The preliminary draw of the Chatham Cup in 2016 has been made with exciting contests across the country to begin one of the oldest competitions in New Zealand sport.
The draw was made on Tuesday at the New Zealand Football offices at QBE Stadium in Auckland, with supervision from Terry Hobin, the Competitions Manager at the Northern Football Federation.
Daniel Farrow, the New Zealand Football Head of National Competitions, said there was always huge anticipation leading into the draw for the Chatham Cup which has been contested since 1923.
“It is day that football clubs all around New Zealand look forward to,” said Farrow.
“The Chatham Cup is a tournament that is steeped in history and tradition, and we are really pleased to announce that we have had greater interest in 2016 with 130 teams registering. Every club wants to get their hands on the trophy at the final on September 11, and that journey for many clubs begins today with the draw for the preliminary rounds now completed.”
The preliminary round, which will be contested from April 23-25 around the country, sees a local derbies between Waikato - Bay of Plenty Federation rivals Taupo AFC and Rotorua Premier Men’s and Waitemata City AFC hosting South Auckland Rangers, while Thistle from Invercargill will make the long journey north to face the Timaru Boys High First XI.
The first round of the Chatham Cup will be contested over the weekend of 14-15 May.
For all rounds up to and including the quarterfinals, the team that is drawn first shall be deemed as the home side for the contest.
The Chatham Cup is contested by teams from throughout New Zealand, and has been held annually in all but five of the past 93 years. All matches which end in a draw will be decided by extra time and penalty shoot-outs.
The cup itself was gifted to the then New Zealand Football Association in 1922 by the crew of HMS Chatham as a token of appreciation for the hospitality they had encountered on a visit to New Zealand. The actual trophy is modelled on the FA Cup.
The most successful teams in the history of the Chatham Cup have been Mount Wellington (seven wins, two of them since amalgamation with Auckland University), ahead of Christchurch United and North Shore United, and Eastern Suburbs AFC who claimed the title in 2015 (six wins each).
Last year, Eastern Suburbs AFC secured the Chatham Cup when they defeated Napier City Rovers 2-1 in extra-time at The Trusts Arena in Henderson.
A 105th minute goal to Damien Mosquera broke a 1-1 deadlock between the two sides in sudden death, paving the way for the Kohimarama-based club to secure their first national knockout cup crown since 1969 and complete a league and cup double in the process.
Chatham Cup 2016 - Preliminary Draw
Northern Wairoa FC v University of Auckland, Colo Boys Football Club v Cambridge FC, Waitemata City AFC v South Auckland Rangers, Internationale FC v Tokoroa FC, Lynn-Avon United v Kerikeri FC, Waiheke United AFC v West Hamilton United FC, Central Brown AFC v Auckland Volcanoes FC, Waikato Unicol AFC v Auckland Wanderers, Bohemian Celtic ASFA v Warkworth, Mt Wellington Unimount Bohemian Celtic CL v Northern United FC, Ngongotaha v Old Blues FC, Taupo AFC v Rotorua Premier Men’s, Matamata Swifts AFC v Otumoetai FC, Papatoetoe United FC v Rainui Swanson FC, Kamo v Zamantix Rovers FC,
Norwest United v Bucklands Beach AFC, Glen Eden United v Drury UFC
West End AFC v Waihopai AFC, Melchester Rovers v Gore Wanderers AFC, Timaru Boys’ High First XI v Thistle AFC
Northern: Albany United Football Club, Bay Olympic, Birkenhead United FC, Central United FC, Claudelands Rovers, East Coast Bays AFC, Eastern Suburbs AFC, Ellerslie AFC, Forrest Hill Milford AFC, Franklin United, Fencibles United AFC, Glenfield Rovers, Hamilton Wanderers FC, Hibiscus Coast AFC, Mangere United Soccer Club, Manukau City AFC, Manurewa AFC, Melville United AFC, Metro FC, Mt Albert Ponsonby, North Shore United AFC, Onehunga Mangere United, Ngaruawahia United AFC, Onehunga Sports, Oratia United, Papakura City FC, Papatoetoe AFC, Royal NZ Navy, Takapuna AFC, Tauranga City United FC, Te Atatu AFC, Three Kings United, Waitakere City AFC, Western Springs AFC
Southern: Caversham AFC, Dunedin Technical AFC, Grant Braes, Green Island AFC, Kelvin Hotel Queens Park AFC, Northern AFC, Northern Hearts AFC, Old Boys AFC, Otago University, Mornington AFC, Mosgiel AFC, Roslyn Wakari AFC, Queenstown Rovers, Burwood AFC, Cashmere Technical, Coastal Spirit FC, FC Nelson, FC Twenty 11, Ferrymead Bays, Halswell United AFC, Nomads United, Parklands United, Selwyn United FC, Richmond Athletic AFC, Wakefield FC, Western AFC Inc, Waimak United FC, Universities.
Capital: Brooklyn Northern United, Eastbourne AFC, Island Bay United AFC, Lower Hutt City AFC, Kapiti Coast United, Marist AFC, Miramar Rangers AFC, North Wellington Association Football Club, Petone, Seatoun AFC, Stop Out Sports Club, Stokes Valley Football Club, Tawa AFC, Victoria university of Wellington, AFC Wairarapa United, Wainuiomata AFC, Wellington United, Wellington Olympic, Western Suburbs, Upper Hutt City, Devon Homes Wanganui Athletic, Gisborne Thistle, Havelock North Wanderers AFC, Massey University FC, Moturoa AFC, Napier City Rovers, New Plymouth Rangers AFC, Palmerston North Marist.
Tawa College’s Amelia Kerr has become the first person to score more than one Twenty20 century on the famous Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington.
On Wednesday Amelia scored 108 off 79 balls in a total score of 154. That total set up her school’s win over Sacred Heart College in the Wellington qualifying final for the National Girls Secondary School tournament in December. Tawa College are the two-time defending national girls champions so will be gunning for a three-peat at the end of the year.
Amelia’s batting form in the qualifying rounds was strong. She scored 285 runs at an average of 142.5 and at a strike rate of 154. She has been opening the batting for the Tawa College Boys 1st XI in Wellington’s Premier Youth Grade. This has provided her with a great challenge and fantastic opportunity to develop her game.
She has made a huge impression on the national women’s domestic scene over the last two seasons as a leg spinner. Her wicket taking ability saw her selected in the New Zealand A side (aged 15) that played games against the White Ferns and Sri Lanka late last year.
On Wednesday, Tawa College defended 154 by bowling Sacred Heart out for 110. Of note, Bhagya Herath scored 42 off 49 balls for the chasers, while Phoenix Williams took 3 for 19 for Tawa.
As well as being the first player, male or female, to score two T20 Centuries on the Basin, Amelia is just one of two players to have scored 100 or more in an innings just once on the ground in the short format version of the game.
The other player to have done this? Her Wellington team-mate and White Ferns all-rounder Sophie Devine. Amelia’s first T20 century there was as a Year 9, scoring 113 off 65 balls. Last year Devine blasted a century off 44 balls for Wellington against Auckland. Devine also went to Tawa College and also made her domestic debut whilst at school.
Congratulations to the following players that have been selected in the New Zealand Secondary School Girls Football under 15 representative team to travel to Sydney, Australia from the 17th to 23rd July 2016.
The team will play four games against a combination of Football New South Wales Institute and Australia’s National Premier League Youth Teams.
2016 New Zealand Secondary School Girls Football Under 15
Barry MacKenzie- New Plymouth Girls’ High School
Brown Kelli - Hamilton Girls’ High School
Candy Georgia - Hamilton Girls’ High School
Currie Blair - St Andrew’s College
Fraser Macey - Rangiora High School
Hahn Maya - Hutt Valley High School
Hedges-Fickling Hayley - Rangitoto College
James Tilly - New Plymouth Girls’ High School
Jenkins Maggie - Wellington Girls’ College
Jensen Aniela - Palmerston North Girls’ High School
Luxton Rose - St Cuthbert’s College
MacKay-Wright Hannah - Nelson College for Girls’
Mittendorff Aneka - Westlake Girls’ High School
Power Toni - Mt Maunganui College
Pratt Ayla - St Peter’s School (Cambridge)
Stewart Jayda - Christchurch Girls’ High School
Ramsey Margot - St Mary’s College (Auckland)
Waters Amy - Saint Kentigern College
Coach: Alana Gunn - St Andrew’s College
Assistant Coach: Andy Clay - Epsom Girls’ Grammar School
Manager: Heather Hepburn - Christchurch Girls’ High School
College Sport Media is dedicated to telling the story of successful young sportspeople in New Zealand