December 2014 Newsflash







We are pleased to announce that East Coast Bays Assn Football Association has been invited to participate in the March 2016 Tigre NG Cup in Buenos Aries, Argentina.  This competition is one of the pre-eminent tournaments for the U18 players in the world. 

The Tigre NG Cup is a prestigious tournament that has superseded the Punta Cup held in Uruguay since 2004 which has an alumni from previous tournaments, players such as Luis Suarez, Radamal Falcao, Edinson Cavani, Alexandre Pato and Fernando Gago amongst others.  Clubs that have competed at this multi-national tournament include Real Madrid, Barcelona, Everton, Boca Juniors, Independiente and Santos.

  • The Development Squad, coached by Joe Daw and Matt Pitts, was successful in winning the NRFL Knockout Cup.
  • The ECB Girls U20, under Santi Vega and Nichola Snell, carried the East Coast Bays flag at the Wellington U20s Tournament     They performed well and Anna Leat was named MVP of the tournament.
  • Deklan Wynne, Judd Baker, Andre de Jong, Sam Copp, Brendan Wyatt, Nick Sugden and Brock Messenger (playing in the Sunshine Coast this season) were selected for the New Zealand U20 Squad. 
  • Brock Messenger and Andre de Jong were subsequently successful in being selected for the U20 Team to compete in Qatar,   
  • Deklan Wynne and Andre de Jong were selected for the New Zealand A Team to play the Phoenix before the Selectors in Taupo.   
  • Deklan Wynne was selected for the All White squad to travel to China and Thailand in November this year.   
  • Jack Anderson, at the age of 15, became a regular first team player.
  • Jack Anderson and Kieran McMinn were selected for the National U17 squad and Dillon Posa was selected for the extended U17 National squad
  • Jase Kim, Assistant Coach, was appointed as Technical Analyst for the Senior All Whites for the China and Thailand tour for the U20 trip to China and the All Whites trip to Thailand and China in November.   Jase was also in charge of the Analysts for the Junior All Whites
  • Jared Grove moved on to Otago University and was awarded the Most Promising Player of the Year from Caversham.   Jared was also appointed Assistant Manager on the All Whites tour to Thailand and China.
  • Willy Gerdsen was appointed as co-coach of the New Zealand U20s and Wanderers FC playing in the ASB National League
  • Former co-coach of the premiers, Rod Grove, was selected as Team Manager for the National U20s.
  • The first series of the Summer Camps on the new artificial turf at Ashley, have just been completed.   We hope to secure sufficient time at the new complex for the coming seaso
  • Mums Mob and Foreign Legion led the way by winning their respective Leagues this season
  • Ladies 3 not only won their League but they won it undefeated.
  • The Junior U17s Metropolitan League (Jeoffrey Healey);  U17s Division 1 (Shane Anderson) and U15s Division 1 (Russell Fisher) were successful in winning their respective Leagues.
  • The 15th Grade Girls, coached by Jassen Elliott, and the 14th Grade Girls, coached by Marie Keast,  won the trophy for the highest Northern Football Federation team in their respective Leagues.   The 13th Grade Division 1 Girls, coached by Brenda Torein and Quinton Lester, won their League and the 13th Grade Girls coached by Mark Patterson, was successful in winning the 12th Grade Papakura Tournament.
  • Junior teams attended 65 tournaments during the season.   Of note was the 10th Grade team, coached by Joe Daw, who competed in the 11th Grade competition and was also successful in winning the 11th Grade Tauranga and 11th Grade Papamoa Tournament.
  • The 15th Grade Girls and 11th Grade Boys travelled to Australia to compete in the Gold Coast Champions Cup  and acquitted themselves very well in making the playoffs. 
  • The 9th Grade, under the guidance of the watchful eye of Dave Wood,  was also successful in progressing to the top 4  in the Three Kings National Tournament at Labour Weekend.
  • Congratulations must go to all the players who were successful in being selected for Northern Football Federation and New Zealand Football Talent Centres.
  • Progress has been made with establishing contacts with overseas clubs.   The CVs of various talented players have been forwarded overseas and we hope to see the fruits of these contacts in 2015/2016.
  • Progress has also been made with the use of Gamebreaker for teams to track their performance with the club investing in another laptop to be made available to all coaches who wish to follow this avenue with their teams.   Jase Kim has been instrumental in coaching these coaches in the use of the Programme.


Hope everyone has a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year



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