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
Central Utd 18 37
Eastern Suburbs 16 32
Three Kings Utd 15 30
Birkenhead Utd 16 28
Onehunga Sports 17 28
Glenfield Rovers 15 24
Forrest Hill Milford 16 22
East Coast Bays 16 20
Hamilton Wanderers 17 19
Bay Olympic 17 17
Western Springs 16 14
Tauranga City Utd 18 12
Melville Utd 19 12
NRFL Men's Prem Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Dylan Stansfield East Coast Bays 12
Jama Boss Hamilton Wanderers 10
Michael Gwyther Glenfield Rovers 10
Nicolas Zambrano Central United 10
Godwin Darkwa Birkenhead Utd 8
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 1
Team Played Pts
Waitakere City 15 41
Mt Albert-Ponsonby 15 32
North Shore Utd 17 30
Manurewa 16 29
Metro 16 28
Ellerslie 17 23
Hibiscus Coast 15 17
Oratia Utd 16 13
Papakura City 16 12
Franklin Utd 15 11
Mangere Utd 16 6
NRFL Men's Div 1 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Stephen Carmichael Manurewa 15
Rizal Ganief Metro 11
Dave Fahy North Shore Utd 10
Brad Rathbun Manurewa 10
Peter Wild Mt Albert-Ponsonby 10
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 2
Team Played Pts
Manukau City 15 33
Takapuna 16 31
Waitemata 15 30
Fencibles Utd 16 29
Onehunga Mangere 16 26
Papatoetoe 15 25
Ngaruawahia Utd 14 21
Te Atatu 15 17
Albany Utd 16 11
Claudelands Rovers 16 11
Northland 14 3
NRFL Men's Div 2 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Arkito Morita Takapuna 18
Ubaldo Nunez Manukau City 14
Andrew Wallace Onehunga Mangere 13
Connor Taylor Takapuna 12
Matt Chant Fencibles 10
Nathan Rollinson Waitemata 10
Lotto NRFL Women's Premier
Team Played Pts
Three Kings Utd 14 42
Eastern Suburbs 14 30
Glenfield Rovers 14 28
Western Springs 12 26
Forrest Hill-Milford 14 22
Norwest Utd 14 19
Papatoetoe 13 13
Claudelands Rovers 14 10
Hamilton Wanderers 13 10
Lynn-Avon Utd 15 1
NRFL Women's Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Martine Puketapu Three Kings Utd 20
Rebecca O'Neill Western Springs 17
Katie Rood Glenfield Rovers 17
Hannah Blake Three Kings United 12
Tayla Christensen Forrest Hill 12

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