Edition Six


editorial OH WEllINGTON, IS WONdERfUl
The Fever Club Championships table is hotting up already with the two previous winners, Wellington Olympic and Seatoun, battling it out at the top. Chasing them are surprise contenders Stokes Valley and Western Suburbs. The Fever Club Champs tells you a lot about Wellington football if you have a closer look. To perform well in the FCC clubs have to be strong from top to bottom, in all divisions. Generally this puts bigger clubs at a disadvantage. Two of the “big five” - Wellington United and North Wellington anchor this week’s table, while University and Petone lumber along in mid-table. Only Waterside Karori are pushing towards the top of the table, having earned 187 points out of the club’s 113 games this season - an average of a win every two games roughly. Not a bad effort for a club playing almost 20 games a week. Seatoun, who top the table, by comparison play just 5 games a weekend (on average). Still, they are managing to win over two thirds of their games. Impressive. Just behind them the Greeks are also winning about two thirds of their club’s matches. Their surprise loss to Waterside Karori in Champs Premier last weekend will not have helped. The FCC is by far and away our favourite trophy in Wellington football these days, and not just because we invented it. It is one of the last hangovers of a time where the “club” meant something. We miss those days. So check out where your club is at in the table. Are you carrying their asses? Or is someone carrying you? And if you’re at North Wellington, do any of you remember what it feels like to win? Good luck this weekend!

Big Cup Seeding ShamBleS
This week all of Wellington’s top teams duke it out in Round One of the Big Cup. Meanwhile the following heavy hitters of club football in the Central Region get a bye into Round Two: Inglewood, Napier City Rovers, New Plymouth Rangers, Palmerston North End, Palmerston North Marist, Red Sox Manawatu, Taradale. So at the end of this round it’s possible that only two of the top five teams in the Central League will remain (Miramar get a bye to Round Two as last year’s winners) while the mighty Inglewood won’t have played a game yet. What a joke! Sort it out NZf. Tweet your fury @NZ_football.

the naki BreakS away
News out of New Plymouth today that the rebel U10 league has won its battle for freedom from New Zealand Football. For those of you who don’t follow the political situation in junior football in the Naki, a group calling themselves Taranaki Soccer sprang up this year complaining of ridiculously high fees being charged by Central Football, NZF’s regional body in the area. Taranaki Soccer launched rebel competitions which were massively popular. Central Football tried to clamp down and all junior footy in the Naki was cancelled last weekend. It was shaping up to be a battle of Rupert Murdoch proportions. Super League vs NRL. There were threats of a lockout. But Central Football have accepted defeat and will not offer junior leagues this year. little Guys 1-0 Central football



CoCo Coming at ya!
Columbus Waterside (the club formerly known at Waterside Karori) have announced the signing of three new players. Vanuatu U20 player Brian Griffin joins. Brian’s signing was announced with some fanfare Vanuatu. Apparently he is also on trial with Wellington FC, whoever they are. Also joining are Caleb McFarlane (ex KCU) and Coco from South America. If none of that made any sense to you at all, check out the latest gossip on the Yellow Fever Forums at”nz

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rent team bus - like the cur Columbus Waterside’s ng broken down and goi Waterside Karori, it’s here fast. now

SCrap of the weekfrom the Yellow fever forums: Here’s an interesting little tale

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about the HB Derby. At the aftermatch function at Maycenvale’s sponsors pub, City Rovers coach, Grant Hastings [who a few years ago left Maycenvale under acrimonious circumstances] gave the usual “football was the winner” speech and wished Maycenvale well in the rest of the league fixtures and in the Chatham Cup. Unbeknown to him [and most other people outside of Maycenvale] their secretary had failed to get their Chatham cup entry in on time and so missed out. Next minute, Maycenvale chairman [can’t remember his name but a bit of an egg] is in Hastings’ face calling him all the words under the sun. Reports say that it was very close to fisticuffs. Ah, the beautiful game…..


Big Cup round one
It’s Round One of the Chatham Cup proper this weekend. The Central League teams come into the competition this weekend. The draw serves up some exciting matches (and some trash). Park Life has whipped around the office and picked our winners (in bold): Wainuiomata vs Wairarapa Utd Wellington Utd vs Olympic Tawa vs North Wellington Upper Hutt vs Waterside Karori Waikanae vs Island Bay Lower Hutt vs Western Suburbs Petone vs KCU Stop Out vs Stokes Valley Prouse 1 (2pm) Newtown 1 (2pm) Redwood (2pm) Harcourt 1 (2pm) Jim Cooke (2pm) Bell Pk (2pm) Petone 1 (2pm) Hutt Pk 1 (2pm)

Wellington United vs Olympic at Newtown stands out, and so does Lower Hutt vs Wests at Bell Park (probably Fraser 5!!). Wellington United bottled their Cap Premier campaign last year but still fancy themselves Central League material. This will test their mettle. Olympic meanwhile have had a pretty flat start to this year’s Central League season. If you’re going to this one, keep an eye out for Dave Batty pulling strings in the midfield for Wellington United. Batts is still one of the most graceful footballs ever to lace up boots in Wellington. United’s coach G Little might even don the boots (once he’s pulled all the dollar bills out of them) for a cameo against a club he used to torment in his time at Miramar. G’s bones might be ageing but his eye for goal is as sharp as ever. And his ability to wind up Greeks has done nothing but get better with age. Should be entertaining!
Parky’s Pick: Wellington United to win on pens.

Lower Hutt vs Wests throws up some interesting elements as well. Wests have struggled to buy a goal since their Japanese



striker Hiroshi Kamakazi has been injured. Wests’ newly arrived Englishmen will get their first taste of the Hutt Valley. They’ve arrived from Surrey (and not Essex) so that might be a bit of a shock to their system. Parky’s Pick: Wests’ Kamikaze to score a hat trick. Wests to win 3-2 aet (1-1 full time). Several possible giant killings loom - KCU could give Petone a run for their money, especially with Petone’s habit of throwing away leads. Island Bay could have a tough trip to Waikanae too. But we reckon Wainuiomata, at home on the rolling meadow that is Richard Prouse Park, could present plenty of problems for onagain-off-again Wairarapa United. Rapper’s Waisake Sabutu could definitely be Goliath. Will Mark Manzone be David? We reckon it could happen!

trip down memory lane
White Noise and Four Kings are going to be replaying the All Whites World Cup matches at Four Kings on same days as they were played 12 months ago. So get your very best white suit out, grab your Rib Shack Red, and saddle up for a Trip Down Memory Lane. 15 June: New Zealand vs Slovakia (Four Kings/Rustenburg) 20 June: New Zealand vs Italy (Four Kings/Nelspruit) 24 June: New Zealand vs Paraguay (Four Kings/Polokwane)

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u20S find winning form in korea
In case you missed it, New Zealand recently qualified for the U20 World Cup in Colombia later this year. They’re currently in Korea on a build up tour and recently beat African champions Nigeria. This from NZf: The Junior All Whites have given their FIFA U-20 World Cup confidence a boost with a thrilling 4-3 win over African champions Nigeria at the Suwon U-20 Cup in South Korea today. As in their previous two matches in the quadrangular tournament – 0-1 defeats to Uruguay and Korea Republic – New Zealand were competitive throughout the match but crucially found their scoring touch to claim a prize scalp. Nigeria took the lead in the 18th when Uche Nwofor struck from 25 metres out but New Zealand clawed their way back to level terms when Cameron Lindsay curled an equaliser in from the edge of the box, just minutes after Dakota Lucas failed to convert a close range chance. The Flying Eagles were denied twice before halftime, first by New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic and then by the offside flag but it was New Zealand who struck next when captain Nick Branch volleyed a Marco Rojas free kick after an hour’s play. The lead was short lived as quick fire goals to Nigeria, the second with New Zealand temporarily down to 10 men through an injury to fullback Andrew Milne, earned them a 3-2 lead with 25 minutes left. Rojas added his own name to the score sheet in the 71st minute and six minutes later Lucas pounced on a poor goalkeeper clearance to rifle home what proved to be the match winner. New Zealand coach Chris Milicich was satisfied with the progress his side had made over the week long tournament.

“Today was very pleasing for no other reason than we’re learning how to win,” said Milicich. You can follow Chris Milicich on Twitter: @cmilicich Suwon International Youth (U-20) Tournament 2011

Suwon World Cup Stadium Suwon, Korea Republic
Nigeria 3 (18’, 65’ 66’)

New Zealand 4 (Cameron LINDSAY 36’, Nick BRANCH , Marco ROJAS 71’, Dakota LUCAS 77’) Halftime: 1-1 New Zealand: Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), Luis ESTEVEZ (Ant HOBBS 46’), Nick BRANCH (c), James MUSA (Nikko BOXALL 80’), Andrew MILNE (Liam HIGGINS 66’), Ryan CAIN, Adam THOMAS (Zane SOLE 90’), Cameron LINDSAY, Marco ROJAS (Michael BUILT 88’), Andy BEVIN, Dakota LUCAS (Sean LOVEMORE 89’). Substitutes not used: Alex CARR (rgk), Jamie DORIS, Ethan GALBRAITH. Coach: Chris MILICICH

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