Plains Rangers F.C.
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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