Off to America

Congratulations to NL Premier Ladies member Chloe Rootes who leaves NZ today to take up a Football Scholarship in Tennessee, USA playing for the TWC Bulldogs. 

Chloe has been an avid member of Rovers ladies teams helping them obtain NRFL Reserves League Championship, WaiBOP league Winners, Waikato and Federation Cups. Your input over the last four years has been much appreciated. 

On behalf of Claudelands Rovers, your team mates and the Rovers community we wish you all the best and will miss your smile, enthusiasm and creative goal scoring. 

Good luck and Congratulations on your scholarship at TWU playing for the Bulldogs. 


Christmas Party

Claudelands Rovers Christmas Party
Friday 23rd December 2016 7pm
at Claudeland Rovers Clubrooms
Pot Luck Dinner, ***Please Bring a Food Dish to Share***
All Club members, Family and Partners Welcome

Can the Darts team do it again?

Back in June, the Rovers Darts team duelled it out to claim the the Darts Fours trophy!  This time round they are playing in the Hamilton Darts Association Knockout Cup.  Two nights of over 30 games of darts against Dinsdale. 

The first leg is at the Dinsdale Tavern (30/11/16) with the first dart thrown at 7.30pm.  The second leg (7/12/16) will be a the Rovers Club rooms at 7.30pm.  The winner is the team with the most wins over the two nights. 

Everyone is encouraged to head down to either venue to support the Darts Team. Good Luck!

Bring on the Preliminary Final!

In a come from behind victory, the WaiBOP National League ladies are heading into their first preliminary final since making the finals in 2011.  WaiBOP beat 2015 Champions, Northern, 3-2 in extra time to set up a preliminary final against Capital in Wellington.  Winning would set up a Final against Canterbury! 

Well done ladies!!

To read Enzo Giordani's match report, follow this link

Committee 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM on Thursday night, the turnout was appreciated. A big thank you to the outgoing members of the committee for your dedication and hard work - Linda Ritchie, Lorraine Taylor and Martin Finney.  Welcome to our new members.

The new committee for 2017:

President: Mike Doré

Co-Treasurers: Bridgette Saunders and Wendy Doré

Secretary: Christina Pegler

Mens Rep: Ian Taylor

Ladies Rep: TBC

Juniors Rep: Simeon Price

Darts Rep: TBC

Social Rep: Tayla Doré

Bar Manager: Tony Rennell

Membership: Adam Pegler

Communications Manager: Emma-Jane McIntosh

Facilities: Brett Riches

Coaching Co-ordinators: Rodi Rojas and Andrew Hansen

Committee Members: Pat Conchie, Chris Allen, Kay Schuler, Warren Jones

Congratulations to Martin Finney on your life membership to Rovers!

Rovers Ladies take on Papa New Guinea!

With the Womens NZU-20 World Cup knocking on our door, a wider group of players were selected in an NZ Women’s development squad to take on Papa New Guinea (PNG) U-20’s last night (02/11/2016) at McClennan Park in Papakura. The Development squad consisted of U-17 and U-20 aged players. 

Four Claudelands Rovers women were selected to play in the Development squad including Serena Murrihy, Eileish Hayes, Sarah Krystman and Michaela Foster. All four ladies were named in the starting squad with Foster captaining the side. 

According to Murrihy, the game was a hard fought battle between the two sides with only 3 goals scored in the match. NZ went up 1-nil before the break and held onto the lead until shortly into the second half where PNG put one in the back of the net from a counter attack. A second goal thanks to a classy strike from 25 yards out by Krystman put NZ back in the lead. The game finished 2-1 to NZ, though plenty more goals could have been scored. 

The NZ Development side take on PNG again on Saturday 5th November 7pm at McClennan Park, Papakura. 

The NZ U-20 play Mexico on Thursday 3rd November at 1pm at QBE Stadium, Albany and again Sunday 6th November at 3.30pm also at QBE Stadium, Albany.

Club Survey

All Rovers members registered in GoalNet this season should have received an email regarding a Club Survey for 2016 - if you have not completed this yet, please do so, it only takes 5 minutes and it gives the committee an insight into improvements required and strategic planning for the next 3-5 years. Your opinion is important to us.
If you a a long standing member of Rovers/avid supporter and wish to complete the survey, please private message here on fb or email and the survey will be sent to you.

Darts Champs2016

The Annual Rovers Darts Champs are almost here for 2016!

This is a fantastic event for all skill levels of Darts players - whether you are a novice or a pro come down and have go. All are welcome. 

Lots of Prizes up for grabs including a full sized darts board.


$20 for Club Members

$30 for Non-Club members

 November 12th from 11am at the Rovers Club rooms

For details, see the attached flyer

For more information, contact Russell

Winners Winners!!

Prizegiving is always a great night out to celebrate all teams at Rovers and their achievements this season. This years prize giving was held on Friday 14th October at the Club.  A big thanks to everyone who attended and made it a memorable night. Thank you to Mike and Wendy Dore for helping organise and run the night; Warren Jones for organising the beautiful bouquets of flowers for Linda, Lorraine, Wendy and Tina; the Marching ladies for the food; Tony and the bar staff; Heather Russell and co for the table arrangements; Marty for hosting the night and Joel from AbsoluteDjs for the music. Thank you all for a great season, see you at the AGM - November 10th 7.30pm @ the Club. 

Winner on the night:

Individual Awards    
Highest Acheiver Ken and Laurette Memorial Trophy Michaela Foster (Captain NZ-U17)
Golden Gloves Eddie Wilson Memorial Trophy Emily Hanrahan
Contribution to Coaching Terry Findlay Memorial Trophy Adam Pegler (CRAFT Premier Women)
Golden Boot   Kurt Owen (x18 goals)
Cloggers   Tim Withers
Oldest Goal Scorer   Dave Scott
Club Member of the Year   Tony Rennell
Team Awards    
  Northern League Women Northern League Men
Player of the Year Michaela Foster Luke Wassenaar

Players Player

Emily Hanrahan Dean Shaw
Runner Up Player of the Year Eileish Hayes Dean Shaw
Young Player of the Year Kelli Brown Josh Mayo
  Northern League Reserve Women Northern League Reserve Men
Player of the Year Emily Hanrahan Daniel Shultz
Players Player Rylee Godbold Jaak Gerbich
Most Improved Ashleigh Mayo Shadrake Ngumgambili
  CRAFT Premier Women A1 Wallys
Player of the Year Rachel Porteous Chris Brimblecombe
Players Player Trea Corr Bryce Wilson
Runner Up Player of the Year   Ewan Oliver
Most Improved Stella Neems  
  Waikato Womens Development
B1 Cuckoos
Player of the Year Jazz Watson Liam Newman
Runner Up Player of the Year Kiana Snell Tim Atkins
Players Player Natalie Broadhead Sam Cucksey
  C1 Squatters C2 Vets
Player of the Year Kurt Owen Dave Watts
Runner Up Player of the Year   Dave Scott
Players Player Chris Alderson Dave Watts
Most Improved Paul Pfeffer  
  D1 Pacers D2 Overstayers
Player of the Year Ryan Jolliffe Darren Lennon
Runner Up Player of the Year Anthony Townsend Chad Humby
Players Player Dave Sears Darren Lennon

NZ-20 WORLD Cup - Nov 13-Dec 3

Congratulations to Eileish Hayes (NRFL Premier Women squad)  on her selection in the NZ -20 Squad for  the U-20 World Cup in Papa New Guinea.  Best of Luck Eileish! 

Missing football already?

Thursday nights are Club Night! Come down for a kick around at 6.00pm, open to men and women, all levels and new players welcome! Down the Findlay street end of Galloway Park.  The clubrooms and bar will also be open from 7.00pm for beer and banter afterwards 

Womens Waikato Plate Winners

CRAFT Premier women have won this years Womens Waikato Plate competition beating Cambridge 5-0  at Cambridge Football Club. Rovers went into half time 2-0 up with goals to Victoria Scott in the 22nd and 45th minutes.  The second half started with Eden Healey scoring in the 46th minute. Scott made it 4-0 in the 75th minute and Healey completed the 5-0 rout in injury time (90 +1 minute). 

Hamilton Wanderers won the Waikato Cup final vs Melville by default. 

Well done to the ladies bringing home the Plate. 

2016 AGM

As the season is finally comes to an end....It becomes time to evaluate the season gone and plan for the season ahead.  The committee has planned its AGM for 

November 10th at 7.30pm

ALL members of Claudelands Rovers Sports Club are strongly encouraged to attend. 

With the departure of President Martin Finney and committee stalwarts Lorraine Taylor and Linda Ritchie, the club needs your help.  We require a number of new members to come on board to help run this amazing club. 

Positions up for nominations are:

Finance Rep
Mens Rep/Club Captain
Ladies Rep
Junior Rep
Social Rep 

There are also a few new roles we will need to fill:
Coaching Co-ordinator 
Referees Co-ordinator 
Volunteers Co-ordinator 
Equipment Manager 
Grants/Funding Co-ordinator 
Facilities Manager 

Nominations and expressions of interest in any of these positions can be made to 

Rovers ladies named in Loaded WaiBOP Womens Team

Rovers ladies are once again headlining for Loaded WaiBOP Womens team to compete in the National Womens League for 2016.

WaiBOPs defensive line up includes Michaela Foster, Kat Robinson, Serena Murrihy, Kate Williams and GK Georgia Williams. Joining them in the Midfield are Sarah Krystman, Emma Cawte and Helen Talbot.  Strikers Leah Gubb, Ella Golding and Maxine Rawnsley will make their mark on each game. Former Football Fern and Rovers Golden Boot Helen Arjomandi (nee Collins) completes WaiBOPS strike force. Best of luck!

They will have three home games.  These will be played at John Kerkof Park, Cambridge.

October 16 v Capital (H), 1pm.
October 23 – BYE.
October 30 v Central (A), 12pm.
November 6 v Auckland (H), 1pm.
November 12 v Southern Utd (A), 1pm.
November 20 v Canterbury Utd Pride (H), 1pm.
November 27 v Northern (A), 1pm.

Official Draw can be found here


NZF Quality Club Mark

To help NZ clubs perform at their peak, NZ Football have created the Quality Club Mark. This is a national partnership with the seven federations as well as 17 Regional Sports Trusts.  It aims to promote continuous improvement in the way football is delivered and support clubs as they adopt standards of best practice. 

The Quality Club Mark assesses a number of factors on and off the field to provide a clear view of the standards acheived. Following the introduction of the NZF Whole of Football Plan (, Rovers now have an opportunity to deliver high-quality football programmes to players and volunteers. This transparent, systematic approach will ensure that the football community can identify those clubs that are well run and promote a positive environment, where someone can safely enjoy the activities and facilities offered.  

Throughout the season, Rovers have been completing the requirements for the Quality Club Mark as requested by NZF, WaiBOP and AFF (as part of the Lotto NRFL requirements) and are well on our way to achieving Level One by the end of the year. 

With this improvement to our club, a number of new roles will require filling at the clubs AGM on November 10th at 7.30pm.  Advertising will be available shortly, and we strongly encourage everyone to come along and have your say!

Inverell Winners Once Again

Since 2012, a group of New Zealand players attend the "Joeys Mini World Cup" in Inverell, Australia. The competition has been originated by Heinrich Haussler to promote inland Australian football. Players attending have been predominantly from Waikato, New Zealand, many of them from Rovers.  

This competition allows girls from varying experience levels and backgrounds to play together in a team that represents New Zealand. This opportunity may not be achievable at an international level for some of these players and it serves as a marvelous way for young sports women to play in the name of their country. The teams they play vary from club level to International teams from Germany and in 2014 the Tongan National Women's team. The team are fantastic ambassadors for New Zealand and as described by Heinrich "are the darlings of the tournament". Many of the girls may never get to play an international side and this is a wonderful platform for the talents of these players to be recognized. There is an opportunity at this tournament to be selected and travel to Europe, which has been taken up by 6 players from New Zealand! 

Rovers ladies in attendence this year are:

Tiana Hill
Emma Cawte
Ayla Pratt
Amber Harris 
Ella Golding
Toni Power

'New Zealand' have won the competition in the last four years, and after yesterdays 3-1 Win made it a 5th. Congratulations to the girls!

Nice work by Andre and Warren for organising the trip once again. 

Rovers brings you FUTSAL!

Keen to keep up the fitness and skills over the summer? 

Rovers are now offering FUTSAL to its members and friends.  All details regarding grades and registration can be found under the new FUTSAL tab.  


Girls Afternoon Wrap up

Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraiser yesterday afternoon - your contribution to helping Womens football at Rovers is much appreciated. For those who couldn't attend but would still like to help the Club - you can still purchase products with a % of your purchase being donated to our awesome club. 

Please contact the following reps if you wish to make a purchase:

Arbonne Cosmetics/Skincare/Haircare/Babycare - Claire Broderick - (

   Botanical vegan skincare, makeup, hair care + more

   Check Claire out on Facebook

Tupperware - Pam Chapman ( 027 492 4950)

Scentsy - Katherine Shepherd - ( 021 403 969)

  Check out her website

Star Stampin - Ruth Hickey - ( 027 844 1611)

  Check out her website

Avon - Alana Schuler - ( 027 844 3733)

  Alana is currently running an Avon raffle - $2.00 per ticket - see picture and attached flyer for contents of the raffle. PLease contact Alana to purchase tickets

Jamberry Nails - Kelli-brooke Pace (  

  Find her on facebook


Thank you for your support!

Positive feedback fantastic for club

Positive feedback from opposition teams is always pleasing to see and what awesome feedback received from Northern United:

"The 13th grade Argyle went down 1-0 in their plate final  Unfortunately despite having superior possession and by a long way the most shots on goal, they just couldn't get it past the Claudelands keeper who was outstanding and pulled off some amazing saves.  Credit to Claudelands who were dangerous but we restricted them to only a handful of shots all game...."

Awesome work by Jono Benge (keeper referred to above) working with Tony Rennell on tuedsay nights at goalkeeper training - it has definitely paid off. Well Done!

Pirates make the News

Over the weekend, the Claudelands Rovers 12th Grade Pirates travelled to Te Aroha to play the Te Aroha Cobras in a tightly contested match.  The Pirates unfortunatley going down 2-1. 

For full article, Click the attached photo; To view photos of the game see the links below

Piako Post:

Hamilton Press:

Womens U17 World Cup Sept 30-Oct 21

Jordan Bound!!  

Congratulations to Michaela Foster (Captain), Sarah Krystman, Serena Murrihy (standby) and Kate Williams (standby) for being selected in the NZ U17 World Cup Squad heading to Jordan at the end of this month. All four ladies are valued members of our Northern League Premier Womens Squad and we wish them all the best. 

Its great to see such young, talented ladies making their mark in NZ Football.

Juniors Team Photos

Over the past few weeks, Jarred Wilson from JW Photography has been working hard photographing all Rovers Junior teams this year. 

Each photo only costs $10 and can be purchased online through JW Photography website.  They are well presented and give you and your child a lasting memory of the fun they have had over the season and the new friends they have met.  Once ordered and paid for photos will be available at the Junior and Youth Prizegiving on Sunday September 25th. 

Orders must be received by September 16th to be available for collection at prizegiving.  

To see if you childs team photo is up and ready for purchase, head to

Jarred can be contacted at

Nutrition for Young Athletes - Sport Waikato Workshop

Childhood and adolescence are critical periods for physical growth and development. While sport is healthful in so many ways, it’s vital that young athletes consume the right type of fuel in sufficient quantities to meet the demands of training and competition.

An interactive workshop targeted at educating those interested on nutirition for young athletes.

Date: August 8th 6.30pm-8.00pm

Register Here 

Quiz Night Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Rovers Quiz Night last night. A fantastic turn out with a great number of people.

Congratulations to "Betcha Its Shit" for taking out the Sports double round and winning the Ken Taylor Memorial Trophy. 

The Overall winners were "Si and I with friends" with a score of 72 just inching past "Just here for drinks" on 71 points. While "The Muppets" took out the booby prize.

The nibbles provided were awesome thanks to Mike and Wendy Dore, Tailz the quiz master did a fantastic job as did Tony behind the bar. 

A big thank you to those who donated prizes - CRAFT Bar, Gothenburg Restuarant, Wellington Phoenix, Versitile Products and Avon (thanks to Steve, Kay and Alana Schuler).



 Winners - Ken Taylor Memorial Trophy                 Overall Winners

         "Betcha its Shit"                                    "Si & I with Friends"

Northern League Women Fundraiser!!

Help support our Northern League Women by purchasing an Entertainment Book! these can be purchased online or through the ladies in the team. 

Whether you are renewing or buying a new book click the following link

You can choose a book for any NZ region or one for Australia

If you have any questions, please contact Warren Jones 


The Northern League Women and Reserves appreciate your support and helping to promote womens Football.

Rovers Juniors selected for the WaiBOP Skills Centre

Congratulations to the following Rovers juniors selected for the WaiBOP Skills Centre:

Samantha Crawford, Haylee Halford, Nathaniel Hansen ,Giorgia Lawson, Rivi Maling, Lydia Marsters, Kynan McCracken, Ashleigh McRae, Bede Myles, Tyrese Shema, Daniel Steffert, Alexandar Tuisamoa, Joakim White, Luka Dale, Mason Finlay, Samuel Fowles, Wyatt Grant, Shawn Halford, Dylan Hansen, Aiden Hemming, Angus Henry, Lucca Lim, Xanthe Lovegrove-Edlington, Will Voigt-Price, and Lucas Wright.

Winners are Grinners!!!

For those that weren't aware, Rovers have a darts team, and a pretty good one at that. Over the last two Wednesdays we have been duelling out with the best of Waikato darts teams to see who would win the darts fours. 

Rover.s...came out on top!  

Congratulations to the fours team of Russell Finlay, Craig Purdy, Chris Reed-Hadley and Rhys O’Conner! Another trophy to add to the cabinet. 

NL Premier Ladies make appearance at Mt Maunganui Girls Festival

NZ U-17 members Michaela Foster, Sarah Krystman and Kate Williams, also members of NL Premier ladies, made a special appearance at the Mt Maunganui Girls Festival on June 13 to play football and hang out with the next generation of football ferns. 

For full article Click Here

This year Rovers have embraced the strategy of WaiBOP Football by bringing Girls Only Leagues to encourage the participation of more girls in football. This year we have an U8 Team (U8 Ravens) and an 11th grade team with the ambition to double these numbers in 2017.  For more information see the Girls Only Leagues page under the Juniors Tab. 

Around the World Wrap up

The annual Around the World night was held on the 11th of June with huge success!  A fantastic night organised by the social committee. Huge thanks to everyone who participated in event, It was great to see so many from each team and the effort that was put in. 

Congratulations to following prize winners -
Best dressed team: USA (CRAFT Premier Women)
Best dressed male: Sam Hurst, Scotland (C1 Squatters)
Best dressed female: Nicole Hurst, Scotland (C1 Squatters)
Best Food: Chile (C2 Vets)
Special food mention also goes to Jamaica for the spicy curry.

Massive thank you to the social committee for organising such a great night, special mention to Mike, Wendy and Tayla Dore for all their hard work putting the night together.

Michaela Foster to captain NZ U17 for China Tour

NZ U17 coach Gareth Turnbull has named Rovers Northern League player Michaela Foster as the captain of the team when they tour China next month. 

Congratulations to Michaela for such an acheivement!!

For the full story Click Here


Success at Poker Event

Friday May 13th, the Claudelands Rovers WaiBOP Premier Womens team held their Poker Event Fundraiser with overwhelming success.  With the night run by Paul from First Sovereign Poker Series and dealers thanks to Rounders Poker Club Hamilton, participants were treated to a well-run quality evening complete with spot prizes, catering and bar facilities. 

CONGRATULATIONS to the winning businesses CRAFT Hamilton, who took out the major sponsor prize and ELECTRIC1, who took out the minor sponsor prize.

The new Claudelands Rovers CRAFT Womens Premier team would also like to acknowledge the following businesses for their participation in the event:

White Brothers Panel Works ♥ Taylored Fitness ♦ Daws Oestopathy ♣ Tyre Pro ♠ Lead Social ♥ Wonderhorse ♦ CMP Decor ♣ Gilmours ♠ Carpet Mill ♥ RFM Rental Cars ♦ Progressive Pilates ♣ Ebbett Audi ♠ Foster Maintain ♥ Signature Homes ♦ Resurfacing Systems Waikato ♣ Tyre Tracks ♠ Chemwash Waikato ♥ Spark Digital ♦ Trig Group ♣ Trackweld ♠ Pat Conchie Builders ♥ IVS Ltd 

A big Thank You to Paul from First Soveriegn Poker Series, Adam (coach) for putting the night together, Mike and Wendy Dore for their help and support, Tony for his bar tending skills and the ladies in the team for the food provided to all participants. 


Introduction to Coaching session huge success

On Monday 9th of May, Claudelands Rovers held an Introduction to Coaching session for junior coaches, team managers and parents to learn and understand the latest techniques for coaching junior players within the club. This session was also aimed at informing attendees of the programs Rovers are providing this year, teaching ideas and tips for playing at home and understanding the program to be able to support the coaches in conveying consistent messages. 

Having attended the Introduction to Coaching session, a follow up course for junior coaches to obtain their NZ Football Level 1 Junior Coaching Certificate has been scheduled for next Monday 16th of May. 

Northern League Women Local Derby

Sunday 1st of May 2016, saw the resurrection of a Hamilton Womens Football local derby in the Northern League Womens Premier Division between Claudelands Rovers and Hamilton Wanderers since 2003. With both teams out to prove themselves and a generous showing of support for both sides, this was set to be one eventful match. 

Enzo Giordani cleverly summed up the drama filled match in the following report thanks to In The Back of Click here for full report.

This coming weekend will see two more local teams battle it out with the Northern League Men and Northern League Reserves Men both playing Ngaruawahia at Galloway Park. Reserves play at 12.30pm and NL Men play at 3pm. Come down and show your support!!!



NZ SS Reps Kelli, Toni, Ayla

A massive congratulations to three of our up and coming female football players who have been selected for the New Zealand Secondary School Girls Football Under 15 representative team to travel to Sydney, Australia from the 17th to 23rd July 2016.

Kelli Brown, Toni Power and Ayla Pratt all play for our Northern League Reserve Womens Team. 

Well done girls!!!


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