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
Glenfield Rovers 17 42
Birkenhead United 18 29
Bay Olympic 18 28
East Coast Bays 17 27
Onehunga Sports 17 23
Three Kings United 18 22
Hamilton Wanderers 15 22
Central United 15 22
Waitakere City 16 14
Ngaruawahia United 17 10
NRFL Men's Prem Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Michael Gwyther Glenfield Rovers 17
Steven Holloway Glenfield Rovers 14
Jarrod Smith Birkenhead United 14
Mario Hofmann East Coast Bays 10
Stuart Holthusen Onehunga Sports 10
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 1
Team Played Pts
Western Springs 20 44
Eastern Suburbs 19 43
Ellerslie 21 37
Hibiscus Coast 20 34
Melville United 19 33
Takapuna 20 31
Mangere United 20 29
Mt Albert-Ponsonby 20 26
North Shore United 21 21
Metro 20 18
Manurewa 19 11
Papatoetoe 19 11
NRFL Men's Div 1 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Lee Robinson Takapuna 19
Jared Colligan Mt Albert-Ponsonby 14
Jaryd Gray North Shore United 13
Ernesto Lopez Mangere United 13
Leon Newell Melville United 13
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 2
Team Played Pts
Tauranga City Utd 20 52
Forrest Hill Milford 20 45
Papakura City 21 41
Waiuku 21 41
Oratia United 20 29
North Force 20 28
Onehunga-Mangere 21 24
Albany United 19 24
Fencibles United 20 22
Claudelands Rovers 21 18
Lynn-Avon United 21 17
Warkworth 20 7
NRFL Men's Div 2 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Harry Hillary-Jenkins Papakura City 31
Luke Chapman Waiuku 21
Andrew Cooper Tauranga City Utd 20
Steve Schimmel North Force 17
Jerahl Hughes Tauranga City Utd 16
Lotto NRFL Women's Premier
Team Played Pts
Forrest Hill Milford 14 38
Claudelands Rovers 16 35
Eastern Suburbs 17 35
Glenfield Rovers 13 31
Lynn-Avon United 16 27
Three Kings United 16 22
Papatoetoe 17 15
Fencibles United 16 13
Western Springs 16 8
Bay of Plenty 15 1
NRFL Women's Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Helen Collins Claudelands Rovers 31
Katie Rood Glenfield Rovers 19
Rebecca Tegg Eastern Suburbs 19
Emma Rolston Forrest Hill Milford 13
Katie Jackson Glenfield Rovers 10

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