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21 March This Saturday's preseason men's game is at Papamoa, 2.15pm kick off. The after match is at The Flying Mullet pub, which is in Fashion Island in Papamoa : The Flying Mullet Alehouse, 38 Gravatt Rd, Papamoa Beach, Papamoa 3118
07-572 1090
Awakeri School is gearing up for Top School this weekend, so there may be restricted training area for the men on Thursday. Meeting to follow.

20 March Rangers had a good night at the Quiz Night. The Rangers women's team took out the best dressed award for their St Patrick's Day costumes. The $50 bar tab wouldn't go far among the eight of them though! Check out the photos of them on Photo of the Week! Meanwhile, Chris, Wetts and Bazza's team came 2nd out of the 30, just beaten by two point after leading at half time.
Club meeting after the men's training on Thursday.
Draft of team entries in leagues:
Men's Bay One: Kawerau Sports, Katikati, Otumoetai,Rotorua United, Whakatane Town, Tauranga City, Plains Rangers,Taupo Lakers, Kawerau Sports. (Though it is doubtful that Kawerau have two teams in this league, considering they also have a team in the Fed Championship!!)
Women's Bay One: Te Puke Utd, Papamoa, Otumoetai, Rotorua United, Tauranga City, Whakatane Town, Ngongotaha, Plains Rangers

17 March A good hit out today at Rotorua. The boys played well in their first preseason game. Petir Gray opened the scoring in the first third with a nice goal. The hosts replied with two, then Jaiden Ibbetson scored a beauty from outside the box that pinged off one upright and into the net on the other side of the goal. 2 - 2 at the end of that period. The second third was 0 - 0 and Rotorua scored two in the final third to take the win 4 - 2. The only injury concern was Muggsy's knee. Well done boys. Now for St Patrick's Quiz Night.

8 March Another good training tonight, well done everyone. Even the thunder and lightning didn't put us off. A request from Edgecumbe College... they are looking for coaches for their boys and girls teams. Please contact the sports coordinator Lisa Robertson if you are interested. Seems like lots of clubs are searching for coaches, even the Wellington Phoenix!
Coming up:
17 March preseason game away to Rotorua United, followed by the big Quiz Night at the Awakeri Events Centre. Please support your club by going to the quiz night (17th March)
24 March preseason game away to Papamoa.

27 Feb Everyone.... It's time to register! Click on this link (opens in new tab).
* If you are a new player, choose to sign up for an account, then enrol when you have your password.
* If you played for Plains Rangers last year, sign in with your username (it's a number) and password. (If you have lost the email, please click here to look yourself up and get your details, if this fails email the WaiBOP Federation for it to be sent again. Email Also contact them if you have trouble registering)
* Select Register from the menu on the left of that screen.
* Enter the name of organisation for which you wish to register to in the Club/Fed field.
* Select the team that you want to register in by clicking the green plus sign on the right (this will change to a red minus)
* Click the Proceed to checkout button (once only)
* If you need a transfer from another club, email our secretary Margaret Nillesen, telling her your name , d.o.b., previous club and its Federation.
* To pay our fees, you do not pay fees in the registration process. They are due by the end of May. Fees are $145, or $85 for students. Full or part payments can be given to Barrie at trainings or via internet banking to 01-0310-0056958-00 (make sure you reference your name!)

18 Feb 18 year old Sarpreet Singh scores a stunner for the Nix and debutant keeper Velaphi catches a dinked penalty. Krishna back to set up the late own goal winner for the Nix. Check out our Phoenix pages.

16 Feb Good luck to coach and president Wetts getting married tomorrow to Katy. Oi Oi Wetts! Another hot training last night. All welcome to trainings at 6pm Thursdays at Awakeri. When will the WDC mow our fields??

8 Feb A very good turn out at the player muster tonight. Good to see the return of quality players like Jaiden Ibbetson and Ben Howe and some decent new young players too. Quite a few women for our women's team. We played full field with about15 on each team!
A reminder that the Events Centre is having a working bee this Sunday from 9am till noon. We need Rangers people to turn up. It's our clubrooms!
Details about registrations and fees will be out soon. Trainings Thursdays at 6pm.

5 Feb Player muster for men's and women's teams, at Awakeri, Thursday (8 Feb) at 6pm. All players, including senior high school students welcome. Please be there if you intend playing. The season kicks off on 7 April.

29 Jan Bazza is teased by workmates that he should go away overseas again, becasue the Phoenix have been winning while he's away. Now they lose!

26 Jan 2018 Happy New Year to all Rangers players and supporters. Friday night kickabouts are happening, check out Rangers facebook page for details. Chris is entering a Rangers mens team in Futsal, Monday nights in Whakatane War Mem Hall. 19 Feb to 26 March, 5pm - 9pm, costs $20 each. Contact Chris 0272381001 if you're keen.

13 November What a weekend of football. Massive result NZ All Whites 0 - 0 with Peru in front of record crowd. Stop work this Thursday for the return game, starting at 3pm. Then the Phoenix score a 5 - 2 win against Perth Glory, with some lovely goals. Krishna superb with three assists.

6 November This week is building up to the most important day in NZ football for a few years, the home game against Peru on Saturday in the intercontinental play off to see who goes to the World Cup next year. Who's going?
Rangers fantasy league is ticking along. Muggsy has made a late entry and has already shot up into the top few. Too many of Awakeri's 13th grade team are leading the comp though. Cmon Rangers, time to show them how much insight adult players have!

29 October A great prize giving night last night. The AGM happened with only a small number there. Newly elected: Christian Wetting president, Chris Butler Vice president, Margaret Nillesen sec/ Treas. Check out Barrie's outgoing president's report and all the prize winners here (opens in new tab). Kiahli Ibbetson and Petir Gray won the players of the year. Check out our honours board for all the past winners.

21 October One week to go till our club AGM and prize giving. Sat 28th. Starts from 6pm onwards, AGM at 6.30pm. Prize giving around 7.30pm. Please bring $10 towards food (it's only light food, so have some dinner before you come).
Anyone got tickets for the All Whites game?

10 October Great to see the boys from SLH Contracting giving the Awakeri Events Centre a clean today. Check out their effort on Photo of the week.

3 October Click here for the photos from Saturday, including the men's team photo..

2 October Want to join a Fantasy A League comp? Form a team and enter the Yellow Fever comp to join the league the code is YHV5YTEU See if you can beat Bazza!
Congrats to Hamiora from Kawerau in winning the BOP div one player of the year vote.

1 October An entertaining clash between Rangers men and Rotorua in the final game for the season. Rangers had 22 available players for the day!!! Five people got to go on the sub bench and 6 others didn't! Jordy scored and sewed up goldemn boot with a second half strike, after Petir didn't take his chances to do the same thing. Chris and Bazza shared player of the day for not playing (and doing other useful things!). Here's the report. Photos to come.
Note the date 28 October on your calendar for Plains Rangers AGM, Break Up and Prize Giving night.

24 September A good first half wasn't enough for Rangers as they let a 1 - 1 half time score slip in the space of 5 minutes to a 4 - 1 loss. Petir was the scorer, with Levi player of the day. Here's the report.

17 September Rangers men put in a good effort against table-leading Kawerau, but lost 6 - 0 in the end. Wetts was excellent in goal or it would have been double that, player of the day. Toby hit the bar with a good header and Jordan and Petir had chances. Read the report.
Now it is all on next Saturday, when Katikati come to visit. Can they beat Kawerau for the league title? They would have to beat Rangers 15 - 0 to win on goal difference!

14 September A great full on training tonight, getting ready for Kawerau on Saturday. Good to see 16 players there, with a couple of apologies. Good to be outside on our lovely pitch. Credits to Jimmy's free kicks, Pat's calm finishes, Jamaal's gutsy defending, Jordy's strikes and Husnul's determination.
Sadly our women's team have had to default their final game against Taupo, so their season is over. Good news that Michel is now back home.

9 September Rangers women had a good day at the Pullar Cup tournament. They won the first game against Ngongotaha, with Gemma Stuckey scoring, then winning a free kick which Mishka Barry scored from. Rangers did well in the second game in holding hosts Whakatane to 0 - 0 at half time, but lost in the end. Another loss to Papamoa, was fairly onesided, but keeper Radhika saved some strong shots well. In the play off for 3rd place Rangers met Ngongy again, but lost 1 - 0. Click here to see some photos of the last game.
Coach Michel Nillesen has been released from hospital and will be looking forward to heading home tomorrow.
Congratulations to Kawerau winning the Cup final 1 - 0 against Taupo. Kati had a 17 - 0 win in their catch up game in Bay One!

7 September Yet again the Federation has messed around with our games. This Saturday's men's game at Kawerau is now postponed because the Cup final was postponed last week, and our remaining games shuffled around. Therefore no game this Saturday and no doubt Kawerau quiz night is also off because they play the cup final at the Rotorua International Stadium.
Our final three games are now (and will they change again!?):
16 Sept Kawerau away (2pm)
23 Sept Katikati at home
30 Sept Rotorua at home

5 September Good news that Michel is recovering well from his operation.
Jump on the WaiBOP web site and vote for our Plains Rangers entries in the player of the year contest for Mens Bay One and Women's Bay Bowl - Wetts and Macca. Looks like you can vote as many times as you want!!!
Rangers are invited to enter a team or teams into the Kawerau Sports quiz night, which is on after Rangers men's game at Kawerau this Saturday.
The invite: The Kawerau Football quiz night will be held on Saturday 09 September at the Kawerau Sports clubrooms, Tarawera Park, Kawerau. Please fill out the entry form and return to or Doors will be open from 2pm as the men are hosting Plains Rangers in the final game of the season, quiz will start at 6.30pm. Entry is $5 per team, with the winning team taking away the total entry fee money. There will also be spot prizes up for grabs. This is open to everyone, so please bring along as many friends and family to make a good night. You would need to let them know the Team name and name of captain.

2 September Continuing rain means Rangers women's game against Taupo tomorrow has been postponed again! Rangers women are in the Pullar Cup tournament next Saturday, so we are asking the Federation if tomorrow's game can be postponed till Sunday 17th.
All the best to Michel Nillesen as he heads to Waikato Hospital for a triple bypass operation on Monday.
Hopefully Andy has recovered from injuring himself doing an extravagant turn at training in the gym on Thursday night!
If you haven't seen the latest show that Ali Scott is in - Little Shop Of Horrors - do go see it, it is fantastic!!
Well done to the All Whites on a big win against Solomon Islands last night. Chris Woods hattie, nice! Even nicer the prospect of a home game against the 5th placed South American team in November. At the moment it is Argentina!!!

27 August Rangers women went down 2 - 0 late in the game against Ngongy. Player of the day Julie Reihana. She was excellent at right back. Mishka Barry having to go off early in the second half allowed Ngongy back into the game afrter Rangers had had decent shots on goal through Caitlin, Mishka, Ki-Ki, and Samantha. Ranee was strong at centre back and Macca did some great work in the midfield.
Their coach Michel is still waiting to have a heart bypass operation.

25 August Pretty poor turn out at training last night. C'mon guys, we have three big games to play. Mind you, some impressive goals were scored. Yay the council has finally mowed the pitch, ready for the women's game Sunday. Break a leg for Ali tonight as Little Shop of Horrors has opening night.
Whakatane v Otumoetai might be worth a watch tomorrow, 2.30pm., or Kawerau v Taupo, 2pm.

20 August Rangers men went down 6 - 1 in the end at Otumoetai. A good first half performance, but overrun in the second half. Goal to Jimmy, Husnul player of the day. Injuries. The report.

17 August Rangers game against Rotorua has been postponed from next Saturday (26) until late September (16), because of pitch requirements for the AIMS Games in Tauranga! Strange rescheduling you might think. Bazza thinks so too.

14 August Some photos here of trips to Taupo in the last two weeks. The men are there for the football, the women, well....

13 August Rangers women had a classic trip to Taupo. Look out for some photos soon as they made an impact around town!. Here is Macca's report:
Taupo vs Rangers 11-0
Cold windy game today. Think we were a tad jet lagged in the 1st half. Taupo was fighting strong and fast off the mark with getting there first 3 goals, then the girls held them out for a good portion of the first half then tired legs kick in and taupo came away with another couple of goals before half time. After a few encouraging words at half time we were a different team! It took them a long time to score their 1st goal. The ladies played a better second half and had more fight in them and had alot more shot on goal however we were struggling to find the net. You ladies worked hard, Samantha you had a cracker game in the centre mids. Mishka and Gemma playing hard at home up the front.
Radhika for playing a whole half and a bit on the field.
Cracker game from our player of the day Ranee defending well with her head all day long.
Well heres to a good night of team bonding!
Best wishes to a speedy recovery Michel.

Barrie's version for the Beacon is here.

12 August A win at last! Rangers men beat Papamoa 2 - 1. Goals Sione and Hamish. Jimmy player of the day. Here's the report.
Women's coach Michel Nillesen is in Tauranga hospital at the moment with heart troubles. All the best Michel and Margaret.
A positive meeting at the Events Centre with over 50 people there and a good number ready to go on the committee.

8 August This Thursday at 7.30pm is a very important meeting about the future of the Awakeri Events Centre, our home base. A good turn out of Rangers people is important.
Want to join Rangers Fantasy EPL Fantasy League for the season starting this weekend? Can anyone beat Muggsy? Who will Chris line up in his defence? Click here to register, then select a line up, then join the Private League Plain Rangers 2017 with the code 1655987-396402

6 August Rangers men had a great battle with Taupo, losing 3 - 2 in the end. Darby Hawkes and Jamaal James both put in excellent games. Chris Butler player of the day. Here's the report. Rangers women had a tough physical game against Kawerau today. Mishka Barry player of the day.

30 July Rangers women fought hard and scored against Papamoa. Kiahli is starting to find the back of the net. The report.
The first Phoenix preseason game is on Tuesday night, and FFA Cup game away to Western Sydney, where Bonevacia has disappeared to. Will it be screened or streamed?

29 July A very entertaining game for Rangers men, but ultimmately an unfortunate loss. Welcome returns for Mike Johnstone and Ben McPherson counteracted the loss of the Edgecumbe College boys who had a noon game then the school ball to be ready for. Ngongy got off to a flier, then Rangers dominated with some nice football to lead 3 - 2 at the break. Two quick Ngongy goals led to a 3 - 5 loss in the end. Ben McPherson player of the day after a terrific goal with his first touch coming on as a sub! Here's the report.

27 July Rangers womens game at Taupo has been moved from the Sunday to the Saturday 12 August, 12 noon start. Then maybe the girls will have a night out afterwards!

23 July Rangers women put in a great effort, with a bare eleven (not literally!), eventually losing 3 - 1 at Ngongy. Kiahli the scorer and Saskia player of the day. Here's the report.
Ex-Rangers player Jeremy Hawkes had a game to remember today. His Team Taranaki beat Wairarapa United 4 - 2 to ruin Paul Ifill's (ex-Wellington Phoenix legend) team's chances of winning the Central League. Jezza got a yellow card in the defensive midfield role, and helped his side pull off the shock result. Ifill is still playing very well, scoring once and orchestrating attacking moves.

22 July Game today postponed! Pitch soggy. Good training on Thursday, well done all the 18 who played hard out, some hearty tackles, good crashes, luckily no injuries. Good luck Ranee and girls tomorrow.

20 July Training tonight is indoors, 6pm. Wear blue, red black or white. Bar open.
Well done to all those who were at the meeting last night. Topics covered: Events Centre future being decided at a meeting Thurs 10 August. Some players are well overdue with subs. Please pay. Excellent work being done by Christian amd Katy on club nights and also running the tuckshop Saturday mornings.
Post meeting chat included Andy's surviving his time in India in style, strategies for this season's Premier Fantasy League and the Celtic night memories.

18 July Club meeting Wednesday 7.30pm after womens training. Request everyone that can be there please come, important discussions. If training cancelled, meeting will be at 7pm
Rangers had a poor first 20 minutes at Tauranga yesterday, which cost them in a 6 - 1 loss. It was a day of big scores with all-but-one games lop sided. Whakatane upset leaders Kawerau with the only close result - a 2 - 1 win. Here's the report. Rangers women moved off the bottom of the table too!

13 July To anyone who has not paid subs, they are now well overdue! Subs are $140, or $85 for students. Full or part payments can be given to Barrie at trainings or via internet banking to 01-0310-0056958-00 (make sure you reference your name!)

11 July Our Wellington Phoenix page is ready to go for the season. The FFA Cup starts soon, but we have to wait till October for the A League.

10 July Photos from the Rotorua game and also the Kawerau game the week before. Thanks Chris!

9 July Rangers men had their chances yesterday, but went down 2 - 1 in a Bowl game at Rotorua. Jordan scored. Bazza player of the day. Here's the report.
Rangers women's game today postponed with pitch waterlogged.

3 July Last chance for tickets to the Celtic Night on Saturday 15 July. The Events Centre badly needs people to sign up for this fundraising night. Email Louise for tickets $65 covers meal and Irish band.
Watch out for some excellent photos from Saturday's game in the Beacon.
Our FUN POLL has just been updated. Have your vote on all sorts of irrelevant issues for Plains Rangers and other football fans. Vote for surfing, Papamoa, Roy Krishna, goalkeepers, our pitch,... anything you like. Click here!!

1 July Rangers men went two goals down late in the first half to league leaders Kawerau, and lost 3 - 0 in the end after a penalty gifted a third goal. Carl player of the day at right back. Good to see Ben McPherson having a run around. Here's our report.

30 June Sadly Rangers women can't field a team for their game at Kawerau on Sunday and have had to default.
Rangers have been drawn away against Rotorua in the quarterfinals of the Bowl on 8 July, kick off is early at 1.30pm, for team's access to changing rooms.

25 June Rangers women battled away against Papamoa, with some determined defence, and Kiki having a number of shots saved. Joe player of the day. The score blew out in the last ten minutes into double figures. Here's the report. It doesn't mention Saskia getting covered in white paint off the lines, the own goal, Joe coming off injured with a good sprig mark across her knee, one of the young Papamoa players getting so hacked off by Joe saving her shot that she let out a stream of swearing at her, or the fact that the team hasn't had a coach for weeks now.
A couple of upsets in the Bay Sports Centre Cup yesterday, with Whakatane and Tauranga City's Bay One teams both knocked out by Bay Two opponents.

24 June All Whites V Portugal 3am tomorrow. Will they keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet???

21 June Club night tomorrow night. Come prepared for indoor and outdoor football. The bar will be open.
All Whites v Mexico at 6am tomorrow morning in the Confederations Cup. Cmon AWs, score a goal!

19 June The womens new split league is out. Rangers are playing in the Bowl section. Papamoa is their first opponent (only because Rotorua smoked Ngongy on Sunday and edged ahead of Papamoa into the top section!).

18 June Rangers women had another hard day out, but the split league is coming this week! Ranee's report:
Plains Rangers vs Otumoetai 13-0
Well another hard day at the office for us ladies! We played hard to the end like per usual. Our back line working hard again. Good job to Saskia out on the wing. To Joe in goal today who just kept on going despite the score line and to our two strikers Gemma and Kiki who worked well together up the front. Player of the day went to Kiahli for her many shots at goal today we just couldn't put them in the net. Kiki already received our pod keyring so nominated Jo as our pod recipient. Silly willy award went to Shaz for her slow mo massive kick and a miss within the 1st few mins of being on the pitch. Well done all, catch ya Wednesday for training.

17 June Rangers had to mix their line up around to cover for some missing players. Big welcome back to Sione, who had 90 minutes, after many weeks away with health issues. He hit the crossbar as well. The team played well, losing 4 - 0 didn't reflect the game or their efforts. Sam was player of the day. Here's the report.

12 June The Federation have decided to delay the split in the women's league by a week, and have now scheduled the rained off game against Otumoetai to happen at Awakeri this Sunday (referee, pitch and opposition permitting!). Go girls!

11 June Ranee, Rangers women's team manager always has a fine style with her match reports. Here is today's one:
Plains Rangers VS Tauranga City 0-13
Last game of the round before the split and what a great game it was gals!! U played awesome today �� �� ⚽️
We had a great nothing to lose attitude that was portrayed on the pitch!
It took them quite some time to score their 1st goal, we held our ground and didn't make things easy for them all day! Kiahli had some great shots on goal �� ...
our back line played fantastic, defending our goal and putting their bodies on the line!
Saskia worked well hard out on the wing today.
Our goalies (Jojo and Radhika) had a bloody fab game stopping many shots on goal!!
Congratulations to the player of the day Radhika after her amazing penalty save and then saving the corner straight after :-) Radhika also kept the Silly Willy award this week too
Well done team you all played hard! thanks for the good laughs and banter today just what we needed

If you want to read Barrie's interpretation of it, click here!
A reminder that subs are now due. Subs are $140, or $85 for students. Full or part payments can be given to Barrie at trainings or via internet banking to 01-0310-0056958-00 (make sure you reference your name!)

9 June A dogged first half by Rangers kept Whakatane to 0 - 0, but the visitors were too slick in the end, winning 4 - 0. Ali Scott player of the day. Paul Shakes did a very good job in the middle. The report.

5 June A disappointing loss, 3 - 4 at Rotorua, in that we took the lead, conceded straight away, a couple of lapses in concentration and we lost it. Ben Howe and Jords and Petir our best. Read the report. Photos are here.

1 June A good training tonight with 20 men there. For those people worried that the Rotorua teams have disappeared from the Federation's league table in mens and womens Bay ones, it is a glitch, both teams are still playing. Men remember it is a 1.30pm kick off in Rotorua, be there 12.30. You want to check where Rotorua are, look on our league tables!

28 May Sadly today the referee deemed our pitch unplayable so the women's game against Otumoetai had to be postponed. Strangely enough, Otumoetai couldn't play at a time 30 minutes later than the scheduled kick off, after the chance to play in Whakatane was offered.
This Saturday Rangers men will be surrounded by football Rotorua United have a Federation game starting at 12.30pm, then Rangers play 1.30pm, then Rotorua have a Fed Premier game at 2.45pm. Both Rotorua games are against Matamata, so the chance to see one or two ex-Rangers players if they're playing: Matt Aberhart and Mark Jeynes.

27 May A very gritty 1 - 1 draw at home to Otumoetai. Bazza, Razza and Muggsy spent quite a while drainiing the pitch so the game could go ahead. The dancing feet of Petir Gray earned Rangers a pen. Ot's scored midway through second half and then drama at the game's end when the whistle blew... Rangers thought it was for the Ot's striker being offside, Ot's thought it was for their striker scoring a goal, but the ref was signalling game over! Razza player of the day. Ben Howe back for his first game in four years. Josh's birthday. Here is the report.

26 May Club night was a great success last night. Well done Wetts for organising it and Katy for having food on sale. Good to see Ben Howe back running around again, and welcome to all the visitors from Edgecumbe College and elsewhere.

24 May Congratulations to Muggsy for winning our Fantasy League - again!! 2nd Craig Skiffington, 3rd Chris, 4th Rory Brown, 5th Bazza , 6th Mish, 7th Wetts, 8th Matt D, 9th Andy, 10th Frank Butler.... last Mike Johnstone.
Don't forget - club night tomorrow night after men's training. All welcome.
Sounds like the next club night is gonna be a music one, with drummers, guitarists, singers, etc all in our club. Looking forward to it already.

21 May Rangers women were missing a few players too. At least Cass scored some goals, a whole hearted effort, losing to Ngongy 7 - 2. Emma player of the day.

20 May An exciting day, even if Rangers lost the game. Today was the first day of the Events Centre Tuck Shop doing the morning food for the juniors games, then rolling over into food for the seniors game. Chef Katy did a fabulous job and made the place very homely to walk into. Rangers were missing a lot of players, but managed to field a team and some subs, with the College boys getting back from their away game at half time, so two of them got on. Pete was player of the day, doing a fine job in centre back. Good quality football from both sides, with two very good finishes from Taupo securing the Cup win. Here's the report.
Rather a strange result in the Te Puke v Ngongy cup game, with result listed as 6 - 6. Who won??

17 May Rangers club night after training next Thursday 25th. All welcome - mens and womens players.
A reminder too that subs are due by the end of May, which is only a couple of weeks away (scroll down to 4th March news for the details).
If you know ex-Rangers player Ashley Hawkes, you might spot him on tv on a Kit Kat Katapult ad that has just started playing. Ash took a break (pun!) from football in Sydney to film the ad in Romania a few weeks ago. Click here to see the extended version of the ad.

14 May All the drama was at the women's home game today. Rangers women did well despite losing to the well performed Rotorua United 7 - 0. Michel got in trouble with the ref and Margaret set the aftermatch food on fire, setting off the alarms, and bringing the fire brigade! Sarah scored one of Rotorua's goals as well! Emma player of the day.
Rangers men didn't play their best at Papamoa, where a strong one way wind didn't help. Jords scored a good goal, but Rangers somehow couldn't keep out a long range free kick. A 1 - 1 draw. Defenders Jamaal and Levi were Rangers best. The report.

7 May Rangers women did very well against the league leaders Taupo today. Kiahli scored to give us the lead. Taupo did win 5 - 1 in the end though. A much improved display. Gemma hit her head hard on the ground late in the game to bring an ambulance and an early finish. All the best Gemma. Here is the report.

6 May Glorious conditions, a hard fought game against Taupo, ended 0 - 0, the ref awarded Richie a goal, then after protests from the surrounding Taupo team, changed his mind. Ali Scott player of the day. Read the report. Great to see Sione able to come and watch. Welcome back Sione!
In the first round of Bay Sports Centre Cup on May 20th, Rangers have been drawn at home to Taupo's Bay Two side.

1 May Libby Shove was the Rangers player of the day in a high scoring game at Whakatane. Enough said!

29 April Rangers men played good football at times at Ngongy, got an early lead via Richie (first game back since injury last year), assisted by Hamish. Hamish got a late winner, although it needed Wetts to save a penalty. Jimmy player of the day. Here's the report. Rangers might be 8th in the league, but we have the best defence in terms of goals conceded!

23 April A good crowd to watch the local derby between Rangers women and Kawerau. In the end Kawerau were too strong, winning 5 - 0. Kiahli player of the day. Here's the report. Some good photos of the game at Pitbull Photography, including a couple of cheeky ones!

22 April Rangers men finally back playing football after three weeks off, thanks to Cyclones Debbie and Cook. Tauranga City deserved their 3 - 0 win , but Rangers battled well, suffered injuries to two important players. Muggsy was player of the day. Tauranga City were generous in donating money towards the Edgecumbe relief fund. Read the report.
Time to get some subs paid.... Subs are $140, or $85 for students. Full or part payments can be given to Barrie at trainings or via internet banking to 01-0310-0056958-00 (make sure you reference your name!)

19 April Sadly, Rotorua Social have pulled out of the women's league, meaning there is now a bye in the league.

18 April Coach Wetts, is calling everyone to training on Thursday, followed by a beer and a catch up. Lots of flood and cyclone talk to be sure. We are home against unbeaten top-of-the-table Tauranga City on Saturday, and Rangers women are home to Kawerau on Sunday. Should be a big weekend.

16 April Final Phoenix game of the season tonight. Brilliant attacking but some poor defending, a 3 - 1 lead turned into a 4 - 3 loss away to Brisbane.

14 April Thanks to Cyclone Cook, there are trees down all over Tarawera Park, so tomorrow's game at Kawerau is postponed.

13 April Training is cancelled tonight!
Good luck to all Rangers players and supporters as the cyclone aproaches. Hopefully our surfers aren't tempted by the massive swells predicted. Our thoughts continue to be with all those affected by the Edgecumbe floods... Matt, Muggs, Bas, Cass, Josh and probably quite a few more.

10 April Muggsy continues to lead Rangers fantasy premier league table, with the Chelsea-mad Chris just behind him.

9 April Rangers women did well for the first section of their game at Papamoa, but fell away to lose 7 - 0 in the end. Player of the day keeper Radhika Arulambalam. Sarah Boyce and Shayna Penberth also impressed.
The Phoenix had a good 1 - 1 draw with league champions Sydney FC, but now can't make the play-offs.

7 April Rangers men's game with Katikati tomorrow is postponed. Field still very soggy from drains overflowing over half of it. All the best to all Rangers people that are flood affected. The results are in and the tables updated.

5 April Check out a few pics of the game, courtesy of Chris. The Beacon had a good one today of Wetts in full cry.

4 April Coming up soon at the Awakeri Events Centre a quiz night (Friday May 5th). They are looking for sponsors, to sponsor tables or quiz rounds. Only $100. Text Barrie 0274637791 if you would like to be a sponsor.

2 April A very disappointing start to our women's season. Rotorua rang this morning to default. In fact all three Rotorua teams defaulted today. What's going on??
Tonight the Phoenix had an excellent away win 3 - 0 against Melb Victory. Next Saturday's home game v champs Sydney should be a cracker.

1 April Rangers men started off their BOP 1st division campaign well. They showed plenty of heart to hold off Whakatane Town, with a 0 - 0 away draw. Keeper Wetts was in his usual outstanding form, player of the day. Debuts from Carl Imlig and Ranui Renata, wlcome back to Samuel Christieson and Jacob Heath. Petir got the first yellow card of the season. Read the report.
Good luck to our women tomorrow at Awakeri, 12.30pm.

25 March Rangers men had a tough preseason game at Kawerau. Nuff said.
In less serious news, diehard Chelsea fan Chris Butler has put together this history of John Terry, mainly for the benefit of son Frank. Have a look if you can bear it! (opens in new window)
The women's draw has changed. Plains Rangers men are still away to Whakatane on April 1st, while Rangers women are now at home to Rotorua Social on April 2nd. It's getting serious! See the rest of the draws on the Waibop web site.

4 March All players need to complete the online registration form. Click here to register. Do not pay subs in the registration process. Subs: Are due by the end of May. Subs are $140, or $85 for students. Full or part payments can be given to Barrie at trainings or via internet banking to 01-0310-0056958-00 (make sure you reference your name!)

Check out Plains Rangers AFC on facebook as well.

28 February A useful meeting tonight. Thanks to all those who attended. Christian gave us good updates on the Events Centre. Rangers men have been promoted into BOP div one, along with several other Bay 2 teams, and will accept that grading. Preseason games for men 11 March at home to both Papamoa and Matamata (Mark Jeynes has just transferred there!); and women 26 March at Kawerau.
Who has the men's strip (after the Kawerau game last season!!!)?

27 February Important club meeting after women's training this Wednesday, 7.30pm. Agenda: league entries (men are in Bay One), Events Centre issues, registrations. So far only 8 men have registered and only 3 women. Hurry up!
The Phoenix put in a good performance on Saturday to beat Brisbane away. Let's hope they can do it again ths Saturday in Auckland when Perth Glory come to visit. Some Rangers players are going up to watch.

16 February All players need to complete the online registration form. Click here to register. Do not pay subs in the registration process. Subs: Are due by the end of May. Subs are $140, or $85 for students. Full or part payments can be given to Barrie at trainings or via internet banking to 01-0310-0056958-00

2 February Official Plains Rangers players muster next Thursday (9th Feb), 6pm. If you intend to play for the men's or women's teams this year, please be there, or contact Michel, Margaret, Christian or Barrie if you can't make it. Also, looks like Rangers men have a preseason date on Sat 11 March, at home to both Papamoa and Matamata. Time to get fit everyone!
Tonight's kick around tournament certainly helped with 2 hours of solid football. Well done to those 36 people who played and survived!

30 January The Phoenix played in horrific conditions last night in Adelaide, temperature 38 degrees. The Nix asked for the game to be delayed, but no. Players suffering from heat stroke. Hopefully they recover for the game in New Plymouth this Saturday. Bazza and Jezza are going. Anyone else?

27 January An even bigger kick about last night. Girls v boys! Quite a few goals, some good tackles. Some unfitness and some good passing. See you again next Thursday 6pm. There are a couple of photos in Photo of the Week, cheers Chris.

19 January A very good turn out for tonight's kick about. We played 12 aside for over two hours. Another one again next Thursday, 6pm at Awakeri. All welcome.
Sad news that Malcolm Logan passed away. His son Daniel was a legendary striker for Edgecumbe. Malcolm used to often run the line for us at Edgecumbe and even took the whistle a couple of times. Haere ra Malcolm. Deepest sympathy to Beth, Dan and all.

18 January Two great results from the Phoenix, a 1 - 0 win over Central Coast on Sat, then a brilliant 3 - 0 win over Melb Victory on Tuesday. Victory (2nd in the league) were on a six game winning streak until then. Excellent goals from Bonevacia, Tratt and Barbarouses. Another home game this Saturday against 4th placed Brisbane Roar. If you're near Wellington, go see it!
Congratulations to ex-Rangers player Ashley Hawkes on his wedding to Gina Krone at Matata on Saturday. Oi oi Ash!

11 January Change of day for kick around... Friday 6pm, bring a cold drink, at Awakeri. All welcome. Spread the word.

6 January Happy New Year!! Phoenix were on the wrong end of a poor red card decision in Perth last night, and a Perth player headbutted Rossi and only got a yellow!! Oh dear. Next Rangers kick around: Thursday 12 January 6pm. All welcome.

30 December First summer kick around went well last night. 5 v 5. Well done to Shazza being the only woman there. Good to see Josh back running around. Most nutmegged? Jamaal. Jezza looked sharp.

19 December Shane Smeltz is coming home to the Phoenix! A surprise move, but he knows how to score goals. Lets hope that means a happy new year!!

12 December A great result for the Nix, winning 3 - 0 in Hamilton. Disappointing that only 5200 fans were there to see Lia's brilliant strike and plenty of goal action.
Maybe this Saturday in Auckland there will be a good turn out.
Chris Butler and Chelsea on a good run in the fantasy league at the moment. It won't last! (thinks Bazza hopefully).

8 December Massive news for Phoenix fans, that coach Ernie Merrick resigned after a 2 - 0 loss to Adelaide on Sunday. Most fans and players are in shock. Bazza for one thinks Ernie should have stayed. Support the Nix this Saturday in Hamilton to try and get the ship back on course. Oi Oi Phoenix!

4 December Two Phoenix games coming up that locals can get to. Next Saturday in Hamilton, then Auckland the following Saturday (17th).

13 November A good weekend for football fans. The All Whites had a solid win against New Caledonia in a World Cup qualifier, then the Nix, despite missing 6 players on international duty, had a deserved 2 - 0 away win at Central Coast with a good performance.

6 November The Phoenix finally get a win, two good Roy Krishna goals.

29 October There was a cool article on our young player of the year Jamaal James in the Whakatane Beacon yesterday. A great advertisement for Edgecumbe College, Plains Rangers and Jamaal himself. Nice photo too!
Hopefully the Phoenix will score a goal on Monday night and even get some points.

20 October Click here to enjoy Ranee's slideshow of Rangers Women's season. Very entertaining!

18 October Check out Photo of the week for shots of the band on Saturday night.

16 October Break up and prize giving went well last night. The evening started with the AGM, then moved into prize giving. After that Ali Scott's band Alpha66 played some great music for the rest of the night. Many thanks to Ali and Alpha66 for that. The awards went to:
Golden Boot - Sione Lotu
Young Player of the Year - Jamaal James
Most Promising - Petir Gray
Players' Player - Sione Lotu
Sportsmanship - Aaron Muggeridge
Player of the Year - Jordan Ogilvy
Golden Boot - Cassidy Spillman
Young Player of the Year - Kiahli Ibbetson
Most Promising - Radhika Arulambalam
Players' Player - Mikaela Mathis
Sportsmanship - Emma Bradnock
Player of the Year - Sarah Boyce
Personality - Ali Scott
Endeavour - Ranee Whiting
Congratulations!! Check out all the previous winners on our Honours Board.
Go the Phoenix at 9pm in the distance derby at Perth.

6 October Break up night next Saturday 15th. Starts from 6pm onwards, AGM at 6.30pm. Prize giving around 7.30pm. Music from Ali's band Alfa66. Please bring $10 towards food (it's only light food, so have some dinner before you come). The band will have a donation hat, so please have some money to contribute towards them too. If you haven't had your vote on players' player of the year, please do so before cut off time! Text Margaret or Barrie. Oi Oi Rangers!

26 September Make sure you keep Saturday 15 October evening free for our break-up & prize giving. Details out next week. Not long till the first Phoenix game!!

11 September A great way to finish the season!! After the disappointment of the Pullar Cup being cancelled, Rangers women re-rearranged their catch up game with Ngongotaha and came away with an excellent performance and a 3 - 1 win. Kiahli scored 2 and was player of the day. Here's the report.
On Saturday night Christian Wetting did well, winning his match in Fight For Life. Earlier in the day the 11th grade Awakeri Warriors that he and Chris Butler coach had won a tense 1 - 0 game with league leaders Ohope to snatch the league title!
Also on Saturday, ex-Rangers player Jeremy Hawkes's Team Taranaki travelled to Wellington and managed to overturn a 1 - 0 deficit from the first leg of a play-off between them at Karori-Waterside to see who got promoted into the Central League next season, winning 2 - 1 to go through on the away goals rule. Well done TT! The newspaper report.
The Wellington Phoenix chimed in with a 4 - 1 away win over Melbourne City today too in a pre-season clash.

4 September Rangers men had a good go at Kawerau yesterday and were rather unlucky to lose to a late free kick 2 - 1. Two first half red cards were disappointing, with Kawerau's player provoking and then hitting our player, who retaliated. Jamaal was our scorer, his first goal in senior football. Wetts player of the day. Here's the report.
Good luck today to ex-Rangers player Jeremy Hawkes who is playing for Team Taranaki against Waterside of Wellington in a playoff first leg to see which of them goes into the Central League next year.
Good luck too to Wetts, who is the final bout of Fight For Life next Saturday. At least Wetts didn't join in the fight yesterday and bruise his knuckles!

29 August Sounds like a crazy afternoon at Otumoetai on Saturday, where Rotorua were leading 2 - 1 in an even game with 25 minutes to go, it ended up 8 - 2 to the visitors!!!!

28 August Rangers women lost 5 - 0 at Kawerau today. Gemma Stuckey player of the day. Rangers women are entering the Pullar Cup on 11 September, then they have a catch up game against Ngongy on the 18th.
Have a look at these cool pics of the men's game against Ngongy taken yesterday by Peter Olifiers.

27 August Rangers men lost an entertaining game 3 - 4 to Ngongotaha today. Hamish Wilde player of the day. He and Sione were the scorers. The report.

22 August Our photos of the football.

21 August Zach has some awesome photos of the jubilee evening and the jubilee games on his Pitbull Photography site. Check them out! Lots of fun at the social football today. In very warm conditions, there was a good turn out, a game of about16 aside was played. Michel scored a couple of goals, Ali showed yesterday's winner was no fluke, the kids showed their skills and courage... Many thanks to Matt's dad for doing the barbecue. Happy 25 years Rangers!! Oi Oi !!

20 August A great day for Rangers 25th jubilee. Rangers women played an entertaining, evenly matched game with the invitation XI. Thanks to Mishka Barry for bringing along a lot of her school team to make up the squad. Cassidy Spillman scored the winner for Rangers 1 - 0.
Rangers men v Whakatane was a good battle, with an Ali Scott strike late in the game grabbing a 1 - 0 win for Rangers. Coach Muggsy was happy - the Sponsors Cup has back to Rangers. A very good performance considering sickness took away two starting players and others played who were not 100% . Here's the report. Photos to come.
Jubilee evening was great, lots of good stories told, photos etc shared. Two lovely cakes were baked and iced by Joe and Sarah. Thankyou! Thanks too to Ranee for all the sober driving afterwards. Good to see quite a few ex-players there for the night.

17 August Rangers women win by default again! This time over Ngongotaha. Rangers women will now play an Invitation XI on Saturday. Keen to be part of it? Be there by 12 noon.
The programme for the jubilee weekend:
Saturday 20th:
12.30pm Rangers womenn v Invitation XI
2.30pm Rangers men v Whakatane Town (Bay 2 & Sponsors Cup game)
7pm Jubilee evening starts
8.30pm Official welcome and speeches, sharing of memorabilia
9pm Disco and socialising
Sunday 21st
11am Social games. Be there ready to play if you're keen
12.30 pm BBQ
2pm Farewell!

14 August Rotorua defaulted late... this morning 9am! Rangers women win 3 - 0.

13 August Rangers men had a good first half, opened the scoring, had some bad luck and ended up losing 5 - 1 at Taupo. The score flattered Taupo a bit. James Hart player of the day. The report. Some photos, courtesy of coach Chris. Jubilee registrations now at 50. They close end of Sunday.

8 August Rangers women weren't at their best, losing to Kawerau 5 - 0. Janie Paling was player of the day.

Have you registered for the jubilee yet??
You have to:
1. send Bazza an email saying who's coming. 2. Pay $25 per person into our bank account 01-0310-0056958-00 with Jubilee as the Reference. No money... no reg!

Here are the details.

Fantasy Premier League: Join up! It's free, heaps of fun, see if you can beat Muggsy! Fantasy Premier League called Plainsrangers. Joining the league couldn't be easier. Simply use this link and you'll be added automatically after you've entered the game: in new tab) You shouldn't need the league code, but just in case here it is: 666833-185589. Enjoy the game! Christian Wetting

6 August Only 1 day left to register for the jubilee!!!! Several Rangers boys spying out the oppo at Kawerau today. Taupo beat Kawerau 2 - 1, entertaining game, chances galore. Taupo's up next! They have agreed to a 2pm kickoff, yay!

30 July A very good win for Rangers men today after Bazza and ref Michel spent an hour draining a goalmouth so the game could be played! Goals to Sione, Jords, Jimmy and Ben. Jules player of the day. The report.

24 July Rangers women lost 2 - 1 to Rotorua today. All the goals were scored in the first half, Rangers one was scored by Cassidy Spillman. Goalkeeper Radhika Arulambalam and midfielder Sophie Estall were both named players of the day.

18 July The new women's league draw is out. Click here for it. Rangers have Rotorua at home this Sunday. The Bay Sportsmed Cup and Bowl semifinal draw is on there too.
If you need to pay subs or fines money scroll down to 18th May for details, or bring it to practice.

17 July Rangers women had a 1 - 1 draw at Rotorua, with the elements against them. Joe player of the day, Kiahli scored. . The report.

16 July Rangers men win a windy game at Otumoetai. Early red card to Otumoetai player. James Hart scored two, Jords and Pat (what a great goal that was!) scored as well. Hamish player of the day. Here's the report.

13 July A good women's training tonight, followed by a constructive club meeting. Oi Oi Rangers.

11 July Rangers women took a while but eventually scored an exciting 3 - 2 win against Ngongy. Macca Mathis scored a screamer! Sarah player of the day. Here's the report. Some exotic photos from Zach at Pitbull Photography here!

10 July Rangers men went down 5 - 3 to Papamoa in the Bowl quarterfinal. Player of the day Jamaal got a yellow, Sione, Hamish and Jords scored the goals, Muggsy was penalised for a solid tackle, the pitch looked like it was in the Middle East, the referee was the youngest person on the pitch. Here's the report. Here are some photos from Tony Kirby. Some cool photos from Zach at Pitbull Photography here too.

5 July Enrolments are starting to come in for the Jubilee!! Here is the official invitation to the Plains Rangers 25th jubilee weekend. Download on a web page. Please pass it on to any ex-players, supporters, etc. We need registrations in by early August, so don't leave it too late!! Come and relive old times! Oi Oi Rangers!!

Euro 2016 Semi Finals    
Thurs 7am Wales (Bazza) v Portugal (Wetts)
Fri 7am Germany (Matt D) v France (Joe)
Mon 7 am France (Joe) v Portugal (Wetts)
Thanks all those who paid last week.

2 July No ref appointed. After a scrappy start, Rangers settled down and earned a 2 - 1 win at home to Papamoa. Full commitment in defence was needed for the last half hour. Muggsy organised the defence, player of the day. Welcome back to Jimmy Hart. The report.
Sadly Rangers women had too many players uavailable for the game with Whakatane and defaulted.

28 June The draw for the next round of the Bay Sportsmed Bowl is out. Rangers have got Papamoa's Bay One side away on July 9th. Kickoff is now 2.30pm.
The whole draw is on our BOP Results, tables page

26 June Rangers women's game was transferred to Kawerau. Rangers had a rather bruising encounter, going down 4 - 1. Keeper Radhika was brave. Macca player of the day. Here's the report.

25 June A first half blitz with the wind and rain behind them led to Ngongy beating Rangers 5 - 1. Hamish got one back in the second half. Jordan player of the day. The report.

24 June A good indoor training last night. Well done all that survived! Rangers men meet at Awakeri to leave at 12.30pm on Saturday if you need a lift to Ngongotaha. The teams still in Euro 2016 are in italics below. Only two people are totally out!

19 June Rangers women showed a massive improvement by only going down 1 - 2 to Papamoa. Rangers women were without four regular starters as well. Goal to Mishka. Jo player of the day. Read the report.

18 June Rangers men went down in the final minutes to a blind header (the sun in Rotorua was directly in line with the corner kick) 1 - 2. Jules player of the day. Sione scored with a brave header. Here's the report.

16 June. A good hard out practice tonight. Thanks Muggsy and well done everyone. Christian had all the Euro 2016 teams there afterwards and the draw was done (remember you owe Wetts $5 a team). Here are the lucky / unlucky people. Prize for 1st, last and the middle team. Levi was offering big money for France but no....

Pete Croatia Pete Northern Ireland
Muggsy Spain Pat Rep of Ireland
Levi Romania Levi Albania
Andy Iceland Andy England
Matt E Italy Matt E Sweden
Matt D Austria Matt D Germany
Barrie Wales Barrie Ukraine
Wetts Poland Wetts Portugal
Mama Joe Czech Rep Mama Joe France
Sophie Hungary Sophie Switzerland
Ali Slovakia Tiemen Belgium
Chris B Turkey Chris B Russia

12 June. Some good news. Rotorua and Waibop have agreed to change our kick off time this coming Saturday to 2pm. Hopefully that can allow people to get to the game.
A tough trip to Taupo for Rangers women. Sophie player of the day. Taupo won. The report.

11 June A hard fought physical battle, losing 2 - 1 to TCU. Injuries to Ali and Pete didn't help. Matt D didn't have a happy birthday! Julian scored a screamer on debut. Levi player of the day. The report.

10 June Well done everyone who gave it heaps at training in the raining last night! A reminder, you need $5 for the feed, $5 if you want a team in Euro16 and don't forget subs! Oi Oi Rangers.

7 June Ex-Rangers player Jeremy Hawkes in Chatham Cup action for New Plymouth Rangers.

6 June A very interesting result with Tauranga City United knocking over league leaders Taupo 3 - 0 on Saturday. Rangers will have to be at their best to match them this time round, after beating TCU away earlier in the season.
If you want to be given a team in the Euros2016, have $5 with you at training. Mind you, we can't all have Spain! It might ease the pain of the Netherlands not actually being there!

4 June Literally a hard fought home win for Rangers. Rangers played some great football to lead 2 - 0, only for Kawerau to pull a goal back on the stroke of half time. Sione scored both Rangers goals, Hamiora scored Kawerau's. Matt Eveleens player of the day. Both sides piling in late in the game after Ben Sexton had fouled Hamiora was a disappointing end to the game. Game report.

31 May Rangers women are on a roll! A 2 - 2 draw on Sunday was a massive turn around from a 10 - 2 thumping in the first game of the season. Ranee player of the day. Well played! Here's the report.
Rangers men's postponed game will now be on the 25th June, at 2.30pm.

28 May Rangers v Ngongotaha postponed. Ground closed. Doh. Perhaps it was just as well: both Ngongy's teams in the Fed leagues were postponed as well! The All Whites beat Fiji 3 - 1 in the ONC. Next game Tuesday 6pm, Sky Sport 56.
Don't forget subs need to have started being paid!

24 May Here is the official invitation to the Plains Rangers 25th jubilee weekend. Download as a Word file, or on a web page. Please pass it on to any ex-players, supporters, etc. We need registrations in by early August, so don't leave it too late!! Come and relive old times! Oi Oi Rangers!!

22 May Rangers women put on an attacking show at Awakeri today, recording their biggest ever win and shooting young Cassidy Spillman to be top scorer for the club so far this season. Rangers beat Rotorua 5 - 1. Read the report. Macca player of the day.
In Phoenix news: Phoenix beat EPL champions Leicester City in the Hong Kong seven-aside tournament tonight, having also beaten Stoke City, but lost to Aston Villa in the semi final! Sadly Albert Riera has decided to retire from football though, leaving the Nix to try and find another midfield general.

21 May Rangers went down to Whakatane 2 - 1 in the Cup match today. Whakatane pounced on two errors and Rangers weren't at their best. Hamish Wilde player of the day. The Sponsors' Cup heads back to Whakatane. The report.
Lots of photos of the game on this facebook page belonging to Pete Olifiers.

20 May Want to be inspired for tomorrow?? Watch this!! 100 best goals of the year.

18 May A reminder that subs are due by the end of May.
Plains Rangers Subscription Fees:
$125 per Senior player; $75 per Student player
Full or part payments can be given to Barrie at trainings or via internet banking to ANZ 01-0310-0056958-00. Please include the player's name as the reference.
There is a club meeting tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7.30pm, to do with subs, sponsors, the jubilee, Bay Sportsmed Cup rules (You can read them for yourself here). Rules include rolling subs.

15 May Ranee's report on a good win at Rotorua. Unfortunately player of the day Tara Edwards was carted off to hospital after a head knock late in the game. All the best Tara!
We won our first game for the season and we aren't even at the end of the season yet, just 6 games in, well done ladies. Great 2 goals score today one coming from Mikaela Mathis with an up close and personal goal right there in the 6 yard box and one coming from Kiahli Ibbetson with a shot just outside of the 6 yard box, these two great goals came from great passes Janie Paling and Libby Shove and with support from our mid fielders and all theses goal with in the first half of the game. For the remander of the game we had more chances on goal from Janie Paling, Libby Shove, Sophie Estall, Ranee Whiting plus more tries from Kiahli Ibbetson and Mikaela Mathis with then either going wide/high or just a bit to short. Libby Shove did some great running down the line and some great crossing with the ball and passes. Some more great work from Sophie Estall on the field playing left right and centre. The back 5 held strong as well. We all keep on fighting till the end, it was another physical game.
To read Barrie's version of the win, plus the men's game yesterday, click here! Also, photos of the men's game yesterday, thanks to photographer Chris Butler.
Also.... keep the weekend of August 20 and 21 free for Rangers 25th jubilee! Football games, remembering old and good times, an evening of socialising, past players games, etc etc.

14 May The Sponsors Cup was up for grabs, Ali played 30 minutes before rushing off to play King Bernard in the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime, a lovely sunny day, but no goals! Rangers held onto the Cup with a 0 - 0 draw. Jimmy Krause was player of the day. Farewell to Jimmy Hart as he heads off over to America tomrrow for a couple of months. Watch out for some photos of the game tomorrow.
Club meeting this Thursday at 7.30pm. One topic will be our jubilee.

12 May A good training tonight in preparation for the local derby on Saturday. Laugh of the night Jamaal's encounter with a hedgehog!

9 May Rangers men's match had it all: controversy, bizarre events, ref Dave Taylor even got up to speak at the aftermatch about Rangers sportingly allowing Taupo to score, Taupo coach Alan Lamb even said the Awakeri pitch wasn't too bad and he'd played on worse. Maybe the long grass disguised the lumps and bumps! Read the report. Today Rangers women might have kept that generous Mothers Day spirit into the start of the game, but once they got going, it was a great battle with Whakatane. Injuries in all direction! Read the report.
The Bay Sportsmed Cup draw is out. Rangers have got Whakatane Town Bay 2 again on May 21, but at home.

3 May Great to see the Whakatane Beacon today had full page colour coverage of Rangers women's game!! Here are some cool photos of the game too, including Janie's goal. Thanks very much to Zach and Pitbull Photography. In fact you can click here to see more of them on Zach's web site. You can even buy photos from him.

1 May Rangers women turn on one of their best performances to grab a 1 - 1 draw at Kawerau. Janie Paling scorer and player of the day. Here's the report.
Congratulations to Adelaide United who beat Western Sydney in the A League final. It also meant Jordan got a win in a weird multi bet with a Mexican Premier League match!

30 April. Good to see Rangers players at the working bee laying the new floor in the Events Centre over the weekend. Not so good was Rangers slipping to a late defeat at Opotiki after having a deserved 2 - 0 lead. Peter Kirikbride player of the day. The report.

26 April News Flash!! There is a big working bee this weekend at the Awakeri Events Centre, laying the new floor of the gymnasium. If you can help.... It starts at 5pm Friday evening, then it starts again at 7am Saturday morning. It may continue Sunday. We need Rangers players and supporters to go please!
The work involves positioning and screwing in a large number of flooring sheets. If you have a cordless drill or impact drill that would be very helpful. Donations of food to feed the team would also be helpful.

25 April A couple of photos from Saturday in Photo of the week.

24 April Rangers men won a hard fought battle at Tauranga City, 1 - 0, thanks to a great Jordan Ogilvy header. Farewell to player of the day Jaiden Ibbetson as he heads over to the UK. Make sure you come back Jaiden!! Read the report.

16 April Rangers men lost 2 - 3 at Papamoa today. Richie Nillesen POD. Hamish Wilde went within 2 centimetres of getting a hat-trick! Alarming for centre back Matt Dalgity to see both outside backs cramping up at the same time! Read the report. Bad news that Richie's injury is not a good one, broken knee cap.

10 April Rangers women fought hard against a good Taupo team today in warm sunny conditions. Player of the day Sophie Estall. Taupo won the game. Highlight of the day was watching ref Norm march over to give the visiting coach a stern talking to.
The Wellington Phoenix lost their last game of the season, 2 - 0 to Runners up Weestern Sydney. Sad to see Phoenix legends Ben Sigmund (retiring) and Manny Muscat (transferring to Melb City) leave. Siggy in typical fashion with a head bandage covering up the blood!

9 April Rangers put in another good performance today, beating Rotorua 2 - 0. Rangers welcomed the return of Hamish Wilde and last year's captain James Hart. Sione and Jaiden were the scorers but lots of other chances were created too. Player of the day stand-in goalkeeper Ben Sexton. Read the match report.
Quote of the week, when Sione was asked by Andy after last week's game "Why did you bicycle kick the ball in?", Sione's reply was " I don't know how to head it!"

8 April Next week is National Referees Week. The Ref's Association is particularly keen to hear from footballers who are in their early 30's, in particular those who:

  • have played the game.
  • don’t want to get injured because of increased work and family responsibilities.
  • can’t afford to train with a team at a set time.
  • are looking for a new challenge.
  • want the opportunity to be involved at higher levels of the game.
    If interested in refereeing please contact Paul Higgins on

6 April Sad news that Dave Cook has passed away recently. Dave Cook, the driving force of the AFC Fury club, and Mount Maunganui in the old Natioanl League days was a huge character, liked or hated he will be missed. Read some insightful tributes here and a report of a famous game between Rangers and Fury here.
Good news.... Great for Dutch and Women's football fans. On Friday morning the NZ Football Ferns are playing the Netherlands. It will be live on Sky Sport 3 at 4.30am, repeated at 1 pm. There's that bit of ORANGE on the Plains Rangers logo!

5 April Check out our globe trotting Rangers hoodie! It's at the home of QPRangers, Muggsy's favourite team. Also, great to see Plains Rangers in full colour all over today's Whakatane Beacon! Make sure you get your copy!

4 April Photos from Rangers men's game on Saturday. A couple of blasts from the past and a new blast altogether!
Something for Wett and fellow Dutch/Kiwis to get excited about... the Football Ferns take on Netherlands on Thursday in a friendly. Hopefully we can find out more info on it.

3 April Rangers women had a high scoring game too at Te Puke, sadly though Te Puke got most of them. Player of the day Cassidy got two. Yay Cassidy! The report.

2 April Rangers men got off to a flying start, scoring after three minutes, then going on to win 8 - 1 against Otumoetai. James Krause player of the day. The crowning glory was a late bicycle kick goal from Sione Lotu on debut. Here's the match report, Photos still coming. The Beacon photographer was there too, so watch out for their pics.

28 March A good blow out on Saturday, with Rotorua capitalising on a couple of errors to win 2 - 1. Jaiden Ibbetson grabbed Rangers goal.
Changes for the women!!! Tauranga City have now pulled out of the Bay One league, so there is a new draw on the WaiBOP website. At least this Sunday's game is still the same.

18 March The draws are out, on the WaiBOP web site. Rangers men have two home games to start the season, the first on April 2 against Otumoetai. Rangers women are away to Te Puke on April 3. Our links on the left of the page have quite a bit of our draws on them.
In the meantime, trainings have been intense. Rangers men have a preseason game at home to Rotorua next Saturday (Easter Saturday), and possibly a game against Trident High School too. Rangers welcome back Jimmy Krause and welcome newcomer Sione Lotu, both have plenty of pace which will be an asset. Rangers women have a preseason game at Kawerau this Sunday (20th) at 12.30pm.

13 March An inspiring Phoenix win away at Sydney last night. Remember you need to register!!!! All of you! Otherwise you can't play. See 29 Feb for the link.

2 March A good turn out and good work at the women's training tonight, followed by a constructive club meeting. Under discussion was: leagues kicking off on April 2 & 3; 25th jubilee weekend later in season (e.g. 20 August) with home games and fun games; player registrations and transfers; sponsors for the season (any suggestions, or offers, see Barrie or Margaret). Coming up is the Federation BOP senior clubs meeting on 8 March in Tauranga (at Sport BOP, 630pm).

29 February Lots on this week: Tues 6pm kick around; Wednesday 7.45pm club meeting after women's training (all welcome); Thurs 6pm men's training.
Player registrations are now ready. All players need to complete the online registration form. Click here. Please choose the option: I am registering to this club for the first time.
A brilliant result for the Phoenix on Friday. Can they do it again this Saturdayagainst Adelaide who haven't lost since December 3? Check out our Nix pages.

21 February A good men's training on Friday. This week sees another Lathams Track run Tuesday, women's training Wednesday and men's training Friday. All 6pm starts. All welcome. Congratulations to Mike Johnstone, Sarah gave birth to baby Riley on Thursday.
The Wellington Phoenix couldn't back up their sensational game last week, going down away to Newcastle 3 - 2 last night. Hamish Watson scored twice then got sent off for a silly second yellow card. At least their new licence to continue in the A League has come through, along with talk of major signings.

16 February An incredible performance & result from the Wellington Phoenix on Sunday, with a superb Blake Powell perfect first half hat trick setting up a 5 - 2 away win over high fliers Western Sydney Wanderers.
Bad news today though that a major NZ Football stuff up has meant that Alex Jones's transfer to the Nix from Birmingham City has failed and he is flying home. NZF have apologised!!
A good run up Lathams Track tonight, guys and gals. Muggsy led the way to the top, just like his position in the Rangers Fantasy League!!

13 February A successful player muster last night. Rangers women have a squad of around 16 and Rangers men around 18. What's on from now? Pre-season training. This Tuesday, a run up Latham's Track. Meet at track start at 6pm. Women's trainings on Wednesdays at Awakeri at 6pm. Men's trainings Fridays for the next couple of weeks at 6pm, but switching to Thursdays. All welcome, come and join in.

4 February Kick around again tomorrow (Friday) evening 6pm. Bring a water bottle!
Official player muster next Friday 12th at 6pm, at Awakeri. All welcome, male and female, including senior high school students. Contact Barrie by email or phone 0274637791 for more info, or if you want to play but can't turn up at the muster.

27 January Check out this compelling Save The Nix video made by a genuine good dude Australian. You might even recognize someone in it.

24 January A puzzle for you... check out photo of the week!

19 January A fun hot afternoon of football on Sunday. There is more, this Friday 6pm at Awakeri. All welcome, men and women, high school students. Make sure you bring a water bottle! We won't talk about the Nix game.
Muggsy has knocked Bazza off the Fantasy league table top!

15 January Summer kick around this Sunday (17th) at Awakeri at 4pm.

14 January 2016 Phoenix put in a great backs to the wall show against lague leaders Brisbane, despite being without 8 players suspended or injured! Bazza had a good weekend down there, being the 1 millionth Nix fan through the gate, with its accompanying Huawei prize pack was only part of the fun!

31 December 2015 Happy New Year everyone. May your new year be better than the Phoenix's last two games!!

22 December Happy Christmas to all Rangers players and supporters! Congratulations to Peter Kirkbride, married last weekend.

12 December A good turn out at the kick around last night. 16 turned up for 90 min of football. Not sure when the next one is. Phoenix came within a few minutes of a result in the heat and humidity of Cairns tonight. Krishna another good goal. Looking forward to their next home game in Welly next Saturday. Check out photo of the week for the dodgy pitch from last Nix game!
News from the Federation that Bay Sportsmed are going to sponsor the knockout mens competition again next year, plus possibly a Women's competition. High School teams might also be allowed to enter the men's comp.

7 December A great result for the Phoenix, knocking Melbourne Victory off the top of the table. Awful Albany pitch and clash of colours didn't detract from a great game. Roy Krishna, Roly Bonevacia, Andrew Durante and Glenn Moss all got in the A League team of the week. Pretty funny chants going on in the 11000 crowd "We wish you a merry Krishna", etc. Fan boycotts at a number of other A League games meant the Auckland attendance was the biggest of the weekend!

1 December Sounds like the kick around went very well, plenty of numbers for a game. There's another on in two weeks - that'd be Friday 11th Dec. All welcome (including new players). A few of the boys are heading to Auckland for the Phoenix game this Saturday. Got your tickets yet?

24 November Feel like a kick around? Turn up at Awakeri this Friday, from 5.30pm onwards. All welcome, male & female. Hopefully with inspiration from the Phoenix game this Thursday night in Sydney. 10pm NZ time.
Also, next Saturday, 5th December the Phoenix have a game in Auckland, at North Harbour Stadium 7pm. A great chance to go watch them play. Shirts off anyone?!

17 November A great day in Wellington last Friday, 13600 turned up to see the Phoenix whip Adelaide 4 - 2. Awesome displays from Roy Krishna and Roly Bonevacia. Check out our Nix and A League pages.

12 November At the BOP Federation meeting this week a number of local issues came up: BOP divs 1 and 2 could be combined next season, with rolling subs applying to both leagues. Any defaults must now be notified by midday the day before the scheduled game. The BOP season should start on April 2nd 2016. Clubs will be asked about interest in a Federation Women's league involving 4 clubs from BOP and 4 from Waikato. There may be an opening for a new sponsor for the men's BOP knock out cup.
SaveTheNix campaign has been in full swing, including a scarf attack on Wellington. The TAB's facebook page has even featured a couple of Rangers players on their poster! All hoping for a big crowd and good performance tomorrow night in Wellington.

4 November Rangers player-coach & life member Wetts had his 40th birthday on Saturday night at the Edgecumbe Plains Hotel. It was an excellent night with many current and past Rangers players there, e.g Ronald Overdevest (check him out on our past squads listing in 1999!). Ali's band played some great music, Wetts even joined the band for a few numbers, Jenny was sober driver, well she said she was, Olivia was there from Gissy, Katy's cake was spectacular, Chris Butler organised a gift from Rangers to Wett's. Check it out here, plus the wind-up gift!
Sadly after a week of Phoenix torture, with the FFA not granting the Nix a ten year licence and looking like they want to get rid of them out of the A League, the Nix lost at Melbourne Victory 3 - 0 on Monday. Save the Nix campaigns are into gear with fans from opposing Aussie clubs even joining in. If you haven't ever been to a Nix game, there is one coming up in Auckland on Sat December 5th, which might also double as Pete's stag weekend! Go see the Nix before we lose them!

28 October The Phoenix had a great 3 - 2 win against Brisbane Roar on Saturday. Bazza and Jezza were there to see it and the before-match and after-match. Click here to see Jezza making friends with Nix captain Siggy (Ben Sigmund). Now news that the FFA doesn't seem to want the Nix in the A League. All sorts of protests have been launched. Perhaps they're scared we will win the league! Check out our Nix pages.

19 October Excellent result from the Phoenix last night and a rare goal to Vinnie Lia. Our Honours Board has been updated. It makes fascinating reading if you're into a bit of history!

18 October Rangers held a very successful break-up/prize giving last night. The evening started with the AGM. Click here to read the president's report which includes lots of season highlights. The prize giving followed. The prize list is in the president's report. Congrats to James Hart and Mikaela Mathis on taking out the players of the year. There are some awesome photos of the break-up night and prize giving on Pitbull Photography's site (Thanks Zack.) While we're at it, here is a very cool slideshow of the Rangers ladies (these links all open in a new window).
The speeches talked about the excellent club spirit, the celebration of Rangers 25th anniversary next year, the pleasing growth in player base, especially with younger high school age players... Watch out on this page for the fortnightly Friday night kick arounds that Christian mentioned.
Many thanks to Frank Wetting for the disco, lights, smoke (well, the Events Centre smoke sensors need to recognise the difference between that and real smoke!). A big thankyou to Janelle and Shane for the cool Rangers tee shirts. Thanks too to Jacqs McPherson for the photo of the lights being installed.
Lost property: Jordan's wallet (oh found by Pete), tee shirt and sunnies (oh they're Frank's), a cooler bag with drinks still in it (see Barrie).
Other highlights: Kirk Bain turning up a year late to receive his trophy from last season, the dancing (did the young fullas dance more than Levi did at the Edgecumbe College ball?!), talk of forming a jubilee committee early next year, the evacuation drill, Zack's photos...
Barrie has two named photos of the Rangers men's team A4 size printed, $15, let him know if you want one.

11 October Well that was a shit start to the Phoenix season. Rangers could teach Roy Krishna how to take penalties!

7 October The votes are in! Well done 35 people voted for Players' Player. All will be revealed at our prize giving. Saturday 17 October at the Events Centre. From 6pm at the Events Centre. AGM at 6.30pm. Prize giving at 7.30pm. $10 per person towards the food please. Family members welcome, but probably not suitable for kids. Get ready for a good night.

4 October Our Wellington Phoenix pages are being set up here. Well done Kawerau, confirmed as champions of the Fed Two league because West Ham only beat Te Puke 7 - 1.

29 September New team photos here. What a handsome lot! Make sure you text Barrie 0274637791 with your vote for players' player of the year by Friday 7pm. Text Margaret with votes for women's players' player by Friday as well.

26 September Good to see a number of Rangers players at the Awakeri Junior break-up today. Chris Butler played against the kids wearing his Diego Costa shirt (shouldn't you wear something else while he's suspended Chris??). Wett was rampaging down the wing, Jo was trying to let in goals so the kids could score....
Looks like it's congratulations to Kawerau, who drew 2 - 2 at West Hamilton to be top of Fed div 2 on goal difference. Mind you, West Ham can beat them if they can beat Te Puke by 33 goals next weekend!
Have you noted our breakup night on your calendar. More details soon.

23 September Awakeri Events Centre is having a quiz night the night before our break up. So the quiz night is Friday 16 October. Form a team and enter. $10 a person. Fundraising for the Event Centre. Warm up for our prize giving! Here's the information.

20 September Rangers women had a good day at the Pullar Cup tournament today, coming away as runner up in the Pullar Bowl. Rangers met Rotorua Utd in the first round, losing and then got a bye through to the final of the Bowl against Opotiki. Opotiki scored late in the first half. Rangers started the second half brightly and a good move ended with Cassidy Spillman hitting the post. Rangers had a fair share of territory but couldn't quite make it count and Opotiki won the game. In the Cup final, host club Whakatane had a two goal lead against league champions Otumoetai, who came back late to draw 2 - 2. However in the penalty shoot out Whakatane took it 4 - 1, converting all their kicks, and their keeper making two good saves. Otumoetai's coach was rather ungracious in defeat afterwards. However, the winners medals sat happily around the Whakatane's players' necks. Rangers women were happy with their runners up medals too!

17 September Rangers breakup & prizegiving & AGM night is confirmed for Saturday 17 October. Write it in your calendar!!

16 September A big turn out at the meeting tonight, after five of the men turned up and joined in the women's training! Good luck to the women for the Pullar Cup this Sunday. Supporters welcome. First game at Whakatane is at 10.30am. against Rotorua. Can anyone beat Ranee for golden boot?
Our break up / prize giving / AGM night is to be confirmed but could be Saturday October 17th. More details coming soon.
The Phoenix's season is getting closer, kicks off Sunday 11th Oct.
Muggsy is back in front of our Fantasy league.

12 September Sadly Rangers men had their game cancelled late this morning after Old Blues decided to default. The men and three women had a friendly game anyway, followed by two delicious crockpots.

10 September. Kawerau have pulled out of the Bay 2 competition. That means Rangers last game is this Saturday against Old Blues.

6 September The report and photos.

5 September Rangers won the Bay Sportsmed Bowl final today, 2 - 0 against Papamoa. Early goal to Andy, a couple of great saves from Wett, second half penalty converted by Andy and Rangers win the trophy. Outstanding team effort, Bazza player of the day. Report and photos to come. Plenty of singing in the changing rooms afterwards, bubbly sprayed around. "One Andy Willis, there's only one Andy Willis". Drinks at Matt's tonight!

30 August Rangers women did well at Kawerau, putting up a fighting effort. Libby player of the day. The report (both versions)!

29 August A 3 - 1 win in the end at Opotiki, after a scoreless first half. Niggly game. A great solo goal by Petir Gray opened the door. Chris Butler almost scored a diving header. Mike Johnstone player of the day. Read the report.

25 August On Thursday night at 7.30pm is the AGM of the Awakeri Events Centre. Some men might need to be drafted in from their training to make sure the numbers are there for the meeting.
Muggsy now leads the Rangers fantasy league, by a whisker!

23 August Rangers retained the Sponsors' Cup with a hard fought scoreless draw yesterday. Despite missing captain Jimmy and Jordan, Rangers put in a good effort in a new formation. Ben Sexton was player of the day. Read the Report and see the photos. Sorry no mention of photo of Chris's impressive bicycle kick!

20 August Rangers have agreed to a 1pm kick off at Whakatane on Saturday. Be there 12 noon! The Sponsors Cup is up for grabs. Hopefully Rangers can put into action the goal scoring drill that we spent an hour doing tonight!

19 August Rangers Fantasy league is kicking along nicely now with 15 people entered. Bazza, Muggsy and Jamaal are leading the pack!

15 August A wet Awakeri, no ref appointed, a competitive battle, a 1 - 1 draw, goal to Ben Sexton, Matt Eveleens player of the day. The report.
Sadly Rangers women could not muster a team for their game at Te Puke tomorrow and defaulted. Another game has been rescheduled for Sept 6th.

12 August The Pullar Cup women's tournament is on Sunday 20 September at Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane. A couple of new player profiles on, have a read. Others players feel free to email them in!

11 August The new split league is out for the men. Rangers are at home to Otumoetai this Saturday. Check out the rest of our fixtures or the draw in general. And who's leading the Fantasy Football table? hmmm

9 August Rangers women had a tough day at Opotiki, going down 6 - 0. Julie was player of the day. Ranee is requesting a change to the goal set up! Read the report.
In case anyone needs to pay late fees, our internet banking account is 01-0310-0056958-00. Make sure you give us the required details, including your name! $125 senior subs, $75 high school subs, part subs for playing part of the season can be negotiated, see Barrie.

8 August Rangers men had a 3 - 0 win against Kawerau Sports today. Kawerau battled gamely, while Rangers took quite a while to get their shooting boots on. Petir Gray player of the day, with Jaiden scoring twice. Here's the report. Rangers women's game tomorrow has been transferred to Opotiki College, because some bastard has done wheelies all over the nice Magpie Park surface.

3 August Eight people have entered a team in the Fantasy Football Rangers Classic league. Be in to have some fun! All welcome. See details below in 1st August news.

2 August Rangers women had plenty of the game at Rotorua White but couldn't put the ball in the net. (they were watching Rangers men yesterday!!). Tazza was player of the day. Here's the report (both versions!).

1 August TCU scored two good goals, one after just two minutes. Rangers defended strongly and created some chances too. Jaiden player of the day. Read the report.
Any Rangers players or supporters want to join our EPL Fantasy League? Go to, get registered, Join the Rangers Classic League (private), its code is 1162492-283691. . Be quick the League starts next weekend!

30 July The full moon shines down on the Rangers boys (and 4 girls) training in the frost. Luckily Matt has brought his gas brazier for everyone to huddle around and sample Wetts' home brew afterwards. This is the life.

28 July The new draw is out for the Bay Womens league. Rangers women are away to Rotorua White this Sunday. The rest of the draw is on our Rangers results page and BOP results page. The Opotiki game will be played at Opo since we played them here in the first round.

26 July Rangers women had a great physical battle with Kawerau today. Kawerau won 4 - 1 in the end, but Rangers gave as good as they got. Jenny was player of the day. Great to see Kate Simons have a run, a good debut from young Taryn Tazza Forbes. Here's the report. Let's hope the new split league comes out quickly this week so there are no more weekends with no games. Here are some pics of the half time talk. What is Cassidy laughing about?! There are also some fab photos on the Pitbull Photography web site.

25 July Rangers men deservedly won on penalties in the BS Bowl semifinal away to Otumoetai today. Rangers had a Muggsy goal disallowed and were reduced to ten men for the last 40 minutes after our 3rd sub Levi Riri was felled with a ball to the head, but hung on to a 1 - 1 draw after extra time and won the shoot out. Wett saved two pens and, despite the "shittest penalties ever seen", had won the shoot out after four penalties. Jordan player of the day and Andy won the prize for the best penalty celebration! Read the report. Have a look at photo of the week!

20 July Good luck to Michel and Margaret Nillesen on their trip away. Richie Nillesen will be coaching Rangers women in the mean time. Welcome back Richie!
Our trusty SLH Contracting van is not available this Saturday. We will have to make other transport arrangements! It's a 12 noon start in Tauranga, so quite a few other arrangements might be needed too! Get organised everyone! This is our chance to play in a trophy final. Let's do it!

19 July Rangers men's game with TCU was postponed at the last minute after a torrential downpour and high winds stormed through Awakeri on Saturday, wrecking one of Rangers new gazebos in the process. On Sunday a great start for Rangers women with a goal to young Cassidy Spillman after Janie Soutar had hit the post twice! However Te Puke were too good in the end. Here's the report.

17 July Some changes for men's games.... BS Bowl semi final has now been brought forward to next Sat 25th, at Otumoetai. Federation trying to reschedule catch up game v Kawerau to Aug 1st. Hopefully they are successful!
Pretty awesome photos in Tuesday's Beacon!!

12 July Rangers women did well, turning around a 4 - 0 loss last weekend to hold Opotiki to a 0 - 0 draw today. The team was player of the day, with Ranee in top form. Here's a report. Watch out for pics in the Beacon.

9 July The hoodies arrived at training tonight. Just as well, it was a very cold night. Chris presented the College boys with theirs, unexpectedly! Most amusement came from people trying to figure out what C.F.C. stood for on the back of Chris's hoodie. Most guesses were unprintable! Of course those who remember that Chris wears a John Terry shirt can probably work out the true answer. Also Mumma Joe's hoodie for her daughter that was misspelt Tartless drew a few comments!
Bowl semifinal on 1st August may now be at Otumoetai, rather than Awakeri. We will be advised.

7 July Club meeting cancelled. Good luck to our women on Sunday in their first competitive game for six weeks!
Even though Rangers women have had some hidings in the past, they pale into insignificance compared to the thrashings Micronesia have had in the Oceania Cup this week. 30 - 0, 36 - 0 and 46 - 0 to Vanuatu today! More than a goal every two minutes!

4 July A depleted Rangers team traveled to Papamoa. After half an hour of solid defence, Papamoa got lucky a couple of times and had a 3 - 0 lead at half time. Rangers did better in the second half but ended up losing 4 - 0. Matt Dalgity player of the day, closely followed by Petir Gray.

30 June According to the Fed web site Rangers men play Otumoetai in the BS Bowl semi final on August 1st, with at this stage no games scheduled for July 11th and 25th. We are trying to confirm this or to see if the draws will be rescheduled. This would have to be the most disjointed season in history!

29 June Rangers' women's game with Opotiki on July 12th has, at their request, been changed to a home game. Lots of hoodie orders have been taken. Hopefully they will be done and ready in the next two weeks.

28 June Club meeting coming up on Wed 8 July, after women's training.
Today our women played well in a friendly against Opotiki, going down 4 - 0 in the end. Good to see Julie Reihana, Mishka Barry and Kate Simon back on the pitch. Check out these photos of the Rangers Women in their new strip!

27 June Rangers are through to the next round of the Bowl after a 2 - 0 win at Opotiki. Wett player of the day. Here's the report. Here are some cool photos (courtesy of Pete).

24 June An Opotiki weekend! On Saturday Rangers men are at Opotiki, 2pm kick off in the Bowl, while on Sunday Rangers women have a friendly against Opotiki at home at 10.30am. Remember, last day for hoodie orders is Friday. Money up front! See below (in bold). Also.... subs need to be paid too.

21 June At last, our new colours have a goal scored in them, after Jaiden and Jamaal hit the woodwork, Muggsy scored with a wind assisted header. Sadly though, a 3 - 1 loss at windy Blake Park. The report.

13 June Rangers men lost 1 - 0 at home to Rotorua. A good second half wasn't enough to earn the points. Bazza player of the day. Click here for some good photos (thanks Matthew). Here's the report.

12 June Orders are now being taken for the new club hoodies. They are black. $35 for adults, $30 for kids sizes. You need to give Barrie, Margaret or Ranee your money along with style (zip or no zip), size (XL, L, M, S), and name for the back of your hoodie (e.g. Your Name / Nickname). Deadline for order (with money) is Friday 26 June. Hoodies available for players, supporters, family members etc.
Can also be paid for by internet banking, our account is 01-0310-0056958-00. Make sure you give us the required details.
Entertaining game on the big screen after men's training last night. The arm chair experts all had their say! Portugal impressive, Junior All Whites looked good for a while in the second half.

4 June Men's training indoors was pretty hard out. Fun, exhausting, physical, 2 hours of good football.
No game this weekend. The postponed Cup game against Tauranga City will be played on Sunday 21st at Blake Park, Mt Maunganui, early kick off 12.30pm.

1 June Heavy rain and surface water caused the postponement of today's Bay Two game against Kawerau Sports.
Check out the new strip on photo of the week.

30 May Rangers did christen their new strip with a good performance, but sadly, a sloppy goal conceded and no luck in front of goal meant a 1 - 0 loss at Old Blues. Ali player of the day. Ronnie the winner of the punchbag contest at the aftermatch. Here's the report.

28 May Is your weekend not full enough with football already? Game on Saturday, game on Monday, but also.... excellent U20 games in Hamilton on Sunday too. Qatar v Colombia and Portugal v Senegal. The best long weekend ever?!
Lets hope Rangers christen their new strip with a great performance on Saturday at the Wharepai Domain. Early kick off. SLH van leaves Awakeri at 10.25am

23 May A trip to Tauranga to find that the field is deemed unsafe. Game postponed. A trip to the Te Puke pub.

21 May Wow a full on training tonight in prep for the cup game on Saturday. For those wanting to pay their subs by internet banking, our account is 01-0310-0056958-00, or you can just pay cash to Bazza.

20 May A very constructive club meeting tonight. Great news that Bodyaid Clinic physiotherapists are on board as sponsors. The new strips for mens and womens teams are due to arrive at the start of next week. Men will keep the yellow and blue as their change strip, while the women will have the dark green strip for their change strip. Gazebos are being purchased for the sideline shelters. We have agreed to go ahead and organise hoody sweatshirts for club members and associates. Orders will be taken as soon as the price is confirmed. Rangers women can't rake up enough players for the trip to Taupo this weekend and have had to default, sadly.
Congratulations to Ben McPherson and partner on the arrival of a baby girl.

17 May Rangers men lost at home yesterday to league leaders Taupo, although the 0 - 3 loss didn't reflect some good football played by Rangers. Here's the report. Mike player of the day. Today, Rangers women put up a fight against Whakatane but no goals. The report.
Remember, meeting after women's training this Wednesday! 7.30. Men and women welcome!!
The A League season is now all over. Melbourne Victory won the final 3 - 0 against Sydney FC. Bring on the Under 20 World Cup starting in two weeks! Games in Hamilton, Auckland etc.

16 May The Bay Sportsmed Cup draw is out. Rangers men have Tauranga City away, next Sat 23rd, with early kick off. Check out the rest of the draw on our BOP Results page.
Happy 21st Jaiden Ibbetson!!

13 May There will be a club meeting after the women's training next Wednesday, 7.30pm. Discussion includes plans to have club or team sweatshirts made. Be there if you want to have a say.... men and women. Have you paid your subs yet?
Only two BOP teams left inb the Chatham Cup: Tauranga City and Ngongy. Ex-Rangers player Jeremy Hawkes is still in, with New Plymouth Rangers into the second round, against Tawa AFC on June 1st after beating Wanganui City 6 - 0.

11 May There's quite a bit of voting on our fun poll. Leading in some of the stats are: Muggsy's tattoo, cricket, Rangers women one vote ahead of Rangers old fullas, soccer being perfect, and Cassidy! Now you'll have to have your say!

10 May Rangers women had an unlucky number at Papamoa today.... 13. Read the report. Janie player of the day.

9 May A poor ten minutes in the first half cost Rangers at Ngongotaha. The home team used the wind to grab a 2 goal lead. Later Rangers started playing football, and got it back to 2 - 1. A counter attack early in the second half saw Ngongy grab the win 3 - 1. Mark Jeynes player of the day. Here's the report.

8 May A reminder...
Subs are due by the end of May. Pay Barrie or our internet banking number is 01-0310-0056958-00

5 May The Phoenix's limp exit from the A League play offs will leave fans like Matt and Bazza downcast, although Chris will be on a high after Chelsea were cowned EPL champions. A couple of positive messages in our Guestbook, including one from our globetrotting coach! Have a read! Our fun poll is updated too. Have your say!!

3 May Rangers women put in a very determined display to earn their first point of the season with a 0 - 0 draw with Rotorua Utd White. Sarah Boyce player of the day. Here's the report.

2 May Despite Wett being away for two weeks, Rangers earned a sound 4 - 0 win at home against Opotiki. Three goals from corners and a late supersub goal to Muggsy. Jordan player of the day. Read the report.

27 April Rangers men lost to a skilful Te Puke team 4 - 0 in very windy wet conditions. Keeper Wett player of the day. Lets hope Sam's arm is OK, he's getting it x-rayed tomorrow. Here's a brief report.

26 April Congrats to Kawerau Sports (who signed Rangers player of the year Kirk Bain at the last minute) who beat Papatoetoe on penalties in the Chatham Cup after a 0 - 0 draw. An amazing score where Ngongy beat Colo Boys 17 - 0 as well!
A disappointing result for the Phoenix who lost 2 - 1 to Sydney after missing a penalty. Still they are in the play offs next week. At home to Melbourne City on Sunday.

23 April Men training Friday night!. Arrangements for Monday. If you want a lift in the SLH van, be at Awakeri at 11.45am . It leaves at 12 noon.

19 April Rangers women scored their first goal of the season in a creditable 13 - 1 loss to last year's champions Rotorua Green today. Ranee put away a penalty. Player of the day was Mikaela-Kevin Mathis. Here's the report.
**Rangers men are training on Friday night this week, 6pm!!

18 April Rangers have finally got their hands on the Sponsors Cup!! Today's 0 - 0 draw with Whakatane doubled as a cup challenge. While Rangers should have finished the game off by taking one of their chances during the game, it came down to penalties. Jimmy, Matt and Ben scored for Rangers, while Wett saved two of theirs, for a 3 - 1 win. Matt player of the day. Lovely feed afterwards. Click here for a few photos of the Cup success. Read the match report.

13 April Check out these action photos from Saturday's game.

12 April Otumoetai women are just Old Blues in disguise!! Rangers, with lots of new players, found out what a tough team looks like! Here's the report.

11 April SLH Contracting Plains Rangers started their season well, with a 2 - 1 win away to Otumoetai. First half goals from Jaiden Ibbetson secured the win. Player of the day, captain Jimmy Hart. Here's the Match report, although it doesn't tell of how Mark managed to flatted Wett, or how many shots were blocked after we got a free kick five metres from goal. Photos to come.
Good luck to Rangers women in their first outing, also at Otumoetai, tomorrow.

9 April Another good hard training last night.
Men: If you want a lift in the SLH Contracting van, be at Awakeri at 10.15am Saturday.
Men's training night now changed to Thursdays, 6pm until further notice.
Newsflash... BOP div 2 will remain as it is, Bay div 1 will have another round added to it.

8 April Reminder - kick off times this weekend... Rangers men 12.30 pm on Sat at Otumoetai. Be there 11.30. Rangers women 1.30pm on Sunday at Otumoetai.
The Federation are sounding clubs out about whether to combine Men's Bay one and two, or just leave things as they are. We have voted to leave things alone, so Bay 1 would have three rounds. Bay 2 would have one round and then split into top and bottom. Clubs need to let the Fed know their feelings by tomorrow 10am. If there was to be a redraw it would come out later that day.
Good news too that Alignments Plus Ltd are back on board as a sponsor agin this season. A big thank you Raven and Leon!

7 April A depressing game from the Phoenix for the second week in a row. However, Rangers are gearing up for the season openers this weekend. Oi Oi Rangers!
Looks like BOP div one is down to six teams, with Rotorua Utd withdrawing.

2 April Another hard out training last night. Well done to coach Wetts for putting the acid on everyone. His determination is rubbing off! Not long till the season kicks off..... 9 days in fact!
Welcome to new sponsors SLH Contracting, courtesy of Chris Butler. SLH Contracting will be the naming rights sponsor of the men's team. Here is their web site.

29 March A massive turn out for Rangers men in friendly v Rotorua. 22 players altogether! Most people got a run, some not for long though. Constant showers kept the spectators damp. Two goals from Jaiden Ibbetson and one from Pat earned Rangers a 3 - 3 draw.
Here is Rangers draw so far. Our seasons start on April 11 and 12.

28 March A high scoring battle at Whakatane today, with an understrength Kawerau, led by ex-Rangers winger Cammy Wills, winning 7 - 4. A couple of Whakatane players went off injured. A tough start to the season for them.

25 March Looked like a good strong turn out at training tonight. Check out the Photo of the week for a shot of our tournament team that got 3rd place last weekend. Cheers Jenny (and Paige!).
Sunday is shaping up as a big day: Rangers game 12.30, Cricket World Cup final 4.30 and Phoenix game 5pm!
Nice to see the Guestbook message from Ben.

23 March Rangers men's preseason game is confirmed for this Sunday at 12.30pm at Awakeri.
The draws are out!! Rangers men's first league game is Otumoetai (why does that ring a bell?) on April 11th. Rangers women are also away to Otumoetai on the 12th.
A tasty first Federation Two game this Saturday to open their season with Whakatane hosting Kawerau at 2.45 pm. All the info at We will have our own (better) versions of the draws and results and tables in the next couple of weeks.
There are a number of dates off for people to go watch the FIFA U-20 World Cup: Sun 31 May, Sat 6, Sun 14 and Sat 20th June. Clubs can arrange their own games on these dates however.

22 March The preseason game this weekend might well be on the Sunday, possibly at midday. Details to be confirmed. The Phoenix had another great win tonight even though it was rained off after 70 min. They go four points clear at the top of the A League. Nathan Burns in scintilating form.

21 March An entertaining day at the tournament. Rangers were happy to win 3rd place. Good to see our two Gisborne players there: Olivia and Jenny. They are looking at playing for Rangers women again this season. Perhaps the longest traveling players in New Zealand! They probably won't make training nights though!

19 March This Saturday Rangers have a team in the 7 aside mixed tournament in Whakatane, raising money for the Chase Topperwein foundation. Kick off at 10 am, be there 930am.
Next weekend, Rangers men have a pre-season game at home to Rotorua United.
A good hard training last night, there will be a few sore bodies around today! 11 v 11 game too. However, Rangers women would desperately like another four players! Ring Margaret 3084361 or email Barrie or just turn up at Awakeri next Wednesday 6pm.
We welcome DB Plumbing as one of our sponsors this season. Thanks Trina and David!

15 March Phoenix top of the league after another great away result, beating leaders Perth 2 - 1 despite Nathan Burns being injured. Check out our table here!
27 at training on Wednesday. Great turn out. Need a few more women though.

8 March Another top result for the Wellington Phoenix, now 2nd in the A League. Check out our Phoenix pages.

5 March Lots of news. The Southern Trust have accepted our grant application for funding towards new men's and women's strips! A good turn out at training last night, with an energetic 11 aside game being played. Welcome back to past players Jordan Ogilvy and Mark Jeynes, plus a number of new men and women, plus some energetic young fullas from Edgecumbe College.
Coming up is the WaiBOP BOP leagues meeting. Next Wednesday (11th) at Sport BOP in Tauranga, 7.15pm. Unfortunately it clashes with training. So far 6 entries are in for Bay One men and eleven for Bay Two. Eight women's teams are entered for Bay One, including a team from Opotiki College.

1 March Mens and womens teams entered in league. Yay we have a women's team! New players for both teams still welcome. Just turn up at Awakeri Wednesday 6pm. Superb performance by the Phoenix tonight, beating Melbourne Victory away for the first time. Congratulations to ex-Rangers player Adam Barkla, who married Maria on Saturday. Several ex -Rangers players back in town for the wedding.

17 February Sunday's Events Centre working bee was very successful, lots accomplished. Well done to Chris Butler for waterblasting for over three hours! The deck is now glowing!
All welcome to our preseason kick arounds at Awakeri, Wednesdays 6pm. Men, women, high school students. Ignore the cricket being played on the pitch and come join us!

12 February. Meeting last night pushed ahead with charity grant applications for new strips for men and women. Lots of exciting strip possibilities under discussion!
Our women have 10 players, and need another 6 or so to safely enter a team. Anyone keen... contact Margaret 3084361or email us. We have to have numbers by deadline of 25th Feb.
Excitement is building for the Under 20s World Cup in NZ. Planning a Rangers bus trip to Hamilton for a double header either 31 May or 6 June.

6 February Quite a good turn out on Wednesday, but more players still welcome. Club meeting to follow training this Wed.
Working bee at Events Centre Sunday 15th at 9 am.

29 January Preseason trainings Wednesdays, 6 pm at Awakeri. All welcome! Men, women, senior high school students. Welcome welcome! Get out those boots or sneakers. Bring a water bottle. Quite likely socialising afterwards. Come and check us out. More info text Barrie 0274637791 or email or ring Margaret 3084361. Rangers play in BOP leagues.
Sponsors welcome too.

6 January 2015 Happy New Year!! Phoenix fans will have had a very good last week, with the Nix getting 3 wins and climbing to 2nd on the table, even without their two main strike weapons. A great send off to Jeremy Brockie in Wellington on Sunday, when he scored twice. He's off to Super Sports in South Africa. Over 10 thousand gave him and the team a standing ovation, lots of chants etc. Now the A League has three weeks off while the Asian Cup is played in Australia.

21 December Auckland City have just had one of the biggest weeks in NZ football history. At the World Club Cup in Morocco, representing Oceania, they finished 3rd, after beating the Moroccan champs, then the African champs, losing to South American champs in extra time 1 - 2, then beating North & Central American champs Cruz Azul 4 - 2 on penalties after finishing 1 - 1 in the 3rd place play off. Veteran All White Ivan Vicelich won the bronze ball for the 3rd best player at the tournament. Go to Photo of the week to see who he shared the stage with! Congrats Auckland City! To cap off a great week, the Nix beat Sydney away 2 - 0. Merry Nixmas!

16 December A few Rangers locals up at the Nix game. "The biggest 1 - 1 massacre in history" was how coach Ernie Merrick described it. 11000 at Eden Park could only wonder how the Nix didn't win by about three goals.
Football on tv tonight. It's the FFA Cup final. Adelaide v Perth Glory at 9.30 pm
On Thursday Auckland City v San Lorenzo (champions of South America) in the World Club Cup, 8.30am kick off. Auckland, a team of part timers, has shocked the world by beating the host champion team from Morrocco, then the African champs to get into the semi finals.

30 November An emphatic Phoenix win, 5 - 1. Not long till they play in Auckland. Sat Dec 13th. The first day of the school holidays. Should be a cracker.

25 November The next Rangers summer kick around is tomorrow (Wed) at 6pm at the Awakeri sportsfield. No doubt there will be a social time afterwards. All welcome, men, women, high school students, members of other clubs, people who haven't played much football....

4 November Check out our Phoenix pages. They go right back in history to the old Kingz and Knights!

19 October Rangers break up was a fun night. The AGM went well, the food was plentiful and tasty (thanks Bill), there were some kind and entertaining words said, awards were given out, Frank had the music pumping and some very entertaining football videos and photo shows, a bit of freestyling and.... after four attempts, the minivan finally left for home! Wetts promises some Wednesday night kick arounds through the summer. Watch this site for when they're on.
The prize list: (Go to our Honours Board for the whole history)
Women's prizes:
Player of the Year Ranee Whiting
Sportsmanship Kate Robbie
Young Player of the Year Lanae Jarrett
Most Promising Paige Pullar
Most Improved Mary Pease
Players' Player Raven Hunia

Men's prizes:
Player of the Year Kirk Bain
Sportsmanship Chris Butler
Golden Boot Ben McPherson
Young Player of the Year Sam McPherson
Most Promising Tiemen Corporaal
Players' Player Christian Wetting

Personality Matt Dalgity
Endeavour Jacqui McPherson

15 October Kick about on Thursday night at Awakeri 6pm. A few drinks and a barbecue afterwards if you're interested. All welcome.
Saturday Plains Rangers Break Up night. From 6pm at the Events Centre. AGM at 6.30pm. Prize giving at 7.30pm. $10 per person towards the food please. Get ready for a good night. p.s. the Amazing Race is not on. If you want a lift out and back from Whakatane, Mary has organised a minivan. $5 per person. Contact Mary at 0276377112.

7 October The A League is kicking off this weekend. Excite!! Friday night sees Melbourne Victory play Western Sydney, while on Sunday the Wellington Phoenix are at home to Perth Glory. All five A league games are live on Sky.

21 September Here are photos of today's action. Here's Ranee's report on the tournament today.
Proud of all the Ladies today and what some great plays and passing going on. Bring on next season. From when we first played Old Blues and went down 21-0, to today and going down 10-0 that's awesome, big change. What a second game against Te Puke and what a finish with a 1-1 score and going to penalty shoot out, great goalie work by Tracy Thank you to the ladies that did the penalty shoot out Kate, Gillian, Shirley, Mishka, Ranee).
The ladies had a great day out there even if we didn't come away with anything. Most of us stayed on and watched the final games and man they were some interesting games with Whakatane taking out the Pullar Bowl against Te Puke and Rotorua taking out the Pullar Cup against Old Blues. Great efforts by all teams today.

13 September Only a month till the Phoenix season kicks off. Check out our Wellington Phoenix pages, while there scroll down to see the history of the Nix over the years.

11 September There was a fun post season training indoors for those eight who attended.

9 September Click here for photos of the win at Papamoa.

7 September Rangers men ended the season on a positive note, winning away at Papamoa to claim top spot in the split BOP Div 2 Bottom Six and also claim the record of the best defence in all the BOP div league. Super sub Tiemen Corporaal senior came on to grab the winner. Bazza player of the day. Here's the match report.
Two ex-Rangers players played in finals yesterday, Jezza in the Duff Rosebowl final for New Plymouth Rangers, beating Hawera 3 - 0; and Ashley in the Sydney premiere grand final playing for Waverley Old Boys going down 1- 0 to a physical Coogee United 1 - 0. Oi Oi Rangers.

31 August A Roundoff to round off the season! Olivia Davidson performed a roundoff (cartwheel) to celebrate scoring the opening goal of a win over table leaders Tauranga City 2 - 1 today. Rangers were terrific from defence to attack. Read the report. Check out more cool photos of the win, including Olivia's gymnastics at Pitbull Photos. Well done Zach!
Rangers break up is Sat 18th October. Keep it free!

27 August News from the club meeting tonight. The prize giving, AGM, breakup night will be in mid October. Date to be confirmed, but could be Sat 11th October. It could well be preceeded by an Amazing Race (ask Jenny and Ranee!). Rangers women are entering the Pullar Cup on Sunday Sept 21st, team photo to be taken then. From now on the women will be training on Sunday afternoons at 2pm at Awakeri. The men might well join them after their final game. Rangers men are trying to arrange the Sponsors' Cup challenge with Whakatane. Both teams will be looking at new strips for next season.

24 August YES THEY CAN! Rangers women 3 Rotorua 0. Check out lots of cool photos here at Pitbull Photos. Shirley player of the day. Read the official report.
Here's Ranee's report:
We've done it again, 3-0 to us, Congratulations to the ladies give yourselves a BIG pat on the back we have done it again for the second weekend in a row with a win, let's go for a third win next weekend.
Congratulations to Kate Robbie and Jenny McIntyre for getting our goals OH and we can't forget to say a BIG thank you to Rotorua for getting our second goal, cheers girls and thank you .
The Back line had another great game out there by holding Rotorua off and some great defending in the box, midfielders you all held strong in the middle. Congratulations to Shirley Patterson for getting player of the day, you had an awesome game out there and great corner kicks and even better shot on goal.

23 August Rangers had a luckless day at Rotorua, losing 4 - 0 although it could easily have been 3 - 3!! Guy player of the day. Here's the report. Good luck to Rangers women at Awakeri. Can they get revenge against Rotorua??

20 August Club meeting after the women's training next Wednesday. 7.45pm. Up for discussion: end of season ideas, sponsorship for next season, etc. All welcome.

18 August On behalf of the Plains Rangers men's team I want to say an huge congratulations to the Rangers Women's team for their first win of the season. I was at the home game you played against Te Puke where they won 4-0. For you guys to beat them away and keep them scoreless is a brilliant result.
Chris Butler.

17 August Rangers women win!!!! Kate Simons scored a first half goal at Te Puke and Rangers kept a clean sheet to take the win. This is Rangers women's first ever win, apart from a win by default against Kawerau last season, in the BOP leagues! CONGRATULATIONS! Ranee's report:
HOLY SHIT WE WON our first game today, trust us LADIES to leave it to the end of the season to take a WIN of 1-0 against Te Puke. Bloody awesome game out there today, great team work and great passing skills and some great skill out there today. BIG BIG high fives for all of us today. We scored in the first 20 mins and held of Te puke for 90 mins with out them scoring. BIG thank you to the extra players that we had today much appreciated. Great goal scored by Kate Simons who also gets player of the day as well, congrats Kate Simons. We had a lot of time on the ball and kept the ball in their half for a lot of the game. The back line held and played strong today, and a strong mid field with Kelly Wilson played a great game for us.
Lets go and do it all again the same next weekend at home against Rotorua B.

A beautiful day in Taupo for the Wellington Phoenix 3 NZ selection 2 game. Lots of good football.

15 August Rangers men have to cool their boots tomorrow. There's no game. A fun training on Thursday. A couple of the women's team joined the men. Olivia scored a nice goal and then proceeded to do a celebration round-off and cartwheel. Hopefully she gets to do it at Te Puke on Sunday too!
Don't forget the Nix are playing in Taupo on Sunday.

10 August Rangers women continue to play well without reward. This is Ranee's report. Click here to read Bazza's reworded one! The ladies had a great game out there today to hold off for a 3-0 score against Tauranga City today. We tried to hold them off at 1 nill in the first half and we did awesome to do that, then the second half we played a better game even if they did get another couple of goals. Rest up Carrie Fynn with your hammie, nice to see you again Ashleigh Danies and good to see you out of your cast too. Congrats to Mary Pease for getting player of the day, you had an awesome game out there. Julie Reihana you also did some great work in the back line as well.

9 August Our deepest sympathy goes to Tracy Pullar on the passing of her mum. And to Jason and Paige of course.
Today Rangers men had plenty of possession but couldn't make it count. Whakatane sneaked two goals to take the win. Here's the report.

5 August The Wellington Phoenix are playing in our area soon. On Sunday 17 August at Taupo's Owen Delany Park, 1.30pm kick off, the Pheonix play New Zealand A. Adults $8, Children $4. You can get tickets here. It'd be worth a trip down there.

4 August It's Bay One v Bay Two in both the BS Cup and Bowl finals. Check out our BOP results page for the weekend's results.

3 August Rangers women had another good outing, despite losing 3 - 0 at Rotorua, with bravery earning Carrie Fynn player of the day. Here's the report.

27 July Rangers men had a draw with Te Puke, while Rangers women lost 4 - 0. Here are the reports.

23 July Great to see Matt Dalgity in the Yellow Fever fans, shirts off in Auckland as the Phoenix beat visiting West Ham United 2 - 1. Fabulous result and display by the Nix, with midfielder Albert Riera outstanding. Manny Muscat, Alex Rodriguez Gorrin, Nathan Burns all excellent.
The new women's draw is out. This Sunday Rangers are home to Te Puke.

20 July Rangers women held out till nearly half time, with keeper Kate outstanding. Taupo won 6 - 0 in the end, Tracey Pullar player of the day. The report of men's and women's games.

19 July Rangers managed to field something like their first eleven today. Great football for a while, then the doldrums, a late flourish. Five different scorers. Chris Butler's late cameo, a goal and an assist in the last five minutes was a highlight. Matt Orr-McKeown player of the day. The Report.
Tomorrow Rangers women are at home to Taupo. Rumours of people undergoing the ice challenge after the match!
For those of you who are bored, Rangers fun quiz has Shift Workers currently being better footballers than Farmers? Can this be true?

14 July Looks like Rangers women's game with Taupo will now be played this coming Sunday, to be confirmed, then their league is split into top six and bottom four. Two other games have to be played too before the split can be done: Old Blues v Te Puke and Rotorua v Whakatane.
Well well well the Germans took out the World Cup. Lovely goal to win it. Jacob will be smiling!

13 July Very wet ground conditions have postponed today's women's game against Taupo. Now the sun is shining! Specially on the Dutch - a nice win over Brazil, where the weather will be gloomy for years!

12 July Miserable conditions saw Rangers men's game transfered to Boord park. Rangers were missing several players and had a few more limping by the end of it. A 5 - 2 loss does not tell the full story.... Here's the report. Kirk player of the day.

10 July Now its just Ali (Argentina) v Jacob (Germany). Penalty shoot out at training tonight???? We might need the practice for our knock out game at Rotorua, who knows! Bad luck for all our Dutchies (Wett, Tiemen, Tiemen, Michel, Bas etc ), however the orange will still glow on the Rangers logo.
Welcome back to big Jason Shaw at training. Jase has been in Aussie, last played in 2004!

9 July Who would have thought that Brazil would get smoked / annihilated by Germany 7 - 1 this morning. Now only Jacob and Ali are left alive in Rangers sweep (see below on June 12th). Check out Photo of the week.

7 July The new top 6 bottom 6 Bay Two draw is out. Check on our BOP results page for the draw, or just Rangers results for our games.

6 July The day got off to a good start for all the Dutch Rangers players with Netherland winning eventually over Costa Rica in a penalty shoot out to go to the semi finals.
Rangers women travelled to Te Puke with only one sub and gave it a good go, but lost 3 - 0 in the end. Paige was player of the day. The report.

5 July Rangers men had a good 3 - 1 win at home to Papamoa. However, Tiemen Corporaal senior sustained a dislocated elbow, which took the gloss off things. He had also scored a very cheeky backheeled goal earlier in the game. Bazza player of day. Here's the report.

2 July Chris is now out as well. The draw for the Baysportsmed Bowl and Cup is out. Rangers have Rotorua away on July 12th. See the rest on our BOP results page

30 June Rangers women had a hard fought 0 - 0 draw with Tauranga City today. Shirley hit the cross bar! Kat was player of the day. The report (men and womens)
Barrie, Matt O and Ranee are now out of World Cup reckoning too, but Wett will luckily keep wearing his Dutch scarf.

28 June On the plus side, Rangers welcomed back James Hart from studies overseas. However, the trip to play bottom placed Kawerau started poorly and although Rangers recovered for a better second half, a 1 - 1 draw was not what was wanted with the top and bottom six split in the league after next week's game. Rangers will need a good result against Papamoa to make the top six and may have to rely on other results too.
Rangers World Cup picks are closing in.... Already Julie and Matt D are out. Tiemen, Jacob and Ali still have their three picks alive! (See June 12)
Check out these crazy cartoons about the Dutch... Super Van Persie and Robben v Aussie.

23 June Check out Photo of the week! Well done to the Dutchies for topping their group.

22 June Sadly, Rangers women had to default their game today. Hopefully more players will be available this week! The World Cup is proving highly entertaining with lots of talking points. The table below of picks have those team eliminated so far in italics!

15 June Rangers women played well, going down to an unlucky goal at Rotorua. The report.

14 June Rangers didn't quite hold on for draw today, Old Blues scored late in the game for a 1 - 0 win. Tiemen Corporaal players of the day, with Tiemen senior also in great form. Wett's Dutch scarf got plenty of air after Netherlands fine win this morning. Here's the report.

12 June An entertaining indoor training followed by Wett's World Cup Wonder picks. The random draw led to..... Spain and Costa Rica being allocated to nobody (so the money goes on the bar if they win). As for the rest, was Jacob the lucky one?

Tiemen Algeria Brazil France
Ali Argentina Nigeria Switzerland
Julie Australia Portugal England
Jacob Belgium Germany Netherlands
Barrie Bosnia & Herzegovina Cameroon Chile
Wett Colombia Russia Ecuador
Ranee Croatia Japan Uruguay
Matt D Ghana Iran Italy
Chris Ivory Coast USA Greece
Matt O Honduras South Korea Mexico

10 June Here are some cool photos of the women's game with Te Puke on Sunday. Thanks to Pitbull Photography. There's a link to their page here.

8 June An excellent display on debut from Kate Robbie in the Rangers' women's goal earned a draw with Te Puke today. The match report.

7 June Rangers men notched another win, away to high flying Tauranga City. Ben McPherson scored, and now he and Sam head off overseas for four weeks. Sam hit the post with his penalty after being fouled, so it could have been a double celebration! Rangers welcomed back Grahame Sims and Matt Dalgity who both lasted 90 mins despite having many weeks off with injury. Rangers had one rolling sub! We may need a couple of extra players to see us through until the McPhersons return! Bazza was player of the day. Here's the match report.

1 June After a shaky start, Rangers got their game together and had a 5 - 0 win against Rotorua. Ben McPherson scored a hat trick, Jaiden Ibbetson, in his last game for Rangers, scored a lovely volley and had two assists. Bastian Berger was named man of the match as he heads home to Austria.
"We were doing alright till the fulla with the beard came on and destroyed our midfield!" bemoaned a Rotorua player. Here's the match report. and some action photos.

28 May The lights are up at Awakeri. Tomorrow Horizon are meant to be connecting them. Will training be indoors or outdoors?? Be prepared for either!
Today Rangers keeper Wett was goalkeeping at a FIFA World Cup event. Ask him about it at training. Get a sneak preview by looking at our Photo of the Week.
Remember subs are due, at least part subs. Barrie won't be at training, so Saturday will do fine, or lodge them by internet to 01-0310-0056958-00
All the best to Rangers women's keeper Ashleigh as she has six weeks in a cast for a broken tibia. Old Blues were determined to score as many goals as possible against them, and the challenge that saw Ashleigh injured contributed to one of their goals.

26 May A couple of photos from the men's cup game with Kawerau.

25 May A very bad day for Rangers women, with keeper Ashleigh Daines suffering a broken leg at league leaders Old Blues and Ranee Whiting a shoulder injury.

24 May An excellent effort in the CNS Cup had Rangers level with BOP div one leaders Kawerau 1 - 1 at full time. Kawerau grabbed a goal in extra time to take the game. Christian Wetting outstanding in goal for Rangers, with Ian Ferguson named co-player of the day. Here are the details (omiting the sick Kirk's extended game time, Kirk's almost scrap with Hami, the look on Ian's face when he realised there were two lots of 15 minutes for extra time, Bastian's international cheer team)

19 May On our fun poll, we'd better make Lanae the Someone else refered to in the last question!!

18 May Rangers women had a hard battle, scored a good goal and almost got several others. A 1 - 1 draw with Rotorua. Well done. Here's the report and here are some photos.

17 May A narrow loss for Rangers men, 1 - 0 at Whakatane. A hard fought local derby played in good spirit. Ali Scott player of the day. Here are the details. Go support Rangers women tomorrow at Awakeri 12.30. Can they grab a win against Rotorua White? Oi Oi Rangers.

16 May The draw for the Bay Sportsmed Cup is out. Rangers men are at home to Kawerau Bay One league leaders next Saturday. Can Rangers be the giant killers of the Cup??? See the rest of the draw on our BOP results page. Here are the rules for the Cup.

12 May A reminder. Subs are due, either in full or part by the end of May. $125 per adult, $75 for students. Subs can be given to Barrie at trainings or via internet banking to 01-0310-0056958-00

11 May Rangers women lost 10 - 0 at Papamoa. As befits Mothers Day, the game was played with a fun spirit. Ranee was player of the day. The report of men's and women's games.

10 May A good win at Whakatane, 2 - 0. Jacob player of the day, Ben the goals, from Jaiden's assists. Here are the details.

7 May Here are some nice photos of the women's draw with TCU on Sunday.

6 May Great News! The Eastern Bay Energy Trust has approved our funding application to erect floodlights on the Awakeri fields. It sounds like the work is going to start immediately. Maye we wont have too many more trainings under the HirePool portable lights, which have worked out quite well.
The draw for the women's Federation Plate has been changed, with Rangers having four games in June against BOP teams at our level. Should be good! Check our Rangers results and BOP results pages for details

4 May Yahoo! An unbeaten weekend for Rangers with the women's team drawing 0 - 0 with Tauranga City. The team shared player of the day with a tenacious performance. The match report. Watch for photos to come.
Our league tables are all up to date and correct (after a small fright on the Fed web site where Rotorua White was listed as winning 7 - 0!)
Congratulations to Brisbane Roar on winning the A League championship today, 2 - 1 against Western Sydney Wanderers.

3 May Rangers men nailed a good home win against the league leaders AFC Fury. A Ben McPherson goal, a great team effort and a crucial late save from Wett was the brief story of the game. Here's the match report.

30 April The EPL comes to NZ. In late July, Newcastle Utd and West Ham Utd are coming over from the UK to play games with the Phoenix and Sydney.
Tues 22 July Sydney v Newcastle in Dunedin
Wed 23 July Nix v West Ham in Auckland, 7.30
Sat 26 July Sydney v West Ham and Nix v Newcastle in Wellington. A double header. Sounds like great fun, just a week after the World Cup in Brazil ends.

27 April Rangers women had a feisty encounter with Kawerau Town. Kawerau won 9 - 0 in the end. Jenny McIntyre was player of the day for Rangers. Here's the report

26 April Rangers got off to a good start at Te Puke, and led 3 - 1 at the break. However, Te Puke's combination of imported kiwifruit workers put together some classy football after the break and grabbed a 4 - 3 win! Chris Butler player of the day. Jaiden scored two and Ali one. Here are some good photos, thanks photographer Frank and the match report.

23 April Check out photo of the week. Some people did get to play at Easter!

13 April Rangers women made last year's champs Rotorua United work, but the goals did come today. Tracey was player of the day. Read the report.

12 April Rangers men got a home draw with Ngongy, a match played in good spirit. Rangers had quite a few chances but could only convert the one. Ngongy were fast on the break and didn't have so many chances, but stand in Rangers keeper Hamish Wilde made a couple of very good saves to be player of the day. Well done Hamish. Here's the report.
Good luck to the women tomorrow who take on Rotorua, who won 30 - 0 last week!!!

7 April Rangers teams both lost their opening games this weekend. However, the women would be pleased to hold out against a strong Whakatane team for 43 minutes today. Rangers keeper Ashleigh Daines pulled off some good saves. However, Whakatane ran out the winners 6 - 0 in the end. Mary Pease was player of the day. The mens team on Saturday had a fair share of the game. They lost at Otumoetai 3 - 1 in the end, with Christian Wetting converting a penalty and having a pile driver well saved. The report.
Training this week is on Thursday night at 6pm. It may be indoor or outdoor. Be prepared!
There were a couple of huge scores in the women's league today, a 30 - 0 and a 17 - 0.
Want some fun?? Check out our light hearted poll on local football issues.

2 April A good night training and a productive club meeting. Good luck to both teams for their first competitive games this weekend. Because daylight saving is ending, next week's training is likely to be indoors at the Awakeri Events Centre gymnasium (don't wear sprigs!!) from 6pm till 8pm on Thursday. However, this is to be confirmed, so watch this space!

31 March The women had a good hit out against Whakatane on Sunday. Good to see Shirley put one in the net. There is a meeting after training this Wednesday. On the agenda: future training nights, progress with the lights, sponsorship and the upcoming season. It's only days away!

29 March More changes to the draws. Whakatane now have two Bay Two teams in, and Rangers women now have three games in the Fed Plate in June. Our new pages for Rangers Schedule and Results, The Draws and the League tables are being developed.

27 New draws are out for men's Bay One and Two. Rangers now have Otumoetai, away on April 5th. Rangers women have a preseason game with Whakatane on Sunday. It's at Rex Morpeth Park at 12.30pm.
Also news that Rangers' naming rights sponsor has stepped back this year, so we have naming rights sponsorship available. Ring Barrie on 07-3222076 or email if you're interested.

24 March Changes are being made to the men's BOP draws after Ngongy have gone up to Fed Two and Old Blues have gone back to their prefered Bay Two. Now Bay One will be eight teams.

22 March An enjoyable 7 aside tournament in Whakatane. Rangers had some good games and ended up coming 5th. Kirk scored three in the final game. Shirley was named player of the day. Old Blues won the tournament in a penalty shoot out.

21 March The draws for the season are developing on the Fed web site. The women's league now has two Rotorua teams in it. Rangers' first game has been changed to play Whakatane away.

19 March Plains Rangers have entered two teams in the charity tournament on Saturday at Whakatane! Wristbands will be given out by the Dream Chaser foundation in return for your $10. This will get you in to the aftermatch party - it's Grahame Sim's birthday event - in the Whk War Memorial Hall.
Rangers women have a preseason game next Sunday (30th) against Whakatane, venue to be decided. The Women's Draw is on the WaiBOP web site. Rangers have Whakatane at Awakeri in the first round, on April 6th.
It is a shame to see no Opotiki in Bay Two.

16 March An unbelievable Phoenix game at Melbourne Heart. Siggy sent off in first half. Despite the ref not giving us an obvious pen and sending off their defender for a blatant handball, and giving them a soft penalty as well, the Nix earned a gutsy 2 - 2 draw. Check out our Phoenix pages.

15 March Next Saturday Rangers are hoping to have one or two teams in a mixed charity seven aside tournament at Whakatane. $10 a head. Min 2 women on the field. If you're keen make sure you come to training this Wednesday or let us know. The new season is not far away. Already the Federation Draw is out. The BOP draw is coming soon.

14 March The BOP team entries are in. Here are the divisions:
Mens Bay 1: Kawerau Town, Ngongotaha, Old Blues, Otumoetai, Papamoa, Rotorua United, Taupo Lakers, Tauranga City, Te Puke United, Whakatane Town.
Mens Bay 2: AFC Fury, Kawerau Town, Ngongotaha, Otumoetai, Papamoa, Plains Rangers, Rotorua United, Tauranga City, Te Puke United, Whakatane Town.
Womens Bay 1: Kawerau Town, Old Blues, Papamoa, Plains Rangers, Rotorua United, Taupo, Tauranga City, Te Puke United, Whakatane Town.
The women will be doing 1 round of 9 weeks and then top 4 (x2) and Bottom 5 (x1).

10 March From the Federation BOP clubs meeting tonight..... make sure exchenge students and overseas players have completed all the many requirements before they play for local clubs (Good luck!), There's a new off side law which needs half an hour explanation (Good luck!), Bay 1 pref ten team league, rolling subs only in Bay 2. Women's games, if cancelling a game because of pitch conditions, ring opposition and see if the game can be played at their venue. Maybe a Kaimai Challenge between winners of Waikato and BOP knock out cups as curtain raiser to All Stars game. Team cards scanned and emailed in.
See you on Wednesday. We need at least three more women / senior high school girls. Come to Awakeri Wed 6pm.

5 March We have a men's team! Our women have eleven players, so another 3 or 4 would be great, especially if you want to be goallie!! Christian Wetting is going to coach the men's team, with Michel Nillesen the women's. All welcome!!
All Whites v Japan tonight 11.30pm. The Phoenix have heaps of unjury worries at the moment, hopefully they can get a reasonable line-up for Sunday's home game against Perth Glory.

2 March Time to stand up and be counted! Teams need to be entered in the leagues by Friday. Do we have a women's team? Do we have a men's team? If you're keen to play, be at training at Awakeri Wednesday 6pm, or let us know that you're keen, or even email us. There will be a club meeting after training, starting around 7.45 at Awakeri.

21 Feb What a difference a week makes. The Phoenix beat defending champs Central Coast, away, 4 - 1 tonight after being behind at half time! Check out our Phoenix pages.

19 A good work out at training tonight, for those who were there. Next training Wednesday again, 6pm at Awakeri. All welcome!!
The WaiBOP meeting for clubs is 10 March.

17 Feb A warm player muster on Sunday, with Matt's Sky box allowing us to see the Nix game, unfortunately!!!!! Next preseason this Wednesday 6pm at Awakeri. New men and women players welcome, including senior high school students.

12 February Rangers player muster. Sunday. We get together at Awakeri sportsfield 3pm, game, then some social time. Barbecue and bar available.
New men and women players welcome, as are senior high school students who want to play adult football. More info email here

9 February Another top result for the Phoenix. Without several top line players, grabbed a deserved away win at Newcastle. Their next game as on same day as Rangers player muster, Sunday 5pm.

3 February Good to see 3 Rangers players with their shirts off at the Nix game. Good crowd of 18000. Enquiries coming in about playing for Rangers this season. Some advertising to come out soon too.

31 January Rangers first get together is coming up, Sunday 16 February, 3 pm at Awakeri. Play some football, have a beer and a BBQ.
Tomorrow, the Nix are in Auckland, 7.30pm. Should be a big crowd as they take on Adelaide.

18 January Fabulous performance from the Phoenix, thrashing Melbourne Victory 5 - 0. Carlos got 2, Kenny Cunningham a superb dipping lob, Brockie broke his drought, the Belgian Stein scored again. Shirts well and truly off! They're playing in Auckland on Feb 1st, go see the Nix!!

17 January Hah! Check out Photo of the Week!

15 January The Phoenix keep their unbeaten run going with a 1 - 1 draw against last year's champions Central Coast. Gale force winds didn't help the football much. This Saturday the star studded Melbourne Victory visit Wellington. Should be a good battle. Check out our Phoenix pages, which have links to all the Phoenix games in history, our version of the highlights.

1 January 2014 The Phoenix produce maybe their best ever result: without stars Hernandes and Ifill, Nix come from behind to win 3 - 1 at last years premiers West Sydney. Huysegems 2 superb goals and an assist. Tyler Boyd subbed on and a goal and assist too. Two home games coming up. Go see them!

28 December 2013 Kylie did very well delivering a stirring tribute to Holly at a packed funeral. The girls showed up in force, it was also great to see referees Norm Howe and Graham Moore attending. Farewell Holly. She'll be showing them how to play football in heaven, as well as riding her horse. Sadly missed here on Earth though.
The Phoenix grabbed another win, two in a row.

23 December Holly's funeral is Friday, 11am at Galatea Hall. Rangers women meeting at Awakeri at 9.45am to travel there. A huge reminder to try and stay safe everyone.
Good news and bad news at the Nix last night. Finally a win, but Paul Ifill snapped achilles.

22 December Terrible news today. Holly Davis was killed last night in a car accident at Galatea. Holly was a stand out performer for Rangers women this year. Her skills, determined attitude and team contribution will be greatly missed. Holly won the most promising player award this year.

20 December The Nix butchered a number of chances last night at Central Coast, including a penalty straight at the keeper. Maybe this Sunday, Father Christmas will bring some luck and a home win against Del Piero's Sydney at 7pm.

3 Dec Nix still waiting for a win, again the better team, but West Sydney's keeper kept them out. Next up the longest away tripin world football (Yes!! Longer than Plains Rangers travelling to Taupo, although if you're in Kirk's van it might feel rather similar!). Next home game Sat 14th Dec. Bazza, Asha and Jezza planning to be there.

27 November Want a Job in local football.... check this out:
Situation Vacant – Eastern BOP Football Development Officer
WaiBOP Football is seeking applicants for an experienced full time Football Development Officer in the Eastern Bay of Plenty to commence January/ February 2014. The added responsibility of Women’s Development may be included pending other positions currently advertised.
Based in Whakatane or Tauranga the Eastern BOP Football Development Officer will play a vital role in developing players, coaches and the game during the continued rollout of a national plan which aims to build further on the quality of the football experience throughout New Zealand.
Responsibilities include initiatives in areas ranging from guiding a young player’s first kicks, through to the development of skills in community junior programmes, to talent identification and elite development of the best youth players in the region.
The successful candidate would ideally have

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a  sport development position or within the game of Football
  • NZF Senior Level 3 or international equivalent eg UEFA B licence
  • Experience in working in partnership with volunteers
  • Experience in developing and delivering plans

To apply please email your CV and Covering Letter to , no later than 3pm, 19 December 2013
To discuss this opportunity in confidence please contact CEO Peter Arndell on 027 282 8690

25 November WaiBOP Football End Of Season meeting next Monday 2 Dec, 6.15 pm at Sport BOP in Tauranga, wherever that is. If you want any input into BOP leagues from this season or for next season, you can attend on our behalf or let Barrie know
The Phoenix were robbed of a much deserved result in Sydney on Saturday, with the home team grabbed an injury time winner as the Nix pushed for their own winner. Maybe this weekend, their excellent football will bring the payoff when they finally get to play in Wellington! Check out our Phoenix pages.

16 November Pretty painful result in Mexico on Thursday. Talking of pain, check out our photo of the week. Ash says they were the worst team he has even played against. Two red cards then this....
Maybe the All Whites can pull off a miracle in Wellington this Wednesday, 7pm, and win 4 - 0. A series of Welly earthquakes leading up to the game might put the Mexicans off sufficiently!

11 November Nix had a 1 - 1 draw with Perth yesterday. The All Whites prepare for a huge game on Thursday morning, 9.30am our time at Mexico. The odds are well against us. What is the TAB paying?

7 November. Bad news that All Whites skipper Winston Reid out injured for Mexico games. Nix play in Christchurch before AW players, including Smeltzy from Perth fly out straight afterwards for LA then Mexico.

30 October Hopefully Nix get better than Sunday's 0 - 0 draw in Napier.

20 October Wellington Phoenix produce an excellent last 60 minutes to draw 1 - 1 away at West Sydney, last year's premiers. Hernandes and Ifill outstanding. Check out our Phoenix pages.

19 October There was a good send off to Margaret on Thursday, with a good repesentation of footballers at the funeral.
Shock news locally that Becca Todd the FDO for our area has resigned this week. She only replaced Mike Ward a few months ago. Some of the programmes she had set up have now been cancelled, e.g. Beach Football. Futsol is carrying on. Let's hope there is some local say in the next appointment of our FDO.

15 October SAD NEWS: Margaret Elliot passed away on Monday. Margaret was a life member of Plains Rangers (Edgecumbe Soccer Club). She was our secretary for many years. She was always encouraging, supportive, prepared to give people a hurry up if they needed it. She turned up with trays of food at our club meetings, she even washed the strip for us every week up until two years ago. Margaret you are a legend. Farewell.
Our sympathy and love to Margaret's family, especially Hori & Sara.
Funeral 1.30pm Thursday.

13 October Rangers held a very successful break up and prize giving last night at the Events Centre. A big thank you to Bill Burt and Brian Parker for their help. Award winners were:

Player of the Year Grahame Sims
Sportsmanship Chris Dell
Golden Boot Ben McPherson
Young Player of the Year Hamish Wilde
Endeavour Matt Dalgity
Most Promising Sam McPherson
Players' Player Joel Ogilvy

Player of the Year Julie Reihana
Sportsmanship Colleen Pryde
Golden Boot Kate Simons
Young Player of the Year Kate Collier
Endeavour Mary Collier
Most Promising Holly Davis
Players' Player Ranee Whiting

Personality Michel Nillesen

Check out all the past winners on our Honours Board. Go the Phoenix!!!

10 October Getting bored with no football? Well, here are some offers:
Beach Football at Ohope Beach Fridays, (Maraetotara Road) 5 - 6.30pm (free)
Futsol on Wednesdays Women 6 - 7pm, Men 7 - 8 pm. (costs)
More info email Becca Todd
Don't forget... Break Up , Prize Giving on Saturday 12 October at Awakeri Events Centre. From 6pm onwards. AGM at 6.30pm, prize giving 7.30pm. Costs $10 a head. All welcome.

5 October Fury beat Papakura 4 - 2 away to win a place in Northern League for next season. Well done!
Invite from Matt to join him next Sunday, after our break up, for Bathurst, BBQ and race viewing, also Phoenix game.

28 September Rangers women win.... by default away to Kawerau. Well done! The default means noone has a chance to challenge Kate for Golden Boot!
Next Up our Break Up , Prize Giving on Saturday 12 October at Awakeri Events Centre. From 6pm onwards. AGM at 6.30pm, prize giving 7.30pm. Costs $10 a head. All welcome.

A message from ex player coach Colin Cooper on the Guestbook. AFC Fury won their first leg 1 - 0 against Papakura, trying to get into the Northern League. Well done Fury.

21 September Wellington Phoenix v NZ All Whites 'A' tomorrow at Rotorua Intrnational Stadium. 2.30pm kick off. Ticketmaster has tickets.
Most leagues have now finished. Check out the league tables on our BOP Results page.

17 September A nice message from Hayley on our Guestbook.

15 September Woohoo, Rangers women scored! After having a shot cleared off the line in the first half, and Jenny Fox missing a sitter, Kate Simons scored with a good strike after a lot of Rangers pressure against TCU. However, a poor first half was costly, with TCU winning 6 - 1. Here are some cool photos of the game and the men's game from yesterday. Many thanks to Kylie for the mens photos.

14 September Rangers were valiant in defeat, going down in the end to Whakatane Town. It took Whakatane's quick forwards 30 minutes to get through Rangers defences, and past outstanding keeper Christian Wetting. Whakatane won 4 - 0 with a rather flattering score line. Good movement and speed won them the game. Rangers player of the day was Grahame Sims, with Mark Jeynes also impressing. Here are the photos.
Good luck to Rangers women tomorrow, at home to TCU.

10 September Kick off in the Sponsors Cup on Saturday is 12.30pm at Whakatane. Make sure you're fit, awake, ready to go!! Last chance for subs this weekend!!
Siggy set a shocking example for the All Whites this morning, Jumping two footed onto the United Arab opponent, after fouling him. Check out our photo of the week for another non-role model.

9 September Football coming up.... Sponsors Cup this Saturday at Whakatane.
Futsol, on Wednesday evenings. Women from 6 to 7pm, Men from 7 - 8pm
Beach Football, Friday evenings at Maraetotara Reserve Ohope, 5 - 6.30pm.
Our AGM and Prize Giving Sat Oct 12th

7 September Rangers men scratched together a team to play Te Puke today, and did better than the 5 - 1 loss suggests. Three soft goals in the second half blew the score out. Ben scored a great goal after a terrific run and cross by Joel. Grahame player of the day. Here's the report. Sounds like Rangers women did well too, down 1 - 0 at half time, 4 - 0 in the end.

3 September Check out the great positive comment paid to our women's team in the guestbook. It's from L.W (whoever that is)

1 September Rangers women got through to the Pullar Bowl final in the tournament today. They went agonisingly close, losing to Te Puke 1 - 0 with two minutes to go! Well done girls! The report.

31 August Nil all at half time, but errors gave Whakatane three chances, which they took. We got a goal back, but lost 1 - 3. Joel player of the day. Here's the report. Prize Giving now looks like Oct 12th, wait and see!

28 August Meeting tonight after 5 v 6 training. Results: The yellow team won, and.....
1. Players who are not fully paid up with subs are not eligible to receive awards at Prize Giving.
2. Prize Giving tentatively booked
3. AGM at prize giving. Constitution to be passed.
4. Sponsors Cup game looking like it is Sat 14th Sept at Whakatane. Keep it free!

27 August Club meeting after training this Wednesday, at the Plains Hotel Edgecumbe, probably about 8pm.
Home game v Whakatane on Saturday. Fire up everyone!!!
On Saturday, Katikati beat Kawerau 2 - 1 in the Bay Sportsmed Cup final and Otumoetai beat Ngongy in the Bowl final.

24 August Sadly Rangers women have had to default to Papamoa tomorrow. Injuries meant Rangers were left with too few players.

18 August Rangers women did better than the men today, after being similarly down 3 - 0 at TCU, they only conceded one more goal. POD Julie Reihana got knocked down but she got back up again! A brief report

17 August Rangers struggled to get a team today and had to use goalkeepers no 8 and 9 for the season (Matt, then Hone). Bazza, Muggs and Chris Dell all got 90 minutes. Relics were too strong, winning 7 - 0 in the end, but Rangers did create some decent chances and could easily have got three or four. Paddy was player of the day. The Brief Report.
A road accident prevented Whakatane getting to Taupo for their game in Bay 1, and Kawerau only got eight players to Ngongy and lost 8 - 2.

11 August Rangers dropped to the bottom of the table today after narrowly losing at home 3 - 2 to Taupo Lakers, while Ngongy scored their third win in a row. It was great to see the return of the big fulla Wett in goal, but Rangers didn't take their chances. Ben was player of the day. Here's the report. Here are some action photos.

8 August Great fun training in the fog last night. After Ranee scored a good goal she stopped reminding people that she was only a defender!
Women's game from Sept 22 brought forward a week to Sept 15th. Please note!
We are also approaching Whakatane about have the Sponsors Cup game on Sat Sept 14th. Watch this space!

5 August. The Bay Sportsmed Cup final will be between Katikati, who beat Relics 4 - 1 and Kawerau who traveled well to beat Taupo A 3 - 2. Strangely enough, the final is also being played in Taupo. It's on Aug 24th.

4 August Rangers women played well today, ended up losing 3 - 0 at Te Puke. Mel Rode was player of the day. She will be missed. Holly goal ruled out for off side.

31 July The Pullar Cup and Bowl draw for the women on Sept 1st is out. Rangers have drawn Rotorua in the first round. Yay! Go to the BOP Results page for the whole draw and format. Happy birthday Mary for today and farewell to Mel, she had her last training at Rangers tonight and last game coming up on Sunday before she heads home.

29 July Wow, Ngongy are on a roll, they won again this weekend to draw level with Rangers and create a good battle to avoid the wooden spoon. Thanks for nothing Whakatane!! Rangers still have to play the two teams Ngongy beat - Taupo Lakers and Whakatane. It could be very close!

28 July Sadly, Rangers women couldn't field a team today against Rotorua.

27 July Rangers men played an hour with only ten men after Adam Mayor, the keeper for today, was red carded. A 4 - 0 loss resulted. A pretty good second half effort though. Hamish then went in goal to become our sixth different keeper this season, so far! Matt stopped a thunderbolt with his head and was surprised that the blood didn't flow! John was player of the day. Here's the report
On the lighter side, Kirk and Donna, on the way to Taupo, in the Combi van (which failed to get there last time), hear a knock knock knocking. Will they turn back? Kirk checks all the wheels, can't locate it. Drives down the road, it's still knocking, Checks again, and finds the team's rack of drink bottles knocking against the panels. Phew. The combi sails on to sunny Taupo! Let's hope they get back safely, via Taumarunui!

26 July Some pretty juicy match ups in the Cup semifinal draw for Aug 3.

24 July Rangers men have a 12.30pm kick off in Taupo this Sat. Make sure you leave in plenty of time to get there! Kirk is leaving on Friday, so that should just about give the Combi enough time.... A few injuries around, so lets hope we can get enough players.
Humble apologies to Ranee Whiting, for getting her name wrong in the newspaper reports and on this site. Lots of good work at training tonight. Hopefully people can put it to good use this weekend! Ngongy had their first win on Sat, at Taupo, so watch out Rangers men, they are catching you up!
A nice team photo of the Rangers women's team is here, so is a funny one!

21 July Ouch! Rangers men went down 10 - 0 to Katikati, who played very well. Best goal of the day.... Dan Overdevest's screamer of a header, into his own net! Grahame player of the day. Today Rangers women went well in the second half, losing 6 - 0. Best moment of the day, Ranee chasing the very quick Lucy Potter and putting in a good tackle. Ranee player of the day. Here's a very brief report of the games.
Rangers men's game at Taupo this Saturday could well be an early kick off. Be prepared!

18 July The Women's Pullar Cup and Bowl is being contested in a one day tournament on Sunday Sept 1st this year. Women's team photo being taken on Sunday before game at Whakatane. Be there!! Polish your boots!

15 July WaiBOP Federation CEO Cam Mitchell has resigned, going to manage Northern Federation at North Harbour. Peter Arndell is taking over his job till a new person appointed.

14 July Taupo A were a bit too strong for Rangers men, but the 2 - 4 score showed it was a decent scrap. Dan Overdevest was great in goal, making a couple of brave saves. Young Hayden Wilde was player of the day. Goals to John Stephen and Ben McPherson. Kirk's van is back on the road.... will it travel to Taupo in two week's time?? Here's the report.
A rather crazy score from Fed One yesterday, with Whakatane losing 10 - 1 to Ngongy. Ouch! They obviously don't adhere to Matt Dalgity's mantra: "No injuries, no double figures, no extra time!"

10 July Rangers women are defaulting their game in Hamilton against Melville this Sunday.

7 July A 6 - 1 loss sounds like a hiding, but it wasn't Rangers men looked very good for 30 min, deservedly led 1 - 0. Controversial incidents didn't help Rangers. The Kawerau keeper was player of the day! Deano was our POD. Here's the report and some photos. A team photo was also taken. Many thanks to our photographer!
Today Rangers women improved by 13 goals on their earlier encounter with Old Blues! Ranee's bravery earned her player of the day. The report.

3 July Rangers adopted a draft constitution tonight at the club meeting. Women players were asked to please text Michel if they weren't coming to training so he can plan according to numbers. A reminder that subs are now overdue. Please pay to Barrie or Kylie. Another combined training tonight was pretty full on, good value. Check out the player profiles. Sam's is new.

30 June Rangers hung in there to grab an away win at Ngongy yesterday. Grahame was keeper and did well. Rangers were under pressure for most of the first half but gained the upper hand in the second. Joel player of the day. Here's the report. Other notable points....Kirk forgot to tell Matt it was an early kick off, so when Kirk rang to ask where he was.... "I'm at home!" Then Matt gets to Ngongy at half time, subs in lasts 20 min and then has to sub off again! Oh well. Ref for the next game Tracy Te Kiri impressed everyone with his problem solving ability, using three planks to get himself into the middle of a blackberry jungle to retrieve a match ball. Impressive stuff!
Sounds like a difficult situation at Whakatane, where their game with Taupo A was called off early after a serious medical incident. So far the game has been recorded as a 1 - 1 draw. That result could come under review.

26 June Great training tonight. The mens and womens were combined and Michel led us through good attacking, possession exercises and a hard fought game. Oi Oi Rangers!
Club meeting after training next Wednesday, probably at the Plains Hotel.

25 June The draw for the Bay Sportsmed Cup / Bowl is out. Rangers will be at home to Taupo A, on July 13th. Check out the rest of the draw on our BOP results page.
Rangers women's postponed game against Tauranga City is now scheduled for August 18.

23 June It was a well fought local derby at Awakeri today. Kawerau were the visitors and the action started before kick off, with Kawerau questioning the eligibilty of one the Rangers players. There was a lively debate and then the football started. Both teams competed well, two goals in each half saw the visitors win Holly was player of the day. Here's the report and some photos.
Saturday's men's match against Whakatane was postponed till August 31, at Whakatane's request.
The voting about the future of the womens league has resulted in option 1. Oh dear, maybe some clubs just couldn't see the bigger picture.

16 June We received a message at 10.15 this morning that the Women's game at Mt Maunganui was postponed. Hopefully not too many of them had left to travel over, but they must have been about to.
Scheduling difficulties in the Women's draws have meant that a reorganisation is looming or clubs will be oplaying to mid October! Clubs have been given this week to vote on the proposals:
1. Leave the games ‘as is’ and reschedule were necessary, season will flow into and finish mid/late October
2. Where teams are scheduled to play in Leagues and/or Knockouts against the same opposition then play once to cover multiple matches
3. Play one full round in Bay 1 and split into a Top 5 Bottom 4 with points carrying through

15 June Rangers men barely scraped together a team today at Otumoetai. We scored three goals, but conceded 6, not a bad effort considering. Matt's hamstring gave out too. Sam player of the day. Here's the report. We need players available next week please!
Some crazy scores in various games, including a 16 - 0 in Fed Two!

12 June Some good football played at training tonight. Birthday girl Kate Simons scored a nice goal, despite having to put up with Muggsy's wayward passes that missed her by several metres. Julie Reihana put her body on the line to deny several goos shots. Newcomer Zara showed she has some courage. Nows lets put on some good showings at the weekend Oi Oi Rangers!
Some very interesting answers on our poll. How come Gareths Morgan's cat is winning one of the sections????

9 June Te Puke were too strong for Rangers yesterday, but a good second half showing kept the score to 0 - 3. Deano player of the day. A cameo from Bas. Mike saved a pen. Here's the report.
Don't forget our tongue in cheek poll on football issues in the BOP!
Keep the subs coming in. Email Barrie for the bank account number if you want to pay by internet banking.

5 June Rangers women have defaulted to Waikato Unicol this weekend.

3 June AFC Fury will look like they got a hiding, losing 6 - 0 to Northern League leaders East Coast Bays in the Chatham Cup today, but the score doesn't tell the story of failure to finish chances that could've had them 3 - 1 up and then a red card. Oh well. On TV tomorrow 7.30pm NZ All Whites v Jordan (not that Jordan!)

2 June Rangers gave a good account of themselves at Whakatane. A good crowd turned out in the sunny conditions. Rangers led for most of the game and deservedly so, but a late penalty meant they only took away a 1 - 1 draw. Player of the match birthday boy Matt Dalgity. Simon Ruiter played his first game in ten years and was very sound in goal. Read the report.
Men.... your subs are now due. Bring full or part payment to training on Wednesday or game on Saturday.

29 May Our best wishes to Margaret and Michel Nillesen and family with a serious injury to their son in law in Auckland early this week.
Rangers are one of many teams given a bye in the next round of the Bay Sportsmed Cup on 22 June. However, the home match with Whakatane has been brought forward to replace it on that date.

26 May Good to see Kelly Wilson and Matria Puutu back on the field for Rangers women today. They both made a good impact, Kelly slotting back into centre defence like she'd never been away! Rotorua however were very impressive and were deserved winners. Kate was player of the day. Here's the report.

25 May Rangers were very lucky to leave Opotiki with a win. Opotiki dominated all but the last 20 minutes, surrendering a 2 - 0 lead from there on. Joel Ogilvy made a good impact in the second half, and Chris Johnston scored a brace. Ben Mc broke his duck. Bazza scored a pen. Read the report. Here are the photos, thanks Donna! Check out the rest of the Cup results here.

23 May We have updated our fun poll. Have your say. Your answers are sure to make a difference!
For more entertainment, have a read of Relics' match report from Saturday's game. Even ref Neil McCready's whistle blowing gets a mention!

21 May Interesting clashes this weekend. Rangers men play Opo. Both teams are 2nd bottom in their divisions and have both conceeded 26 goals in 7 games. However, Opo have scored twice as many goals as Rangers. What will make the difference?? Rangers women, on the other hand, play top of the table Rotorua, who usually show no mercy, so it looks like another tough day out at Awakeri for them. Cmon girls, time for a goal.
Remember, Meeting after training Wed at Plains Hotel. Subs are due! Only $125.

19 May Relics gave Rangers a footballing lesson in movement, good passing and finishing today, winning 6 - 0. Rangers did have several chances but Relics were deserved winners. Rangers women also had a tough trip to Taupo. Doh! Brief report of the games.
Rangers club meeting after training this Wednesday, 8.15pm at the Edgecumbe Plains Hotel.

14 May Some photos of the women's game on Sunday, courtesy of Sonia from Papamoa.
Did you know that every single EBOP team lost this last weekend??? At least we're not alone!

12 May Rangers women had a good first half against Papamoa, but fell apart a bit late in the game to lose 9 - 0 in the end. Tiffany Walter was player of the day. The report.

11 May Actually the most drama before the game was not from the Chatham Cup game, which the home team won 2 - 1, it was from Kirk's combi. The boys loaded up at Edgecumbe and set off. After numerous stops, the van decided to give up, amidst clouds of smoke. Then the boys relied on cell phones and generosity to help get them to Taupo for the game. Poor Kirk managed to get there before half time. Taupo were rather flattered to end up winning 4 - 1. Rangers had equalised, with captain Ben laying on a pass for Bazza to stick it in the goal. However Taupo scored a couple of soft goals to look comfortable winners. Here's the report.

10 May For those going to Taupo in Kirk's van, the meeting time at Edgecumbe is 9am tomorrow.
There should be plenty of entertainment at Taupo on Saturday. At 2 pm Taupo have a Chatham Cup clash with Metro from Auckland. Rangers might be distracted during their warm up!

5 May Rangers women put in a good first half, to be down only 1 - 0 against Papamoa. Tiredness caught up with them in the second half to go down 4 - 0 in the end. Kine player of the day. Here are some photos of the men's game yesterday.

4 May Taupo grabbed a late winner to nick the game 1 - 0. Jordan went off with a knee injury that looks like it willl sideline him for a while. Dan Overdevenst player of the day. Here's the report.
Drama before and after the game. While we waited for the strip to arrive, Patrick heard that his old man had received a straight red card at Whakatane. Craig told us later it was for an accidental judo throw!
Late in the aftermatch, out on the deck, Grahame Sims miraculously heard a call for help from the neighbouring farmer two paddocks away, who had had his leg broken by a horse. A nasty injury. The Rangers lads all did well assisting him and helping the ambulance staff into the dark.

3 May The Bay Sportsmed Cup draw is out. Rangers have drawn Opotiki, away on 25 May, 2pm. Check out the rest of the draw on our BOP Results Page. Here are the rules for the Cup.
Otumoetai defaulted to Te Puke in mens Bay One

28 April Rangers women have a draw!!!! After two and a half years: not a loss, a clean sheet and a draw with Te Puke. Well done! Ranee Whiteley's clearances from defence earned her player of the day.

27 April Rangers men put up a good showing at Katikati, despite losing to the league leaders 4 - 0. Highlights that are not in the official match report include Kirk blocking shots at goal with various parts of his body, Grahame making his contribution to Kati's 2nd goal, Keeper Mike playing bounce and catch off the woodwork several times, Jacob managing to catch the follow through of a full blooded shot from Adam right where it hurts and debuts from Chris Dell and Jordan MacOgilvy. Here's the report. Here are some action photos, including a dance routine.

25 April Rangers men are playing at Katikati this Saturday, Moore Park on Fairview Road. Meet at Edgecumbe Rugby club 11 am to leave at 11.30 am.
A fun training last night, ending with a combined mens and womens game. Highlight the collision between Chris and Ranee! If they both play like that this weekend, it will be spectacular! Chris had better have shin pads this time!
Congrats to neighbours Whakatane getting through to the next round of the Chatham Cup by beating Te Awamutu away 4 - 0. Did any of our ex-Rangers players help? Richie, James, Jaiden or Cameron? Scoers involving BOP teams are on our BOP results page.

21 April Rangers women fought hard against a good Whakatane team today, going down 10 - 0 in the end, but the second half showed quite a few moments of promise. Player of the day Kate Simons. Read the report. Here are some action photos.

20 April A hard fought even local derby. Rangers opened the scoring through Ben Howe, but Kawerau came back in the second half. Patrick Lambert player of the day, closely followed by Kirk Bain. Great to see Adam Barkla back on the pitch too. Read the report.

14 April A strange game for Rangers women first up. Away to champions Old Blues, the hosts led comfortably, but the referee had issues with the rolling subs interpretation, which eventually led to the officials walking off the field. An Old Blues supporter took over and the game carried on to the end. Player of the day the busy keeper Colleen Pryde.

13 April A minute's silence was observed for the passing of Adam Barkla's mother Joannne this week. Our best wishes to Adam, Greg, Regan and Toby.
Rangers men secured their first victory of the season, coming from a goal down to lead 4 - 2 at the break, then 4 - 3 in the end. Kyle got a first half hat trick, and POD Matt Dalgity converted a penalty. Welcomes back to Dean Butterworth, John Stephen and Jeremy Hawkes. A good debut from Paddy Lambert too.

9 April A great turn out for the women's training tonight, 20 altogether! Welcome to all our new players. The men got to join in a game at the end, Lucas got amongst the goals.

8 April Yes training is on this Wednesday, both mens and womens teams at Edgecumbe Rugby Club, starting 6pm. We'll see everyone there, the men nursing bruises and sore muscles from their first game and the women champing at the bit for their first game. Any new players will need registration forms filled in.

6 April Well Rangers are back o the field. A pretty good performance for a team that was only meeting each other in the changing rooms! Otumoetai won in the end 5 - 1. Rangers created a number of chances, and finally Jacob Heath got one in the back of the net. Read the report. Welcome back to Dan Overdevest who was a strong presence in the midfield. Dan last played for Rangers in 2002. That wasn't as big a gap as Matt Dalgity, who was back in Rangeers strip for the first time since 1995!!!!
Rangers will be missing Ben and Sam McPherson next Saturday, so more players are welcome!

4 April Two days to game time!! While Rangers have lost a lot of players, Kirk has rounded up a squad. Last year's captain Ben McPherson is back, as are Ben Howe, Jacob Heath, Kirk himself, three imports from Whakatane, etc. See who's in the new line-up on Saturday. Players be at Awakeri 1pm. Its a 2.30pm kick off.
Should be some good viewing Friday night when Melbourne Victory host Perth Glory in first knock out game in finals series.

27 March At the meeting tonight, Kirk Bain was appointed coach of the men's team. Subs were confirmed at $125 for the season. The transfer season is in full flight, with Rangers trading players in many directions! Welcome back to ex-Edgecumbe captain Matt Dalgity! The men's training ended with a game of football against the rugby squad training next door, fun!
Men will continue to train Wednesdays 6pm at Edgecumbe Rugby Club

21 March The draws are out. Rangers men have three home games in a row, while Rangers women start with a bye!!! Click here to see the first few rounds of the draw.

20 March Yes! Rangers have a men's team. Well done Kirk. We will have to play in Bay One however, but plan on keeping things reasonably social. Men's first run is next Wednesday, 6 pm at Edgecumbe Rugby Club.

17 March Kirk is busy negotiating a men's team entry. Hopefully we'll know by Monday. Three weeks till leagues start! Our women look like they will have a nine team league, with Papamoa added to the eight from last year.
Great result for the Phoenix in the World's longest away trip at Perth. 2 - 1 win.

14 March Will Rangers yet have a men's team?? Kirk is trying to get a team together. Got to let the Federation know tomorrow! Talk to Kirk urgently if you're keen ph 0272920214, or email

12 March Rangers women have a preseason game in Taupo on Sunday 24th. Go girls!

7 March, Despite our best efforts, Rangers have failed to raise a men's team this season. Sad news. Only four players turned up plus two apologies. Oh well, it's been fun. Maybe next year!
Meanwhile, Rangers women continue to train Wednesdays 6pm at Awakeri.

3 March Rangers men are urgently looking for some more players. Our squad from last season has had some losses, including goalkeeper, and player of the year Christian Wetting, who is now playing rugby for Pororporo - good luck to anyone trying to tackle him! If you are interested, ring Barrie on 3222076 or email him.Men player muster on Thursday, 6pm at Awakeri. All welcome! We need to decide on Thursday night if we can enter a team this season.
The Wellington Phoenix have a good 1 - 0 win after a turbulent week, in which coach Ricki Herbert resigned.

18 February Go on Plains Rangers facebook page and have your say to Richie about when preseason trainings should be for the men. Go on, go on.

13 February Rangers Women start their preseason training next Wednesday night (20th) , 6pm at Awakeri Events Centre. All welcome!!! Ring Kylie 3084119 for more information. Michel Nillesen is their esteemed coach. Richie is sussing out with Rangers men about starting soon too. Watch this space for details. New men and women players most welcome.

16 January 2013 Happy New Year it is!! The Phoenix have now dropped to bottom of the league, Ryan Nelsen looks like he's retiring, it's up to Rangers to provide some good news..... well.... If you and the kids want to play family football, it's started on Monday nights at Awakeri, from 5.30pm.
It was a weekend of coincidences. Two Rangers players happen to both be on the Godforsaken track to the Pencarrow Heads in Wellington on Saturday. Jimmy part of a wedding party and Baz walking to see the lighthouse! Nek Day at the Nix game both Baz and Justin Paint of Whakatane get closeupped on TV at half time. Maybe time to buy a Lotto ticket!


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Action Photos

Men v Rotorua Sept 30 2017
Women v Ngongy, Pullar Cup 9 Sept 2017
Men & Women v Taupo August 2017
Men v Kawerau and Rotorua July 2017
Men v Rotorua, 3 June 2017
Men v Whakatane, 1 April 2017
Men v Ngongotaha, 27 August 2016
Men & Women Jubilee games 20 August 2016
Men v Taupo, 13 August 2016
Men v Papamoa in Bowl 9 July 2016
Men v Whakatane Town 14 May 2016
Women v Kawerau 1 May 2016
Men v Otumoetai 2 April 2016
Random off season photos 2015-16
Men v Papamoa 5 September 2015 BS Bowl Final
Men v Whakatane 22 August 2015
Women v Kawerau 26 July 2015
Women v Opotiki 28 June 2015
Men v Opotiki 27 June 2015 (Bowl game)
Men v Rotorua 13 June 2015
Men v Otumoetai 11 April 2015
Women in Pullar Cup tournament 21 Sept 2014
Men v Papamoa 6 September 2014
Women v Te Puke 8 June 2014
Men v Rotorua Utd 31 May 2014
Men v Kawerau, BS Cup 24 May 2014
Women v Rotorua White 18 May 2014
Women v Tauranga City 4 May 2014
Men v Te Puke 26 April 2014
Men Sponsors Cup V Whk, Women v TCU, 14 Sept 2013
Men at home to Taupo Lakers August 10 2013
Women home to Kawerau June 23 2013
Men away at Opotiki, May 25 2013
Women at home to Papamoa May 12 2013
Men at home to Taupo A May 4 2013
Men away to Katikati April 27 2013
Women at home to Whakatane April 21 2013
Men in Sponsors Cup v Whakatane Town Oct 7 2012
Men in BS Bowl final v Ngongotaha Sept 29 2012
Women at home to Rotorua Utd Sept 2 2012
Men in Bowl Semifinal v Old Blues Sept 1 2012
Men at home to Tauranga City United, August 11 2012
Men at home to Rotorua United, July 14 2012
Women at home to Kawerau July 1st 2012
Men at home to Otumoetai, June 23 2012
Men away to Te Puke June 2 2012
Women home to Whakatane May 27 2012
Men away to Taupo May 26 2012
Men away to TCU May 19 2012
Men away to Ngongotaha May 5 2012
Women away to Kawerau April 22 2012
Men away to Whakatane April 14 2012
Men Sponsors Cup v Whakatane 1sts, women v Whakatane, Sept 3 2011
Men home to Whakatane August 13 2011
Men away to Ngongotaha July 30 2011
Women home to Kawerau July 10 2011
Men home to Taupo July 2 2011
Men home to Papamoa 28 May 2011
Women away to Kawerau 8 May 2011
Men and women home to Tauranga City 9 & 10 April 2011
Women away to Whakatane 2 April 2011
Away to Kawerau April 2 2011
Sponsors Cup v Whakatane Oct 16 2010
CNS Final v Kati Sept 18 2010
CNS Cup semifinal v TCU Aug 28 2010
Home to Te Puke Aug 21 2010
Away to Taupo July 17 2010
Away to Tauranga City United July 3 2010
Home to Katikati June 19 2010
Home to Old Blues June 12 2010
Home to Tauranga City United June 5 2010
Away to Papamoa May 29 2010
Away to Ngongotaha May 15 2010
Away to Whakatane May 8 2010
Home to Otumoetai April 17 2010
Home to Opotiki, preseason March 27 2010
Away to Te Puke, preseason March 20 2010
Home and away v Rot Utd White 2009
All Whites v Bahrain plus Sponsors Cup, Nov 14 2009
Away to Whakatane Town, Sept 12 2009
Home to Te Puke, July 25 2009
Home to Old Blues, CNS Cup, June 20 2009
Home to Tauranga City United, June 6 2009
Home to Whakatane Town, May 30 2009
Away to Visique Whakatane, May 16 2009
Home to Katikati United, April 25 2009
Home to Rotorua United Blue, April 11 2009
Away to Whakatane 1sts, Sponsors' Cup Sept 27 2008
Home to Katikati, 6 Sept 2008
Away to Whakatane Town August 23 2008
Away in Antarctic conditions Tauranga City July 26 2008
Away to Fury 5 July 08
Home to Rotorua United 7 June 2008
Home to Opotiki 31 May 2008
Away to Katikati 24 May 2008
Home to Internationale, Chatham Cup Anzac Day 2008
Home to Fury 19 April 08
Away to Rotorua United April 5 2008
Wellington Phoenix David Beckham 1 Dec 07
Sponsors' Challenge v Whakatane 1sts 29 Sept 07
Wellington Phoenix game 29 Sept 2007
Away to Kawerau 15 September 2007
Away to Te Puke 18 August 2007
Home to Papamoa 21 July 2007
Away to Te Puke, Tasman Cup, 30 June 07
Home to Taupo, Tasman Cup, 16 June 07
Home to Otumoetai 9 June 2007
Home to Old Blues 26 May 2007
Home to Fury 28 April 2007
2006 Prize Giving
Sponsors Trophy v Whakatane 1sts 30 Sept 2006
Away to AFC Fury 16 Sept 2006
Tasman Bowl final v Kawerau 2 Sept 2006 match action.
Tasman Bowl final v Kawerau 2 Sept 2006, Before and After
Away to Te Puke Tasman Bowl semifinal 12 August 2006
Home to Greerton 5 August 2006
Home to Ngongotaha 8 July 2006
Away to Rotorua Suburbs 3 June 2006
Home to Taupo Nui-a-Tia 6 May 2006
Away to Te Puke 29 April 2006
Home to AFC Fury 22 April 2006
Away to Kawerau 10 Sept 2005

Away to Te Puke 9 July 2005
Home to Otumoetai 4 June 2005
Away to Whakatane 30 April 2005
Home to Otumoetai 7 August 2004
Away to Kawerau 25 July 2004
Best Insulation tournament 12 June 2004
Away to Whakatane May 22 2004 (selected pics!)
Away to Ngongotaha August 2 2003
Away to Kawerau 1st team Tasman Cup July 12 2003
Home to Kawerau May 24 2003
Away with ten men to Taupo May 3 2003
Home in friendly to Whakatane March 6 2003
Home to Rotorua Suburbs August 24 2002
Best Insulation tournament 8 June 2002
West Ham v Whakatane Sept 29 2001
Away to Greerton July 21 2001
Away to Tauranga City Utd July 14 2001
Away to Whakatane April 21 2001
Home to Rotorua City August 5 2000
Away at Otumoetai July 1st 2000
Edgecumbe v Whakatane, June 19, 1999.
Edgecumbe v Ngongotaha July 28, 1999.