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 13 30
Glenfield Rovers 14 28
Hamilton Wanderers 13 26
Central Utd 14 26
Birkenhead Utd 14 22
Onehunga Sports 13 20
Bay Olympic 15 20
Western Springs 14 19
East Coast Bays 14 17
Three Kings Utd 13 13
Waitakere City 14 5
Melville Utd 11 3
NRFL Men's Prem Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Nathaniel Bowen Eastern Suburbs 15
Allan Pearce Three Kings Utd 10
Jama Boss Hamilton Wanderers 9
Jared Colligan Bay Olympic 8
Steven Holloway Glenfield Rovers 8
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 1
Team Played Pts
Forrest Hill Milford 13 31
North Shore Utd 13 31
Ellerslie 13 25
Tauranga City Utd 12 24
Hibiscus Coast 13 23
Mangere Utd 12 17
Metro 13 15
Mt Albert Ponsonby 13 13
Manurewa 13 12
Waiuku 12 9
Takapuna 14 8
Ngaruawahia Utd 11 4
NRFL Men's Div 1 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Jerahl Hughes Tauranga City Utd 11
Trent Mayes Hibiscus Coast 11
Ernesto Lopez Mangere Utd 9
Tommy Miller Hibiscus Coast 9
Reid Drake North Shore Utd 8
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 2
Team Played Pts
Papakura City 13 31
North Force 14 27
Oratia Utd 13 27
Manukau City 13 25
Fencibles Utd 14 22
Te Atatu 14 20
AFC Fury 13 19
Claudelands Rovers 14 17
Albany Utd 14 15
Papatoetoe 14 11
Onehunga Mangere 14 11
Lynn-Avon Utd 14 8
NRFL Men's Div 2 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Valerio Nawatu Papakura City 17
Mark Withers Oratia Utd 14
Lome Funafuti Te Atatu 11
Zane Christiansen Fencibles Utd 10
Charlie Heather Papakura City 8
Lotto NRFL Women's Premier
Team Played Pts
Claudelands Rovers 13 34
Forrest Hill Milford 13 30
Western Springs 13 28
Glenfield Rovers 13 27
Three Kings Utd 13 23
Eastern Suburbs 13 18
Norwest Utd 13 10
Papatoetoe 13 9
Lynn-Avon Utd 13 8
Fencibles Utd 13 3
NRFL Women's Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Katie Rood Glenfield Rovers 22
Helen Collins Claudelands Rovers 19
Tayla O’Brien Forrest Hill Milford 17
Kate Loye Claudelands Rovers 13
Aimee Phillips Forrest Hill Milford 12

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