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e - programmes and updates for all things ‘Suburbs’!

Chairman’s Welcome


Coaches Corner


Match Previews


The Originals


Paul Recalls ES v Christchurch United 9 May 1970 12 History: Suburbs wins the Chatham Cup wearing the North Shore United strip


Eastern Suburbs National League Squad


NL - Local Heroes Club News - Ellerslie

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Club News - Eastern Suburbs 21 SSP Match Centre


NYL - Local Heroes


National Youth League


NL - Coaching Heroes


Enzo’s Rant


Fixture Lists


Team Lists


Cover Pic: Billy DeGraaf celebrates after Suburbs win the National Title at Newmarket Park 1971



Welcome Good to be back!

A warm welcome to everyone for the game today against Southern United and especially to Paul O’Reilly the Southern Coach. I had the pleasure and opportunity to work a little with Paul when he took over the role of Football development manager at AFF. Paul was thrown in the deep end to some extent at AFF which was unfortunate, but now finds himself working at Federation South where it appears to most, things are on the improve. I’m confident Paul is having significant influence on that.

Waitakere had the home advantage due to winning the minor league, but found themselves 1-2 down with 3 minutes to play due to a very late AC goal. In injury time, Tristan playing left back overlapped the midfielder and sent over a pinpoint cross to Roy Krishna who nodded home a simple header to take it to extra time. Waitakere scored the only remaining goal and went on to retain the National League trophy. Tristan joined Eastern Suburbs the following winter and has been a real asset ever since. His contribution to our Chatham Cup success last year was memorable. In the round 5 away game against Tauranga City, Tristan


Our closest link to anything associated

scored late in the second half to snatch a

with Football South is one of our key play-

draw, which we went on to win on penalties.

ers Tristan Prattley. Tristan captained

In the away quarter final fixture against cup

the Southern based NL team at a very

holders Cashmere Technical, Tristan got his

young age, and travelled north to play for

head to a free kick that produced the goal

Waitakere United during the window of the

that ended Cashmere’s 19 game winning

2012/13 season (if my memory serves me

Chatham Cup streak, on our way to lift the

correctly). My one enduring memory of

trophy. For a centre back he has “popped

Tristan that season was in the final played

up” on some important occasions, whilst

at Fred Taylor Park against Auckland City.

ostensibly he is the rock in defence. 5

When the opportunity arose to make an application to re-join the National League and there was enthusiasm to pursue it, the question we asked ourselves was “why?” Aside from natural competitive instinct to be able to compete at the highest level possible and therefore create the most extensive player pathway available, there were other motivating factors. One of those factors is the renewed opportunity since Anthony Hudson took over the All Whites, of NZ based players achieving senior national honours. I look at our honours board and since 1979 we have had only one Senior representative, that being Noah Hickey who I am pleased to say is hear today. Although the club has been through tough times since the late 70’s, the reality is almost all of the All Whites squads in recent years have come from professional teams playing overseas. The one notable exception of course are the local Phoenix players who are always well represented in our National team senior squads. My hope by re-entering the NL, was that one day potentially we would be able to add to the honours board. What I didn’t expect was that this could happen quite so quickly. This is due equally to Malcolm’s recruitment, and Anthony’s confidence in several locally based players. Moses and Luke from ESAFC have been called up and we congratulate them for their inclusion. It was also good to see in the recent games in the USA that former Suburbs players Monty Patterson and Stephan Marinovich also donned the All Whites 6

Coaches Corner

shirt, and my hope is that more players to come can make the Lilywhites – All Whites progression. The reality is however that Anthony Hudson does appear to have an open mind with respect to drawing from our National competition. Players must be recognising this and my hope is that it is no coincidence that players like Luke Adams and Tim Payne have headed home, when no doubt there are financially more lucrative places to be? The opportunity to represent the country is of course an honour, but NZ is in a unique position with respect to international football.

We welcome Paul and the Southern United team to Bill McKinlay Park today for what is guaranteed to be an exciting game.

Our ability to reach the Confederation cup, and the World Cup is genuinely realistic. Even if we don’t make the World Cup it is likely we will be involved in a home and away “winner takes all” play-off, which will draw significant attention. These “opportunity of a lifetime” games are worth making sacrifices for, which past players will attest to. Whether it is a Mexico or a Bahrain the rewards are significant, and the experience will live in the memories of those players for a lifetime. Just as importantly the impact on the coffers of NZF can also be significant, as was the case in 2010. Meanwhile with the current coaching structure in place it is clear that local players are being watched, and the opportunity for international honours is a real one. I hope that Eastern Suburbs is now a vehicle for that opportunity, and our next All White is also playing in front of you today. Who will it be? Chris

Southern have been unlucky in their first few games, especially against Auckland City so we will not be taking their standing on the table lightly. They have a squad full of quality players, and I’m sure will prove to be a difficult team to overcome. Last weekend we enjoyed a tough game against Waitakere United, they made us work hard for the result but we had a number of good spells in the game and creating plenty of chances against one of the more established franchises in the league. Thanks to Fencibles for hosting us last week, and again to University Mt Wellington for having us at Bill McKinlay this weekend.

Malcolm McPherson


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As part of Extra Time this season we will be previewing the entire round of Stirling Sports Premiership games for the weekend - no scienitific steps have been taken figure out our game predictions - it’s just guesswork! We would love to have the fans thoughts though, head to twitter and post your predicition using the hashtag #SSPicks and the hashtag for the game (or games) your calling. Round 5 - 20th November Hawkes Bay Utd vs Canterbury Utd #HBvCU Bluewater Stadium @ 1pm, Sunday The Bay come into this crunch game with a 50% record, but have been better than that so far this season. They will need the scalp of a team in the top four and to knock off Willy Gerdsens unbeaten Dragons would give the Bay a much needed boost. Scoring goals doesn’t seem to be a problem for Bay either with both Barbero and Halpin scoring regularaly. For the Dragons they have been strong defensively, but they have relied on Clapham’s spot kicks a lot this season, so it will be pleasing that their main striker Hoyle grabbed his first two goals in last weekends 4-1 win over the WeeNix.TIP: tough game to pick - so going to chicken out and pick a hard fought 1-1

Greenlane | North Shore | Pukekohe | Hamilton | Queenstown

Hamilton Wanderers vs Tasman Utd #HWvTU Porritt Stadium @ 1pm, Sunday Both teams had tough losses last week, losses which saw both teams end up in the bottom four - but the home side have a 4 point advantage over their visitors meaning even a loss would not see Tasman pass them in the table. A win however for this season’s Waikato representative could see them shoot above as many as 5 teams into 2nd - that is how tight the table is! Tasman will be bitterly disappointed to lose their first home game of the season last weekend infront of a massive crowd, but they also will be dealing with outside of football matters this week at home, with the quakes - a tough week sometimes will give a team motivation for the weekend. TIP: Could go either way but home advantage might just be enough for Wanderers 9

Wellington Phoenix U20 vs Auckland City FC #WPvAC David Farrington Park @ 2pm, Sunday The WeeNix have a pretty tough assignment ahead of them in league leaders ACFC, particuarly after losing two players to red cards last week against the Dragons. One of them was young keeper Keegan Smith, but with Glen Moss coming back for the top side it should push Oli Sail back to the WeeNix side. Auckland City need to bank as many points as possible now with their traditional lul in performance either side of the Club World Cup in mind. The Navy Blues did struggle last week against a spirited Southern side, but expect them to come out firing in this one! TIP: Sorry WeeNix fans - going for Auckland in this one. Waitakere Utd vs Team Wellington #WUvTW The Trusts Stadium @ 2pm, Sunday Waitak have been impressive at times this season, showing ability at both ends of the park - but they have put in some inconsistent performances, but with their wins over ACFC and Wanderers showing they are back to being a contender this season. This game against an improving Team Wellington side will be a massive test of both teams title chances - probably the match of the round (slightly pipping the HBvCU clash). Team Welly will just want more of the same from last week (goals, not shakes).TIP: Tough pick this one Team Wellington in better form, they will edge it

“the originals” Eastern Suburbs AFC was one of the eight original teams which kicked off the inaugural National League back in April 1970. Suburbs is the only club from the 1970 National League to be playing in the 2016-17 Premiership.

Eastern Suburbs vs Southern Utd #ESvSU Bill McKinlay Park @ 4:35pm, Sunday (TV) It’s pretty much a top vs bottom game - but that’s soo rough on Southern who look much improved this season and they will be fired up for this broadcast game to show they are not the whipping boys of the league. I expect a tough game for the home side, but the return of Luke Adams and Moses Dyer from All Whites duty and the return of Sam Burfoot from suspension will give the lilywhites pretty much a full squad to choose from. One man absent might be midfielder Emmanuel Ekpo who suffered a nasty injury to his eye in the win over Waitakere last weekend. TIP: Suburbs should be too strong, but will have to focus on improving their final third efforts to get maximum points. 10



PAUL RECALLS ‘Paul Recall’s’ are articles contributed by Paul Rennell who captained Eastern Suburbs in the inaugural National League season in 1970. The articles provide insights and stories from the 60’s era and 1970 National League.


Eastern Suburbs v Christchurch United 9th May 1970 On Saturday, 9 May 1970, the Eastern Suburbs National League squad assembled at Auckland airport at 7:30am to catch a flight to Christchurch to do battle with Christchurch United. After collecting our bags, we were greeted by my (the Rennell) family who live in Christchurch – mother and brothers Peter, Bernard, Michael and John plus brothers-in-law Garth and Danny. They were our taxi drivers for the weekend and their first job was to take us to The Embassy Hotel where we were staying. We settled in at the hotel, and had lunch at 11:30am and then team meeting. Our drivers arrived at 1:15pm and took us to English Park for 2:45pm kick-off. It was a beautiful autumn day and English Park looked in good condition. It was also a special day for me as I was returning to my home town where I learnt all my football skills and I was captaining Eastern Suburbs. I won the toss and decided to play with a slight wind at our backs. The game was very closely contested with play moving from end to end and good football played. Kevin Harlock was busy in goal and pulled off several good saves. Finally after thirty minutes we cracked their defence and John Wrathall laid off a lovely pass for Bill De Graaf to run on to and 13

blast past the advancing goalkeeper. 1-0 at half time which was a true reflection of the half. The second half started very quickly with both teams having several shots on goal. Half way through the half, Ray Mears played a one-two with Clog (Bill De Graaf ) and slotted the ball to put us up 2-0. Play see-sawed back and forth and Christchurch managed to pull one back with eight minutes to go. We managed to hold on with a well deserved win. Kevin Harlock, Ray Mears, Bill De Graaf, Phil Rainer and John Kroon all had good games. Good win so we could settle down and look forward to a good night in Christchurch. Back to the hotel, had dinner and then adjoined to the house bar to have a few beers with our ‘Taxi Drivers’, before we moved on to brother Peter’s house for a Rennell party. Good night with Bernard on the piano and a great sing along. The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves with plenty of laughter and good fun. Clog had a marvellous night and still talks about it today. We finally caught taxis back to the hotel about 2:00am. Sunday was Mothers’ Day so I stayed to have the day with Mum and family and flew back about 6:00pm Sunday night.

1965 CHATHAM CUP After beating Wellington Diamond in the North Island final, we qualified to play St Kilda in the final at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. The final was to be televised live for the first time, but unfortunately a few problems cropped up. St Kilda’s strip was yellow with red trimmings which conflicted with our white with yellow trimmings. Not good for black and white television. The NZFA decided there needed to be a toss to see who changed strip. 14


Ken Armstrong and Charlie Dempsey went to the AFA (Secretary Bob Clark) to complete the toss. Unfortunately, Ken lost and we had to change. It was decided there and then that we would wear the North Shore strip (striped jerseys and hooped socks) on the final day. You can still hear the comments from our supporters as we ran out! We controlled the final and won 4-1 with Trevor Pugh and John Legg scoring two goals each. Story supplied by Paul Rennel

1 Josh Dijkstra

2 Hayden Johns

3 Finn Cochran

9 Sean Lovemore

10 Sam Burfoot

11 Armin Pasagic

18 Tristan Prattley

20 Derek Tieku

24 Calvin Opperman

Malcolm McPherson Head Coach

Martin Bullock Asst. Coach

Michael O’Keeffe Goal Keeping Coach

4 Ross Haviland

5 Luke Adams

6 Mario Ilich

7 Tim Payne

8 Moses Dyer

12 Silvio Rodic

13 Jordan Vale

14 Andrew Blake

15 Osita Chikere

16 Anthony Hobbs

Sunesh Singh Conditioning Coach

2016/17 Eastern Suburbs National League Squad #lilywhites

Rob Lee Physio

25 Zac Speedy

29 Emmanuel Ekpo

36 Fabien Kurimata

Mark Palmer Physio

Gary Connell Analyst

Carl Tinsley Manager

National League



ELLERSLIE AFC Osita Henry Chikere: Born/age: Feb 3, 1991 (25) Place of birth: Nigeria Nationality: Nigeria Height: 1,96 m Position: Centre Forward

Osita, is a big unit, standing at 1,96m (that’ 6’5” in ‘old money’), arguably making him the tallest man in the Stirling Sports Premiership....

For those who didn’t know last night was the NZF Media awards (for 2015) and Ellerslie AFC were nominated for program of the year. We were up against 2014 winner Waitemata FC and Papatoetoe AFC. While we didn’t win on the night it was an honour to be considered in the top 3 of programs across NZ - Congrats to Waitemata for taking home the award for the 2nd year running. If your interested here is a link to one of our programs: Thanks to Ray White Kingsland for helping print the program as our main program sponsor, and to all our contributors including Enzo, James McCarthy and others!


Anthony Hobbs: Date of birth: April 06 1991 Age:25 Place of birth: New Zealand Nationality: New Zealander.

Hopefully we can go one step better in 2016

Here’s what the talent scouts in the US said about Anthony as he neared the end of his university studies in the US:

What Scouts Say: “ Prototypical hard man at right centerback.. someone you had to keep your eye on… Played in midfield previously and became their rock in the center of the back… His toughness is a real factor ... He could maybe play defensive midfield in MLS.”...... 18




EASTERN SUBURBS AFC Fox Slotmaker, a former Suburbs Premier player makes the US Conference final

The following is an email Fox sent to one of his former Suburbs team mates, Ernest Wong on his second & third seasons of his US Scholarship.

The spring season after which is pretty much a pre preseason where the games don’t count was extremely hard work. Here in Buffalo it is pretty much impossible to train outside in the winter months because of the snow and freezing conditions, down to -20C is not uncommon. This meant we have to train indoors, either in small warehouse type places with turf or in the weights room. We would lift weights four times a week for the first month. Fitness is a huge focus in the spring and we spent many hours ‘enjoying’ the rigors of running or fitness based activities.

Year 2 was very mixed football wise, we (Buffalo State University) had many ups and downs throughout the season. By the time Conference time came around we were playing really well and had some good momentum (Confrence time is the championship round, which Fox describes as: “really the only time that matters”). We had Akron in our conference who at the time we played them were the number 2 in the country! At our home ground we lost to Akron 2-1 to a very late goal. However, we ended up making the conference final via a golden goal in overtime in the semi-final. Up against Akron again but at their stadium we were so close to them all game but they held out for a 1-0 win.

Year 3 has been the best year football wise, we started off the season with 7 wins and only conceding one goal, this had us ranked 26 in the country. From then we have hit a bit of a rough patch where we now have a 8-3-1 record. Personally this has been a hard patch as I have missed the last 2 games with a MCL sprain. It is now conference time so that pretty much means every game we have played so far is irrelevant. It’s just how the US college system works; you can lose 15 games in a row but as long as you win conference games then you can win a championship. From making the final last year we have our sights set on winning the conference and getting a championship ring.

Fox Slotmaker played for the Eastern Suburbs Premier team in 2013 and 2014. Fox was one of our ‘stars’ and we assisted him in securing a football (or as the American’s call our code: ‘soccer’) scholarship at a US top university: Buffalo State University of New York, Fox is studying for a Business Studies (major) degree.




MATCH CENTRE Auckland City and neighbours Eastern Suburbs continue to lead the way in the Stirling Sports Premiership while Hawke’s Bay United, Canterbury United and Team Wellington also posted wins on a dramafilled afternoon in the Stirling Sports Premiership today. For the first time this season, all matches took place on the same day and the fans that turned out across the country were largely not left short-changed as 18 goals flew in over the five fixtures. The highest-scoring encounter was reserved for the SKY Sport cameras as Team Wellington hit back from going two goals down early on to dismantle Hamilton Wanderers 5-2. After posting only one win going into this weekend, the pressure has been on Wellington and they responded in fine fashion to earn their second consecutive success. The scenes were just as dramatic in Christchurch as Canterbury safely negotiated a testing challenge against the Wellington Phoenix U-20s, coming from behind to triumph 4-1. The Phoenix took the lead through Ruairi Cahill-Fleury mid-way through the first half but the game was turned on its head when Jack-Henry Sinclair was given his marching orders soon after. The Dragons made use of their numerical advantage to equalise through Tom Schwarz just before the break and continued to do so in the second half, Aaron Clapham tucking away a penalty before Stephen Hoyle struck a late double. That the score didn’t blow out further was a credit to the efforts of the young Phoenix side, who played for most of the 22

last half hour with only nine men after losing goalkeeper Keegan Smith to another sending off. The only other team to score more than one goal was Hawke’s Bay, who spoiled the party as over 2,500 spectators flocked to Trafalgar Park to see the first national league action in Nelson for 16 years. English midfielder Saul Halpin did much of the damage against Tasman United with a double while Facundo Barbero also got on the scoresheet. The home side’s only reply came from James Hoyt, who had equalised an early opener from Halpin. Halpin’s second arrived on the stroke of halftime and it’s one he will add to his highlights reel after curling home a brilliant free kick from the edge of the area.There was only one goal in both of the other matches as Eastern Suburbs and Auckland City were both made to work hard for the wins that solidified their positions at the top. The encounter between Suburbs and Waitakere United was historic on a couple of levels, it being the first east-meets-west derby and the first time Stirling Sports Premiership action has come to William Green Domain. An entertaining first half finished goalless before a quality Armin Pasagic strike straight after the restart proved to be the match winner as Suburbs bounced back from their heavy defeat to Hamilton. Auckland City were also toasting a narrow 1-0 win but they had to wait much longer to get their noses in front in Invercargill, Fabrizio Tavano finally breaking Southern’s stubborn resistance in the 82nd minute. It was heart-breaking for a Southern side who clearly had a well-organised game plan and put in a huge amount of effort to implement it.

Stirling Sports Premiership – Round Four Eastern Suburbs 1 (Armin Pasagic 46’) Waitakere United 0 HT: 0-0 Tasman United 1 (James Hoyt 20’) Hawke’s Bay United 3 (Saul Halpin 12’, 45’, Facundo Barbero 82’) HT: 1-2 Southern United 0 Auckland City 1 (Fabrizio Tavano 82’) HT:0-0 Canterbury United 4 (Tom Schwarz 43’, Aaron Clapham pen 64’, Stephen Hoyle 72’, 84’) Wellington Phoenix U-20 1 (Ruairi Cahill-Fleury 28’) HT: 1-1 Team Wellington 5 (Tom Jackson pen 35’, 56’, Joel Stevens 31’, 65’, Justin Gulley 69’) Hamilton Wanderers 2 (Bailey Webster pen 15’, Mark Jones 17’)HT: 2-2


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NATIONAL YOUTH LEAGUE Local rivals Auckland City and Waitakere United are setting the standards in the National Youth League while fellow Auckland-based side Eastern Suburbs have continued to slip off the pace after the fourth round of action. City remain the only undefeated team in the league after a pair of late goals gave them a 2-0 win over Southern United while Waitakere also took their time in breaking down Suburbs, eventually triumphing 1-0 in the first ever east-meets-west derby between the clubs. Elsewhere, Team Wellington were in irresistible form going forward in their 7-1 triumph over the previously unbeaten Hamilton Wanderers while South Islanders Canterbury United and Tasman United also recorded victories. The results mean Auckland now lead the table by a point over Waitakere and Wanderers while Hawke’s Bay United are rooted to the bottom of the table, having lost each of their four games so far. Andy Peat’s City side were made to work hard for their place at the summit as Southern joined their senior counterparts in frustrating Auckland for long periods. The resistance was finally broken with a free kick by substitute Ignacio Machuca seven minutes from the end and Dino Botica then added a second in additional time to make sure of the points. Waitakere are snapping at the heels of their fierce cross-town rivals courtesy of a narrow win over Suburbs on Sunday – the reverse result to the Stirling Sports Premiership fixture between the clubs 26

later that day. A Gilberto Souza goal proved enough to get the hosts over the line, leaving Suburbs to contemplate their second consecutive defeat after topping the table in the opening two rounds. The side that became the first to beat Suburbs in the previous round with a surprise 6-1 win, Hamilton Wanderers, were brought crashing back down to earth by being on the other end of a similar scoreline this time. Wanderers had no answer to a rampant Team Wellington, for whom Ihaia Delaney scored a hat-trick and was joined in bulging the net by Elijah Just, Dalton Wilkins and Callum McCowatt, who blew the winning margin out with a late double. Hamilton responded though Marc Evans in the latter stages of the game but had already conceded four by that point, leaving the first team player’s third goal in two games of little relevance. Also with their shooting boots on were the Tasman United players, who put five past Hawke’s Bay United on the road to earning a first win of the campaign. Alex ConnorMcClean notched a brace in the second half but most of the impact was made before his exploits through Thang Vanuk, Callan Elliot and Labu Pan. To their credit, the Bay hit back on two occasions via Vinnie Mackirdy and Jorge Akers but were unable to avoid a fourth defeat on the trot. It was the first victory for Tasman United in their debut season – although the region has previously been represented by the Nelson Marlborough Falcons – and cocoach Davor Tavich was pleased to finally be off the mark.

National Youth League – Round Four Hawke’s Bay United 2 (Vinnie Mackirdy 41’, Jorge Akers 68’) Tasman United 5 (Thang Vanuk 15’, Callan Elliot 35’, Labu Pan 60’, Alex Connor-McClean 63’, 78’) HT: 1-2 Wellington Phoenix 1 (Matthew Conroy 4’) Canterbury United 3 (Renta Yamamoto 2’, Lyle Matthysen 28’, Jackson Brady 85’) HT: 1-2 Waitakere United 1 (Gilberto Souza 73’) Eastern Suburbs 0 HT: 0-0 Auckland City 2 (Ignacio Machuca 83’, Dino Botica 90 + 4’) Southern United 0 HT: 0-0 Hamilton Wanderers 1 (Marc Evans 77’) Team Wellington 7 (Ihaia Delaney 18’, 65’, 82’, Elijah Just 46’, Dalton Wilkins 65’, Callum McCowatt 88’, 90’) HT: 0-1


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Rob Lee – Head Physiotherapist

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Mark Palmer

Sheffield Wednesday (UK Championship League club) chairman Lee Strafford commented about the sports science team, of which Mark was a key member: “From a sports medicine perspective we should now be well positioned to go into a full season set up as a strong Championship club”.... 18 28


National League


Enzo’s Rant Another team for Auckland – yay! Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand in so many ways, not just in terms of population and vastness of land area. I grew up in Hamilton, was taught to hate Auckland from a young age, and I still support two sports teams – Waikato and whoever is playing Auckland. But there’s a reason why I live in this place and not in my native province – it’s where most of the action is. There are two ways to approach this topic – get all parochial or look at things logically.

summer to bolster other teams around the country like Hamilton Wanderers in particular.

Here’s the logical side of the debate.

You could make up a fairly useful side out of all the formerly Auckland based players who played for franchises outside the City of Sails last season too. And Hawkes Bay United excluded, the history of failure from Mid to Lower North Island teams isn’t pretty. Waikato and WaiBOP teams have made one semi-finals appearance in 12 years and have constantly battled the odds not to disappear completely. Manawatu at least made the playoffs three times, but were deemed less important to the powers that be than a NZ Under 20 side in 2013 and haven’t been seen in the National League since.

Auckland might come across as a bit arrogant at times, acting as though we’re the centre of the universe, but that’s at least partly because, on most objective criteria, even this Waikato cynic has to accept that it is. House prices are through the roof because everyone wants to live here! Even with three Stirling Sports Premiership teams here, there is still a lot of untapped potential. And if you don’t believe me, check out all the Auckland talent streaming out of the city in the 29

Eastern Suburbs National League draw

What value have those teams really added? How many All Whites have they provided a pathway for that those players wouldn’t have got somewhere else? How many fans have turned up to watch their games? Aren’t there good reasons why Team Wellington is the only club/franchise from outside Auckland to have won this thing? Before we think about adding a Taranaki, Manawatu or Wairarapa, wouldn’t it be cheaper, easier and more sensible to just base another team in Auckland, cut down on travel costs for all concerned, and put the teams where the players and resources exist in the real world as opposed to utopia? You don’t have to assemble a team from far and wide that way and Auckland is a relatively cheap and convenient place to fly into and out of for the other existing teams. Important geographical areas not currently represented like South Auckland (328,000 people) and the North Shore (229,000) have greater populations that are more highly concentrated than other likely re30

gions can compete with. And where is it genuinely possible to grow the pie? I would argue that South Auckland, with its massive Maori, Pacific and other multi-ethnic populations is a place of high strategic importance to the future of our game. It’s there that there are huge chunks of untapped potential who might be inspired by the success of a local team that looks and sounds like they do. The North Shore is already a place where the game is so strong, with a base of seven clubs playing in the Northern League and the ‘Home of Football’ in Albany to be leveraged off. I don’t see anywhere near as strong a case being pushed by anyone else. In the immortal words of David Gallop in relation to the Phoenix’s place in the A-League: “You can’t expect to squat on a licence in our competition.” Any new teams have to add genuine value not just be there for the sake of ticking a geographic box. But while we’re at it – perhaps we could still let the Waikato team win every now and again..

Sat 22 Oct, 2:00pm Away v Wellington Phoenix U-20, David Farrington Park Sun 30 Oct, 2:00pm HOME v Hawkes Bay United, Bill McKinlay Park Sun 6 Nov, 2:00pm AWAY v Hamilton Wanderers, Porritt Stadium Sun 13 Nov, Time: TBA HOME v Waitakere United, William Green Domain Sun 20 Nov, 4:35pm HOME v Southern United, Bill McKinlay Park Sat 26 Nov, 2:00pm AWAY v Team Wellington, David Farrington Park Sun 4 Dec, 4:35pm HOME v Tasman United, Bill McKinlay Park Sun 11 Dec, 2:00pm AWAY v Canterbury United, English Park Sun 18 Dec, 2:00pm HOME v Auckland City, Bill McKinlay Park

Sun 8 Jan, 2:00pm HOME v Wellington Phoenix U-20, Bill McKinlay Park Sun 15 Jan, 2:00pm AWAY v Hawkes Bay United, Bluewater Stadium Sun 22 Jan, 2:00pm HOME v Hamilton Wanderers, Bill McKinlay Park Sun 29 Jan, 4:35pm AWAY v Waitakere United, The Trusts Arena Sun 5 Feb, 2:00pm HOME v Team Wellington, Bill McKinlay Park Sat 11 Feb, 1:00pm AWAY v Southern United, TBC Sun 19 Feb, 2:00pm AWAY v Tasman United, Trafalgar Park Sun 26 Feb, 2:00pm HOME v Canterbury United, William Green Domain Sun 5 Mar, 3:00pm AWAY v Auckland City, Kiwitea Street

National YOUTH League draw Sunday 16 October,1:00pm HOME v Wellington Phoenix, Michaels Avenue Reserve Sunday 30 October, 1:00pm AWAY v Hawkes Bay United, Petane War Memorial Domain Sunday 6 November, 1:00pm HOME v Hamilton Wanderers, Michaels Avenue Reserve Sunday 13 November, 1:00pm AWAY v Waitakere United, Fred Taylor Park Saturday 19 November, 1:00pm AWAY v Southern United, Peter Johnstone Park


Sunday 27 November, 1:00pm HOME v Team Wellington, Michaels Avenue Reserve Saturday 3 December, 12:00pm AWAY v Tasman United,Trafalgar Park Sunday 11 December, 1:00pm HOME v Canterbury United, William Green Domain Sunday 18 December, 1:00pm AWAY v Auckland City, St Peters College, Epsom



1. Joshua Dijkstra 2. Hayden Johns 3. Finn Cochran 4. Ross Haviland 5. Luke Adams 6. Mario Ilich 7. Timothy Payne 8. Moses Dyer 9. Sean Lovemore 10. Sam Burfoot 11. Armin Pasagic 12. Silvio Rodic 13. Jordan Vale 14. Andrew Blake 15. Osita Chikere 16. Anthony Hobbs 18. Tristan Prattley 20. Derek Tieku 24. Calvin Opperman 25. Zac Speedy 29. Emmanuel Ekpo 36. Fabien Kurimata

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Eastern Suburbs Team List

Head Coach: Malcolm McPherson Assisstant Coach: Martin Bullock Manager: Carl Tinsley Physiotherapist: Rob Lee

Liam Little Conor O’Keefe Craig Ferguson Stephen Last Danny Ledwith Eric Molloy Michael Hogan Harley Rodeka Ben O’Farrell Andy Mulligan Sam Cosgrave Naill Malone Ross Howard Andrew Ridden Tom Stevens Sam Collier Cam Higgins Benjudah Fitzpatrick Tennessee Kinghorn Luis Paiva Cam McPhail

Head Coach: Paul O’Rielly Assistant Coach: Terry Boylan Manager: Sean Hamill

Stirling Sports Premiership: Round 5 - ESAFC v Southern United  

Round 5 Programme of the Stirling Sports Premiership Eastern Suburbs v Southern United

Stirling Sports Premiership: Round 5 - ESAFC v Southern United  

Round 5 Programme of the Stirling Sports Premiership Eastern Suburbs v Southern United