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30 Dec 2007 The Phoenix grab a very good away win at third placed Newcastle, 3 - 2.
The grass has sprouted on the Edgecumbe Domain.

16 December Wellington Phoenix move up to 6th with a strong 1 - 1 draw with second placed Queensland Roar. Next game Dec 30th, then the last home game.

11 December Good news on the Edgecumbe Domain front. Work has recommenced on the levelling and resurfacing and with the recent rain hopefully grass will sprout!

8 December Here are some pics of the Phoenix / Beckham extravaganza last weekend. And last night the Phoenix grabbed a 3 - 0 win. If you haven't been down to watch a game, only two more chances to do so this season, This coming Friday (14th) and January 4th. If you're a football fan, you'll love it.

4 December A glorious weekend in Wellington for football fans. Baz and Ben were two Rangers players there, as well as Finchy, Lee and the Coreys from Whakatane. Great atmosphere at the Beckham game, even if the ref did gift Becks a penalty. And no none of us was the streaker. She put up a bloody good fight too! There will be plenty of new Phoenix followers after such a good two games.

28 November Sounds like Barry Lusher is leaving the Federation / BOP job. Thanks Barry for everything you've done. All the best for the future.

18 November Copies of the DVD of Rangers win at Fury on September 1st are available from Barrie. It is nearly all wide shot and with wind noise, but a worthwhile reminder of a famous win. Thanks to Dave Cook and his camera person.

17 November The Phoenix blow a 1 - 0 lead in injury time against ten man Sydney. Keeper Moss almost as good as Wett with some excellent saves.

3 November The Phoenix got back on track with a good away win at Perth Glory, the second longest away trip in domestic football. And we think twice when we have to go to Taupo!
Meanwhile, the resurfacing of the Edgecumbe Domain soccer pitch is not going well. Fingers crossed the contractors will get it sorted.

29 October The Wellington Phoenix got a hiding without their well performed centre back Karl Dodd, 1 - 4 away at league leaders Adelaide tonight. Kiwi fans can still look forward to the Phoenix playing Beckham's LA Galaxy on Dec 1st. Although 25000 tickets are sold, there are a few thousand left.

22 October Rangers AGM showed that the club is in a healthy state. Player-coach Christian Wetting was reappointed for next season, with all office holders also re-elected.

15 October Rangers AGM this Thursday night, 7pm at Margaret Elliot's, 22 Bridge Street. Bring $15 if you want to order a cool team photo, and $15 if you want to buy a Plains Rangers 2007 banner.
BOP meeting last night confirmed that Otumoetai are moving up to Federation League next season, meaning that the top three BOP div two teams (Fury, Te Puke and Taupo) will move up to a ten team div one. Rangers, as fourth in line, could also seek promotion if a place becomes available.

13 October Rangers' Prize Giving went well at Bas's place. Awards presented were: Young Player of the Year: Ben McPherson, Most Promising: Josh Hyndman, Endeavour: Christian Wetting, Sportsman: Jeremy Hawkes, Golden Boot: Simon Gowing, Personalty: Dan Baxter, Players' Player: Barrie Hawkes, Player of the Year: Kirk Bain. Check out our Honours Board for all the past winners. Here are a few photos of the night.

12 October Here are more awesome photos of the Sponsors' Challenge. Check out Ben's goal, the fight and some tough challenges. Many thanks to Jodi Pitkin for the pics.

10 October Here are some awesome photos of the Sponsors' Challenge match. There are more coming too.

7 October A few pics from Bazza's trip down to watch the Phoenix last weekend.

1 October Norm Howe named Christian Wetting as Rangers player of the day, in his radio slot tonight. Wett was certainly in top form keeping out Whakatane's threats on Saturday.
The Wellington Phoenix scored their first home win in the A League, 4 - 1 against Perth Glory last night. Bazza and Bob and Moira Fraser were three locals to drive down there to see it. The Yellow Fever crowd went nuts!
Want to know what it's like being a top footballer? Here's an excellent article about Kiwi captain Ryan Nelsen's life as a top pro for Blackburn Rovers.

29 September Rangers can hold their heads high after drawing 1 - 1 with Whakatane's Federation team and being very unlucky not to be awarded a late penalty, in the annual sponsors' challenge. Read the report. Hopefully some photos are coming.
Next up is the club prize giving and break-up on 13th October.

25 September In keeping with Rangers' players' celebrity status, centre back Dan Baxter has been featuring on local radio, advertising Willetts Cars. "Buy me, get a free tv!"
" Buy one car, get one tv; buy two cars, get two tvs!"
Ex-Rangers striker Ash Hawkes set the ball rolling (see news item August 12th)
There is plenty of potential for more...
Keeper Christian Wetting... Wett and forget!
Midfielder Bas Overdevest... Over de vest, wear one of these lovely shirts!

Advertisers, check out the rest of the Rangers squad before someone beats you to them!

23 September A good home win to finish the season. Rangers 3, TCU 0. Three good goals, good performances all over the park and entertaining football played by both teams. Here's the report.

21 September Some of the players profiles have been updated. Spot the David Beckham look-alike. Who supports QPR?

19 September A few pics from the game at Kawerau last Saturday. Also, check out what our pitch at the Edgecumbe Domain looks like now!!

16 September Rangers and Kawerau had an even battle on their massive field, but two late opportunist goals from that renown goal poacher Brian Muncaster gave Kawerau the win. Read the report.Some photos might be coming in a couple of days as well!
This Saturday Rangers' final league game will be played at Awakeri, following on from the Awakeri Junior Soccer break-up

14 September Wellington Phoenix have their first ever win in A League, away to Sydney 2 - 1. Check out our Phoenix pages. Rangers pitch has finally had work started on it today.

13 September Club meeting tonight discussed, among other things, lack of commencement of work by District Council in the levelling of our home ground, the Awakeri Events Centre usage, sponsors' challenge, Rangers Prize Giving (likely to be October 13th) - players need to decide who will receive their vote for the Players' Player of the Year award, date for Rangers' AGM is October 18th, 7pm at Margaret Elliot's place.

10 September Club meeting after practice Thursday night (13th). Some interesting issues to discuss.
Sponsors' Challenge v Whakatane likely to be Sat 29th Sept, 2 pm at Whakatane.

9 September A good gritty win at Awakeri over Taupo 1 - 0. Gary Fowell laid on food and drinks for everyone. Cheers Gary! Here's the report.

2 September Result of the season, a 1 - 0 away win over AFC Fury. Jezza scored the goal just before half time, a lovely away swinger. Lots of defence in the second half! Read the report. Josh Hyndman even made it, leaving Auckland at 1.15 pm, in time to sub on in the second half. Just as well, Muggsy was stuffed by that time!
Otumoetai sneaked a run away goal to beat Te Puke in Tasman Cup final. TP hit the woodwork several times.

29 August No early kick off on Sat, back to 2.45 pm. The weekend's results have finally come through. Rangers up to 5th. Negotiations to play Sept 8th home game at Awakeri have almost been finalised.

26 August Down 4 - 1 at half time. Good determined football, Richie got a hat-trick and a yellow card, 6 - 4 win. Here's the report. It doesn't mention Josh's car accident (not many people get delivered to a game by the police!) or what Richie said to the ref!
What a great start for the Wellington Phoenix, 2 - 2 with Melbourne in front of 14500 fans. Follow our Phoenix pages.

20 August Whakatane District Council plan to start the upgrade of the Edgecumbe Domain soccer pitch next week. The ground will be rotary hoed, leveled and regrassed. Yes!!

19 August Rangers held out for a 0 - 0 half time score against league leaders Te Puke, but Te Puke proved too strong, although the score blew out in the end with two late disputed penalties, 5 - 1. Here's the report. Here are Kyle's match photos.

17 August Ex-All White captain Danny Hay is speaking at the Whakatane club rooms this Saturday night, 7pm. Costs $15. Fundraiser for Scott Marrow who has been selected for NZ Secondary Schools team, who are touring to Korea.

15 August The new draw is out! Rangers are at home to league leaders Te Puke on Saturday. Lets roll up our sleeves, spit on our hands, polish our boots ("What?" I hear some of you say) and get ready.
Check out the rest of the div two draw (groups A and B) here.

14 August Otumoetai beat Kawerau 1 - 0 tonight if our source is right. They have probably pushed Old Blues out of the top seven. It now means that the two teams who played an extra game above everyone else both finished ahead of Rangers!

12 August Rangers, fielding a bare eleven, had a good tussle with Trident HS. After a first half where the students took it to Rangers, Rangers upped the ante in the second. Muggsy scored from close in and a good chip caused an unfortunate defender to head into his own net. Rangers 2 - 0 win.
In Tasman Cup, div two leaders Te Puke knocked 1st div TCU out and will meet run away div one leaders Otumoetai in the final.
At 5am tomorrow (Monday) morning live on ESPN, USA v New Zealand women's international.
Ex-Rangers striker Ashley Hawkes features on the latest LTSA anti-drink driving ad. Ash (Dave) has a few drinks with his mates when he's meant to be the sober driver. Of course disaster follows...

11 August Only one Tasman Bowl result thru. Greerton had a game of two halves (surprise!) against Katikati, but winning the second half 2 - 1 wasn't enough! Tasman Cup and Bowl results here, when they arrive!

9 August Some catch-up games are scheduled for this Saturday, along with the Tasman Cup and Bowl semis. Rangers do not have a league game, but there is a friendly against Trident High School on Sunday, at Trident at 12 noon.

5 August A superb first half performance, 4 - 0 ahead at half time, a Skins hat-trick (including a cheeky back heel and a 'header' with his shoulder), Skins saving Bas's header from going in, just some of the highlights from today's 7 - 2 win against Otumoetai Two. The visitors had the grace to say we were the best team they'd played this season, in the aftermatch speech. Excellent refereeing by David Cox. Here's the match report.
Most other Bay Two games postponed. Wusses! Not Te Puke though, they scored a last minute winner at Taupo in the coldest and wettest conditions Macca's ever played in!
Wellington Phoenix beat Melbourne Victory (last year's champs) 2 - 1 away in a preseason game. Sounds like Brazilian Daniel was a star on the wing, scored the winner.

31 July Rumour that the 3rd round of BOP div one has been replaced by top four bottom four.

28 July Some goals at last. New strike combo Josh Hyndman and Muggsy brought a change of luck. Wett even got a run up front. Read the report.

26 July Want directions to AFC Fury on Sat? Early k o 12.30 Click here.
Helpful tip: DON'T fill up your flash diesel van with petrol then drive to practice. You'll miss practice! Eh Coddsy!
Remember, $20 if you want to buy one of our old strip shirts.

25 July An early kick-off at Te Puna, 12.30, before Fury 1st team plays Old Blues.
Te Puke beat Greerton 6 - 0 in a catch up game under lights tonight.

22 July The old story, you have to score goals to win. Rangers looked good in their new strip, but conceding a goal in the first 30 seconds put paid to any notions of it being a lucky day. Check out the photos and match report.
On a much better note, Wellington Phoenix thumped Sydney FC 3 - 0 in an A League preseason cup game. Keep an eye on our Phoenix Pages.

20 July Some interesting clashes in Bay Two this Sat. Taupo v Fury (2nd v 1st), Te Puke v Whk, Old Blues v Kaw (4th v 5th).
Rangers meet Papamoa for the first time in a league fixture since 1999 !!! We've always been in different divisions since.
Rangers finished off a good training last night with chalk soccer in the clubrooms. That well known Czechoslovakian Simon Gowing, doing well against early Dutch exiter from the penalty shoot-out Richie Nillesen. Cathy Freeman represented Australia well in the shoot out too, but McPherson of Scotland prevailed.

18 July News that the div two league will be split into two groups of seven after Aug 4th, so each group has a bye. Points carried through.

17 July Training in the fog! Good news that captain Richie Nillesen is cleared to be back in training and playing, after two months out of action. Dan Logan departs for the skifields however after a useful contribution in the last two games.

16 July Rangers' opponents this Saturday are Papamoa, who pulled off a shock win in the Tasman Bowl on Saturday, beating Whakatane div 1 team 1 - 0. Maybe JP can give us some inside knowledge for this Saturday. Tasman Cup and Bowl results.
Rangers are set to pull on the new strip on Saturday. At least we'll look good!

9 July Another frustrating day for Rangers, with dominance at Greerton, but having to accept a 2 - 2 draw. A brief report. Photos from the game on Shane's Greerton website. Lots of draws including 2 - 2 between Fury and Te Puke.

2 July A tremendous battle with Te Puke in the Tasman Cup, 0 - 0 after full time and extra time, then a 5 - 4 loss in the penalty shoot out. Wett in brilliant form in goal, Dan Logan lasted 120 min in his first game for ages, Steve got booked. Photos coming soon. Here's the report. Here are the photos. There are lots, so they might take a while to come through! They're worth it though.
Most Cup and Bowl games were postponed till July 14th. Check out our Tasman Cup draw page.

24 June Not taking chances and a bemusing penalty decision cost Rangers against TCU. The strong wind affected the game too. Ouch! Read the report.
Sounds like a tension filled end to the Whakatane - Fury game, with red cards, disallowed penalties ... A 1 - 1 draw.

19 June Rangers have got Te Puke in Tasman Cup quarter finals on 30 June, at Te Puke. Memories of last year's hard fought Tasman Bowl semifinal come flooding back. Hey we won that one! Here's the rest of the draw. A point of interest is that the two teams who defaulted their way into the Tasman Bowl have, fairly, been left out of it. Makes sorting out the following round rather tricky though.

16 June Hard fought win at home to Taupo, 2 - 1. Jeremy scales a ladder to get down our match ball from its cabbage tree home from last week. A superb Bas header and a Jerm header do the business. We won't mention the first goal! So, who will Rangers meet in the next round? Not either Whakatane team, Greerton or Old Blues... or Fury (they don't enter). Check out a few pics from today's game. Match report

14 June A full-on training tonight in readiness for the Tasman Cup game on Saturday. Kawerau are already through to the next round with Old Blues defaulting to them. Rangers new strip was unveiled at club meeting tonight, navy blue with yellow highlights. Very classy! Many thanks to Southern Turst for money for the strip. Just needs club monogram and sponsorship on shirt before it's ready to hit the pitch!
Little Orchard Pre-school and Norske Skog Tasman confirmed their on-going sponsorship, alongside Gary Fowell Builders. Things are looking good!

10 June A good second half and a deserved 2 - 0 win v Otumoetai. Goals to Si and Jono. Wett, back in goal after a few weeks out, was hardly troubled. Bas showed what sitting on a tractor for a month does to your match fitness! Kirk showed his hair fashion sense! The match ball is still stuck in the top of a large cabbage tree! Check out the photos, courtesy of Richie. Read the match report.

8 June The Tasman Cup & Bowl draw is out. Rangers have Taupo at home next Saturday. A chance for revenge!
Injuries worries at training. Rangers have a diminished squad to select from tomorrow. The good news is Wett and Buzza are back on deck.

4 June All BOP now knocked out of Chatham Cup, with Taupo, TCU and TBC all out today.
We now have the crazy situation in BOP div two that, with the combination of BOP div 2 and 3 at the start of the season, it was 'agreed' that the two bye teams, TCU and Otumoetai would be credited with a 2 - 0 win and loss each. On Saturday they played each other and drew 1 - 1, so they will now have 'played' one extra game to everyone else, who also had to replay their first round games because the computerised results system couldn't be instructed on how to fix it! Is this really a league? Most league tables balance, this one won't!

2 June A poor result today, although Te Puke Reserves were pretty happy! The team didn't really gel, played well in isolated pockets, dominated territory. Bas and Richie missing. Wett was in Auckland. We drew straws to see who would have to tell him the bad news! Read the match report if you're a sadist.

27 May Four excellent goals and an outstanding save to deny a fifth made for a good 4 - 1 win against Old Blues. Read the match report. Some good photos are here too, thanks Kyle.
An excellent display from the understrength All Whites in drawing 2 - 2 with Wales overnight. Ironically premier league striker Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) scored a brace for them and Shane Smeltz, who has been let go by non-league Halifax Town scored a brace for us, and hit the inside of the post to unluckily not get a hat-trick!

23 May Te Puke, in our good ol' BOP div two, did well to knock Federation team Rotorua Utd out of the Chatham Cup and then push former semifinalists Ngaruawahia very hard, going down 5 - 4 away. Here's coach Macca's version of the game...
We were brill, we took the lead but gave them 1 straight back. Then they scored then us. Right on half time we lost the ball on edge of the box instead of going for a throw in. The young lad miskicked it and it beat Giles at the near post We were all down at the break. They came out for 2nd half showing us why they're 4 tables above us. We dug in, man marked their best player then we were on top showing why we shouldn't be in Bay 2. They scored again on the break. We went straight back and got our 3rd. It was anyone's game. We were loving it. Then from a corner the ball bounced around and fell to one of them. 5 - 3 but we still gave it everything and made it 5 - 4. Then the dream was over and Papamoa away this Sat...
Cheers Shaun. Wel done.

22 May Sounds like not a very pleasant game at Kawerau, with two red cards on Saturday. Three BOP teams are into the 2nd round of the Chatham Cup - their draw is on our results page..

19 May Rangers, hampered by injuries and non-availability, deserved more in their game at Taupo, as commented by the hosts in the aftermatch speeches. A 2 - 0 loss was disappointing for injured player-coach Christian Wetting, injured captain Richie Nillesen and the handful of supporters who traveled down. Read the report. At least the trip back wasn't as miserable as that of South Auckland Rangers, who were beaten 5 - 0 on the neighbouring pitch in the Chatham Cup.

13 May A hard physical battle with Te Puke. Two penalty claims turned down. Injuries to Richie and Christian. Bas escapes the pickers to play 30 minutes. Te Puke win 1 - 0. Here's the match report. A few other results drifting in, if you want your team's results on, send me an email!

8 May All local results now up to date.
The Wellington Phoenix is signing up Brazilians. Dave Cook could lease them his Fury players and make a profit!

6 May A solid win yesterday at Whakatane. An early penalty was converted by Richie, and later super sub Skins scored, Ben also had a goal disallowed. Mark complained of a headache after breathing in the sunscreen protecting his opposite Danny Smith's bald head! Read the match report.
Training on Tuesday is a run up Latham's Track. Meet at the start of the track at Awakeri at 5.30, barbecue afterwards at Christian's place. Normal 6pm training Thursday.

2 May Rangers have a 12.30pm kick-off at Whakatane this Saturday. Don't be late!
Sad news that Noah Hickey has retired from football. Noah has been one of the few successful Kiwis in the A League, and really contributed fully at the Knights last year. Aged only 28. Want to play for Rangers Noah? Jeremy will give you your old shorts back!

29 April Rangers fought valiantly against a mainly Brazilian Fury team, going down by two penalties. Food poisoning meant captain Richie Nillesen struggled through half a game, but Wetts was pleased with his team's effort, which got stronger as the game went on. Read the match report.See some action photos. Photographer Jesse Peach.

26 April Ex-coach Cusack turns up to training, the night before he leaves for Aussie, for a run. He was as entertaining as usual!
Mark's now milking once a day, so he can play on Saturday! Bring on Fury says coach Wetts.

25 April Well done Te Puke, who are in our league, who knocked unbeaten Federation league team Rotorua United out of the Chatham Cup today, 4 - 3 on penalties after a 2 - 2 draw! Their coach Macca says, "It was hard going but the boys stuck in there. We went behind twice, came back in the last minute of extra time."

24 April Skins scored with a back heel at practice tonight!! Want to watch some local soccer on Anzac Day? Te Puke are home to Rotorua United at 2 pm in the Chatham Cup. Te Puke-uke-uke Oi Oi Oi!

Don't do this on Saturday boys.... (tempting though it might be)

A Brazilian defender was booked for kissing the referee during a match at the weekend.
Television pictures on Monday showed Cabofriense defender Cleberson giving referee Ubiraci Damasio a peck on the cheek after having a foul awarded against him during a 3-1 defeat by Botafogo at the Maracana.
The two were initially involved in a friendly exchange but the referee's mood quickly changed as he pulled out a yellow card and could be seen to say: "You can't kiss me."
"I didn't know it was against the rules," said Cleberson afterwards.

22 April A good win against a young Kawerau team on their huge new pitch (120 metres long), tempered by injuries to Richie and Jono. Read the match report.
Meanwhile, next week's opponents AFC Fury beat Otumoetai 11 - 0 !!

19 April This Saturday's game at Kawerau is going ahead, despite both teams missing several players. It's a chance to try out the 'new' Kawerau venue Tarawera Park. Directions to get there are listed below (under April 11th).
An oddity in the new draw is that the round we just played is being repeated, i.e we now have a reverse game against Whakatane on May 5th. While we are told that the results from Saturday's games count, we are not told why the game is being repeated and whether it carries points or not.
We have updated our fun Poll. Take a look! Have a go!

17 April Hold your horses!!!! Withdrawal of two teams has meant the BOP div 2 and 3 leagues have been combined, a new draw came out today. We now play Kawerau this Saturday!!

14 April A reasonable result to start the season, a 1 - 1 draw with Whkatane, though with a little more luck, the two shots of scorer Ben McPherson that hit the post might have gone in. Read the match report.

13 April News that Rotorua United have pulled their team out of our division at the last minute, so we now have a bye in the league.

11 April. First game worries. Kawerau are worried people might go to their old ground to try and play them or referee or just watch. Diane has kindly sent out these instructions for finding the new venue...
Hello all from Kawerau.
Thought I had better give directions to our new ground.
Despite what the draw says - both our Bay 2 Mens and our Ladies will play their games at Tarawera Park.
We have changing facilities there for teams and officials - once the game is over we will then go down the road to the club rooms - not ideal but this is what we will be doing for most of this year.
Anyway directions to Tarawera Park are as follows:
Coming in from Tga and Whak - go past the mill as usual and just past the traffic lights you will come to the Tarawera Stream bridge. Turn left into River Rd immediately after crossing the bridge. Travel around River Rd for quite a while and you will turn to your left into Cobham Drive. About 100 metres down Cobham Drive is the entrance to Tarawera Park on your left - it is well signposted. Go down the road into the park and it is the middle yellow building you want.
Coming in from Rotorua continue on the main road into town and go past the usual Valley Road you would have taken to the old club, Continue past the netball courts until you come to River Road on your right - follow directions as above from there onwards.

10 April A hard out training, with untold laps of the field, star shuttle runs, shooting and small sided games. The boys are getting psyched up for Saturday!
There is a club meeting after training on Thursday.

4 April The draw is out. First up a local derby, at home to Whakatane on 14 April. Woohoo!!. Click here to see our schedule. Some of the other BOP draws are posted too, the rest coming soon ( click on the BOP results link).

3 April Full moon tonight for training, meaning the floodlights seemed 100% more powerful than usual! However, because someone forgot to bring the cones, it was rather hard to spot the pair of jandals trying to act as goal posts!
Leagues begin 14 April.

29 March Training on Tues and Thurs from next week, 6pm.
The All Whites lost their two South American games heavily, to Costa Rica and Venezeula.
The Knights are being replaced in the A League by the Wellington Phoenix. Not a very NZ name is it! Hopefully they will acquit themselves well, but if they sign up most of the All White squad, as had been hoped, it isn't too promising!

25 March The Chatham Cup draw is out, with a number of BOP teams involved. Have a look. The Federation League is there too.
All Whites v Costa Rica on Sky 2 pm today.

21 March Rangers held their own against 1st division Whakatane Town reserves in a pre-season warm-up game tonight. Rangers made more chances but couldn't finish them, while at the defensive end, player-coach Christian Wetting was quickly off his line to prevent the visitors having any clear openings. Kyle Knight impressed in his Rangers debut in defence, while front runners Josh van Veen and Simon Gowing worked hard and created openings. The score: a 0 - 0 draw.
No training Thursday night this week.

19 March Finally, the FFA has awarded the Wellington bid for the A League the licence for this coming season. Will it be Wellington Knights, Beehive Buzzers, Capital Straits? No-one knows yet, but congratulations to the Wellington bid and its "White Knight" owner Terry Serepisos. It's a long trip to Wellington for the Rangers 'Knights' supporters, but there might have to be a few road trips.

15 March Rangers first pre-season game in next Wed 21st at Edgecumbe Domain, 5.15 pm kick-off, against Whakatane Reserves. Hopefully all the cricketers will be back to support the rest of the squad.
Meantime, the fate of the Knights franchise is still up in the air with Soccer NZ supporting a Wellington bid, but Soccer Australia farting around as to whether the bid is good enough.

3 March Great news, the Whakatane District Council are organising laser levelling the soocer pitch on the Edgecumbe Domain at the end of this season. To coincide with that we are hoping to be able to buy / make some portable alloy goals. If anyone can help us with costs or advice on these goals, please send us an email.
Our subs have been raised to $125. Numbers at trainings are building up well, with the players enjoying the well organised coaching sessions.
Our main sponsors Gary Fowell Builders and supporting sponsor Little Orchard Preschool are keen to continue their involvement this season. They are pleased to see the club being able to take on the challenge of a strong BOP div two this season.

27 February The draft draw for the eleven team Federation League is out to clubs. The league looks set to start on April 14. Closest local team Whakatane are home to Ngongy.

25 February More light on the league changes. Sounds like Otumoetai were asked to pull one of their 1st div teams out, so Whakatane and Rotorua United then were accommodated in div one and Kawerau were promoted up divisions, which what pretty much what they all wanted.
Kawerau members yesterday were moving their gear from Stoneham Park to their new shared grounds with the rugby club. Sad to see the old home of EBOP soccer disappearing. Good luck to Kawerau with the new move.

23 February An excellent well planned out first practice last night got everyone going.
A breaking news email with amended proposed leagues for 2007 has Rangers still in BOP div two, but accompanied by only one Whakatane team and Kawerau. Some clubs have obviously swayed the "set in concrete" promotion - relegation only philosophy.
Here's the proposed structure:
BOP Men Div 1: (x 8 teams) Otumoetai, Old Blues, Opotiki, Tauranga City Utd, Katikati, Tauranga Boys College, Whakatane, Rotorua Utd
BOP Men Div 2: (x 10 teams) Otumoetai, Papamoa, Te Puke Utd, AFC Fury, Whakatane Town, Edgecumbe Plains Rangers, Greerton Rovers, Taupo, Kawerau, Rotorua Utd
BOP Men Div 3: (x 9 teams) Te Puke Team 1, Otumoetai, Old Blues, Ngongotaha, Opotiki, Rotorua Utd, AFC Fury, Taupo, Te Puke Team 2
BOP Women: ( x 10 teams) Otumoetai, Tauranga City Utd Team 1, Kawerau Town, Taupo, Whakatane Town, Kahukura…..(Rot Utd?), Tauranga City Utd Team 2, Opotiki, Te Puke Utd, Ngongotaha

18 February Good turn out for first run today. Returning coach Christian Wetting, with his faithful mascot dog Georgia in tow, got the boys finding some old combinations on the pitch. Rangers has a decent squad to take up their 2nd division spot this season.
Main practices start this Thursday 6pm at the soccer field.
A League final - Melb 6 Adelaide 0 !!

14 February News from BOP meeting tonight. Taupo Nui-a-Tia have pulled out of BOP div two, with Te Puke's 3rd div team promoted to take their place. Federation League is now possibly up to 12 teams. No negotiation available for clubs who wish to alter the division their teams have been placed in, hence Whakatane have two teams in div two, as now do Te Puke, Otumoetai have two in div one. Two teams will be automatically promotoed and relegated between the BOP divisions at season's end.

5 February Rangers first get together and training run on Sunday 18th February, 3 pm at the Edgecumbe Domain.

4 February Melbourne Victory are through to the A League grand final, where they will play the winner of Adelaide v Newcastle (who eliminated last year's champions Sydney). Check out all the results on our A League page.

31 January Great news, Christian Wetting appointed player-coach for this season. Christian has been doing well round the rugby grounds the last few seasons, after being one of the standout football players in the BOP previously.
Subs have been set at $120 per player, first get together / preseason run coming soon.
The proposed BOP league structure has come out today, with Rangers promoted to division two and only Opotiki as a EBOP div one team, with Whakatane in the Federation League. Div Two looks tough with two Whakatane teams, Fury, Taupo Nui-a-tia and Rotorua United among the ten teams. The set-up will be confirmed at a BOP meeting Wed 14 Feb at Litt Park.

24 January Want to see how the A League finals are set up? Will the runaway winners of the A League (Melbourne Victory) win the finals? Check out our A League fixtures and results page.

22 January Rangers lads Jerm, Ash and Bazza (lad, yeh right) enjoy the final party in Bloc Five supporting the Knights, who end the season with another great win. Jerm and Ash, decked out in piuius, even manage to score Noah Hickey and Jonti Richter's shorts! Click here to see fun in the crowd photos from the final Knights home game. Hopefully they will be back next year.
Rangers have a club meeting coming soon to set off the new season. Watch out for details.

12 January Knights drew 0 - 0 at Central Coast, to have only one loss in their last six outings.
The latest Soccer Talk magazine indicates there will be eleven teams in the Federation League this season, with five from Bay of Plenty. Whakatane, Taupo, Ngongotaha, Rotorua United and Tauranga City Utd joining six Waikato teams, including Claudelands who are dropping out of Northern League.

7 January Knights supporters have a very happy new year with their team beating champions Sydney FC away 1 - 0, courtesy of a nice Che Bunce volley.

30 December A brilliant win to the Knights at home to the Queensland Roar. 3 - 1. The home crowd went crazy. A big invite to investors thinking of buying the Knights. The support and team are there ready and waiting! Check out Bazza's photos of the end of the game.
Happy New Year to all Rangers and all NZ football supporters.

17 December The NZ Knights have imploded with owners pulling out over a battle with FFA over funding and FFA withdrawing licence. Soccer NZ, with coach Ricki Herbert caretaker in charge. A farcical two days saw Knights head to Melbourne with nine players plus ring-ins from Aussie to play. It was good to see John Tambouras back, but experienced front-line players didn't get a seat on the plane (e.g. Emblen, Bazeley, Bunce, Gordon).

10 December Two draws in a row for the Knights. Player strength picking up with Salley and Johnson back. Chinese import Gao scores. Paston good saves. Romario subbed off early for Adelaide as Knights kept him very quiet!

26 November Jonas Salley comes back from injury for the NZ Knights, 31 degrees in Perth, Hickey scores, Knights lead, Salley a yellow card, another, red, Knights lose 4 - 1. Doh!

19 November The Knights sack coach Paul Nevin, but the injury toll is so high, they can barely field a team at home to C C Mariners and end up losing 2 - 0. Three Waikato FC players are arrested for assault after a game against Hawkes Bay in the NZFC.

12 November Rangers AGM re-elected Stewart Sutton as treasurer, Margaret Elliot secretary and Barrie Hawkes president. After a successful year off the pitch, the club is in good shape for the future.
Under discussion was the proposed Federation League for next season, which, if adopted as recommended recently, would comprise 12 teams. Expressions of interest are being requested of clubs, who want to participate, by this Friday (17th). This would affect the BOP leagues for next season, and may open the way for Rangers to move up out of division three.

29 October Apparently ex-England soccer legend Alan Ball is interested in coaching the NZ Knights! Not many other people would be at the moment.

22 October Plains Rangers break-up and prize giving went well last night. Bas's venue provided an excellent venue. Backyard cricket in the afternoon was fun and competitive, with the muddy drain, kiwifruit vines, house, swimming pool, Lewis the dog and a sporting pitch features. Margaret Elliot's catch in the barbecue area finished the game nicely!
Presentations started with president Barrie Hawkes thanking a wide range of people, including sponsors, players, those who took responsibilty this year and handing over a special silver dish to long time secretary Margaret Elliot. Five new Life Members were named: Bas Overdevest, Stewart Sutton, Hori Elliot, Aaron Muggeridge and Barrie Hawkes. Coach Brendon Cusack then took over, handing out the trophies with many witty remarks, and help from captain Richie Nillesen. Personality: Kirk Bain; Most Promising: Dylan Arthur; Golden Boot Aaron Muggeridge; Endeavour: Mark Jeynes; Sportsman: Steve Vierboom; Players' Player: Bas Overdevest; Player of the Year: Harley de Lacy.
A barbecue meal followed and the party began....Check out some nice photos of the prize giving.

11 October Good news. The Council is planning to laser level the soccer field at the Edgecumbe Domain over the summer and attend to the weeds growing in the turf. Maybe we'll have a much better surface to play on next season.
News from the BOP control board meeting on Monday that many clubs are keen on resurrecting the Federation League for next season. This possibility throws the BOP league structure into doubt for next season.

8 October Rangers awards are being given out on Saturday 21 Oct. Being presented are Golden Boot (should be easy), Personality, Sportsman, Endeavour, Most Promising (thats not talking about paying their subs) Players' Player of the Year, and Player of the Year. If you'd like to guess who will get what, make your guesses on our Guestbook (it could be a Guessbook for now). Sorry these jokes are about as bad as Steve's at Coach Cusack's engagement party on Saturday.

6 October Some great action photos from the Sponsors' Challenge last Saturday, thanks Pete Sheather.
The Knights are playing tonight, away at Perth Glory, so to watch it live you need to be up at 1 am!
The BOP final points tables are here. The BOP meeting to evaluate the season just finished is this Monday at Papamoa 7.30pm.

30 September A warm sunny day for the Sponsors Challenge. Whakatane played the game at speed and had Rangers under pressure. With the help of the post, Whakatane had a 1 - 0 lead at half time, but went on to win comfortably 5 - 1. An enjoyable game with a good crowd of several hundred in attendance. Click here for a few pics, with hopefully more to come. Read the report.
Some highlights: JP laughing at Jamie when he waltzed past him, only to trip himself up right in front of the crowd; shot after shot hitting the woodwork; Bazza's back of the heel backpass to Jono; the hard tackles but the good spirit the game was played in; Cody testing out how tough the posts were by punching one after a goal went in; Muggsy leaving Keith in the dust, Gavin's overhead kick goal; Matt Ward's parents bringing him his good clothes to take him off to the AAA Awards, we hope Matt didn't have to make a speech or even breathe on anyone after the Sponsors Cup had been filled and emptied heaps of times...
Rangers player James Mitchell is back from a cricket season in England, helping Mattishall Cricket Club in Norfolk win their division, scoring nine centuries. Good luck James on your goal of getting into the BOP team this season.
The NZ Knights were beaten again, this time the local referee had a large hand in it, awarding Central Coast a late penalty when most of the crowd thought the tackle happened outside the box. Ref Peter OLeary was escorted to safety after the match with the crowd baying for his blood.

26 September Check out the Photo of the week!!
Local newspaper the Whakatane Beacon gave Saturday's match some royal treatment in today's editiion. A large colour pic of a pile of players from both teams, with Harley trying to pull Lee out by the leg ( you can't see Muggsy holding his other end in a headlock) was accompanied by the headline Local derby erupts into brawl - three sent off. What do they say - any publicity is good publicity!
Can the NZ Knights get their season back on track this Thursday night? They're at home to Central Coast Mariners, 8 pm kick off.

23 September Incident packed, not very pretty, Rangers, down to nine men, lose in final second 2 - 1. Read the report. Te Puke drew 1 - 1 with Taupo Nui.

17 September Rangers gave league champs Fury a stern test at Te Puna and might well feel unlucky to have lost 3 - 2 after putting together some great football. Action pics are here, thanks to supersub Steve Vierboom. Read the report.
Who will be Rangers Golden Boot??? It's neck and neck. Harley and Muggsy. Very sporting of Muggsy to put his penalty wide to make it interesting!
The NZ Knights got a hiding at Queensland last night, 5 - 0. Perhaps we should lend them some players!

14 September Club meeting. Four members put forward for Life Memberships. Club break-up date 21 October at Bas Overdevest's place. Margaret Elliot kindly offered to donate the Elliot Sportsmanship Trophy. Players were asked for nominations for the Players' Player of the Year. Supporters will be asked too for their player of the year.. The next meeting is Tuesday 3rd October at Margaret's place.
More pics of the Tasman Bowl final are here, action shots.
Coach Cusack's birthday today. the boys even let him score a goal at training!

10 September Taupo Nui-a Tia toppled AFC Fury 3 - 1 in Taupo yesterday, so hopefully Fury will still be depressed next Saturday! Click here for directions to get to AFC Fury's ground.
Whakatane Town's women's team knocked favourites Otumoetai out of the Pullar Builders Cup in the semifinal last week, but after being 2 - 2 at fulltime with Tauranga City today in the final, eventually lost 5 - 2. Losing Mishka Lowry to injury last week would not have helped.
Meantime, if Rangers did not adapt well to wet weathjer yesterday, the NZ Knights did it much worse today, losing at home in the rain 3 -0 to a good Melbourne Victory side.

9 September Rangers come down to Earth with a home loss to Te Puke. Despite a good second half showing, Rangers didn't do enough to convert their possession and dominance into goals. Read the report.
Sadly Opotiki fell at the final hurdles, losing today and let Old Bues through to win the 2nd division title.

3 September Rangers win the Tasman Bowl in front of a good crowd, beating home team Kawerau 2 - 0 with Harley de Lacy scoring a stunning double. Read the report. Here are the photos to show you how it all happened!
Otumoetai upset favourites Ngongotaha 3 - 1 to take the Tasman Cup. A superb overhead kick was as good as Harley's header!
The NZ Knights had their first ever win at home, beating last year's premiers Adelaide Utd with another great strike, ths one from Malik Buari.

27 August Tasman Bowl final is to kick off at 12 noon this Saturday, followed by the cup final.
A very frustrating game against Taupo Nui a Tia. Clearing a whole pile of broken glass off the field was a disconcerting start to the game. Playing with the wind Taupo did well, then Rangers did well too down wind. Only one goal, but the crossbar was hit, the ball was luckily cleared off the line and the ref could have gievn us at least one penalty. His indirect freekick in the area for pushing was hard to work out... Read the match report.
On the next pitch Fury were going through the motions, winning 3 - 1, with all four goals soft. The broken arm to a Taupo player looked sore however.
The Knights had a solid first game against Newcastle today, drawing 0 - 0.

24 August A 12.30 kick-off in Taupo on Saturday. The boys will have to stay home Friday night, except for Kirk who will still be celebrating the arrival of a new baby. Congratulations! The referees are back (hopefully not with a vengeance!) this weekend. Well done to Deano who travelled an hour to come to training again tonight, and to the boys who put in the hard tackles at training. You know who you are.
A trip to Taupo always reminds us of Nick Jago, who contacted us from England today. Nick starred for us in 2003 for a few games. He'll be in NZ this Christmas and is going out with a kiwi girl. He says:
My team 'Racing Chiswick' had a really good season last year, winning the cup and getting promotion to the top league. We had our end of season dinner at Chelsea Football Club in the 'Zola Suite' - with access to the terraces. It was brilliant, and I won the 'Goal of the Season' award!
The new season starts in a few weeks, so I'm trying to push myself through gruelling pre-season training currently. Cricket in the summer just doesn't keep the fitness levels up...
It looks like you've had a pretty good season so far, and you've got a big game this Sat - good luck.

19 August Rangers came away with a deserved 1 - 0 home win against Taupo One. After a number of close shaves, a Bas Overdevest header made the difference. Rangers have now put together six wins in a row, although one of them was by default! Well done to Chris Whitaker who stepped into the middle in the absence of a ref. Here's the match report.

16 August Sounds like the referees have withdrawn their services from all Fed Three games this weekend, due to lack of payment of fees. Well done to the refs for asserting themselves (they're used to doing that I hear you say!). Hopefully this can be sorted out quickly and nothing goes too wrong without them this weekend.
Trident continue to do well, beating Christchurch Boys 4 - 2 after extra time today.

15 August The Caper Super League draw is out, combining the first divisions of BOP and Waikato. The first matches are this weekend. Check it out via our BOP results link. Meanwhile, the referees had a serious meeting last night, unhappy with a number of issues, and we await the outcome.
In more local news, Trident High School are doing well at the NZ premier secondary schools tournament in Napier this week. Rangers winger Jermey Hawkes is part of the squad, as are ex-Rangers defender Matt Ward and a number of Whakatane Town players. They had a draw and loss yesterday and a 5 - 1 win v Hastings BHS today.

13 August Rangers won a hard fought Tasman Bowl semi final at Te Puke. A header apiece in normal time, a penalty apiece in extra time, then Rangers won the penalty shoot out 4 - 1. Here's the match report. Here are some cool photos. Kawerau now have a date with Rangers in the final after taking a creditable 1 - 0 win at Taupo. Simon Storey's Zidane impression might have him on the sideline for a while though.

11 August Change of date for Tasman Cup & Bowl finals, to fit in with the 1st division's combined league with Waikato. The Finals are now September 2nd. Hopefully Rangers will have to postpone their scheduled league game against Whakatane, so they can play the final. Tomorrow's semi at Te Puke will decide that!

7 August Upsets in div two, with top two teams both losing. Most results are here. Our div three points table is different to Force Three's. We've added the points on to the existing one, while they've started a new one, which has Rangers top. Top of the table! At least temporarily in F3's mind.

6 August A shame to hear that ref Dave Cox had to abandon the Opotiki - Katikati div two game because of spectator abuse. With Katikati leading 4 - 0 after 70 minutes, the judiciary will have to decide if that result stands.

6 August Ref Dave Taylor turned up and did a great job of the game yesterday. Rangers played some of their best football of the season, with the midfield in rampant form. Two goals in each half and a 4 - 0 win against Greerton. Richie managed to lock his keys in his car and the lads spent half the aftermatch trying to open it! See here! Here's the match report
The talk is out for a sponsor v sponsor Builders Challenge at the end of the season, Gary Fowell Builder PR v Pullar Builders Whakatane 1sts. Everyone seems keen, surprise, surprise!
The Knights had their first loss of the season last night at Adelaide, 1 - 0, in a preseason cup game. Check out our Knights pages.

1 August Rangers have drawn Te Puke away in the Tasman Bowl semifinal on Aug 12th, while Kawerau get to travel to Taupo Nui-a-tia in the other semi.

30 July The new draw is out, for the top 7 (Group A) and bottom 7 (Group B). Chek it out here. This Saturday Rangers are home to Greerton, and in a tasty match-up Whakatane travel to play AFC Fury. Hopefully both teams will arrive on time!

27 July Another enthusiastic training, with Harley back from sunning it up in Europe, and scoring a lovely goal to show he hasn't lost his touch.
Ashley Hawkes is in town with his touring play Milo's Wake opening tonight at the Awakeri Events Centre. The three nights were sold out but there are now a handful of tickets available for tomorrow (Friday) night's show.

26 July Well Nike are sponsoring Soccer NZ, which in turn sent vouchers to the clubs for free Nike Pro Base Layer garments, just like Ryan Nelsen uses at Blackburn, so the sweat is absorbed away from his skin (it might well freeze at Blackburn). Anyway, two lucky recipients at Plains Rangers were Jerm and Bazza. You can see them modelling their new base layers on photo of the week. Modelling contract available from Rangers for any other products, this could be the start of a lucrative sideline. Can't wait to see Richie wearing his. There may be a Rangers calendar for next year!!

25 July Seems a bit strange that this weekend is reserved for three catch-ups , none of which will affect the placings of the teams into the Top or Bottom 7 divisions. Greerton v Suburbs looks the most interesting, though Ngongy, after their good recent form, might offer Fury some competition. So far Rangers haven't managed to secure a friendly game and may resort to another intersquad game this weekend.

24 July Taupo One couldn't field a team, so Rangers are through to the Tasman Bowl semis, winning by default. JP, Muggsy and Bas all tried to claim the two goals to add to their tally! Rangers had an intersquad game and barbecue instead.
The schedule is out for the rest of the season, with next Saturday set aside for catch-up games then a 7 week top seven round for Rangers. The make-up of the top seven will be determined after the catch-up games, but Rangers are safely in 3rd= place (well, 4th on goal difference).
Meanwhile, Whakatane has been knocked out of the Tasman Cup by TCU, a big shock, albeit after penalties.

18 July The league tables are updated with Rangers up to fourth. The league is to be split in half. Maybe catchup games have to be played in some instances, although it looks like the split could be done without most of them.

16 July The Knights started their preseason cup with a creditable home draw against Newcastle Jets. Keep an eye on out Knights pages.

15 July Rangers did not play their best but managed a 3 - 2 away win on a tricky Otumoetai pitch. Muggsy scored with a cross and a deflection off his back, while Bas sneaked one under the keeper. Rangers defence was not its usual tight self, still a win's a win. Read the report.
Top of the table clash went to Fury who beat Taupo Nui 3 - 1. Greerton held Whakatane to a 1 - 1 draw. Anyone know how the Ngongy v Taupo One game went??
Meanwhuile the NZ Knights kick off the official pre-season tournament tomorrow at home to Newcastle. Hopefully the Knights can improve considerably on their results in the A League. They have only signed three kiwis so far and have a real multinational line-up. Keep up with our Knights pages.

10 July The Italians claim victory! Lets hope BOP players don't head butt a la Zidane when they get frustrated. Dave Cook saw his team Fury win 3 - 2 against Te Puke and hallucinate about a female streaker distracting them! In div one Whakatane and Otumoetai battled a gale force wind down the pitch and scarcely got out of their own penalty area when playing into it.

8 July A good hard fought win at home to Ngongy. Jerm steals Richie's cross and scores. JP and a Ngongy defender get away with hand balls in the boxes. Muggsy scores with a toe poke. The battery of photographers is nearly as many as at the world cup. Read the match report and view the action pics..

6 July The Beacon have some brilliant action pics of Rangers home game v Whakatane on June 24th. The proofs are available at the front desk, and photos are $10 each. There are quite a few of Bas!

3 July The league tables are up to date, with Rangers dropping to 7th as a result from the draw. In division two some shock results with both leaders losing. Tauranga Boys College are on the rise.

1 July Rangers played some great football at Greerton, scored twice, hit the woodwork three times, had a goal disallowed and missed two open goals on the way to a 2 - 2 draw that should probably have been a win. Dean Butterworth made a welcome return, with three regulars missing (JP, Kirk and Harley). One of their strikers had a spectacular miss in the second half, his shot going clean through a large closed window in the athletic clubrooms! Read the match report.
Meanwhile, Suburbs lost 2 - 1 at AFC Fury with a disputed penalty giving the home team the win.

29 June Congratulations to Jason (JP) and Tracey on the birth of a daughter last night. At practice tonight JP was explaining to Bazza (who has four boys) how you get girls. Keeper Jono managed to stop a full on shot from Cusack with his nose, which didn't even bleed, though probably if the temperature had been above freezing it might have. The new found Portuguese fans were teasing those Dutch descendents on how to succeed at the World Cup too, while JP was doing his best to show the Aussies how to really tackle when you're giving away a penalty, and Skins was learning fast!

27 June Aussie's out, thanks to an appalling ref's penalty decision with 8 seconds to go.

26 June Rangers have the chance to get even with Taupo One, having drawn them at the Edgecumbe Domain in the quarterfinals of the Tasman Bowl on July 22. Watch out Taupo, Rangers will have remembered how to score goals by then!! Click here to see the rest of the Tasman Cup, Bowl and Pullar Builders Cup draws too.
Aussie v Italy in the World Cup 3am tomorrow. It'll be worth it. C"mon everyone, out of bed! If you can't bring yourself to say Aussie x 3 Oi oi oi, oh well, 'Oi oi Rangers is easier!'

25 June An even scoreless draw with Whakatane. Both sides went close, but neither could break the deadlock. Even Cusack's new white boots and JP's interesting haircut didn't bring any luck. Dean Butterworth rode his Harley into town, but only caught the last few minutes. Read the match report.

23 June The Battle of the Builders tomorrow. Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers are at home to Pullar Builders Whakatane. Adding the spice is Jason Pullar of PB playing for GFB Rangers! Rangers will be without striker Harkey de Lacy who is overseas for the next few weeks. Coach Cusack is threatening to put himself up front and this might well be a good move with Cuse feeding off Aaron Muggeridge and putting Simon Gowing back on the wing to terrorize the fullbacks.
Congratulations to Australia, who got through to round 2 of the World Cup finals with their 2 - 2 draw this morning against Croatia. Most NZ fans will, a little grudgingly, be happy with our neighbour's success.

16 June Ex-Rangers player Ashley Hawkes is returning to the district in late July. Ashley is a professional actor in Auckland (very handy for those authentic dives in the penalty area!) and his sell-out play Milo's Wake is being staged in the Awakeri Events Centre 27, 28, 29 of July. Ash plays the son of an Irish immigrant Milo, who decides to hold his wake while he's still alive to enjoy it. Already, with minimal advertising, the Friday 28 show is sold out and the Saturday almost. If you want a ticket or to oder a pre-show Irish meal contact Viv Barr ph 3049704 or Peter Fitzgerald ph 3084536 or 3049506. Ash currently plays for Mt Albert Ponsonby when he has a free Saturday. Last year Milo's Wake sold out its six week season in Auckland, and it is starting a tour performing in Auckland, Kerikeri, Hamilton, Awakeri, Leigh and Dunedin. Don't miss it!!

10 June Rangers all got to Taupo safely, had an entertaining kick around, with Cody slipping over on the autumn leaves and Mark kicking the ball into Cusack's cup of coffee. A strong cold wind down the pitch made the game interesting, but Rangers couldn't put the ball in the net. Steve was yellow carded for his tackle, but luckily the ref realised Bazza hadn't intentionally copied Skin's one-armed body check. Read the report.
Afterwards Rangers watched their old division one foes Whakatane go down in a very physical battle to Taupo 5 - 2. One Taupo spectator made life difficult for everyone by blowing a whistle incessantly from the sideline. After the game was stopped for a third time, he decided to stop!.

7 June At the BOP meeting tonight a number of things were organised. BOP div three is to split into two sections, top 7 bottom 7, with points carried through at the end of the first round. The Tasman Cup and Bowl draws were also made, with Rangers getting a bye in the first round of the Bowl. Click here for the draws.

6 June The game at Taupo this Saturday has an early kick-off (12.30pm) with the refs doing the div one game between Taupo and Whakatane at 2.30 afterwards.
Challenge... Do you think you can be the best picker of World Cup results in the Bay of Plenty? Join our group on the TVNZ Virtual Football challenge. Our group is BOP and the challenge password is BOP01 you can get to it through the Challenge tab.

4 June A hard fought scoreless draw at Suburbs, though Rangers dominated the second half, playing some good football. Tight defence and a booming goalkeeper's kick kept Rangers out. Read the match report. See a couiple of action pics.
Don't forget early Monday morning, the NZ All Whites play BRAZIL. Sky Sports 1 at 3.30am
League leaders Whakatane, Fury and Taupo Nui all had good wins. Fury were 1 - 1 with Otumoetai at half time but pulled away to win 6 - 2, with four goals from Faisal Sheikhdon.

2 June Rangers longest time player Hori Elliot informed coach Brendan Cusack at training last night that he was retiring (unless needed through shortages). Hori's outstanding skills down the left wing and his crunching tackling have been a major part of Edgecumbe teams for many years. Serious injuries in the past few years have not put a dampener on Hori's love of the game, and he has set a strong example to many.
On Wednesday 14th June there is a meeting at the Edgecumbe Rugby Club to discuss future plans for the Edgecumbe Domain. All interested people are urged to attend. 7 pm start.

Getting excited about the World Cup? Join in TVNZ's Virtual Football and win prize money by predicting results. Click here.

30 May Norske Skog Tasman have given Rangers sponsorship towards replacing the goals on the Edgecumbe Domain. Thanks NS Tasman! Hopefully the WDC will look favourably on getting the field up to standard too.

29 May Rangers game at Rotorua this Saturday is at the slightly later time of 2.30 pm. Hopefully the game goes ahead. The Rotorua Coucil closed all soccer fields last Saturday because of the weather and the resulting ground conditions.
Congratulations to Opotiki on their first win of the season. They defeated Rangers next opponent Taupo away. Check out all the BOP results and tables.

28 May Rangers prevailed in a hard fought local derby in the mud against Kawerau. Harley smacked two great goals and Cody saved a penalty. Read the match report.
Last night the All Whites had their first ever win in Europe, beating Georgia 3 - 1, Vaughan Coveney became NZ's highest ever goalscorer with his two.

25 May Rangers warmed up for their game with Kawerau with a demanding practice. Keeper Cody impressed by saving a full blooded shot from Muggsy with his face!
Over in Matamata, ex-Rangers keeper Matt Aberhart has been sidelined with a serious knee injury. A real shame, as Matamata are doing well in the Chatham Cup and face Northern Prem League Tauranga City in the next round.

24 May The All Whites lost to Hungary 2 - 0 with a good first half showing. They have games against Georgia (28th), Estonia (1st June) before the biggie v Brazil on 5th June, 4 am kickoff.
Meanwhile, Rangers have the local derby against Kawerau this Saturday. Both teams were up in the high reaches of BOP div one last year and will no doubt want to prove who is the better!

23 May The results and league tables are up to date, good to see Force Three are back providing results and also news that Soccer Talk is alive again after a rescue from new sponsors.

17 May How does he do it?? JP plays one game for us and gets a large photo all over the sports page of the Whakatane Beacon. Is he really that photogenic?

16 May Bad news. The excellent Soccer Talk magazine that has been produced for the last two years has just shut down, with not enough sales to sustain it. This is a great loss to NZ football. Well done to editor Glen Price for some outstanding reading over the time.

15 May Still no results available on Force Three website, in fact now they've replaced the results section with the old out-of-date draws! Take no notice! At least here we have got some results and the tables updated!!

13 May A good win at Opotiki, with great first up performances from Hori, JP, Peewee and Jono. Rangers even survived with the 11 players they had. A match played in fine spirit. Read the report.

11 May Jason Pullar has transferred back to Rangers from Whakatane and will take up the defensive sweeper role. Looks like Hori Elliot will be playing his first game for a long while against Opotiki on Saturday. That's good news for everyone who admires his left footed skills and tenacious style of play. Meanwhile Muggsy objected to the discussion after training of the possibilty of engraved mugs for player of the day. He reckoned he had enough trouble with injuries as it was.

9 May May 20th has had some catch-up games scheduled for it, otherwise a free weekend. It's free for Rangers. Check here.

8 May Happy 70th birthday to referee Norm Howe. "Play on" Norm you're doing great!

7 May A disastrous second half, with Dylan and Harley both sent off ruined a battling first half performance, with Rangers going down to a young Taupo side 5 - 2. Here's the match report.
Meanwhile in Whakatane, Fury managed to get the start time wrong and turned up too late to play their game. Oh well, at least Rangers played!!

4 May Another hard-out practice, getting ready for the visit of unbeaten Taupo on Saturday. Richie was in unstoppable form. Hopefully he still has some left for Saturday. Good to see Hori Elliot back at training, after a long surgery / injury lay-off.
Meanwhile, good and bad news on the Ryan Nelsen front, with his team Blackburn beating champs Chelsea and earning a European place foe next season, and himself breaking a bone in his leg and missing out on playing Brazil in a few weeks time.

29 April A rather lucky 3 - 2 away win at Te Puke. Donald Rabbits scored the winner, though Richie wanted to keep it interesting, slicing a penalty wide with ten minutes to go. Rangers strikers were given instructions to not use birdcalls on the pitch, though they'd been wanting to try out Fury's communication techniques. Check out more of Lucy's cool match photos. Read the match report.

24 April Some new profiles are available, more info coming soon.

22 April Rangers were taken to the cleaners by a very talented Fury side today. Fury, made up of immigrants from three continents, took advantage of an inexperienced backline to race to a 4 - 0 lead. Rangers were 6 - 0 down at the break and playing with ten men for much of the second half, eventually lost 8 - 0. Here's the match report.
Top effort of the day from Simon Gowing who managed to play despite some heavy warwounds from an argument last night. Check out photo of the week and the action pics!

11 April A number of changes to the season's draw have just come out, including another team in div three and changes of dates due to some calendar confusion. The changes have been updated on this site. All league tables are up to date too.
Already Rangers, Fury and Whakatane are the only teams with 100% records in div three, so it's a top of the table clash after Easter when Fury come to visit.

8 April Rangers were a little lucky to open the scoring at Old Blues with an early penalty, a freakish Muggsy goal and then an own goal, but by the time Simon Gowing had put away a sweet fourth, it wasn't luck any more! Rangers, with a moderate breeze behind them went on to a 7 - 0 half time lead, then and 8 - 0 win. Goals to Richie (2), Harley (2), Muggsy (2), Simon and an unfortunate defender. The match report is here. It doesn't tell you how Cody got tangled in the net and was accused by Bazza of being a fish in his past life though!

2 April A good first up home win for Rangers. Coach Cusack took the whistle and had an easy ride as referee with both teams playing in a sporting spirit. Rotorua City took an early lead against the run of play, but a dominant performance from Rangers eventually brought the 4 - 1 win. Rangers, with captain Richie Nillesen leading the way, peppered the City goal with shots. Apart from the numerous wayward ones, the City keeper brought off several excellent saves. He also managed to locate the new match ball in the dense bushes behind the goal after a number of Richie's near misses. Read the match report.

30 March A good full on training, ready for Saturday. Richie, Simon and Jeremy add plenty of zing in attack. Afterwards, Cody and Donald are filling out their registration forms, while Cusack is back out on the field in the dark looking for a plastic bag with his keys in it.
Cody: What the f*** is this?
Donald: It's ethnimicity... I mean ethnicity.
Cody: What's that?
Donald: Like European or Italian. Hang on, Italian is European...
Cody writes down "White"
Cody: Address...Hell...(tries to think of address)
Jeremy: You live in Hell?
Donald writes down Brazil for his Federation, but Force Three will probably see through that.
Cody: Club... oh Edgecumbe...how do you spell that?
Jeremy: E d g e c u m b e
Cody writes it
Cody: Edge-cube??? Oh, I've missed out the m
Just as well David Beckham has someone to fill out his forms for him!

29 March The full draw for all senior grades is here (under link BOP results).
Seems no ref has been appointed for our homegame this Saturday. Ahhh, life in the 3rd division! Any volunteers?

28 March Gary Fowell Builders have confirmed they are to be Plains Rangers major sponsor this year, with the team known as Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers, or GF Builders Plains Rangers for short! Welcome aboard Gary and Marina! Supporting sponsors are Little Orchard Pre-school, with Brian Skilling a long-time Rangers supporter and Four Seasons Whakatane, whom we welcome back from last season.

27 March The fun poll is updated. Have your say!!

23 March The draw for the season is out. Rangers are at home to Rotorua City in the first round on April 1st, 2pm kick-off. There are 13 teams contesting the division, with one full round to start the season.

20 March Rangers had an interesting preseason game with Whakatane Reserves on Saturday. Debut games for keeper Cody Hancox, who impressed with some good stops, Jono Kennedy, Corey Sanson and reappearances for Donald Rabbitts and Steve Vierboom. Unfortunate injuries to Steve and Corey. Doug Christensen of Kawerau helped out, working hard in the midfield and ex-Edgecumbe captain Matt Dalgity played against his Whakatane team to help out. Rangers were missing six players. The final score 6 - 1 to the strong Whakatane line-up. Matt Anderson scored from the penalty spot for Rangers against his own team ( he was playing for us in the final third). The debutants will be much the better for the run, but the injuries are unfortunate.

15 March Rangers appeal to play in division two was unsuccessful, so being unable to do justice to division one, Rangers are forced into playing in BOP division three this season. The BOP meeting voted to stick with the format of eight div one teams, knowing that neither Kawerau nor Rangers could field a div one team. Then, with no clubs willing to take these places, no clubs were promoted to the division, so div one now has a six team league. Sadly, the "strictly by promotion and relegation" rule was applied to Rangers, but not to any of the unwilling clubs who refused promotion. But we won't complain too much, at least we were allowed to play in div three! The high school sides in BOP div two are now wondering if they will need to throw games so they won't get promoted up to div one and have the same thing happen when they lose their players and have to rebuild every second year.

13 March Rangers are featured in NZ's Soccer Talk magazine with a small article written by Brian Smith of Rotorua about soccer in the Eastern Bay. Rangers and Whakatane get a piece each of a positive article, includes team photos. Copies of this excellent magazine are available at most bookshops.
Meanwhile, Rangers playing fate will be decided at the BOP senior meeting on Wednesday night 7.30pm at the Citizens' Club Te Puke.

10 March A pre-season game is arranged for Saturday 18th, with Rangers hosting Finchy's div 2 team, 2.30pm kick-off.

9 March A good solid training with the teams characters shining through. Muggsy shows off his gold boots to effect when he nutmegs Chopper. Newcomer Cody "the Monk" Hancox impresses by wearing barefeet to practice for the second week in a row. Sounds like the physical challenges last week have earned Cody a safety bubble around him. Watch out opponents!
A BOP meeting next Wednesday will determine whether Rangers can play division two or be required to drop to div three.

26 February Adelaide United, winners of the 3 rounds of the A League, have been tipped out in the semifinal play-offs, so Central Coast Mariners will travel to play Sydney FC in the final next Sunday.

23 February An Edgecumbe training back to its best. Determination from Bas, Cuse and Muggs to field a team and the enthusiasm returns. Muggsy's birthday means Bazza lets Muggs nutmeg him! Cusack manages a good header despite wearing his peaked cap.The highs and lows of skills on display make it all thoroughly entertaining.
Edgecumbe are going to register to play BOP div two this season, with the loss of a number of first team regulars from last season.

19 February Rangers are struggling to get a squad together for this season. Help! This in a season when we have a keen major sponsor.
On a brighter note, the NZ All Whites beat Malaysia 1 - 0 today, in their first home game for over 3 years! Another friendly is scheduled for Thursday 7.30 in Auckland.

14 February The Liverpool manager flies to Baghdad to watch a young Iraqi play
football and is suitably impressed and arranges him to come over to Anfield.
Two weeks later Liverpool are 4-0 down to Man Utd with only 20 minutes left. The manager gives the young Iraqi striker the nod and on he goes. The lad is a sensation, scores 5 in 20 minutes and wins the game for Liverpool. The fans are delighted, the players and coaches are delighted and the media love the new star.
When the player comes off the pitch he phones his mum to tell her about his first day in English football.
"Hello mum, guess what?" he says. "I played for 20 minutes today, we were 4-0 down but I scored 5 and we won. Everybody loves me, the fans, the media they all love me."
"Wonderful," says his mum, "Let me tell you about my day. Your father got shot in the street, your sister and I were ambushed and beaten and your brother has joined a gang of looters, while you were having great time."
The young lad is very upset, "What can I say mum, but I'm so sorry."
"Sorry?!" says his mum, "It's your fault we moved to Liverpool in the first place!"

13 February NZer Simon Elliot helped his premiere league club Fulham to a massive 6 - 1 win over West Brom. Elliot is doing well in the holding midfield role and is making a good job of taking the corners and free kicks too.
Meantime Rangers continue to shake out the cobwebs with preseason training, Thursdays at 6.30.
Our soccer fun poll has some updated questions for you. Follow the link on the left.

4 February The Knights end their dismal season with a 2 - 1 away loss to Melbourne.

1 February Plains Rangers first kick around for the season is tomorrow night!!! 6.30pm, then each Thursday at the same time. All welcome at the Edgecumbe Domain College Road. Ph 3222076 for more info.

28 January The Knights battle to a 1 - 1 draw, with runaway league leaders Adelaide Utd, in their last home game of the A-League season. How many of their players will be retained for next season?
Meanwhile, Rangers are making progress on the sponsorship front. All will be revealed shortly.

23 January Proposed changes to the leagues....the Federation League may be scrapped meaning the BOP teams in it would drop into BOP div one, i.e. Taupo and Ngongotaha. Rotorua United could dissolve back into its contributing clubs Suburbs and City. The possible set-up of BOP leagues is: div one: 8 teams, div 2: 10 teams, div three: ten teams.All; this will be sorted out at BOP meeting 14 Feb at Litt Park Te Puke.

10 January Preseason 7 a-side tournament at Kawerau 11 February. Club meeting 1st Feb, the first day for training to follow soon after.

9 January 2006 The Knights deserved a draw, but lost to an 92nd minute goal away at Central Coast last night. In better news, a second Kiwi has signed for a Premier League club. Simon Elliot made his debut for Fulham last night.

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Action Photos
Wellingotn 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.