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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
Bay Olympic 18 28
East Coast Bays 18 27
Onehunga Sports 18 26
Three Kings United 18 22
Hamilton Wanderers 16 22
Central United 16 22
Waitakere City 17 17
Ngaruawahia United 17 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
Mario Hofmann East Coast Bays 10
Stuart Holthusen Onehunga Sports 10
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 1
Team Played Pts
Western Springs 21 47
Eastern Suburbs 20 46
Ellerslie 22 37
Hibiscus Coast 21 37
Melville United 20 34
Takapuna 21 32
Mangere United 21 29
Mt Albert-Ponsonby 21 26
North Shore United 22 22
Metro 21 21
Manurewa 20 12
Papatoetoe 20 11
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NRFL Men's Div 1 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Lee Robinson Takapuna 19
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 21 55
Forrest Hill Milford 21 46
Waiuku 22 44
Papakura City 22 42
North Force 21 29
Oratia United 21 29
Albany United 20 25
Onehunga-Mangere 22 24
Fencibles United 21 23
Lynn-Avon United 22 20
Claudelands Rovers 22 19
Warkworth 21 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
Steve Schimmel North Force 17
Jerahl Hughes Tauranga City Utd 16
Lotto NRFL Women's Premier
Team Played Pts
Forrest Hill Milford 15 41
Claudelands Rovers 16 35
Eastern Suburbs 18 35
Glenfield Rovers 14 34
Lynn-Avon United 16 27
Three Kings United 16 22
Papatoetoe 18 15
Fencibles United 16 13
Western Springs 16 8
Bay of Plenty 15 1
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NRFL Women's Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Helen Collins Claudelands Rovers 31
Katie Rood Glenfield Rovers 23
Rebecca Tegg Eastern Suburbs 19
Emma Rolston Forrest Hill Milford 13
Katie Jackson Glenfield Rovers 11
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