Hawke’s Bay News

Caution regarding the use of Social Media

It is encouraging to see the ever increasing engagement by many in the football family in the use of social media. Mediums the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter provide wonderful opportunities for everyone to engage collectively and share views.

Whilst positively embracing the use of social media the unsavory side is when contributors use such mediums as a platform to personally attack or defame others. It is therefore timely to remind and caution social media users that expressing individual views on such things as referee decisions and/or making defamatory personal remarks against individuals will not be tolerated by Central Football. Such behaviour is a breach of NZ Football’s Code of Conduct and where considered necessary charges will be brought against offenders.

I thank you for your understanding.

John McGifford

Chief Executive Officer


Hawkes Bay Preview (17 June)


Figures crossed we can get a full round of fixtures in this weekend without weather disruptions. We have had a rough run in Hawkes Bay this winter season with consistent rain meaning that our grounds have not been at their best and, in some cases, have simply just not been playable. This time last year the councils were still watering some grounds. No chance that is required this year!!

Obviously the Queen’s Birthday weekend fixtures were hit badly with the late cancellation of the Junior Tournament at Park Island (for 5-11th grade) being a real disappointment to many. Whilst we did what we could to hold the tournament the weather would have made for a miserable morning for both the kids and parents and so we believe we made the right call. We do apologise for the late cancellation and any inconvenience this created.

This weekend we have a full round of senior and junior football and also have the first of our Federation Talent Centre (FTC) Rep trials on both Saturday and Sunday.

In the Computer Care Pacific Premiership the feature match would have to be Alexander Electrical Napier Marist v Clubs Hastings Western Rangers at Park Island with kick off at 3pm on Saturday. Western Rangers have been on a nice little unbeaten run and have a Federation Cup Semi Final v Palmerston North Marist next weekend to look forward to. They will no doubt be wanting to take their recent form into this match with Napier Marist and see if they can add another three points and close the gap on third place BM Accounting Port Hill United. Napier Marist have had a tough couple of weeks with a challenging Chatham Cup fixture away to Central League front runners Western Suburbs on Queens’ Birthday Monday followed by an underwhelming 2-1 win over bottom placed Taradale last weekend. Coach Jamie Dunning will be looking for more from his players and a return to some goal scoring form tomorrow.

In the other two Computer Care Premiership fixtures, Taradale play Speights Ale House Napier Eskview United at Petane Domain at 1pm while BM Accounting Port Hill United play Big Barrel Havelock North Wanderers at Marewa Park 1 at 3pm. League leaders Havelock North Wanderers Men’s Federation League team face a trip up to Gisborne on Sunday to face Gisborne Thistle who have also been on a decent run of form recently themselves. Wanderers coach Chris Greatholder will no doubt be seeing this as another must win three points which will cement their top spot even further.

In the Women’s Federation League, Rothbury Insurance Brokers Port Hill United will desperately be looking for three points against Football Whanganui on Sunday at Marewa Park with kick off at 1pm. Port Hill have been playing some great football and were unlucky to not upset league leaders Bluewater Hotel Taradale at Queen’s Birthday. They dominated large parts of the second half but could only pull one goal back after conceding two earlier goals to league top scorer Aleesha Heywood. Port Hill coach Shane McKenzie will be looking for his team to put a full 90 minute display on and take some of the chances they have been creating to cap off the Port Hill “Club Day”.

All the best for the weekend!


12th April

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Central Football are excited to announce a new programme just for girls commencing on Sunday 21st May for 10 weeks. The new Girls Only Winter League Programme is aimed to allow girls to play Football with other girls which research has shown is a more enjoyable experience.

For more information please click on the following link 2017 Girls Winter League-Just flyer