19 May A great weekend for Rangers.Hat tricks from both men's and women's teams! The women had a 4 - 0 win against Ngongy today! Jenny player of the day, Samantha helped out the opposition when they were running out of players, Kiahli scored the goals! Ranee's report:
Rangers Vs Ngongotaha
4 - 0
Damn girls what a game we all had today and the score shows it. We all worked like a well oiled machine on the field from excellent passes to running onto balls and fighting for that ball as well, and just straight out not giving up and keeping the team spirit alive. Well done ladies give yourselves a pat on the back. Big thanks to Samantha for helping out Ngongotaha and playing for them when they had no players. Laura you where having a great game in mids till injury struck. You were doing some great passes and used your body stopping the balls. Rest up and take it easy! Back line you girls had a great game,with your chasing back, picking up players and clearing the ball. Kiahli well done on your goals today and thanks to the girls that contributed to helping score them. Couldn't have worked without your help and great passes.
P.O.D - Jenny well done and well deserved. You had an awesome game in the back line great clearing of ball and of shutting down players and some great runs up the field as well.
Silly Willy - Laura for forgetting to bring it.
Once again ladies awesome game! Keep it up! We are all doing some great stuff out there.
Catch you all at training Wednesday night.
Need more football? The A League grand final is on tonight, at 8.30. Perth v Sydney. Should be a good game!
18 May Rangers men knocked Cup holders out of the Miller Cup today, with a 3 - 2 win, courtesy of a hat-trick by Sione Lotu. Sione three times chipped their keeper, once from 25m, once 20m and once inside the box. A good all round performance. Here's the report.
13 May Rangers men grabbed their first win of the season, in a local derby with Kawerau. Pat scored both, with JP player of the day. On Sunday Rangers women had a great battle with Tauranga City, and lost in the end. Laura player of the day, Gemma the scorer. Read the reports.
8 May The Miller Cup draw is out. Rangers men get to play Otumoetai Legends again, away again. May 18th.
5 May Rangers women didn't have a happy day either. Ranee's report:
Rangers Vs Te Puke.
Tough day at the skate rank today. However ladies I'm proud of you all, we kept on playing the game and we never gave up we kept the fight, alive till the end.
"Make your life a masterpiece, imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do."
Welcome to the field Ashleigh. Great to finally have you out there playing with us, you had a good game. Zahara you had another good game today with plenty of fight. Well done to the back line. You guys had a tough game however to kept on going strong.
"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated"
We put together some good passes, some good through balls and some good runs with the ball.
Thank you Mishka for taking a turn in goal, just put a less gap between your legs!
Jenny playing with her balls on the ground!
"Creativity is intelligence having fun"
P.O.D = Ash you had a massive game in goal today, you did great saves using your whole body from your hands to your legs. Congratulations chick!
Silly Willy = Emma because I said so and that's that! Thanks for playing today, it was great to have you on the field again.
4 May Rangers went to league leaders Katikati and were determined to put up a fight. Success, with lots of good personal battles, despite the score blowing out to 10 - 0 in the end. Sammy player of the day, with Ronan also having his best game. Jords was in goal with Wetts in the midfield. At the aftermatch, the Katikati spokesperson likened Petir's skill to Eden Hazard. That's rather a large compliment, even if you're not a Chelsea fan!
The Phoenix put in a determined effort last night, but still went out 3 - 1 away to Victory. New coach announced: Ufuk Talay.
1 May A reminder that everyone should have paid at least half of their subs by yesterday! Half of your fees needed to be paid by April 31st and the full amount by May 31st. Fees are $170, or $100 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!). P.S we are urgently looking for sponsors for the club. Naming rights sponsors, or support sponsors. Contact Chris or Barrie or Wetts or Margaret.
29 April The Phoenix got a hiding at Perth last night, so their play-off game is against Melbourne Victory this Friday night (3rd v 6th). Their coach reckons they will be ready for it. Lets hope so! Check out our Phoenix pages.
Also check out some photos of the last two games here. Thanks Chris (also... a big thank you for mowing the pitch on Saturday with the little ride-on mower, oh and while we're at it, thanks to JP for bringing bags of topsoil to fill in the holes left by us pulling out the old rugby goals!).
28 April Rangers women's bubble burst... Ranee's report:
Rangers vs Taupo
1st home game on our new field and what a tough game it was! Taupo came out fighting and put together beautiful through balls and passes to come away with the win. Unfortunately We just didn't have our mojo today. We still played hard and in great spirit like we always do. 2nd half was played waaaaay better, we started putting together passes and even had some shots on goal. Welcome and well played on the wing today to Zahara. Awesome work in the mids by Gemma and Jenny, who hassled the opposition and took some hard balls on their bodies. Well done on your shots at goal Gem, keep them going they will eventually go in. Awesome job by our back line again and Jojo in goal who had to work hard all day! Unfortunately we converted our penalty and don't get the 3 points for that! Well done girls, tough game but you all tried hard. Win some u lose some.
P. O. D = Karen played hard for a full 90mins, taking balls to the body and defending our goal hard out. Well done.
Silly Willy = Rach who rolled her ankle in training and couldn't play at all, but who also... Left the gas cap at the servo this morning after filling up!
Thanks to everyone who came down to support us today much appreciated!
Catch ya all Wednesday at training.
27 April Rangers were put under the pump by visitors Whakatane Town in the first half, but an improved second half was a positive. Rangers went down 4 - 0. Shane player of the day. The report.
26 April HNK Auckland knocked Papamoa 2 - 1 out of the Chatham Cup yesterday, with ex-All White striker Paul Urlovic scoring one of their goals. (Read news item 12 April). Good training last night as Rangers get ready for Whakatane derby tomorrow. Cheers Jimmy!
Rangers women have their first home game on Sunday, against Taupo. Support our unbeaten girls. Kick off 12.30pm.
23 April Not much to report from Rangers men's loss at Rotorua. Andy scored. Wett made quite a few saves, including one with his face! Petir player of the day. Rotorua 4, Rangers 1.
At least the Phoenix lightened up the weekend with a 94th minute winner, Krishna hattie.
14 April Another good performance from Rangers women as they earned a 2 - 2 draw at Tauranga Blue Rovers. Kiahli two goals, Macca player of the day. Read the report.
Phoenix bad news, that coach Mark Rudan is leaving at the end of the season, balances out the news that they have definitely made the play offs. Big game this Sunday, home to Melbourne City, to try and earn a home play off.
13 April A good hard first home game for Rangers men. Jamaal got an early yellow card, Taupo scored a goal from a corner, with Rangers players questioning whether the ball had gone out over the goal line and back into play again. Ali Scott had a heavy landing and has damaged his shoulder. Jamaal player of the day. Taupo won 1 - 0. The report.
Rangers women's game tomorrow transferred to Te Wati Park, Te Hono Rd, Maungatapu. Oi Oi Rangers!
12 April The Chatham Cup draw is out. Plains Rangers are not in it this year, but will be interested to see how Papamoa get on away to HNK Auckland. Last year, HNK beat Rangers 2 - 0, and Papamoa did very well in getting through to the third round.
Rangers men are looking forward to their first game back at the new / old home ground of the Edgecumbe Domain. Rangers last played in Edgecumbe in 2007.
10 April Plains Rangers are looking for sponsors. $2000 will get you naming rights sponsors. $500 will get you named at aftermatch events, and acknowledgement on web site. Contact us to discuss.
7 April Much better news from the Rangers women, who started the season with a 5 - 0 win at Ngongotaha. Goals to Mishka (2), Kiahli (2) and Rachel. It is Rangers women's biggest ever win, surpassing the 5 - 1 win against Rotorua in 2016. Congratulations girls!
What a great start to the season Ladies, you should all be proud of your efforts today. For our 1st game we gelled really well together on the pitch, we passed the way we were facing, spread the ball wide and put together sequence play. Awesome crosses from Shayna, Kiki and Mish. Some amazing through balls from Laura and Macca resulting in some fab goals. 5 to be exact! 2 for Kiki 8mins and 26mins in. 1 for Mish 18mins 1st half and some great shots from Ranee 30mins hitting the post. 2nd half Mish with her 2nd 12mins in, Rach putting pressure on their keeper and put away a header goal 31mins in. Ranee and Gemma taking great shots unfortunately not finding the back of the net and Jenny scoring a goal 5mins after subbing on, but was unfortunately disallowed due to being offside . Our back line (Tara, Po, Amber, Karen, Jojo) played an awesome defensive game keeping the opposition at a zero result. Ash had a good 1st game in goal. Overall we played bloody brilliant!! Well done ladies
Player of the day = TEAM
Silly Willy = TARA (NgongoMataha in TePuke)
Catch ya all Wednesday at training.
6 April Not the start to the league Rangers were looking for. In calm warm conditions at Otumoetai, Rangers went down 4 - 0. Sam player of the day. Debuts for Ben and Shane and welcome back Jamaal. Here's the report.
1 April Not an April Fools joke... the BOP Women's league has been changed, with Whakatane swapping into the Federation W League, and Te Puke swapping back into the BOP Women's league.
30 March Field set up on the Edgecumbe Domain. Everyone working... measuring and marking lines, digging holes, putting up goals, spraying lines. Pitch 95 m by 68 m. Highlight: Chris and Andy hanging from the crossbars trying to get the slight upward bow out of them. Next door, the Edgecumbe rugby team were getting ready to play Matata.
Phoenix had another fine win tonight, David Williams hat trick.
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The draws are out Rangers men have Otumoetai Legends, away on April 6th for their first game and Rangers women have
Ngongotaha, away on April 7th. The Bay Women's league is down to six teams. Sad.
19 March Changes to the teams in Bay One and Two:
Plains Rangers, Katikati, Taupo Lakers, Otumoetai Legends, Whakatane Town, Te Puke, Rotorua Utd, Kawerau Sports
Otumoetai Special Reserve, Whakatane Town, Papamoa A, Rotorua Utd, Papamoa Old Boys, Tauranga Blue Rovers, Tauranga City Relics, Tauranga City.
The league's fixtures are not out yet, due to start in first week of April. The first round of the Bay Cup is on May 18th.
18 March Check out a couple of photos of the game on Photo of the week (link to the right). Thanks Chris.
Another good Phoenix win last night, totally dedicated to the families of the tragic, horrifying shootings in Christchurch. Mandi's free kick was about as good as Caleb's goal yesterday!
17 March A minute silence in respect to the terrible events in Christchurch on Friday preceeded Rangers next preseason hit out. Rangers men had a very good work out in their game hosting Rotorua United. In hot conditions at the Edgecumbe Domain, Rangers were determined to be patient passing the ball around. This proved their undoing in the first section of the 3 x 30 minutes game. They were caught on the ball in front of goal and the visitors scored. Up front Sam Christieson went close twice for Rangers, hitting the post and scraping the post. Rotorua pounced on a moment of indecision after the break and doubled their lead, but Rangers kept up their passing game and a good move saw Xavier Bain score a nice goal, beating the keeper from 20 metres. Soon after, Caleb Hyndman had Rangers back on level terms with a thunderous shot that dipped and flew into the back of the net. Into the final third, Ben Burr had a couple of chances for Rangers, but Rotorua scored with a well taken goal. Rangers showed excellent attitude to keep their game going and were rewarded when a free kick was won and Petir Gray hit a shot round the wall that the keeper couldn't keep out. Rangers kept up their work rate in the heat, and after playing several triangle passes, young Ben Burr had a shot that was parried but Xavier raced in to blast it home. Rangers 4, Rotorua 3. It was a competitive, evenly fought game, good value for both teams.
15 March Rangers men have another preseason game tomorrow (Sat) at Edgecumbe against Rotorua United, starts 2pm. Players be there 12.30pm. At training last night Jaiden looked like he was saving up all his accurate shots at goal for another day! Maybe Saturday, maybe not.
The teams are out for the BOP leagues:
Bay One: Plains Rangers,Katikati, Taupo Lakers, Otumoetai Legends, Whakatane Town, Te Puke, Rotorua Utd, Kawerau Sports, Tauranga Blue Rovers, Tauranga City.
Bay Two: Otumoetai Special Reserve, Otumoetai Green, Whakatane Town, Papamoa A, Papamoa B, Rotorua Utd, Ngongotaha, Papamoa Old Boys, Tauranga City Relics.
Women's Bay One: Ngongotaha AFC, Plains Rangers, Te Puke, Tauranga City, Taupo, Whakatane Town, Papamoa , Tauranga Blue Rovers, Otumoetai.
10 March Rangers had a good first pre-season game, hosting Otumoetai. They played on a pitch at the Edgecumbe Domain, with Awakeri's field not deemed playable. Near the end of the first third, Andy Willis flicked the ball through to Jamaal James, who scored with a calm finish. The visitors replied with a well taken goal. In the second 'half' Petir Gray scored a screamer from 25 metres, but Otumoetai replied straight away when Rangers defence didn't deal with a bouncing high ball. Into the final stanza and the visitors scored after a one-two around the last Rangers defender. Rangers 2, Otumoetai 3. It was good to see a debut from Ben Burr, who combined well with Caleb Hyndman and Sione Lotu up front in the middle 30 minutes. Welcome back to Jamaal, who did well in the midfield, combining with Petir and Hus Gray very well. The Edgecumbe Rugby Club hosted the footballers afterwards with a great feed.
On Sunday, the Phoenix blitzed Central Coast 8 - 2 away from home, to climb to 4th on the table. Should make for a good run towards to
the finals. Check out our Phoenix pages.
This Saturday Rangers have another pre-season game lined up, against Rotorua Utd. Venue TBC.
5 March Rangers men are currently training at the Edgecumbe Domain, on the back field of the Edgecumbe Rugby Club. 6pm Thursdays, all welcome. They have a pre-season game this Saturday, at Awakeri, 2pm kick off against Otumoetai. Be there 1pm, or around 11am if you want to help mark out the pitch.
Rangers women are training at Awakeri Wednesdays 6pm. All welcome.
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14 February Rangers AGM tonight had a good attendance. Christian, Chris and Margaret were re-elected in their positions. Congratulations, keep up the good work! Carl Imlig and Matt Eveleens are the women's team coaches for the new season, the women's trainings start on Wednesdays at 6pm, men's continue on Thursdays at 6pm, all welcome.
Subs have gone up, mainly because of Waibop raising their fees considerably. Adult fees are now $170, with juniors $100.
A new club rule that any fines for yellow or red cards need to be paid before the next match.
8 February Ex-Rangers Ashley Hawkes was in the crowd at Newcastle watching the Nix and the Jets play out a hugely entertaining game. Both keepers were men of the match! Both Kiwis. Check out our Nix pages.
4 February Good to see ex-Rangers player Juan Propato in the crowd at the Perth Glory game, sadly Juan wearing a Phoenix shirt didn't influence the result as the understrength Nix lost to the league leaders 3 - 0. After our kickabout this Thursday, we can go home and watch the Nix attempt to knock over Newcastle Jets.
The Plains Rangers AGM is coming up, after training on Thursday 14th.
26 January The Nix grabbed a 1 - 0 win against Melbourne City tonight, thanks to superb display from keeper Kurto in the second half. We were great in the first half, but Kurto pulled off heaps of saves in the second.
Thursday night was good again, about 20 people at Awakeri. Highlights: Alex Dalgity's long throw-ins, Jamaal's excellent header from JP's cross and Andy riding away on his Indian Scout motorbike. See us all again next Thursday, 6pm. All welcome.
22 January A good turn out at the kick around last week, we played 11 v 11. Another one this Thursday, 6pm at Awakeri, all welcome (men and women).
The Phoenix continued their excellent run to nine games unbeaten with a 3 - 3 draw away to champions Melbourne Victory on Sunday. Krishna scored two more goals. They have whizzed home, ready to take on Sydney tomorrow night. Wouldn't it be good to be in Wellington for it!
The council have been putting time into fixing some areas of our training and playing fields. Yay!
14 January Rangers first pre-season kick around this Thursday at Awakeri at 6pm. All welcome!! Bring a cold drink.
The Phoenix set a new club record on Saturday, going eight games unbeaten with a 3 - 2 win against the Mariners. One lucky person in the 10,000 crowd won $30,000 for being in the lucky seat! It wasn't Bazza!
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All Whites' greatest ever player Wynton Rufer had a heart attack during the week, but after CPR from bystander, he is expected to make a full recovery. If you have never seen him play, have a look at these goals he scored for the Auckland Kingz when he was player coach in their first year in the Aussie National League, at age 37. The first one is amazing! His nephew Alex Rufer is playing centre midfield for the Phoenix.
9 January 2019 Happy New Year everyone!!! For Phoenix fans it's been a great new year so far. The unbeaten run continues (7 matches). Can the Nix make a new club record this Saturday? It'll be tough, with their 3rd game in a week. A couple of Rangers players will be in Wellington to try and cheer them on!
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