AFF Firebirds Joshua Brame (left - Onehunga Sports) and Jamie Lamb (Central Utd FC) celebrate

Future stars grace Weir Rose Bowl

Monday, October 31, 2011
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Almost 120 future stars of football in Auckland were on show at North Harbour Stadium over the weekend as nine Auckland Football Federation (AFF) teams competed at the 2011 U-12 Weir Rose Bowl tournament.

Five boys teams and four girls sides represented Auckland Football at the annual event which has brought together the most talented footballers from Northland to Taupo since the first boys tournament in 1954.

AFF Football Development Manager Stevie Baxter says the tournament was a tremendous success in a number of ways for Auckland Football.

“From a playing perspective it was great to put our training into practice in games and to allow all the players to get federation game time was excellent,” Baxter said.

“It was great to see the guiding principles of our philosophy coming out in the performances of our players and teams on the park and they can now take those experiences back to their club environments to continue their development.”

Under the refreshed Talent Development Framework of New Zealand Football - which aims to widen the base of talent at U-12 level - the Auckland Football Brenda Kerr and her AFF Crystals team during halftime of the final of the girls Weir Rose Bowl eventsides were not streamed as they have been in previous years.

“Under the new framework our role is to make the base of our talent pyramid at this age group as big as we can to feed a greater number of quality players into the older age bands further up the chain at FTC level,” Baxter said.

“It was great to be able to begin that process with our Weir Rose Bowl preparation and everyone involved in the event from Auckland Football can be proud of their effort.”

The AFF Firebirds team, coached by Andrew Campbell and Ian Davidson, were winners of the boys event after taking a 1-0 win over Waikato Bay of Plenty Football’s Federation side in the final.

AFF Firebirds player Justin Bailey (Onehunga Sports) took out the Golden Boot award as the tournament top scorer with eight goals.

Three of the four boys semi-finalists were Auckland Football teams as the AFF Chargers, coached by Ryan Shiffman, and the AFF Sharks, coached by Paul Marshall and Grant Bracey were also among the top four sides at the event.

Meanwhile, the AFF Crystals team, coached by Brenda Kerr, reached the girls final where they were beaten 1-0 by Waikato Bay of Plenty Football’s Federation team.

AFF Emeralds player Annabelle Pakieto (Ellerslie AFC) finished as the top scorer in the girls event with seven goals. The AFF Firebirds were the winners of the boys Weir Rose Bowl event

Click the related article link below for a full list of the Auckland Football team results over the three-day tournament. Click here for a look at the full tournament results/standings (NFF website).

Visit our Facebook page for a selection of photos from the tournament.

Photos by Shane Wenzlick

No 1 No 2 No 3 No 4
Lotto NRFL Men's Premier
Team Played Pts
Eastern Suburbs 14 29
Central Utd 15 28
Birkenhead Utd 14 25
Onehunga Sports 14 25
Three Kings Utd 12 21
Glenfield Rovers 13 20
Hamilton Wanderers 14 18
East Coast Bays 13 17
Forrest Hill Milford 14 16
Western Springs 14 12
Bay Olympic 14 11
Tauranga City Utd 14 11
Melville Utd 15 11
NRFL Men's Prem Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Dylan Stansfield East Coast Bays 10
Michael Gwyther Glenfield Rovers 9
Nicolas Zambrano Central United 9
Godwin Darkwa Birkenhead Utd 8
Jake Mechell Melville United 8
Judd Baker East Coast Bays 7
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 1
Team Played Pts
Waitakere City 12 36
North Shore Utd 13 26
Mt Albert-Ponsonby 12 25
Metro 12 21
Manurewa 12 20
Ellerslie 13 18
Hibiscus Coast 12 14
Oratia Utd 12 11
Papakura City 12 10
Franklin Utd 12 10
Mangere Utd 12 1
NRFL Men's Div 1 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Stephen Carmichael Manurewa 11
Dave Fahy North Shore Utd 9
Rizal Ganief Metro 9
Peter Wild Mt Albert-Ponsonby 9
Isaac Brealey Ellerslie 8
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 2
Team Played Pts
Takapuna 13 30
Waitemata 12 24
Manukau City 11 23
Fencibles Utd 13 23
Onehunga Mangere 12 19
Papatoetoe 11 16
Te Atatu 12 14
Ngaruawahia Utd 11 14
Albany Utd 13 10
Claudelands Rovers 12 10
Northland 12 3
NRFL Men's Div 2 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Arkito Morita Takapuna 16
Ubaldo Nunez Manukau City 12
Connor Taylor Takapuna 10
Andrew Wallace Onehunga Mangere 10
Matt Chant Fencibles 8
George Curry Waitemata 8
Lotto NRFL Women's Premier
Team Played Pts
Three Kings Utd 10 30
Western Springs 10 22
Glenfield Rovers 10 19
Eastern Suburbs 9 18
Forrest Hill-Milford 10 16
Norwest Utd 9 10
Papatoetoe 8 9
Claudelands Rovers 10 8
Hamilton Wanderers 8 4
Lynn-Avon Utd 10 1
NRFL Women's Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Martine Puketapu Three Kings Utd 17
Katie Rood Glenfield Rovers 16
Rebecca O'Neill Western Springs 14
Hannah Blake Three Kings United 11
Britney Cunningham-Lee Papatoetoe 9

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