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A warm welcome to Tasman United team and management for today’s game. Our guests who are fellow newcomers to the Stirling Sports National League will be no doubt like us, finding the introduction into the league a steep learning curve. I have the utmost admiration for what Tasman have achieved as unlike Eastern Suburbs and Hamilton Wanderers, they did not have an existing club base with which to springboard from. They have literally started from scratch. My congratulations to you for coming so far, so quickly.

When we set our goals for this year, one of our stated ambitions from an on-field performance perspective was to finish higher up the table than the two other new teams in the league. Obviously producing a result in today’s game here at home, will have a significant influence in succeeding with that goal. I note that much of the publicity and promotion associated with this years league has centered around many of the international players taking part. We are very proud of our small group of “imports” that Malcolm has assembled, and they are making a significant contribution. However, the backbone (17 of 23) of our squad are all kiwi boys and this deserves recognition. 5

The league rules state that in the match day squad of 16, 8 must be eligible to play for NZ. This means that of a starting 11, potentially only 3 need to be kiwi’s. As the country’s premier football competition, and us as a community based club, we feel a responsibility to create an environment where our local players see a genuine opportunity to get meaningful game time. At the same time we recognize the quality associated with a number of teams competing in the league, and the players playing in those teams. So a balance needed to be found where we can be as competitive as possible, and offer those opportunities. We are hopeful that we have got that fairly close to right. In spite of all this, it all counts for nothing if the team environment created by the players and management is not a good one. So far, albeit it is early days, the atmosphere is 6

positive which has been helped greatly by the attitude and work ethic of the team. On that note I would like to thank the players for their effort so far. The commitment required to train 5 days a week and play in the weekend is a significant one. Battling Auckland traffic, the physical exertion and competing for places in the team requires significant resolve. There are no guarantees but it is no coincidence that the traits displayed to play at this level are in themselves exactly why these players have made it this far. For any young aspiring footballer take note. These guys are very committed and whilst still playing amateur football, are very professional in their approach. Enjoy the game. Chris

I would d like to welcome Richard and his Tasman Utd squad to Bill McKinlay for the first meeting of our two teams iin the h new S Stirling i li Sports Premiership. Tasman haven’t had the easiest start to life in the league, but have shown numerous good performances in those games, and definitely have talented players in their squad that we will have to be weary of in this game. We know that every game in this league will be a battle so are expecting to have to be at the top of our game again today to come away with the three points. Last weekend away at Team Wellington was definitely one of those battles, the boys played well but it was always going to be difficult playing away against the reigning champions. Coming home from the capital with a point was a fair result on balance.

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 6 - 4th December Hawkes Bay Utd vs Wellington Phoenix U20 Bluewater Stadium @ 1pm, Sunday


The home side have not had the rub of the green this season - they have fought well in every game and deserve more points than the 7 they have at the moment - however points are not given for effort, so they need to grab 3 points at home against a Phoenix team that are themselves battling well and have picked up some good wins. This will be a hard fought game I imagine and HB could leapfrog the young Nix side if they pick up the 3 points!TIP: Luck has to come to the home side at some point - 1-0 today? Team Wellington vs Southern Utd #TWvSU David Farrington Park @ 2pm, Sunday The TeeDubs have hit some decent form and might have taken all three points against Suburbs last week, but regardless they will see this game as a chance to bank 3 points while AC are absent - they also might want to boost their goal difference which despite their freescoring recent form is only at +2. It would be folly for them to consider this banked points though as I don’t think Southern are a bad side, they move the ball around in their midfield well and Andy Mulligan looks a dangerous player - they will leak goals so they HAVE to find some at the other end! TIP: Going for a bit of a thriller - 3-2 to Jose’s defending champions.


Waitakere Utd vs Canterbury Utd #WUvCU Fred Taylor Park @ 2pm, Sunday With the dragons suffering their first loss last weekend against Wanderers they will want to bounce back against the leagues second most successful side - Waitakere for their part have been much better in this campaign than last but still lack a little consistency, probably one of the better midfields around but just lacking a few goals upfront and they have let in more than they would like. Canterbury have found a striker in Stephen Hoyle who they can rely on hitting the back of the net consistenly, they just need to grab some clean sheets now and turn Stephen’s goals from 0 or 1 point into 3! TIP: tough game - can’t seperate the teams, will be 1-1 or 2-2. Eastern Suburbs vs Tasman Utd #ESvTU Bill McKinlay Park @ 4:35pm, Sunday (TV) Second TV game in a row for Suburbs at home, last time at home the lilywhites had their best win of the season against a Southern side that while well beaten in the end had several chances to put some pressure on the home team - in the end Southern missed a pen and hit the post from a pretty much open goal - 2 goals that would have made that game interesting. Tasman will be a tougher prospect you would think but the men from Nelson have leaked a few goals - but they also have the ability to score against any defence. It’s their second time on TV as well and they will want to impress.TIP: Suburbs should win it and will want to bank as many points and goals as possible while AC are away - 3-1 Hamilton Wanderers vs Auckland City is postponed due to Auckland City being at the Club World Cup.


One of the


National League Teams 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.



‘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.

Saturday, 6 June 1964 my life was about to change..


I was living and working in Rotorua and playing for Kahukura AFC. The phone rang at 9:45pm and my landlady said the call was for me. I answered and the voice from the other end said, “Ken Armstrong, Coach of Eastern Suburbs speaking”. I said “what do you want?” “I want you in Auckland next Saturday.” “What for?” I said. He replied “to play for Suburbs”. I said “why?” “We lost today to Onehunga 3-2 so I want you to strengthen our midfield”. “What position am I going to play?” “I will make you the best wing half in the country”. “I play inside forward and if I can’t play there I won’t come” and hung up. Five minutes later the phone rang (Ken again) and he said “I don’t lose very often son but you have won this round and can play inside forward”.

“Thanks and where do I see you on Saturday?” “We are playing Mt Albert at Anderson Park so want you there at 1:45pm. Bring your clearance and transfer forms with you”.


I arrived and nobody from Suburbs (apart from Ken and Charlie Dempsey) knew I was coming. He took me into the dressing shed and introduced me to the team. When Ken handed me my jersey it was No 6 and I said “that is not inside forward”. “Sorry, but the programme has you wearing No 6 so we have to stick to that but you are playing inside forward”. When we ran out to the field you could hear all the supporters saying who is this skinny fellow? Fortunately I had a good game setting John Wrathall up with two goals. We won 4-1. In the clubrooms after the game, Dubby Garrett asked me what I ran on. “Guts” I told him. Strange but from that day we went through to 21 May 1966 before I was in a losing Suburbs side. Having played Representative football for Canterbury, I had met John Wrathall, Dave Anderson, and Jerry McCormack. They were down to earth kiwis and made me very welcome. I have great memories of my playing days with Suburbs and now enjoy supporting our winter and summer teams. Go the Lilywhites!

In 1948 Eastern Suburbs asserts itself as one of the strongest clubs in New Zealand! Formed in 1934, Eastern Suburbs initially asserted itself as one of the strongest football clubs in New Zealand when it was crowned the Auckland Premier champions in 1948. While ‘Suburbs is one of the oldest and most prestigeous football clubs in New Zealand, it is by far & away the oldest and largest club competing


in the Stirling Sports Premiership. The following article is the story of our club’s early rise to the top of New Zealand football. In 1948 Suburbs ‘piped’ North Shore United to take our club’s first title by becoming Auckland’s Premier football champions. The title is notable for two reasons:


The 1948 championship winning team was primarily made up of youth players who had come through the Suburbs grades, only three players were bought into the team from outside clubs, and these ‘imports’ went onto become long term Suburbs players. The current Eastern Suburbs pathway strategy is a modern day reflection of this ‘youth development’ philosophy. Chris Ruffell (Eastern Suburbs Chairman) commented: “It is our clearly stated objective we want provide New Zealand’s best club coaching facilities and environment possible – this will in turn ensure Suburbs offers the best football pathway in New Zealand. To deliver to this graduation or pathway strategy we are heavily investing in professional quality coaching resources, engaging our members with an enjoyable and enriching football experience that will allow them to maximize their talents & ability. As part of our pathway strategy we have made the Suburbs National Youth League team the pinnacle of our youth development programme. I look forward to the proud day when we see a Suburbs lad who has worked his way through the grades pull on the Lilywhites National League shirt, or play for one of our national teams!”.


The 1948 Auckland title marked the start of a golden era in our club’s history and development. Over the next few years Suburbs became a powerhouse in New Zealand football,


collecting numerous championships and titles, and providing players for national honors. From 1948 the Club went from strength to strength and flourished at all levels. The graduation of Suburbs players through the grades and onto the premier team was a cornerstone of Suburbs strength & success. From 1950 Suburbs won four consecutive League titles and hoisted the Chatham Cup in 1951 and 1953.

Ruffell commented: “The game and the needs of clubs has changed dramatically since those heady days of the 1950’s, however we acknowledge and embrace the need to invest in and help graduate our men’s and women’s players as one of our Club’s paramount responsibilities and goals. It is wonderful to see that Eastern Suburbs has reasserted itself as one of this country’s leading football clubs, and is recognised as a powerhouse of New Zealand football! This has been realised through the holistic strength of our Club & resources, and the stellar performances of both our men’s and women’s Premier teams. Rather than resting on our laurels we are actively planning & striving to future proof Suburbs sustainability and deliver more and even greater on-field successes at the highest level!

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

12 Silvio Rodic

Sunesh Singh Conditioning Coach

2016/17 Eastern Suburbs National League Squad #lilywhites

5 Luke Adams

6 Mario Ilich

7 Tim Payne

8 Moses Dyer

13 Jordan Vale

14 Andrew Blake

15 Osita Chikere

16 Anthony Hobbs

Rob Lee Physio

25 Zac Speedy

29 Emmanuel Ekpo

36 Fabien Kurimata

Mark Palmer Physio

Gary Connell Analyst

Carl Tinsley Manager

Carl Tinsley: Manager

Comments from Carl: “After an incredibly average and unremarkable playing career, I decided to play to my strengths and began working with teams in the background”. “My focus is now on making sure everything runs smoothly off the pitch for our Stirling Sports Premiership team, to help them be as successful as possible on the pitch.


I have really enjoyed working with our very professional squad and staff so far this season. Malcolm has assembled a fantastic squad that’s a pleasure to work with. Carl brings a wide range of experience to the role after working with Wanderers SC in the National League and National Youth League, and was earlier this year appointed as Team Manager of the U20 National Team.

Sean Lovemore Date of birth 8 June 1992 (age 24) Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) Playing position Striker

“This guy is fast”! Sean is a speedster, his pace coupled with his attacking flair have seen him score a number of career highlights including being a valued member of championship winning teams including: Oceania Club Champions 2014 ASB Premiership Champions 2011 Sean’s pace, skills coupled and positional versatility saw Sean signed on loan by Hyundai A-League club Wellington Phoenix, he made his professional debut in the Hyundai A-League on 9 February 2011 in a round 26 clash against Sydney FC. Sean’s other highlights include a total of five caps won across New Zealand’s under-20 and under-23 national teams. But amongst the achievements and career high points is a game and a missed opportunity that haunts him: Sean Lovemore will never forget the moment he narrowly missed the winning goal in


front of 50,000 people at the 2011 Fifa U-20 World Cup in Colombia. Lovemore was playing for the Junior All Whites in their opening game against Cameroon when, late in the second half, the ball was crossed to him in the box. His volley, which he said “could have won us the game”, went over the crossbar. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. While Sean said he was “gutted” at missing that shot, he relished the competitive and high profile tournament, he commented the atmosphere in Colombia in 2011 was “unbelievable”, with 40,000-50,000 people at every game.

Sean joins Suburbs from the Melbourne team: ‘Oakeligh Cannons’. The following twitter posting from the Cannon’s highlights the immediate impact Sean made with the Club: “Sean Lovemore comes on. 1st touch and goal. 3-1 Cannons”


Key people within Eastern Suburbs, Ellerslie and Fencibles all got together to show that the East clubs new relationship as part of the NYL side is alive and well. To celebrate the last NYL game at Michaels Ave a 4 team mini tournament was organised between two Suburbs teams, a Fencibles team and a Three Kings team who came in to replace the Ellerslie team who had to withdraw late. Everyone had a great time as they played three pool games and then a 1v2 and a 3v4 final while the NYL game between Eastern Suburbs and Team Wellington was being played on the main pitch. Thanks to everyone who was involved, and helped organise including Hoani, Jason and Julie. Here are some pictures from the tournament - more available on facebook on this album: photos/?tab=album&album_ id=1327577350597471


With some 2,500 playing members, Eastern Suburbs AFC is arguably the largest football club in New Zealand and if not, then it is certainly amongst the largest two or three football clubs, and is by far and away the biggest club in the Stirling Sports Premiership. Eastern Suburbs AFC is also the largest sporting entity in its catchment footprint. As most children who live in the area come into contact with the Club in some way, either wearing the Lilywhite kit or watching their siblings play for the club, Suburbs has been described as ‘part of the very fabric’ of the Eastern Suburbs area. While Eastern Suburbs AFC has over 1,000 junior members, the numbers in that age grouping enjoys year on year growth. 2016 was no expectation – keeping the club’s organisation team busy resourcing these numbers and ensuring Suburbs delivers to its key objective: ‘that every player, regardless of their age or ability has the opportunity of an enjoyable football experience’. 22

Chris Ruffell Chairman) Ch i R ff ll (ESAFC Ch i ) commented: “We believe Eastern Suburbs football club has a responsibility to provide an enriching experience that will play a role in the player’s development at a broader scope than just footballing skills…for example, for many of our kids it is their first experience of being part of a team environment. We also want our Junior, and all members, to develop a love of keeping active from a young age, again regardless of their footballing ability. We regard all of our kids as important members, and it is important to realise players develop at different ages and stages, for example the current All White’s goal keeper: Stefan Marinovic played his junior & youth football at Suburbs, but often not in the top age group teams, and here he now is playing his football in Germany with a professional contract and keeping New Zealand’s goal safe on the world stage for the All Whites”!


The tight competition of the Stirling Sports Premiership in 2016 -17 was underlined today with the top seven teams separated by only four points after round six was completed around New Zealand. Auckland City FC, who have played one more game (along with Waitakere United) to cater for their FIFA Club World Cup commitments, returned to the top of the Stirling Sports Premiership table after their 1-0 win over Hawkes Bay United yesterday after the defending champions Team Wellington and early frontrunners Eastern Suburbs drew 0-0 in the capital. Canterbury United, who were undefeated from their opening five games, looked to make up ground on the leaders at home at English Park to Hamilton Wanderers, but were upset 2-1 to suffer their first loss of the season.


Meanwhile further north at Trafalgar Park in Nelson, Tasman United were looking to get their first home win of the Stirling Sports Premiership but it was Waitakere United who went home with all three points after a 3-1 win in the rain. The five-time champions, who have by their own admission not been at their best so far in 2016, clicked in round six with captain and former All White Jake Butler netting a hattrick.With the top seven teams – Auckland City FC (13 points), Eastern Suburbs (13), Team Wellington (10), Waitakere United (10), Wellington Phoenix U-20s (10), Canterbury United (9) and Hamilton Wanderers (9) – only separated by four points it is anyone’s guess at this stage who the favourites are for the four semi-final places.Stirling Sports Premiership Round Six Results

Stirling Sports Premiership – Round Six Resuts Southern United 0 Wellington Phoenix U-20 1 (Max Mata 25’) HT: 0-1 Team Wellington 0 Eastern Suburbs 0 HT: 0-0 Auckland City 1 (Micah Lea’alafa 2’) Hawke’s Bay United 0 HT: 1-0 Canterbury United 1 (Stephen Hoyle 34’) Hamilton Wanderers 2 (Raymond Gunemba 19’, Bailey Webster 55’) HT 1-1 Tasman United 1 (Alex Ridsdale 65’) Waitakere United 3 (Jake Butler 1’, 11’, 53’) HT 0-2

Table Auckland City FC Eastern Suburbs Team Wellington Waitakere United Wgtn Phoenix U-20 Cant Utd Dragons Hamilton Wanderers Hawkes Bay United Tasman United Southern United FC 25

P 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6 6 6

W 4 4 3 3 3 2 3 2 1 0

D 1 1 1 1 1 3 0 1 2 1

L 2 1 2 3 2 1 3 3 3 5

GF 10 8 12 9 7 11 11 9 8 3

GA 2 5 10 9 8 7 11 9 15 12

GD 8 3 2 0 -1 4 0 0 -7 -9

P 13 13 10 10 10 9 9 7 5 1



at various age levels. Unfortunately, I was forced to leave football for a year last year to settle my bad Osgood-Shatters on my knees. I worked hard with a strengthening and conditioning coach and a physiotherapist to get me back on the field. I then moved to Auckland earlier this year for a fresh start, playing with completely new players and coaches. My fifirst rst e ever ver experience of playing playing football p was when I was 4 years old. I played for my local club, Burnside FC in Christchurch. Ever since I started playing, I never wanted to stop. I was very lucky to have such amazing, supportive coaches along the way. My family moved to New Zealand when I was 9months old so I grew up in Christchurch and represented Christchurch

My return to football wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked but I have thoroughly enjoyed playing for Eastern Suburbs and Glendowie College. My local club is now Eastern Suburbs FC and I am thankful for the opportunity to play in the National Youth League this season. I am very excited to be a part of this team and look forward to this season ahead and to be playing against players from different cities.

levels, and he made his Futsal White debut earlier this year. Denny played for Ellerslie U19s with occasional appearances for the Ellerslie AFC Senior Reserves during 2016. Denny was also part of the Ellerslie u17 team who were semi-finalists in the ACFC U17 National tournament in 2016, and the U15 team which won the Auckland Metro league in 2014 Born in Thailand to a Thai mother and Kiwi father, Denny holds dual nationality. He is an accomplished sportsman, and played youth rugby in Thailand, and NZ.

Denny also gives back to the club as an Academy Coach and Juniors Referee.

He began playing Football at age 6. Denny spent two years in the US where he played for Birmingham United Club in Alabama.

As a Y12 player this year, Denny top-scored for the AGS 1st XI, who were finalists in Knockout Cup, and Semifinalists in the National Secondary Schools championship.

Denny is also recognised as a rising talent in Futsal. He has achieved 2 national championships – one each at youth and senior

He previously captained the AGS 13A1 and 14A1 teams, and won the U16 Knockout Cup championship.


supportive of me and have been helping me get to where I am now.

Growing up in New Zealand and being a part of a rugby league and boxing family my dad tried to get me to play one of these two sports. But I decided at a young age that I would like to try something different and play football. It may have been difficult for my family to get to know the new sport and learn all the rules about football, but they were very

I started playing at the age of four for Fencibles. My dad was our coach, and while he may not have known much about football got on with it. Since then I’ve also played for Three Kings and Onehunga Sports. I represented my primary school team before making the big move to secondary school and Sacred Heart College. It was the best move that I have ever made as I started progressing up the football food chain and ultimately made the SHC 1st XI. Danny Haye (the SHC 1st X1 coach) has been a big influence in footballing career, under his guidance I’ve enjoyed success in winning the secondary schools Auckland and National titles.

for a number of seasons and where my passion for the game grew. Since then I have played for a number of clubs which include: Waitakere, Western Springs, and now the Lilywhites. Every club I’ve played at has taught me valuable lessons as a player and person.

The moment that kick started my football journey was when the family was watching the All Whites play on the TV, I saw Ryan Nelson as the captain and I wanted to be like him, albeit I was at a very young age then. The following season came around and I was enrolled at Papakura F.C at the age of 4. I thoroughly enjoyed playing at the Army Camp where I represented Papakura


I also play school football for Saint Kent’s College, the football programme at SKC is exciting to be part of as it develops and get stronger year on year. My ultimate dream: to play for Chelsea and the all Whites - I look forward to what the future presents to me. I am enjoying my NYL season at Suburbs and we have a great bunch of lads in the team.

Pole position in the National Youth League continues to be held by Hamilton Wanderers but Waitakere United and Auckland City are not far off the pace with just three rounds remaining. The leading trio all recorded significant victories in Round Six, as did capital pair the Wellington Phoenix and Team Wellington on a weekend in which no games were drawn and the losing sides were all kept scoreless. Having most reason to celebrate were Waitakere and the Phoenix, who both earned impressive 5-0 wins over Tasman United and Southern United respectively. Each victor had a double scorer with Matt Conroy notching twice for the Phoenix and George Debenham doing likewise for Waitakere. The remaining games all resulted in 2-0 outcomes, the most noteworthy being Wanderers’ success at home to Canterbury United, who had entered the weekend just behind the Hamiltonians in second place but now find themselves sixth. Fellow Aucklanders Eastern Suburbs were desperate to join their local rivals in toasting a win but were instead left to ponder a fourth straight defeat, this time at home to Team Wellington.


National Youth League – Round Four Wellington Phoenix 5 (Matt Conroy 36’, 42’, William Ebbinge 56’, Joe Bell 60’, Ollie Whyte 66’)Southern United 0 HT: 2-0 Waitakere United 5 (George Debenham 15’, 27’, Cheauxyan Maukau-McPhee 59’, Jordan Hearn 64’, Nathan Rollinson 80’)Tasman United 0 HT: 2-0 Eastern Suburbs 0Team Wellington 2 (Ihaia Delaney 5’, Callum McCowatt 9’) HT: 0-2 Hawke’s Bay United 0Auckland City 2 (Ermal Fusha 47’, Maro Bonsu-Maro 58’) HT: 0-0 Hamilton Wanderers 2 (Stafford Dowling 66’, Lachlan McIsaac 90’ + 1’)Canterbury United 0 HT: 0-0

Table Hamilton Wanderers Y Waitakere United Y Auckland City FC Y Wgtn Phoenix Y Team Wellington Y Cant Utd Dragons Y Eastern Suburbs Y Southern United FC Y Tasman United Y Hawke’s Bay United Y 29

P 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

W 5 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 0

D 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0

L 1 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 5 6

GF 18 17 10 19 20 18 9 8 13 3

GA 12 5 6 10 8 10 15 15 20 34

GD 6 12 4 9 12 8 -6 -7 -7 -31

P 15 13 13 12 10 10 6 6 3 0

As part of Unimount’s drive towards improved health and safety this year, Trillian Trust have come to the party with a generous grant which will pay for 24 new First Aid Kits for the club, enough to supply every team, including our Juniors, with their own First Aid kit.

The club has already adopted a comprehensive Health and Safety Policy this year, in line with the new Government Health and Safety Regulations and, earlier in the year ,acquired a new defibrillator for the use of all at Bill McKinlay Park. The latter was paid for by a generous donation from club stalwart, Andrew Clements. 30

A National Women’s League that is fully equal to the Stirling Sports Premiership is only implied in the report’s ‘preferred outcome’ to be implemented in 2018/19 – provided the entire structure is ‘sustainable’. What are the realistic prospects of that threshold being met? Not great, given sustainability is something the report itself takes pains to concede New Zealand hasn’t seen in the game since 1970. I shouldn’t have to repeat this all the time but I do it a lot to ram home the message – the Football Ferns are ranked in the world’s top 20 by FIFA, and capable of beating anybody above them on their day. The All Whites are ranked 116 at the time of writing, 31

behind powerhouses of the game such as Turkmenistan, Mauritania, Rwanda and Swaziland. What possible rationale could there be for not giving the women’s game in New Zealand the same priority as the men’s game, let alone the greater priority that it arguably merits? The only one I can think of is ‘1900 called, and it wants its social order back’. In 2016/17 (not 1816/17) we have an expanded men’s national league that’s growing in popularity and exposure (which is great) but meanwhile the National Women’ League is down to only seven teams (hands up if you love byes!) run by the seven federations. They only play each other once before one preliminary final and a final.

It’s snubbed by a fair few good players in favour of work and a summer at the beach, and it’s not hard to see why it’s treated with such little resect – obviously the feeling cuts both ways. There are advantages to the federations having full control over the teams. In its current form it’s very much a development league with short term success not necessarily the most important goal. Hand it over to clubs, and for better or worse that would probably go out the window. The current format also makes it easier to develop other aspects of the women’s game such as female coaches, who history shows are less likely to get a fair go at clubs or franchises. How is it that women are 50% of the population yet less than half of the coaches, in a women’s league for goodness sake, let alone a tiny fraction of football coaches overall? Three out of the seven federations have women coaching them this summer, which is a real improvement but there’s still a long way to go. If you don’t believe me, check some of the criticism those same female coaches cop way over and above that which their equally performing male counterparts have to deal with.


But despite those benefits to the current structure, the best thing that could happen to women’s football in this country might well be to make it compulsory for men’s national league clubs and franchises to also have a women’s team playing in a parallel women’s competition run over the same period. Because not only would it force the ten Stirling Sports Premiership teams to take the women’s game seriously, but it would also force every club in New Zealand with National League aspirations to do the same. And I suspect the ratio of clubs who want to be in the Stirling Sports Premiership is about the same as the famous saying about members of parliament – half of them want to be Prime Minister and the other half pretend they don’t. There is some irony in linking women’s structural development to men but while the game is run by and for men I’m open minded towards better ideas. And if a Waikato team could win the National Women’s League every now and again, that would be ok with me too. Just FYI...

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

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 Asst Coach:Martin Bullock Physiotherapist: Rob Lee Manager: Carl Tinsley Asst Mngr: Jason Niedumow

Coey Turipa Nick Smith Jordan Swaney Cameron Lindsay Mark Johnston Tyrell Barringer-Tahiri Ryan Stewart Paul ifill Ermal Hajdari Dylan Burns Alex Ridsdale Robbie Pearson Scott Gannon Sammy Ayers Daniel Allan

Thomas Fawdry

Head Coach: Richard Anderson Asst Coach: Thomas Fawdry Asst Coach: Davor Tavich Manager: Matt Campbell

Stirling Sports Premiership: Round 7 - ESAFC v Tasman United  

Round 7 Programme of the Stirling Sports Premiership Eastern Suburbs v Tasman United