13th Grade at Nelson

The team this year, part way through grading had 5 players choosing to move on to various clubs and a coaching change, which in most cases would cause a team to fold, but due to the infrastructure East Coast Bays has in the development team program, and the players who stayed, were able to keep the team together and competitive.  Andrew Poore has moved up from development team coach, to 1st team coach, and has brought additional players  who have added to the teams performances.



The team headed south for the Nelson tournament with the goal of bringing the cup home and a great opportunity for Andrew to se the boys in action and try some combinations, we set off on the Monday with a mid day flight.


All the lads were excited and keen to get underway, on arrival in Nelson, we had three vans and shuttled the team to camp to settle in, for the grueling three day ahead. All the lads were bonding and getting on well and had the afternoon and evening to get to know each other, while most of the parents made the shopping run for the week ahead.


Day One :  Three games, 20 minute halves,  120 minutes to get through,  the boys were slow starters, still getting to know each others play on the park, had two losses, first up, but regrouped and came away with a draw to finish the day.


Day Two : Two games and a bye,  Much better second day with 2 wins and the early finish, this put us right back in contention for a semi final berth, but with a final pool game on the finals day meant a win was important to keep us in the mix.


Day Three: Final pool play game, and we came out 1-0 winners. This resulted the lads finishing 3rd in pool play with a game versus  second place Waimak who had beaten us on day one 2-1. The team played better than the first time we played against these guys, but with football it’s about taking your opportunities and

Unfortunately for us they scored 4 and we scored 1, so 1 game to go, playing for third or fourth.  The walk back was a somber by the lads but their spirits soon lifted and were up for the next game, which is a credit to the lads to get over a loss quickly and focusing on the next game. The team ran away with this game

4-1 playing some good intelligent football along the way, so a fair result over all as the knockout results ended as the finished pool play had.


The pleasing result is the lads finished as they had the year before, and had learnt a lot about each other heading into the conference league back in Auckland.


We finished the trip off with a dinner out at a local restaurant where the boys continued to enjoy each others company and was a great way to finish a awesome week away.


A big Thank you to the development team and the boys who came away and fitted into the team effortlessly.  All the parents, both on tour and behind the scenes, who worked hard on making the trip fun for the boys. Our sponsors

who contributions help make events like this possible and the life skills it gives our lads, and finally East Coast Bays Football club for their help and who worked tirelessly to keep this team together.


Congratulations to Andrew on stepping up to the 1st team and doing a great job with the boys and also to Kevin Davey (father of Ironman) who has taken on the development coaching role. 


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