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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 18 45
Birkenhead United 18 29
Hamilton Wanderers 18 28
Bay Olympic 18 28
East Coast Bays 18 27
Onehunga Sports 18 26
Three Kings United 18 22
Central United 18 22
Waitakere City 18 20
Ngaruawahia United 18 10
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NRFL Men's Prem Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Michael Gwyther Glenfield Rovers 17
Steven Holloway Glenfield Rovers 15
Jarrod Smith Birkenhead United 14
Federico Marquez Hamilton Wanderers 12
Mark Jones Hamilton Wanderers 11
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 1
Team Played Pts
Western Springs 22 50
Eastern Suburbs 22 49
Melville United 22 40
Hibiscus Coast 22 38
Ellerslie 22 37
Takapuna 22 33
Mangere United 22 29
Mt Albert-Ponsonby 22 26
North Shore United 22 22
Metro 22 22
Manurewa 22 15
Papatoetoe 22 12
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NRFL Men's Div 1 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Lee Robinson Takapuna 20
Jared Colligan Mt Albert-Ponsonby 15
Jaryd Gray North Shore United 14
Ernesto Lopez Mangere United 13
Leon Newell Melville United 13
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 2
Team Played Pts
Tauranga City Utd 22 58
Forrest Hill Milford 22 49
Waiuku 22 44
Papakura City 22 42
North Force 22 29
Oratia United 22 29
Albany United 22 28
Fencibles United 22 26
Onehunga-Mangere 22 24
Lynn-Avon United 22 20
Claudelands Rovers 22 19
Warkworth 22 7
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NRFL Men's Div 2 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Harry Hillary-Jenkins Papakura City 31
Luke Chapman Waiuku 23
Andrew Cooper Tauranga City Utd 22
Jerahl Hughes Tauranga City Utd 17
Steve Schimmel North Force 17
Lotto NRFL Women's Premier
Team Played Pts
Forrest Hill Milford 18 47
Glenfield Rovers 18 43
Claudelands Rovers 18 41
Eastern Suburbs 18 35
Lynn-Avon United 18 30
Three Kings United 18 28
Papatoetoe 18 15
Fencibles United 18 13
Western Springs 18 8
Bay of Plenty 18 1
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NRFL Women's Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Helen Collins Claudelands Rovers 38
Katie Rood Glenfield Rovers 23
Rebecca Tegg Eastern Suburbs 19
Katie Jackson Glenfield Rovers 18
Tayla O'Brien Forrest Hill Milford 13
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