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14 July Rangers women had a 1 - 0 win today with Sarah Sheaff nabbing the goal and player of the day. Welcome back Dani Howard to the football pitch too! Two wins, two clean sheets for Rangers this weekend! Woohoo! Here's the report. Who will win the Euros tomorrow... Spain or England??

13 July Rangers men made a lot of the play against Papamoa Rovers, but it took a 30m missile from Kobi at the end of the first half to open the game up. Captain Jimmy scored with a quick free kick to seal the win. The Papamoa keeper made several nice saves to keep the score down. Rangers won 2 - 0. Kobi was player of the day. Here's the report.

7 July Rangers women scored their first goals since May, with Dee getting 2. However Lakes just took the win 3 - 2. Player of the day Jenna. Here's the report.
The Netherlands booked a Euros semifinal against England, while impressive Spain knocked out the home team Germany to set up a semi-final with France. France and England both progressed with penalty shoot out wins. Rangers men are mimicking the Euros, scoring all four goals from set pieces yesterday!

6 July Rangers men had a good win away at Otumoetai. Teimana with two power headers from corners, then Elias with two penalties in the second half. Teimana player of the day. Here's the report.

2 July Here is the men's report from the weekend. Many thanks Chris.

30 June A good weekend for Rangers, with the men beating Omokoroa Fury 3 - 2 at Trident, thanks to a hat-trick by Elias (player of the day). In a bit of a shock result, Waipuna Rangers got turned over by Waiariki. Rangers women came away from Waiariki with a 0 - 0 draw. Olivia was player of the day day. Check out Ranee's report here.
Lots of great Euros games at the moment. Tomorrow morning will England start to play? Will Spain continue to shine?

26 June Excellent conditions for Rangers women's game against Whakatane tonight. Rangers played very well, lost 4 - 0 in the end, should have scored a couple too. Dee was player of the day. Here's the report.

25 June What with the excitement of the Euros, the All Whites currently playing in the Oceania Nations Cup, the looming football at the Olympics, there is also news of the Phoenix's first game of the next season: an Australia Cup fixture away to South Melbourne, who are a powerhouse non-A-League club. It's on August 6, 9.30pm.
Don't forget, Rangers women are playing Whakatane Town (who are about 50% ex-Rangers players) tomorrow (Wednesday) evening in Whakatane at 6.30pm.

22 June Rangers men overturned being behind at half time to come away with a 2 - 1 win at Ngongotaha. Young stand-in keeper Elijah Wetting stood out with his confident play, and was player of the day. Goals to Hamish and Jesse. Read the report.

21 June Rangers women's game has been transferred from Sunday to be played under lights in Whakatane on Wednesday at 6.30pm. Hopefully watching the Euros has inspired our men's team to play some great football against Ngongy tomorrow.

16 June Rangers women lost to league leaders Te Puke today. The 6 - 0 score didn't reflect some great play by our team. Shannon was player of the day. Read the report.

15 June Rangers men couldn't make the most of some good passing, going down 2 - 3 to Papamoa United after taking the lead. Goals to Elias and Ben, Jordan player of the day. Here's the match report. Mackem did a fine job refereeing although he had to ignore some unpleasant comments. Bruce Belcher has some excellent photos of the game. Click here to see them.

12 June Rangers men's fixture on 29 June is now being played at Trident High School, same time 2.30pm

9 June Rangers women turned in a good performance against the higher ranked Papamoa team today, going down 3 - 0 in the end. Player of the day for showing plenty of mongrel was Lauren Powell. Read the write-up.

8 June A full on game full of drama and goals today. Rangers men took the lead three times, but Waipuna won out 5 - 3 in the end. Brilliant goal from player of the day Elias after 58 seconds! Jesse and Elias scored the others. Here's the report. It doesn't mention Sione slapping his opponent's behind or Anaaru being tempted to flatten (even more then he did) one dirty opponent!

27 May Official from the Federation. The June 1st mens fixture with Waipuna is now a combined league AND Miller Cup game on June 8th. The league fixture ends at 90 minutes. But if it's a draw, the penalty shoot out is required for the cup game.

26 May Rangers women held their own well against a decent Tauranga City team. Samantha Stewart was player of the day in a 0 - 4 loss. It wasn't all doom and gloom though. Read the report.
Central Coast took out the A League Grand Final last night in an action packed, exciting, bloody, game.

25 May Rangers men played a lot of good football today, but wasted chances meant only a 1 - 1 draw with Waiariki. Towering Tei was the scorer and Ben player of the day. Here's the report. Tonight the A League Grand Final is on at 9.45. Sadly the Nix aren't in it. Central Coast host Melbourne Victory. Later on, the FA Cup Final is the Manchester derby. Should be good!
Tomorrow Rangers women have a tough home game against Tauranga City. Support them at 12.45.

20 May Neither Rangers team managed to score a goal this weekend despite a number of chances. Rangers men drew 0 - 0 with Te Puke and Rangers women went down 1 - 0 to a Papamoa Icons team that pushed the limits with no official referee in charge. Hamish and Abby were players of the day. Read the reports. (Thanks again Chris and Ranee)
Over 33000 people went through the highs and lows of the Phoenix's gutwrenching 2 - 1 loss in Wellington on Saturday. Melbourne Victory go through to the grand final against Central Coast. The long Nix off-season begins today, but there will be plenty of interest in developments with the Auckland A League team coming into the comp.

14 May The draws for the BOP Div 1 and 2 leagues came out last night. Juggernauts and Ots Special Reserve were added to the existing Bay One teams. Rangers men are away to Te Puke this Saturday, early kick off.

13 May A great weekend of football! Rangers men and women both won their games 3 - 1 and the Phoenix held Melbourne Victory to a 0 - 0 draw over there in the 1st leg of the semi-final, meaning it'll be a massive game in Wellington this coming Saturday evening for the 2nd leg.
Goals by young Kobi Wetting, Elias and Ben got the Rangers men their win, while Ella, Alex and Gemma all scored for the women, making a different goal scorer for each of the six goals out team has scored so far! Player of the day was our mighty defender Gio. Read the reports. (Thanks Chris and Ranee)

6 May Two drama filled games (red cards, shoot outs ...) saw Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC get through to the A League semi finals against top placed Central Coast Mariners (who also just won the Asian Cup) and the Wellington Phoenix.
The Phoenix meet Victory away in Melbourne on Sunday, 6pm, then at home on Saturday 18th in the two-legged play-off.
Mariners play Sydney away on Friday, then at home on the 18th. Who will survive to play in the grand final??

5 May Rangers women had a tight game at Otumoetai, earing a 1 - 1 draw via a Sarah Sheaff goal. Dee was player of the day. Here's the report.

4 May Rangers men had a good first half, shooting out to a 3 - 0 lead at halftime at Te Puke, but ended up seeing out the game for a 3 - 2 win. Goals to Earle (2) and Ben. Shane was player of the day. Read the report.

2 May Sadly Adelaide couldn't defeat Central Coast last night, so the Nix end up second, but still, their best ever finish. Massive away and home semi-finals to come. Who against? The first round of play-offs this weekend will determine that. Saturday has Sydney v Macarthur, Sunday has Melbourne Victory v Melb City.
We, the Nix, play the highest finisher of the two winners (on the league table) away, then home. Check out our Phoenix pages

28 April A great result for Rangers men, beating Tauranga City Juggernauts 6 - 5 on penalties after a 1 - 1 draw in ordinary time. Jesse scored after a great square ball from Elias. Well done to all our penalty takers. 6 out of seven. Awesome! Young Ollie Fort held his nerve to score the winning one. Wetts pulled off a strong save to give us the chance. Read the report.
The Phoenix made it a very successful night, winning their final league game 3 - 0 against Macarthur. They are now into finals play-offs, but get a week off because they've either finished 2nd or 1st. Check out our Phoenix pages.

23 April The Miller Cup game between Whakatane's Bay 1 and Bay 3 teams is on tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, 6pm, if anyone is at a loose end. See which one we hope to get drawn to play in the next round!

21 April Rangers women played unbeaten Lakes FC today, going down 5 - 1. Kiahli was the scorer (welcome back!) and Alex player of the day. Read the report. An interesting coincidence, in four of the five games played today, the winning teams scored 5 goals: 5 - 1, 5 - 1, 5 - 1, 5 - 2.

20 April Plains Rangers men grabbed their first win of the season proper, beating Waiariki 2 - 1. A hard fought encounter, ending with a red card to one of the visitors. Eli was the scorer and player of the day. Here's the report.

19 April A gutting draw for the Phoenix. Rufer hit the post with an injury time penalty. Better luck to Plains Rangers tomorrow. Check out our Phoenix pages.

14 April Rangers women had a 1 - 1 draw with Waiariki today. Rose was the scorer and Megan player of the day. Here's the report. It seems that 1 - 1 draws were just meant to be, for Rangers teams this weekend!

13 April Rangers men managed to grab a 1 - 1 draw at Ngongotaha, courtesy of an Eli calm finish. However, the home team had two goals ruled out for offside and squandered several other chances, so Rangers were rather lucky. Player of the day was Anaaru Awhimate. Read the report.
Sadly, the Central Coast Mariners grabbed top spot in the A League back off the Nix with a 2 - 0 win tonight.

12 April A change of venue for tomorow's men's game at Ngongotaha. Kickoff is now at Jessie Martin Park, Hood Street Ngongotaha, still at 12.30. The game is followed by a Bay Three game Ngongy v Whakatane Reserves.
Another massive game for the Phoenix tonight. 7pm. We play 3rd placed Melbourne Victory. If we win, we are guaranteed 1st or 2nd place. If we lose the Victory can overtake us for 2nd. A draw leaves a small chance of being knocked off 2nd place. The TAB thinks the Victory will win. Will they?? Both our other meetings this season have been 1 - 1 draws. Neither team will want that to happen.
If we win, then we hope Central Coast lose or draw their game away at Western United tomorrow. We would take back top spot. AND stop press... Wellington Phoenix win 1 - 0 in 95th min , young centre back Finn Surman with a great diving header.

11 April The Miller Cup draw is out. Rangers men have got Juggernauts at home on April 27.

10 April Nice headline and photo in the Beacon today. Apparently there is more coverage and photos from the Brooke Stilgoe Cup event coming in the paper on Friday.

7 April Rangers women put in a mighty performance to hold Whakatane Town to 2 - 0 in their game today. Katie was player of the day. Hopefully a lot of money was raised by the organisers of the day for the Brooke Stilgoe Cup. It was all well organised and a big crowd turned out. Here's the game report. Check out our team photo.

6 April Rangers men had a tough season opener. Waipuna pounced on an early error by Rangers and kept the pressure on with some slick attacking. Their 0 - 5 half time lead triggered a better second half effort by Rangers, final score 0 - 6. Player of the day Shane. Read the report.

5 April Rangers men kick off their season tomorrow, hosting Waipuna Rangers. The battle of the Rangers!
On Sunday Rangers women play their first game too, at Whakatane. It is a special occasion. The Brooke Stilgoe Cup is up for grabs for the first time. It is also a fundraising day to raise money for Brooke's family as she battles brain cancer. Brooke (nee Rangi) used to play for Whakatane and Kawerau and even represented New Zealand. A stand out player not that long ago. All the best to Brooke and whanau and to Rangers women of course!
Massive Phoenix game tomorrow (Saturday) night, 7.30 pm. The Nix, without suspended captain Rufer are away to second placed Central Coast Mariners, who will take top spot off the Nix if they win. Come on you Nix!!

28 March Big increases in fines for abuse of officials or dissent. $75 if you get a yellow card for either of those reasons or $150 if you get sent off for those reasons.

26 March Women's draw is out. Rangers have.... Whakatane Town on April 7. Here is the draw. And.... Rangers women have a pre-season game against Whakatane under lights in Whakatane tomorrow night (Wed) starting 6pm.

25 March Our men's grading fixtures are out:
6 April v Waipuna Rangers, at home, 2.30pm
13 April v Ngongy Lakes, away, 12.30
20 April v Waiariki B2 , home, 2.30
4 May v Te Puke, away, 12.30
11 May v Papamoa Rovers, home, 2.30
The draw

22 March The teams in Bay One and Two are now being redone, because of a team pulling out of Bay One. There will now be five weeks of grading games, and then an 8 team Bay One and 10 team Bay Two will be formed. Points will not carry over. Will Rangers end up in Bay One?! The downside is both leagues not get through the double round of home and away fixtures. Bay One might, but Bay Two won't. Luck of the draw as to who you get to play twice!
Maybe the better solution would just be a combined Bay One and Two, playing one full round.
No Phoenix game to watch? The NZ All Whites are playing Egypt in the friendly tomorrow (Saturday) morning 9am. It's being televised on FIFA+

21 March Rangers men played Whakatane Town reserves under lights in Whakatane tonight. Rangers were keen to don their brand new strip and to do it proud. Early pressure brought about a scramble in the Whakatane goalmouth. Chris Butler whacked the ball into the net with his first touch of the game! A competitive half ensued. The defence limited Whakatane to the odd shot from distance, although Cammy Wills was causing trouble with his quick feet and swift movement. Late in the half Hamish Wilde was unlucky to see his flicked header bounce off the Whakatane crossbar. Rangers had the better of the play in the second half, but sometimes shot for goal too soon, although Alex Boyce was unlucky to see his strike also hit the crossbar. A late Whakatane raid went very close, but Rangers were good for their 0 - 1 win.

18 March If you haven't registered, hurry up!! (Scroll down to 2 March for helpful tips).
After consultation, the Federations has put out the final Bay Leagues structure for this season. It has Bay One with 8 teams, Bay Two with 10 and Bay Three with 8. Click here to see the teams (opens in new window).

17 March Five Rangers players were in Auckland (or will it be renamed Greater Wellington?) for the massive Phoenix win over Sydney FC 2 - 1. The last Nix home game in Auckland. 18002 crowd. Check out our Phoenix pages. The Nix men are back on top of the league again.

14 March Rangers men kicked off their preseason with an evening game against new club Ohope Beach. The Ohope team appear to have been forced to play in the Bay One division, despite being a combination of people who haven't played football for a while, along with several who have. Ex-Rangers defender Jon Barnes lined up to face his old team. Rangers took a while to get their game flowing, but dominated the first half when they did. Elijah Wetting scored with a lovely lofted shot over the keeper. Rangers lost quite a bit of their flow in the second half, with keeper Christian Wetting having to make two excellent saves. However, in the last minute of play, a well weighted shot from 25 metres earned Ohope a 1 - 1 draw.
Rangers next pre-season is against rivals Whakatane on 23 March.

13 March The Federation have put out three options for the organisation of Bay 1, 2 and 3 men's leagues this season. Clubs have till Monday to tell the federation which is their prefered option. Here they are:
Option 1 – Bay 1 – 10 teams, Bay 2 – 10 teams, Bay 3 – 6 teams
Option 2 – Bay 1 – 10 teams, Bay 2 – 8 teams, Bay 3 – 8 teams
Option 3 – Bay 1 – 8 teams, Bay 2 – 10 teams, Bay 3 – 8 teams
League Formats would be as follows:
8 team Leagues – double round robin, plus a split (points carry over) – 17 weeks
10 team Leagues – double round robin – 18 weeks
6 team League – triple round robin – 15 weeks
The clubs were also sent a coloured spreadsheet showing where each team would be in each option. Rangers would be in Bay 2 under each scenario.

10 March The Nix men lost for the first time this year, although the women won away in Perth. The Nix men have been knocked off the top of the league by Central Coast.

2 March Registrations for Plains Rangers for 2024 are now open! Remember... if you register, you must pay subs (see March 29). Here's how: Click here (opens in new tab), Log in, or register if you're a new player. Then follow these steps: Registrations - Register - Select club - Plains Rangers Senior Football 2024 - Add to cart - in top right corner click on the shopping cart - Proceed to Checkout - Choose Payment Option - Free - Place Order.

29 March An excellent turn out to our player muster and AGM this evening. Player numbers for both the men's and women's teams are looking strong. Congratulations to Dani Howard who replaces Carl Imlig as vice-president. Christian Wetting and Margaret Nillesen continue their excellent work as President and Secretary-treasurer. Fees have increased a little to cover increases in the levies we are charged by Waibop and NZ Football. Fees need to be paid by the end of May, but preferably earlier. Full subs: $210. Under 19s sub: $110. School students sub: $60. Full or part payments can be made via internet banking to 01-0310-0056958-00 (make sure you reference your name!). If you register, you have to pay the subs.
Registrations to play for Plains Rangers will open in a few days. Watch out for working bees to do maintenance on the field. There is likely to be a pre-season game for the men on 23 March. The season kicks off on 6/7 April. Oi oi Rangers!

26 March Reminder... player muster 6pm this Thursday, all welcome (adults, senior high school students). Followed by AGM at 7pm. Women practice runs Wednesdays 6pm. Edgecumbe Domain.

19 Feb Top notch Phoenix performance last night, after storm delay and lots of players injured, beat 3rd placed Macarthur away 2 - 1. Stay 5 points clear at top of table. People are starting to take notice!!

14 Feb Player muster! Roll up!! The Plains Rangers' AGM is on Thursday 29th, 7pm, following a kick about at 6pm. All welcome. Come and have your say about the upcoming season and the running of our club. The usual Thursday kick abouts continue at 6pm too. All Welcome!

10 Feb Crazy story of Nix home match delayed because Western accidentally brought their home kit and our kitman had to drive to Upper Hutt to fetch our yellow strip! (Which most fans would want us to wear anyway!) Another win and our closest rivals getting beaten, opens the lead up at top of the table. Check out our Phoenix pages.

9 Feb Reasonable numbers again at Thursday night's pre-season kick around. Teimana was in great goalscoring form. Earle, coping with being a new dad, managed a run and scored a couple of beauties. Congratulations Earle and partner on baby Slade's arrival. It sounds like Rangers women's team have been productive in the off-season as well. Congratulations to whom it may concern!
Anyone going to Welly for the weekend? The Nix have another home game Saturday at 5.30pm. Their new Costa Rican international midfielder Youstin Salas will probably be presented to the crowd as well.

4 Feb The Phoenix men remain top of the table after a 1 - 1 draw, and have a massive game against second placed Central Coast on Waitangi Day in Wellington. Mariners are on an 11 game unbreaten streak and are scoring lots of goals. Its a must see, 4pm on Tuesday.

1 February Good numbers at Rangers pre-season kickarounds. Women on Wednesdays 6pm, men Thursdays. All welcome: Adult men, women, senior high school students. 6pm at the Edgecumbe Domain. Tonight's had 13 with lots of apologies, and there were 13 on Wednesday too.
Tough test for the Phoenix men tomorrow (Friday) night, away at Brisbane with two important players suspended, one injured and two on limited minutes.

27 January Rangers women had their first run on Wednesday and a decent turn out on Thursday too for the men. A few new recruits, welcome! The Phoenix went clear at the top of the A League tonight with a late win against Newcastle, Polish star Zawada is back! Check out our Phoenix pages.

20 January Exciting Phoenix games with them top of the A League and battling to a 1 - 1 draw away at Victory with only ten men. First kick about for Rangers people this Thursday at 6pm. Casual, fun, all welcome at the Edgecumbe Domain.

8 January 2024 A strange revelation had the Phoenix leading the table going into the New Year, when it was revealed that the A League has changed the customary way of ordering teams when they are equal on points, from goal difference to number of wins. The Melbourne Victory were thought to be on top with the Phoenix second, due to Victory's superior goal difference. Even the A League's official website had it this way. Then a fan questioned it on Twitter (X), quoting from the league's own rulebook. So the Phoenix was reinstated top, due to them having one more win! Crazy stuff!
Anyway, on Thursday they dropped a point and are actually second!

31 December 2023 Happy New Year football fans, especially the Plains Rangers whanau. Best of luck and congratulations to Ben McPherson, getting married to Shani Rutland today. Have the best day. You'll never forget the wedding anniversary date!

23 December The 12 Pubs of Lochhead YF pub crawl would have been really sweet. First Rudan, who used to coach the Nix and is here with WSW, shouted a round, costing him $870. Then the Nix women win 2 - 0, then the Nix men beat Rudan's team 2 - 0 both goals in stoppage time. Kosta Barbarouses was in fine form, as was keeper Paulsen. The Nix stay top of the league for Christmas! The pub crawl would have been epic for the rest of the night!

18 December After the women frustratingly couldn't win, spurning many chances, the Phoenix men put in a superb performance to go back to the top of the table beating Macarthur 3 - 0 away. Kosta and Kraev the scorers. Ball, Payne and Old were also terrific and Paulsen saved yet another penalty. Check out our Phoenix pages.

2 December The Phoenix men go top of the league with a good 1 - 0 win away to Western United. Ben Old scored the winner, Kosta excellent too.

1 December Sad news that Chloe Knott has left the Nix women's team, citing pay and integrity issues. She even scored the winning goal last weekend. All the best Chloe and her remaining team mates.

25 November A great double header in Auckland today. Matt and Pete were lucky enough to be at Mt Smart to watch. The Phoenix men beat last year's league winners Melb City 1 - 0 with keeper Paulsen saving his second pen of the season, to go temporairly top of the league. The Nix women then beat league leaders Perth Glory 2 - 1 to stay in 3rd place in the standings.

21 November A League football is coming back to Auckland. Auckland is to have its own men's team next season and a women's team the following season. The licence has been bought by billionaire Bill Foley, who already owns several top sports teams including AFC Bournemouth.
Football tomorrow morning: the All Whites play Ireland, kick off 8.45am. It's on Duke (Sky channel 23) and FIFA+.
Watch out for Matt Dalgity at the Nix games in Auckland this Saturday.

19 November Despite a 1 - 0 away loss, the Nix women remain in third on the table. This coming Saturday the Phoenix play a double header at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, with the men playing at 4.30pm and the women at 7.15pm. The women host top of the table Perth, while the men host last season's champions Melbourne City. Big games!

12 November The Nix women have now won three in a row. A crazy stat that the same player scored goals for both the men's and women's teams this weekend! The name: Own Goal! Check out our Phoenix pages.

10 November The Nix hold out well for a 1 - 1 draw in Melbourne, despite a number of one-sided refereeing decisions. Mr O.G. was the scorer.

6 November Superb double header in Wellington with the Nix women (2 - 1) then the men (5 - 2) winning against well performing Brisbane Roar. A Zawada hat-trick and a goal on debut for Annalie Longo, which prompted the Yellow Fever into singing a LONGO song based on the BINGO song (There was a farmer had a dog and...). First goal to Tim Payne, a Kraev super goal, Speckmaier cool header... It was a very happy day for the fans, bathed in cool sunshine, shirts off twice!

30 October The Nix win their first home game of the season 2 - 1 against Perth Glory. Ex-Nix keeper Sail gifts Zawada a chance and he lobs it in perfectly. Perth's giant centre back gets a header from a free kick. Lovely team goal finished by Kraev. Young Lukas Kelly-Heald does a silly hand ball at a corner, but Paulsen saves the pen. Excitement plus!
Check out our Phoenix pages. On them are links to all previous seasons of the Nix, plus the old professional NZ teams the Knights and the Kings. Sounds like a new professional outfit will be set up in Auckland to compete with the Phoenix in the A League. Should be fun!

22 October The Phoenix men and women played a double header against Western Sydney in hot 30 degrees conditions. The men defended resolutely to earn a 0 - 0 draw in their season opener. The Nix women were excellent, coming away with a 3 - 0 win with goals to Speckmaier, Fraser and Elliot.

15 October The All Whites played well in a 1 - 1 draw against Congo, after a late Chris Wood penalty. The Phoenix women were allowed visa players for the first time. The Canadian goalkeeper Foster was excellent. The Nix played well, but lost 1 - 0 to the strong Melbourne City team.

12 October Our team photos have been updated, you can check them out on the Player profiles page.

8 October Rangers prize giving went very well last night. The Edgecumbe Rugby and Sports Club had the disco lights circling, a delicious spread of food, some fine speeches, a rousing haka by the rugby boys to their two blazer recipients and a great list of prize winners:

Player of the year Rose Sinkinson
Young player of the year Katie Mahy
Golden Boot Dani Howard
Players player Danielle Giordano
Sportmanship Sarah Wigzell
Most promising Mariah Pepper
Most dedicated Ranee Whiting
Player of the year Samuel McPherson
Young player of the year Kobi Wetting
Golden Boot Philip Ballingall
Players player Elijah Wetting
Sportmanship Russell Margan
Most promising Oliver Fort
Club awards:  
Personality Jesse Meadows
Endeavour Margaret Nillesen

Congratulations to all our winners! Have a look at our Honours Board if you want to check out all our past winners!

17 September With most of Rangers players attention on the Warriors stunning finals series win in the NRL against Newcastle, neighbours Kawerau Town had an excruciating 4 - 3 loss in extra time to Otumoetai Special Reserve in the Miller Bowl final. Ex-Rangers players Teimana and Kirk gave it their all and would be frustrated that Kawerau had a goal disallowed when a push was spotted by the linesperson.

13 September Rangers men took the lead but couldn't knock over league champions TC Juggernauts in their final game of the season on Saturday, going down 2 - 1 in the end. Scorer Hamish, Player of the day Elijah. Read Chris's report. Thanks Chris!

3 September Rangers men couldn't finish their last home game on a high, denied by the crossbar, the sun and some ill luck, losing to Papamoa United 3 - 1. Phil the scorer and Chris player of the day. Here's the report. Rangers breakup is confirmed for October 7th. Put it in your diary!!

28 August Phoenix women start season on Oct 15, men on 22nd.

21 August Rangers women finished their season in style yesterday, a 4 - 1 against Otumoetai. Dani and Ella scored the goals and Dee was player of the day. Here's the report. Reports from the last few games can be found on the links for each game on the Rangers results page.

19 August Rangers men had a day to forget at Otumoetai today. A skilful Otumoetai number 9 created plenty for the home team and looked like he belonged in leagues higher than Bay Two. Rangers went close through Earle and Ollie, but lost 3 - 0. Read the report.

18 August After more computer woes, we are back again. At least there has been the wonderful FIFA Women's World Cup to watch. Great crowds, skills, results. Our Rangers women must have been inspired by the game they went to in Hamilton (and some good coaching) becuase their results since then have been excellent! Hopefully other pages of this website will be updated soonish. At the moment only the Rangers results page is current.

23 July We are back!! A great week for NZ football with the FIFA Women's World Cup starting and New Zealand scoring a brilliant win on Thursday over Norway in front of a record 43000 crowd (including Chris and Lucy Butler). Sadly Rangers men only played twenty minutes of good football on Saturday, ending up losing to Otumoetai 3 - 0. Rangers women though had a good game today with a 2 - 1 against Papamoa Icons. Dani and Danielle were the scorers. Read the reports of both games here.

28 May Rangers women grabbed a cool 1 - 0 win away at Papamoa Icons. Dani Howard scored again, and Dee was player of the day. Here's the report.
This website will not be updated till late July. Apologies to all those brave enough to visit, ignoring the google warnings about the site being unsafe / dangerous!!

27 May Conceeding early goals in both halves cost Rangers men today, going down 2 - 1 to Tauranga City New Blues. A superb bicycle kick goal from Jesse Meadows was Rangers highlight. Isaiah was player of the day. Here's the Report.

21 May Rangers women had a big win today, despite several players missing. A superb Dani Howard hat-trick and a first goal to Lily Muggeridge. Here is the report.

20 May Rangers men had a win in a very windy and wet Rotorua against Waiariki. Goals to Phil and Jimmy. Ben McPherson player of the day. Earle and Levi made welcome returns to the pitch. Read the report.

17 May Rangers beat Whakatane Town 1 - 0 last night in a memorable catch-up Miller Cup game under lights in Whakatane, retaining the Sponsors' Cup in the process. Jesse scored the winner, minutes after player of the day Josiah saved a penalty. Here's the report. Some great match photos from Bruce Belcher, click here.

14 May Rangers women put up a good fight in their 2 - 0 loss at Tauranga City. Rose Sinkinson player of the day on debut. Read the reports.

13 May Rangers men fell to a 1 - 0 loss to Otumoetai SR. An unlucky deflection on a shot in the early minutes was the only goal. Player of the day Elijah Wetting. Here's the report.

8 May Well done Rangers women, a fine 4 - 0 win, Rhylee Mahy player of the day, Rangers men had a red card and a 3 - 1 loss. Ben McPherson player of the day. Read the reports!

1st May The Chatham Cup draw is out for the next round. Taupo who knocked us out have a winnable game against Te Awamutu, who are below them in the Northern League Southern Conference. Giant Killers Waipuna from Bay Three have a trip to play Bucklands Beach, who are in the Northern League Northern Conference. Good luck to both teams. These games are on 13 May.

30 April Rangers women suffered with the strong wind, but put up a valiant effort losing 6 - 0 to Te Puke. Ducatti player of the day. Read the report here. It does not mention Dani scoring with a good header into her own goal, outdoing Matt's effort yesterday!

29 April Rangers men suffered a 3 - 1 defeat to Tauranga City Juggernauts. Early goals to the visitors. Elijah scored a good goal and was player of the day. Read the report. Matt's bid for golden boot is not mentioned! The Phoenix are in the finals after a win against Macarthur tonight. Check out our Phoenix pages.

28 April Now sadly Tuesday night's game against Whakatane has been postponed due to the pitch not being marked out. Hopefully it will go ahead the following Tuesday 9th May.

26 April Confirmed. Rangers' postponed Miller Cup game against Whakatane Town will be played on Tuesday 2 May, at 6.30pm under lights in Whakatane. This game was postponed because of Rangers participation in the Chatham Cup.

23 April If you want to see some awesome photos of yesterday's Chatham Cup game, check out Bruce Belcher's flicker album. Also, hearty congratulations to BOP div 3 Waipuna Rangers who beat Pukekohe 2 - 1 in the Cup!

22 April Rangers put in a great defensive shift, keeping Taupo out till a penalty in the second half. A late goal gave the visitors a 2 - 0 win. Player of the day Wetts in goal, closely followed by Hamish and Jon. Here's the report.
Great to have a combined after-match with the rugby teams. Edgecumbe, Opotiki, Plains Rangers and Taupo. Some very entertaining speeches and a great haka from the Edgecumbe team acknowledging all the groups. Special times.

20 April A full on crisp training tonight well done everyone. Looking forward to Saturday. If you want to check out the regulations for the Chatham Cup, click here!

19 April Nice item in the Beacon today of Rangers women's friendly with Whakatane.
A reminder that subs are due by the end of May. Players need to pay all or part subs now please. Full fees are $195, with youth fees $100.
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!). If you register, you have to pay the subs.

17 April Rangers men had a tough day out at Papamoa United. Very windy. A 2 - 0 loss. Jon player of the day. Debuts to Jesse Meadows and Ronan Mitchell. Read the report.
Sadly, Rangers women have had to default their game against Whakatane. Any new women players very welcome!! However, Rangers women who could make it did have a friendly game with Whakatane, which was a great idea.

4 April The website is back, yay! Sorry to all readers who looked on here for the last month. Computer woes now fixed! Lots to update, which might not come till after Easter, sorry.
Rangers men and women got their seasons going at the weekend. The men had a roller coaster 3 - 2 win away at Omokoroa. Coach Wetts didn't see most of the game, he was away getting his face stitched up after being collected by a not high boot! Luckily Chris videoed most of the action, so Wetss could see what he missed. Player of the day the gutsy striker Phil. Rangers women had a tough first outing, but got their game together as it went on in a loss to Papamoa. Shannon was player of the day. Here's the report.

19 March Rangers v TCU preseason. Jon good shot from midfield. Phil welcome back from injury pressurized their defence and pounced on an error to score. TCU scored late. Phil and Elijah in good form, midfield duo of Jimmy and Jon passed ball around well. Josiah good in goal. 2 – 1 win.

1 March
Rangers official player muster is set for this Sunday March 5th at 5pm. Includes kick about and sausage sizzle. All welcome, male and female from age 15 year upwards. Edgecumbe Domain (behind the main rugby field). Or join us on Thursday evenings 6pm. For more info, contact Ranee re women's team on 0274679792, Christian on men's team 0278111525 or Barrie 0274637791. Women players urgently needed!

24 February Rangers held their AGM after training game last night. Many thanks to Chris Butler for all his work as vice-president and congratulations to Carl Imlig elected to take on the role. A massive thank you too to Christian Wetting and Margaret Nillesen who continue in their roles as president and secretary/treasurer.

The Phoenix men are in action tonight against 2nd placed Central Coast. Kick off 9.45pm. Should be a great contest!

17 February The Nix were terrific tonight, beating champs Western United away 3 - 0, which made up for a very poor 5 - 0 loss by the Football Ferns against Portugal earlier.

16 February Plains Rangers AGM called off at the last minute tonight because of a severe electrical storm, heavy rain and hail! AGM to go ahead after training next Thursday, 23rd Feb. Training 6pm.

13 February Rangers men have their first preseason game locked in. Tauranga City Bay 2 team are coming to play Rangers at Edgecumbe on Saturday 25 March. 12.30pm kick off.
Lots of international women's football in Hamilton this weekend. NZ v Portugal on Friday evening, Cameroon v Thailand on Sat evening, Taiwan v Paraguay on Sun afternoon and NZ v Argentina on Mon evening. Play off games each day following because some of these games are World Cup qualifiers.

10 February Our Thursday evening kick arounds continue. 6 pm at the Edgecumbe Domain. All welcome (male, female, senior high school students). Plains Rangers AGM is after this week's one, at 7.30 in the Edgecumbe Rugby & Sports Club. Come and have your say. The vice-president's position is up for grabs. A big thank you to out going vice-pres Chris Butler for all his work for the club.

30 January Two crazy Phoenix games. Both the men and the women had a centre back sent off for DOGSO in their games. Both teams managed creditable draws despite playing with ten players, in fact the women came from 2 - 0 down and had a 4th goal denied in a late dodgy offside call. Check out our Phoenix pages. See you Thursday!

23 January Thursdays kick arounds continue each week. The council's grass mowing strategies gave us some extra challenges this week. See you again next week, 6pm. Men, women, high school students all welcome.
Chris Wood has now been signed by Nottingham Forest, on loan. A great double header from the Nix yesterday, Women win first game, 5 - 0 then the men knock over second placed Central Coast. Alex Rufer finally scores!

15 January Another fine win for the Nix men yesterday. Zawada header, Sail three fine saves in goal. Nix women today though, lost 2 - 0 at Perth. A player from each team sent off for fighting! Check out our Nix pages.
Looking forward to USA v NZ Football Ferns this Wednesday.

13 January Great turn out last night for our kick around. 9 aside. All welcome again next Thursday 6pm. Even if you want to just check us out. Men, women, high school students all welcome.

7 January A fun kick around tonight. Nine people turned up. Next one this Thursday, 6pm. All welcome!
The Nix men won a dramatic game in Sydney, down to nine men and surviving two dodgy late penalties. Amazing result and effort, against some head shaking refereeing.

3 January 2023 Happy New Year! Rangers first kick around for the year this Saturday at Edgecumbe Domain, 5pm. All Welcome!! (Includes men, women, teenagers...) See you there!

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Action Photos
Club Prize Giving November 2021
Men v Tauranga City 18 Sept 2021
Men v Taupo 8 May 2021
Men v Tauranga City 12 Sept 2020
Men v Taupo 29 August 2020
Men v Otumoetai SR, 18 July 2020
Men v Papamoa, 4 July 2020
2019 prize giving
2019 Pics
Prize giving 2018
Men v HNK Auckland, Chatham Cup, 28 April 2018
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.