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The Chatham Cup

Waitakere City 1, Central United 0
Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, July 3 2011

Today I went along to a Chatham Cup round of 16 clash between Waitakere City FC and Central United. The Chatham Cup is New Zealand’s premier club knockout tournament. Unlike this country’s nationwide franchise based semi-professional summer league (the NZFC), all club football is amateur and organised into regional winter leagues. These winter league clubs, other amateur teams and some highschool first XIs make up the aproximately 130 teams who enter the Chatham Cup each season. The competition is very much modeled on the English FA Cup – even the cup itself is a replica of an old incarnation of it’s colonial parent.

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Waitakere City and Central United are old Auckland rivals. Waitakere City, from West Auckland, are the host club of the NZFC franchise Waitakere United – Winners of the Oceania Champions League and participants in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2007 and 2008. Central United, based in the Central Auckland suburb of Sandringham, has it’s roots in the largely West Auckland based Croatian community and is the host club of the other Auckland based NZFC franchise Auckland City FC – Winners of the Oceania Champions League and participants in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2006 and 2009.

Today’s match finished 1-0 to Waitakere City thanks to a well taken winner late in the second half. As a neutral, I was disappointed. I was thoroughly enjoying the game and looking forward to extra time!

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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.

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