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 16 39
Hamilton Wanderers 16 33
Central Utd 17 32
Onehunga Sports 16 29
Glenfield Rovers 17 28
Birkenhead Utd 17 26
Three Kings Utd 16 22
East Coast Bays 17 21
Bay Olympic 18 21
Western Springs 18 19
Melville Utd 15 9
Waitakere City 17 5
NRFL Men's Prem Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Nathaniel Bowen Eastern Suburbs 20
Jama Boss Hamilton Wanderers 10
Mark Jones Hamilton Wanderers 10
Allan Pearce Three Kings Utd 10
Jared Colligan Bay Olympic 9
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 1
Team Played Pts
Forrest Hill Milford 17 43
North Shore Utd 16 36
Tauranga City Utd 15 33
Hibiscus Coast 17 33
Ellerslie 17 29
Metro 17 21
Mangere Utd 15 20
Mt Albert Ponsonby 17 17
Manurewa 17 15
Takapuna 18 11
Waiuku 15 10
Ngaruawahia Utd 15 7
NRFL Men's Div 1 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Jerahl Hughes Tauranga City Utd 14
Sanni Issa Mangere Utd 13
Trent Mayes Hibiscus Coast 13
Ernesto Lopez Mangere Utd 11
Colm Kenny Tauranga City Utd 9
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 2
Team Played Pts
Papakura City 16 38
Oratia Utd 17 34
Manukau City 17 33
North Force 18 32
Fencibles Utd 18 29
Onehunga Mangere 18 23
Te Atatu 17 21
AFC Fury 17 19
Claudelands Rovers 17 18
Papatoetoe 18 16
Albany Utd 18 16
Lynn-Avon Utd 17 13
NRFL Men's Div 2 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Valerio Nawatu Papakura City 18
Mark Withers Oratia Utd 15
Josh Karika Manukau City 12
Zane Christiansen Fencibles Utd 11
Lome Funafuti Te Atatu 11
Lotto NRFL Women's Premier
Team Played Pts
Forrest Hill Milford 15 36
Claudelands Rovers 15 35
Glenfield Rovers 16 33
Three Kings Utd 16 32
Western Springs 15 32
Eastern Suburbs 15 18
Lynn-Avon Utd 15 12
Norwest Utd 15 11
Papatoetoe 15 9
Fencibles Utd 15 3
NRFL Women's Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Katie Rood Glenfield Rovers 23
Helen Collins Claudelands Rovers 21
Tayla O’Brien Forrest Hill Milford 18
Aimee Phillips Forrest Hill Milford 16
Kate Loye Claudelands Rovers 13

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