January 2018 School Holiday Programme


Bay Olympic will hold two School Holiday Programmes in the new year for children aged 7-14 years. 

Date: Monday 15th January to Thursday 19th January 2018

Time: From 9am until 2pm

Venue: Crum Park, Hilling Street, Green Bay

Football Programme - Run by Bay Olympic Director of Football Shane Knowles

Cost: $135 for the full Programme or $40 per day (1-3 days only)

Goalkeeper Programme - former AFF FTC Goalkeeping coach Kris Pinnock

Cost: $150 for the full Programme or $40 per day (1-3 days only)


Click here for further information


Bay Olympic Goalkeeper Cameron Brown and the FIFA Club World Cup

Bay Olympic would like to congratulate goalkeeper Cameron Brown as he joins the Auckland City FC FIFA Club World Cup squad.

We wish you and the team all the very best.

Tonight they take on Al-Jazira, kick off at 21:00 local time.

Get your dancing shoes on! Don't forget, the Junior Disco is this Saturday from 6-8pm.

Bay Olympic 2018 Season - Metro Coaches, Trials and Training

Bay Olympic is pleased to announce the following Metro coaches for the 2018 season.

13th Grade - Kris Pinnock

14th Grade - Shane Knowles 

15th Grade - Mark Tully

16/17th Grades - James Pritchett

James Pritchett will also be in charge of the 17th Grade Auckland City Tournament held from the 16th to 18th of March 2018.

Metro trials will be held at Crum Park, Hilling Street on the following dates:

13th Grade - Wednesday 31st Jan and Thursday 8th Feb 5pm to 6.30pm

14th Grade - Thursday 1st Feb and Wednesday 7th Feb 5pm to 6.30pm

15th Grade - Wednesday 31st Jan and Thursday 8th Feb 6.45 to 8pm

16/17th Grades - Thursday 1st Feb and Wednesday 7th Feb 6.45pm to 8pm

In addition to this we would like to invite players interested in trialling for Metro and our Division 1 teams and who are in the appropriate age groups, to attend pre-Christmas training and to meet the coaches on the following dates:

Tuesday the 5th, 12th and 19th of December at Crum Park from 5.30pm to 7pm. 

Should you require any further information please contact Shane Knowles.

Phone: 0275954619

Email: shane.knowles@bayolympic.co.nz


Kind Regards

Shane Knowles

Director of Football

Bay Olympic Football Club

2017 Notice of Annual General Meeting

Bert Ormond, footballing legend and pioneer, passes away




NZ football lost a legend of our game on Wednesday 15 November. Bert Ormond was a football pioneer who had a transformative impact on NZ football. 

Bert Ormond emigrated to NZ in 1961 after a successful playing career in Scotland where he played for Falkirk, Airdrie and Dumbarton scoring 34 goals in 83 appearances, playing in those days as an inside forward.

Initially Bert and his family settled in Gisborne and he immediately joined Eastern Union, a football powerhouse in those days, and then Gisborne Thistle where he left a rich footballing legacy. In 1964 the Ormond family moved to West Auckland which is where Bert began a very successful playing and coaching career with Blockhouse Bay, and later in his successful coaching career with Mt Roskill.

Bert first represented NZ in 1961 shortly after arriving from Scotland scoring against New Caledonia, and in 1964 he had the honour of captaining New Zealand on its 15 match World Tour. In total he played in 21 Internationals for New Zealand, seventeen of them while he was a member of Blockhouse Bay.

In 1969, Blockhouse Bay, under Bert’s coaching, qualified for the inaugural Rothmans Soccer League. At the time this new competition was rather controversial as no other sport in the country had ever attempted a national club competition. The far sighted administrators of NZFA in 1969 were well ahead of their time and the decision turned out to be pure genius.

On qualifying Bert immediately started to assemble a BHB squad for the start of the season. As a member of that squad I can tell you that we were very well prepared for the rigours of the new national club sporting competition in NZ and consequently we went on to win the first ever National League title and then climaxed the season with victory in the Chatham Cup Final in a thrilling replay at Newmarket Park against Western Suburbs of Wellington.

Blockhouse Bay in those heady days set the standard. Bert insisted on a professional approach to every game: players had to wear a dress uniform to the game, the team always had lunch together prior to the game, and there was always a huge after-match function for players and supporters regardless of the result. It was a formula that other clubs copied.

After the tremendous success of that first season, Blockhouse Bay remained a power in the National League. Bert was coach for seven seasons – the club’s finishing position, in order, starting from 1970, was 1st, 4th, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 3rd, 5th. He was in charge for 122 National league games of which 63 were won, 27 drawn and just 32 lost (52% winning record).

In 1975, Bert took Bay to the Chatham Cup final again, losing this time to Christchurch United in extra time.

It was no surprise that after Bert’s retirement BHB never reached the same heights despite having outstanding coaches in Terry Conley and Wally Hughes. Bert’s influence was lost and so was the magic that made BHB a special club under the Ormond regime.

Bert Ormond was more than a great footballer and coach he was also a natural as a weekly columnist who didn’t mind speaking his mind. Bert was one of the sport's first high profile "personalities", writing a weekly column in the Sunday News (then the highest circulation weekend paper) in the 1970s, and helping popularise the sport to a wider audience.

Over that first season and throughout his NL coaching career he became one of the best known names in NZ football as every paper and sports’ magazine in the country sought his comments before and after every game.

It is difficult for the younger generation of footballers to realise how big the RNL was in the 1970s. The double headers attracted massive parochial crowds at Newmarket Park, scintillating football every weekend and publicity that our game today would die for. Much of the success of football in the 1970s was down to Bert Ormond. He knew the value of publicity for the game he loved and this combined with his passion, his coaching ability, his nous for the game all helped football to regain its place on the NZ sporting calendar.

Bert was also a fine story teller, a superb motivator of men, a keen judge of character, someone who genuinely cared about his players. He had the knack of being able to bond a disparate group of “no name” players into a tightly knit and highly successful football team.

Bert was a real character and a connoisseur of fine Scotch whisky, in truth any Scotch whisky, of which he would partake of a wee nip just prior to his team talk at the Great Northern Hotel in Queen St before every game. 

Bert’s other great attribute, along with his devoted wife Esther, was to raise two boys who both went on to play for NZ and have successful sporting and business careers; Ian and Duncan were stalwarts of the Bay teams of the 70s. 

A final comment from John Ewan, the respected sports journalist from Wellington, perhaps summed up Bert Ormond and his football philosophy. He said:

“1970 may be remembered as the year soccer took its great step forward. It will certainly be remembered in Wellington as the year that BHB proved you don’t win matches on past reputation, personalities or anything other than a down-to-earth 90 minute involvement from eleven well drilled players”.  As a member of all Bert’s teams in the 70s, I can confirm that is exactly what Bert expected and got every week.

Rest in peace Bert: a pioneer, a legend, a friend to us all.

John Morris

Nov 2017



All Whites vs Peru World Cup Qualifier

All Whites vs Peru World Cup Qualifier

Come cheer the boys on with us.

Doors open from 3.30pm

Bar and Kitchen open for your enjoyment.

NRFL Player of the Year


Bay's very own Luke Jorgensen is up for Player of the Year.

It takes 15 seconds to vote.

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Summer Soccer Dates


The Summer Soccer dates are


Juniors at Crum Park starting Thursday 2nd November


Youth and Seniors at Olympic Park starting Friday 3rd November


All other information can be found on the above right menu link.

Bay Olympic U19 Tournament Team 2017









Congratulations to the following players for being selected in the Bay Olympic U19 Tournament team for the annual 2017 Lotto U19 Tournament in Napier this weekend.

Jack Anderson, Sean Atherton, Antonio Bonkovich, Dino Botica, Joshua Campbell, Matthew Hearn, Jonathan Imre, Jin-Ku (Jacob) Kim, Anthony Lewis, Nathan Maisey, Oliver Maunder, Benjamin McGregor, Callum McGregor , Stefan Milller, George Muir, Jayden Rollinson, Bradley Sauvarin

Coach Shane Knowles, Asst Coach Barry Williams, Tech Adviser Luke Jorgensen, Managers Kristine MgGregor and Andy Phipps

 Have a great weekend team!


Congratulations to Bay Olympic Lions who won the 13th Grade at the McCartney Tournament in Taupo









Congratulations to Bay Olympic Lions who won the 13th Grade at the McCartney Tournament in Taupo this weekend.

This is the largest tournament for club football in the country at present.

The boys played 8 games in 2 days, and after losing the first one, they won 7 in a row without conceding a goal. They finished on 21 points, pipping the very strong Onehunga Sports side, in a group of 9.

The team looked great in their blue strip. (Green for presentation). Well done guys!

Just when you thought you could air your Boots!


The Summer Season is just around the corner.

The Bayleys Junior Summer Soccer at Crum Park kicks off on the new date of Thursday 2nd November.

The Bay Olympic Youth and Senior Summer Season kicks off on Friday 3rd November at Olympic Park.

We have limited spaces so get your registration forms and payments in as soon as possible. Interest is high and it is sure to fill up quickly.


The 9/10th Grade League is now FULL at Crum Park.

The 11/12th Grade League is FULL.

The 13/14/15th Grade League is FULL.

The Senior League is FULL.

All Olympic Park Leagues are FULL.


See you at the Park!



Congratulations to the following 10th Grade players

Congratulations to the following players for being selected in the Bay Olympic 10th Grade team to play at the upcoming Annual 10th Grade Nationals Tournament hosted by Norwest.

 Riley Ziegler

Evan Massamba Kuzmenko

Jaden Cloete

Alexander Van Der Westhuizen

Michael Sturgess

Kashi Rinaldi

Cameron Smith

Theodore Bailey

Dylan Lad

Bennie Larsen

Two Non Travelling Reserves

Alfred Jiang

Ryan Cunningham

Congratulations to 9th Grade team selected to play in the upcoming NationalsTournament

Congratulations to the following players for making the Bay Olympic 9th Grade team to play at the upcoming 18th Annual Three Kings United Nationals.

 Danil Chirackal

 Matthew Elswood

 Dipesh Mani

 Samuel Van Der Klift

 Michael Judd

 Campbell Wood

 Theo Guthrie

 Ewan Walton

 Dylan Tearle

 Kane Winstanley

 Non Travelling Reserve - George Smith


NZ Representative Colin Shaw







Former NZ representative Colin Shaw passed away on 9 August 2017.

Colin scored 8 goals in 5 appearances for NZ and was a star for Blockhouse Bay Soccer Club in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Colin’s goals led Blockhouse Bay to a National League and Chatham Cup Double in 1970 which was the inaugural year of the National League competition. Colin finished that season with 15 National League goals in 14 matches. In addition he scored two goals in the Chatham Cup Final which ended in a draw and then scored the winner in the replay over Western Suburbs. Colin carried on plundering goals in the 1971 season with 20 goals in 18 National League appearances.

Somewhat poignantly Blockhouse Bay players from this era held a reunion lunch at the Bay Olympic Clubrooms on Saturday 12 August. This was an event was Colin was looking forward to. A number of Colin’s former teammates were present and they along with the Bay Olympic and Birkenhead teams and supporters honoured Colin before the game with a minutes silence. Colin is survived by his wife Margaret, his children and grandchildren.

McDonald’s Junior Coach of the Year Award


Congratulations to the Bay Olympic Coaches nominated for the McDonald’s Junior Coach of the Year Award. Being a coach is a huge commitment. Not only do you dedicate time and energy but you also offer direction, support and motivation for the players, and their families. We salute you and greatly appreciate your work for the club and the members.

A shortlist of three coaches from each federation will be announced on Monday 14 August with the regional winners to be named on Friday 18 August. The over McDonald’s Junior Coach of the Year will be revealed on Tuesday 22 August.



"A few weeks ago we shared news of a group of players that were selected to represent Auckland at the Gold Coast Champions Cup in late September. We are delighted to report that Keelan Marson - Wood and Sonia Bennett have been added to the Boys and Girls teams for this trip. Congratulations Keelan and Sonia. They are pictured here with our Men's Premier Team and Chairman after receiving a letter of congratulations and grant from the Club to assist with their travel costs. This brings the number of Bay Olympic reps in these two teams to 7!"


A blast from the past



Put it in your diary - 24th June - LIONS Vs ALL BLACKS

Come down to the club to watch the Lions versus All Blacks - LIVE

Doors open from 6.30pm | Game kick-off 7.30pm | Buffet at half time

Tickets will be presold (re catering) - get in quick! email hq@bayolympic.co.nz

Enjoy a $10 indian meal and have a drink with your team.


Learn more about the NZF/FIFA 11+ Kids programme

Coaches will walk away with a whole new Injury Prevention Warm Up program tailored for 4-12 year old footballers. This contains a series of different exercises designed to help kids develop their fundamental movement patterns while additionally being proven to reduce children's injuries in football by 38-50% and also improve their physical performance. Coaches will understand the background to the program, the physical characteristics of our junior footballers and most importantly have a series of new games for which to use with their team throughout the season.


What:  NZF/FIFA 11+ KIDS Programme

For:  Coaches working with kids aged 4-12 years

Where:  Bay Olympic Clubrooms, Olympic Park

When:  Wednesday 28th June 2017

Time:  6.30pm - 8:00pm

Cost:  FREE

Coaches can register for the FIFA 11+ KIDS course - here. or email hq@bayolympic.co.nz

13th grade players wanted

We have a few spaces for 13th grade players.
Please contact hq@bayolympic.co.nz or call 09 826 .3041.

Enhancing Performance through Prevention

What: NZF/FIFA 11+ Programme

For: All coaches

Where: Bay Olympic Clubrooms, Olympic Park

When: Wednesday 14th June 2017

Time: 6.30pm - 8:00pm

Cost: FREE

Coaches can register for the FIFA 11+ course - here.

What to do when a player gets injured - Wed 7th and 21st June

For: Coaches, manager and parents

Where: Bay Olympic Clubrooms, Olympic Park, 36 Portage Road, New Lynn

When: Wednesday, 7th and 21st June

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Cost: FREE

Please email hq@bayolympic.co.nz to confirm your attendance.


Thanks to the Trusts!

New Nike Playing Kit for 2017 - New vs Old

With the recent change from Lotto to Nike, there has been some confusion about strip options on game day for Youth teams. First and foremost, we are obligated to follow Auckland Football Federation strip rules. Please take a moment to read these.

If you are an AWAY team playing one of the following clubs - Western Springs, Onehunga Sports, Hibiscus Coast, Tuakau, Drury, Oratia & Three Kings, an alternate strip is required for game day. This also applies to playing other Bay Olympic Teams as an AWAY team. Please contact the club to arrange this at least four days prior to your game.

If every player on your team has purchased a complete set of the new Nike Strip, this can of course be worn on game day. If however, some players have the new strip and some do not, teams need to wear the strip provided at Muster so that all players are consi

Term 2 Junior Academy

Run by our Director of Football Shane Knowles, the Academy with the new curriculum will focus on developing a player's skill set.

Our Junior Academy is affordable, high value football coaching for all children aged 6 - 10 years.

DATES: Monday 8th May to 3rd July 2017 (No session Queen's Birthday weekend)

TIME: Juniors 5:00pm - 6:00pm

PRICE: $80.00 per player for 8 weeks

VENUE: Crum Park Turf, Hilling Street, Green Bay

See more info and to register

Goalkeeper Academy on Mondays - New Coach - David Masters

DATES: Monday 8th May to Monday 3rd July 2017. (No session Queen's Birthday weekend)


$80.00 per player for 8 weeks from 5pm - 6pm at Crum Park, Hilling Street, Green Bay


$120.00 per player for 8 weeks from 6.15pm - 7.15pm at Crum Park, Hilling Street, Green Bay

Click for more info. and to register

Bay Olympic 2004 and 2005 boys at FTC at Crossfield Reserve


From left to right Frasier King, Tainui Adams, Lucas Kellett, Max Hancock, Addison Stewart, Joseph Knowles, Joe MacGibbon, Keelan Marson - Wood 

Referee Courses

From the Ref’s Corner 

We have 2 courses coming up very soon for all existing and potential referee’s
Club Based Referee Course.  
Audience: New Referees, anyone wanting to learn more about refereeing.
Duration: 2 nights, Cost: $45 (Full cost is $90, $45 is subsidized by the club)
Location: Bay Olympic Clubrooms
Date: May 3rd & May 10th -  6:30pm til 9:30pm (both nights are required to complete course)
CBR Refresher Course
Audience: Any referee that holds a certification (active or expired)

Duration: 1 night, Cost: FREE
Location: Bay Olympic Clubrooms

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Junior Draw up on website grades 6-9

All the new junior draws have been uploaded to the website, they are under Player Information 2017 on the navigaton bar.

Looking for players for the over 40s Mens Team

Looking for players for the over 40s Mens Team. Nick Tregerthan - Phone 021 979463. 

Players wanted for the following grades


6th grade 
7th grade 
9th grade
11th grade - 1 space
17th grade boys - 1 space

Contact hq@bayolympic.co.nz for further information.

Don't forget to vote for Bay Olympic too! through the https://www.milliondollarmission.co.nz/finalists/bay-olympic-soccer-club/

AGM news

Bay Olympic’s AGM was held on Tuesday 29 November 2016.  

The election of two new life members were the highlight of the Meeting:

  • Martyn Miller with a total of 403 first team appearances for Blockhouse Bay and Bay Olympic was appointed. A one Club man for 40 years, Marty made his debut for Blockhouse Bay as a 16 year old in 1986. His appearance record is unsurpassed in the history of Blockhouse Bay, Green Bay and Bay Olympic. In recent seasons Marty has coached Youth and Senior teams at the Club and he still plays (very well) when time permits. Congratulations Marty.

  • Simon Jefferson, QC has been honorary solicitor for Bay Olympic for 18 years. Simon assisted with the creation of Bay Olympic and has continued to provide guidance to the Club in the years since. Simon has also served NZ Football for many years including chairing the Competitions Review in 2010. He currently chairs the Appeals Committee. Congratulations Simon.

The Executive Committee plus Senior and Junior/Youth Club Captains were also elected and are listed below – thanks very much to these folk for the contribution they make to our Club.

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Bert Ormond recognised at NZ Football 125th Jubilee Dinner

Legendary Blockhouse Bay Coach, Bert Ormond recognized at NZ Football 125th Jubilee Dinner

Former Blockhouse Bay Soccer Club Coach Bert Ormond was recently acknowledged at the New Zealand Football 125th Jubilee Dinner. Bert Ormond was a Blockhouse Bay coach for many years including the famous double winning team of 1970. Friends of Football awarded Bert the Medal of Excellence at the Jubilee Dinner.

The award was presented by John Morris the long serving Blockhouse Bay Goalkeeper and later Blockhouse Bay Coach. John was kind enough to provide a copy of his speech for us to share with Bay Olympic members. Congratulations Bert on behalf of all members at Bay Olympic.

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Bay Olympic – Youth & Junior Coaches 2017

Bay Olympic – Youth & Junior Coaches 2017

Bay Olympic are seeking expressions of interest for youth and junior coaches for the 2017 season.

Our Club has a growing membership base and excellent facilities. We are seeking to appoint coaches for the Boys 13th, 14th and 15th Grade Metro teams and the Boys 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Premier teams. The coaches will work under the direction and guidance of Shane Knowles, our Director of Football.

Remuneration for these roles will be discussed after expressions of interest are received, with a closing date of Friday 18 November 2016. If you are interested, please contact Shane on 027 595 4619 or at shane.knowles@bayolympic.co.nz.

Bay Olympic appoints Shane Knowles as Men’s Premier Coach for 2017

Bay Olympic have appointed Shane Knowles to coach the Mitre 10 Mega New Lynn Bay Olympic Men’s Premier Team in the Northern Regional Football Premier League for 2017. 

Club Chairman Graham Leaming said the Club were delighted to have Shane at the helm for 2017.  “Shane has an outstanding record as a Premier Coach including winning consecutive championships with Bay Olympic in 2011 and 2012. We are looking forward to Shane leading a competitive team in 2017.” 

Knowles said he is excited about returning to the role and is delighted that James Pritchett had agreed to continuing as Player/Assistant Coach for the 2017 season.  “I am confident we will assemble a strong team again and James sets high standards of professionalism and discipline for our younger players. Martyn Miller has also agreed to continue as coach of our Premier Men’s Reserve team. Marty is a quality man committed to our Club so we are great shape for 2017.”

Shane will also continue as Director of Football for Bay Olympic’s large Youth and Junior programme. This programme will be expanded in 2017 with the appointment of expert additional coaches to provide further enhance the development of the Club’s young players.

The New Lynn based Club was formed from the amalgamation of Blockhouse Bay and Green Bay in 1998 and has over 100 teams making it one of the largest in Auckland.

Sad passing of the founder of Blockhouse Bay Soccer Club

Sad passing of the founder of Blockhouse Bay Soccer Club

The members of Bay Olympic would like to offer their sincere condolences to the Phipps family at the passing of George Phipps. George was the founder of Blockhouse Bay Soccer Club in 1948 which after 50 years was amalgamated with Green Bay Titirangi to form Bay Olympic in 1998.

George and his family played a huge role throughout the life of Blockhouse Bay Soccer Club and this continues today at Bay Olympic with much loved and liked Andy Phipps our current Club Captain and Men’s Premier Team Manager.

A minutes silence in memory of George will be observed before the Men’s Premier game on Saturday at Olympic Park at 3pm and Bay Olympic players will wear black armbands to honour George’s contribution to the history and success of our Club(s).

George’s funeral will be held on Monday 15 August at 12.30pm at Morrison Funerals on 220 Universal Dr, Henderson.

Bay Olympic AFF FTC players

Good luck to our AFF Federation Talent Centre players for this holiday Camp. From left Joseph Knowles, Lucas Kellett, Addison Stewart (front), Hamish McGibbon, Max Hancock and Tainui Adams.

Congratulations to Campbell and Ben off to the Kanga Cup

Two Bay Olympic players have been selected to represent the Auckland Football Federation at Kanga Cup 2016. Campbell McIntyre and Ben Coyle-Smith, along with Shane Knowles as the U14 coach, will travel to Canberra next weekend to compete.

The boys were congratulated with a grant at a presentation at Crum Park last evening. They are pictured with current Premier player Dino Botica who travelled to the UK for a trial last year with the assistance of the Club. Funds raised from events such as our Maungakiekie Golf Day and Quiz Night are used to support our youngsters who earn these sort of opportunities. We wish them all the very best! 

ACYF Tournament – Bay Olympic U/17 Boys

 Congratulations to the boys who played in the ACYF Football Tournament Friday through Sunday. This tournament over the last few years has developed into a national tournament with the best sides and players from over the country entering. In the Boys Tournament Bay were one of 24 teams and after 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in pool play found themselves in the playoff for 9th to 16th. A further 3 wins followed resulting in a 9th placed finish. Bay Olympic drew with eventual winners Birkenhead in pool play.

 A very big thanks to Carl, Brent and Andy for coaching and managing the team over the three days.

Turf Shoes for Crum Park

With summer football starting up, and the winter season around the corner, please remember that turf shoes need to be worn at Crum Park by all players, coaches and parent helpers that may go onto the turf.

The Warehouse have soccer boots that start from $40, even cheaper when you catch one of their sales!

Look forward to seeing you at summer soccer this week.

Bay Olympic bringing the love of football to our schools each week

Bay Olympic bringing the love of football to our schools each week

Hundreds of local children are benefiting each week from the coaching of Bay Olympic Director of Football, Shane Knowles.  In addition to running the Bay Olympic’s junior and youth programme and academies, Knowles delivers football coaching to hundreds of kids in eight schools in the West Auckland region each week. 

A highlight of the year is two tournaments held in late October & early November.  Knowles said “We had 700 kids representing 25 schools participate in our two tournaments at Riversdale Reserve in Avondale.  The emphasis on the coaching throughout the year and the tournaments is to encourage young kids into healthy activity, developing skills and enjoyment of the game.”

The New Lynn based Club was formed from the amalgamation of Blockhouse Bay and Green Bay in 1998 and has over 100 teams making it one of the largest in Auckland and is well supported by local businesses including lead sponsor Mitre 10 Mega New Lynn.

Awesome achievement at the NZ AIMS games

Last week we had a large number of Bay Olympic players competing at the annual AIMS Games in Tauranga. With more than 8000 of the country's top sportspeople it's now officially bigger than the Commonwealth Games.

Our 11th grade players Max Hancock and Lucas Kellett played football for their schools, our 12th grade players Cohen Radich, Harry Silver and Logan Leaity competed and our 13th grade players Omar Anwarzada, Jack van Luijken, Stefan Miller, Gianni Stiles, Thomas Grover and Gabe Thirkell.

An amazing 5 Bay Olympic players won a medal and 4 players even played the final in the Championship. Gianni won a Bronze medal with Northcross and Harry, Cohen, Thomas and Jack won a Silver medal with Glen Eden Intermediate, losing the final after penalties.

Congrats to all the players. An awesome achievement; training, academy and hard work pays off!


By Martijn van Luijken

Bay Olympic Lions 11th Grade win tournament.

On Sunday Bay Olympic Lions 11th grade prems headed to Papakura City toplay in a 16 teamtournament. We were placed in Pool C and our first game we were paired with Buckland's Beach Hughes and in a tight game on a bumpy pitch we managed to win 1-0 with a goal from our Lions captain Max Hancock. In game 2, we were paired with Hibiscus Coast, they were a tall, strong and very physical team and the game was a real battle from start to finish and both teams seemed happy with the 0-0 draw.

All was to play for the top spot in our third and final pool game, but the result was never in question when we sailed into a 3-0 lead by half time- 2 goals from Addison Stewart and 1 from Harrison Walsh there was no further score in the second half but the 3-0 win over Birkenhead Utd secured us top spot and a place in the Championship Semi Final, with 7 points and a goal difference of plus 4.

In the Semi- Final we came across Buckland Beach Martin and the game was a breeze as we cruised to a 3-0 victory, Frasier King with 2 goals and Harrison Walsh added the other. So we were into a Championship Final and we were to play the much fancied Western Springs Bullets, who are currently top of the 11th grade prem division and have been unbeaten all season. A tight and tense final ensued with both teams creating chances but it was the Lions who came out victorious from a corner, which their goal keeper couldn't handle and was bundled into the net. The boys and coaching staff were thrilled to hear the full time whistle, which signalled Bay Olympic Lions first ever Championship win.

It was a much deserved title as we were the only team who didn't concede a goal on the day, we have our fantastic goal keeper Joseph Knowles and our strong defense to thank for this. It was a fantastic day and Shane Knowles (coach) was very proud of all the efforts of the team on their victorious day.


Team Photo

Back row left to right

Lucas Kellett, Shane Knowles (coach), Hamish MacGibbon, Cameron Wheaton, Harrison Walsh, Oliver Warne.


Front row left to right

Atticus Waddington, Frasier King, Joseph Knowles, Max Hancock, Addison Stewart, Jacob Sullivan.

Pitchside Pantry - new chef Kelvin in the Kitchen

Come down to the club every Saturday to enjoy the new Pitchside Pantry, the menu will be tweaked and perfected over the next few weeks, but the soft chicken tacos were devine.

Salt & Pepper Squid with sweet chilli dipping sauce

Fries & Wedges

Beer battered onion rings

BBQ Buffalo chicken wings


Beef Burger

Soft Shell chicken tacos

Crum Park Turf - Footwear, Nets & Flag Post Reminders

If you are a coach, manager or parent of a Youth football team playing half size fields, please promptly remove the net and shift the goal posts to the corner nearest the tennis courts.

If you are the last game of the day, please ensure you put the corner flag posts away in the storeroom.  These are specific to the Turf and if they go missing we have a problem.

 If you are playing or refereeing, please wear appropriate footwear - i.e moulded sole boots or blades.   FLAT SOLE FOOTWEAR AND METAL SPRIGS ARE NOT PERMITTED - THEY WILL DAMAGE THE TURF AND SHORTEN IT'S LIFESPAN WHICH IMPACTS ALL MEMBERS. 



Time Keeping

Please make every endeavour to conclude your game within the allocated time slot.  If you do not, the games after become progressively delayed.  If there is a problem or incident that is likely to cause a small delay, please discuss with the manager of the team due to follow you. 

All teams please use common sense and good courtesy in dealing with these matters if they arise.  Poor behaviour is unnecessary and will not be tolerated.

Volunteer Rewards!

Lotto NZ has decided to run the 'Lotto Thank a Sport Maker' campaign for 1 more year.  This means you can nominate volunteers to win $500 worth of sports gear and once you nominate them, they are in the draw for the year.  To nominate for the Lotto NZ National Sport Maker campaign, click here - Lotto Sport Maker.  There are 2 winners per month!

Sport Waitakere will again run its 'Volunteer of the Month' campaign.  To nominate for the Sport Waitakere Volunteer of the Month, click here - Sport Waitakere Volunteer of the Month .   There is one Youth Coach winner and one Adult Coach winner each month!

Pick up and Return of Avondale Half Nets

Pick up and Return of Avondale Half Nets

If you are the first team to play at Avondale Racecourse, you need to collect half nets from the clubrooms during office hours or Wednesday nights 7.30pm - 8.30pm (by prior arrangement only).   If there are no teams ready to take to the field after your game, please take down the nets and return them to the Clubrooms on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Women's Representative

Bay Olympic are pleased to announce that Terry Eberhardt is the new Senior Women's Representative.  Since moving to New Zealand from Canada, Terry has been with Bay Olympic as both a player and team manager.  She looks forward to meeting everyone and assisting our Women's teams during the season.  

Congratulations for two of our Premier Men’s Players

Michael Woud has recently joined English Premiership Club Sunderland AFC full time Academy – this is a fantastic accomplishment and superb opportunity for Michael.  We wish you every success.

Stephen Ashby-Peckham who has been selected for the Futsal Whites to play Australia on the 8th, 9th and 10th of July in Wellington.  We also wish Stephen all the best for taking down the Aussies.


Bay Olympic launches Business Directory website

One click on our website now takes visitors to the Bay Olympic Business Directory where they will find a tradesmen, photographer, web designer, mechanic, the solutions will be all there. 

We have three foundation members on board that you can see by clicking Bay Olympic Business Directory

We have over 1,500 members and our website has over 2,000 pages views a week. 

For only $100 +GST you can have your business listed for 12 months.  This may be the least cost, most effective promotion or quickest payback piece of advertising you will ever do.

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Payment of $115.00 incl. GST can be made electronically to Bay Olympic Soccer and Sports Club Inc, Account # 12-3023-0260420-00, refer your Business Name on the payment.  Cheque payment is also acceptable.

See attached pdf.

Long serving Club Co-ordinator & Secretary to step down

After ten years terrific service Linda Mellor will step down as Bay Olympic Club Co-ordinator and Secretary at the end of April 2015. 

Linda will be well known to present and past members.  Her contribution to our Club has been immense and invaluable to the very solid foundation we enjoy. 

The Executive Committee and Trustees on behalf of all members wish Linda the very best for the future and look forward to her having the opportunity to continue to enjoy the Club in the future as a Life Member and supporter.

Three More Bay Olympic Members Honoured by A.F.F.

Three of Bay Olympic’s long serving members were honoured for their outstanding service to the game when they were awarded with Auckland Football Federation Long Service Medals marking their invaluable contribution to the sport.

Rick Segedin, Dave Mellor and Verne Russell were presented with the medals by Auckland Football Federation board members Grant Ford and Diana Puketapu at the Western Springs’ Seddon Fields clubrooms during the Cheers Volunteers evening, an annual event staged by the federation to thank club members who have given up their time throughout the season.

Auckland Football CEO David Parker says Wednesday’s group of medallists highlights the dedication shown by the people who make grassroots football possible.

“Without the wonderful efforts of such volunteers, we would not be able to function,” Parker says. “They have a huge impact on the successful running of our game and, on behalf of everyone connected to football in Auckland, I thank our latest batch of medallists for their on-going contribution."

For more on each member click on their names;

 Rick Segedin

Dave Mellor

Verne Russell

  For all Bay Olympic AFF Long Service Award recipients go to -  Home page ~ About the Club ~ Long Service Awards


 The Div 1 Plate Final was played at Seddon Fields on Sunday. Congratulations to Bay Olympic lads for beating Hibiscus Coast 7-1!

Premier League Pass Fundraising Initiative will help Bay Olympic!

Premier League Pass Fundraising Initiative will help Bay Olympic!

The following is a great opportunity for you to contribute to the growth of your Football club!

NZ Football has teamed up with Premier League Pass to deliver an exciting fundraising initiative aimed at directly benefitting your football club.

For every subscriber to Premier League Pass – the official New Zealand home of the Barclays Premier League – for the 2014/15 season that references your club’s name, NZ Football and Premier League Pass will give 20% of the subscription fee back to the club.

All you need to do is click on this link, select the unique code specific to the club you would like to assist and proceed to www.premierleaguepass.com to subscribe. 

This offer isn’t limited to just club members. Family and friends are all also welcome to subscribe and support your club in the process.

So get as many people behind it as you can! Get them subscribing and help give your local club a cash injection!

For all queries call 0800 PLPASS and their customer support team will be happy to help.


 AFF Communications l  Auckland Football Federation

Office: 09 579 0705 ex 808 l  Web:www.aucklandfootball.org.nz
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Bay Olympic Player achieves outside of Football

Bay Olympic Player achieves outside of Football

Jayden Cooke, from Bay Olympic U19 Saturday B.O.M.B. team, was one of four selected out of a class of students from Avondale college Innovation Group to travel to Silicon Valley in San Francisco.

To qualify they had to design and build a computer programme that would assist in an aspect of life. Then it was presented and judged.

The Silicon Valley trip involved students from four other colleges around Auckland and saw the group go to places like Facebook, Google, Xero, and various other I.T companies in the Valley.

Jayden was also the National winner in the Microsoft Office, Word 2010, championships.

This saw him travel again to California in 2014 with two other classmates to stay at the Grand Disney Hotel and represent New Zealand in the World Microsoft Office champs.

Jayden achieved a third place Bronze in his category, the first New Zealander to do so.

Bay Olympic send their heartfelt congratulations to Jayden on this fantastic achievement!

Rules changes move NZ Football forward

NZF Governance Review Consultation - Rule changes move NZ Football forwards

The following press release & attached document explains the process that has been undertaken and the proposed changes, while the second document allows members to give their feedback on the Consultation feedback form to AFFCommunications@aucklandfootball.org.nz by 15th August. 

New Zealand Football Chairman Bill Moran has released proposed changes to NZF’s constitution as the national body participates in a worldwide move to modernise its governance arrangements and be more inclusive.

New Zealand Football becomes one of the first groups of nations to bring their constitutions into line with FIFA statutes as the governing body moves to improve and standardise member association governance around the globe.

After a consultation process that began in June, the New Zealand Football Governance Working Committee has published a set of proposed changes that will be discussed and voted on at the national body’s annual Congress in September.

Key proposed changes will:

  • ensure voting rights are shared among a wider group of football stakeholders including the ASB league teams, the Phoenix, coaches and referees;
  • ensure that all board members are elected by Congress (compared with the current practice, where the majority are appointed  or co-opted).

Meanwhile, four-year terms for board members (with a two-term limit) are proposed, and it is proposed that the Chairperson (currently elected by the board) will be elected by Congress and serve a maximum of one term.

“The benefits of these rule changes will be felt across the whole football community,” Chairman Bill Moran says.  “A larger and more representative number of stakeholders will be able to influence and contribute to the game.”

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move football into the future in a way that builds stronger connections among everyone who cares about the game.

“With the insights and influence of a wider range of people, New Zealand will be better able to meet the needs of everyone involved in our sport,” he says.

Consultation is under way now among the affected stakeholders.  The deadline for written submissions is 15 August 2014 and the consultation documents are attached.

Proposed New Zealand Football Governance Changes

  •  Adopt FIFA terminology
  • Enlarge NZF Board from nine members to 10
  • Congress to be composed of three voting groups:  Regional Federations, Professional and Elite, and Other Stakeholders
  • Share of voting rights:  Regional Federations 50%, Professional and Elite 25%, Other Stakeholders 25% (currently Regional Federations 100%)
  • Voting rights to be shared among stakeholders in each voting group
  • All board members to be elected – seven from open nominations and three from nominations by a search committee (currently three elected, four appointed, two co-opted)
  • No board members to be co-opted
  • Move to four-year terms with limits of two terms for board members and one term as Chairperson
  • At least two candidates to be nominated per board position
  • Chairperson and key committee Chairs  to be elected by Congress

NZ Football Rules Working Committee: 

Chair: Nick Davidson (Honorary President, NZ Football) 
Members: Bill Moran (Chair, NZ Football), Michael Anderson (NZ Football and Chair of Northern Football), Phil Barry (Working Committee Leader, Deputy Chair of Capital Football), Patsi Davies (Chair, Waikato-Bay Of Plenty Football), Rod Pelosi (Chair, Referees Committee), and Stephen Williamson (Chair, Auckland Football)

Bay Olympic Lions Claim Victory

Bay Olympic 10th Grade Lions claimed a victory in the plate final in the 10th grade tournament at Manurewa on Sunday 27th July. 

A winner takes all group decider against 3 kings, in which they came out on top, with a 2 - 0 victory, then led into a heart stopping final. Which saw Bay Olympic & Fencibles locked in a goal less draw at full time and at the end of extra time.

The game then went into dreaded penalties, but our fabulous goal keeper Hamish MacGibbon saved 2 of the spot kicks and also scored one of the penalties ensuring the Lions first trophy of the season.

The team also won the Sportsmanship award for the Tournament for their conduct towards the referees and after all of the games and were a credit to our fantastic football club, Bay Olympic!

Photo: From back row left, Lucas Kellett, Jacob Sullivan, Cameron Wheaton, Max Hancock (captain) & Atticus Waddington

Photo: Front row from left Addison Stewart, Leo Larsen, Hamish MacGibbon, Oliver Warne.

12th Grade Retreating Line Rule/Resources

Please see attached files regarding the new 12th Grade Retreating Line Rule.

These resources can also be downloaded from the Auckland Football website www.aucklandfootball.org.nz

Bay Olympic ACYF 17th Grade Girls Tournament Results Pack above their Weight

The tournament was really well run – very organised and polished and is locked in to be held at Western Springs for the next two years.

On Sunday the Girls team beat Coastal Spirit 2-1, the same team that they unfortunately lost to on Day One (Friday).  The football they played on Friday should have produced a win and today they cut out the mistakes and fully deserved to win. 

Throughout the tournament the girls played excellent football, they were no doubt the youngest team and played the better football in all games except Dunedin Tech (lost 2-0).  A bit of immaturity and size in dealing with aerial balls in the box was their undoing which is understandable given their age.  Even in that game they equalised from a corner for 1 all with only about 5 minutes to play only for the Referee to rule it offside from the side-line.  Dunedin Tech went on to win the final beating Lynn Avon. 

In addition to the first game which they lost in the last minute, they drew their final pool game after conceding a penalty in basically the last few seconds…...a very poor penalty decision at that!

We were surprised how competitive the girls were, and thought they would struggle with the age gap but technically they were very good, it augurs really well for future years if we can keep most of this group with Bay Olympic.

The Coach, Dan Cope, did an excellent job coaching the girls, with a number of the girls showing versatility giving him the opportunity to play player’s in more positions.  The team responded well to Dan, who runs excellent drills and relates well to the player’s.

All up the girls finished with 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses and if we have the talent it would be great to see a boy’s team at the Tournament in future years.

Many thanks for the Club’s support for this tournament and to Phil Rollo and Shane Knowles who came along to watch, the girls & their parents really appreciated it!

Results as follows:


Costal Spirit – lost 3-2

Dunedin Technical – lost 2-0


Glenfield – drew 2-2

Fencibles – lost 2-1 (unfortunately this was probably our poorest game in the tournament)

Eastern Suburbs – won 6-0


Costal Spirit – won 2-1 to win Consolation Plate.

Finished 13th of 16 teams

Bay Olympic Players at Wellington N.F.T. Tournaments

Saturday 21st December saw the National Federation Talent Tournament kick off in Wellington. Congratulations to Jesse Harman & Jonathan Imre for playing in the AFF Boys 1998 squad and Leah Mettam & Georgia Martin for playing in the Girls 1998 / 1999 squad.

 With over 50 talented youngsters from Auckland Football being part of more than 380 players from around the country eager to showcase their skills in front of an impressive audience.

Junior and Young All Whites Coach, Darren Bazeley, Young Football Ferns Coach, Jitka Klimkova, New Zealand Football’s High Performance Manager, Fred de Jong & NZF Talent Development Manager, Andy Hedge were in Wellington for the Tournament, as were each region’s Football Development Manager’s.

Leah Mettam and Georgia Martin were in the Auckland team that won the girls U15 National Age Grade tournament. The other regions they played over the 4 days were - Northern, Waikato-Bay of Plenty, Central, Capital, Mainland and Football South.

This is a great achievement for our players & shows that the pathway for football development is very achievable when you are a playing member of Bay Olympic.

Bay First AFF Club To Earn QCM Level 1 Status

Bay Olympic set a benchmark for football development last week as the West Auckland organisation became the first Auckland Football Federation club to be accredited with New Zealand Football’s Quality Club Mark Level 1 status.

The award was presented by New Zealand Football’s acting Head of Football Development, Dwayne Woolliams, and Auckland Football Federation CEO, David Parker, in front of a crowded clubhouse at the last home game of the Men’s Premier Team.

The Quality Club Mark scheme was developed by New Zealand Football, in conjunction with the seven regional football federations and the 17 Regional Sports Trusts around the country. It shapes continuous improvement in the way football is delivered, supporting clubs as they adopt standards of best practice in all areas of operations.

The three-tiered scheme focuses on club implementation of the Whole of Football Plan, operations in administration, governance, planning, financial and health and safety. These are structured alongside football specific focus areas such as player, coach and referee development.

New Zealand Football’s Dwayne Woolliams said “by becoming the fourth club in the country to achieve Level 1 status under the scheme, Bay Olympic is serving the interest of the club’s stakeholders. Current and prospective members of the Bay Olympic club can certainly expect an experience among the best currently on offer in New Zealand.”

On receiving the award for the Executive, Bay Olympic Chairperson, Rick de Vries, thanked New Zealand Football and Auckland Football Federation for their initiatives and help in implementing the Whole of Football Plan and Quality Club Mark. Both initiatives are a terrific step forward in helping clubs deliver quality football to their members. With Bay Olympic's Vision as stated in our Business Plan on our website; "to be the most respected club in the Football and Local communities", this award is another step in acheiving that Vision.

Rick specifically thanked Bay Olympic Treasurer, Kristine McGregor, and Secretary, Linda Mellor, for the many hours they put in to gain the award.

Photo – Happy Executive receiving the award. Left to Right, Brian McGregor, Jason Marsh, Neil Heron, Linda Mellor, Phil Rollo, Debbie Apanui, Shane Knowles, Rick de Vries.

Link on AFF website.

 Link to 2013 Executive Committee and Trustees

Ex Bay Player, Jake Butler, Plays for All Whites

The All Whites beat Saudi Arabia 1 – 0 and made it to the final where they were beaten 0 – 2 by United Arab Emirates. The other country in the competition was Trinidad & Tobago.

Jake is a True “Westie” having played all his football in West Auckland. Jake first came to the attention of Rep Selectors in 1996 and has just gained his First Cap as an “ALL WHITE”.

This shows that with some talent, and a lot of hard work and perseverance, you can make it to the top.

A large part of his career has been spent as, firstly, a Blockhouse Bay junior/youth player and then after amalgamation, as a Bay Olympic youth / senior player.

  • 1996 U12 Rep Blockhouse Bay
  • 1997 U13 Rep Blockhouse Bay
  • 1998 U14 Rep Bay Olympic
  • 1999 U15 Rep Bay Olympic
  • 2000 Kelston Boys High School 1st X1
  • 2002 NZ Secondary Schools Team
  • 2003 NZ Secondary Schools Team- New Caledonia/Vanuatu
  • 2003-2008, 2010. Bay Olympic Premier Team.
  • 2004/5-2012/13       Waitakere United NZFC Team
  • 2010 National League All-Stars Squad.
  • 2013 New Zealand “A” Team
  • 2013 The “ALL WHITES”.
  • Appearances:
  • NZ Secondary Schools 5    
  • Bay Olympic Premiers 108
  • Waitakere United 100+
  • NZ “A” 1 T
  • The “ALL WHITES” 1 so far.

History thanks to Club Historian, Tony Andrews

Shane Knowles Wins Sport Waitakere Coach of the Year

Bay Olympic’s Director of Football, Shane Knowles, won the prestigious Douglas Pharmaceuticals Coach of the Year at the glittering Unitec Sport Waitakere Awards and Dinner held at the Trusts Stadium last Friday 2nd of November.

Shane was amongst the likes of Mahe Drysdale, current Olympic and World Champion in the Men’s Single Scull. Mahe won the Steinlager Sportsman of the Year and Unitec Supreme Award.

The introduction to Shane’s presentation stated;

"Shane Knowles is Bay Olympic Football Club’s Director of Football and Coach of the Premier Northern Region Football League team. This season his premier team won the Northern Region Football League with 2 games to spare. Last year his team won the same competition with 3 games to spare. Shane’s team was also a 2010 finalist and 2011 semi finalist of the Chatham Cup, the most prestigious New Zealand-wide club competition. Shane oversees the coaching of Bay Olympics Junior and Youth players. He takes the weekly and elite academies as well as school holiday programmes.”

For more about the Awards visit    Excellence Awards

The Auckland Football Federation website also had a write up about Shane, and also the 2 AFF referees that received recognition at the Award presentation evening. – see   AFF website

Congratulations Shane, it is well deserved.

The Bay Olympic Men's Premier Team were also selected as one of 2 finalists for the Canam Construction Team of The Year, but were pipped by the Piha Surf Lifesaving boat crew who won the world's biggest surfboat event, held in Australia.

Soccer 4 Tots

The sessions are about your child learning by being involved in a variety of enjoyable yet challenging ball games, activities and simple soccer skills, all of which provide a fabulous entry level into midget soccer.

For more information click on the PDF file below, visit www.kidsportsclub.co.nz or phone 09 974 3644 or email enquiries@soccer4tots.co.nz

There are several local Soccer4tots locations to choose from: Kelston on Wednesday mornings and Pt Chevalier and Western Springs on Saturday mornings.


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Club Calendar 2017

Bay Olympic School Holiday Programme at Crum Park 15th to 18th January , 9am to 2pm.

Term 4 Skills Centre Academyruns till Wednesday 13th December

Pre-Season training for Metro and Div 1 players - Tuesday 5th, 12th and 19th December at Crum Park from 5.30 to 7pm

Metro trials - Crum Park, Hilling Street:

13th Grade - Wed 31st Jan & Thurs 8th Feb 5pm to 6.30pm

14th Grade - Thurs 1st Feb & Wed 7th Feb 5pm to 6.30pm

15th Grade - Wed 31st Jan & Thurs 8th Feb 6.45 to 8pm

16/17th Grades - Thurs 1st Feb & Wed 7th Feb 6.45pm to 8pm


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