Hawke’s Bay News

12th April

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The first four weeks of the 2017 season have produced a bit of everything in terms of weather with cyclones, beautiful, warm autumn days and random torrential downpours that have impacted on the grounds and playing conditions. I would like to acknowledge the hard working ground staff at both the Napier and Hastings Councils for their hard work in trying conditions in producing, over all, pretty decent playing surfaces for us to play on. Compared to a number of other regions, we are very lucky in Hawkes Bay to have the grounds we have.

The actual on field performances and results have been a bit like the weather and we have had a bit of everything. Easter Monday saw the initial round of both the Hawkes Bay Premier Knock Out Cup and the Holt Cup with no doubt the biggest upset being the first round defeat of reigning HB Premier Knock Out Cup Duke of Gloucester Napier City Rovers by Clubs Hastings Western Rangers. On a pitch that became incredibly hard to play on after a 30 minute torrential downpour just on kick off time, Western Rangers were able to get up and find a winner not long before full time to see them through to the next round. It was certainly a disappointing couple of weeks for the Napier City Rovers team who has seen their unbeaten run in the Computer Care Pacific Premiership end the week before in a defeat to Port Hill. Disappointing as it was for NCR, they have too many classy and experienced players not to be there or thereabouts when the other silverware is handed out at the end of the season.

Given their early season unbeaten form, it certainly was no upset to see BM Accounting Port Hill Premiers get up in a seven goal thriller against Alexander Electrical Napier Marist. This game was also effected by the downpour and this had an impact on the quality of the football that was able to be played. Terry O’Neill’s Port Hill team showed their greater experience coming back from 2-0 down to wrap the game up with a couple of late goals and book a spot in the next round.

In the other Premier Knockout Cup matches Speights Ale House Eskview proved too strong for Port Hill Div 1 and Maycenvale Strollers got their season underway with a convincing 3-0 win over Taradale Vikings.

In the Holt Cup matches results went as expected with the possible exception of Div 4 Eskview Masters’ resounding 5-2 win over Division 3 AWK Napier South.

Feature matches in the next round of the Premier Knockout Cup would have to be Port Hill v Western Rangers Premier teams and the all Div 1 clash between Napier Marist and Western Rangers while the Holt Cup will see plenty of good match ups amongst the eight fixtures.

The GR Engineering Women’s Federation League that features both Port Hill and Taradale has had a disjointed start with a week postponed and then a planned bye round for school holidays this past weekend. Next weekend sees the two face each other in the first local derby which should be a great one to watch at Marewa Park at 1pm on Sunday.

In our local Hawkes Bay Women’s Premiership Rothbury Insurance Port Hill, Western Rangers and Eskview Blue are all undefeated after round four.

There are no games scheduled for ANZAC Day other than the only Central Federation Chatham Cup first round tie between Alexander Electrical Napier Marist and Gisborne Thistle at Bluewater Stadium. Kick off at 2pm. All other clubs entered have a first round bye. Best of luck to both clubs.

1st March 2017


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