performance teams

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Another who has made a significant contribution to the club ... Brett “Goatie” Halliday (right). and had also provided financial support to help pay for travel costs, including subsidising a team and supporters’ bus to Auckland for the recent Northern League play-off against Waitemata. Club president Peter Martens also awarded engraved tankards, recognising the contributions of three other supporters who had been outstanding. Steve Barrott had provided a huge amount of his labour as a plumber to help make the new changing rooms possible, spending days on the project while he installed showers,

toilets and re-routed existing pipes. Brett Halliday, with equipment from Cambridge Hire, had provided many hours of his labour, digging trenches and helping prepare the foundations for the new $200,000 changing room block. Richard Crafts was recognised for his constant support at club events where he often provided sound systems, as well as his DJ skills, and provided mobile EFTPOS services at critical events such as last summer’s WaiBOP United games. The engraved tankards are to be awarded to Supporters of the Year as a permanent reminder of the club’s gratitude and tankards were awarded retrospectively to past winners Russell Foster (2014) and Louis Roberts (2013).

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Club president Peter Martens gets help from a few youngsters to turn the first soil, ready to build our new changing rooms block. Photo: Steve Thomas (Masterpiece Photography).

New changing rooms at last! OUR LONG–AWAITED extensions to the changing rooms at John Kerkhof Park became reality in 2015. After years of fundraising, the six new rooms with showers, toilets and a utilities room were built. Project manager Geoff Wheeler co– ordinated the work of contractors and volunteer work on the site. Builder Ben Latham and his crew laid foundations and built the framework while plumber Steve Barrot volunteered many hours of labour to instal showers, sinks and toilets. Brett Halliday and his digger laid new drains and a soak pit, helping resolve a long– standing drainage issue in the corner of the car park. Left: Concrete pads are laid around the base of the new building. 54

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Almost finished ... over the coming summer, the finishing touches will be made to the new block, including the landscaping of the surrounding grass.

Put your name on the door HERE’S AN opportunity to promote your business while helping our club.

The foundations are laid (top) before framework helps the changing rooms take shape (above).

The club is offering naming rights for three to five year terms for the six changing rooms in our new block. This means each changing room will be allocated a sponsor’s name for the duration of the agreement. With the many thousands of visitors to our grounds each year, this presents an excellent opportunity to put your business’ name in front of them. For more details, contact club secretary Josh Easby at

Our club gratefully acknowledges the assistance of grants from the Lottery Grants Board ($47,000) and Transpower’s community grants scheme ($15,000) towards the cost of construction of our changing rooms project.

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Sponsors help club recognise volunteers  OUR CLUB has recognised the many volunteers whose efforts keep it running. When the club underwent its assessment for New Zealand Football’s Quality Club Mark this year, we estimated the club benefits from more than 30,000 hours a year of unpaid volunteer effort. During the year, Cambridge FC has tried to recognise those who volunteer, and we held two major draws to reward some of them. Sponsor Jet Creative donated 50 tickets for the New Zealand v Portugal FIFA U–20 World Cup game at Waikato Stadium to members of the club’s Volunteer Army — the team of people who give their time regularly for the benefit of the club and its members. Members of the Volunteer Army were offered pairs of tickets on a first served basis, for the sudden death game between the Junior All Whites and tournament hot shots Portugal. U–20 World Cup sponsor Rothbury Insurance Brokers also donated two pairs of tickets for use by club volunteers at the cup quarter final at Waikato Stadium. These tickets went into a draw and were won by volunteers Alistair McQuarters (senior) and Simon Foy (junior). They and their guests got seats in the stands for the big match. Alistair was a regular volunteer at the WaiBOP United matches staged at John Kerkhof Park over the summer, while Simon’s work with our juniors includes coaching the Hatrix team. To recognise the contribution of volunteers, the club had kept a record of volunteers who had provided their services for half or full 56

days at this year’s working bees or when staging big events such as the WaiBOP United games. Each attendance as a volunteer worker had entitled the club member to a ticket in a special raffle. The winners of the raffle, drawn at the senior prizegiving function, were: Winners of one year’s member subscription: Michaela McQuarters Juliet Mason Winners of $50 tab to be spent either at club shop or club bar: Geoff Wheeler Maddie Duggan Amy Fitzpatrick

On the Ball FORMER Cambridge FC first team coach Mark Ball is offering club members a simple way to help the club through his new role as a real estate agent. Mark, who referees and is a board member for WaiBOP Football, has become an agent for Lugtons. He says he’s keen to help football players and supporters sell or buy houses, and is willing to donate a finder’s fee to the member’s club after any successful transaction. The club will receive $300 following any successful listing of a property or $200 if any member refers a buyer of a property. You can email Mark at mark.ball@lugtons. or ring him on 021 2867115.

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OUR CLUB hosted some of football’s biggest names this year as Cambridge staged five ASB Premiership matches and its first international fixture. Prominent visitors included a group of former All Whites and Ferns (above), who attended a Friends of Football luncheon at our clubrooms. From left, 1982 World Cup star Ken Cresswell, former Fern Julie Hogg, NZ striker Bill de Graaf, Waikato–based Fern Jo Fisher, ex All Whites and Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert, original captain of the Ferns Barbara Cox and All White legend Brian Turner. More than 20 All Whites have visited John Kerkhof Park over the past two seasons, including Auckland City’s Ivan Vicelich (signing autographs, left) who has played more full internationals for New Zealand than anyone. We also enjoyed the company of James McOne, originally from Pirongia but better known these days for his exploits on the television show The Crowd Goes Wild. He played for a FIFA World Cup All Stars team against our own Red Devils.


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CAMBRIDGE FC broke new ground in 2015 when the club hosted its first international fixture. Hungary and Fiji travelled to Cambridge for a warm–up match ahead of the FIFA U–20 World Cup. Unfortunately, torrential rain forced the club to transfer the match to Cambridge High School but both squads enjoyed a post– match meal and function at our clubrooms. Visitors included Fiji U–20 coach, Frank Farina, who played 67 times for Australia and was the Socceroos national coach for eight years, followed by spells managing Brisbane Roar and Sydney City. Farina’s Hungarian counterpart was German Bernd Storck who played 147 games for Borussia Dortmund and 24 times for Vfl Bochum in the German Bunesliga. Star of the Hungarian U–20 side was midfielder Zsolt Kolmar who is already a full international and plays for German club RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga 2.

Fiji (blue) line up with Hungary for the national anthems. Photo: Louis Roberts.

Women’s first teamers Marie O’Neill and Chrissy Goodin brave the cold with Dave O’Donnell.

Hungarian players enjoy our club’s post-match hospitality. Photo: Jim Thomassen.

Hungary go 3–0 up on their way to an easy 7–0 victory. Photo: Steve Thomas.

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From humble beginnings ... CAMBRIDGE Football Club has been serving its community since its formation in 1948 when football enthusiasts began organising games for two junior teams. In its early days, the teams played in light blue after the colours used by Cambridge University, England.  1951: The club held its first formal meeting on March 20, 1951, appointing Viv Butler as its first president, and R.S.Entwistle as its patron. Butler’s support of English club Arsenal led to a change of club colours and from the mid1950s, Cambridge teams have played in red and white strips.  1957: The club played its home games on the Town Square until 1957 when a two-room wooden shed was built on the Leamington Domain for £134.19.  1964: On December 1, 1964, the Cambridge Borough Council agreed to provide the club with land on the town belt in Vogel Street and plans were drawn up for the clubrooms to be built.

 1967: The club moved into the Vogel St grounds, where it has been based since. The grounds are still owned by the Waipa District Council but leased to the club on a long-term basis.  1972: The club applied for its senior men’s team to join the Northern League competition.  1974: Extensions to the clubrooms and playing fields became necessary and were built in 1974, with new junior grounds established beside the Polo Club grounds further north on Vogel St.  1978: The club elected its first women committee member.  1979: The club won its first senior title, taking the Northern League’s 4th Division championship.  1983: Junior teams (11,12 and 13 year olds) entered the Waikato competitions for

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the first time in 1983.  1986: The club won the Northern League’s 4th Division for a second time.  1987: The club renamed its grounds John Kerkhof Park to recognise the contribution of the Dutch immigrant who did so much with his family to establish the club in Vogel St.  1989: The club won the Northern League 3rd Division title.  1993: The club reached new heights in 1993, winning the Northern League 2nd division.  1995: The club built a concrete car park that’s still in use today. The car park is where the club sometimes erects temporary grandstands for major fixtures.  2001: The club was named the Waipa Sports Club of the Year for the first time.  2005: The Waipa District Council approved the transfer of the Polo Grounds to the football club for use by its junior players, while the polo club moved to new grounds in Lamb St, Leamington.  2007: The old polo clubhouse was knocked down to make way for a new junior building. The Cambridge junior teams celebrated their new home by winning all five 8th-Open grade WJSA knockout trophies, a first for both Cambridge and the WJSA.  2008: The club’s main senior clubrooms survived a tornado in late 2008 but suffered damage to walls, roof and windows, while shattered glass was sprayed over the nearby number one pitch. Other sports clubs and community groups came to help the club and helped it rebuild.  2010: The club launched a five–year plan for its membership which had now grown to more than 600 players, with men’s, women’s and junior teams. The achievements of our junior section, which included construction of new clubrooms, earned the club a Waipa District Community Services Award for Sport.  2011: After 40 seasons in the Northern League the club was relegated from the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 2 in 2011 after

finishing 12th and losing the challenger series playoff vs Manukau City AFC. The club won the New Zealand Match Programme of the Year Award for 2011.  2012: The club elected to drop two divisions into the Waikato Bay of Plenty Football Federation Division Two to rebuild under coach Karl Dagnall and won promotion in 2012 to Waikato Bay of Plenty Football Federation Division One. In 2012, Cambridge FC announced that John Kerkhof Park would also become the home base for Cambridge Baseball Club.  2013: Cambridge FC and the neighbouring Cambridge Harriers and Athletics Club began a partnership, enabling the football club to play some games at the adjacent athletics track while it developed John Kerkhof Park. In 2013, the club won the Soccer Shop Waikato Plate and hosted premium events such as the Soccer Shop Waikato Cup Final, the Waikato v Bay of Plenty All Stars game, and the WaiBOP Women's All Stars v WaiBOP National League side. In late 2013, the club was appointed as the home ground for five ASB Premiership matches for new franchise WaiBOP United. This meant Cambridge became one of six bases for national league football in New Zealand (the others are Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin). The appointment led to the club becoming an all-year operation, with investment in better facilities including upgraded playing surfaces, new changing rooms.  2014: The club's first team finished runners–up in the 2014 WaiBOP Federation Division 1, while the U-15 team won the Federation Youth League. Our women won the Waikato Women's Cup. In 2014, the club won a series of high profile awards for its work in football and in the wider community. WaiBOP Football named the club its 2014 Club of the Year for its successful efforts to host ASP Premiership fixtures and other premium matches.

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In November 2015, the club won back–to– back Waipa Sports Club of the Year awards, and was again nominated for the Waikato Sports Club of the Year awards (to be held in January 2016).  Our players Probably the club’s best known past player is New Zealand international striker Chris Wood who joined English Championship club Leeds United for $4.6 million from Leicester City in July 2015. Wood made his senior debut at Cambridge as a 14–year–old, having previously played for our juniors. Another former New Zealand international is Maria Anderton, who played for the Football Ferns in 1987, and captained the Cambridge women’s A team for 12 seasons until her retirement as a player in 2014.  Life Members Elected life members: Vic Butler, W.J.Sugden, Bert van Doorne, Eric Sugden, John Kerkhof, Alan Busst, Harry Bekkers, Hans Rakely, Rod Larnach, Kerry Dauphin, Bill Brown, Robert Bradley, Peter Martens.






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Cambridge also won two WaiBOP Best Practice awards in 2014 (for building partnerships with sponsors, and for the participation of women at our club). The club was named Waipa District’s 2014 Supreme winner for the Truspower Community Awards, becoming only the second sports club to take this award. This also led to the club’s nomination for the national Trustpower Community Awards held in Wellington in March 2015. Cambridge completed its hat-trick of major awards in 2014, being named Waipa District’s Sports Club of the Year. We were finalists in the Waikato Sports Club of the Year while chairman Greg Zeuren was named Sports Administrator of the Year for both Waipa and the Waikato in 2014.  2015: As the club entered its 68th season, it did so as an all–year operation, providing winter football for 720 players, spring/early summer 5-a-side football for social players and acting as a base for national league summer football. It continued to make history — on February 6, 2015, it staged the first game of beach football by women played to FIFA rules and pitch standards in New Zealand, at the Karapiro Sandcourts. In March 2015, construction began of the club’s $200,000 extension to its changing rooms, providing six more sets of showers/ changing rooms for local and visiting players. On 25 May 2015, the club staged its first ever international match when Fiji and Hungary came to Cambridge for an U–20 international as preparation for the FIFA U–20 World Cup tournament. In July 2015, our club was awarded the Quality Club Mark by New Zealand Football. In September, Cambridge won the 2015 WaiBOP Premiership and qualified for the Northern League play–offs. Its youth team won the WaiBOP U–17 Federation League and the women’s first team played their third Waikato Cup final in four years.

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