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 21 43
Three Kings Utd 19 39
Eastern Suburbs 20 38
Birkenhead Utd 19 37
Onehunga Sports 21 35
Glenfield Rovers 20 31
East Coast Bays 21 30
Forrest Hill Milford 19 28
Hamilton Wanderers 21 20
Western Springs 20 18
Bay Olympic 21 18
Tauranga City Utd 22 15
Melville Utd 22 15
NRFL Men's Prem Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Dylan Stansfield East Coast Bays 17
Nicolas Zambrano Central United 16
Alan Pearce Three Kings 13
Michael Gwyther Glenfield 13
Judd Baker East Coast Bays 11
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 1
Team Played Pts
Waitakere City 18 50
Manurewa 19 36
Mt Albert-Ponsonby 19 35
North Shore Utd 19 31
Metro 18 28
Ellerslie 19 24
Franklin Utd 19 20
Oratia Utd 20 20
Papakura City 19 19
Hibiscus Coast 19 18
Mangere Utd 19 11
NRFL Men's Div 1 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Stephen Carmichael Manurewa 15
Peter Wild Mt Albert-Ponsonby 14
Brad Rathbun Manurewa 13
Rizal Ganief Metro 12
Dylan Manickum Waitakere 12
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 2
Team Played Pts
Manukau City 18 42
Waitemata 18 39
Takapuna 19 36
Onehunga Mangere 19 29
Fencibles Utd 19 29
Ngaruawahia Utd 17 28
Papatoetoe 19 26
Te Atatu 18 23
Albany Utd 19 17
Claudelands Rovers 18 11
Northland 18 6
NRFL Men's Div 2 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Arkito Morita Takapuna 19
Ubaldo Nunez Manukau City 18
Iwa Shaker Manukau 16
Connor Taylor Takapuna 13
Andrew Wallace Onehunga Mangere 12
Lotto NRFL Women's Premier
Team Played Pts
Three Kings Utd 18 54
Eastern Suburbs 17 39
Western Springs 17 38
Glenfield Rovers 18 34
Forrest Hill-Milford 18 31
Norwest Utd 18 23
Papatoetoe 17 14
Claudelands Rovers 18 13
Hamilton Wanderers 17 10
Lynn-Avon Utd 18 1
NRFL Women's Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Martine Puketapu Three Kings Utd 27
Katie Rood Glenfield Rovers 24
Hannah Blake Three Kings United 24
Rebecca O'Neill Western Springs 23
Tayla Christensen Forrest Hill 18

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