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16 September Two of our teams went to Rotorua on Saturday for the McDonald's Tournament. 9th grade Awakeri Magic went, so did 11th grade Awakeri Ninjas. Ninjas ended up in the 11th and 12th grade section. After a slow start, they ended up in the top 8, when it was split into two sections. In the play offs, Ninjas beat the 5th placed team to get to the plate final. They had a great game, losing 1 - 0 with Ben Peat close to scoring an equaliser in the last minute which would have taken it to a penalty shoot out. There were lots of blisters and tired bodies at the end of the day!

13 September Watch out for your invitation to the break up day. Your child should receive the invitation tomorrow (Friday). Break up day is Sat 22nd September, starting at 10am with games (come prepared parents!), then prize giving at 11.15am. Shared lunch after that. Please give your shirt back to your coach if you still have it.
Last chance to watch our senior team (Plains Rangers) play this season. They are at home this Saturday at 2.45pm against Taupo.

1 September Awakeri Ninjas are the 11th grade champions!!! They beat Whakatane Hawks in a decider. Ben Peat scored five goals! In the 13th grade Elijah Wetting scored four as they won. 9th grade Magic and 8th grade Mustangs both finished second in their grades. Well done! Here's the report.
Awakeri's season is now over. There is a club meeting next Sunday 9th at 7pm to discuss the prize giving break up day and how the season went. All welcome! It's at school.

29 August Last games of the season for some grades. Two great results: 11th grade Ninjas and 8th grade Mustangs both knocked over unbeaten teams to go equal tops of the leagues! Ollie Peat scored all six in a 6 - 2 win for the 9th grade Magic. The report.

19 August Three teams are in second places on their tables. Ollie Peat scored a 9th grade hat-trick. Lots of goals: Ninjas won 7 - 4 and Mustangs won 5 - 3! Here are the reports.

13 August Sunny weather! A mixture of results, Ninjas had a big win, so did Mustangs. Magic had only their second loss of the season. The report.

6 August A wet weekend meant quite a few of Awakeri's teams didn't play. Surprisingly the 6th grade did go ahead at Warren Park. Each team only had three players turn up, disappointingly some people didn't bother to let their coaches know they weren't coming.
The report:
In the 6th grade, Awakeri Phoenix's first game was against St. Josephs shooters, they won 5-0 with Addison Whiteman scoring four goals and Asher Spalding scoring one goal. Their second game was against Kawerau Comets, a 3-1 loss, unfortunately two of those were own goals. Addison scored Awakeri's goal.
Awakeri Rangers were down to three players and they did really well. Player of the day went to Ayla Norman.
Awakeri Rovers only had three players as well. Their player of the day went to Reece Brown.
In the 8th grade, The Mustangs played Opotiki. Many of us discovered Google hasn't visited Opotiki and we couldn't find the fields! After a couple of false starts we got there eventually. The Mustangs lost 3 – 0, we had lots of opportunities but they all were just wide, bar one that Fergus Rowe scored from the wrong side of half way! Players of the day was Jade Mahy, and special mention to Jayden Ginrod whom rolled is ankle in the first half but played on despite it being very sore.
Awakeri Panthers were the only older team that played. They had a 6-0 loss to Whakatane Town Force in the 11th grade White division. Lots of great things were happening on the field and Kayla Edwards got player of the day. She showed courage and determination goal keeping the whole game. Rhianna Rowe was also one if their key players on defence. Nathan Reihana-Asquith showed flexibility by playing both in the forwards and backs.

29 July Awakeri's team are all back into football after the holidays. They had some very good results and Ollie Fort scored a super header in the 13th grade. Here are the reports.

10 July Go to the Awakeri School web site for some cool photos of the game between the lunchtime World Cup winners Uruguay (led by Elijah Wetting) and the Awakeri Teachers.

8 July First loss of the season to 9th grade Magic, a 6 - 5 loss for 11th grade Panthers, a Seth Rowlands hat trick in the 8th grade, Cullen Brown doing the splits after scoring, a late winner for Ninjas. Lots of action in the last round before the holiday break. Read the report.

30 June Plenty of great football on tv with the World Cup in Russia, and some pretty good games on the field today. Only the 8th grade Mustangs won in the competitive grades. Hat tricks to Addison Whiteman and Harry Davidson in their 6th grade games. The report.

25 June Frosty games on Saturday, but some good matches.Two wins, two losses and a draw in the competitive grades. Here's the report.

17 June Some very good results yesterday and good to see quite a few defenders being recognised by being named players of the day. An 11th grade hat-trick to Kaleb Grindrod as Ninjas opened the top section with a win. Awakeri Magic kept their unbeaten season rolling with another hard fought win. Great to see Jade Mahy back, her injury was not as serious as first thought. She scored a goal for Mustangs to celebrate! Read the reports.
Awakeri School is holding a lunchtime World Cup tournament, starting this week. 98 kids have put their names in (from year 4 upwards) and they have been put in 12 eight aside teams, representing countries like Spain, Mexico, Brazil, etc. It should be fun!

13 June The new split 11th grade league draw is out. You can see it all here under Draws (opens in new tab).
Awakeri Ninjas are in the top four group 11th grade Blue. They play Whakatane Sharks at 9am at Rex Morpeth Park
Awakeri Panthers are in the 11th grade White section. They play Whakatane Force at 9am at Awakeri this Saturday.

9 June Lots of wins, including first wins of the season for 11th grade Panthers and 8th grade Athletic. A nasty knee injury to 8th grade star Jade Mahy put a damper on things. All the best Jade, hope to see you back on the pitch in the future showng that determination and fearless play of yours.
Elijah Wetting scored a hat trick in 13th grade, Barclay Fort scored 5 and Tejay Robinson 4 in their 11th grade game and Addison Whiteman got a hat trick in the 6th grade. The game of the day was in the 9th grade. Read the reports.

27 May Fun in the mud yesterday! Ninjas had a high scoring game, Ben Peat got seven, including another one from a corner. Magic and Mustangs continued their unbeaten seasons so far. Max Mead scored a hat trick in the 6th grade. Here are the reports. There is no junior football this coming Queen's Birthday weekend.

23 May Kawerau have entered another 8th grade team, so there is no bye in the 8th grade now. This Saturday Mustangs play them at Kawerau at 10am.

20 May An average of over 8 goals a game in the older age groups! The best game was in the 9th grade, a 4 - 3 win for the Magic against Ohope, courtesy of an Ollie Peat hat trick. Ollie Fort scored a header from a corner in the 13th grade, while Addison Whiteman scored a 6th grade hattie. Read the reports.

16 May A schedule of games for the season will be given out to players in the 8th and 9th grade teams tomorrow. Please ask your child for it!
6th grade will continue to be at Warren Park, be there 9.30am to start at 10am each week.
11th grade Grading rounds: this week
Awakeri Ninjas are play Opotiki at Opotiki at 9am (!)
Awakeri Panthers are playing St Jos Swords at Awakeri at 9am
13th grade Awakeri Warriors are playing Ohope at Ohope at 9am. There are likely to be changes to the 13th grade draw, with talk of the junior high school girls teams being brought into the draw.
All grades should check the draws on the Waibop website regularly, in case of changes

13 May Some tough first round games this week. Luckily the rain stayed away till later. Wins to 9th grade Magic and 8th grade Mustangs, with some other top efforts against strong teams. Here are the reports.

8 May. Finally!!! The draws are out! You can find them on the Waibop website, under Draws.
This notice is going in the school newsletter this week:
Awakeri Football draws: (Players be at the grounds 30 minutes before kick off)
13th grade Awakeri Warriors v Intermediate 9am at Awakeri
11th grade Awakeri Panthers v Whakatane Sharks 9am at Rex Morpeth
11th grade Awakeri Ninjas v Whakatane Hawks 9am at Awakeri
9th grade Awakeri Magic v Saints 9am at Awakeri
8th grade Awakeri Mustangs v Opotiki 10am at Awakeri
8th grade Awakeri Athletic v Whakatane Falcons 9am at Rex Morpeth
6th grade all teams at Warren Park, 10 am
Next week players in 8th grade and up will be given a schedule for their games. It pays to check the Waibop web site though in case there are changes. Look under Draws.

6 May All teams seemed to get off to a good start at Bay Day yesterday. The weather was great, and lots of people enjoyed the chance to play some football and watch everyone playing some football too! Reports in from two teams:
9th grade: Awakeri Magic 0, Ohope Orca 0
Awakeri Magic 3, Plains Panthers 0
Awakeri Magic 0, St Joseph's Stars 0
Awakeri Magic 1, Opotiki Magpies 0
Not a bad start to the season considering the Magic team this year is a mix of returning players and a few ex-rugby boys who have changed to play soccer this season. They seemed to gel well together and play fairly smoothly for the first games of the season. Goals were scored by Isla Thompson, Ollie Peat and Tyler Wardlaw with Alex Whiteman scoring the only goal against the Opotiki side.
6th grade: Awakeri Phoenix won their first game 4-1 against Whakatane Town Afc Avengers. Joshua Jennings scoring 1 goal and Addison scoring 3 goals. In their next game they lost 4-3 with Addison scoring 2 goals and Joshua scoring 1. And in their final game they won by default but had a friendly game with the opposition. Addison scored 4 goals and Joshua scored 1. Phoenix's player of the day went to Olivia Hathaway who improved steadily over the morning and had a great last game where she attacked the ball well.

30 April. Bay Day this Saturday!! Coaches have the gear ready. Make sure you have white shorts, shin pads, blue and white socks (Stirling Sports have them). Age groups 8, 9, 11 and 13th grades meet at Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane at 8.30am ready to start around 9am. Each team will have several games and be finished by around 1pm.
6th grade meet at 9.30am at the Athetics Park, by the swimming pool in Whakatane, ready to play at 10am.
6th grades have a practice at lunchtime this Wednesday. They don't need boots for it. Other grades will hear from their coaches about practices.

11 April Enrolments have closed. Team lists are being given out at school this week. We are looking for a coach for one 6th grade team (kids turning 6 this year). Many thanks to those who came to our AGM.
Soccer Club Hoodies: If any of the players/coaches or parents would like a blue Awakeri Soccer Hoodie this year please contact Kiri Carter directly. or 021730275.
Orders need to be in before 5pm Wednesday 18th April.
Sizes available:
Childs S(8), M(10), L(12), XL(14)
Adults S, M, L, XL, XXL
Option to have names on the back too.
$35 for any size. Contact Kiri, please don't contact the school office.

Sponsors: Anyone keen to sponsor a team, contact Barrie. Costs $200 for the season. Naming rights given for that team for the season.

Whakatane Holiday Fun Football
Where: Rex Morpeth Park, Whakatane
Date: Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Tuesday 24 April , Time: 9am - 3pm
Who: Boys & Girls of all abilities aged 6 - 12 years
Price: $32 per player/per day
Contact: Juan Bautista Propato, email: or Ph: 021 807634
Registration Link Whakatane:

Coaching Courses: There are two Introductory courses coming up: one this Friday evening, the other Tues 8 May. Here is the link to register for this Friday's one. Here is the link to register for May 8th.

Fees: If you haven't paid fees yet, please do so. Details on the enrolment form.

23 February To enrol... Click on this link (opens in new tab).
* If you are a new player, choose to sign up for an account, then enrol when you have your password.
* If you played for Awakeri last year, sign in with your username (it's a number) and password. (If you have lost the email, please click here to look yourself up and get your details, if this fails email the WaiBOP Federation for it to be sent again. Email Also contact them if you have trouble registering)
* Select Register from the menu on the left
* Enter the name of organisation for which you wish to register to in the Club/Fed field.
* Select relevant age group that you want to register in by clicking the green plus sign on the right (this will change to a red minus)
* Click the Proceed to checkout button (once only)
Fees are $50 per player, payable at registration time. Details on the enrolment form.
* If you are coming from another club, please email Barrie Hawkes for a transfer, saying name, d.o.b., previous club and federation.

21 February 2018. Happy New Year Awakeri Football people! Look out for enrolment forms being given out at school on Monday.
If you played last year, you have quite likely received an email with your MyComet password in it. You will need this for registering, so it may well be back in emails that arrived in early February.
Fees will be the same as last year ($50 per player, with a $100 family maximum.)
Any adults wishing to play, our senior club is Plains Rangers. They train at 6pm on Thursday nights at Awakeri. All welcome.

5 October The team photos are now on the Team 2017 page. If you want a bigger file sized photo for printing, please contact Barrie
The Wellington Phoenix kick off this Sunday. Try and get your footballing kids to watch their games, or even bettter go to one of them. It will inspire your kids and show them the pathway to be a pro footballer in NZ. Chris Wood and Winston Reid playing in the English Premier League are much better paid than any All Black!

26 September The break up day went very well. We were blessed with fine weather. There were lots of fun games, lots of nice food (thanks Kiri and Andrea for all the cooking) and the prize giving was done well. If any players did npt get to the prize giving, they should see Mr Hawkes and get their team photo & certificate. A big thank you to Jo Britt and Kate Robbie for printing all the team photos. Check out our Honours Board to see who got the sportsmanship trophies. You can also spot the names of some of our coaches and parents of current players!

15 September Invitations were given out to children for our break up. In case you haven't got yours...
WHEN: Saturday 23rd September 2017
WHERE: Awakeri School (outside Room 13)
STARTING: Entertainment starts 10am, Formalities at 11:15
10:00 – 11:00 Fun games / Kick off Parents vs. Kids games
11:15 – 11:45 Prize Giving and Certificate presentation
11:45 BBQ Lunch and Social get together
1:00'ish Clean up
Other attractions: Vote at Awakeri School while you are here Stay on and watch Plains Rangers v Katikati at 2pm
IMPORTANT – If it is raining we will proceed with the prize giving and social but this will take place at earlier at 10:00 (the games will be cancelled).
Awakeri soccer club will provide BBQ'd Sausages and bread for lunch, please bring along a small plate of nibbles or finger foods to share. Could we please have a volunteer to cook on the barbecue?

10 September Awakeri's teams' seasons are now finished. Please make sure any players' shirts are back with the coach who will be trying to round them all up. Coaches are being sent home (via their children) packets of certificates to be filled in for our prize giving on the 23rd.

2 September What stink weather. Ou fields are closed today. Sadly no football at Awakeri.

28 August The latest game reports... inludes Awakeri Magic finishing the 8th grade season undefeated. Well done Iona and Rod and Magic and Issy!!
At the meeting last night we decided the Break up day would be Sat August 23rd. Keep it free. An invitation notice will be given out.

22 August Club meeting this Sunday, 7pm at school. Coaches and other interested people please attend. To discuss: how the season went, our break up day, awards... We have entered a 7th grade team in the McDonalds Tournament in Rotorua on Sat 30 September, managed by Debbie and Ross Rowe.

20 August Big wins, big losses and a draw. Kaleb Grindrod scored seven in his 9th grade Avengers 8 - 2 win. Ollie Peat scored five in his 8th grade Magic win. In the 7th grade, Jacson Heal scored a hat trick in a game too. Here is the report.

13 August Ninjas have a top of the table draw, Avengers a tight win and unbeaten Awakeri Magic continue their merry way. Here are the reports.

6 August Good wins on Saturday to the Ninjas, Avengers and Magic, with the Magic's 8th grade game a thriller 4 - 3. Kaleb Grinrod scored a hat-trick for Avengers. Good battles in the Junior Framework too. The report.

4 August The new and hopefully final draw is out for the 11th grades. Ninjas are at home at 9am tomorrow, to Whakatane Hawks. United are also at home, to Kutarere (again) at 10.30am. Go Awakeri!!

1 August. Here are the photos!

30 July Watch out for some nice photos from Awakeri football on Saturday coming soon! Our reports.

28 July Awakeri's teams are raring to get back into action tomorrow. The weather looks good (might be cold on the feet for the early games!). A reminder that the Tuck Shop is open at Awakeri Events Centre each Saturday morning for the football. Hot food and drinks! Say thank you to Katy and Christian Wetting for this, it is all their own initiative to try and support the events centre, as well of course to provide a welcome service to the players, families and spectators. Come back and watch Plains Rangers in the afternoon, 2pm against Ngongotaha. You might even get to see Mr Johnstone play!

9 July Some good results in the last football before the holiday break. Ninjas, Avengers and Magic all had wins. Here's the report. Summer did feature in Friday's Beacon and some cool video footage is available on the Beacon web site.

3 July Many thanks to Primogrow who are now sponsoring the 11th grade Ninjas team. Superior Excavation sponsor Athletic and SLH sponsor Warriors. If any other businesses wish to sponsor a team, contact Barrie.

2 July Awakeri Magic carried on their unbeaten season in the 8th grade. Ninjas produced their best ever team effort in a 9 - 3 win in 11th grade, and 13th grade Warriors had a good win too. Sickness meant some teams had no subs. Here's the report.

28 June The Beacon was here today, doing an article on Summer Jones in a series they are doing on young sports people. Summer, who plays football for Miss CT's team Awakeri United, was interviewed, videoed and photographed. The article should be in Friday's Beacon next week, with more footage on their website. Here are a couple of photos of the session:

25 June Only one Awakeri team got to play yesterday. The Ninjas beat Ohope Pirates 8 - 4 in the 11th grade, with Julien Horn Christensen player of the day. Julien played with heaps of energy.

23 June Awakeri's fields are closed tomorrow (Saturday), so no games at Awakeri. Also, the junior framework at Warren Park is cancelled. Listen to Radio 1XX for other possible ground closures.

18 June Both Awakeri United and Panthers had their first wins of the season yesterday. Awakeri had five wins out of the six competitive teams. Tejay Robinson and Kaleb Grindrod both scored 4 each for Avengers. Here is the report.

12 June The Federation have changed some kick off times without telling us they were doing so. Seems to affect the 9th grade only. The kids will hopefully get a new sheet later this week. In the meeantime, the games can be checked on the Federation web site., look under fixtures.

10 June Some great contests, a brilliant headed Ollie Fort goal from a set move corner for the 11th grade Ninjas. It was a 4 - 6 scoreline. Four goals to Jade Mahy in the 7th grade. A penalty in the 13th grade after Kieran Butler was taken out in the box. Glorious sunshine... Here are the reports.

8 June It looks like the 8th grade draw is now sorted for the next while. The full draw is on the WaiBop web site. This weekend Awakeri Magic are away to Whakatane Makos, at Rex Morpeth at 9.30am
11th grade are still playing grading games:
Awakeri Ninjas are hime to Opotiki Magpies, ata Awakeri 9.30am
Awakeri United are home to Ohope Pirates, at Awakeri 10.30am.

2 June Want more football skill? Here are details of the Skills Development Open Programmes in Whakatane:
Organised and delivered by WaiBOP Football, this programme gives boys and girls the chance to learn skills, play games and have a great time under professional supervision.
The programmes below run for six to eight weeks in each Primary School term. Sessions run on weekdays after school.
Book your place, find out more.
WAIBOP SKILL CENTRE OPEN - are for 9th - 12th Grade boys & girls (born 2005-08). The 12 week programme costs $120 per player.

Whakatane Skill Centre Open
Where: Warren Park, Whakatane
Date - Term 2: Fridays, 9 June - 7 July
Date - Term 3: Fridays, 28 July - 8 September
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Cost: $120 for both terms
Contact: Juan Bautista Propato, email:

Are you a keen Goalie?
Eastern BOP Goal Keeper training sessions
Venue: Warren Park in Whakatane
Date: Thursday 15, 22 & 29 June and Thursday 6 and Thursday 13 July
Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Who: Boys & Girls of all abilities
Ages: 7 - 13 years old
Cost: $20
Contact: Juan Bautista Propato, email:

July Holiday Programme
Whakatane Holiday Fun Football
Where: Warren Park, Whakatane
Date: Friday 14 July and Monday 17 July
Time: 9am - 12pm
Who: Boys & Girls of all abilities aged 6 – 12/13 years
Price: $20 per player/per day
Contact: Juan Bautista Propato, email:

Whakatane Mini World Cup Festival
Each player will play for a national team such as New Zealand, Argentina, England, Australia or Brazil. Games will be 2v2 / 4v4 / 6v6 and the Festival will finish with a PK competition. Prizes to be won!!!
Where: Warren Park, Whakatane
Date: Monday 17 July
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Who: Boys & Girls of all abilities aged 6 – 12/13 years
Price: $20 per player/per day
Contact: Juan Bautista Propato, email:

29 May Awakeri Warriors took a while to get going when they played Whakatane Intermediate Foxy Feet after school today. Foxy Feet's passing was impressive and they had a good lead by half time and went on to win 6 - 0. Player of the day was defender Oscar Mahy, others to shine were Oscar Murray and Brad Burr. Keiran Butler showed some good skills, Elijah Wetting was sound in goal, Kalib Schuler improved a lot in defence as the game went on.
There is no junior football this weekend, because of it being Queens Birthday weekend.

27 May Awakeri's fields closed for junior football today. Junior framework at Warren Park also off. Listen to Radio 1XX for other field closures.

24 May Grading games for this weekend:
8th grade Awakeri Magic are at Bluett Park Ohope v Ohope Orcas at 9am
11th grade Awakeri United play at Awakeri at 10am against Ohope Pirates
11th grade Awakeri Ninjas have a bye.
Good to see a lot of our footballers doing really well in the school cross country today.

21 May Wow some high scoring games on Saturday. Awesome to see all those Awakeri Soccer hoodies around the place. A sea of blue. Great work Kiri Carter. Also impressive to have the Events Centre Tuck shop operating, lots of customers. Great work Katy Davidson! Kobi Wetting-Davidson had a very good day, scoring five goals in his 11th grade game. Isaac Clements and Jacson Heal also scored hat tricks well done! Here is the report.

17 May The draw for the 8th and 11th grades grading round is out...
8th grade Awakeri Magic are at home to Plains Wildcats at 9am
11th grade Awakeri United play at Opotiki at 9.30am. Better leave Awakeri at 8am!
11th grade Awakeri Ninjas are at home to Kutarere at 10am.

14 May Some of Awakeri's teams were lucky enough to play yesterday, some had games postponed due to field conditions. In the 11th grade Awakeri Ninja's had a good win against Plains, as did Magic in the 8th grade. All the 7th grade teams played in a rather wet Warren Park! Read the reports. Katy's Events Centre Tuckshop had its first opening day and did well, with hot chips coffees etc being appreciated.

12 May With the weather looking dodgy, a reminder to listen to Radio 1XX in the morning for cancellations. A decision will be made about Awakeri's fields soon after 7am. In the older age groups, home clubs are responsible for deciding whether their fields are playable. In the younger age groups coaches can communicate with their opposition to se if they will play their games.

10 May Soccer this weekend
7th grade teams are at Warren Park, starting 9.30am
8th grade Awakeri Magic has a grading game at Whakatane starting 9am
9th grade Panthers are at Awakeri 9am start
9th grade Avengers are at St Josephs. 9am start
11th grade Awakeri United has a grading game at Tarawera Park Kawerau, 9am start
11th grade Awakeri Ninjas has a grading game at Awakeri, 10am start
13th grade Warriors has a bye.

Soccer Games schedules: 9th and 13th grade players will be given games schedules at school tomorrow.
The 8th and 11th grade teams have grading games, so they are organised on a week by week basis until the league is formed. Then the players will be given a games schedule. In the mean time, their games will be put on the school newsletter, the football web site ( and can be found on the Waibop web site too.

This season a Tuckshop will operate out of the Awakeri Events Centre, opening half an hour before the kickoff of the earliest game on any given Saturday.
Available will be:
Hot drinks, cold drinks, water, hot chips, pies and chocolate bars.
At this stage it will be cash only, with no eftpos available.
We hope you enjoy a fantstic 2017 football season. - Thanks very much Katy and Christian for this initiative!

7 May Bay Day was held in glorious conditions yesterday. Good to see Awakeri's teams there getting stuck in. Quite a few goals were scored and lots of fun. A few reports:
In the 7th grade, Awakeri Athletic had a great day at Bay Day. All of the kids just getting stuck in and lots of ball play, defending and attacking. We were short on players as 2 were away but we had no problem with our opposing teams lending us a player (awesome). Player of the day was Josh Jennings, for the first header of the season!
7th grade Awakeri Phoenix played Saints Sparks losing 3-2. Goal scorers were jade (2) and jacson (1). We then had a bye. In the third round we played Plains Strikers winning 3-2 with goals by jade (1) and jacson (2). A great first game!
8th grade Awakeri Magic had an awesome day yesterday and seemed to gel together as a team well, considering it was their first games together and that we had to sub on/off regularly for them all to have a fair go. Results as follows: Awakeri Magic vs Kawerau/Otakiri 1- 0; Awakeri vs Whakatane Town Makos 2-0; Awakeri vs Allandale Strikers 5 - 0; Awakeri vs Saints Stars 2 - 1. Our goal scorers during the mornings games were Aramia, Ollie, Elias, Arran and Nate, with Ollie scoring 5 of the goals over all games.
Have a look at the WaiBOP web site for the draws for all teams for this coming weekend. We will try and give the players a games schedule during the week.

27 April I hope you have been kicking a ball around over the holidays! Not long till the season starts. Bay Day is on Saturday 6th May at Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane.
8, 9, 11 and 13 grades start at 9am (be there 8.30am) and should have several short games, finishing by 1pm.
6th and 7th grades start at 10 am and go for an hour.
Try and get your gear organised. Players need shin pads, white shorts, blue and white hooped socks (Stirling Sports has them), boots. The club provides the shirts.
There is a coaches meeting this Sunday at Awakeri School at 9.30am.
Sponsors wanted for most teams (check out the Teams page). Costs $200 to have your name with the team.

12 April With school being closed for the last few days of the term, some team lists have not been given out. We will email out team lists in the next couple of days. Today an email went out to all email addresses in our players' list for this season about hoodies. Quite a few people expressed interest in having Awakeri FC hoodies. Kiri Carter has organised them, many thanks Kiri. Kiri is our new secretary, Andrea Whiteman treasuerer, Mike Johnstone vice president. A huge thank you to our outgoing officers - Louise Paulsen, Kate Robbie and John White. Here is the president's report from the AGM.
Here is a copy of the hoodie email:

Hi Soccer Parents,
This year we have decided, after interest from some parents, to order Soccer hoodies this season. They are optional and similar to hoodies for other clubs (Awakeri Hockey/Awakeri Netball). Hoodies are $35.00 each.
If you would like one please send your
child's name and size (S,M,L, XL), and name to be put on hoodie (eg. Jess or Jessie) to us by Friday 5th May (1st week of 2nd term). There are some sample hoodies at the office, so your children can try them on for best fit. You can give your order to Melva in the Office, or email back. Payment can be made by paying cash in envelope and leaving at office with order or you can pay by direct debit into the club account. Payment will also be due please before we send the order.
Account name: Awakeri Football Club
The account number is: 11-6189-0421649-011
Please make sure you clearly state your child's name and the reason for the payment in the space for reference Eg. - J.Bloggs Hoodie
We would like them to be ordered as soon as possible so they are available for the start of the season. We will send the order off sooner if all orders are in before 5th May.
If you do not want one, it would be good to get an email stating 'no thanks' so we know no one has missed out.

Any further questions contact Kiri

10 April We have 10 football teams this year. We have got coaches finalised for all but two teams. We are still trying to find someone to commit to coaching one of our 9th grade teams and one of the 11th grade teams. The 9th grade team lists were given out today. Last week all 11th graders were given a team list but noone has been forthcoming. If you are interested in helping out in either of these age groups, please contact Barrie Hawkes, either at school, or by email or phone 0274637791.
We have four 7th grade teams (aged under 7 at start of the year), one 8th grde, two 9th grades, two 11th grades and one 13th grade team.
Our first football is the Bay Day tournament in Whakatane on May 6th, straight after the holidays.

19 February 2017 Happy new year everyone! Registrations are just around the corner. Our fees have gone up to $50 per player, with a $100 family maximum. Look out for a registration form probably on Monday 27 Feb. They will be given out at school and will also be available from the school office. We are just waiting for the Federation to get the new season registration forms finalised online before we give out the notices.
Good to see Wellington Phoenix shirts around school. They are on TV on Saturday at 7.30 against Melbourne City, a tough contest for sure.
Our AGM is coming up in a few weeks. We are needing a new secretary and a new treasurer. See Barrie or Louise Paulsen or Kate Robbie to enquire about it.

26 September 2016 Awakeri held a very successful break up and prize giving on Saturday. There was a good turn out for the first day of the school holidays. There were some fun games with parents before the prize giving. Many thanks to departing 13th grade coach and vice president John White for organising the games. Awards were made to the club sponsors, district rep players and then came the team awards. Each player received a participation certificate and team photo (many thanks to Kate Robbie for sorting, naming and printing all the photos). A special coach's award and sportsmanship trophy was presented for each team. The Warriors were presented with the 11th grade champions trophy. Afterwards there was a shared lunch. A big thank you to Louise Paulsen for organising the barbecue. Check out the Honours Board for the trophy winners and rep players.
Team photos are on the Teams page too.

11 September Congratulations to the Awakeri Warriors, the 11th grade league champions after a tough 1 - 0 win on Saturday against Ohope Bluefins.
The report:
The final game of the EBOP 11th grade 1st division turned into a title decider on Saturday. Second placed SLH Contracting Awakeri Warriors were at home to league leaders Ohope Bluefins. Both teams created good chances in the first half, but the score was locked up at 0 – 0 at half time. Ollie Fort scored for the Warriors, with ten minutes left in the game, with a cracking shot from outside the penalty area. Ohope poured on the pressure in the last ten minutes, but Awakeri’s goalkeeper and player of the day Katie Mahy kept her team in the game with some brilliant saves. The final score was Awakeri Warriors 1, Ohope Bluefins 0, meaning that the Warriors claimed the league title.
The Awakeri teams will now look forward to their break up and prize giving on Saturday September 24, starting at 10am.

5 September. Thanks to those who came to the meeting tonight. We have decided breakup / prizegiving is Saturday 24 September, with games from 10am and prize giving 11.15. Shared lunch to follow. Can we please have sportsmanship trophies back to Barrie.

4 September A few good wins, in most teams' last games of the season. 11th grade Warriors have title deciding match next Satrurday against Ohope, 9am at school. Come and support Awakeri! Here's the report.
Remember: Club meeting Monday 5 September, 7pm. Coaches please attend, all parents of players welcome. Agenda - the end of season prizegiving and break up, team photos, the season....

28 August Tough games, crucial results, one week of the season left. Go Awakeri! A hat trick to Milan Laurent in the 8th grade as all-girls Panthers have a 6 - 0 win. The report.

21 August A first win of the season for 11th grade Awakeri Mud Dawgs. Well done LJ and team! Good tough games for many other teams and a few Awakeri match ups in the 6th grade. Here is the report.
Good to see a number of Awakeri players at the Plains Rangers jubilee game (even some cool cheer leaders!) on Saturday and joinging in the social game on Sunday. Oi Oi Awakeri!

15 August If you want to see some exciting local football, Plains Rangers are having their 25th jubilee this weekend at Awakeri. At 12.30 Plains Rangers women play Ngongotaha and at 2.30pm Plains Rangers men play Whakatane. Both games should be very entertaining and competitive.

14 August Awakeri Panthers first win of the season in 8th grade! Well done girls! Here are the reports.

10 August A good effort by the Warriors on Sunday at the 11th grade tournament in Whakatane. Report from Christian:
Kids had a great time and it was very cold that day! We missed out on progressing to the semifinal by goal difference, after a win, loss and draw from 3 games. A bit of pity but we should have beaten the Whk Titans instead of having the draw with them. Goals were shared around with Frank Butler getting two in our win. Elijah smacked a cracking free kick in off the far post to earn the draw but a 3 - 0 loss to Bethlehem was two goals too expensive in the end.

7 August Ouch. No wins, one draw and the rest losses for our competitive teams yesterday. Warriors had a draw. Read the reports.

1 August Half of Awakeri's team got to play on Saturday. Warriors had their first loss in the 11th grade. Ninjas and Avengers had big wins. Lucien Horn-Christensen, Patrick Jones and Joshua Spalding scored hat tricks. Here is the report.

29 July Sadly the rain has continued. Awakeri's fields are closed to junior football tomorrow. Teams playing elsewhere had better listen to Radio 1XX in the morning for cancellations.

26 July Football is back on after the holidays. Let's hope the weather is kind, the fields can dry out and we can play!!

11 July Some teams played and some didn't. Well done to Warriors who stayed top of 11th grade with a close win. The reports.

3 July A frosty but fine morning. Mud Dawgs played in conditions that suited their name! Some very exciting games, including Ninjas being held to a draw, a 4 - 4 draw for Mud Dawgs and Alex Whiteman scoring a 7th grade hat trick. Bradley Burr was great in goal for a half then scored two in the second half for the Warriors. The reports.
If your kids want to stay on at school on Wednesday, rather than going home at 12.30pm, Christian Wetting is organising some football games until 3pm. All welcome!

29 June Both 11th grade draws have been changed. Players will be given out a new games schedule this week at school. Watch out for it so you know where the games are! The fields are closed, so no training this week please.

EBOP Futsal in term 3
Where: War Memorial Hall, Whakatane
Date: Mondays, 25th July – 5th September (7 weeks programme)
Time: 5pm to 6pm
Who: Boys & Girls of all abilities
Ages: 6-12 years old
Cost: $10 per player per session or $60 for the 7 weeks programme

Contact: or Mobile 021 807 634 /  Phone 07 211 7365

26 June More wins than losses yesterday. A few local derbies in the younger age groups. Ben Davey-Emms scored a four goal hat trick in 13th grade and Alex Whiteman scored four in a 7th grade game. Ollie Fort did a bicycle kick in 11th grade and Katie Mahy scored from 25 metres! The reports.

20 June Quite a few wins on Saturday, with the Warriors getting off to a good start in 11th grade 1st division. Sam East scored four. Ben Peat scored a 9th grade hat trick. Read the reports. The new 11th grade games schedules will be given out at school tomorrow.

15 June The new 11th grade draw is out. The Warriors have been put in division one and the Mud Dawgs are in division two. The Thunder have been removed out of the league, due to a shortage of players. Keen Thunder players can probably get a run with the Mud Dawgs.

12 June The sun was out and the football was on!! Some tough close games in the older age groups. Higher scores in some younger grades, Jacson Heal scored a 6th grade hat-trick, and Fergus Rowe scored all six of his team's goals in their games. Read the reports.

1 June There is no Junior football at all this Saturday because of Queens Birthday weekend. Happy long weekend!
But if you want to see some football, Plains Rangers are playing Kawerau at Awakeri on Saturday 2pm and the All Whites are on TV at 8.50pm Saturday against the Solomon Islands in the Oceania Nations Cup.

29 May Bad weather meant only two of Awakeri's teams played on Saturday. Warriors had a high scoring 6 - 3 win against new comers Kutarere. Here are the reports.

24 May Here's the 11th grade grading games for this Saturday:
Awakeri Warriors v Kutarere at Awakeri 9am
Awakeri Thunder v Ohope Seahawks at Awakeri 10.15am
Awakeri Mud Dawgs v Saints Dragons at Awakeri 11.30am

23 May Posters for all players, player of the day certificates have just arrived. Hopefully coaches will have them all by next game day.

22 May Four wins, a draw and three losses for Awakeri's competitive teams yesterday. Comets opened their season with a hard fought win in the 13th grade. The 11th grade grading rounds continued with some lop sided results. All-girls Awakeri Panthers had a 3 - 3 draw in the 8th grade. Kobi Wetting, Jon Tiwha -Smith scored four each in Aces game. Ben Peat scored a hat full as well. Here is the report.

15 May All Awakeri teams did well in their games on Saturday. Some were very high scoring. Patrick Jones scored five, Jon Tiwha-Smith 4, Elijah Wetting-Davidson 4, Sam East 4, Rhys Robertson 3 and in the junior framework Jackson Heal scored 8 (in three games) and Josh Spalding 4. Here is the report.

9 May Junior framework for 6th and 7th grades does start this Saturday at Warren Park ar 9.30am. Please be there at least 10 minutes before that. If weather is doubtful listen to Radio 1XX.
Games schedules for all age groups 8th grade and older were given out at school today. See Mr Hawkes if you didn't get one.
We are short of a couple of players in our 11th grade Thunder team. See Mr Hawkes if you are interested.

8 May Bay Day was a big success, with all of Awakeri's teams involved. Children should be given their games schedules (for the next few weeks) tomorrow or Tuesday at school , if they are in 8th, 9, 11 or 13th grades. Watch out for them.
Click here to read an unedited report of some of the teams efforts at Bay Day. Those in 13th grade have got some great photos to share on Pete Olifiers Facebook page (Awakeri Comets 2016 Soccer Team).

3 May It the start of the season!!
On Saturday 6th and 7th grade players need to be at the athletics park, next door to Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane at 9.30am, ready to start at 10am.
8th, 9th, 11th and 13th grade players need to be at Rex Morpeth Park at 8.30am ready to start at 9am. If the weather is doubtful, any postponement would be on radio 1XX around 7am.
Get those boots, shin pads, socks, full drink bottles and white shorts ready!!

26 April All of our teams have been entered in the Bay Day tournament at Whakatane 7th May. Details will be posted on this web site and your coach will have them too.
Coaches meeting at school Sunday May 1st at 10am.
Coaching courses available in Whakatane:
Intro to Coaching Friday May 13th, 6 - 8 pm at Sport BOP in Commerce Street. Great for first time coaches, especially 6th and 7th grades.
Junior Coaching Level 1 Friday May 20th, 6 - 10pm at Sport BOP in Commerce Street. Aimed at coaches of 8 - 12 year olds.
Youth Level 1 Friday May 27th, 6 - 10pm at Sport BOP in Commerce Street. Aimed at coaches of 13 - 17 year olds.
The nearest referee courses are in Rotorua or Tauranga. See Barrie or check out the Referees section of the WaiBOP web site.

14 April All teams have now been sorted. Thank you very much to LJ Du Toit and Neil Bragg who have offered to help out with 11th grade. All teams are now go! There are still a few players who haven't paid their fees. Can these please be paid to Kate Robbie at school, or to our bank account
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12 April Most teams have now been finalised, and coaches found with varying amounts of arm twisting. Team lists have been given out at school this week, with 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys coming out tomorrow (apart from 11th grade who have the trial tomorrow and then we will still be searching for a couple of co-coaches for 11th grade). As it says on the team list, the first games are Saturday 7th May, which is the annual Bay Day tournament in Whakatane. Coaches will contact you about mid-week practices. Start having some kick arounds at home! There are spaces for a number of sponsors if any businesses want to donate us $200 to have a team named for them.

7 April Registrations / enrolments are now closed as we sort out teams. Many thanks to our 124 players for registering.

30 March Many thanks to those who attended our AGM / first meeting. From the meeting, the elected positions remain the same, with secretary Louise Paulsen doing her final year in the job. Click here to read the president's report for the year.
We have 120 players registered: with 3 x 6th grade teams, 2 x 7th grade, 2 x 8th grade, 2 x 9th grade, 3 x 11th grade and 1 x 13th grade. Coaches are being sought in several grades. Please email Barrie (or phone or text 0274637791) if you are interested in coaching or co-coaching. Players will be given team lists as soon as coaches are in place. The 11th grade (players who are turning 10 or 11 this year) will have an A team and two B teams. There will be a trial for those players interested in getting into the A team.
Some players have registered but not paid fees. Can these please be paid to Kate Robbie at school, or to our bank account
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The first games will be at the Bay Day tournament, held at Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane on Saturday 7 May (straight after the school holidays).

20 March All welcome to our club's AGM tomorrow (Monday) evening, 7.30pm in room 14 Awakeri School. Don't be confused with the BOT meeting the same night! There will be an up to date list on enrolments at the meeting. Intending coaches please attend.y now you should have registered if you want to play this season!!! Be aware that payment is separate to registration!!

8 March Enrolments to play for Awakeri are going well. To enrol, you MUST register online, using this link: Click here to enrol. Please choose the option I am registering to this club for the first time. Make sure you click confirm when you are done!! If you haven't got an email back to confirm the registration please try again.
An enrolment newsletter has being given out to children at Awakeri School this week. Enrolments need to be done by Monday 14 March (note new date to avoid conflict with Parent-teacher interviews). Click here to download a Word copy of the enrolment newsletter, or here to see a webpage copy.

Want to get your skills up and running for the season: Check this out: Whakatane Skills Development Centre.
Whakatane Centre
5 week programme
Venue: Warren Park in Whakatane
Dates: Friday 11 March, Friday 18 March, Friday 1 April, Friday 8 April and Friday 15 April.
Time: 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Ages: 9 to 12 years - boys & girls
Cost: $50 for the 5 weeks programme

What is the Skills Development Centre?
The Skills Development Centre is a development programme that has been specifically designed for the 'future' football player. NZ Football has reviewed the latest research and best practice from around the world and moulded to fit our unique culture to accelerate the skills of the 'serious' Kiwi footballer. The programme is under-pinned by NZ Football's 'Player-Centred' Coaching approach, which means every player will be treated as an individual and receive the best coaching available.
For more information regarding the Skills Development Centre contact your regional Football Development Officer.
Bay of Plenty Football Development Officer
Juan Bautista Propato on 021 807 634 or

27 January 2016 Check out this compelling Save The Nix video made by a genuine good dude Australian. You might even recognize someone in it.

10 October Here are some photos of our successful break-up day. Thanks Pete Olifiers. Nice article and photos in the Beacon on Wednesdsay as well.

28 September Good luck to Awakeri players Cody Cook, Ben Olifiers, Kevin Paulsen, Ethan Patterson (and Campbell Forsyth) who are playing for EBOP in the famous Weir Rosebowl tournament at St Peters in Cambridge from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 October. Go boys!!

27 September Our break up day was fun yesterday (much better than the rain and wind of recent years!) Everyone got stuck in and played games for an hour, then the awards, certificates and photos were handed out and then a shared lunch. Check out our Honours Board.
Apologies for the error in Ninjas team photo, the corect name is on our Teams 2015 page. Congratulations to 8th grade Ninjas who went the whole season unbeaten!

19 September If your child didn't bring home an invitation to the break up day on the 26th September, see Mr Hawkes for one. Team photos on our Teams 2015 page.

13 September Last games of the season: Just a few teams playing:
13th Grade Awakeri Blue strikers had an away game against Opotiki Scorpions. Losing 6+ -1. Marshall McGuire scored Awakeri's goal. Shayna Penberth got player of the day for her great effort and enthusiasm in goal alongside Tessa Dodson who played a determined game out on the wing.
The SLH Contracting 11th grade Awakeri Warriors had a great 3-1 win against a strong Whakatane Flames team in the 11th grade. Elijah Wetting-Davidson scored a 'hat trick' of 3 goals. As it was the last game of the season there were three player of the day certificates awarded to Katy Mahy, Jamie Julian & Kalib Schuler. Thanks to all the parents for their support of the coaches during this season.
Designline Kitchens Awakeri Dragons last game was ok, lost 3-0 to Ohope in the 11th grade, could have been worse. Dragons missed a few early goals so had them scrambling a little bit.. Was fun to watch. The team was named player of the day to close things down for the season as there were no real stand outs, they all played their hearts out.
6th grade Awakeri Phoenix's first game was against Plains Panthers, lost 2-1. Alex Whiteman scored the only goal with help from Nate Parsons. Their second game was against Awakeri Magic. No goals were scored in this game. Their last game was a no show so had a friendly game against the parents with no goals scored. Player of the day went to Natalee and Addison for playing well and using some great skills.
Don't forget break-up day is Sat 26 September. Children will be getting an invitation to it this week.

10 September Football in the holidays: to register for any of the programes, please visit our website:

Here is all the info:
1. Programme: ASB Fun Holiday Programme
Venue: Rex Morpeth Park - Whakatane
Date: Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 September
Time: 9am – 12pm
Who: Boys & Girls of all abilities
Ages: 7-12 years Old
Price: $20 per day

2. Programme: ASB Fun Holiday Programme
Venue: Rex Morpeth Park - Whakatane
Date: Wednesday 30 September
Time: 9am – 12pm
Who: Girls of all abilities
Ages: 7-12 years Old
Price: $20 per day

3. Programme: Futsal
Venue: World Memorial Hall - Whakatane
Date: Monday 19th October (every Monday until Monday 30th November)
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Who: Boys & Girls of all abilities
Ages: 6 - 11 years Old
Price: $10 per day or $50 for the 7 weeks programme

4. Programme: Goalie training sessions
Venue: Warren Park in Whakatane
Date: Tuesday 20th October (every Tuesday until Tuesday 1st December)
Prize: $50 for the 7 weeks programme or $10 per session
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Who: Boys & Girls of all abilities
Ages: 8 - 13 years Old

5. Beach Football games in Ohope Beach
Term 4: The programme start on Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 December until Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 December 2015.
Venue: Ohope Beach – West End
5pm- 6pm Beach Football for all ages.
Prize: $5 per player or $20 per team (5 players per team)

For more info: Contact Juan Bautista Propato, Phone 021 807 634 or 07 211 7365

7 September Some teams had their finals games on Saturday, while others have one more week. Not many wins sadly, but good games in the 13th grade, Blue Strikers putting in a good showing and Comets sneaking a late winner at Saints on a boggy pitch. Cambell Julian scored five in the 11th grade for Warriors. Here is the report.

31 August While 6th grade Awakeri Athletic lost their unbeaten run this season, 8th grade Awakeri Ninjas continued theirs! Hat tricks to Ben White, Jon Tiwha-Smith and Kobi Wetting-Davidson. A second win of the season for 11th grade Dragons was a highlight. Here's the report and here are some nice action shots from Awakeri Phoenix 6th grade team..

28 August Well done to the 13th grade Comets who pushed undefeated league leaders Whakatane Intermediate Foxy Feet all the way in a 3 - 2 loss after school yesterday. Here's John White's match report of the catch up game:
Comets were away to unbeaten Whk Intermediate Foxy Feet and played their best game of the year. They constantly hassled the opposition and were rewarded with a goal from a brilliantly taken free kick from Callum McNeil. Comets increased their lead when Kevin Paulsen hit a shot into the top corner to lead 2-0 at half time. In the second half Foxy Feet came back and scored two good goals from distance and were then awarded a penalty which they scored to take the lead. Comets never gave up and came close a couple of times but couldn't find an equalizer. Very exciting game which Foxy Feet admitted was their toughest game all year. Player of the day awards went to Callum McNeil and Ben White for some brilliant defensive work and Kevin Paulsen for another 100% effort battling for everything.
From the meeting the other night:
Break-up / prize giving day is Sat 26 September.
Coaches are organising team photos, to be printed by the club.
Other news: Junior Framework (6th and 7th grades) last day is 12 September. Our current rep players are listed on our honours board.

24 August We have a club meeting this Wednesday at school at 7.15pm. Agenda includes our break-up / prize giving day, how the season has gone, team photos, etc. Interested people welcome.

23 August Some excellent games yesterday, and tight results. Warriors move up to 2nd with a win at Opotiki, Comets went down 7 - 5!! Hat tricks to Kevin Paulsen, Alex Whiteman and Aramia Hanlen. Lilly Du Toit scored as well! Here are the reports.

17 August Well done to Awakeri Warriors who entered in the John Horsborough 11th grade tournament yesterday. Warriors drew one & lost two in the tournament. They did not make the top four teams and missed out on the semi finals. Papamoa Cobras (who were unbeaten) won the final against Whakatane Phoenix. Here are some action shots of 11th grade Warriors and 9th grade Aces in action recently.

16 August Some tough close battles in the older grades, two big wins in the 8th grade and the junior framework was called off. Hat tricks to Sophie Growden, Kaleb Grindrod (4) and Kobi Wetting Davidson (4). Funniest sight, 13th grade keeper Ben Olifiers crawling across his goal line through the mud puddles to dive on a rebound that bounced a couple of metres away! Here are the reports.

9 August Warriors had that rare thing, a draw. Most of our games seem to have big scorelines. Comets had their best game of the season with a good win at Opotiki, hat tricks to Tom Kloppenburg and Kevin Paulsen. The reports.

1 August. Lots of goals! Here's the report. It includes a great 6th grade match between Phoenix and Athletic, hat-tricks to Tom Kloppenburg, Jamie Julian & Michael Griffiths.

25 July Hooray football's back on!!! That seemed to be the theme of Saturday's games. Ninja's and Athletic remain unbeaten so far this season. Alex Whiteman, Arran Dominick, Zoe Laurent all had their shooting boots on, and Keighly McNeil scored an 11th grade hat trick. Here are the reports.

30 June The WaiBOP web site now has results and points tables posted on it for 13th and 11th grades! At last!! Now, after weeks off for the Under 20 World Cup and postponed games, we have three weeks off for the holidays!

29 June 7th grade Panthers now added to the report.
Football for all grades is now on holiday until July 25. If anyone has good photos of their team's games, and you want to add them to this web site, just email them to me (Barrie). Thanks. Happy holidays! Don't forget the holiday programmes available, see below:

July ASB Fun Holiday Programme
Programme: ASB Fun Holiday Programme
Venue: Rex Morpeth Park - Whakatane
Date: Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July
Time: 9am – 12pm
Who: Boys & Girls of all abilities
Ages: 7-12 years Old
Price: $15 per day

Programme: ASB Fun Holiday Programme
Venue: Rex Morpeth Park - Whakatane
Date: Wednesday 15 July
Time: 9am – 12pm
Who: Girls only
Ages: 7-12 years Old
Price: $15 per day
Please note: Payment and registration must be made prior to attending the programmes.

28 June A number of shared players of the day, some great goals, teams showing what they'd been practising, were all features of Saturday's games. We won't mention the 11th grade Warriors first loss for ages! An Ethan Patterson hat-trick was special in the 13th grade. Three goals from corners in 8th grade Ninjas effort, etc. Read the report.

14 June Awakeri's teams continue to do well. Four teams are unbeaten so far, but more importantly, it is great to see players putting things from practice into their game play. Despite being unwell, Tyler Wardlaw managed to score four goals in 6th grade. That's the spirit! Here are the reports.

9 June Probably a good thing there was no football last weekend, with our grounds slowly recovering from all the rain. The new 11th grade draw is out, players were given their games schedules yesterday at school.
Lots of excitement with the Under 20 World Cup. It was good to see some Awakeri families in Hamilton watching games. A massive game this Thursday in Hamilton, New Zealand v Portugal at 7.30pm. The winner gets to play the winner of Bazil v Uruguay at Hamilton on Sunday afternoon. Could NZ get through? Portugal are an excellent team. NZ would need to cause a huge upset to get through.
Ex-Awakeri player Jeremy Hawkes got to play a friendly game for New Plymouth Rangers against Brazil's coaching staff last night!! Go the Junior All Whites!

1 June After last weekend's bad weather, everyone enjoyed playing on Saturday. Here are the reports.

17 May Wins, draws, losses! It was all there. The junior framework for 6th and 7th grades got off to a great start too. Ollie Peat scored 8 goals! Read the reports.

13 May Sets of posters and certificates arrived today for each player and team. Coaches will be given them next week to hand out to their players. Emily Julian is pictured on the posters and certificates! Great to have Emily's image given out all over the country, no doubt to be hung up in lots of people's homes!

10 May Lots and lots of goals yesterday in the first league games. Many for us, and many against us! A number of hat tricks, including to Sophie Growden and Tom Kloppenburg. The 8 - 6 win for 8th grade Awakeri Avengers was the closest result! Read the report. Savannah Stewart was named player of the day for her 11th grade team. Why? For hitting a car with one of her kicks!

4 May Tomorrow players from 8th to 13th grades should get their games schedule for the next few weeks. It will be given out at school.
6th and 7th grade don't start till Sat the 16th. Its at 9.30 till 10.30 am for them, at Warren Park each Saturday. All other grades start this Saturday.

3 May Sounds like our teams enjoyed Bay Day yesterday and had a fair amount of success. Reports in from:
13th grade Comets had three 0-0 draws and a win. There was a huge improvement in teamwork between the first match and the 4th and looking forward to the start of the season next week.
9th grade Aces had a great start to the season. All the players got good ball play and we won all our games (1-0, 2-1, 3-0, 2-0). Ollie, Jon and Ella scored the goals for our team. Looking forward to the season.
9th grade Titans Bay day went well, the kids enjoyed it.
7th grade The Awakeri Panthers had an amazing day! Played three games, won 2 and lost 1. Tylah Bateson scored 3 fantastic goals, with Asha van Veen and Zoe Laurent both scoring a goal each. Great defence work by Asha. We are looking forward to a fantastic season with these 8 amazing little footballers!
6th grade Awakeri Phoenix had a great day out. We had three games of which we won one game and drew another game. The team all played so so well. Goals were scored by Nate Parsons, Rese Kay, Tyler Wardlaw and two goals each for Alex Whiteman and Natalee Carter. Player of the day went to Natalee Carter. 

23 April Yay we now have coaches or managers for all teams. Many thanks to those who had their arms twisted! There is a coaches and managers meeting this Monday at 9am. Sorry no sleep in!!

20 April Team lists will be given out tomorrow. We still need coaches to be confirmed in a couple of cases. Check out the teams here.
All teams are entered in the Bay Day tournament at Whakatane on Sat 2 May. Make sure you have boots, shin pads, blue and white hooped socks (Sportsworld) and white shorts.

13 April A reminder that if you hven't paid football fees, our internet banking number is 11 6189 0421649 11
At the moment coaches are being sought in several age groups. Don't be surprised if you get an email or phone call!
Free intro to coaching course coming up next Monday in Whakatane. It's very worth while if you're interested. Email Barrie

25 March Some notes from the Federation clubs meeting tonight.
Bay Day: The opening Bayday tournament is put back a week to Saturday May 2. The 8th to 13th grade leagues start on May 9th.
6th and 7th grade Junior Framework do attend Bay Day, then start properly on May 16th.
There are lots of coaching and refereeing courses coming up. See Barrie at Monday's meeting if you're keen.
At the moment we nearly have two 13th grade teams, at least two 11th grades, about two 9ths, maybe three 8ths, two 7ths and three 6th grade teams.

19 March A record number of enrolments this season. Our club AGM is Monday 30th March, 7pm at school. Intending coaches and other interested parents please attend.
The junior season starts with the BayDay tournament in Whakatane. Players will all get a team list once teams and coaches are finalised.
Our senior club Plains Rangers is well into pre-season training. They are looking for a few more women or senior high school girls to play. More details on

5 March Looks like a lot of enrolment forms have come into school so far. After enrolments close we will have a meeting with prospective coaches to sort out the season. There is also an EBOP clubs meeting on Wed 25 March at 6.30pm at Sport BOP in Whakatane. There are Introduction to coaching courses coming up on Mon 20 April and Wed 13 May. The first junior football is the Bay Day tournament on April 26, with the junior leagues starting on May 2nd.

20 February Enrolment forms were given out at school today to those interested. If your child missed out there are forms available at the school office. The forms can be returned with money early to the school office, or wait until enrolment day Friday 13 March, from 3pm.
Click here for the enrolment form (opens in new window).

6 February 2015 Welcome back to the new year. Enrolments for junior football will happen around the end of February, so watch this space for details. Kick a ball around!
Any adults wanting some football, Plains Rangers are having preseason kick abouts every Wednesday. Check it out on their web site. All welcome, men and women and senior high school students, male and female.

5 November Don't forget to watch the Wellington Phoenix games when you can. Our kids need to have players to look up to, to follow and try and emulate. If you go mto our senior club, Plains Rangers, they have pages there that tell where to follow the 'Nix.

8 October Some great news from our senior girls. Emily Julian had an excellent week at the National Training school. She learned lots about the expectations for national squad members and did well at the trainings. Then, she and Emily Robbie, Linette Lengkkek and Taryn Forbes were a big part of the EBOP Blue Chicks Weir Rosebowl rep team that competed in Cambridge against other teams from Auckland, Northland and Waikato/BOP. EBOP won their pool and played off for first place against North Harbour Flames.So, second overall. Awesome girls!! Well done too to Kate Robbie who ended up being assistant coach, supporting Juan.

20 September It was a rather wet break up day. The indoor football in the Events Centre was rather crowded, but fun. At the prize giving, our 23 rep players were congratulated. Each team member received their certificate, each team had a special coach's award and a sportsmanship trophy (check out our Honours Board for names). The sponsor of the unbeaten 9th grade Warriors team provided them with championship winning medals. The day was finished with a yummy lunch and sausage sizzle, organised by Louise Paulsen. Then the sun came out!!

19 September Hopefully we have a good turn out at our club break up and prize giving tomorrow. If wet we will still go ahead with the prize giving. Here is the planned agenda:
10:00 – 11:00      Fun games / Kick off Parents vs. Kids games  John White (organiser)
11:15 – 11:45      Prize Giving and Certificate presentation          Barrie Hawkes  
11:45                   BBQ Lunch and Social get together                Renske and Louise  
You can vote at the polling booth at the school before or afterwards.

13 September We have seven team photos in. Check out our Teams page.

10 September In an 11th prem grade postponed game, Comets played a good game, but Ohope won 3-0. It was 2-0 at half time and their only goal in 2nd half was a penalty. Tayla Jones had a great game earning player of the day and Ben White got a certificate for showing great determination after the set back and disappointment of giving away a penalty. Kevin Paulsen had another outstanding game, including a clearance off the line.
Today all players were meant to be given a notice about our club break up and prize giving on Saturday 20 Sept. See Mr Hawkes if you missed out.

8 September The final games for lots of teams on Saturday, Warriors finished unbeaten in the 9th grade. Congratulations Renske and team. Lightning finished the 8th grade with only two losses, well done Diane, Steve and team. Here is the report.

7 September A huge congratulations to Emily Julian, who was selected for the national training squad. It is a squad of 20 player who have been picked as possible candidates for things like the NZ Under 17s in a few year's time. Emily has a week's training camp to go to in the school holidays.

3 September Football ending too soon? Look out for Futsal next term:
Term 4: Monday 13th October – Monday 24th November
Venue: Memorial War hall in Whakatane.
Mondays 4.30-5.30 Futsal skills centre for 6-11 years old (girls and boys)
Mondays 5.30-6.30pm Futsal Skills centre for 12-15 years old (girls and boys)
Mondays 6.30 to 7.30 Futsal games for 16 years old and senior players (ladies and men's)
Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA. If skill development is important, Futsal is recognized as clearly the best form of indoor Football. But that's not the only reason. Better Skills Development and ball control is developing when playing Futsal. Learn new tricks and play 5v5 fun games!
Cost: $10 per player per session or $50 for the 7 weeks programme.

1 September Thanks to those who attended tonight's meeting. The break-up day is planned for Sat 20th Sept. Players will receive a notice about it. Coaches can look out for certificates etc to be signed and completed for the break up day, arriving shortly. Don't forget team photos to be taken, emailed to Barrie.

31 August Warriors continued their unbeaten season with a win. Dragons also won, while Lightning had a nerve wracking draw. Here are the reports.

30 August Good luck to Emily, who is in Auckland today having a trial to see if she can get into the National Training Squad. It is an honour for her to have been selected to go to the trial. Congratulations and best of luck! Good luck to the Wild Cats too, playing without her!

24 August The three Julian chilren all were player of the day on Saturday! Cambell and Jamie Julian both scored hat tricks, while sister Emily was a stand out in goal. There is a cool description of some of the 7th grade play in this week's report too. Read all about it!!

19 August Some numbers are starting to fall off at the Junior Framework at Warren Park. Not Awakeri's though! Rascals are thinking they might have to start playing the parents soon!
Coaches, watch out for a coaches meeting coming soon. We will need to plan for the end of the season, prize giving day etc.
Congratulations to Awakeri Lightning who made it into the top four play offs of the 8th grade and started with a win!

17 August Some excellent results: three wins and two draws in the competitive grades, including top of the table clashes. Ben Olifiers played with a broken arm. Here are the reports.

10 August Awakeri Warriors almost lost their unbeaten status yesterday, having to come from 3 - 0 down to draw with Allandale. Wins to Comets, Lightning, Dragons and a heartbrreaking loss for Crushers. Here are the reports.

5 August The Wellington Phoenix are playing in our area soon. On Sunday 17 August at Taupo's Owen Delany Park, 1.30pm kick off, the Pheonix play New Zealand A. Adults $8, Children $4. You can get tickets here. It'd be worth a trip down there.
Big congratulations to Emily Robbie, Emily Julian, Taryn Forbes and Linette Lengkeek who have all made the Under 12 girls Weir Rosebowl team.

3 August 8th grade Lightning's run finally came to an end with their first loss. However, 9th grade Warriors continued theirs. Five different girl players were goal scorers. Here is the report.

28 July Heaps of goals scored. New 11th grade goals put up (thanks John!). Marshall Foxx got 5 goals in the 8th grade, helping them stay unbeaten. An Oliver Forsyth hat-trick. 13th grade Chloe Howard scored her first goal etc etc. Here's the report.

21 July There is a new 9th grade draw out! Warriors are in the top 4, and Dragons the bottom four (although they did well coming 5th). The players will be given their new games schedule tomorrow. Make sure you get it! Hopefully after the holidays and the World Cup everyone will be keen as to get into their football again this week.
Go Awakeri!!

18 July A couple of photos from the holiday programme at Awakeri today. Juan and Santiago did a great job of keeping the kids working on their skills and having fun:

Cambell Julian takes a shot at goal. Juan won't make it easy though. Frank Butler waits for his turn. Callum McNeill and Marco Turner play paper scissors rock to see who will be goalie. Katie Mahy isn't going to wait though!
Aria Hawkes takes a shot at knocking all the cones over, with three shots. It was a difficult challenge.

5 July The reports for Saturday. A Jamie Julian hat trick earned 9th grade Warriors a win over Dragons. Lots of good contests. Lightning are still unbeaten. Now for a two week break. Don't forget to watch the World Cup and be inspired!!

30 June Futsal is great fun and develops your skills really well. Recommended but quite expensive... See below
Futsal programme in term 3
Term 3: Monday 28th July – Monday 8th September
Venue: Memorial War hall in Whakatane.
Mondays 4.30-5.30 GIRLS ONLY Futsal skills centre and games for 7-13 year-old girls
Mondays 5.30-6.30pm Futsal Skills centre and games for 7-12 year-olds
Mondays 6.30-7.30pm Futsal Skills centre and games for 13-17 year-olds
Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA. If skill development is important, Futsal is recognized as clearly the best form of indoor Football. But that's not the only reason. Better Skills Development and ball control is developing when playing Futsal. Learn new tricks and play 5v5 fun games!
Cost: $10 per player per session or $56 for the 7 weeks programme.
Yours in football

29 June A six all draw in the 8th grade! Some cool other battles. A nine goal haul by Kobi Wetting Davidson, a Jon Tiwha-Smith hat trick, three goals to Jessie Jones. etc. Here is the report.
At school for the last two weeks we have had a lunch time World Cup tournament running. We're up to the semifinals tomorrow (Monday) weather permitting. Chile v Cote D'Ivoire and Nigeria v USA. The final is planned for Wednesday 12 noon.

23 June A first win for Strikers, five goals scored by Zoe Laurent and four by Tejay Robinson in the Junior framework, unbeaten runs from Warriors and Lightning were threatened... Crushers have been promoted to the 11th grade premier division. Their game with Ohope is postponed till Wednesday after school. Read the report.
Wildcats enjoyed their annual stay over at sponsors Barringtons Motor Lodge on Saturday. The girls had a lot of fun!

20 June Sounds like it as a cold windy night in Taupo last night for all those Awakeri kids who went to watch NZ Football Ferns v Brazil. They came back with lots of players' signature, nice shirts, transfers and even a pair of shorts and some socks! and these two photos:

At the game. The seats were wet, the wind was cold, but the game was great to watch. Sophie, Sarah, Chloe, Jenae, Emily and Keely enjoy the fun. A couple of Football Ferns pose with the Awakeri players.

18 June Changes are coming for the 11th grade this weekend. You can check them out on the WaiBOP web site. The 11th grade premier division will now be an eight team competition with the top three 1st division teams being put up. "Congratulations" to the all girls Awakeri Crushers who have been promoted! 11th grade players will get a new games schedule at school on Thursday or Friday.
Go the Football Ferns!
It's also cool to see all the kids at school paying in a World Cup tournament at lunch times. Every kid has been placed in a World Cup country.

15 June Lots of good games and results yesterday, including hat tricks to Jamie Julian, Fearghus Byers and Max Thompson. Warriors and Lightning continued their unbeaten seasons. Here's the report.
This Thursday lots of Awakeri kids are going to Taupo to see the Football Ferns play Brazil. Its at Owen Delaney Park, starts 6.30pm, costs $10 adults and $5 for kids. Great, especially for our female players, to see some role models.
All the kids at Awakeri School are also in World Cup countries, with a lunchtime World Cup tournament starting this week. It'll be a knock out!!

9 June Congratulations to the following who made it into the EBOP reps. Sadly reps doesn't go older than 11th grade otherwise we would have a whole lot more players in!
8th gr Fearghus Byres, Jon Tiwha-Smith
9th gr Blake Hermansen, Elijah Wetting-Davidson, Jamie Julian, Oliver Forsyth
10th gr Cambell Julian
11th gr Ben Olifiers, Ethan Paterson, Kevin Paulsen
9th gr girls Kaia Skipps, Katie Mahy, Bonnie Marie Wetting-Davidson
11th gr girls Lilly Du Toit, Luella Howe, Tayla Jones, Katie Growden, Emma Ferguson

8 June A very good week for Awakeri's older football teams. Wildcats managed to win 6 - 5 at Opotiki, the first win by an Awakeri 13th grade team since 2011!! Emily Julian scored five! Despite being depleted, Comets won their 11th grade premier game 3 - 0, Crushers and Warriors and Dragons all won too. Jamie Julian and Elijah Wetting-Davidson scored hat tricks. Here are the reports.
It sounds like Awakeri players did very well at the rep trials today too. Good luck with getting selected!
Awakeri adults also shone for Plains Rangers over the weekend. Check out their match report!

31 May Women's international football, NZ Football Ferns v Brazil in Taupo Thurs 19 June, 6.30pm. A great chance for all our young female players to see their team in action. Ticket information for the game. A late night but pretty special for our football girls.

28 May A number of Awakeri footballers went to see the FIFA U-20 World Cup trophy in Whakatane today. Check out the Plains Rangers web site to see a photo of Christian Wetting (Isaiah, Elijah, Bonnie-Marie and Kobi's dad) with the trophy. Christian was also goalie for them in a penalty shoot out to win a Fifa World Cup ball.

26 May Sounds like the Junior Framework at Warren Park was a big success on Saturday. There was a close game between Awakeri's two 11th grade 1st div teams. Comets and Warriors had very good wins. 8th grade Lightning had a good win over Whakatane, Jamie Hawkes scoring with a header.... here are the reports.

17 May Two good wins as the older grades got into gear. Ollie Fort and Ollie Forsyth scored hat tricks for their teams. Check out the reports We also have a results page, see the menu bar on the left.

14 May The FIFA Under-20 World Cup trophy is coming to Whakatane as part of a national tour around New Zealand, host country of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015.
This very special 'taonga' (treasure) was delivered to Waitangi at dawn on Monday 5 May in the hands of the player named Oceania's Footballer of the Century, Wynton Rufer.
On Wednesday, 28 May, the trophy will be at Rex Morpeth Park in Whakatane, for kids to see the trophy and enjoy the fun interactive displays after school (3.30pm-5.00pm). Get your photo taken with it. You can only handle the trophy with white gloves on ( thye are provided). It's visiting 60 different places on a tour around New Zealand.

12 May It sounds like most teams thoroughly enjoyed their Bay Day tournament yesterday. Specifically:
13th grade Wild Cats managed three goals, all to Sarah Sheaff, and had two wins from four games. They started slowly but improved with every game. Individually the players showed some great things and now need to work collectively as a team. It was a pretty good start to the season.
11th grade Comets had a great day. They tried out quite a few different combinations with players in positions that they'd not been in before.
They had a good 3-0 win against 1st Division Whakatane Flames, lost 3-0 against Premier opposition Whakatane Phoenix and won 4-1 against Opotiki. It was very positive to see the passing and support play and that there were a variety of goalscorers, with 2 goals apiece from Luella Howe, Kaleb Muggeridge and Cambell Julian and one from Kevin Paulsen.
8th grade Awakeri Lightning did really well for their debut on Saturday Bay Day. A bunch of very keen 7 year olds, all giving it their best and getting stuck in. Lightning managed to win 3 games and drew the fourth one. Pretty impressive for their first day playing together. Next game at St Josephs on Saturday - bring it on!
6th grade Awakeri Sharks had a great day on Saturday. The team did very well, getting many goals in our two games (possibly 3-1 and 5-0). All of the players got a kick of the ball, and never went the wrong way (good coaching!). No injuries and no tears. Makes for a very exciting season.
Coaches are being given some great posters from NZ Football to give out to their players. Look out for yours this week!
Sponsorship for teams is being finalised. If anyone else wants to sponsor a team, let Barrie know (phone 3222076 or email.

6 May Apologies, there are some other skill centres (than the girls, which was listed below on April 15) starting in the EBOP this week. The info was missed when it came out recently. Here it is:
EBOP Skill Centre: (8 - 11 year-olds), 3.45pm to 4.45 pm Thursday 8, 15, 22 and 29 May.
$32 for the 4 weeks programme or $8 per session. Venue: Rex Morpeth Park
Registration Link:

EBOP Skill Centre: (12 - 15 year-olds), 5.10pm to 6.15 pm Thursday 8, 15, 22 and 29 May.
$32 for the 4 weeks programme or $8 per session. Venue: Rex Morpeth Park
Registration Link:

5 May Awakeri's teams all have names. Check them out. The 11th grade Strikers need a couple of extra players. Anyone who is 9 or 10 or who has turned 11 this year or even.... a girl who has turned 12 this year could play in it. Let Mr Hawkes know, or email him if you're keen

3 May It's going to be great season. The World Cup. Phoenix v two Premier clubs. Awakeri's football teams. Even Plains Rangers had a win today against the league leaders! Let's go!

24 April There is a coaches and managers meeting at school (Room 14) Sunday May 4th at 10am.

A few items from a meeting last night with the Federation:
All our teams will be entered in Bay Day on May 10th at Whakatane, unless any coaches tell me they don't want to enter. We will be notified start times.
After Bay day, Junior framework (6th and 7th grades) has a week off then starts properly on Sat 24 May at Warren Park, 9 – 10am each week.
Other grades start Sat 17 May. 8th grade is playing one round of home / away, then it's split into two groups. 9th grade also has one full round, then split into groups. 11th grade premier (John's team) plays three full rounds. 11th grade 1st division (LJ / Ian's and Rebecca / Paula's teams) plays a full round and then is split . 13th grade plays three full rounds.
If games are one sided and a six goal difference is reached, the game ends at that point. The winning team is then expected to make changes to even up the game for the rest of the time.

15 April Hopefully all players have heard from their coaches about practices. Coaches are likely to be having an Awakeri coaches meeting on the last Sunday in the holidays. We are just getting the gear sorted out. Each coach will get a bag of practice balls, cones, pump, along with the usual shirts, etc.
Girls!!!! There is a Girls only Skill Centre: ( 9 - 12 year-olds) running in term two.
When: Mondays, 5 – 26 May, 4pm to 5.15 pm
Cost: $32 for the 4 week programme or $8 per session
Venue: Rex Morpeth Park, Whakatane
Registrations: Online registration will be available soon, in the interim please email Juan to register your interest.
Contact: Juan Bautista Propato on mobile 021 807 634 or email

6 April Thanks to Diane Hawkes and Steve Dodson for taking on the 8th grade team. Watch out for 7th grade lists on Tuesday. Any coaches wanting to go on an introductory coaching course, there's one on Mondy evening 6 - 8 pm at the Whakatane soccer clubrooms. Its free.

3 April Sadly Jill and Koogee Eivers have had to pull out of coaching the 8th grade team. A notice is being given out today, asking for someone to step in. Today, also the 6th grade team lists are being given out. That only leaves the 7th grade teams to be sorted.

1 April Coaches have finished being appointed, so the remaining team sheets will hopefully be given out very soon. Already given out are the 8th, 9th, 13th and 11th grades.
We have a few player spaces left: 2 in the eleventh grade (players turning 10 or 11 this year); and one in the 9th grade (player turning 9 this year).
We would also like a midweek coach for one of the 9th grade teams. Mike Mahy can look after them on Saturdays. If you can help with either job, please email or ring Barrie 073222076.
Click here to see the likely numbers of teams and their ages for this season.

18 March At the moment it looks like we will have one 13th grade team and maybe three 11th grade teams, 2 ninth grades, 1 8th grade, 2 seventh grades and 3 sixth grade teams. On Thursday this week there will be a trial for the 11th grade premier team. Its after school. Eligible players will get a notice about it tomorrow. Other grades are being sorted and players will find out what team they are in shortly.
These coaching courses are coming up, run by our new FDO:
Monday 7th April – Intro to coaching – Whakatane AFC – 6-8pm - Free
Friday 23rd May – Level 1 Youth – Whakatane AFC – 6-9pm - our club will pay coaches' fees.
Friday 30th May - Intro to coaching – Whakatane AFC – 6-8pm- Free
Friday 6th June – Level 1 Junior – Whakatane AFC – 5.30-9.30pm - our club will pay coaches' fees.

Our FDO is also running these skills courses for junior players: Skills Centre, Where: Rex Morpeth Park, Time: Wednesdays 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Who: Boys and Girls who want to improve the skills Ages: 9-12
Date: Wednesdays    Time: 5.45 to 7pm
Who: Boys & Girls want to improve the skills and playing knowledge (under 12-13-14 age)
Price: $32 for 4 sessions ($8 a session)
Registrations:  Please register online for the upcoming Skills Centre:
Be quick! Spaces are limited.
Contact: Juan Bautista Propato on 021 807 634 or 021 807 634 or

3 March Quite a lot of enrolments today. If you didn't get yours in, be quick! With money please! Club meeting (AGM) Thursday 13th at 7pm at school. Intending coaches please attend.
Juan Propato, the new FDO for EBOP chaired a clubs meeting tonight. He is from Argentina originally, has worked in the Wairarapa, Wellington and Auckland too. He will hold an Introduction to Coaching session on Mon 7 April. He's also keen to attend coaching sessions and offer input. Bay Day is on May10th.

21 February Enrolment froms will be handed out at Awakeri School this coming Monday. They can be retaurned with fees to the school office, otherwise, come to enrolment day. It's Monday 3 March, 3 - 4.30 pm. Enrolment forms are also here.
The new Football development officer is Juan Bautista Propato. There is a meeting of EBOP clubs with the new FDO on Monday 3 March at 6pm. Let Barrie know if you are interested in attending that meeting.

31 December Happy New Year!! Kids, if your parents didn't give you a good enough football for Christmas, try and talk them into taking you to one of the Phoenix games in Wellington in mid January. Sunday 12th, and Saturday 18th. The atmosphere of the chanting and singing and watching professional football is great fun.

27 November Want a job in local football? Here's the advert for Becca's replacement:

Situation Vacant – Eastern BOP Football Development Officer

WaiBOP Football is seeking applicants for an experienced full time Football Development Officer in the Eastern Bay of Plenty to commence January/ February 2014. The added responsibility of Women’s Development may be included pending other positions currently advertised.
Based in Whakatane or Tauranga the Eastern BOP Football Development Officer will play a vital role in developing players, coaches and the game during the continued rollout of a national plan which aims to build further on the quality of the football experience throughout New Zealand.
Responsibilities include initiatives in areas ranging from guiding a young player’s first kicks, through to the development of skills in community junior programmes, to talent identification and elite development of the best youth players in the region.

The successful candidate would ideally have

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a  sport development position or within the game of Football
  • NZF Senior Level 3 or international equivalent eg UEFA B licence
  • Experience in working in partnership with volunteers
  • Experience in developing and delivering plans

To apply please email your CV and Covering Letter to , no later than 3pm, 19 December 2013
To discuss this opportunity in confidence please contact CEO Peter Arndell on 027 282 8690

4 November Futsol is now at the Ohope Hall. All team photos are on our Teams 2013 page.

19 October Shock news that Becca Todd, the EBOP Football Development Officer has resigned this week. Becca had only been in the job a few months, since Mike Ward departed and had run some very good programmes for kids, especially girls. Some of her programmes have now been canceled: Football Fairies and Beach Football to name two. FTC, Futsol and Fun Football are being carried on by some temporary replacements. Good luck Becca wherever you are, and thank you.
Hopefully her job will be advertised locally and within the BOP, rather than just an appointment from overseas which has happened the last two times.

15 October. Check out these cool photos of the Break Up day, featuring Awakeri Wild Cats winning the league.

10 October Getting bored with no football?? Here's some:
Girls: Football fairies 4 - 8 years age, Saturdays 9.30am at Rex Morpeth Park.
Girls: Girls only summer league, 7 - 12 year age, Mondays 3.30 pm at Warren Park
All: Fun Football Centre, 4 - 8 years Mondays 3.30 pm at Warren Park
All: Beach Football, adults and kids at Ohope Beach Maraetotara Road, Fridays 5 - 6.30pm
Under 11: Futsol (indoor) 4 - 5pm Wednesdays
Under 15: Futsol (indoor) 5 - 6pm Wednesdays
Contact Becca Todd for more info on any of the above

29 September Awakeri FC had a very successful break up yesterday. Strong winds did their best to disrupt the day, but a win to Wild Cats in their championship decider against James Street was a highlight. Everyone else either watched the game or played games between kids and parents, until prize giving. There the players, parents, coaches, referees and sponsors were thanked. Rep players were presented with certificates and all teams received their certificates with sportsmanship trophies handed out too. The names of the rep players and trophy winners are on our honours board. Photos from the day are coming soon. 8th grade Warriors have also ended the season unbeaten, well done to them. 8th grade champs!

26 September Wild Cats had a win today in a catch up game against Ohope Eagles 1-0. Emily Julian was our goal scorer. Outstanding games by Emily Robbie and Taryn Forbes who created so many attacking opportunities, but they were just not put away. It is becoming a theme over the last 2 games, that is clearly being the better team but not scoring the easy goals then being caught out by one attacking move from the opposition.
The girls are playing very well just need to be a bit quicker in all their movements and decision making. Sophie and Renske and Caroline in defence have taken their games to a new level, looking for passing opportunities, good tackling. They all have improved a lot.
Most team photos are on our Teams page. If you want bigger sized copies to print, email me.
Break Up Saturday!! 10 am onwards.

22 September Good to see Awakeri players at the Phoenix v All Whites game today. Good results for Wild Cats and Strikers yesterday. Jamie Julian scored a hat trick. Wild Cats can wrap up the 11th grade 1st division on Break Up Day when they host James Street. We'll all have to support them, after we support the Lightning. Read the report.

21 September On Friday posters about break up day were given out to all players at school. If you didn't get yours, get your child to ask Mr H at school for one.

17 September Many grades are now over. The 11th gr 1st division is still going on. Not sure if the 8th gr tournament that was postponed on Saturday will be played this Sat or not. International football coming up twice this week.... Awakeri School v Wellington Sch of Singapore at Awakeri this Thursday, 11am. On Sunday Wellington Phoenix play the NZ All Whites at Rotorua Stadium. A great chance to watch top quality football in our area. 2.30pm start Tickets at Ticketmaster, gates open 10am. Kidzone and entertainment.
9th gr Strikers played on Sat, an exciting game this morning with lots of goals. Matthew Reihana played very well in goal to save us from a drubbing. Cambell Julian and Kaleb Muggeridge scored good goals and we created a number of chances. Player of the Day, Kyzarck Cornwall was outstanding. The final result was 7 - 3 to Saints Shooters.

8 September Some great results yesterday, Wild Cats, Lightning and Comets had good wins. Emily Julian scored four including a header from a corner. Well done!! Warriors continued their unbeaten season with 7 wins and 2 draws at their tournament. Here's the report.
The 7th grade girls had a great time at Football Fairies on Friday with FDO Becca Todd. Many thanks to Jill Eivers for organising this.
Coaches remember the team photos please and the Trophy nominations by next weekend.

7 September At the club meeting on Tuesday, we decided that break up and prize giving day is Saturday 28th September. It's the first Saturday of the holidays. Both 11th grade 1st div teams are playing their final games on that morning, so there is football to watch, as well as play!

Start: 10.30am with fun games.
11.30 am prize giving at Event Centre
12 noon Shared lunch. Club supplies barbecued sausages.
We also discussed things like the format of 8th grade next season. We are against it being made part of the Junior Framework at Warren Park. We also discussed lots of good ideas about the season that is just ending.
Good luck for today's games!

1 September Wild Cats lost their unbeaten record at Kawerau on Saturday, while Warriors retained theirs. A match between 7th grade Magic and Alligators was very exciting. Magic are claiming a narrow win! Read all the reports here.

28 August All welcome to our club meeting on Tuesday evening at school, 7pm. Coaches please attend. Agenda: Prize giving and break up day. How the season went. Next year, team photos, etc.
Don't forget the Phoenix v All Whites game, only three weeks away. See August 15 below.

25 August A good effort by Awakeri's teams in the 11th grade tournaments. All three teams got into the play offs, with Lightning learning how to win a penalty shoot out. Taryn Forbes got four goals for Wild Cats. Warriors are still unbeaten this season in the 8th grade, but the games are now very close. Read the reports.
Congratulations to Emily Julian, Taryn Forbes and Linette Lengkeek, who have been selected for the EBOP - Central Bay Weir Rosebowl 12th grade girls team. They have a tournament in Cambridge and are practising twice a week in Rotorua.

18 August A five goal haul by Korben Wilson was the feature of 11th grade premiers Comets having their best win of the season. A Blake Hermansen hat trick helped his unbeaten Warriors get a 4 - 4 draw in their toughest test of the season too. Read all the reports.
11th grade Wild Cats and Lightning have their new games list. The 9th grade will have a split round coming out soon too.

15 August It is now definite, the Federation are waiting for some results and postponed games before they do the split in the 11th grade 1st division. So Wild Cats and Lightning have no games scheduled for this Saturday.
Exciting news, the Wellington Phoenix are playing the NZ All Whites at Rotorua on Sunday 22 September. Tickets are now on sale, with some good deals, e.g. 2 adults and 7 kids $45; 2 adults and 10 kids $60. Have a chat about it with your team. See if you can organise it! Tickets from Ticketmaster - or phone 0800111999. What a great opportunity to see your professsionals playing the AWs, who are getting ready for a big World Cup qualifying series in November. Go watch!!

12 August The new 8th grade draw is out. Players will get a schedule on Wednesday. It's on the WaiBOP web site if you want to have a look.

11 August Rain! Still , some games were played. Warriors still unbeaten, hat tricks to Oliver Forsyth and Blake Hermansen. Jacob Davis also got one in the 13th grade. The reports.

4 August. Some great games yesterday. Sarah Sheaff came out of goal to score a second half hat trick and get Lightning their first win of the season. Emily Julian scored four for Wild Cats who end the whole round unbeaten. Warriors continued their 8th grade unbeaten season. Here are the reports. If anyone wants to say goodbye to Mike Ward and meet his replacement Rebecca, you are welcome to come to the EBOP meeting at Whakatane clubrooms tomorrow (Monday) night at 7pm.

29 July Sadly, this is Mike Ward's last weekend in the EBOP. He's heading back to England. Congratulations Mike on some excellent work over the last three years. Your enthusiasm with the kids has been amazing and your coaching sessions first class. You have set a high standard for the new Football Development Officer - Becca Todd - to live up to. Thanks from Awakeri.

14 July Again great impact from Awakeri's footballing girls - they scored 7 goals yesterday and grabbed most of the players of the day! Wild Cats bounced back to winning form.Sharks almost won. Strikers and Warriors won as well. Here's the report.
Now it's holidays, but there is a holiday programme in Whakatane Mon 22 - Wed 24 July. Click here to enrol. It's $30 per day.

11 July Atrocious weather didn't stop a terrific contest between Wild Cats and Lightning today. Despite missing a few players, Wild Cats, as expected, had most of the pressure on the younger Lightning team in the first half. Determined defence and sound goalkeeping from Sarah Sheaff kept the unbeaten Wild Cats out. Both teams huddled out of the cold rain at half time. Wild Cats opened the scoring just after the break, and when Emily Julian scored her second it looked like the result would be predictable. However, Lightning's fighting spirit had them getting first to the ball, and they pulled a goal back through Olivia Sheaff and then a second through Katie Growden and the game ended in a 2 - 2 draw. A credit to both teams and their umbrella sheltering supporters. Well done Awakeri!

8 July Wild Cats and Lightning will play each other this Thursday at 1pm. So if you want some entertainment before teacher-parent interviews, come and watch!! This is the 11th grade 1st div game scheduled to happen on the 10th August.

7 July Unbeaten Wild Cats and Warriors kept up their winning ways. Emily Robbie scored a hat trick for Wild Cats. Emily Julian scored for two teams! Sam Cook cashed in in the 13th grade. Here's the report and here are some pics from the Wild Cats game and one from Magic at the 7th grade game day..

30 June Lots of goals for and against! Kaia Skipps scored eight in an 8th grade game for Dragons! Wild Cats kept on their merry way. Comets were very unlucky! Here's the report.

26 June Junior Framework is happening on the first Saturday of the holidays (July 13), just in case you were wondering! Congratulations to our players who have made the EBOP rep squads:
8th gr Jamie Julian, Oliver Forsyth, Blake Hermansen
9th gr Cambell Julian
10 gr Kevin Paulsen, Campbell Forsyth
11th gr Korben Wilson (development)
11th gr girls Linette Lengkeek, Emily Robbie, Emily Julian, Taryn Forbes, Jenae Brownless (development)

23 June Unbeaten Wild Cats and Warriors continue their exploits. Lots of good games. Here's the report.

17 June Check out the cool photo of Awakeri Tigers (6th grade). Here are photos of 13th and 9th grade games. Wow, high scoring games in the older age groups. All the games from 8th grade up were 6 - 0, 7 - 1 or 7 - 2. Four of them were wins and three losses! Emily Julian and Taryn Forbes scored hat tricks. Nine players of the day were girls this week. Are we just being encouraging or are the girls really shining. It must be the latter! Read the report.

13 June Rep trial notices were given out today to those nominated. Good luck!
After school today there was a terrific game, played for training, between 11th grade Comets and Wild Cats. The Wild Cats had to defend bravely to keep Comets at bay at times. A couple of late goals saw Comets win 3 - 0, but credit to both teams for a really hard fought game. Highlights included Ethan's tackling, Linette's defending, both Kevin and Emily J's covering work, being in the right place to help their teams, Luella's determination, Cody Cook's passing.... An awesome game for the spectators, including Mrs Cronin.

10 June EBOP rep trials were postponed from last week to this week. They're meant to be on Friday and Sunday. No details are out yet of which trials are when. The age groups we have nominated players for are: 8th gr boys, 9th gr boys, 9th gr girls, 10th gr boys, 11th gr boys, 11th gr girls.

9 June One win yesterday, a hat trick to Jamie Julian in 8th grade. Lots of fun in the Junior Framework. Here's the report.

2 June Three wins, three losses and a 4 - 4 draw was the order of the day yesterday! Emily Julian scored a first half hat trick, Kevin Paulsen and Kaia Skipps got hatties as well. Here's the report.
Radio 1XX have published a video of the Lightning team's Breakfast that they won. It's entertaining. Click here to have a look.
Mike Ward is desperately searching for rep coaches, for ages 8th grade to 11th grade. Please contact him if you are interested.

27 May There is no organised 6th and 7th grade Junior Framework at Warren Park this Saturday (because of Queens Birthday). However, all other age groups still have their scheduled games!

26 May Some great football yesterday, rather a cold start for the many teams who were playing at 9am. 11th grade Lightning's breakfast went really well. Here are some good photos of it and their game. Good wins to Comets and Wild Cats in the 11th grade. Here is the report.

21 May 6th and 7th grades Junior Framework starts at Warren Park this Saturday. Players be there ready to start at 9am. Coaches should be there at 8.30am. Listen to Radio 1XX if the weather is doubtful.
Junior coaching course this Friday evening, aimed at 8th to 11th grade. Contact Barrie if you want to attend.
If anyone taked photos of games that you want to share on this web site, please email them to Barrie.

19 May One win, a couple of close games and lots of play in the rain was the story yesterday as the older leagues swung into action. Here's the report.

16 May 6th and 7th grades have a rest this Saturday. Other grades start their normal games. All 8th, 9th, 11th and 13th grade players were given a schedule of games for the season this week. Make sure you got yours! Good luck on Saturday, let's hope the weather is OK. We do not have a list of contacts for the other clubs yet!

13 May Here are some good Bay Day reports. Chelle Dodson did well to enter Awakeri Lightninig in a competition to win a free team breakfast and a talk from Karen Hanlen. They won it! It's all happening on the 25th. Go girls! Here are some photos of the juniors in action, from Jill Eivers.

12 May It sounds like teams enjoyed Bayday and there were some good performances too. Watch out for a few photos and a brief report tomorrow. Players of the day include: Dylan Curtis, Matthew Reihana-Asquith, Renske Brabant and Ryan Sommerville.

9 May The draws are out for the 8th to 13th grades (not the Bayday draw, the rest of the season). Check them out on the WaiBop site. They have been subject to changes, so they may not be the final version. Players will be given a sheet next week with their list of fixtures.

7 May Bay Day this Saturday! Hopefully the weather allows coaches to have a practice this week. On Saturday, coaches of 8th, 9th, 11th and 13th grades need to be at Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane at 8.30am to collect the draw and information. Teams need to be there, ready to play at 9am, so probably meet there at 8.30 as well.
The 6th and 7th grades start at 9.30am at the Athletics Park next door. Be there 9.15. There is a talk about how the Junior Framework (6th and 7th grades) operates in the club rooms after the games. Parents please go and listen.
Make sure your boots fit, you have shin pads, white shorts, blue and white hooped socks.

22 April Some good points at tonight's meeting of EBOP Clubs. The maximum score in a game will now be a 6 goal difference, e.g. 6 - 0 or 7 - 1. The game is over at that point, so the winning team can then rearrange themselves to make it a more even contest (hopefully). I shared the Bill of Rights document that was given out at our coaches meeting with all the clubs tonight. They received it and appreciated its messages. In 13th grade there are seven teams, so they will play two rounds. In 11th grade (that includes Awakeri Lightning) there is a premier division (Comets) that will play 2 rounds. Everyone else plays one round (Lightning and Wild Cats) then it will be split into smaller divisions. 9th grade have 13 teams. They will play one round and then split into three groups. 8th grade have 11 teams.
Yes 6th and 7th grades play at Bay Day. They will be at the Athletics Park next to Rex Morpeth Park.
A reminder: There's a Football School Holiday Programme at Awakeri School on Thursday 2nd May 10am to 3 pm, only costs $30 per person, run by Mike Ward. Book online at or just turn up with your money.

9 April Kate Robbie ran a good practice for the 13th grade today. Lots of enthusiasm. The 13th grade are also plannning to have Thursday lunchtime games against whoever is keen. 12.40 - 1.15pm. There's a meeting for Awakeri coaches this Sunday at school, 10am.

4 April Good news: We have coaches for all teams.... check them out here. Team lists are coming out.
Good news: There's a Football School Holiday Programme at Awakeri School on Thursday 2nd May 10am to 3 pm, only costs $30 per person, run by Mike Ward. Book online at

20 March We've had some volunteers today for some coaching roles, thanks very much to those people.
We still need: 1 more 6th grade coach, 2 more 7th grade coaches, and a 13th grade coach. There are free coaching courses coming up. Contact Barrie for details.
The season starts with the Bay Day tournament on May the 11th.
Click here to read the president's report from the AGM last week. Your committee is: Barrie Hawkes president, John White vice president, Louise Paulsen secretary and Kate Robbie treasurer.

16 March Enrolments have gone well. At the AGM, team lists were also being sorted. We need game leaders for the younger age groups. If you are interested, ring Barrie on 3222076 or email him

21 February Enrolment forms were given out today at school. You can also get one here. Players can pre-enrol by sending form and fees to the school office, or turn up on Friday 8 March 3 - 5pm at school.
Our club AGM is Wednesday 13 March, 7.30pm at school. All welcome. Intending coaches please attend.
The season starts with the Bay Day tournament on Saturday 11 May.
Family soccer has now finished on Monday nights. However, here is info on pre-season football being run by Mike Ward - Federation coach - in Whakatane

Fun Football Centre and Futsal are back for Term 1 in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Starting on Monday 4th March and running for seven weeks, boys and girls, new players or existing players from the eastern bay of plenty will get the opportunity to get ready for the winter season with seven weeks of indoor football fun at the War Memorial Hall, Whakatane.
The Fun Football Centre will run from 4pm - 5pm for all players aged 4 to 7 year olds. The programme will be delivered by experienced WaiBOP coaches
who will teach the players the fundamental skills of football, dribbling, passing and shooting. All games are fun and exciting and will also help
the players develop their own fundamental movement skills that can be used any future sport. All sessions cost $8 per player.
From 5.15pm - 6.30pm players aged 8 to 11 year olds have the opportunity to come along and play Futsal. Futsal is an indoor form of football played
on a basketball court with mini football goals. The game is also played with a weighted ball to help develop close control and passing. Each week a 5 a side tournament is held and all players are welcomed to turn up and play Futsal. All sessions will cost $8 per player.
Then at 6.30pm the successful Under 13 Futsal league will start once again. All Players will be placed in teams and play in a seven week league to determine the term 1 winners of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Futsal. Team Entry is $168 per team.

Any enquiries contact: Mike Ward, EBOP Football Development Officer,
P 07 211 7855
M 021 321 358

14 February Enrolments are not too far away! The Federation are having their preseason clubs meeting this coming Monday night. I will attend on our behalf, but if anyone wants to join me, let me know. Cheers, Barrie

21 January Family soccer is postponed tonight, a number of people away. Back on again Next Monday!

15 January 2013 Happy New Year!! Family Football is back on again. Monday nights at Awakeri, 5.30pm. Kids and adults come and have a game! All welcome.

25 December Happy Christmas to all Awakeri's football players and supporters. Hope there were lots of new footballs among the presents!
Another good present would be going to a Wellington Phoenix game. It's heaps of fun!!!! Games are in Wellington on Thursday 27th Dec, then Jan 13th and 27th and in Auckland on Feb 2nd.

27 November Family soccer starts at Awakeri this Monday night, at 5.30pm. It's fun. Ring Kate Robbie 3080633 for more information.
Check out this amazing clip on football control on You Tube. Ball Control 2013

24 November Singapore 5 Awakeri 0. The Singapore players were very skilful and caught our team on the counter attack several times. Awakeri did well considering they were patched together from several teams and only had two training runs together. The Wellington School team usually win their games against other schools back home and expected to do well. It was a fun occasion, with national anthems, flags, a haka from the Awakeri kapa haka and a big crowd watching. Afterwards, at school assembly, the Singapore students performed a very nice display of dance, skipping, football juggling etc. Watch out for some photos of the game on the school web site and maybe on here.

20 November International football at Awakeri!!!! This Friday 23 November, an Awakeri selection plays Wellington School from Singapore. The teams are 10 and 11 year olds. Game starts at 11 am, ends around 11.40am. Awakeri's team: Isaiah Davidson, Emily Julian, Campbell Forsyth, Finn Spod, Linette Lengkeek, Taryn Forbes, Jenae Brownless, Korben Wilson, Sam Cook, Kevin Paulsen, Sarah Sheaff, Emily Robbie, Jacob Davis. All Awakeri FC players, a few rep players in there. Don't know what the standard of the Singapore team will be like, but they're all in a sports academy class. Come and watch!

7 November Some summer soccer being run by WaiBOP..... Futsal (indoor football) is $4 a night and runs from 4pm – 5.30pm on Monday nights for all players aged 7 - 10, and 5.30pm – 7pm for all players aged 10 – 13. This is in the War Memorial Stadium in Whakatane.
Girls only football festivals are being held for players aged 6 – 11 at Warren Park from 4.30pm – 5.30pm on Thursday afternoons, again this is $4 per player and this is great fun for all new and existing players.
The Eastern Bay Junior Football AGM will be held on 19th November from 7pm at Whakatane Town AFC clubrooms. The pilot season under WaiBOP football will be reviewed and all input will be needed. Come and have your say on the running of football last season and for the future.

3 November Awakeri people did very well in local senior football awards. Awakeri teacher and coach Naomi Courtney Tennent (Miss CT) was player of the year for Whakatane Town women, Kelly Wilson (mother of Kaleb Muggeridge) was Plains Rangers women's player of the year and Christian Wetting (father of Awakeri players Isaiah, Bonnie-Marie and Elijah and coach of the Dragons) was Rangers men's player of the year! Three of the top four awards!

19 October All team photos now on the teams page for 2012. If you're in Wellington in the long weekend, take your kids to watch the Phoenix play champions Brisbane Roar on Sunday. Should be a great game, 4.30pm, or else just watch it on Sky!

10 October Under 13s futsal (indoor football)... The Under 13 Futsal competition will commence in term 4 on October 29th and last for 7 weeks again held at the War Memorial Hall, Whakatane, sessions will run from 5.15pm – 7pm. Each team entry will cost $168, if you could confirm to Mike Ward that you will be entering team that would be great. Ph 07 211 7855, M 021 321 358

22 September The break up and prize giving was today. A lovely day, enjoyed by all. The rep certificates were presented, so were each player's certificates, special coach's awards and sportsmanship trophies. Look up who got the trophies etc on our Honours Board. Watch out for some photos coming soon too. Afterwards, games were played with kids and parents all joining in, and then a barbecue lunch was organised by Louise and Renske. Check out this amazing cake made by Cathy Olifiers:

Players were reminded to keep playing football over the summer, and to watch it when they could, e.g. the Wellington Phoenix, Ryan Nelsen playing for Queens Park Rangers and Winston Reid playing for West Ham in the English Premier League. On Sunday 7 October local team Plains Rangers are playing against the Whakatane 1st team at Awakeri at 2.45pm. Quite a few ex-Awakeri players play for them, e.g. Ben Fretwell, Ben McPherson, Andy Brabant and Christian Wetting, who coaches our 11th grade team.

2 September Our 6th and 7th grades are still playing....Grasshoppers player of the day was Jonte Moore who showed he still has the biggest kick in the game. Ozaiyah Cornwall was in great form disrupting the opposition team and taking the ball of them a lot of the time.
Awakeri Rockers played a great game against Ohope Speedy Seals, but sadly lost, 6 – nil. Player of the day went to Ashton Turvey for showing versatility with his ball skills and putting pressure on the other team the whole game.
Our break up and prize giving is Sat 22 Sept, 10am. Look out for a notice about it being given out tomorrow at school.

26 August A good day on a number of fronts.... Rangers won the 8th grade championship tournament, unbeaten. Comets had a classic top of the table game with Kawerau in the 9th grade. Oliver Forsyth scored a hat trick in the 7th grade. Read the reports. Also, check out the Awakeri School web site for some cool photos of the Wild Cats game against the women teachers on Friday.

25 August Only half our teams are still playing. There are a few team photos on our teams page now. Has anyone else got a good one? Club meeting this Monday night, 7pm, to discuss the season, and the break-up / prize giving. All welcome.
Sunday night, the NZ Under 20 Womens team play their final group game, v Mexico. in their World Cup. Sky Sport 10.05pm. Tape it for your girl players esp. They have beaten Switzerland and drawn with hosts Japan so far. A draw and they're in the second round.

19 August Comets cement second place in the 9th grade premier division, another win to the Small Blues, the season is getting near the end. Coaches look out for a meeting soon! Here are the reports.

16 August Lots of football on TV with the Premier League starting this weekend. Also though, the NZ Women's Under 20s are in the U-20 World Cup. Three games live on TV: Sunday 7.05pm v Switzerland; Wed Sept 22 10.05pm v Japan, Sun Sept 26 10.05pm v Mexico.

12 August Not many wins for our teams yesterday, even the mighty Comets got beaten! Wild Cats had an excellent game, going down 4 - 3 to Saints. There was a good game in the 8th grade between both our teams. Atoms put in a mighty team effort to hold Rangers to a 2 - 0 scoreline. Here are the reports. Both 8th grade teams have tournaments the next two Saturdays. They are competitive, still 5 v 5, no goalies. The tournament is at Warren Park Whakatane, by the hockey turf. Both teams have five games, the first ones at 10.15 am. Your coach has the draw. The last game starts at 11.35am.

4 August Some tight hard games for our teams on Saturday. Two wins by a goal and a loss by Dragons by the same margin. Hayden Baxter scored another hat trick. Finn Sopd scored a real cracker. Comets had a good win. Read the reports.

2 August.Our NZ women are through to the Olympic quarter finals, they face World number ones USA on Saturday morning. It's at 1.30am. Better record it for the kids to watch beforwe they go and play their games! Check out our Olympic scores.

29 July Comets were the only competitive teams to win this weekend, although the younger age groups had some good games. In the 6th grade, Joseph Bateson scored six goals for the Tigers and Ella Forbes scored nine for the Grasshoppers!! Here's the report.
NZ women were very unlucky to lose to Brazil this morning in the Olympics. Can the Olywhite men beat Egypt tonight??

26 July The Awakeri Rockers are not entering the 7th grade tournament this Saturday.
Awakeri Warriors are. Details: it's at Warren Park (by the hockey turf). Be there at 10.15 am for a 10.30 start. Five games, finishes around 12 noon. Renske has details. Good luck!
Starting on Monday 30th July WaiBOP football will be running football for all ages at War Memorial Hall, Whakatane.
From 4pm – 5pm the very successful fun football centre will start again. This session is for players aged 4 to 8. The WaiBOP coaches will deliver games that will not only help the players improve but all players will have a great time as well. Each session is $8 per player.
From 5pm – 6.30pm the U11 Futsal competition will start. Futsal is a 5 a side game of football that uses a weighted ball to enhance players first touch and passing. All players will be selected into teams and play an 8 week competition. Each week is $4 per player and players will get a minimum of three 20 minute games.
From 6.30pm – 8pm the U13 Futsal competition will start. All players will again be selected into teams and play Futsal over an eight week competition. Each week is $4 per player and players will get a minimum of three 20 minute games.
Players can just turn up each week and get involved. The Futsal does requirement some commitment each week as you will be in a team (current EBOP teams are encouraged to enter).

22 July Two 3 - 3 draws in top of the table clashes for Comets and Rangers. Some teams coped well with having the holidays and some didn't!! Here is the report.
Lots of good Olympic football coming up, starting this week on Thurs and Friday mornings, with NZ v Great Britain and NZ v Belarus. Check out the NZ schedule here. Get the kids watching!

1 July The first win of the year for Awakeri Atoms, a hat trick for Keely Forbes, now it's the holidays! Read the reports.

25 June News from the Federation:
7th grade, 8th grade tournaments. The following dates have been decided to run the 7th grade, 8th grade tournaments days. All teams in that grade are invited and must let me (Mike Ward) know on the Tuesday before the tournament if your clubs teams will not be attending, as I will be completing the draw.
7th grade – 28th July 10.30am – 12.30pm – Warren Park, Whakatane
8th Grade – 18th and 25th August – 9.30am – 12pm – Warren Park, Whakatane
Due to these dates the following fixtures have been moved –
7th grade – 28th July to 8th September
Formats for the tournaments will be sent out the week before the tournament day.
7th and 8th Grade Formats
Over the past few weeks while I have been out and about in the region I have spoken to a number of coaches from the 7th and 8th grade regarding the 5v5 no Goalkeeper format. Can you please speak to all your coaches explaining the format and reasoning, all the information you will need is below –
5v5 with no goalkeepers is the next step for players involved in the New Zealand Football Junior Framework. This type of game is to promote more touches on the ball, more space to play in, more decisions to make and most importantly more fun. We need to try and discourage from having one player drop in front of the goal and rotate all positions so more players get a chance to score a goal. We should be using pop up goals where possible and the refereeing of the games should be very relaxed letting the kids play as much as possible.
High Scoring Matches
Goal difference shall not be taken into consideration in determining the winner of any championship. If there is a tie then a play off will be held at the end of the season.
Beating someone 21 – 0 will make no difference to the league outcome. Results are capped at 10 – 0. I would suggested rotation of positions in a high scoring game.
Holiday Programme
WaiBOP football will be running three days of fun holiday football in the upcoming school holidays. The 9th, 10th and 11th of July I will be at Rex Morpeth Park from 10am – 3pm. It is $30 per day so would great if you could let all your players know and encourage them to attend.

23 June Some really exciting games, a third 13th grade hat trick in a row for Fletcher Forsyth was built on good team play. Lots of girls scored: Katy White, Emily Julian, Olivia Sheaff, Kylah Lawrence... Here are the reports.

17 June Lots of highlights from yesterday's football... sponsors Barringtons Motor Lodge hosting a sleep over party for their team the Wild Cats! First win for Rockers, five goals for Campbell Forsyth, a Kevin Paulsen hat trick, great play by the Small Blues, more wins to Warriors, Rangers, another Fletcher Forsyth hat trick in the 13th grade.... Read the reports.

Here is an email sent out to all our coaches today, just so everyone knows....

A few things that have been brought up in conversations....
7th and 8th grade are meant to be using the pop up goals for their games. Please grab them out of the shed. There are bibs there too if your opposition has the same colours as your team.
Please discourage any negative stuff being called out from the sideline. If you notice some, maybe call all the parents in to your pregame or half time talk and say that you only want positive things said, encouragement, because negative things about either a) our players b) opposition players c) referee etc will only make for bad feelings. This is kids football!
Anyway hopefully you don't have to worry about that, setting the example yourself sets the tone!
One sided games are no fun for anyone, so if your team is winning comfortably, try strategies that can make more of a game of it, e.g. say only so-and-so can score, swap your players positions around, offer a good defender to the other team.....
Try and share the player of the day around, look out for something that a weaker player did well and highlight that.
Anyway, hopefully you had a fun game yesterday and lets hope this great weather continues!

10 June Lots of goals yesterday... 13th gr Sharks played a 12 goal thriller, Fletcher scored a hat trick, Joseph Bateson and Jonte Moore both scored 5 goals in the 6th grade, as did Ben Davey-Emms in the 8th grade. Comets got back to winning ways in the 9th grade, and Rangers had their hardest challenge in the 8th grade. Lots of fun. Here's the report.

3 June Comets lost their top of the table clash with Kawerau, but Wild Cats had their first win. Dragons had their best game of the season so far too. Bonnie-Marie Wetting-Davidson scored a hat trick in the 7th grade. Read the reports.

31 May The coaching course scheduled for Friday evening has been cancelled, due to lack of numbers. Please let Barrie know if you're keen (it's the next level up from the introductory course) and we can arrange something with Mike Ward. Mike ran an enjoyable coaching sesssion at school today for our two 7th grade teams and is planning to coach our 13th grade team next week.
At a meeting on Monday for Eastern Bay Clubs, it was decided that the old EBOP rule that no score will be recorded above 10 goals, will apply again. This is to stop those teams that think it is a good idea to thrash weaker opposition. Goal difference is not taken into account, so some respect for opposition comes into play. Some teams are changing lineups around once they get a six goal lead. Sounds like a good plan, so everyone can have fun.
Tournament days are being discussed for 7th grade, and an end of season competitive round is being planned too
Thanks LJ for attending the meeting.

26 May First win of the season to 9th grade all girls team Small Blues, more wins to Comets, Rangers, good improvement from several teams, hat tricks to Campbell Forsyth, Hayden Baxter and Keaton Turvey, who got four. Read the report.
Watch out for Comets big clash next Saturday, against Tarawera Strikers at Kawerau.

19 May Some exciting games and a couple of big losses on Saturday. Comets, with a Cambell Forsyth hat trick, and Rangers continued their merry way. Read the report.

15 May Congratulations to our Awakeri players selected for EBOP rep teams this season. Hayden, Keaton, Kaleb, Olivia, Sadie, Campbell, Kevin, Korben, Sarah, Emily, Linette, Taryn, Jenae, Isaiah. Check out our Honours Board for more details.
If any coaches or parents get good photos of the kids' games, email them here and they can go on this web site.

14 May Paroa have now pulled their 7th grade team out!!! So Rockers and Warriors now have byes instead. This replaces the changes listed below on 5 May!!!

12 May A couple of good Awakeri wins, lots of fun, and a few lessons learned were the order of the day. Campbell Forsyth and Kaleb Muggeridge both scored five goals in their games. Read the reports. Check out our results page for a quick update.
An ex-Awakeri player Robbie Sonntag was a hero in this round of the Chatham Cup, scoring for Waikato Unicol as they knocked out Glenfield Rovers in one of many shocks. Read the report. If you click on Teams 03, he was in the 11th grade Aces which were successful, winning the final round.

10 May This Saturday is the first day of the 6th grade. All Coaches are to arrive at Warren Park at 8.30am for a 9am start. Can parents please park on Weka Street not the Hockey Club car park. If the rain continues a cancellation notice will be placed the federation website and a notice on 1XX.
8th grade Awakeri Atoms have had their game cancelled because Whakatane Gunners pulled out.

6 May The first week of games in the different grades, here is the report. Well done to Comets for starting strongly in the 9th grade premier division. Check out the results page. Today was also the rep trials for the EBOP. Awakeri has three coaches involved in reps this year: Paul Julian, Dan Baxter and Christian Wetting is the expert goalkeeping coach. Those who make it into the reps will be named on the Federation's web site tomorrow.

5 May In 7th grade Paroa has replaced the bye. Please write it on your schedules!
Warriors play Paroa on 23 June at 9.45am at Awakeri
Rockers play Paroa on 19 May at 10am at Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane
Rockers play Paroa on 4 August at 9am at Awakeri

2 May Sounds like Bay Day went very well. Good to see some very good coaching sessions this week. Some people have obviously gained a lot from the coaching courses. All players (except for 6th grade) have been given a schedule of their team's games for the season. See Barrie Hawkes at school if your child missed theirs. He'll be away from Friday till Wednesday though, so ring your coach if you're not sure. 6th grade starts next week (12th May) each week at Warren Park, starting at 9am. Other grades play games at various venues and times. You can also find the draws, results and league tables for competitive grades on the Federation's web site.

26 April Sponsors have now been allocated to seven of our teams. There are four left if you're keen. Check out our teams 2012 page for who is sponsoring who.

23 April All our Awakeri teams are entered in Bay Day this Saturday. It's at Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane. Teams be there at 8.30am, ready to start at 9am. Your coach has shirts ready, you need boots, shin pads, white shorts, blue and white hooped socks. If weather is doubtful listen to radio 1XX from 7am onwards.
6th grade are meeting at the Athletic track beside Rex Morpeth Park at 9am, ready to start at 9.30am.
Your coach will let you know when your team practices are, or Mr Hawkes can tell you at school if you ask. Check out the Teams link on the left for your team name, coach's phone number etc.
Fun Football: If you want to do some extra training....Next Monday (the 30th April) Mike Ward will be starting hisFun Football Centre again. It is run at the War Memorial Hall in Whakatane and is $8 per player per evening. They run the sessions for players aged 4 – 10 (4 – 6 year olds 4pm – 5pm and 7 – 10 5pm – 6pm).

17 April See the note on 5 April. It's on tomorrow!
Awakeri Coaches meeting this Sunday at 10am. Gear will be given out, trainings, the season etc discussed
Points from last night's meeting discussing how football is to be played in EBOP this season:
1. 6th grade are playing at Bay Day on 28th with every one else.
2. 6th grade start their Junior framework football on Sat 12th May at Warren Park, 9am
3. All other grades start their leagues on 5th May
4. Coaches - new coaches and especially coaches of 6th grade invited to attend free coaching course Mon 30th April at Whakatane Soccer Club 6 - 8pm
5. Coaches of 9th and 11th grades should be doing Junior Level 1 course on Fri May 18th, 5 - 9pm
6. Coaches of 13th grade up should be doing Youth level one course on Fri June 1st, 5 - 9pm
7. Rep nominations has been put back a week, due in 3rd May, Rep trials 6th May.

5 April Awakeri Holiday Football! Mike Ward is running a holiday programme at Awakeri on Wed April 18th. For further information on it contact Mike on 07 211 7855
or 021 321 358. Sorry about the late notice, we have only just been told about it. These courses are usually lots of fun and great for skill development.

2 April. Our coaches are now finalised. Teams are being named (most creative one so far is The Awakeri Rockers (7th grade), practices are starting.
Coaching course: an Introductory course is on Monday 30th April, 6 - 8pm. Contact Barrie for further info. There is also a coaching conference with guest speakers like John Adshead on Sun 22 April if you want to get fully into it!

28th March We are searching for one more coach, for the 7th grade, and we would love a few more players who are 7 turning 8 years old. Please email if you can help. Check out the teams and coaches here. The 9th grade are having a trial on Tuesday after school to sort the squad into a premier team and a 1st division team. Those players were all given a notice about it today. Team lists should be coming out very soon for other age groups, and practices might well be starting.

15 March The AGM was well attended last night. After five years of excellent work, Jane Harte stepped down from the secretary/treasurer job. Louise Paulsen has put her hand up to take over the job. Many thanks to Jane for her contribution, she did a fine job keeping our finances healthy.
This year we will have eleven teams. Coaches are being sorted out at the moment, then team lists will be distributed. The first games are Saturday April 28th, with the annual Bayday tournament. Here is the president's report.

29 February Enrolments have gone quite well. Any late enrolments in to Barrie Hawkes at school urgently please.
The club's AGM is on Wed 14 March, at 7pm at school. All welcome. Intending coaches please attend. Come and hear how the new season is being organised by the federation.

23 February 2012 Enrolment notices were given out yesterday at school. Forms can be sent back in early to the school office WITH payment of fees, or just come to enrolment day, Wed 29th February 3 - 5pm at school. Enrolment form.
Family soccer is still continuing on Monday evenings, 5.30pm.
Adults? Plains Rangers womens team are training Mondays also at 6pm. Any men wishing to play are welcome trainings at Awakeri Tuesdays 6.30pm check the Plains Rangers website.

18 January 2012 Holiday Football programme, run by Mike Ward, at Awakeri on Thursday 26th January. 10am to 3 pm. It costs $30 and is good fun. Just turn up, or phone Mike at 021321358. Happy New Year! Awakeri Rulz!!

19 December No family soccer for next two Mondays. Probably restart 9 January, definitely 16 January. Its good for a friendly run around. 5.30pm

10 December Family soccer is back on, on Monday nights at 5.30pm (not this Monday because of the school's fance dress night). It will be on during the holidays. Contact Wilco Klein Ovink for more info 3078255.

1 November All team photos are now on page.

27 October Two more team photos added to our teams page - the 11th grade Dragons and the 6th grade Rascals.
There is a girls only summer football league starting soon. at Warren Park Whakatane. It's for under 8s and under 10s. It costs $15 a player. Starts Thurs Nov 3, with Under 8s at 4pm and under 10s at 5.15pm. For more info ring Mike Ward on 07 2117855

10 October Looks like all junior football will be run by the Federation next season. The Federation have insisted upon taking over the running of EBOP leagues, and having draws and results controlled through their web site. Hopefully EBOP junior football will still be well organised with the Federation dealing directly with clubs.
Last night the Wellington Phoenix got off to a pretty good start, drawing away at Gold Coast despite lots of injuries. Check out Plains Rangers Phoenix pages.

1 October There was a good turn out for the break up today. Our players, parents, coaches, referees and sponsors were all thanked. Our EBOP rep players were acknowledged: 10th gr girls Emily Julian, Sarah Sheaff, Taryn Forbes, Jenae Brownless; 10th gr Isaiah Davidson, 11th gr Jamie Findlay, Oliver Thompson, Taylor Harte, 12th gr Daniel Perkinson, Fletcher Forsyth, 13th gr Daniel Gow, Lucas Schlepers. Then each team gave out their certificates and handed over their sportsmanship trophy: Jordan Andrew, Emma Paine, Taylor Harte, Ryan Magee, Linette Lengkeek, Seth Kushnirenko, Kevin Paulsen, Katie Growden, Jake Boyce, Ethan Forbes, Tyson Yates, Jamie Julian, and Katie Mahy were the recipients. Then there were some fun games between kids and parents to finish off.
Check out our Honours Board for lots of past winners.

26 September A disappointing Phoenix game in miserable conditions yesterday!
This an email regarding the first Eastern Bay of Plenty Federation Talent Centre. We will be hosting open trials on Saturday 1st October 12.30pm – 2.30pm, please invite all your U10, U11, U12 and U13 boys and girls. Please read all the information below. From October 2011 Waikato Bay of Plenty and New Zealand Football will be establishing the new Federation Talent Centers (FTC’s) as part of the new National Player development Framework. The breakdown of the WaiBOP regional talent centers are as follows:

Talent Development Centers
1. Waikato St Peters School, Cambridge U12-U17
2. Bay of Plenty Links Ave U12-U17
(Eastern BOP) Whakatane U10-U13
(Central BOP) Rotorua U12-U13 (Please note that the EBOP and CBOP FTC’s will just be for U10-U13’s. From U14 up these centers will funnel into the main BOP centre based out of Links Ave, Tauranga. This is so we can maintain our best with best philosophy) Players attending the FTC’s will be exposed to a 12 month training program through all the school terms. Term 1 – 2 contacts a week, term 2 & 3 – 1 contact a week, term 4 – 3 contacts a week (initially only 2 contacts in 2011 due to a phased in approach) This 12 month representative player development program aims to give the top players in our region, the opportunity to reach the highest level, with more high quality football training experiences intended to unlock, explore and develop talent.
The training program will be supplemented with challenge matches both within our federation and against neighboring federations. These game days will provide players with an opportunity to test themselves against other top players from around the region.
Games Days for Term 4 27th November – Battle in the Bay Festival - Papamoa
Inter Federation game day
11th December – Tri series Festival – North Harbour. Federation game day against Auckland and Northern FTC’s

Eastern Bay of Plenty Trial Dates

Trials for U12 and U13 boys and girls – Program Start 25th October
Saturday 1st October, Rex Morph Park, Whakatane, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

The Cost for the FTC for Term 4 2011 will be $120. This only applies to the U12 and U13 age groups training through term 4 2011.

If you would like to register to trial for the 2011/2012 program or have any questions can you please email with you contact details below to confirm your trial place.

Contact Email:
Contact Phone number:
Current Club/School team:

We need confirmation of all trialists by Friday 30th September 12pm

Kindest Regards, Mike Ward, Eastern Bay of Plenty Football Development Officer

21 September More info about the Phoenix visit: there is an open training session at Links Ave Mt Maunganui on Saturday 24th 10.30 - 11.30am, with the chance to meet players, also the team will be at BayFair from 2 - 3 pm. They will sign autographs, etc.

19 September The 11th gr Mud Dawgs finished their season today. What an exciting last game. Awakeri Mud Dawgs played the Saints Rockets in the last game of the season. It was a close game locked at 1-1. Jack du Toit scored the winning goal in the final minutes, the other goal was scored by Taylor Harte bringing his talley to 21 goals for the year. Keely Forbes & Georgia Leonard also played very well. Awakeri 2 Saints 1.
Remember our break up day is Sat October 1st.

17 September On Thursday 13th gr Awa Sharks put in a good performance against Ohope in a catch up game. Down 5 - 0 at half time, Sharks 'won' the second half with a Daniel Perkinson strike. Others to impress: Fletcher with his skilful running, Jade and Jordan with their gritty midfield play and Abbey being brave in defence. Campbell Forsyth also put in a gutsy efort, playing in this older age group.

15 September The Wellington Phoenix are coming!!!!! Sunday September 25th 2.30 pm at Baypark, a pre-season game against Central Coast Mariners, aka the Salty Dogs. Should be awesome. Take your kids to experience the atmosphere of professional football. It leaves rugby games in the dust! Tickets available through TicketDirect at Baypark, Baycourt or by calling 0800 4ticket.
We have six team photos done so far. Check out the teams page. Also, congratulations to our 12 district rep players this season, and to Paul Julian for coaching the 1th gr girls rep team. Check out their names on the Honours Board.

11 September A hat trick to Taylor Harte in the 11th grade, a great 1 - 1 draw between our two 8th grade premier teams, best game of the season for 9th grade Phoenix, 7th gr Aces beat unbeaten Kawerau team and a cool 6th grade tournament finishes the season for most of our teams. Read the report.

8 September Meeting tonight agreed that the break-up / prize giving will be Saturday 1st October, 10am - 12 noon. Starting with any team photos that need to be taken, then prize giving. Each player gets a certificate, and there is one sportsmanship trophy and one special coach's award per team. Then games between children and parents to finish. There was also some friendly rivalry between the 8th grade Comets and Aces coaches!! Their big game is this Saturday!!

5 September 8th grade Aces nabbed a draw, their first point of the season. Wild Cats beat the Phoenix in the 9th grade show down, but that makes a win each and a draw, so honours shared! Just like the barbecue and swim at the hot pools afterwards! Read the updated reports. Check out these photos from the 7th grade Aces tournament at Opotiki. They had four wins!!
Remember, meeting this Thursday, 7.30pm.

31 August Another Kevin Paulsen double got Awakeri Comets home 2 - 1 in a catch up game against Ohope Lightning today. The Ohope keeper was in terrific form, making Comets sweat before finally getting the win.

30 August Club meeting, next Thursday Sept 8th, 7.30pm at school. To discuss end of year prize giving / break up. Coaches please attand. All welcome.

28 August First win of the season for 13th grade Awakeri Sharks, with Daniel Perkinson scoring four. Taylor Harte scored two more the the 11th grade Mud Dawgs to give him 17 for the season, the same as goal aces Kevin Paulsen in the 8th grade. It was also a good day for the girls, with Katy White, Emily Julian (again), Rylee Looney and Olivia Sheaff all scoring. Read the reports.

25 August Two catch up games played this week. On Monday the 13th grade Sharks played top of the table Whakatane Fury and fought valiantly, losing 9 - 0. Today, 11th grade Dragons earned their first point with a thrilling 1 - 1 draw with Ohope. Dragons all played well. Ohope scored and then Jamie Findlay got the equaliser two minutes into the second half. Jacob Davis was player of the day. Well done Dragons!!

22 August Emily Julian scored four, the Sharks again scored goals, here are some photos of the 7th grade Aces game. Read the report.

20 August The Wellington Phoenix are coming!!!!! Sunday September 25th 3pm at Baypark, a pre-season game against Central Coast Mariners, aka the Salty Dogs. Should be awesome. Take your kids to experience the atmosphere of professional football. It leaves rugby games in the dust! Tickets on sale on Thursday, August 25, available through TicketDirect at Baypark, Baycourt or by calling 0800 4ticket.

15 August What a weekend!! Comets beat the league leaders in the 8th grade premiers, Sharks scored five goals, their first of the year, against Kawerau in a 5 - 5 13th grade draw, 6th gr Rascals and Hotcars had a cool match up... Here are the reports. Here are some photos from Comets games.

7 August Five goals in the first half by Ethan Forbes had him playing goalie in the second half for 7th grade Aces!A good 6th grade derby between Hotcars and Hotshots too. Read the reports.

5 August Woh, we've had a long time with no football! Good luck to all our teams tomorrow. The 8th grade Cheatah Girlz have a tournament at Ohope, and a new draw is out. The girlz should get theirs on Monday at school.
It's good to see 8th grade coach John White doing senior refereeing too.

19 July If you haven't paid a visit to the official EBOP football site, it's really worth a visit. Has all the league tables, news etc.

18 July Some good results over the weekend. Awakeri's 9th grade teams did well at the tournament in Opotiki, and drew 1 - 1 in the 3rd place play off. Korben Wilson scored a hat trick for Phoenix in the tournament and five goals for the day. Marshall McGuire score his first ever goal, after several years of playing. Kevin Paulsen scored another hat trick for Comets in the 8th grade. Read all the reports.
Good to see a healthy turn out for the holiday programme being run by Mike Ward at Awakeri today and tomorrow. If you missed out today, turn up at 10am tomorrow (Tues) with $30, your lunch and your boots!

11 July The 8th grade premier tournament at Awakeri went very well on Saturday. 3 games of pool play, with a good session with FDO Mike Ward in between. The kids were kept busy!! Kawerau Cruisers beat Awakeri Store Comets in the final, 1 - 0. Their keeper saved a late penalty to secure the win. Lots of interesting other results. Read the report. See some cool photos from the tournament.
Here are all the results:

Group A       Group B      
Kawerau Cruisers 1 Saints Crusaders 0 James St Gunners 0 Awakeri Comets 2
Ohope Gunners 1 Awakeri Aces 0 Kawerau Knights 4 Ohope Lightning 0
Kawerau Cruisers 1 Ohope Gunners 0 James St Gunners 0 Kawerau Knights 0
Saints Crusaders 2 Awakeri Aces 1 Awakeri Comets 1 Ohope Lightning 0
Kawerau Cruisers 1 Awakeri Aces 0 James St Gunners 1 Ohope Lightning 0
Ohope Gunners ? Saints Crusaders ? Kawerau Knights 0 Awakeri Comets 0
    Kawerau Cruisers 1 Awakeri Comets 0    

6 July Great 2 - 2 draw NZ v Mexico women this morning. Talking of women's football, Plains Rangers are playing at Awakeri this Sunday, 12.30 pm against Kawerau. Should be fun!

4 July Kevin Paulsen scored eight when Comets beat Aces in the 8th grade derby match. Five wins and three draws yesterday. Read the reports.A few photos of 9th grade Phoenix's game.
Here is the info for the 8th grade premier tournament at Awakeri this Saturday. Anyone want to run a sausage sizzle / drinks stall?? Contact Barrie if you're keen.

2 July NZ gave England.a huge fright in Women's World Cup this morning, leading for most of the game, going down 2 - 1 in the end. Let that be inspiration for Awakeri's teams today. Well done Football Ferns.

28 June A few pics of the Wild Cats tournament on Sunday have been added.
There are a few videos of the 7th grade All Stars games on YouTube. Have a look!
Entries are coming in for the 8th grade premier tournament being held at Awakeri on Sat July 9th, starting at 9am. Should be fun.

26 June Mud, fun! Read the reports! See some photos from the 9th grade derby between Wild Cats and Phoenix.
Plus today the Wild Cats played in the special girls tournament to celebrate the Women's World Cup.... from coach Paul Julian:
On the negative side. The girls struggled, the fields were tiny and very crowded with 5 a side, but the good teams seemed to manage. There were some very good players. Particularly in the under 13 final where the wining team were very impressive.
On the positive side the girls had a great time.They were all smiles and loved the atmosphere the shirts and the whole day. The 4 subs were always on the sideline with their pom poms singing Awakeri chants really giving it their all. We won best dressed team.
So all in all it was a successful experience and a good reminder that the main goal is that we have fun and enjoy each others company. Which we did and do.

25 June Yay it's sunny! Who will win the battle of the 9th grades? Awakeri Wild Cats or Phoenix?? Good luck to the girls going to Tauranga tomorrow for the Womens World Cup tournament. They looked great in their Brazil shirts yesterday. Also tomorrow there is a crucial Under17 World Cup game on TV at 11am, New Zealand v USA, winner goes through to next round, draw - maybe.

20 June Lets hope the rain will stay away this weekend! Something to look forward to is a Football Holiday programme being run at Awakeri by Mike Ward on the first Mon and Tues of the holidays (18th, 19th) 10am to 3 pm. Mike is the EBOP's football development officer and runs some great coaching sessions. Watch out for your child to bring a leaflet home about this next week.
Good results from the NZ Women in their World Cup warm ups and the Under -17 men, who beat Uzbekistan in their World Cup game 4 - 1. Football is on a high these days!

18 June Soccer at Awakeri (and probably lots of other grounds) is off today. Who asked for rain? Go on, own up!
Rep trials tomorrow have been changed. Here are the new dates:
8th grade - rescheduled to Wednesday 22nd 4pm, (to be confirmed)
10th grade girls - rescheduled to Wednesday 22nd 4pm
11th grade Development - cancelled
15th grade girls - new time to be confirmed.

13 June 10th grade girls rep trial is 10am this Sunday. Here are Saturday's reports.
Coming very soon, the NZ Football Ferns are at the Women's World Cup in Germany. Their build up games in Switzerland start this week. Check out the dates and results and TV schedule here.

12 June Reports coming soon. Here is how the Awakeri All Stars got on at their 7th grade tournament last Saturday.

10 June 6th grade tournament now cancelled!!

9 June Some changes here!!!!!! Here are the times for the rep trials this Sunday at Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane.

8th gr -10am - 8th gr field
9th gr - 10.30am - 9th gr field
10th boys - 9am - 9th gr field
12th boys - 9am - 11th gr field
12th girls - 10.30am - 11th gr field
13th gr - 10am - Athletic park.
10th girls - is now next Sunday!! Time to be confirmed.

6 June A change to the 7th grade draw. Paroa have pulled out their 7th grade team, which means no game for Aces on June 25 and no game for All Stars on Aug 27. Not many of our teams played on Saturday. Sounds like the 7th grade tournament went well. 6th grade Hotcars had a good win, with Jamie Julian getting a hat trick. Here are the reports.

2 June The draw for the 7th grade tournament this Saturday has been sent to the coaches (10pm). Teams are expected to assemble at Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane at 8.50am. Both teams first game is at 9.15. It ends just after 11am. The teams also have a session with Mike Ward, the Football Development Officer. Mike also took a special older girls training at Awakeri today. Sounds like it was great, 17 girls there. Its likely to be repeated. Tomorrow night (Friday) he is running a free coaching session at the Events Centre too (see below)
Also, there is a special girls world cup tournament on Sunday June 26, 5 aside, 9th grade and 12th grade, at Mt Maunganui. If anyone is interested in entering a team, contact Barrie. It sounds cool.

29 May A good day yesterday, it didn't rain, and we had eight wins out of 13. A hat trick to Kaleb Muggeridge in the 7th grade, four goals to Ethan Forbes in the 7th grade. Read the reports.

25 May The 6th grade tournament day on June 11th is at Whakatane. We haven't heard yet where the 7th grade tournament is on June 4th.

24 May Girl players 9th grade and older are invited to join Mr Julian's team for a girls only coaching session with the EBOP Football development officer Mike Ward, after school next Thursday 2nd June. It should be good! Coaches of other grades are welcome to watch the session.
Mike is also running coaching courses at various levels. Friday May 27th 7pm – 9pm @ Whakatane FC
Friday June 3rd 7pm – 9pm @ Awakeri Events centre
are for beginning coaches. Don't miss out!! See May 9th notes below.

23 May All teams in action on Saturday. A real variety of results: 5 wins, a draw and 6 losses. Read the reports.

15 May Six of Awakeri's teams played, with two wins and a draw. Taylor Harte scored five goals for the 11th grade Mud Dawgs! Here are the reports.

13 May Sadly, Awakeri's fields are a bog, meaning they are closed for this weekend. Seven of our teams were due to have home games, plaus the Plains Rangers senior team has had its game postponed. Good luck to those teams that are playing.

9 May Hopefully our fields dry out enough for the first round of games this weekend! At the EBOP management committee meeting tonight, some news. Coaches or other interested parents: Coaching courses coming up soon: Small Whites course Friday 27 May 7 - 9 pm Whakatane FC clubrooms. It's free, ideal for beginning coaches. The course is also on Friday June 3rd at Awakeri events Center, 7 - 9 pm.
Junior Level 1 course More indepth course for coaches of junior teams. Costs $62, but our club will pay for our team coaches.. It's on Sunday May 29 10am - 2pm in Whakatane.
To enrol in any of these email Mike Ward or ring him on 021321358

7 May Bay Day is cancelled!! Sadly for the kids, but no doubt the right decision.

3 May Rosters of games for all teams have been done and should be given out at school tomorrow and Thursday. Each family is rostered on to be manager and do transport for their teams. Please do your bit, so you help the coach out.
Remember to look on this web site for your team's start time at the Bay Day tournament this Saturday.
If you want to look at all the EBOP draws and the rules and contacts for other clubs, follow our link to EBOPJFA info on the left.

27 April Coaches meeting Saturday 10am at school. The draw should have been finalised by then. Bay Day in just over a week!

5 April All team lists have now gone out except for our two 11th grade teams, which will be sorted soon.Some teams have started practices. We have 3 sixth grade teams, 2 sevenths, 3 eighths, 2 ninths, 2 elevenths and a 13th grade. At the EBOP manageement committee meeting last night it was decided to keep leagues the same format as last year, numbers permitting. i.e. premier and 1st divisions for 8th grade and above. NZ Football have a plan for clubs to play their 6th to 8th grade football in-house, i.e. not to travel to play other clubs. We decided against this, with a lot of small clubs making up our region. Maybe we'll be forced to in the next year or two.
Bay Day coming up on May 7th at Whakatane.
Check out our senior club... Plains Rangers. The men are playing Tauranga City at Awakeri on Saturday 2.30pm, and the women are playing Tauranga City on Sunday at Awakeri 12.30pm kickoff.

19 March Looks like we do have a 13th grade team, with eleven players now registered. Our AGM is Monday 28 March at school 7.30pm. Hear all about the WaiBOP Federation's plan for our region!!! All Welcome. Intending coaches please attend.

8 March Enrolments went well. All age groups looking pretty solid, except for 13th grade. We have seven players, another six would be great. Any 11 or 12 year olds interested contact Barrie Hawkes urgently.
Any adults looking to play football - Plains Rangers are happy to sign up new players. Training Thursday 6.30pm. The mens Tuesdays as well, at Awakeri.

17 February It's been a long time!! Our junior enrolments are happening over the next week. Forms are being given out at Awakeri School tomorrow (Friday). They can be sent in to the school office next week, or they can be brought to enrolment afternoon on Wednesday 23 Feb, between 3 and 5pm. Click here for a copy of the enrolment form.
A big game tomorrow night, with the Phoenix playing Adelaide in the playoffs, it's knock out! 10pm.

Our senior club Plains Rangers have started pre-season training. Check out their web site -

8 December If you want to enrol your child in a holiday programme football thing in Ohope, click here for the enrolment form or email Barrie. Costs $60, limited to 30 places. January 17 - 19.

19 Oct All team photos are on the teams page now. If you want a larger size file for printing a good copy, please email Barrie.

6 Oct If you're going near Auckland, this Saturday NZ All Whites v Honduras at North Harbour Stadium would be well worth a watch. See Ryan Nelsen in action, Leo Bertos, Mark Paston.... Tickets through Ticketek.
Most of our team photos are on our teams page, still waiting for two. If you want a large size team photo emailed, let me know.
Check out these action pictures of Awakeri Comets v Ohope.

30 Sept A successful break-up / prize giving was held on Saturday and lots of fun games to finish the day. Check out our updated honours board to see who got the prizes.

12 Sept 11th gr Magic and 8th gr Incredibles had their last games yesterday. Magic lost 4 - 1 to Allandale. Magic put in a good effort. Liam Wilkinson scored a penalty and player of the day Jaspreet Dharmet was very unlucky when his sweetly hit shot was well saved by the keeper.
Incredibles and Matata had a good close battle, with Matata winning 4 - 2. Tylar Hall and Korben Wilson scored the Awakeri goals, with the team sharing the player of the day award.

8 Sept Awakeri club break-up and prize giving on Saturday 25th September, the first Saturday of the school holidays. 10am to 12 noon. Team photos will be taken unless previously taken, prize giving and then games against parents.
Stay on and watch Plains Rangers play Ngongotaha at 2.30pm if you want!

6 Sept Here are the latest points tables.

5 Sept Four teams played on Saturday, with the Wild Cats having their fourth 4 goal win in a row to finish their season. Emily Julian scored a hat trick. Caleb Marshall saving a goal, with the goal falling apart around him! Read the reports.

2 Sept Here are the latest league tables. Many thanks to ex-Awakeri coach Chris Whitaker for being the results officer. Chris is about to depart for Aussie. All the best Chris!

31 Aug Meeting Tuesday 7th Sept, 7.30pm at school. Coaches please attend. All welcome.

29 Aug The last games for many grades, though 8th grades, 9th and 11th 1st div still have one or two weeks to go. Look out for a club meeting next week to finalise our break up / prize giving day.Well done to the 6th grade for giving us two wins this week. Here are the reports.
Our senior club Plains Rangers had a good weekend, winning through to the knock out cup final. Check out their web site for more details.

27 Aug The up to date league tables

24 Aug Here are player, parent and coaches codes of conduct. Very interesting reading.

22 Aug Hooray, not too much rain this Saturday!! Magic won their first game on Saturday in the 11th grade, awesome work! Sharks were pipped in their final game against Whakatane. Zalea Tipping scored a hat trick in the 7th grade, the Wild Cats scored four goals for the third game in a row. Here is the report.
Some teams are reaching the ends of their seasons, while others still have a few weeks to go. Watch out for a club meeting soon to discuss the end of the year. If coaches want to organise team photo at a game it would be helpful.

12 Aug Oops, forgot to upload the report. It's there now! Also, the game between Sharks and Whk Magpies is now at 9am on Saturday. Warm up by watching the Phoenix 7.30pm Friday night!

11 Aug Here are the up to date league tables. Sharks have one game to go, a tough one against Whakatane Magpies this Saturday. Can they hang onto second place? Ten o'clock at Rex Morpeth Park, on the athletic pitch.

8th Aug Wins for Sharks, Wild Cats and Dolphins with a hard fought 3 all draw for Dragons in the 9th grade. Quest got a hat trick, including a soaring free kick. Read the reports.
Watch out for the Phoenix first game this Friday night. Should be a good one!!

3 Aug The league tables are here. Woh it's tight in the 11th grade premier, Sharks didn't play and they've dropped to fourth!

1 Aug Good clash between the 7th gr Warriors and Aces, a win for the Wild Cats too. Congratulations to Emily Julian and Tara van Beekhuizen for making the 10th gr girls rep team. Read the reports.

27 July The league tables are up to date, thanks Chris Whitaker. Great to see Awakeri Sharks on top of the 11th grade table, even if it's just temporarily!

25 July Football's back on after the holidays and the excitement of the World Cup and NZ doing so well. Exciting games on Saturday. Quest got a hat trick in the 11th grade when Sharks won 7 - 0. Korben Wilson scored, even though he was goal keeper, with a long punt against Saints in the 8th grade. Here are the reports.

4 July Some great close games on Saturday with the Angels and Comets grabbing wins. There were also the battles of the Magics and the Jets! Read the reports. The results and goal scorers for our competitive teams on .... follow the Results link to the left.
The cool pic on our title page is of Lilly Du Toit playing for her 7th grade Awakeri Aces team.
The World Cup is now down to four teams! No Brazil, or Argentina, now. Will Holland win? The Germans look strong, the Spanish were favourites, hmmm interesting!

27 June First win of the season for the Warriors this week. Sharks and Jets also had wins, while there were a number of close losses. Quest and Zalea Tipping both scored goals. Read the reports. The league tables are up to date as at June 17.
Sadly, after a 0 - 0 draw with Paraguay, the All Whites are out of the World Cup, but unbeaten and above Italy in their group!

21 June Incredibles get their first win of the season. Korben Wilson's dad Nigel explained to Korben what a hat trick was, and Korben proved he understood by getting one! Read the reports.
The All Whites continued NZ's brilliant year of football with a 1 - 1 draw with World Champs Italy in the World Cup overnight! This follows on from drawing 1 - 1 with Slovakia a few days ago.

17 June 11th grade Sharks beat Whakatane Tricky Chicks 1 - 0 in a catch up game, Taylor Harte player of the day and Sean Young the scorer. Good one!

13 June Lots of goal keepers did well yesterday (apart from England's one!), but only one win and a draw from our teams. Oh well, some good games anyway. Read the report.

10 June League tables up to date. Thanks to Chris Whitaker.
Hope you can all watch some of the World Cup. Lucky for the kids, TV One has highlights every day at 5pm.

7 June The Sharks continue their good form with their 3rd win in a row in the 11th grade, only one other win... well done 6th grade Awakeri Angels for their 3rd in a row as well. Here are the reports. The World Cup is only a few sleeps away now!!

30 May Another brilliant result for NZ football with the All Whites beating Serbia 1 - 0 last night in a pre-World Cup 'friendly'. Serbia, ranked 15, (cf NZ 79) were rattled and fans invaded the pitch and threw flares and bottles, halting the game for several minutes. A special Smeltzy goal gave us the win.
Back at Awakeri, the 6th grade showed the way, all three teams winning! First ever win to Dolphins. Read the reports.
Sadly three Te Teko teams have now withdrawn - Piwaiwakas (6th gr), Tuatara (7th gr), Kiwi (13th gr). Those teams still due to play them have no game. Please note : Warriors on July 3rd, Jets Aug 21st and Angels Aug 28th.

26 May The competitive league tables are up to date. Follow the link down the left hand side.

25 May Hopefully our kids won't copy the tactics of the Aussie team last night when they put in some shocking tackles against our All Whites.
Well done to our 7th grade Aces team. Click here to read the match report, and here to see photos of their game on Saturday!

23 May Awakeri Sharks continue their good form in the 11th grade top division, some big losses too, some good wins in the 6th grade! Read the reports.
Watch out for the All Whites, playing Australia 9.30pm tomorrow night (Monday). Should be a great battle!

18th May Woh, shame about the weather on Saturday. Games in the competitive leagues (8th gr prem, 9th gr and older) will have to be caught up.
Another change to the draw. In 8th gr 1st div, Paroa have now pulled out, so Awakeri Wildcats now have a bye THIS Saturday, plus on the 24 July and 28 August. Sad!
Check out the Awesome Awakeri FC sign put up on the Turf fence. Well done Braden for organising it.

10th May Here are the tables for the competitive leagues. Go Sharks!!

9th May A couple of good wins and draws. Kaleb Muggeridge got four goals in his 6th grade game. Read the reports.

5th May Another change to the draw, 6th grade this time. Paroa Spiders have pulled out of the league. and will be replaced by Taneatua Tuatara (note this!!) This affects:
June 26 Awakeri Jets, now playing at Taneatua 11am
July 3 Awakeri Angels still playing at Awakeri 9.15
Referees course today starting 6pm and running for approximately 3 hours. The venue is likely to be Sport Bay of Plenty, but, is to be confirmed. If you would like to attend this course, please provide the following details to Mark Hester on

Full Name
Home Address
Home Number
Mobile Number
Email Address
Club affiliated with (if any)
Who to invoice? (individual or club)
The cost of the course is $60 plus GST and will be invoiced by Waikato Bay of Plenty Football.
Please direct any queries you have regarding this course to Mark Hester, Referee Development Officer, by email on or by phone on 021 214 7979.

May 3rd Good start to league games on Saturday. Three wins. Here's the report. The results of 8th gr and up.

27 April First proper games this Saturday. Yahoo!! Thanks to Whakatane for Bay Day last Sat, it was great. 11th grade Awakeri Magic, beware you now have no bye. Games against late entry Opotiki Cobras instead, 19 June at home 10am, 4th Sept away 10am.
If anyone takes photos of games throughout the season, email Barrie, so some could be put on this web site.

19 April All the teams lists have now been handed out to players, with the 8th, 9th and 11th grades going out today. This Saturday is Bay Day at Whakatane. All our teams are going, apart from the 6th grade Awakeri Dolphins. We may only find out the start times late in the week, so watch this space, or maybe the school newsletter, or maybe your coach will contact you!
Rosters of the rest of the season's games are being given out at school tomorrow and Wednesday, so make sure you get yours!!
Reminder, all players need shin pads, soccer boots, white shorts and blue and white hooped socks. There are some second hand soccer boots in the cloak bay of room 14 at school.
The whole draws for the EBOP are on the link on the left.

30 March Melissa White has kindly offered to take on the other 6th grade team, though she will need help. Check out our teams page.
The EBOP meeting decided that there will be no girls only league this season. Not enough entries. girls can get an automatic dispensation to play in the age group younger than them if desired.
A regulation was also passed that no club is allowed to approach / entice registered players of other clubs to play for them. The meaning of "registered" was also defined.
The Ohope Club is holding its McMeeking tournament on Sunday May 9th. It is a Joga Bonita (3 aside ) indoor tournament. Teams of four can enter from any grade.

29 March Teams are being sorted. A coaches' meeting today made a good start. Sadly we didn't have enough enrolments to make a 13th grade team. Those players have been given contacts for other clubs to try.
There will be an 11th grade trial game on Thursday lunch time at school.
Help!! We are also urgently looking for another 6th grade coach!!!
All other teams have coaches appointed. The sorted team lists will start coming out on Tuesday. An Eastern Bay meeting Monday night will determine whether there are girls-only leagues in 6th, 7th and 8th grades or not.

17 March AGM was successfully held. The club is in a sound state. The name of the club was discussed and it was decided to call ourselves Awakeri Football Club. This will go on a new sponsorship board, being organised by Braden Calder and on all our playing shirts. The capital A logo that the school uses, with the plough in it will also be part of the name. Christian Wetting's father, a founding member of the soccer, oops, football club donated the plough to the school, so it will be good symbolism of the past too. Click here for the president's report.

15 March A reminder about our AGM this Wednesday, 7.30 at school. There is also a Top School meeting the same night, don't go to the wrong one!! We'll be in Room 14.
So far enrolments are looking good, 110 players have signed up. Numbers lacking in the 13th grade though.

7 March Another great day for NZ football with the Wellington Phoenix winning their minor semifinal against Newcastle in front of 33000 fans. Now they play Sydney away next weekend in the major semi to see who'll play Melbourne in the final.

4 March Lots of enrolments today, especially in younger age groups. Any late enrolments need to come in urgently, plus any unpaid fees. Watch out for the big Phoenix game on Sunday 4 pm.

28 February Enrolments are next Wednesday 3 March, from 3 - 5 pm at school. If you can't make it, send in your form and fees to the school office beforehand. Children will be given out enrolment forms at school tomorrow, but click here to get one if you like!
Club AGM coming up, Wednesday 17th March 7.30pm.

22 February Last night of Family soccer next Monday 1st March. Another top day for the Wellington Phoenix, 24000 people saw them beat Perth and get a date with Newcastle on March 7th.

14 February Heady days for NZ football, with the Wellington Phoenix finishing 4th in the A League and earning a home semi final this Sunday (21st) against Perth Glory. Time to be confirmed.

8 February Family soccer is back under way, with six teams enjoying the drizzle tonight. Junior enrolments will be coming up at the end of the month. Anyone wanting to play seniors for Plains Rangers is invited to their first preseason training at Awakeri, Sunday 21st Feb, 4 pm.

30 January Happy New Year all! A huge year for NZ football, with the World Cup, the Phoenix chasing the play offs etc. Be part of it all!
Family soccer starts again on 8th February. Contact me if you want to enter a team or pull out a team.
Interested in some good quality football skills training? The Waikato BOP Federation is running Friday nights trainings in Whakatane (Warren Park). Click here to download the enrolment form. Costs $80.

6 December No Super Pals again tomorrow night, so there will be a bye.
NZ All Whites in Group F of World Cup finals, along with current World champs Italy, plus Slovakia and Paraguay. First game against Slovakia (pop 5.3 million) on 16 June 2010.

3 December Who will the All Whites meet at the World Cup??? We find out on Saturday morning, ten to six, live on TV One. Will we be playing England? Brazil? France - the hand ball specialists!? Cristiano Ronaldo? Torres? Who?

23 November Family soccer draw. Two more Monday nights of soccer (30th and 7th) before holiday break. We will resume after the school holidays if teams are keen.

15 Nov What an awesome win by the All Whites last night!!!!!!

8 November We now have eight teams in family soccer, so no byes.
This time next week we'll know if NZ have made it to the World Cup finals. The biggest game for 30 years is on Saturday 14th at 8pm. NZ v Bahrain. Dunno how many Awakeri people are going (there were lots to the Beckham game ) but one teacher will be there!! With 36000 other people!

1 November Family soccer kicks off tomorrow night, still seven teams. One more would eliminate having a bye. Click here for the draw.

29 October Well anyone who went to that Phoenix game will never forget it! Beating Gold Coast 6 - 0. Aaawweessoommee!!
Entries are coming in for Family Soccer starting Monday (see Oct 20 News). Be quick! Seven teams in already. We only want ten.

23 October Anyone down Wellington way this long weekend? Go see the Phoenix game against league leaders Gold Coast, 5 pm Sunday. Should be good.

20 October Entries are now being taken for Family Summer Soccer. Mixed, adults and kids, males and females. Click here to check out the rules. Email Barrie or phone 3222076 to enter. Monday evenings, 5.45 - 6.45 pm. Three games a night, $30 team entry.
A huge game of football for NZ, coming up in Wellington on Nov 14th. Beat Bahrain and we go to the World Cup! Tickets all sold out.

5 October Woh, a couple of huge games for NZ football coming up soon. The All Whites are playing Bahrain early Sunday morning (4.30am) over there and then at home (Wellington) on Nov 14th. If we beat them, we get to the World Cup finals in South Africa next year. The only other time was the famous 1982 All Whites team. Watch it on TV, or even go to Wellington to watch the second game. You could be part of history!

26 September Prize giving was today. Rain cut things short, but we did manage the presentations and photos, just not the games. Congratulations to all our players, specially those who were given awards. Check them out on our honours board. Team photos are on the Teams page, some teams have done their own pics and need to get them to Barrie. If you want a larger file size of any team photo, email Barrie and he'll send you one.

9 September Here is the latest report.

8 September Soccer club break up to be Saturday 26 September, the first Saturday of the school holidays. 10am to 12 noon. Team photos will be taken unless previously taken, prize giving and then games against parents. Can all sportsmanship tropies please be returned to Mr Hawkes as soon as possible.
This Thursday morning, a rare treat, the NZ All Whites are on TV playing a friendly game against Jordan, starts 7am. This is a build up game for the crucial World Cup qualifiers coming soon.
The EBOP competitive league tables are up to date.

7 September Club meeting Tuesday 7 pm at Awakeri school. Sorry, reports for last two weeks running late. Finn Spod scored a hat-trick for 8th gr Aces on Saturday.

25 August Good wins and another good 9th grade derby. Zac Fretwell scored 6 in the 13th grade. Three different girls scored in the 6th grade Warriors 3 - 0 win against Allandale. Here are the reports so far. The league tables.

20 August Most games weren't played last Saturday, although 9th gr Awakeri Mosquitoes had a narrow 1 - 0 loss to Whakatane Magpies. Today 11th grade Awakeri Wildhogs played their postponed game against Whakatane Stealth. Wildhogs did very well, despite being exhausted from a whole day of interschool soccer. Stealth won 6 - 0 in the end, but were made to work hard for it.

12 August Here are the up to date league tables, courtesy of Chris Whitaker. 9th grade new rosters were handed out to all players today. This Saturday 8th gr Awakeri Aces are playing the catch up game against Opotiki. Johnny will let you know the details.

9 August Neither team wanted to lose to their mates, so the contest between 9th grade teams Mosquitoes and Sharks was a beauty. Read about it and more in our report.

7 August The Wellington Phoenix start their new A league season this Sunday, away to Newcastle Jets. It's on Sky TV at 5 pm. Check out our senior club's Phoenix pages.

3 August The junior girls Awakeri Angels had their first win ever. Congrats to Geoff and the team! Here are the reports.

28 July Soccer's back on after the holidays. The best result was probably a 3 - 3 draw for Sharks in the 9th grade against one of the top teams. The match up between the two 7th grade teams was a good one as well. Here are the reports.
Mike Learmond's 11th grade team have a new draw coming out this week. It is being given out at school tomorrow (Wednesday). Hawks play Ohope on Saturday.

10 July Very muddy conditions, and a first win the 9th grade Awakeri Sharks were highlights. Three wins and a draw on Saturday! Here's the report. Our highest placed team is Awakeri Hawks in the 11th grade 1st division. Well done Mike and team!
Lucas Schlepers looks like he's got into the 10th grade reps. Good one!

30 June Congratulations to Jacob Davis, selected in the 8th grade rep squad, and Quest Tipping in the 9th grade squad. Shane Hope got into the 11th grade team too. Here are the latest reports. We managed one draw!

22 June The league tables are up to date. Which Awakeri team is highest in their table???

21 June First wins of the season for 13th grade Avatars and 7th grade Midgets. Emily Julian hit the post four times, leaving her dad "needing counseling after the game"! Read the reports. Good luck to our players going to rep trials today and tomorrow.
Coaches are invited to an informal coaching session this Friday night (26th) at Matata Rugby and Sports Club, starting at 6.30 pm. Should be some work outdoors and indoors. Very valuable if you haven't been to any coaching training. Other interested parents welcome too.

12 June The Awakeri fields are closed for junior soccer tomorrow. If you're playing away from home, listen to radio 1XX for cancellations.

10 June Tomorrow morning NZ v World champions Italy, live Sky Sport 2 starts 6.45 am. Woohoo!
The Eastern Bay league tables are up to date on here too. Who is doing the best of the Awakeri teams???
Here is the draw for the 6th&7th grade girls tournament this Saturday.

7 May Another day of few wins, but a first win for 6th grade Awakeri Fliers... Well done to Craig and the team. Here are the reports. Watch out for the All Whites playing in the Confederations Cup over the next week. We're playing the World's best!

31 May Some teams played and some didn't (Queen's Birthday weekend) but some good games especially in the younger age groups. Here are the reports.

26 May Ouch!! 11 losses out of 13 games! Oh well, we had some pretty strong opposition.
T-Rexes won in the junior girls. After Emily Julian had scored five goals against Thornton Reds, her dad, Paul, who was refereeing, said he'd tackle her if she ran with the ball any more. So after being tackled by the ref a few times, Emily and team mates started passing the ball!! Read the reports.
Christian Wetting went on a level one coaching course on Sunday too, and said it was very useful.
The league tables for the competitive grades (8th and up) are here. Results officer Chris Whitaker has them right up to date.

22 May At last, here are some pics of the 11th grade game at Matata last Saturday. Good luck tomorrow everyone! If anyone takes photos of games that can be published, contact Barrie Hawkes.
Soccer Changes in the 7th grade:
Paroa Strikers have pulled out of the 7th grade. On the following days, the team affected could have a bye or arrange to play the other team with the bye (the coach has the full draw):
June 13 Awakeri Midgets
August 29 Awakeri Incredibles

17 May Both Awakeri's junior girls team playing each other was a hgihlight for Saturday's games. Emily Julian scored a hat trick. Jacob Davis, Marshall McGuire and Liam McCormick all scored 2 goals each. Read the reports.

11 May A good start for our teams on Saturday, with lots of close games in the competitive grades and more wins than losses. Quite a few players in their first ever games of soccer won players of the day. Only a brief report this week, with, sorry not all teams listed.

6 May The first games for all teams are this Saturday. Coaches make sure you have your gear.
Coaching course, there is an informal coaching course this Friday at Whakatane. It's practical and has lots of helpful ideas for the beginning coach. 6 - 7.30pm. Contact Barrie to let him know you're going.

27 April Players have been given their schedule of games for the season today, with also the roster of who is on manager and transport for each game (although younger age groups are being given out tomorrow). Most teams are entered in Bay Day on Saturday, but a few are not. Check your child's roster for that info. The start times for Saturday are not yet available. Most teams are starting to practice this week.
Coaches your gear will be ready to collect from about Thursday.

8 April Team lists have been given out at school today, just the 11th grade teams to be given out tomorrow (Thursday). Make sure you got yours! We still need a coach for one of the 8th grade teams, urgently!! Email me or ring 3222076

31 March There is a coaches' meeting at school, Room 14, this Sunday morning, 10 am. All welcome. We are still looking for a 6th gr, a 7th gr, and an 8th gr coach. Ring Barrie 073222076 urgently if you're keen, or email. Team lists should start coming out next week. There are also coaching courses available on May 1st and May 15th, again, let Barrie know if you're interested.

4 March The AGM was successful, with the finances in good heart and officers elected (see club history). Discussion on the plans for all girls leagues in 6th and 7th grades, the state of the fields, coaches and enrolments. Read the president's report. There is a referees course this Sunday, if anyone is keen, contact Barrie immediately.

1 March A good lot of enrolments. Hurry up if you are enrolling late!! You might miss out!
The final night of Family Soccer tomorrow night. It's been fun.

23 Feb Enrolments are this Friday, from 3 - 5 pm at Awakeri School. Forms will be handed out to students at Awakeri School on Tuesday. They are also available here.
There is one more Monday of Family Soccer.
Next Tuesday (3rd March) is the AGM of the Awakeri Soccer Club. All welcome. Intending coaches please attend.
Our senior club, Plains Rangers is training at the Edgecumbe Domain Mondays and Thursdays at 6.30 pm.

10 Feb The family soccer draw is in the links column to the left.

31 Jan 09 Our senior club Plains Rangers are starting pre-season training, at Awakeri on Sunday 8th Feb at 4.30pm, with a friendly kick-around. If you want to join in, just turn up or email Barrie Hawkes. Plains Rangers senior mens team plays in BOP div one. If there is enough interest there could be a women's team too.
Family soccer restarts on Monday 9th February, 6pm as usual. We do have space for another team.

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