Magi & Narra

FIFA U-20 host city Hamilton celebrates local football heroes

Hamilton New Zealand is warming up to host FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 games with a celebration of football stars past and present.


The FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 trophy makes an appearance at The Hobbiton Movie Set during the nationwide trophy tour. Credit: Tourism New Zealand

When people think of the New Zealand city of Hamilton and the Waikato region that surrounds it, the first thing that usually springs to mind is hobbits – thanks to the beauty of the rolling green landscapes that helped Middle-earth become an on-screen reality in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.

But now, as the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 draws closer and New Zealand readies for 52 games in seven cities from 30 May – 20 June, host city Hamilton is proving to be in a football class of its own. Continue Reading →

Weekend Menu

Saturday 23rd May
– Open Grade Nemesis v Raglan Piranhas, Centennial Park, 10:30
– 11th Grade Knights v Cambridge Gunners, John Kerkof Park, 10:15
– 9th Grade Netters v Southwell Town, Southwell School, 10:00
– 8th Grade Ninjas v Ham West Wizards, Ham West School, 11:00
– 5th/6th Grades, Cluster games, Bremworth Pk. Various times.
– Waikato A v Claudelands Numb Nuts, Centennial Park, 2:30 (Print House Cup Game)
– Seniors v Waiuku, Waiuku’s Massey Park, 2:45
– Reserves v Waiuku, Waiuku’s Massey Park, 1:00
Sunday 24th May
– Women B v Unicol, Waikato University, 11:00

Got one, gave one . . .

Kellet-Smith on his run that set up the winning goal.

Matt Kellett-Smith on his charge to set up the winning goal.

In his last game for Ngaruawahia’s football club before heading back to England, Matt Kellett-Smith paved the way for his team’s first win of the season.

Hosting Mt Albert Ponsonby, again after unsuccessfully meeting them in the Chatham Cup last weekend (2-5 loss), Ngaruawahia showed they were a different team, desperate for points to get them off the bottom of the 1st Division ladder.

Their drubbing by Mt Albert Ponsonby last week was to be an erased memory this time as Kellett-Smith charged down a goalkeeping clearance by MAP’s Neil Dyal, gathered in the loose ball, and lobbed him for a 1-0 lead at halftime. Continue Reading →