What now?

NRFL1 TableThe NRFL Division 1 competition has “officially” finished, with only catch-up games to complete . . .

September 5th.
– Waiuku v Ngaruawahia
– Ellerslie v Forrest Hill Milford
– North Shore v Tauranga
– Mangere v Hibiscus Coast
September 12th
– Ngaruawahia v Manurewa
– North Shore v Mangere
– Waiuku v Tauranga City
September 19th
– Mt Albert Ponsonby v Mangere
– Tauranga City v Ngaruawahia
– Waiuku v Metro
September 26th
– Waiuku v Mangere
October 3rd (?)
– Tauranga City v Mangere

Narra must pick up 9 points to survive! This would leap us over Takapuna. Waiuku would need to stub their toes as well in a magnanimous gesture of survival towards us. Anything less and we will be back in the 2nd Division for 2016.

205 (and counting) . . .

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Jason Cargo

With the seniors away, the Ngaruawahia United’s Third team, playing in the Waikato A Division, hosted Te Kuiti on Centennial Park.

Having beaten Te Kuiti away 4-0, this meeting was to prove different in several ways.

With playing stocks depleted, many of the better players had been drafted into the Senior Reserve side to travel to Ellerslie, leaving the Thirds in the position of having to resurrect players from their past years of glory.

This weakened team went down 6-1 to their visitors but the interesting hi-light was the performance of four players who had passed their 50-years use-by date!

Top of the seniority list was Jason Cargo, who had previously played senior football for Ngaruawahia between the years of 1977 and 1984, having played 117 games and netted 16 times in that era. Being currently 55 years of age he showed much of the skill and technique of his glory days but the ability of enduring 90 minutes of sustained football eluded him!

Holloway, Chandar, Bell

Brian Holloway, “Jacko” Chandar and Johnny Bell

The other three players who had passed the big five-oh were Johnny Bell, Brian Holloway and Kulwant “Jacko” Chandar.

Johnny Bell (50) played his top-level football from 1985 to 2004 and amassed 215 games for 59 goals. He still occasionally turns out for the Thirds when needed.

Brian Holloway (50) appeared from 1995 to 2002  for 31 A-team appearances and has occasionally pulled on his boots since for the lower competitions.

“Jacko” Chandar (50) enjoyed his regular playing years in the lower Waikato Divisions.


Seniors Fail to Earn Vital Points
Desperately needing wins to get them off the bottom of the competition and away from the relegation zone, the Ngaruawahia Seniors were whipped 5-1 by Ellerslie in Auckland. The hi-light of this loss was Matthew Milner scoring his first goal for the Senior side.  The Reserves went down similarly 6-0 to their Ellerslie counterparts.

Weekend Results, 29th & 30th August . . .

15-08-29 9th Netters v Western Utd Stallions (5-2) - POST

Our 8th Grade Netters found the net 5 times in their match against Western United Stallions.

Saturday 29th August . . .
– Nemos, Nuggets & Netbusters – Cluster Games
– 8th Grade Ninjas v Te Awamutu Tigers,
– 9th Grade Netters v Western Utd Stallions, 5-2  Photos
– 11th Grade Knights v Te Awamutu Panthers, 1-3
– Open Grade Nemesis v Hillcrest Jaguars, 5-3
– Waikato A v Te Kuiti, 1-6 (K Stewart penalty)  Photos
– NRFL1 Reserves v Ellerslie, 0-5
– NRFL1 Seniors v Ellerslie, 1-4
Sunday 30th August . . .
– Women v Cambridge, 3-0 (won by default)

Waiuku draws 3-3 with last kick of the game

15-08-22 Seniors v Waiuku (3-3) - 80

Nils Reardon does a “Nilsey” as he celebrates his 89th-minute goal against Waiuku.

In the 89th minute of their home football match against fellow cellar-dwellers Waiuku, Ngaruawahia midfielder Nils Reardon netted what the Narra supporters thought would be the winning goal, making it 3-2 against visitors Waiuku FC with 60 seconds to play.

However, in the last kick of the game, Waiuku’s Luke Chapman netted directly from his right-wing corner kick to deny Ngaruawahia the three points they desperately needed to lift themselves off the bottom of the Northern League Division 1 table. Continue Reading →

Six home games – two not wanted . . .

Saturday 22nd August
– 8th Grade Ninjas v Glenview United Stars, 9-0
– 9th Grade Netters v Knighton Cougars, 1-10
– 11th Grade Knights v Matamata Jets, 0-8
– Open Grade Nemesis v HRFC Thunder, 3-0
– Waikato A no game
– Reserves v Waiuku, 2-3 (J Latham, Milner)
– Seniors v Waiuku, 3-3 (Hope, Kautai, Reardon)
Sunday 23rd August
– Women no game