The Seniors who were able to attend the Junior Muster on Saturday sacrificed their dignity by allowing water balloons to be thrown at them. One hundred photos from the gathering can be viewed in our Photo Album. Also check out our Video Vault for eight clips from the day.
Tim Kautai, with the setting sun in his eyes, watches Michael Cooper collect the ball.
Gower Park pitches 3 and 4 saw visitors Ngaruawahia have their first inter-club match for the 2014 season against Melville.
The Narra Reserves, despite their first hit-out, showed little cohesion, probably due to a number of the players not having appeared at training yet, and succumbed 1-5.
The Seniors showed better mettle with a 2-1 win and glimpses of their potential. With five Summer League players due to return to the squad (and a few more potential signings) the team should sharpen up considerably.
97 photos from the Thursday evening games can be located on our 2014 Photos pages.
Referee Michael Graham watches on as Alex Kahemba, Tyler Barham, Feldi Mbengueli and Isaac Barclay hit a purple patch in the Saturday morning practice game.
Senior Coach Rodi Rojas and Assistant Michael Graham.
In temperatures more appropriate to beach or bush, a large group of senior players met at Centennial Park for the first gathering of the 2014 season. Meet and greet was followed by small field games and a BBQ.
Video of Rodi’s address.
Ngaruawahia United starts life in the big league this season, the Premier Division of the Northern Region Football League, the highest winter league in New Zealand.
Rodrigo (Rodi) Rojas
The Club formally confirms Rodrigo Rojas as the 2014 senior coach.
“We are excited to offer this opportunity to Rodi. On paper he doesn’t have a great deal of experience at this level, but he has real pedigree.” said Ngaruawahia Club President Jared Williams.
Rojas has held senior coaching positions in a few Waikato based clubs, but not in the Northern League.
“Rojas is currently in Germany with his son Marco, who plays for VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, learning how professional athletes and clubs operate. This knowledge will be vital and is a point of difference for our club compared to the other clubs in the Region.” explained Williams.
“He obviously understands what is required to turn good young players into professionals. He has been a part of this process and witnessed it first-hand with his son Marco.”
Rojas played 116 games for Ngaruawahia’s 1st team between 1995 and 2005 (scoring 7 goals in that time) and it is with great pleasure that the club welcomes back an old boy to coach the Senior squad. He has also played for a few other clubs within the region, so is well known in the football community. He knows how our club operates, what our values are, and what our supporters want to see.
Rodrigo (Rodi) Rojas (front centre) took the field in 2012 for the Club’s Waikato Division C side against Unicol.
Ngaruawahia United have their 2014 Players Welcome BBQ and muster on Sunday 2nd February at 2pm (for both men and women). All prospective and returning players are welcome to attend. There will be some introductions and a small six a side tournament followed with a BBQ.