Coaches pick the side and players they like simple really they live and get sacked by the results they get !
A few of those Onehunga Ladies deserved ago at Prem level and most of those are getting that at Ellerslie this year . Not sure which others you think should have got chosen ?
I’m aware that Milicich didn’t think the players he knew would come to him at a Div 1 side preseason given they were gone the previous Covid season But should they get promotion then his contacts would kick in for a Premier campaign .
Birko 7 , North Shore 1 ! And that flattered North Shore who were truly awful. They have big problems to fix before Chatham Cup Quarter final next weekend. Jake Porter got a second yellow about 10 minutes from the final whistle so will miss next week. Horace James got subbed early in the second half as he was likely to get sent off being frustrated by being dominated by his younger opponents. looked like he was going to clock teammate Ramsay at one stage. Don't think that there are many strikers as good as Alex Grieve going around at the moment
Would he be worth a cheeky look from the Nix? Young, banging in goals for fun, and an obvious talent.
I may be mistaken, but I remember reading somewhere (probably here...) that Grieve was possibly going to get a shot with St Mirren, as a result of the partnership between the clubs. Is there any more news on this? Or indeed any truth in this?
Probably a bit difficult to organize currently due to border restrictions and the such with the world being such a shark show at the moment.
Went back to see if the Northern League Forum was up again, and yes, it's buzzing with rumours that Manukau and Bay Olympic are going to be expelled from the league for under-the-table player payments.
I don't believe it myself because why would NZF want to make an example of them and not ACFC
I don’t know about the lower divisions, it was slight hyperbole, but I imagine teams almost get coerced into paying, ie players will play regardless so if they’re indifferent about clubs they’ll go to the one paying them $500 over the one paying nothing, so to stay competitive you get caught up in paying players. I know last year Forrest Hill made a point about not paying players, and that’ll lose mercenaries but keep the proper club guys, but Northern Rovers this season are paying players.
The cost of getting a competitive Northern League team is a big worry though. Takapuna and Albany are both already sweating on a potential promotion for next season. The bulk of Albany’s team, guys like the Beguelys, Campbell, Webb etc, don’t want to play NL, as they’re either too old or don’t reckon they’re good enough, so will probably leave if they go up, meaning Albany will have to recruit a whole new squad, including the U20s. Takapuna will similarly have to bulk their squad significantly, a lot of guys will be available from NR and WCR should they go down, but the cost will be there. Waiheke are also of course in the mix, and apparently plan on going up, telling NZF to stick their squad rules, and playing games without caring if they get forfeited afterwards, but I’ve been told it’s unlikely NRF/NZF will let them do that, so they’d either forfeit the spot or spend even more to fix their squad.