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Issue 2, 2015/16


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v Hawke’s Bay United Thursday, November 26, 2015 Owen Delany Park, Taupo Kick-off: 7.35pm wa wai w aibo ai aibop bo bop op pu uni nited n ed .cco co.n nz 1

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A Few Kind Words Dwayne Barlow

I have fond memories of coming to Taupo. Not so much on the footballing side of things, though. With my winter club we always seemed to travel to Crown Park with great hope only to have Alan Lamb or Mark Jones or Danyon Drake send us back up State Highway 1 with nothing. Taupo always seems a nice place to arrive at, particularly as you came in on the old road, past Wairakei then crested the hill for the first view of the lake. And now we’re here for this round 3 ASB Premiership fixture. The team enters this match off the back of that stunning result up at QBE Stadium over Waitakere United and, with local lad, Mark Jones, in fine form we’re hopeful local football fans will be here in good numbers to support the team. For the visitors, Hawke’s Bay United, this is virtually a home game. Hopefully a few of their fans have made the trip over the hill to add to what should be an intriguing encounter. I guess we’re all still getting used to the ASB Premiership being broadcast on TV. It’s too early to say definitively what effect live games will have on the league but it does

give us all an opportunity to promote our game to a wider audience. Coupled with various social media tools, it’s already noticeable that the buzz around the games are greater than in previous seasons. For instance, #WUvWB was one of New Zealand’s highest trending Twitter hashtags last Thursday. Let’s hope for something similar with #WBvHB. It helps when the games are exciting. Our first two matches have been just that, for completely different reasons. That reflects well the players and coaching staff. The feedback has been really good. Obviously, as with every sport, not all the games are going to be classics. But if the teams can head into their matches with attacking intent and a willingness to perform for the cameras then, over time, the ASB Premiership will build the audience it deserves. We’re in the rather envious position of having ten of our fourteen games broadcast live. Tonight is our third on the trot. While that’s fantastic, football is a sport that’s best viewed live. So I’d like to thank everyone for coming out tonight. We hope you enjoy the show.

THE RA ANGE E Official Matchday Magazine of Loaded WaiBOP United Editor Dwayne Barlow. Enquiries to Contributors Bruce Holloway, Josh Easby, Football Dad, Photosport, NZ Football. Images WaiBOP United unless otherwise acknowledged. Copyright None of the contents of this publication should be reproduced without prior permission. WaiBOP United Brian Perry Sports House, Wintec Rotokauri Campus, Akoranga Road, Hamilton. Board Chair Merv Williams. CEO Mark Christie. 3

From The Dug Out Peter Smith

Hello and welcome to our second ASB Premiership home game of the season and third in all. We had our first experience of Thursday night football last week and I don’t really think it could have gone any better. The win over Waitakere United has filled us with belief. It was a good performance and an excellent result against one of the big boys. But that’s gone now and tonight we focus on our next challenge - the visit of Hawke’s Bay United. The Bay secured an excellent result in their first game against Auckland City and I think they’ll be expecting more of the same this evening.

A big welcome to Brett and his team for what is almost a home game for them. I’m sure they don’t mind having an away game relatively close to home. We’re looking forward to playing on Owen Delany Park and to being in front of the Sky Sport cameras once again. Hopefully both sides can play the sort of football that will keep the local fans, as well as the TV audience, enthralled. As coaches we now not only have a responsibility to get results but also to put on a good show for the fans at home. There’s nothing as captivating as an exciting game of football!

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Today We Welcome Hawke’s Bay United

Hawke’s Bay United are building a reputation as serial play-off contenders after making the post-season in each of the last three ASB Premiership seasons. In 2014/15 they went a step further, knocking off Team Wellington to make the final against Auckland City. A 2-1 defeat at Kiwitea Street underlines just how close Brett Angell came to taking his side to the title in his first season as coach. This season there’s a completely new look to Hawke’s Bay United, much the same as there was at the start of last season. What does that mean? If their start to the season is anything to go by then they could well

be one of the teams to beat yet again. Coach Brett Angell. Player to watch Kohei Matsumoto has already made his mark this season after his cool, long range finish against Auckland City secured a point for the Bay. He followed that up with a goal against Southern United. His shock of blonde/ ginger hair also makes him more than a bit conspicuous. With clubs such as Brisbane Roar, Auckland City and JEF United, along with time trialing at New York City FC, under his belt Matsumoto has the experience to be a key player for Hawke’s Bay United this summer.

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Football Dad A game by the sea

Having been delayed by 20 minutes by Raj From India’s motion sickness, Football Dad’s van screeched into the car park at Small Seaside Town FC with kick-off less than quarter of an hour away. The kids were piling out of the van before it had actually come to a complete stop. Football Dad surveyed Small Seaside Town FC’s well-worn home track. It was known colloquially across the federation as “The Rocky Dunny”. Perched on a tiny isthmus poking out from the town’s main street, it sloped noticeably toward the ocean side. About 150 metres across the water – the entry to the small harbour – the town’s sewage main discharged into the water. The prevailing wind from the ocean blew the smell right across the football field. Hence, “The Rocky Dunny”. Raj From India took one lungful of the foul air, dropped his bag, doubled over, and stumbled into a nearby Port A Loo. Small Seaside Town FC’s coach bustled up to Football Dad, resplendent in bright red Adidas trackpants and the only officials’ jacket the club had ever managed to finance….in 1987. It was meant to be a Rugby World Cup 1987 memorial edition, but a mis-stitching debacle at the manufacturers ensured Small Seaside Town FC had picked them up for a fiver each, and paid an additional $10 for a patch with the club’s logo to be sewn over the error. “Maaaate! Welcome!!!” hollered Seaside Town FC’s coach. “Bloody hell, ya made it! Thought for a while there you’d gone off the road on the incline! I’m Aubrey, but the kids call me ‘Coach’. Ya’d never pick it, would ya!”

A fat orange had extended forward enthusiastically. With reluctance, but an acute sentence of politeness, Football Dad shook the man’s huge mitt. A handshake more like a vicegrip, scrunching Football Dad’s fingers. “10 minutes ‘til kick off,” noted Seaside Town FC’s coach, about-facing with military precision and marching off to a group of vaguely-uniformed children taking turns chopping each other down well after the ball had moved on. “You lot, fall in! Shooting practice in t-minus one minute!” Football Dad rounded up his charges. “The pitch is sloped,” remarked one. “What’s the smell?” asked a second. “Am I goalie?” queried a third. “And if he’s goalie, I must be striker!” demanded a fourth. The rancid air made Football Dad gasp: “Usual formation…” he spluttered, “4-4-2.” Raj From India began bashing on the back of the Port A Loo’s door. Short Pudgy Kid was leaning against it, casually doing up his boots. “Whateva…” he muttered, deliberately wasting time as his team mate hollered for fresh air. Football Dad looked back across to the ocean, peering into the distance. From the corner of his eye, he spotted a medium-sized wave lapping at one corner of the pitch. The corner flag – actually a broom handle with triangular rag stapled to it – was barely a foot away from the 3 foot drop to the beach. A second wave washed onto the pitch. Seaside Town FC’s coach shouted from the far end of the field. “Forgot to mention – tide’s coming in! Probably need to kick off soon!” 7

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A Celebration of Excellence All White greats honoured

Legendary All Whites Steve Sumner and Brian Turner have become Friends of Football’s latest recipients of the Medal of Excellence, awarded for outstanding services to New Zealand football. Sumner, captain of the 1982 All Whites, and World Cup veteran Turner became the third and fourth recipients of the medal after former national coach John Adshead (2013) and long–serving All White Ivan Vicelich (2014). They received their medals at the annual Celebration of Excellence dinner held at the Auckland Grammar Old Boys’ Pavilion. Sumner (60) played more than 100 times for his adopted country, scoring 22 times in 58 A–level international fixtures. This included a record six–goal tally in a World Cup qualifier against Fiji, on the way to the 1982 finals in Spain (where he became the first All White to score at a finals tournament). Turner (66) took part in five World Cup campaigns as a player and member of the coaching/management team, and went to both the 1982 and 2010 finals tournaments. He’s a three–time winner of the Player of the Year award.

Fellow internationals Mark Burgess and Bobby Almond led the tributes to the pair. At the same event, All Whites captain and West Ham defender Winston Reid has was named New Zealand Player of the Year. After a hiatus of several years, this award has been revived by the New Zealand Football Media Association and Reid was a clear winner, receiving around twice as many votes as runner-up Ivan Vicelich and Ryan Thomas in third. Rounding out the top six (in order) were Abby Erceg, Chris Wood and Bill Tuiloma. Reid, who joined West Ham in 2010, enhanced his reputation in the English Premier League during the 2014-15 timeframe of this award. Speaking from London, Reid was appreciative of the recognition and hoped it would inspire others. “Thanks everyone. I’ve always tried to do my best in the sport and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication,” said Reid. “My aim is always to give the younger generations something to look up to and strive for, so hopefully they can do even better than I have so far in my career.”

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ASB Women’s League 2015 season round-up

The round robin portion of the 2015 ASB Women’s League finished last weekend and, for the second season running, WaiBOP Football missed out on the play-offs after a strong start. WaiBOP won two and drew two of their first four matches to sit in a handy position heading into the business end of the campaign. The turning point came when two-time defending champions, Mainland Pride, visited Porritt Stadium. In an eleven goal thriller, WaiBOP played catch-up for most of the game before going ahead 5-4 with only a few minutes remaining. But Mainland proved their championship worth by snatching two goals during the dying embers of the

match to prevail and they have since marched to the top of the table and pole position for the play-offs. Juan Propato, in his second season as head coach, expressed pride in his team’s performance over the course of the season. “This is still a young side, but they put in some mature performances ,” said Propato. “The inconsistencies were still there, however, and I guess that’s what ultimately cost us. But this is a good group of players and I think the future of women’s football in our region is bright. I expect many of this season’s players will have strong futures in the game.” The ASB Women’s League play-offs take place over the next two weekends.

WaiBOP Football players Helen Talbot, Kate Loye and Issy Coombes (in white) during the 6-5 ASB Women’s League thriller against Mainland Pride. Photo: Graeme Blake. 11

#Ia amWaiBO OPUniited Wade Molony battles ex-WaiBOP United player, Fergus Neil, during Loaded WaiBOP United’s opening ASB Premiership match against Team Wellington at Hamilton’s Gower Park. Molony then proceeded to score a hat trick in our 5-1 win over Waitakere United at QBE Stadium. Photo: Photosport.

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The National League Part 2: 1993 to 2003

A national league has been in existence in New Zealand for 45 years, and ahead of a major league revamp in the coming seasons, in the second of three articles Bruce Holloway summarises national league structures in the period from 1993-2003. The years from 1993-2003 were a time of exceptional ferment in national league politics. Against a backdrop of rising costs and dwindling gate receipts, the NZFA opted for a more cost-effective and regionalised competition from 1993-95. It scrapped the conventional national league and instituted the Superclub Championship, comprised of a round of north, south and central regional championships from which the top eight teams contested a one-round national championship, followed by a top-four playoff and grand final. Its architects argued we could no longer afford the current luxury of a tworound, 14 team national league in a tight sponsorship market, and that view certainly had credence in the Waikato, which went without a major sponsor in 1992, despite finishing runner-up in the league and the Chatham Cup. The first two superclub seasons were sponsored by Winfield and the final season by government agency Smokefree. It offered over $100,000 in prizemoney from Winfield, with $10,000 for first, $7000 second, $5000 third in regional rounds. Nationally there was $30,000 for first, $15,000 second, and $5000 third and

fourth. But the Superclub was widely disparaged by leading players and coaches, who saw a 30-team competition as unnecessarily diluting the football product. The Smokefree Environment Act had prohibited tobacco sponsorship and advertising and only offered substitute funding until 1995. Further, the Superclub Championship had not improved the image of football, nor standards. And so the drums were soon beating for a summer league, which was finally introduced in January 1996, then again in 1996-97, and 1997-98 as a 10-team (11 teams in 97-98) competition after a mad scramble for admission. Criteria included clubs having “a wide membership base...involved in all levels of junior and senior soccer,” which put a bullet in the aspirations of 9-year-old Waikato United which was focused on the national league rather than trying to be all things to all people. So while Waikato was accepted into the first summer season, amalgamation was required (with Melville AFC to form Melville United) to continue to contest the national league. A bizarre feature of the first season of summer league was four points for a win, and if there was a draw, a penalty shootout was contrived where an extra point was at stake. The summer league was introduced to much fanfare. Waikato United even hired a 3-piece jazz band to serenade punters into Porritt Stadium for their opening Friday night match against Central United. Continued on page 17... 15

Thank You To our partners for the 2015/16 ASB Premiership

Loaded WaiBOP United is pleased to have a number of organisations join our football family for the 2015/16 ASB Premiership season. The companies with ads in this issue of The Range, as well as those shown on this page, plus others, are backing football in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region. Scan the QR code to ďŹ nd out more about our partners.

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But by early 1998, when the national league was stumbling along under a cloud of mounting debt and diminishing profile, sentiments had swung full circle and the general view was the summer league hadn’t worked. The 1997-98 summer league lost $130,000 alone. In 1999 the New Zealand Club Championship was introduced as a stopgap, as North and South Island leagues from which the two winners contested a final (Central beat Dunedin Tech 3-1). It ended up costing as much as a normal national league. In March 2000 the 10-team Ansett National Club Championship (NCC) kicked off, two years after the summer national league was mothballed. A bonus point was introduced for scoring more than three goals, which had teams winning and dropping places - or drawing and jumping spots. Just as controversial were new top-

four playoffs. In 2001 National League sponsor Qantas New Zealand went into receivership, prompting the postponement of three matches. It was then rebranded as the Southern Trust National League. Miramar Rangers finished the league eight points clear - but were denied their first league title after crashing 3-2 in the grand final. In 2003 East Auckland, an affiliation of University-Mt Wellington and northern premier clubs Fencibles United, Ellerslie and Eastern Suburbs to contest the league occurred. But before the 2003 league had even kicked off newspapers were reporting it was to be canned in 15 months time in favour of a return to summer football… Bruce Holloway is author of The National League Debates: A potted chronology of the twists, turns and conflicting ideas in New Zealand football since 1990 a 276-page manuscript which examines the challenges of finding a sustainable format for our flagship competition. Available from: 17

Meet the Team Loaded WaiBOP United - 2015/16

Peter Smith Head Coach Peter Smith is in his third season as Head Coach of Loaded WaiBOP United. He took the franchise to 6th in its debut season (2013/14), 5th last season and hopes to go at least one spot better in 2015/16.


Barry Gardiner Assistant Coach

.Neil Mouncher

Sunz Singh Trainer

Goalkeeper Coach



Kirsten Laurence Physio

Janina Aricheta Physio

Graeme Kinney Manager



.Brock Radich Manager



01 Louie Caunter

Scott Hilliar Defender




Finn Cochran Defender

Adam Luque Defender

05 Adam Mitchell

06 Tom Probert





Mark Jones Midfielder


Marc Evans Forward

Ryan Tinsley Midfielder

09 Dylan Stansfield

10 Federico Marquez




Mario Ilich Midfielder 19



Israel Whitley Defender



James Hoyle Defender

Robert Gallegos Midfielder

17 Stephen Hoyle

18 Alexis Varela





Wade Molony Midfielder


Diego Viera Defender


Maksim Manko Midfielder

Xavier Pratt Midfielder

21 Brendan Lesch

22 Cory Mitchell




Zac Speedy Goalkeeper

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ASB Premiership Standings & Fixtures

2015/16 ASB Premiership Table P Auckland City 3 Canterbury United 2 Hawkes Bay United 2 LOADED WAIBOP UNITED 2 Team Wellington 2 Waitakere United 3 Wellington Phoenix 2 Southern United 2

W 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0

D 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

L 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 2

F 8 5 4 7 4 3 1 0

A 2 1 1 4 4 9 6 5

Pts 7 6 4 3 3 3 0 0

2015/16 ASB Premiership Fixture List Date Nov 15 Nov 19 Nov 26 Dec 6 Dec 10 Dec 20 Jan 9 Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 31 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 20 Feb 28

Opponents Team Wellington Waitakere Utd Hawkes Bay Utd Southern Utd Canterbury Utd Auckland City Well Phoenix Southern Utd Waitakere Utd Team Wellington Canterbury Utd Hawkes Bay Utd Well Phoenix Auckland City

H/A Home Away Home Away Away Home Away Home Home Away Home Away Home Away

Venue Gower Park, Hamilton QBE Stadium, Auckland Owen Delany Park, Taupo Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin ASB Football Park, Christchurch FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton Newtown Park, Wellington FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton David Farrington Park, Wellington FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton Bluewater Stadium, Napier Links Ave Stadium, Mt Maunganui Kiwitea Street, Auckland

Result 2-3 loss 5-1 win 7.35pm 4.35pm 7.35pm 4.35pm 2.00pm 7.35pm 7.35pm

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Head Coach Peter Smith

Match Officials

Head Coach Brett Angell

Louie Caunter Scott Hilliar Finn Cochran Adam Luque Adam Mitchell Tom Probert Mark Jones Ryan Tinsley Dylan StansďŹ eld Federico Marquez Marc Evans Mario Ilich Israel Whitley Maksim Manko James Hoyle Robert Gallegos Stephen Hoyle Alexis Varela Wade Molony Xavier Pratt Brendan Lesch Cory Mitchell Diego Viera Zac Speedy

Referee C-K Waugh

Josh Hill Sean Liddicoat Kohei Matsumoto Fin Milne Harrison Nash Alex Palezevic Cory Chettleburgh Tom Biss Kyle King Zane Sole Kahir Jones Cheauxyan Maukau Godwin Addai Jade Mesias Sam Mason-Smith Hamish Watson Brad Hickling Martin Canales

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Asst referee G Sheehan Asst referee A Davenport 4th official N Waldron

Next home game v Auckland City Sunday Dec 20 4.35pm FMG Stadium Waikato

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The Range - Issue 2 (2015/16)  
The Range - Issue 2 (2015/16)  

The Range is Loaded WaiBOP United's match day magazine. Issue 2 (2015/16) is published for the Loaded WaiBOP United v Hawke's Bay United ASB...