With most clubs back training this coming week time to set up a new page. Bring on the 10 team 18 round Southern League. Teams are: Cashmere Technical, Christchurch United, Coastal Spirit, Dunedin City Royals (formerly South City Royals), Ferrymead Bays, Green Island, Mosgiel, Nelson Suburbs, Nomads, Selwyn.
Transfer news, Oliver Colloty, formerly ChCh United has moved north to Hamilton and will be running out for Melville United in the Northern Premier League. John Oakman, who has played for Nomads in the Mainland Premier League in recent seasons will be studying in Hamilton and will also be playing for Melville
Thanks for starting this up AW82, many years of football gossip, banter and lols in these threads.
Seems like it could the coaches causing more headlines in the early days of the season with Ekow going from Coastal to Chch Utd, and may have taken some players too. And what's this about the Mainland Director of Football also coaching Selwyn? Surely not.
Our other source of gossip, the hilarious Canty Transfer News facebook page has been eerily silent since November. We need to bring that back too.
I see that in a pre-season game Christchurch United and Cashmere Technical turned into a bit of a goal fest ending at 5 - 5.
In the the worst kept deal in the off season, as Vim stated in his post above, Ekow in the United dug out. Photo's on United facebook page have Jordan Spain (formerly Coastal Spirit) playing for United.
More transfer news, Sanni Issa, who had a brief stint at Coastal Spirit in the MPL in 2020 before returning north to play in the Northern Premier League for Manakau United and then Birekenhead United is back in Christchurch and has signed for ChCh United with Lachie McIsaac joining Cashmere Technical from Melville United
Maybe partly. But I was speaking to a Ukrainian last year in NZ, who pretty much said exactly the same thing. The Ukraine-Russia situation is complicated, something that very very few NZers (or any foreigners) would fully grasp, and you need to go well back in history to get a real good understanding of it.
And that's not to defend Putin/Russia, it's just I think people from there (both countries) seem to get frustrated by uneducated foreigners asking them dumb questions. Sort of part of their DNA, and they just can't be bothered.
The rumour doing the rounds is that the players have been told that there is no money at moment. Hopefully they will be paid at a later date. They are playing for free. I wonder if this is true for the coaches as well?
Meyn is very wealthy but is clearly not an oligarch in terms of having assets frozen. The reported cash flow problems are more likely due to certain Russian banks being denied access to the SWIFT (funds transfer) system.
He's also made Canty clearly his home, and is there for the long haul. I'm sure the ChCh Utd players & staff know that.
They won't like being unpaid forever (if that rumour is true), but eventually some sort of peace will come to Ukraine. Though it's all a bit depressing at the moment. So they will likely have to be patient. For how long who knows.
But Meyn isn't a 'fly by night' operators like some previous NZ football owners/backers. So don't imagine is the end of ChCh Utd or anything.
So sounds like some Canty football folk, no doubt who are not big fans of ChCh Utd, have concluded via some rumours/Chinese whispers that Meyn has had his assets frozen by NZ Govt?? Maybe same sort of folks, who would struggle to find Ukraine on a map. Then wonder why Meyn can't be bothered giving his views on the complicated Ukraine/Russia situation - something 99% of Kiwis won't fully understand - given many folks ain't big on actual fact checking.
Maybe ChCh Utd players & staff are not getting paid, but as mentioned above by Steptoe, that's highly likely more related to Meyn having problems with SWIFT system effectively suspended for Russian banks. A very different thing.
And what is the procedure for NZ Govt freezing someone's assets in NZ? Does anyone know? Is it made public? What NZ agency does the investigating? SFO? How do you decide which rich Russians are friends of Putin, and who ain't? Good luck with that.
as part of the recent law passed to sanction Russia and their assets it can be done, it will be listed somewhere - who and what etc but I'm not 100% sure if it will be made public, probably not due to privacy laws in NZ. As far as I'm aware noone has yet been sanctioned by our government, the law was only passed last week so no surprising really.
Not many sleeps to go now until the first truly Southern League kick-offs. Round 1 match-up as follows: Saturday: 2:45pm Christchurch United vs. Coastal Spirit - Christchurch Football Centre Dunedin City Royals vs Mosgiel - Logan Park Ferrymead Bays vs. Cashmere Technical - Ferrymead Park Nomads vs. Selwyn United - Tulett Park Sunday 11am: Nelson Suburbs vs. Green Island - Saxton Field
Is there going to be any promotion of the league this year? Mainland did a Facebook post 2 weeks ago saying it's coming soon, they put the draw online earlier this week, and the Southern League page updated their cover photo.
I'm not a fan of Chch Utd, but I'm certainly able to locate the Ukraine, and am happy to say what a sh!tshow it is over there right now. You (and Slava) can run others down and say 99% of us don't understand it, but it's pretty obvious one country has invaded another and is actively killing thousands of people and destroying their property. How anyone can say that's ok (or say "you won't understand") is beyond me. And yes I know the same thing has happened (or is happening) in Afghanistan/Iraq/Palestine etc but that doesn't make what is happening in Ukraine any better. But that's not why I don't like Chch Utd.
Sure it's great he has set up a wicked resource at Yaldhurst, but don't forget it's $2500 per season for a early teen to play in their academy. Multiply that by a whole team, and a whole bunch of teams that's a good nudge. This ain't a local football club. Some might say that's all fine and dandy, and that's all good too.
For the last few years, Chch Utd have simply bought their first team and coach from elsewhere. The biggest coup was a few years back poaching almost all of Ferrymead Bays, including the coach. They didn't work out too well for them, I don't think anyone is still there.
This year they have bought a massive coach, a rival's head coach as his assistant, a few players from other clubs and a number of players from out of town. Doesn't really link that well with their academy programme does it? I've also heard their game DAY cost for the squad is (was) $8000. They also pinched Mainland's operations manager as their general manager but that didn't last long either.
So for all these reasons, I'm more than happy that this could all fall flat on its face because of the disgraceful actions the parent country, and the sh!thouse goings on at the club. What's Russian for Karma?
Disclaimer: also aware they could come out and thump my club this weekend, if that happens, a "take that" type comment on Monday doesn't count. :-) Happy to discuss, that's what makes this thread great!