East Coast Bays Win Napier Under 19 Tournament

A 2-1 victory over Glenfield Rovers in the final of the 2009 Napier Under 19 Tournament saw a very young East Coast Bays side win this tournament for the third time. Goals to Wesley Baldwin and Dillon Barnett saw the side home in a thrilling encounter.

Arriving in Napier, late on Friday, they began the tournament with two games early Saturday morning. Wellington Olympic were first up and were despatched 3-0 with goals to Avi Estrin, Matt du Toit and Dan Morgan-Howell. The second game was a 1-0 loss to to Wellington United. A third game in the afternoon saw them beat the Paul Hobson coached Birkenhead United 2-1 with goals to Wesley Baldwin and Dan Morgan-Howell.

Sunday and Bays were a goal up against a strong Ellerslie side thanks to Matt du Toit but Ellerslie snatched a last minute equaliser. This was followed by a 1-0 win over hosts Napier City Rovers, the winning strike by Wesley Baldwin, set up by Matt du Toit This win put Bays through to the last eight and a quarter-final game against Waitakere City, coached by Chris Turner. Wesley Baldwin got the winner, rated by Willy Gerdsen as the goal of the tournament.

Monday found Bays in the semi-finals where a 2-0 victory over Bay Olympic thanks to goals by Dillon Barnett and Dan Morgan-Howell put them in the final against near neighbours Glenfield Rovers. An injured captain Dan Morgan-Howell was only supposed to last some ten minutes but stayed on for the whole game inspiring the team while Wesley Baldwin and Dillon Barnett scored the goals.

Alec Solomon was outstanding in defence making the tournament team but the squad all contributed whether starting or coming off the bench in vital moments. Special mention must be made of Andy Van Stipriaan, who although not getting any game time as the second goalkeeper, provided support and encouragement to Brendon Kavanagh and his team mates.

Willy rates this win as even better than the one in 2005 where he had a very experienced team. All but three of this years squad are eligible for future tournaments.

Squad: Brendon Kavanagh, Andrew Van Stipriaan, Julian Halkyard, Tom Davis, Alec Solomon, Dylan Wyatt, Avi Estrin, Jonathan Crezee-Tetteroo, Sam Barnfield, Hamish Foy, Matt du Toit, Chris Trent, Terui Carter, Zane Olla, Dillon Barnett, Wesley Baldwin, Daniel Morgan-Howell (Captain)

Coach: Willy Gerdsen, Assistant Coach: Rod Grove, Physio: Tamara Robinson, Managers: Alan Gisby, Steve Buckley, Player Liason: Joe Bresnahan

Coaches and management would like to thank all the parents and supporters who travelled to Napier. You were awesome.


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