Congratulations to our NZ reps from the Bay of Plenty-Squad member Toby and Assistant Coach Murray Lipinski
Two members of the Bay of Plenty Powerchair Football club (Toby Lipinski & Jacob Lane) joined forces with two from Northland Powerchair Football club (Brennan Massey & Barry de Geest ) and entered as BOPLAND
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Day one of NZPF Nationals. 7th July
Opening game was Bopland (Bay of Plenty & Northland) v's Canterbury. Unfortunately, we went down 0-4. It was nil all at half time but we'll done to Canterbury who stepped it up a gear scoring 4 goals in the second half.
Our second game of the day was against Waikato where we managed a 2-0 win. Yay!!!
North Auckland 4 - 0 Waikato North Auckland 0 - 3 Canterbury
Day two of the Nationals has been another thoroughly entertaining day, as we moved from round robin towards the finals. The final round robin results were:
Canterbury 8 v 0 Waikato Bopland 1 v 2 North Auckland.
The semi finals were a repeat of the final round, producing two highly competitive matches.
A constantly improving Waikato side held Canterbury to only be down by 1-0 at halftime. However, Canterbury ended up taking the match 5-0, and booked their place in the final.
Bopland and North Auckland played a nail-biter in their semi final. Ending 1-1 at the end of regulation time, the game went into extra time. Neither team managed to break the other's defence, so the game went to a penalty shoot-out. North Auckland ended up being victorious, winning 1-1 (3-2 p).
This means that Final's games will be,
Bopland v Waikato in the third-place playoff, and
Canterbury v North Auckland in the final.
Day three is set to be an exciting day as players also get their final chance to push their cases for national selection.
3rd Bopland v Waikato 4th. 1st Canterbury v North Auckland 2nd.
After a great Nationals the Selectors are pleased to announce the NZ Representative and Development Squads as below:
NZ Representative Squad Players: NZ Development Squad Players:
Sandra Wilcock Logan McColl
Pat Edmonds Rhys Vermeulen
Luke Alderton Cooper Pulini
Toby Lipinski Barry de Geest
Michael Wheeler Diane Williams
Brennan Massey Will van Vroohoven
Head Coach, Steve Alderton Coach: David Ireland
Assistant Coach, Paul Massey Assistant Coach: Murray Lipinski
Manager, Bronwyn Davies Sean McColl
The National team will travel to Brisbane in September to participate in the 2018 Australian Nationals and 3 Match Ditch up competition.
All this is to work towards the APO cup in October 2019 and the World Cup in (in AU)