Waiheke United 5, Norwest United 1
Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, September 10 2016
This is a short post to congratulate Waiheke United, who overcame Glen Eden yesterday to be crowned AFF/NFF Conference champions and with that, were automatically promoted to NRFL Division 2 for next year.
If you don’t know, Waiheke is a rather cool little Island out in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf – a one hour ferry ride from the CBD.
The football club has gained notoriety this year, not just for their success on the pitch, but also for their ultras who have found fame on ESPN Deportes as well as in local media. I first discovered ‘La Banda del Pipazo’ when I went to a conference game they played against Ranui Swanson earlier this season and loved what I saw!
I have now been to watch football at Waikeke’s Onetangi Sports Park twice. The first occasion was to watch the women’s team win AFF Division 2 in 2014. The second was last Saturday, when I joined Brandon from Yellow Fever and Dave from the Journeyfan blog for a trip that can only be described as memorable….
I haven’t told the story myself, because Brandon and Dave were the guests in town and I wanted to let them tell it.
I think they are both side-spittingly funny and I can vouch for the fact that every word is true!
So if your team plays in NRFL Division 2, there’s a taste of some of the interesting experiences you too could be in for!
I think you will agree that Waiheke United will be a greatly enriching inclusion in the Northern League!
But maybe next year they could play their games at the advertised times, yeah? 😉
P.S. Brandon’s account of Saturday was an outtake from this week’s Phoenix City podcast which contained some very touching sentiments directed towards this blog. If you want to hear all about how awesome we are, have a listen to that too. As well as the full interview Brandon did with Birkenhead United goalkeeping coach Andrew Parkinson which is here.
I’ve also included the photos I took of the ultras last Saturday in this post. Enjoy!
Categories: NZ AFF/NFF Men's Conference
A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.