So close in the 1-2 loss . . . . .

     Saturday’s match against Melville could have gone either way – and it did! 2-1 to Melville.  Hamish Marsh’s glancing header from a low Dylan Greene cross in the 13th minute gave the visiting Narra lads the early advantage, and they took this to the break. Zabir Azizi’s miss from several meters out as he slammed the ball high over the bar could have been the one that would have helped the Green Machine to their second win over table-toppers Melville.
     Melville equalised when left alone at the far post and then a muffed back-header by the Narra defence left Melville in for an easy rounding of the keeper and the winning goal. Narra had several other chances but were kept at bay by a well-organised (and new-looking) Melville defense.
     Melville will win the league, even if they lose their final game and Narra wins. Melville have a vastly superior goal difference and it is only in a science fiction setting (or a kids TV cartoon programme) that such a goal difference could be nullified! Can someone execute a script that would see Melville losing to Wanderers by 11 goals and Narra defeating Unicol by the same difference?
     Narra wait two weeks before their next (and last) match of the season against Unicol at home.

Programme of the Year Report


August 28, 2017

The NZFMA is calling for entries for its Programme of the Year category as part of its 2016 annual awards. The category is open to all New Zealand clubs and federations and covers the 2016 calendar year.

Since 2000, the winners of the Programme of the Year category have included WaiBOP United, Napier City Rovers, Cambridge, Lower Hutt City, Island Bay United, Petone and the Otago FA. Last year’s winners were Waitemata, with Ellerslie and Papatoetoe highly commended.

The judge had this to say regarding the 2015 entries: “It was great to see entries from as far afield as Christchurch United, and as unheralded a club as Otorohanga, among those submitted by the usual suspects. A couple of clubs go beyond producing the humble match day programme, and for this, praise must be afforded Cambridge – whose commemorative publication to mark the greatest year in the club’s history is quite outstanding – and Petone, who go the whole nine yards to contribute to their community via a calendar and regular newsletters to past and present club members. Continue Reading →