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NEWSLETTER DEADLINE FOR JUNE 2014 Copy: Wed 4th June 5pm Distribution: Tues 10th June

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HELLO TEAM WESTERN SPRINGS! May is upon us and we are well into the first round of seasons fixtures. By now we have experienced quite possibly all the emotions of triumph and defeat, the satisfaction of playing a good game or the great sense of comradery that comes from just being part of a team. Hopefully by now we have you kitted in the new club strip and the teams are looking as one. Be sure to check out the jackets and supporters top options further on in the newsletter (page 8). It is great to see the teams getting to train at the home grounds and everyone respecting the turf and facilities.

One big issue with the constant use of Seddon Fields is the significant increase in pressure on parking at the club and surrounding streets. Please be careful and observe the yellow no parking on the Northern side of Meola Road. Please bear in mind the parked cars narrow the street and make it difficult for any through traffic and potentially dangerous for pedestrians trying to cross to the cars illegally parked on the grass verge. Remember, we are also more likely to be playing or training in worse weather as winter comes than previously with our grass pitches.

particular windows, but in the meantime, if you can carpool, walk or bike, particularly on the Saturday or Sunday mornings, it will help ease this pressure. With the existing car park extension we have had bike stands installed at the Motions Road end of the clubrooms, so please try and make use of these. All the best for the 5 weekend games in May and lets enjoy that beautiful game! Regards

Martin Bell

We are currently working on achieving more access to parking for



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Neil Emblen

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Stephen Lowe

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Colin Galagher

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ADAM DICKINSON ON BEHALF OF WSAFC I AM DELIGHTED TO WELCOME AND INTRODUCE ADAM DICKINSON TO THE MEMBERS OF THE CLUB. Adam has joined the club as a First Team player and a club coach. Adam will be helping myself and Liam Mulrooney get around the massive amount of youngsters at the club and hopefully scoring plenty of goals for the club’s First Team. Adam has already got off to a great start in that department scoring two goals and assisting three goals in the three games he has played.

He has already stamped his personality in the changing room and is a great team man. I am delighted he has joined us and I know he will be a great addition to the club. Adam has been a professional player in the UK with Tranmere Rovers and more recently been a big part of the success that Auckland City have achieved in the past five years. Adam has appeared in four different prestigious FIFA Club World Cups in the past five years starting in each and every game his team have played. He also scored in the 2009 game verses Al Ahli in the UAE the year the Auckland City were crowned the 5th best club team in the world! Born in Liverpool, England, Adam, 27, is in a very exciting chapter in his life with his Brazilian born partner Evelize giving birth recently to their first child Lucas and I know he is thrilled to bits with the new addition in the family.

Adam Dickinson Biography Nationality : England Career: 2005 - 2006 Tranmere Rovers (England)

The other issue causing him sleepless nights at present is his passion for Liverpool Football Club and I’m sure Adam doesn’t mind the 3am feeds when they are playing at the moment! Hopefully the team from Anfield and the team from Seddon Fields can both be crowned champions this year.

Neil Emblen

Visit page 12 for information about Adam’s Playball Auckland City business.

2006- 2009 Connah’s Quay FC (Welsh premier League) 2009- 2014 Auckland City

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SPRINGS GO INTERNATIONAL We are underway once more. It seems to have just been a blur from Christmas to now, but already things are shaping up well for the club for this season. Our Men’s First Team had a good 2-0 win against Mt Albert on Anzac Day. Our Women’s First Team were very unlucky to lose in a tight game against Glenfield. I would just like to pay special thanks to all the senior managers who have assisted with the registration process this year. Despite the difficulties with moving over to the electronic registrations, they have managed to whip their teams into shape and ensure the club collects the fees required, which is no mean feat, so many thanks for all your time and efforts.

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Now we have Patrick running the kitchens upstairs, we hope you are seeing a sharp upturn in the quality of food now being offered. The numbers ordering certainly seems to be growing. We encourage the juniors and seniors alike, to try out Patrick’s food and also consider him for any events you want to hold down at the club. Now we have the club rooms as we want, we need to ensure we keep them clean and tidy. This also means that we want all senior players coming into the club rooms to have showered and changed first. This way you can enjoy a drink and something to eat, rather than risking offending others with smelly kit or bodies!

On a cleaner and greener note, Springs have gone international! Recently, NZ relief workers who had been working in Matemwe (a village on the north-eastern coast of the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania) contacted the club and asked if we could help support some of the local villages there with an odd shirt here and there. We were only too happy to oblige and provided them with two of our old style kits (one home and one away). As can be seen from the photo, the villagers loved them. I think however, Mario may have stretched one or two of the tops!

Mark Evans


Upcoming Dates to be confirmed. Please check the website. 25th July—WSAFC 25th Anniversary Celebrations Wed 7th

Thurs 8th

Fri 9th

FIFA U20 WORLD CUP TROPHY TOUR Activities at Seddon Fields 4.30pm-6pm

Mon 12th

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Wed 14th

Sat 10th

Sun 11th

Men’s Chatham Cup Women’s ASB KO 1st Round Cup 1st Round

Thurs 15th

Fri 16th

1st team Away at FC Whangarei 2pm

1st team Away at Forrest Hill Milford 1pm

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Sun 18th

Men’s First team vs Metro Reserves @ 2.45pm 1st team @ 5pm Ballboys - Sonics

Women’s First team vs Claudelands Rovers @ 1pm at Seddon

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May Newsletter deadline

The Trophy Tour will be at Seddon Fields on the 7th of May between 4.30pm and 6.00pm.

For more information, go to page 13. May 2014 7

SHOP ONLINE! YOU CAN NOW SHOP ON-LINE TO PURCHASE ALL OF YOUR WSAFC PLAYING GEAR AND OTHER ITEMS. Now that all of our shorts and socks are in stock, we have opened a new online shop. Official WSAFC shorts, socks, jackets, supporter’s tops, training tops and underskins, beanies and caps, even shin guards and boots. Get your jacket or supporters top with your name or initials on, even put your favourite number on your training top. Get your team organised, and get WSAFC training tops as worn by our top men’s and women’s teams, available in orange, sky blue or emerald. It’s easy (yes, we learnt some lessons from our work in ordering gear at registration time), and over time we will make even more Lotto gear available for purchase.

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Go to and click on the on-line shop link from the 11th of May. May 2014 9

CLUB PHYSIO THE YOUNG ATHLETE The opportunities for our young footballers these days are endless. Great facilities, great coaches and an ever improving knowledge base can mean the training our children receive, is world class. There are some issues that can arise in our young players when they are training a lot however, that can restrict their enjoyment and performance. Club training, school training, academies, FTC’s, NTC’s, other sports and running around with their mates all adds load to a growing skeletal system, and can often overload the young athlete, causing pain and reduced enjoyment and performance. Signs of overload can be fatigue, complaints of niggling injuries that are not resolving, pain at the back of the heel (severs), or anterior knee (osgoed schlatters). How we manage the young athlete can have a big impact on their enjoyment and desire to stay in the game. Overtraining is when the load the athlete is under from training and non training stressors, has a detrimental effect on their performance that can last for weeks or months. (Winsley, R.J. & Matos, N., 2007)



Signs of overtraining can be increased sensations of fatigue and heaviness, reduced motivation, muscle soreness, sleep disturbances and loss of appetite.

Some strategies to help manage the load: Make a training diary and look at how many sessions a week (formal and informal) your child is doing: •

Ensure they have a rest day.

Ensure they get to sleep early at night (that’s mainly when the body repairs itself).

Seek medical attention if your child is complaining of injuries or pain that is not settling—most often it can be a simple case of overload but there can be more serious conditions that require further investigating.

Ensure they have a good diet and get a chance to eat properly. A great reference for footballers can be found at

Communicating to the coaches when your child has a higher training load or reducing the non essential training sessions will allow them to cope with the essential sessions.

Massage, stretching, foam rolling and treating acute injuries properly can make a big difference.

More useful reading can be found at the USA Soccer website link: sports_training_-_how_much_is_too_ much/ As always I am available at the club if you would like to have a chat about injury prevention, treatment and enhancing your performance, or text me for an appointment on 021673732.

Stay on your feet

Justin Lopes (Winsley, R.J. & Matos, N.) Trainablity of young athletes and overtraining. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2007) 6, 353-367

SPORTS PHYSIO ACC & Private provider • Education • Prevention • Treatment • Rehabilitation


WESTERN SPRINGS AFC Contact Justin on 021 673 732

Clinic is located upstairs at Western Springs Pavilion, Seddon Fields, 108 Meola Rd

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Playball is a specialised sport coaching programme for children aged two–nine years, teaching children basic movement development skills and sport skills and technique, as well as instilling healthy life values. Over the past 25 years the sport and movement programme has been developed, improved and re-designed, resulting in a coaching system which is educational in every aspect. Playball programmes are age-specific, with each of our programmes taking into account the difference in the cognitive, emotional, social, and motor development of the children in each age group. Our programmes for younger children are more focused on movement development, with a smaller ratio of sport skills. Whereas programmes for older children have a bigger ratio of sport skills, and a smaller percentage of time is spent on consciously developing movement skills which is so necessary in the younger years. All of the programmes are taught in a positive, energetic and fun-filled environment. Myself and my team (all with a sporting background of some sort) have a strong passion for Playball and its promotion of getting and keeping children active. We enjoy seeing its success 12 May 2014

Auckland City among the current children of the Playball Auckland City franchise. We would love to increase these numbers even more through advertising to the members of WSAFC. We offer our specialised sport coaching programme to a number of sites: Grey Lynn Community Centre Monday 11.40am–12.20pm Ponsonby Community Centre Friday 11.30am–12.10pm Gladstone Primary School Monday 3.00pm–4.00pm Three Kings Primary School Monday 3.00pm–4.00pm Balmoral Primary School Tuesday 3.00pm–4.00pm Bayfield Primary School Tuesday 3.00pm–4.00pm Pt. Chevalier Primary School Wednesday 3.00pm–4.00pm Westmere Primary School Wednesday 3.00pm–4.00pm Marist Herne Bay Primary School Thursday 3.00pm–4.00pm Richmond Road Primary School Friday 3.00pm–4.00pm

Plus a number of kindergartens, pre-schools and day-cares. Ask your child’s site today if they offer Playball. If not, and it is something

the site is interested to find out more about, we can organise a FREE demo for the kindergarten/ pre-school/day-care. Playball terms correspond with school terms. The new term of Playball (Term 2) starts next week, week starting 5th May 2014. We are offering all WSAFC members a special price for Term 2. Enquire today! For more information or to ENROL, go to now! Or contact Adam Dickinson phone 021 919 169 Also, we are looking to promote further, our rather new Facebook page for Playball Auckland City playballauckcity ‘LIKE’ the page and parents can keep up to date with the latest news and will offer them special promotions/ term fee specials. Adam Dickinson Playball Auckland City May 2014 13

WSAFC 25 YEARS OF HISTORY 1989–2014 1989 Grey Lynn Celtic and Point Chevalier Association Football Clubs agree to amalgamation with their inaugural General Meeting of the WSAFC Inc. held on the 8th February 1989 at Moa Street, Point Chevalier. Meeting chaired by Mr Allan Fraser of the Auckland Football Association with 54 members present. The season commenced with the club fielding seven Men’s, one Women, ten Junior and six Midget teams, with player membership of approximately 375. Officers elected: Patrons—Bill Cargill and Bill White President—Kenny Westlake Secretary—Angela Woods Treasurer—Robyn Smith Senior Club Captains—Steve Wildsmith and Stafford Page Junior Club Captains—Margaret Oldfield and Derek Jones and a Senior Committee of 12. Coach Dave Blackett and possible recruitment of two imported players and aim of retaining 2nd Division status for season 1989. 1990 Senior Men—Coach Dave Blackett retained however mid season terminated and replaced by Shaun Kelly and Ian Wild (UK). President—Kenny Westlake Two imported players retained for senior team—Ian Wild and Neil Hansen—(both ex UK). We continue to seek a permanent home with playing facilities through the local authorities. First approach to Auckland City Council (ACC) by letter dated 19th Oct 1989 re-Seddon Fields 14 May 2014

from Vice President Dave Arnold. ACC reply Seddon Fields required for Zoo extensions. Further letter received from ACC suggesting development of Seddon Fields as a sports ground. 1991 Senior Men—Coach John Trickett & Reserves Barry Williams. Club fielding eight Men’s, one Women’s team, 12 Junior and 13 Midget teams. Retain 2nd Division status for season1992 with Senior/Reserves games being played at Cox’s Bay Reserve and others at Walker Park. Under 19 coached by Ian Hill runners up in Championship. 1992 Senior Men—Coach Graham Routledge and trainer Jimmy Sheppard. Reserves managed by Clive Morton win championship. Women’s team with coach Brent Woods back again for Regional 2nd Division and unlucky not to win the championship. Juniors and Midgets grow to 205 boys and girls. The club receive the Administrative Award from The Auckland Football Association. Ponsonby Rugby League apply for use of grounds at Seddon Fields and are rejected by ACC. 1993 Senior Men—Coach Kevin Birch Senior Women—Coach Brent Woods. Discussions with Metro College Sports Club and Mount Albert AFC re possible amalgamation meeting with ACC on the future grounds including Cox’s Bay, Western Springs outer fields and

Seddon Fields Meola Rd. Club fielding six Senior Men’s and one Senior Women’s team and total of 250 boys and girls in the Junior and Midget teams. 1994 Further amalgamation meeting with Metro however no progress made. Senior Mens—Coach Kevin Birch Team Manager—Brendon Smith Team winners of 2nd Division Championship. Squad—Willie Sellar, Phil Brown, Brent Woods, Jason and Shaun Perry, Jack Winters, John Scott, and Mike Farac. Club has seven Senior Men’s and one Senior Women’s team along with 11 Junior and 12 Midget teams totalling 275 boys & girls. 1995 Coach Kevin Birch resigns and replaced by caretakers John Mouncer and Graham Routledge. Club has 107 Men and Women players being six Senior Men’s and one Senior Women teams along with Junior and Midget teams totalling 360 boys & girls. Sale of 788 Great North Road Grey Lynn (former Grey Lynn Celtic “Caddy Shack” Clubrooms) for $170,000. Women’s Player of the Year— Sue Bingham Sporting Personality—Willie Sellar First Team Most Promising Player— Liam Mulrooney Club Captain Trophy— Jack Winters. John Verkley accepted as Life Member. Presentation on proposed clubroom building at Seddon Fields at a cost of $820,000 with projected funding of $720,000 plus a loan of $100,000.

1996 Senior Coach—Chris Wilson for First Team playing in Bluebird Northern 2nd Division Competition. Club has six Senior Men’s and three Senior Women’s teams along with 26 Junior and Midget teams. Planning consultant appointed and approval of ACC to proceed on building of clubrooms at Seddon Fields. 1997 Senior Coach—Chris Wilson for First Team playing in Bluebird Northern 2nd Division Competition. Club has six Senior Men’s and three Senior Women’s teams along with 31 Junior and Midget teams, totalling 380 boys & girls. New building projected to start November 1997 after approval at special general meeting early August 1997. Building cost estimate $835,000. 1998 ACC building consent dated 20th November 1997 for Seddon Fields. Senior Men’s Team under coach Jack Winters wins Bluebird Northern 2nd Division Competition. Club has six Senior Men’s and three Senior Women’s teams along with 300 boys and girls in 35 Junior and Midget Teams. 1999 Foundations laid for new building at Seddon Fields in February 1999 with aimed completion in June 1999. Opening clubroom “sportsday” 18th July 1999. Senior Teams total eight with an estimated 500 boys and girls in Juniors and Midgets In November 1999 mid week

7-a-side starts at Seddon Fields under control of Paul Price. Stephen Lowe made life member for his services to the founding club, his contribution to the Building committee and continued work during and after the forming of WSAFC. 2000 Senior Men’s Team drops down to 2nd Division for 2001 season. Senior teams total 15 including 14 Men’s and one Women team with an estimated 600 boys and girls in Juniors and Midgets.

History of the furthest that the founding club Comrades had reached was the semi-final losing 2-1 against eventual final winners Wtgn. Waterside whilst WSAFC had previously progressed to the last 32 in 1990 losing 5-4 against Mt Albert AFC. Women’s AFA Division 2 Champions 2003 promoted to Premier Womens. 2004 Senior Men’s Team Northern League 2nd Division.

ACC acknowledge aim of sand based field in future at Seddon Fields.

Senior Men’s Coach Mickey Byrne and Men’s Reserves Coach Phil Cushnie.

2001 Senior Men’s Team Coach Jack Winters—2nd Division.

2005 Mens Senior Team Northern League 2nd Division.

1st April 2001 official opening of WSAFC Pavilion by Les Mills MBE, Mayor of Auckland.

2006 Senior Men’s Team Northern League 2nd Division—Coach Glenn Sheppard

2002 Senior Men’s Team Northern League 2nd Division. Senior Women now have four teams. Steve Wildsmith and Derek Jones made Life Members for their long term contribution to the founding clubs and WSAFC Inc. and its members. 2003 Senior Men’s Team Northern League 2nd Division—Coach Tony Jansen sacked by the players and replaced with a joint arrangement of temporary stand in coaches Willie Sellar and Dave Bingley for the historic last 16 teams for the NZ Chatham Cup game against Melville United AFC of Hamilton— lost 8-0.

Women’s Premier team played in NRFL coached by Bruce Dobbs with assistant Jose Figuera Life Member John Verkley passes away December 2006. 2007 Senior Women’s Premier Team Coach—Jose Figueira and Assistant Coach Paul Temple along with Manager Brent Woods and Goalkeeping Coach Matthew Upton. Winners of NZ National Womens Knockout verses Glenfield Rovers 2-1. Senior Women’s Reserves in Division 1. May 2014 15


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2008 30 Senior teams including 23 Senior Men and seven Senior Women teams. 2009 30 Senior teams including 25 Senior Men and five Senior Women teams. Junior (previously Midgets) and Youth (previously Juniors) number 1100 approx. Pavilion Extension to double the number of changing rooms plus two additional toilets along with the upstairs expanded area and two additional rooms. Members involved on project: Keith Maddison (Project Team Leader) Paul Rutland Paul Garlick (Project Manager) Stephen Lowe Martin Bell Willie Sellar Jason Kelland John Holley Matt Munford. Life Members nominated and accepted: Joanne Powell and Keith Maddison for services rendered. 2010 32 Senior teams including 25 Senior Men and seven Senior Women. Age group U17 and under, equals 117 teams made up of U9 of 67 teams and U17 Girls of 15 teams and U17 boys of 35 teams. Building extension of 239 sqm and cost budget of $822,000 to be underway by March 2011. 2011 Senior Men’s Coach Brent Woods 2nd Division Northern League.

Women’s first team coach Tony Bullen playing in AFF Championship division

Principal Honours of WSAFC Mens—2nd Division Winners 1994 / 1998 / 2013

2012 Senior Men’s Coach Brent Woods 2nd Division Northern League 4th in division.

2003 NZ Chatham Cup—Last 16 verses Melville United AFC— lost 8-0. Womens—AFA Division 2 Champions 2003

Senior Men’s Reserves Coach Graham Porten Women’s First team back in NRFL Coached by Alex Fantoni

NZF 2007 National Womens Knockout v Glenfield Rovers WSAFC—Winners 2-1

2013 Senior Men’s Coach Neil Emblen 2nd Division Northern League 1st in division.

Please note that I have tried to ensure that I have not overlooked certain sections of our clubs’ history or made an error in reporting our history.

Senior Men’s Reserves 1st in Division. Women’s first team coached by Alex Fantoni competing in NRFL Seddon Fields Artificial Turf major project—underway 7th December 2012 and completed late July 2013. Including two playing fields and two warm up/training fields.

If I have done so then I apologise for my blunder and please let me know so that I can correct where necessary.

Yours in Sport

Colin Gallagher Life Member

2014 Current WSAFC numbers projected for the 2014 season include: Approx. 600 players for 33 Men’s and Women’s teams and 1400 boys and girls represented in teams for Youth and Juniors Grades.

Highest Grade WSAFC teams. Mens—1st Division AFA 1995 / 1999 / 2014 Womens NRFL Premier Champions 2007 May 2014 17

WSAFC MAJOR SPONSORS PBT (Peter Baker Transport) is proud to be sponsoring the Western Springs AFC for a 4th consecutive season. PBT, a proud Kiwi owned company, operate with over 40 years experience in the freight industry. PBT can move anything from an envelope, to a container anywhere in New Zealand. The dynamic team at PBT work to ensure that all their customers receive a consistent world-class service with the goal being to Deliver In Full On Time Undamaged (DIFOTU). In addition to the WSAFC sponsorship, PBT offers a special deal to the club. All new business that is brought on through a WSAFC affiliation will result in a percentage of that sale being donated back into the club.

If you are looking for a trusted freight solution, contact Scott Sheppard today -

We are very pleased to announce that Bayleys Real Estate Ltd are back on board as a Major Sponsor for the club for the 2014 season. Their generous contribution to the club is reflected in branding and signage for the Men and Ladies First Team. Bayleys are pleased to be able to offer all WSAFC members an opportunity to support their local club by way of a $1,500 donation for every property which is listed exclusively and sold by Bayleys Real Estate Ltd. If you’re thinking that this might be the time to sell, let’s make a time to discuss the possibilities. Call Bernadette Morrison on 021345520. 18 May 2014

2014 COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2014 Executive Committee Martin Bell— President Grant Russell— Treasurer Joanne Powell— Secretary Peter Andrew, Mark Evans, Michael Hope, Zoran Jerkovic, Steve Lowe, Paul Rutland

2014 Senior Committee Mark Evans— Senior Chairman 027 454 7242 Mario Campbell— 0275 744 644 Zoran Jerkovic— 027 577 3715 Barry Noyer— 021 615 881 Tony Bullen— Club Captain 021 384 868

2014 Junior/Youth Committee Michael Hope Junior/Youth Chairman Grant Russell Treasurer and 8th Grade Coordinator Joanne Powell Registrar & Junior Controller 5th-8th grade Guy Chadwick Secretary & 13th Grade Coordinator Al Best Jason Laing, Kate Beddoe, Paul Thomas

Football Development Officer Geoff Brogan— 021 400 480

Club Manager Paul Rutland 027 294 7984 May 2014 19










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