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CLUB NEWS | 23 March 2021

U17s NATIONAL YOUTH TOURNAMENT

Western Springs AFC hosted the National U17s Youth Tournament for the third consecutive year last weekend and what an event it was!

Firstly, congratulations to our Women's team who finished third, and were so unlucky to miss out on a place in the Championship Final. Their semifinal match against Auckland United FC was drawn 1:1 sending them to a penalty shoot-out - 30 penalties were taken before the game was decided!!!!

Unfortunately Auckland United came out on top winning 14-13. United then went on to win another penalty shoot-out, and the Championship title, beating Northern Rovers 5-3.

The men's final went to Birkenhead United who went 3 up early in the match against Lower Hutt City and took the title with a 3-0 result.

Our Springs Green team can hold their head up high with a strong start in the group stage which then turned into a real arm wrestle. Three 1-0 losses, including to last year's champions, showed how fine the margins were between the teams. They headed to the bowl quarter-finals and an exciting win against Cashmere Technical FC, setting up a Bowl semi-final place with Auckland City who proved to be too strong on the day.

Springs White put in a great effort and should be very proud. The team was thrown together a week before the tournament filling the gap for a late team withdrawal. They suffered a very unlucky exit in the Plate quarter-final when the boys were very much in control, a harsh red card flipped the game on its head and they eventually lost to Manurewa AFC on penalties.

Secondly, congratulations to Emma Pijnenburg and Adama Coulibaly who were both awarded the tournaments Most Valuable Players. A very proud weekend for Western Springs.

Lastly, but definitely not least, congratulations to the tournament organisers and their team. Organising an event of this magnitude requires an enormous effort by club members, volunteers and in particular event organiser Kelly Bolus who was closely supported by Tracy Cunnington and Julia Robinson.

From Mascots to pitch repairers, there was a massive team working and volunteering over the weekend and everyone played an important part in creating another successful tournament. We'd like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to everyone involved, and to those that came down and supported too.

Thanks also to the tournament sponsors... Youth Football Development Trust  •  Bayleys  •  Platform Sports  •  Trophy Centre  •  Haka Sports Tours  •  Kwik n Ezy  •  LOTTO Sports

NEW SEASON OFF FIELD KIT
New Season Off-field gear is available for ordering through Lotto Sports.

Order by 28th March for May delivery.

Individual items can be customised with name or number under the Lotto logo, this is easy to do on the check-out page when the items have been selected.

CLICK HERE to view the range and pre-order.

2021 PREMIER SEASON

Our Premier teams will be kicking off their 2021 season this weekend with the new "Northern League" competition and the women are home at Seddon Fields.

Premier Women
Western Springs AFC v Northern Rovers FC
Friday 26th March, 7:30pm - Seddon Fields

Premier Men
West Coast Rangers v Western Springs AFC
Saturday 27th March, 3:00pm - Fred Taylor Park

REGISTRATION DATE EXTENDED

With the disruption of COVID earlier in the month, we have extended our Junior and Youth registration end date to Monday 29th March.

Please check that you and your fellow teammates have registered by the 29th. Grade coordinators will commence sorting teams from the 30th and late registrations can lead to not getting your team or friend requests met.

Click here for registration details.

CELEBRATING GIRLS AND WOMEN IN FOOTBALL WEEK

Our celebrations for Girls and Women in Football Month kicked off on Monday with the Youth Girls Education Workshop. Up next is the Community Referee Course tomorrow night - mums, youth players, sisters, aunties, friends, interested in getting more involved in Football, make sure you sign up for our exclusive Female only courses and join us for the Girls and Women's Fun morning on Sunday 28th March.

Click here for more details