Hawke’s Bay News

10/5/17 Referee Level One Course 

Hello All,
We are looking at holding a NZF Referee Level One course in each of our five regions in the month of June
Referee Level One is for persons at least 14 years of age and maybe have the intention to enrol with the referee group
Depending on numbers in each region – the course could be a full day course or a course made up of online components and a 2 hours session with myself
An induction course for those who wish to be available for appointment to a game. The course is essentially a ‘Refereeing 101’ covering the basic requirements to referee a game.
You can then officiate in youth and local senior football!
We are short of referees in some regions and we ask if this email could be forward out to all players/coaches in each club/school please
Referees that are accredited with a Referee accreditation and belong to a Regional Referee Group are giving a start package of a referee shirt, shorts, socks and a referee notebook – they also paid a match expense of up to $27.00 per game they officiate on.
Any interested person can contact myself
Thanks & Regards


GR Engineering Womens Ferderation League. Photo: Shelley Bowie

GR Engineering Women’s Federation League
Photo: Shelley Bowie

Week 5 of the season has seen the first Hawkes Bay local derby in the GR Engineering Women’s Federation League between Rothbury Insurance Brokers Port Hill Utd and Bluewater Hotel Taradale AFC at Marewa Park. The game was played in fantastic conditions for football with little or no wind, a top Marewa Park pitch and an enthusiastic and decent sized crowd. Those that come out to watch weren’t disappointed with a quality encounter that was in the balance for the majority of the game.

An early goal to Aleesha Heywood set the tone and Heywood, courtesy of another assist from Amie Atkins, doubled her tally for the day, and the score shortly afterwards. Port Hill keeper Grace Minnis was left helpless as Heywood clinically dispatched both chances.

This early set back spurred Port Hill into life and they clawed themselves back into the game after some territorial and possession dominance and pulled a goal back through Caitlyn Kiwara. This was no more than Port Hill deserved and set the game up nicely for an exciting second half.

After a quiet early spell in which both keepers made some important saves, the double act of Atkins and Heywood were at it again with Atkins’ corner headed home by Heywood for her hat trick. Again Port Hill came back and pulled it back to 3-2 when Maggie Brunton finished confidently after a goal mouth scramble. Port Hill pressed on and Taradale keeper Brooke Bennett pulled off a couple more important saves before Taradale wrapped up the game with a couple of late goals to Sam Wheatley and Atkins for a 5-2 score line that didn’t reflect how close the contest was.

Overall it was a great advertisement for Hawkes Bay Women’s football and a game that would have been enjoyed by all in attendance.

In the Computer Care Pacific Premiership, the feature match of the weekend was the clash between the two previously unbeaten teams in the league, BM Accounting Port Hill United and Alexander Electrical Napier Marist. This was a re-match of the first round HB Knockout Cup match played on Easter Monday that Port Hill won 4-2 and Napier Marist were up to try and reverse that result and maintain the form they showed when beating Federation League team Gisborne Thistle in the Chatham Cup on ANZAC Day. Marist certainly didn’t help themselves when they conceded after 2 minutes when Stuart Thompson broke down the left and crossed for Matt Single to clinically finish. Napier Marist dominated possession but Port Hill coach Terry O’Neill had Port Hill well organised defensively and Marist were left to shooting from distance to try and get themselves back on even terms. Eventually the pressure told on Port Hill and Dan Baxter was able turn home a cross from Tai Barham to see the scores even as they went in for halftime. The second half was much of the same with some great, entertaining football played from both sides but Marist’s retention of possession making it hard for Port Hill to gain any ascendancy. Marist edged ahead in the 74th min when Barham finished from close range and then Josh Murphy sealed the result 8 minutes later when he both won and then converted a penalty after good work by his brother Jake and Baxter.

The result see Napier Marist take the lead in the Computer Care Premiership and also take the Challenge Trophy off Port Hill who had won it off Napier City Rovers three weeks ago.

This coming weekend sees the start of all HB junior football and we would like to wish all players coaches and supporters the best of luck for an enjoyable season. We would also like to offer a gentle reminder that the game is about the kids, NOT the parents and NOT the result!! Enjoy!!!

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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