Plains Rangers F.C.
Here was the news from 2008 - 2012
25 December 2012 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Rangers players
and supporters. New Year wishes....Rangers to win BOP div 1, Phoenix to
win A league, Rangers women to have some wins. Another fun season!
27 November Check out this amazing football control clip on You Tube Ball Control 2013
24 November Stay awake to see if the Phoenix can
have another good game on the road. 11.45pm Sky Sports coverage starts
tonight. Try and spot Jezza and Lena in the crowd!
20 November International football at Awakeri!!!! This Friday 23 November, an Awakeri selection plays Wellington School from Singapore. The teams are 10 and 11 year olds. Game starts at 11 am, ends around 11.40am. Rangers keeper Christian Wetting's son Isaiah is in the midfield for Awakeri. Check out the Awakeri FC web site for more details.
18 November The Phoenix bounce back from three
straight losses to score a very good 3 - 0 win away at Newcastle, keeping
ex-England striker Emile Heskey quiet. This coming Saturday they're in
Perth, playing the Glory. No doubt the ex Rangers lads like Jezza &
Matt Ward will be there Oi Oi! Check out our Phoenix pages.
27 October Rangers break up and prize giving went well. Prize
21 October Sounds like Phoenix captain Andrew Durante is in a parallel universe with Rangers captain Ben McPherson. Durante missed the Phoenix game today after being hospitalised with a virus the day before, just like Big Ben before Rangers' Bowl final. Well at least the Nix didn't lose, holding on for a 1 - 1 draw with visiting champions Brisbane.
14 October The Phoenix did well away to Melbourne, despite having 7
players missing because of international duties, earning a 1 - 1 draw.
Next opponents Brisbane Roar at home next Sunday. Brisbane, the current
champions, wasted Melb Victory 5 - 0 yesterday! Check out our Phoenix
11 October Missing your football? WaiBOP football will be hosting an adult (open to males and females, no restrictions on female players per team or affiliated players) Futsal competition starting from Monday 29th October and lasting till Monday 3rd December with a finals night on Friday 7th December, at War Memorial Hall, Whakatane. Futsal is a fast paced version of football played with a weighted football. Players such as Messi and Ronaldo mastered their trade playing this version of the game, now over Summer WaiBOP would like to invite all players to continue playing football and give Futsal a go. The game is non contact like Basketball with a foul count. Sessions will start at 7pm and last till 9pm, depending on teams you will get a minimum of 3 x 15 minute games per night. Each player will be required to pay $4 per night, this is to cover Referee and hall charge. You can arrive on game day 1 in a team already or just turn up and we will assign teams on the first night. Please spread the word as more players means a more competitive tournament. Mike Ward.
8 October The Sponsors Cup stays with Whakatane, though Rangers gave
them a late scare as they hung on for a 1 - 0 win. A game played in good
spirit. Click here
for some photos.
5 October Woh, three times in a week! Three different photos of Richie in the local press in the same week. That's saturation coverage! Way to sell newspapers though!
30 September How much bad luck can you have for one game? The biggest
game of the year. Three front line players all unluckily couldn't play and
Ngongy score a lucky goal to win the Bowl! Well done to them. It was
obviously meant to be! Read the
report and check out the photos. Best part
of the day was the Ngongy player who did a victory haka for his team after
they were presented with the Bowl.
24 September There have been rumours that Whakatane might not be able to field a team against us on Sunday 7th for the Sponsors Challenge. The Whakatane coach Mike Ward assures us it's game on. He has a squad!! Make sure you're at training this Wednesday, ready for the big game on Saturday. The Bowl final. Remember, it's a 12 noon kick off at the Mount.
22 September Today the Awakeri Junior Football Club had their break up. Check it out on their website. We have several Rangers players who grew up playing for Awakeri. See who you can spot on their honours board!!!
17 September Jezza has sent an enthusiastic message from Perth to the boys. Check it out on our guestbook. Adam has replied too.
16 September Rangers played a good second half to beat Taupo 3 - 1. Here's the report, minus a certain incident.. Rangers women on Sunday were runners up in the Pullar Bowl, with Kylie player of the day. The report.
9 September Rangers prize giving is on Friday
26th October. Keep it free! We'll be having the AGM then as well. Further
details to come.
8 September Rangers men had to settle for a 0 - 0 draw at Old Blues, but called in to watch Whakatane take out the league at Te Puke. That win also confirmed Rangers gaining 3rd place. TCU Relics were also on the sideline, but Whakatane's win meant they came second, even after beating Ngongy 7 - 1 away. Wett was Rangers player of the day, narrowly ahead of Kirk, John and Andy. Here's the report.
3 September After a shocking start, Rangers came
right to beat Old Blues 4 - 2 and progress to the final of the Bowl.
Player of the day Richie, Ben and Jaiden got two each. Here's the
report and lots of
photos. Rangers will play Ngongy in the final on the 29th.
30 August Some fun 8 aside football at training last night. It now looks like 22nd will not be the Sponsors Cup challenge. Negotiations continue!!
25 August Rangers had a real battle with Te Puke today, and were perhaps fortunate to come away with a 3 - 2 win. Some great goals from both teams, and Andy Brabant 88th minute winner. Here's the report.
24 August. Heaps of good football at training. Hopefully our pitch
dries out for Saturday! Check out Photo of the Week to see what happened
at Joel's 40th. Cheers Kirk!
19 August Rangers women were drawing 1 - 1 with Whakatane at one stage! However, the final score was rather different. A Kate Simons goal was the highlight, pouncing on the rebound from Holly Davis's shot. Keeper Stacey Flintoff was player of the day. Stacey was in the wars, being unnecessarily booted by Whakatane player-coach Brooke Rangi after diving on the ball. Hopefully, after the swelling goes down on Stacey's hand she'll be OK to play the next game. Maddy Savage had a good game in defence, and Jess Doney got the supporters hopeful when she had a shot on goal.
18 August The Awakeri pitch is closed today. Game postponed.
16 August Lots of football on TV with the Premier League starting this weekend. Also though, the NZ Women's Under 20s are in the U-20 World Cup. Three games live on TV: Sunday 7.05pm v Switzerland; Wed Sept 22 10.05pm v Japan, Sun Sept 26 10.05pm v Mexico.
14 August Taupo have agreed to a 2pm kick off on Saturday, to help release the boys for Joel's birthday! A big game!! Only paid part subs? Don't forget about the rest!
12 August Breaking news... Rangers have drawn
fellow Bay One side Old Blues in the semifinal of the Bowl on Sept 1st,
kick off 12 noon at Mt Maunganui. Div Two sides Ngongy and Papamoa are in
the other semi.
7 August TCU Relics have bravely put a up match report, in their usual entertaining style, on their web site. A new nickname for Wett.... "Sasquatch"?? Read their report here.
5 August Atrocious conditions helped Rangers
demolish Relics at Links Avenue. Wetts had a great game in goal. Benny
Fretwell immense in defence, Richie lasted the game well, a very good all
2 August The NZ men are out of the Olympics, but NZ women are in quarter finals. They now meet World number ones USA on Saturday morning. It's at 1.30am. Better record it so you can watch it to get ready for the Relics v Rangers battle. Our Olympic results.
31 July This Sunday is the first round of the Bay
Knock out Cup. Rangers have been given a home game, home to Rotorua, 1 pm
29 July Rangers men win 3 - 0 at home to Ngongy. Deja vu all over
again! Two more disputed 'did the ball cross the line's, one counted.
James Hart is in the box, he wants to shoot but Ben M looks like stealing
it. "Me me me! " he yells and the ref blows him up for not calling his
name! Kirk (yes Kirk!) scores his first even goal in ten years of senior
football. Here's the
27 July Oh dear, the Olywhites will be hurting to lose to Belarus after playing very well and a goalkeeping error. The Olympic sched.
23 July Whakatane Town women's team have lost their points after playing an unregistered player against Te Puke on July 1st. Their 7 - 3 win has turned into a 0 - 3 loss.
22 July Rangers women had a good first half against Te Puke, but got taken apart late in the game to lose 10 - 0. Keeper Stacey was player of the day. Read the report. Coming up this week is the start of the Olymipic Games football, NZ women v Great Britain on Thursday morning, NZ men v Belarus Friday and so on. Check out the NZ schedule here. Six games in a week, woh!! Better get your sleep now!
21 July Rangers men were happy to earn the three points today. It was a fast and furious affair. Downsides: Jimmy Krause rolled his ankle pretty badly and Ngongy got a red card. James Hart player of the day. Here's the report. Best moment: Joel Ogilvy's overhead kick!
18 July The draw is out for the Cup and Bowl round
on 28th July. Rangers have Ngongy at home, a week after we play them in
the league! Deja vu Otumoetai! Check out the rest of the draw on the BOP
15 July Rangers women and Unicol had a good game today, despite the wind and rain. Unicol won 6 - 0. Here's a report.
14 July Rangers grab a win in the Bowl. Hitting the
woodwork didn't count and Rotorua made the most of it, taking the lead
twice. However, Rangers got there in the end. Wett scored two (isn't he
the goalie?), Jacob played netball, Bazza got in the road of Richie's
power drive, Rotorua's keeper made a couple of great saves and got a red
card..... read the
report. Plus.... some cool photos
(warning, a bit of a Wett fest).
10 July Training tomorrow night.... let's have a full turn out. Later, at 10.30 pm on Sky is the NZ U23's v Japan in an Olympic warm up game. Talking about TV, on Friday night (appropriately Fri 13th) at 10pm starts a new TV 3 show Jono and Ben at Ten. No it's not our Jono and Ben, but one of these shows will have ex-Rangers player Ashley Hawkes having the piss taken out of his Drink Drive ad, in fact they flew him over to do some extra filming specially!! Talking of names, one of the kids on the sideline on Saturday was saying "Why do all the Rangers players start with J?" Of course they don't but quite a few: Jimmy, Jimmy, Jaiden, Jordan, Joel...
8 July Rangers women lost 13 - 0 today at Old Blues, showing the continuing improvement this season. Keeper Stacey was player of the day, and Mishka was unlucky to have a shot cleared off the line.
7 July Rangers struggled at Papamoa today, missing a few players. A late fightback made for an exciting 4 - 4 draw. Here's the report.
5 July The Awakeri Events Centre is holding their
midwinter bash on Saturday 21st July. It's sponsored by Tui Brewery, so
there are deals along those lines, and as Rod McPherson informed us
recently, the Tui girls will be there.
3 July Men have a 12.30pm kick off at
Papamoa this Saturday, so Hone and all can get their party plans going!
Remember, last chance to give Kylie your hoodie money at training on
2 July A good defensive effort from Rangers women today. Late goals in both halves were the difference, with Kawerau winning, somewhat luckily, 2 - 0. A good spirited game. Here's the report, plus here are a few photos.
30 June Well, well, well... Rangers finally got in the goal scoring mood, and poor Otumoetai were on the receiving end. Ben Howe started it in the first minute. Jaiden got a hat trick. Keeper Wett scored again. Seven different people scored! Here's the report.
28 June The draw for the Bay Sportsmed Bowl is out. Rangers have drawn a home game to div two Rotorua Utd on July 14th. Check out the rest of the draw on our BOP results page.
25 June Plains Rangers hoodies... $45 each or $50 with your name on them. Let Kylie know at training this week if you want one, then money to her by next Wednesday. They're navy blue with the Plains Rangers logo on and Oi Oi Rangers, Kylie will have a sample at training. Go on! Oi Oi!
24 June Rangers women put in a good showing at
Tauranga City, going down 6 - 0 in the end but hasving had quite a bit of
the game. Ref Jack Travis was in no mood for granting Rangers women
favours. The pocket rocket was player of the day.
23 June Oh the pain... Rangers having taken the lead in extra time, had
a late penalty awarded against them and then lost the penalty shoot out.
Hone player of the day, with Wett also in top form. Rangers exit the
19 June The Phoenix draw for next season is out, with a home game against Sydney on Oct 6 to start the season. Click here for a look. Benji Totori who tormented the All Whites for the Solomon Islands has been signed by the Phoenix, while QPR have signed Ryan Nelsen. Does this mean Bazza will become a QPR fan like Dan and Muggs? Um...it'll help!
17 June A nasty injury to Hailey Benner marred Rangers women's game at
Rotorua. Hailey was knocked out by a powerful kick sending the ball into
her face. Thanks to one of the Rotorua players, a paramedic, who helped
Hailey till the ambulance arrived. However, Rotorua were keen to up their
goal difference and were keen to play on against Rangers women, who didn't
really have their hearts in it from there on. Read the
report. Meanwhile, Whakatane women knocked over Old Blues.
16 June Gutted! Whakatane scored a late winner to take the derby 1 - 0. Rangers deserved at least a share of the points. Jimmy Krause player of the day. Here's the report.
13 June Plenty of intensity at training tonight preparing for the derby
with Whakatane this Saturday. Rangers were plastered all over the Beacon
today, nice photos of Ben, Hone and Jaiden!
10 June A good win 3 - 0 to Rangers, two 25 metres strikes, lots of misses and Wett comes up from keeper to score from a corner! Ref Neil McCready did a fine job, including blasting some of the longest whistle blows ever heard! Here's the report. Don't forget indoor football Monday, 6.30pm at Awakeri, $5 each.
7 June Subs!! If you haven't paid them, bring full or part subs to
Barrie on Saturday. $125 full subs, the cheapest around probably.
5 June News just out that the Knock Out Cup has changed its name again.... Bay Sportsmed Cup (replacing CNS Clinic Cup and Tasman Cup). The rules seem to be the same. Click here to download them. Round One is on June 23.
4 June Quite a few Rangers players watched neighbours Whakatane bow out of the Chatham Cup today, losing 2 - 0 to Mangere United. The young Whakatane keeper won't have very fond memories of the game which was dominated by the referee's whistle throughout. However, Mangere did look sharper and probabvly deserved the win. In fact all BOP teams are now out, with Whakatane losing by the smallest margin! Check out our BOP results page for their Chatham Cup scores.
3 June Rangers were
unlucky to go down at Te Puke 3 - 2. Rangers were missing Christian
Wetting in goal but Richie (yes, Richie!) did a good job in his place;
however a deflection off Jordan's shoulder was the winner, with two decent
penalty shouts turned down. Here's the
report and some
26 May Rangers had a strong 5 - 0 win at Taupo,
despite missing several players. Jordan got player of the day, with
notable games from Kirk, Jaiden and Hone as well. Read the
report. Here are some photos too.
24 May Good trainings last night in prep for a big weekend. Rangers men
are meeting at Edgecumbe Rugby Club 10.30am Saturday morning for the Taupo
trip. Some updated player profiles have been done. Check out Wetts,
Jaiden, Jacob, Ben F, Andy and Richie.
22 May A good turn out at indoor on Monday, some
good skills and competitive spirit shown by the men and women. All welcome
20 May Rangers women were smoking hot today, well.... there was smoke
anyway, blowing down the pitch from a nearby burn off! Rangers women
played some of their best football against Taupo, and put pressure on
their goal quite a few times. Here's the
19 May Rangers weren't at their best at Tauranga
City. Perhaps leaving the strip behind and having to play in a TCU strip
didn't help (many thanks to our hosts for lending us one). We stiill
created a few decent chances even though we lost 1 - 3. Deano had a strong
game in cente midfield, with Ben F standing out at the back. Read the
15 May A pretty slack turn out at indoor last night. The awful weather
might have put some people off. Still, the old fullas nailed the young
fullas. One more chance next week. We need 12 people to be able to pay for
13 May Well it was a really good battle. Relics
came through in the end, 1 - 0. Rangers had a penalty saved and Relics
blasted one over the top. Christian Wetting was fantastic in goal for
Rangers, player of the day. Here's the
report, which includes Rangers women's trip
to Te Puke. It was Mothers' Day, playing the rain....
8 May Oh dear.... Blackburn are relegated (Bazza), QPR are fighting for
their lives (Muggsy and Dan), Man City might be champions (Jezza), one
round of the premier league to go.
29 April In the end it was a hiding, but Rangers
women were up against a very strong fluent Old Blues team who played some
excellent football. Newcomers Mishka Barry and keeper Stacey Flintoff
impressed, along with player of the day Kelly Wilson and young winger
Gillian Green. Here's a
report. Not included are the very amusing drop ball drama between
Monique Lowrie and Kate Collier, Kate Simons getting flattened by two
defenders as she ran towards their goal and the unfortunate news that
Hayley 'Bruiser' Warner is heading down to Oamaru. Her whole hearted play
will be missed.
28 April A good win in the end to Rangers against Papamoa in a fairly even game. Captain Ben McPherson scored both goals 2 - 1, with the winner in the final minutes. Here's the report.
25 April Thanks to those people who brought in fees
tonight. $125. Our women have injury troubles for this weekend. Anyone
else keen for a run?? Ring Kylie on 0212667080. The womens report has been
corrected (again!). Very good numbers for the mens squad with three new
players turning up tonight.
23 April Rangers women have today doubled last year's total goal tally, and should have been awarded more. Although going down at Kawerau 10 - 2, caoch Michel and the team would have been happy with the football they played. Kate S had a shot rebound over the line from the crossbar, but the goal was not given. However, she did score in the second half, and sent over a corner that the Kawerau keeper couldn't keep out either. Read the report and here are some photos.
21 April A well deserved win today, but 1 - 0 made it a nerve wracking last fifteen minutes. Chris Johnston player of the day, one of several to shine. Wett made things interesting, Kirk got flattened, Adam and Ann Marie made the sideline a colourful affair! Here's the match report.
19 April Club meeting after training next Wednesday. Reminders: Subs $125 are now due, men bring $5 to game this Saturday, be there 1pm. Coach Richie has a large squad to choose from, so be supportive even if you don't make the playing squad! Our women deserve support too as they take on rivals Kawerau at Tarawera Park Kawerau on Sunday at 12.30pm. Oi Oi Rangers.
16 April Rangers men started the season with a
valiant comeback to draw away at Whakatane 2 - 2. Player of the day was
debutant James Hart in defence, with other first time starters Jacob Heath
and Andy Brabant also contributing well. Today Rangers women put in a
stirling display , losing 4 - 0 to Tauranga City. Julie Reihana was their
player of the day. A big difference to losing 21 - 0 last season! Here are
the reports of the games. Here are some photos of the
men's local derby.
3 April The draw is out. First up the men have a local derby, at
Whakatane, while the women are at home to Tauranga City. Polish those
boots! April 14 and 15. Rest of the draw will be on this site soon. Here
are our list of
30 March Action packed second half as Phoenix go
ahead 2 - 0, conceded two goals and then get a late pen to carry on
through the finals play offs. Tim Brown scores after announcing his
27 March Rangers trainings are likely to be Wednesdays from now on at
Edgecumbe Rugby Club, starting 6pm. This will be confirmed after a meeting
25 March Phoenix lost 2 - 1 to champions Central Coast, but now look forward to this Friday night when they host Sydney FC at 8pm in the prelimary final. It'll be a big night in Wellington.
24 March Rangers women had a useful preseason game against the classy
Taupo team today. Rangers held their defensive shape well in the first 30
minutes, with Kelly Wilson doing a fine job. A couple of new young
strikers showed some good touches and showed they might well cause
defences problems if given the chance.
6 March A good men's training, with 15 there plus apologies. Club meeting confirmed Margaret Nillesen as our new secretary and announced that Christian Wetting was elected a life member at the AGM. Congratulations Wett, well deserved. Rangers women have a confirmed preseason game at home to Taupo on Saturday 24 March, kick off probably midday. Trainings will continue at Awakeri Monday for women and Tuesday for men until daylight saving end, then both teams will train Wednesdays at Edgecumbe, with the possibility of indoor football on Monday nights at Awakeri.
4 March Meeting after training Tuesday. Men's training needs a good
turn out. Be there 6.30.
27 February Rangers women had 19 at training
tonight, with reports of excellent training under new coach Michel
Nillesen. Richie will be hoping for good numbers at the men's training
Tuesday evening 6.30pm.
19 February Men's next training is THIS TUESDAY at 6.30pm at Awakeri. Women are tomorrow (Monday) night 6pm. Good to see Andy Brabant at training today. Richie proved that he's not cut out to be a keeper but he's an astute coach. Richie sneaked extra fitness training in by having volleying practice and fetch your own ball when you miss. Some players clocked up quite a distance!
12 February Great news, Richie's dad Michel will
coach the Rangers women's team. They have their first training tomorrow
(Monday) evening at Awakeri 6pm.
3 February Four wins in a row for the 2nd placed Nix, Ifill in amazing form, Siggy playing with bloodied head bandage. Check out our Phoenix pages.
21 January Another good win sees the Phoenix up to 3rd place in the A League. Manny Muscat scored a terrific goal, showing defenders can be quality! We at Rangers know that!
18 January Keep your eyes on this page to find out when Rangers pre-season training starts. Meantime, The Wellington Phoenix are doing well in the A league, next game on SKY 10pm Friday against Newcastle Jest, oops, I mean Jets. Can the Nix win two away games in a row?
31 December Woh, Sydney who are the Phoenix's next home opponent just got thrashed at home 4 - 0 by Melbourne Heart. Hopefully they will still be on a low when they play in Welly on January 4th. Happy New Year everyone. This website is on holiday for two weeks.
23 December What a Christmas present from the Phoenix! Five excellent goals against Newcastle! Brillian attacking. Jezza, Lena, Gina and Ashley got to shake hands with Ricki Herbert afterwards too.
20 December Another Rangers export coming up...
player of the year Tom Davison is off to Whangarei next year. He will be
missed, having done a great job in the midfield last season.
Congratulations on your new appointment Tom.
18 December Sounds like a major coaching change at neighbours
Whakatane. Long time coach Werner Rechsteiner has been replaced by
Federation employee Mike Ward.
14 December A great Phoenix win, 2 - 0, against the league leaders Brisbane Roar, in Dunedin. Ifill made the difference. Tenacious defence against the slick passing Roar side.
10 December The Nix scored a late winner with a bullet header from
defender Siggy that anyone would be proud of. Check out our Phoenix
6 December Brisbane's record 36 game unbeaten run was finally ended by Sydney at the weekend. The Nix entertain far away Perth Glory this Saturday. "Small town in Scotland, you're just a small town in Scotland..." you can guarantee the Yellow Fever fans will be singing to the visitors!
27 November Ifill early goal for Phoenix, then a Tim Brown wonder goal, robbed the ball at half way and lobbed Sydney keeper Liam Reddy, who just collected the ball as it bounced back out of his goal. Good win to Nix.
25 November Dave Cook of AFC Fury fame was wanting to know BOP / Fed league tables back over the last few years, so just in case anyone else was interested.... here's a link. Cheers Dave.
19 November A Phoenix record for an ordinary league game, over 20,000 turned up at Eden Park yesterday. Rangers player Adam Barkla was one of those who missed some of the game in the long queues outside trying to buy tickets. Bazza was abused for standing up in the crowd to chant etc. Jezza led some crowd singing... "Shake it up baby now..." Check out our Phoenix pages.
13 November Quite a bit of talk about who's coming
back to play for Rangers next year. Rumours include Adam Barkla, Mark
Jeynes and even Rhys Berghuis. Sounds good!
30 October Yet again the Phoenix dominated, but lost, this time to
24 October The Phoenix played well, but went down to a Shane Smeltz goal at Perth. Manny Muscat was sent off late, meaning he'll miss the much anticipated game at home to Melbourne Victory this Sunday. The details.
18 October The Phoenix, despite a massive number of obstacles, kept their good start to the season going with a deserved 2 - 0 win against the Jets. Two undeserved red cards won't help for next week's trip to Perth, along with five long term injuries already. The Thanks Terry tee shirts were popular with the crowd, with the best thanks being the performance.
12 October Here's the president's report from the AGM. The highlights are worth a read.
10 October A small turn out for Rangers AGM. Richie Nillesen appointed
Rangers men's coach for next season.
30 Sept Rangers AGM is set for Wednesday (5th Oct)
at 8pm (to allow Kirk to get there) at Awakeri School (because the Events
Centre was already booked!). All welcome. Turn up and have your say. We
are looking for a new secretary, not a huge job but it needs doing.
27 Sept Rangers had a very enjoyable break-up / prize giving night at
the Events Centre on Saturday. Kylie Keys won the Personality of the Year
trophy for the Club
Thanks very much to Christian for inviting everyone back to his place to watch the recorded rugby, and also to Rod McPherson for trying his best to get the Sky TV going at the Events Centre, and also to Frank Wetting for sending us a cool collection of video highlights of recent Rangers games, that looked great up on the big screen. We got to see Skinsy's goal again, and again, until someone pulled him away from the computer!
Check out the Honours Board for the past prize winners.
11 Sept A terrific game to end the season. Muggsy
had the players pull their positions out of a hat, and Rangers played some
great football, despite the following line-up: Goalie: Adam; Right back:
Big Ben, Centre backs: Kyle and Jaiden, Left back: Bazza; Right half:
Jeff, Centre midfield: Wett and Tom, Left half: Ben F, Strikers: Nestor
and Jordan. Subs: Kirk and Sam. Both teams played some great football.
After the break it all happened, Ben M had goal ruled out for offside, and
shot cleared off line, Jeff hit the post, then Old Blues scored twice in 2
minutes, then late in the game Ben M finally scored and Jeff scored with a
header. 2 - 2. Total excitement on the sideline, with the women's team and
Taupo visitors making plenty of noise and waving the odd pompom. Here's the
4 Sept Rangers men put up a good showing, going down to Whakatane 1st team 2 - 0. Tom player of the day (again!), with Jeff and Adam also showing out. Rangers women halved their first meeting loss to Whakatane with a 9 - 0 loss. They played some good football, Ann-Elise player of the day and Hayley Warner highly commended. Read the match reports and have a look at some photos.
28 August Rangers women put in another defensive shift, with Maria the player of the day, going down at Tauranga City 14 - 0.
27 August Rangers unlucky against Otumoetai, going down 2 - 1 but with chances to at least gain a point.. Ben M the scorer, Tom player of the day, lots of people did well including Chris Stanton, Kyle Knight, Ben Fretwell... Read the report.
25 August Plains Rangers
Prize Giving break-up night is Saturday September 24th, at
Awakeri Events Centre, from 6pm onwards. Prize Giving at 7pm.$10 an adult.
Families welcome. Keep it free. The Nix are playing the next day at Bay
Park. Oi Oi Rangers! Good to see Kyle back at training last night, the
first time this year!
22 August A good battling performance put up by the women at home to Old Blues yesterday. Stout defending by Essie, Kelly and Maria dealt with many attacks and crosses the visitors put in. Player of the day Amy who made some brave stops in goal. Quote of the day from the sideline... "Keep the pressure on her Pia - Pia pressure!"
20 August The Wellington Phoenix are coming!!!!! Sunday
September 25th 3pm at Baypark, a pre-season game against Central Coast
Mariners, aka the Salty Dogs. Should be awesome. Experience the atmosphere
of professional football. It leaves rugby games in the dust! Tickets on
sale on Thursday, August 25, available through TicketDirect at Baypark,
Baycourt or by calling 0800 4ticket.
18 August Club meeting after training next Wednesday. Please bring along any outstanding subs.
17 August Great publicity in the Beacon yesterday! A good training tonight, with some good pressurised possession. Check out Emma's player profile!
14 August A win!!! Rangers men took out the local derby with Whakatane
at Awakeri yesterday. An exciting match kept the vocal crowd entertained.
Tom scored early, catching them napping by taking a free kick early.
Whakatane equalised when a long cross sailed into the top corner. Skinsy
scored the winner with 5 to go, chesting down a pass from Jeff and scoring
in brilliant fashion. The crowd went wild!! Here's the report
and some nice photos
- Ann-Marie the photographer.
9 August The draw for
the Pullar Bowl semi finals is out. Rangers women are away to Tauranga
City on August 28. Check out the whole draw on our BOP results page. Here,
belatedly, is a
version of the women's trip to Taupo. It's an epic!
6 August Rangers couldn't maintain their very good first half form,
going down at Otumoetai 3 - 1. Jaiden scored, Jimmy, after driving over
from Gisborne was player of the day with a top effort in the midfield. The
4 August Sponsors Cup is most likely to be on Sat
Sept 3rd. Keep it free!!
2 August The draw for the CNS Cup semis is out, check it out on the BOP
results page, date September 3, which is also a possible date for the
Sponsors Cup game against Whakatane Town.
31 July Rangers exited the CNS Cup yesterday, losing to a late goal, 2 - 1 at Ngongy. Jaiden was player of the day, after setting up Muggsy for our goal, and having a great all round performance. Here's the report, also some awesome photos of all the action. Thanks to our professional photographer!
25 July A good effort, although a loss for Rangers
women. Hayley the Bruiser was impressive! The report.
23 July ****** the team played well, but we still managed to lose 2 - 1 to the Relics. Guest appearance from Cammy Wills, Kirk Bain had his first run after a serious injury three years ago, Wett pulled off a couple of stunners in goal, Jordinho was player of the day, Skinsy scored, Richie injured his knee, Nestor injured his foot, here's the report.
19 July The draw for the CNS Cup quarter finals is out. Rangers have another trip to Ngongotaha, to play the Bay One team that they met only a week ago, with a 12.30pm start. Time for revenge! Check out the rest of the draw on the results page.
17 July Rangers made it through to the CNS Cup quarterfinals with a
penalty shoot-out win over Ngongotaha. Rangers missed a number of chances,
and were 1 - 1 at the end of 90 minutes and extra time. Adam Mayor pulled
off two saves in the shoot out to allow Wett to seal the win with the
final penalty 4 - 3. Richie made life interesting for himself and the team
by getting stuck out on the ocean with boating dramas until he finally
turned up halfway through the seond half! Today was also Jaiden Ibbetson's
first game of the season and he acquited himself well. Read the
11 July Rangers women had a good battle with Kawerau, going down 2 -0 in the end. Here's the report, and here are some photos of the game. The Pullar Cup draw is out. Rangers women have Old Blues away, in the first round (August 7th). Check out the rest on our BOP results page.
9 July Another good performance without a result for Rangers. 3 - 1. Adam player of day in goal, Jimmy the scorer. The report.
6 July NZ Women had a great final World Cup game
this morning, 2 - 2 against Mexico. Club meeting was very worthwhile.
Rangers are starting the journey of becoming an incorporated society.
Progress is being made with regards to separate changing and showers for
referees at the Events Centre. A fundtraiser game is going to be played,
to assist Harley and Lucy, on Sunday 24 July. Its likely to involve
players from the Whakatane and Rangers men's and women's teams.
3 July Unbelievably, Rangers lost to Taupo at home, 2 - 1. Goal
disallowed, hit the woodwork three times, two good penalty shouts turned
down, pinball in Taupo area and we lose! Ben Fretwell super game at right
back, player of the day. the
Report. And some nice
2 July NZ gave England.a huge fright in Women's World Cup this morning, leading for most of the game, going down 2 - 1 in the end. Let that be inspiration for Rangers this weekend. Well done Football Ferns.
29 June Lots of good work at training tonight. Men be at Awakeri 1 pm on Saturday. The weather will be fine!! Tomorrow morning 10.45 am NZ Under 17s play Japan, Sky Sport One.
28 June A gutsy effort by the NZ Football Ferns, losing to no. 4 ranked Japan 2 - 1. Take heed Rangers women!
26 June Hmmm, Rangers women lost at Tauranga City. I'd better not put
the score here, though if you understand Maori it's rua tekau ma tahi ki
te kore! There won't be many hangovers after that!
25 June What do you do on a sunny day when there is
no football? Sigh!! At least tomorrow there is a crucial Under17 World Cup
game on TV at 11am, New Zealand v USA, winner goes through to next round,
draw - maybe. Also Rangers women try and get revenge on Tauranga City,
way. Oi Oi Rangers!
24 June Turangi have defaulted, so the Rangers men have no game yet again. A shame, after a good turn out at training, with Joel, Paul and John arriving to bolster numbers.
21 June NZ 4 Uzbekistan 1, a great result for U-17s
at World Cup. Check out the cool as
official site. Next game Thursday morning, 10.45am on Sky TV , v Czech
19 June Rangers women will now play their game with Whakatane on
18 June Awakeri fields closed today, game postponed. Shit weather. Will women's game be on at home tomorrow? No, it's been postponed as well. Rangers now play Old Blues on Sept 10th. See our BOP results page for other postponements and some results.
15 June The CNS Cup draw is out. Rangers have Turangi, at home on 25th June. Check here for the rest of the draw.
14 June For the next exciting World Cup action, we have.... the FIFA Women's World Cup starting in Germany this month. NZ is in Group B with England, Japan and Mexico. The warm up games start on Thursday morning in Switzerland. Check out our page of NZ's games here.
11 June Rangers played well in patches, despite a rearranged line-up. Tauranga City scored early, capitalising on Rangers new centre back pairing. They scrambled in a second from a corner, while Ben McPherson hit the post, and scored later. A 2 - 1 win to City. Here's the report, and no Skinsy, it does not mention a certain shoulder charge on their keeper! Tom was player of the day.
10 June Sadly, our women couldn't get a team together for the trip to Te Awamutu, so they have defaulted.
8 June A good training tonight. Nestor's volley was a rocket!! Lucky Adam didn't actually get near it in goal! Men meet at Edgecumbe Rugby Club 12.30pm.on Saturday.
7 June This Saturday's men's game is at Blake Park
Mt Maunganui. No doubt we'll be getting changed at Links Ave first.
1st June Some updated player profiles - Check out Kayla, Hailey, Jessica, Richie, Adam, Sam, Jordan, Nestor, Nicolas. Fun small sided games at training tonight. Now it's a weekend off.
29 May Rangers women had a good game at Old Blues today, despite the scoreline. Donna Bain was player of the day. Here's the report.Kirk is very poetic!!
28 May Rangers created a lot of chances in their 0 - 0 at home to Papamoa today. Shot blocked by own player, shot off underside of bar, etc. Here are the report and photos. Tom Davison player of the day. A good debut by Chilean Nestor Rocha too, some touches like what we might see from Lionel Messi tomorrow in the Champions League final, 6.45 am.
27 May This Thursday, All Whites v Mexico, live on Sky Sport 2 pm. Maybe MySky it unless you have a very understanding boss!
25 May Some new player profiles Stacey H, Ben M and Stacey B. Check them out from the link on the left. Watch out for a debut from our Chilean players this Saturday. Nestor and Nicolas.
23 May Rangers women put up a good fight against
league leaders Taupo. Report.
21 May A horror first 25 minutes cost Rangers in their local derby at Whakatane. 4 - 0 down, the boys battled back, ending up 4 - 2. Report.
15 May Rangers women's report against Te Puke.
13 May Awakeri's grounds have been closed, after three weeks of rain has left them sodden. Rangers men's game has been postponed until 27 August.
8 May Rangers women did well in their game against
Kawerau today. The game was moved to Tarawera Park an hour before kick
off, because one end of the Awakeri pitch was still a bog after all the
rain. Many thanks to the Kawerau team for agreeing to host the game and
for referee Andrew Mitchell being happy to go along with it. Esther scored
our first goal, a beauty!! Amy and her opponent were in a massive tackle
that they both got up very slowly from. Maria has damaged her fingers
stopping a close range shot, hopefully she'll recover quickly. Here's the report.
Here are some photos.
7 May Rangers crashed back to earth, given a footballing lesson by the
TCU Relics 6 - 1. Injuries and sickness didn't help Rangers cause. Big Ben
got his eye stitched up after a collision with their keeper early in the
5 May Sad news through today, that Kawerau Town's men's team have withdrawn from the league. Kawerau have been a major player in local and regional football over the years, spending quite a while in the top divisions of the Northern League. Results against them have also been taken out of the league table, unfortunately for Rangers.
4 May Our training goal is up and running. Well done those players who
braved the damp conditions and practised bulging the net tonight! Early
kick off on Saturday, so we're meeting at Edgecumbe at 10.30am.
1 May Mayday Mayday Rangers women, after their long trip to Hamilton, fought hard against the classy Melville team, losing by a big margin. Kelly Wilson earned player of the day with a strong showing in defence. Melville didn't impress with their ease of hitting the ground to earn penalties though. The brief report.
30 April A large crowd witnessed a frustrating game today. Rangers came
agonisingly close several times, Tom hit the bar and a Ngongy defender
clawed the ball off the line in the last minute, earning his team a nil
all draw. A couple of yellow cards were handed out, luckily nothing like
the Fed game in Whakatane where 8 yellow cards and 2 reds were issued.
That's a lot of money in fines! Sadly Kawerau couldn't field a team and
defaulted today. Hopefully they can get their numbers together. Rangers
27 April Subs are due $125. Bring whole or part payment to training. Check out the new player profiles of some of our women players! They have certain interests in common!! Follow the link on the left.
25 April Kevin Fallon's Mt Albert Grammar has
always progressed past the first round of the Chatham Cup, well, since
2000. Today however, they lost at Old Blues 2 - 1. The rain was like
Rangers game over there, but some good football from both sides,
considering. To check out other BOP teams in the Cup go to our BOP results
20 April We're meeting at the Edgecumbe Rugby Club at 10.45am on
Saturday for the trip to play Taupo. Rangers will welcome Chris Johnston
back, Wett back in the midfield and Muggsy up front. Just like old
17 April Rangers women keep on improving, despite
being down to a bare eleven today. Jess Bailey earned the free beer in an
11 - 0 result at Rotorua.
16 April A good win 2 - 0 away to Old Blues in the rain. Strong team play all round. Goals to Ben McPherson and Richie Nillesen. Ben Fretwell player of day. Report to follow.
15 April Cameron's last game for Rangers tomorrow. Let's make sure it's a good one! The Mayor is likely to be in goal too. A couple of defaults in other leagues, pretty disappointing! Check our BOP results page for the fixtures.
13 April Rangers men be at Edgecumbe Rugby club at 12.30pm to travel to
Old Blues. It's at Waipuna Park, Kaitemako Rd, Welcome Bay.
9 April Rangers grabbed a 1 - 0 win today against TCU. Rangers dominated the first half, hit the woodwork, but 0 - 0 half time. Early in the second half Scott Marrow tucked away a rebound for the game's only goal. TCU fought back well but to no avail. Rangers will be sorry to see the Marrow brothers Scott and player of the day Hayden disappear off to Christchurch this week. Quote of the day from Wett "It's a Marrow transplant!" Next week sees livewire winger Cameron Wills's last game as he too disappears to the mainland. All of a sudden Rangers squad has shrunk. Report. and photos.
5 April A couple of time changes for the men on 16th April and 7th May. Click here.
3 April Rangers women's team put up a valiant effort against Whakatane in their first outing. With half of the players playing their first game of football, it was always going to be tough. Rangers hung in there till the end despite conceding plenty of goals and came extremely close to scoring. A Whakatane defender got back to clear off the line. Player of the day Ann-Elise Reynolds, who looked dangerous on attack. Esther Geerlings gave as good as she got in the centre midfield, Kelly Wilson was strong in defence. Maria Puutu also played with confidence. Some photos!
2 April A good start to the season, Rangers put
together some composed football, beating Kawerau Town 4 - 0. Two goals in
each half plus three good strikes on the woodwork made for a satisfying
game for coach Aaron Muggeridge. Cammy scored 2, with Scott Marrow and Tom
Davison both scoring on debut. Tom was player of the match. The most
dramatic event happened at the aftermatch function, with the Kawerau
kitchen catching fire, Sam racing in there to douse the flames with an
extinguisher, and the smoke, fumes and arrival of the fire brigade meaning
the aftermatch speeches were concluded outside the building and the meal
31 March A good turn out of women at their final preseason training
tonight. The short game against the men was some players first ever game,
but there was plenty of good spirit and a keen attitude.
26 March A hard out, fast game against Lytton High from Gisborne this morning. The visitors opened the scoring, then new signing Scott Marrow equalised after being put through their defence after half time. An errant pass from a Rangers defender gave the visitors a late chance, and they retook the lead, before Cammy Wills danced into the penalty area before squaring to Marrow to make it 2 - 2 late in the game. Keeper Wetting had to pull off a couple of strong saves, and it was good to see Jimmy Krause back on the park again. Lytton then had a couple of hours to reenergise before a second game against Whakatane. Good luck! Especially to their player carried off with a serious looking knee injury.
24 March A good first up preseason game. Rangers started slowly,
getting used to some new combinations. Kawerau went closest in the first
period, with a lob going narrowly over the bar. The second third brought
some good attacking moves, and great build up play from Tom Davison and
Ben McPherson was well finished off by Cammy Wills to give Rangers the
lead. Rangers patient passing eventually wore down the visitors. In the
final third, substitute Barrie Hawkes scored, with a shot heading for the
right bottom corner deflecting off a defender to go into the left bottom
corner. Ben Howe capped off a good debut with a lob over the Kawerau
keeper's head late in the game. Plains Rangers 3 Kawerau 0. Coach Aaron
Muggeridge would have been pleased with the combinations developing. The
centre backs Jeremy Hawkes and Jono Whitaker were tight in their work.
Centre midfield combinations of Davison and Howe, and Davison and Ben
Fretwell looked very useful too. Christian Wetting showed he had lost none
of his goalkeeping instincts with a sound display.
23 March First pre-season hit out tomorrow evening
against Kawerau, then Saturday against a team from Gisborne. New signing
in the Rangers midfield: Ben Howe. Does anyone know who we can get to roll
the pitch at Awakeri to get rid of the bumps?? Ring Barrie 3222076.
19 March The draws are out, subject to changes. First up games are two
local derbies...... men v Kawerau, away on April 2 and women v Whakatane,
away on April 3. A rather daunting opening match for our newly formed
women's team!! Both squads are happy to have reinforcements if there are
any keen players out there. The first rounds of the draw are posted on
this site, it is available on the Federation web site.
17 March Welcome to our new secretary - Stacey
Bain, who is also the manager of our womens team. The womens team is
currently training on Thursday nights at Edgecumbe Domain, 6pm. More
players welcome. Phone Stacey 3228699.
16 March An entertaining run at the beach last night, ending with a game of beach football and then a swim. Playing in the dark with a black ball, still no excuse for Jordan to score two own goals! Reminder, all welcome to meeting after training tomorrow (Thurs) night, 8pm in room 14 Awakeri School.
13 March Training this Tuesday is at West End Ohope Beach. Be there
6.30pm. A pre-season game against Kawerau has been pencilled in for
12 March Rangers gear has been treading the boards
in Whakatane. Club sponsor Brian Skilling had a lead role in Death and
Taxes, and for a considerable part of the show wore the Rangers strip.
Well done Brian!
11 March Club meeting after training this Thursday (17th) at 8pm in
Room 14 Awakeri School.
8 March Our site is now back up and running. A good
men's training tonight. The defence was looking strong. First game is on
the horizon, a friendly with a visiting Gisborne team on Sat 26th March,
then the league kicks off April 2nd.
20 Feb Phoenix's season over with undeserved loss to Adelaide away in
heavy rain. A counterattack goal to the home team was the
17 Feb Muggsy handed out some Club expectations of
players, some motivational thoughts etc to everyone tonight. Good to see
the return of Jordinho from his time overseas. Some nice passing and
running at times too.
15 Feb Well done to the hill running freaks for their efforts up Latham's Track tonight! Training at Awakeri on Thursday 6.30pm.
13 Feb The Phoenix have got through to the play
offs with a scratchy win 3 - 1 against Fury. The highlight, Danny Vukovic,
the keeper, scoring the final goal, from the penalty spot. Check out our A
League draw page for the play off finals schedule.
7 Feb This Thurs, 6.30pm at Awakeri field stations, medium intensity
exercises, small games to finish. All welcome. Next week Tuesday 6.30pm
run up Latham's Track. Meet at Wett's place at the beginning of the track
(round near the Awakeri Hot Springs), followed by cold drinks, tactics and
game play talk. Thursday 6.30, at Awakeri.
5 February A fine turn out at the muster last
night. Lots of talent. Next run Thurday 6.30pm at Awakeri. Wett has a good
looking schedule to make sure we're all fit!
28 January Plains Rangers first player muster next Friday (4 Feb), 6pm at Awakeri. Play some football, afterwards the bar will be open, barbecue available if you want to bring some food. For further details ring Barrie 3222076 (president) or Aaron 3048994 (coach) or Kirk 3238353 (second team organiser).
23 January The Nix had a good 4 - 0 win in the rain and wind tonight. Highlight ... our keeper Danny Vukovic punting the ball with the wind, one bounce, over their keeper (who'd already scored an own goal), hit the crossbar. Unlucky! The Yellow Fever telling him to shoot every time he got the ball after that! Memo for defenders and goallies: Don't let the ball bounce!! Check out our Phoenix pages, present and in the past.
22 January Drama in the A League last night with Adelaide setting a new league record score, beating Nth Queensland 8 - 1. Could be more tonight with the Melbourne derby, both teams Victory and Heart fighting to get into the top six along with the Phoenix and Jets. Hope for a negative 2 all draw!
19 January Phoenix game that was postponed due to the Brisbane floods has been rescheduled to Wed 26th at Gold Coast's ground. Three games in seven days: home, away to league leaders then home again. Tough.
16 January Not long till training begins . . . 18 days. Some people
have all ready started.
3 January 2011 New Year resolutions anyone?? Get
down to watch more Phoenix games. More clean sheets. Take the Sponsors Cup
off Whakatane. Win BOP 1st division. Not to get sent off. To be more
constructive in communications with the ref. To turn up to training
earlier. To clean my boots. To polish my boots. To find my boots. Now
we're getting specific. Shin pads? Oh shit. Find them too. Go for a
preseason run. Have a kick around with family and / or mates / or at least
the dog. Only 4 weeks and 4 days till our first run.
31 December Only five weeks till the first Rangers run.... Check out our guest book if you're bored. Or watch this cool You Tube Photo show of that CNS Cup semi final.
28 December The Phoenix were a bit lucky to escape with a 1 - 1 draw last night away against North Queensland. Brave refereeing denied the hosts a penalty and a goal after the ball may or may not have crossed the Nix line following a goalmouth scramble. The poor linesman had to sufer a torrent of abuse from the home fans for the final minutes.
26 December Great game between Brisbane and Gold Coast tonight. Torrential rain throughout, lines had to be remarked during the game! Two Kiwis shone Kosta Barbarouses and Glen Moss. 2 - 2. The weather could be very similar for the Phoenix game against North Queensland tomorrow (Monday) night 10.15pm. Check out our A League pages.
25 December Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Rangers players and supporters. Pre-season training only six weeks away! If you're near Wellington on Wed Jan 5th, a 7pm visit to the Phoenix game would be lots of fun and entertainment. They host Melbourne Victory, starring Robbie Kruse, Kevin Muscat and co.
18 Dec A great win by the Phoenix, 4 - 0 against the Newcastle Jets, even with Ifill off early injured, and Durante suspended. 19 year old Marco Rojas carved them up!
14 Dec Pasty's injury a tibial plateau knee fracture, same as Jezza's. Hope he gets healed quicker than Jezza, it took him two years.
12 December Paston bad knee injury in Nix loss at Gold Coast. Ricki Herbert banned from coaching for a week after abusing ref last week.
5 December Stop press . . . . Siggy scores a
late near post header to help the Nix win 2 - 1 in front of 14000 Chch
fans. Brilliant second half! Very tempting to be in Wellington on Sat 18th
for next home game v Newcastle. Check out our Phoenix
2 December At the AGM, finances were presented, the president's report
here), officers elected with president and treasurer being retained
and a new secretary being approached. Fees were set at $125 per player,
regardless of the division. 1st team coach Aaron Muggeridge, trainer
Christian Wetting, 2nd team coach Kirk Bain.
29 November Plains Rangers AGM this Thursday 2nd
Dec at 7.30pm at Margaret's place 22 Bridge St Edgecumbe. All club members
welcome. Remember, we need a new secretary. Come and have your say about
the year and the new season coming.
24 Nov Nix back to their winning ways with a 2 - 0 win at home to Melbourne Heart. Saturday they're at it again, home to Melb Victory. Hopefully same result!!
20 Nov Rangers AGM coming up, date to be confirmed. Phoenix tonight 9 pm.
6 Nov Stop press!!! 41 seconds and Tim Brown scores the winner with a
great volley!! 1 - 0 win to Nix.
2 Nov News from the Federation about next year's
fees.... a red card will cost you $50 per playing day suspended. Look out!
Criticism (verbally or written by club) $250 fine for first offence, $500
2nd offence. The after match speeches are going to be tactful affairs! Not
advising the Federation of results on time $30. Clubs have been sent copy
of the costs for next season. These are just a couple of
30 Oct Rangers prize giving was an entertaining evening, with Pottsy
and Jezza arriving two hours early and setting up camp in the grounds. The
accolades went to: Christian Wetting (Player of the year), Cameron Wills
(Players' player and Young Player of the Year), Jeff Krause (Most
promising), Jeremy Hawkes (Sportsman), Adam Mayor (Endeavour), Ben
McPherson (Golden boot), John Noblett (Personality). Check out our Honours
Board to see all the past winners!
24 Oct A few notes from the Federation BOP clubs
meeting the other night: Next season starts Sat April 2nd 2011 and ends
Sun 25 Sept. All transfers will be completed online via Goalnet. Automatic
one up one down promotion / relegation within BOP leagues. CNS Cup and
Bowl to continue. In the Fed league meeting, agreed that two up two down
promotion / relegation within the Fed Leagues and that Katikati, West Ham
and Waikato Unicol will be admitted into Fed Two.
19 Oct How did the Beacon get that wrong? 3 - 2, 3 - 2, 3 -2. Oh
17 Oct The sponsors challenge was a well fought
battle yesterday, some excellent football, a close result, a red card, a
good crowd was well pleased with the entertainment, and the legendary
Buzza played the last 20 minutes.
14 Oct Winston Reid not so legendary after the game against Paraguay, red carded after a pretty shocking tackle. Hopefully none of that this Saturday when the builders teams line up against each other. Look out for the appearance of a true Rangers legend instead!
11 Oct The count down is on till Saturday's
sponsors' challenge with Whakatane. Training this Wednesday. Hopefully the
cricketers will be there and available.
7 Oct Legendary interview with Winston Reid on TV3 tonight...
5 Oct Remember training Wednesday still
30 Sept Rangers break-up and prize giving will be held at the Awakeri
Events Centre, Saturday 30 October, from 5.30 pm onwards. $10 a head for
food. All welcome.
28 Sept Here is the belated match
report from Saturday.
26 Sept Some disastrous defending negated the flying start Rangers got
off to against Ngongotaha. Rangers, with great goals from Adam Barkla and
Jimmy Krause looked untroubled after 30 minutes, but a pointless penalty
and then three goals in five minutes in the second half meant the visitors
won 5 - 3.
22 Sept A good fun practice session tonight to
unwind from the trials of the Cup final and get in the mood for Ngongotaha
20 Sept A rather pointed review of Saturday's final in the BOP Times
19 Sept Now the Phoenix go and lose too. Great
start to the week.
18 Sept A disappointing first half, saw Rangers lose the CNS Cup Final 4 - 1 to Katikati, who were the better side on the day. A couple of soft goals, including a penalty didn't help. James Krause scored in the final twenty minutes when Rangers played some good football. Here's the report and here are some pics, if you can stand to watch! Thanks Jacqui J.
16 Sept Meet at Edgecumbe to leave at 10.30 am on
Saturday. Lunch at the Mount then on to the game. The ref for the
final? Finchy, which is good for a flowing open game.
13 Sept Indoor continues to be fast and furious, with Cam's German
import Nich scoring some good goals tonight. Next Monday night is free
(i.e. no cost).
12 Sept TCU gave Otumoetai a hiding 5 - 0, The
Phoenix grabbed a 2 - 1 win against Bling Sydney FC. How did ex-Rangers
skipper Jason Pullar get on in the fight for life last night?!!
8 Sept A good training tonight. Since there is no game this Saturday, Rangers are meeting at The Office at 1 pm for socialising and lunch. Hopefully Richie is carrying on training in Bali, ready for the cup final.
6 Sept Well the Phoenix weren't too inspiring, but indoor soccer is still going strong on Monday nights. A two hour run around for $5, watch the nutmegs, own goals, Ben's backheels, and see how many more hours John's taped up shoes can last!
5 Sept In the end, a good win against Paps, 5 - 2, but it was harder
work than it sounds, with Paps putting up a good fight. Goals to Ben M
(2), Jimmy (2) and Cammy. Bazza player of the day. Here's the
1 Sept Our catch up game with Ngongy is now scheduled for 25th September, Ngongy's other catch up game rescheduled. Check our BOP results link for the draw.
30 Aug Always interesting to read the other team's point of view. Check out TCU's version of our semi final here. Strangely enough they think the linesman was wrong a few times!
29 Aug Rangers won a dramatic Cup semifinal against
TCU today. TCU led 2 - 0, 3 - 2, and 4 - 3 before Rangers grabbed the
extra time leveller and then won the penalty shoot out 5 - 4. Here are some photos, here's the
report. Rangers meet Katikati in the CNS Cup final on Sept
24 Aug Now, here are Liz's photos. Oh and there's an addition to the match report!
21 Aug Rangers had to battle, but eventually earned a 3 - 1 win against
Te Puke. Scorers Ben McPherson (2) and Jimmy Krause. Report to follow, and
watch out for photos, courtesy of Liz. Handballs, nutmegs, unmentionable
through balls, misses, saves, a red card, plenty of
18 Aug A hard out training tonight to prepare the boys for the game against Te Puke this Saturday. A reminder that the game is at Awakeri. The Federation set this down after Te Puke defaulted their away game in the first round. Highlights of the training: Richie's 'shooting', Jezza stopping a shot from Wett very bravely, Jezza's volley, Bazza chipping John (again), John's saves in the dimly lit mud, Muggsy offering a quart as prize for the shooting exercise, which raised the stakes higher than usual, Cammy's thunderbolts, John trying to score with only headers, Skinsy turning up...
14 Aug Heavy rain meant our game today was postponed. The Federation
have rescheduled it to Sept 18. They've been told that we plan to be in
the CNS Cup Final on that day!! I guess we wait and see!
12 Aug Ian Finch esq has been appointed sole
official for Saturday. Finchy 'Slaphead' always referees in good style and
communicates well with the players, just like he used to communicate well
with the refs when he was playing. So, his presence should make for a good
game on Saturday.
7 Aug Several Rangers players watched the entertaining Fed clash
between Whakatane and TBC, no doubt looking for weaknesses in the
Whakatane line up to be exploited in the Sponsors' Challenge later in the
4 Aug No game this weekend for Rangers, but plenty
of football on. Tomorrow night (Thursday) the A League kicks off, new team
Melbourne Heart v Central Coast Mariners, on Sky Sport 3 at 9.30pm.
3 Aug The CNS Cup and Bowl draw is out. Rangers have drawn Tauranga
City, with Te Puke playing Katikati. Both games are at Otumoetai 2 pm on
August 28th, with the Bowl games before us at 12 noon. Check the BOP
results link for the draw.
1 Aug Rangers kept their
four match unbeaten streak going with a 2 - 0 win in the local derby at
home to Whakatane. A penalty was converted by Wett, and Jimmy made sure
Ben's shot was going in to seal the win. Whakatane had their chances, a
penalty saved by Rangers keeper John too. Jezza, playing like a demon
despite having the flu, was player of the day, while Cliffy was
Whakatane's pod. Here's the
report. Yes Matt, I tried to give a moderately unbiaised account!
Thommo, another ex-Rangers player, left the field with a head wound and
got himself glued back together!
25 July Rangers won their CNS Cup quarter final at Papamoa, 2 - 1. A
late home team penalty made the last ten minutes interesting, but Rangers,
with two goals from player of the day Adam Barkla, deserved their win.
23 July The Wellington Phoenix knocked over South
American legends Boca Juniors 2 - -1 in wintry Welly tonight. The Nix
played very well and deserved their result. Goals to Dylan McAlister and
18 July A good win away at Taupo, 2 - 1, goals to Adam and Adam! Read the
report, and check out Sam's photos.
16 July Indoor football is back on, Awakeri Events Centre, Mondays, 6 pm, $5 each. See you there.
14 July Sadly, the World Cup is over, life goes reluctantly back to
normal, there were two Dutch shirts at
training tonight, just prolonging the moment. Doesn't anyone have a Spain
shirt?!! Did anyone notice: the rise of Paul the Octopus seemed to
coincide remarkably with the fall of Moko the Dolphin? Paul got all his
predictions spot on, he's world famous now. Moko, who was world famous,
didn't get any predictions right, and now he's dead. Sigh.
4 July An entertaining
game at Tauranga City, down 2 - 0 early, led 3 - 2 at half time, hit the
woodwork twice, drew 3 - 3. Goals to Ben, Wett and James Mitchell. Here's
report, and here are Liz's awesome
28 June A good night at indoor tonight. Liz scored a hat trick! Sam
left blood on the floor and Shaun had his shooting boots on. No more till
27 June Pretty unlucky to lose to Otumoetai today
in the rain. Rangers dominated the first half and did well in the second,
but a sloppy five minutes midway through the second half cost them. Goals
to Richie and Cam. Jimmy had one disallowed, lost 3 - 2. Read the
25 June The NZ All Whites dream run in the World Cup is over. A 0 - 0 draw with Paraguay means we exit the cup unbeaten, above World Champs Italy in our group. We are very proud of our NZ team: Mark Paston, Winston Reid, captain legend Ryan Nelsen, Tommy Smith, Leo Bertos, Simon Elliott, Ivan Vicelich, Tony Lochhead, Shane Smeltz, Rory Fallon, and Chris Killen, subs Chris Wood and Jeremy Brockie, coach Ricki Herbert plus other squad players who didn't get on the pitch. You're all history makers.
21 June We're happy as! The All Whites draw 1 - 1 with World Champs Italy has brought the profile of football in NZ to a new level. Everyone's talking football. Ex-Rangers player Matty Ward was featured in the fans celebrating in South Africa (see here) . Good football at indoor soccer tonight too, as those awake enough to turn up emulated their heroes... toe poke goals, shirt pulling, dives... and that was just Cameron!
20 June News that Rangers game against Tauranga City has been brought
forward to July 3rd, when the next round of the CNS Cup is on.
19 June Rangers were unlucky in going down to league leaders Katikati 2 - 1 in a hard fought game at Awakeri today. Johnny Noblett player of the day for a sound game in goal. Here's the report, here are some photos..
15 June Some great football at indoor last night. Remember, it's 5
bucks at the Events Centre, 6pm Mondays. Only a couple of hours till the
All Whites are in action. Can they do as badly as Aussie? Aussie Aussie
Aussie, eh John! (nb this is pick on John week).
13 June A good win yesterday, Jimmy broke his
drought with a hat trick, Richie survived 30 min, Finchy reffed well. Read
report. Here are some
photos, courtesy of Jacqui. Whakatane knocked over Katikati
11 June Wett has his predictions for the World Cup plastered all over the back page of the Beacon today. Who's he picking??? Hmmm we wonder! Oranje is the colour! Tomorrow's ref Finchy is also on the panel, he's backing Brazil. Bring five bucks with you tomorrow Finchy and Wett will let you have a go in his World Cup predictions sweepstake.
9 June Guess who's down to referee us on Saturday?
.... Finchy!! Woh, a huge turn out at training tonight, enough for 11 v 11
game. Looks like Richie Nillesen is back from injury and might get a run
7 June Whakatane's run in the Chatham Cup came to an abrupt end today,
losing 8 - 0 at Eastern Suburbs. Now Tauranga City is the only BOP team,
left in it.
6 June A 1 - 1 draw at
home with TCU, the visitors stealing their goal in the final seconds of
the game. Jezza player of day, Adam B the scorer. Here's the report
and some pics.
4 June Next All Whites warm up game is 6.30am tomorrow Saturday. Get in
the mood for TCU with NZ v Slovenia! Check out the main World Cup draw here.
30 May Another brilliant result for NZ football
with the All Whites beating Serbia 1 - 0 last night in a pre-World Cup
'friendly'. Serbia, ranked 15, (cf NZ 79) were rattled and fans invaded
the pitch and threw flares and bottles, halting the game for several
minutes. A special Smeltzy goal gave us the win.
29 May Rangers christened the new strip with a win at Papamoa today.
Ben's goal made the difference in the end, with shots from both teams
hitting the woodwork and Paps missing a penalty adding to the excitement!
Here are some photos
from the game, a report is coming shortly.
27 May Plenty of well spent energies this week,
firstly a good turn out at indoor on Monday, then a good run on Wednesday
too. Rangers will be sporting their new strip on Saturday, the new all
22 May What do Rangers do when their game is called off? Go and watch
another game... well, at least seven Rangers players were watching
Whakatane play Ngongotaha, curios no doubt to view the Ngongy line-up and
compare it to last week. There were a few similarities!
21 May Te Puke have defaulted to Rangers, sad! The return fixture on August 21 will now be a home game.
19 May Indoor soccer Monday night at Awakeri, 6 pm, bring sneakers or
bare feet and $5 if you want to play.
18 May Chatham Cup draw has neighbours Whakatane
away to past winners Eastern Suburbs on June 7th.
10 May A couple of very interesting and amusnig comments on our guest book this weekend!! Check them out! Add your own!
8 May A good win at Whakatane, 2 - 0, a tough Wett
header and a toe in over the keeper from Cameron. A clean sheet for Johnny
Noblett, plenty of war wounds, including Wett's self inflating eye, Paul's
back and ankle. Whakatane keeper Jamie Cory tried to get sent off but
failed! Ex-Rangers player Matt Dalgity got some strange looks when
encouraging Edgecumbe by mistake. "Little Ben" got player of the day with
a terrier like performance in midfield.
5 May Another hard out training, lots of competition for spots, which is great. Check out our player portraits for some interesting info!! New updates: Christian, John, James, Jeff and Adam.
3 May May Day, Duck
shooting.... Rangers battled to a good win 3 - 1 at home to Taupo. Jimmy
Krause gave three assists, with Ben the Machine and Cam the recipients.
John's point blank save in the first 30 seconds kept us in it too. The
changing room discussion? How many kilos of feed per hectare the farmers
have and the value of colostrum... Not many of NZ's football teams could
boast those discussions! The Beacon are writing their own match report
this week, so watch out for it. Here's Bazza's
29 April Two of the country's elite secondary schools have drawn BOP opposition in the Chatham Cup. Te Puke travel to play Auckland Grammar and Tauranga City Utd are at home to Kevin Fallon's Mt Albert Grammar on May 15th.
28 April An impresive turn out at training tonight.
Good to see Richie Nillesen back running around. Jezza gets a start on
24 April The suspension of captain Christian Wetting meant Rangers were
up against it in their game at Katikati. The home team won 3 - 1, with
Rangers not firing very well. Jaiden Ibbetson was player of the day, with
honourable mentions to Jeff Krause, Paul Inglis and Chris Johnston. Here's
21 April A hard out training tonight getting the
boys psyched up for Katikati on Saturday. Remember the game is at Katikati
College, on Beach Road. Turn right from the main street, just after the
19 April A number of ex-players, including Jordan O'Gilvy have written in our guest book recently. Feel free to add yours or just have a read. There are also lots of votes coming in on our latest fun poll. You won't believe how some of the results are going!! Follow the links bar on the left to the Poll or the Guestbook.
17 April A hotly contested red card decision made a huge impact as Rangers went from a 1 - 0 lead at half time to lose to Otumoetai 3 - 2. Captain Christian Wetting received his marching order early in the second half for dangerous play, when an unseen defender came through to head the ball and receive a kick in the face. Here are some good photos (courtesy of Jacqui Johnston and Frank Wetting), and here's the match report.
11 April A good start to Rangers 2010 campaign with a 4 - 1 win away at
old Blues. Here's the match
report, but, in a nutshell, Old Blues pressed early, forced a lot of
corners, we broke away and scored, a great finish from Cameron. Then a
Captain Wett pile driver and a Ben McPherson one-on-one had us 3 - 1 up at
half time. Late on Ben added a second with a good shot on the turn. Muggsy
named Bazza player of the day, with Cam highly commended.
9 April The serious stuff begins tomorrow, Rangers
meeting in Rugby Club car park 12 noon, to travel to Waipuna Park,
Kaitemako Road, Welcome Bay, Tauranga to play Old Blues at 2.30pm.
1 April Wayne Rooney fakes injury to sign for Plains Rangers. Ricki Herbert decides to check out the Rangers line up for possible Phoenix signings for next season. Yellow Fever set up a temporary grandstand at the Awakeri Sportsfield. Muggsy turns down the possibility of Carlos Tevez playing for Rangers, saying, "Wayne hasn't forgiven Carlos yet for leaving Old Trafford, so I'm not taking any chances. However I'm not ruling out David (Beckham) coming over after his time in Italy." Oh hang on, it's after mid day!
31 March The Bay One and Two draws have changed, with the div two Old Blues team withdrawing. Now we won't have a curtain raiser for our 10th April game at Old Blues! Several of Plains Rangers' fixtures have changed. Opotiki have a huge travel ask, away to Turangi now!!
28 March Check out these great photos from yesterday's game. Well done photographer Nicki Ibbetson.
27 March Trainings from here on are at the Edgecumbe Rugby Club on
Wednesdays at 6 pm.
25 March Our fun survey has been updated for the new season. Click here to have your say!!!
24 March A good hard out training last night, lots of numbers. Looking
forward to our final preseason game this Saturday, at home to
20 March Rangers put in a good performance in the
preseason game at Te Puke today. A good diagonal cross from youngster
Jaiden Ibbetson set up Cameron Wills for an excellent finish to open the
scoring. Cameron's good work down the right wing opened the game for Ben
McPherson to lash the ball home. Te Puke's goallie made several
outstanding saves to keep his team within touching distance. In the final
seconds, James Krause went through to put the ball under the keeper and
seal a 3 - 0 win. Others to shine were the midfield pairing of Christian
Wetting and Ben Fretwell.
14 March Wellington Phoenix were destroyed by a moment of cheating in the A League preliminary final at Sydney FC last night. Chris Payne scored with his arm to put the home team 2 - 1 up. The Nix were then chasing the game and were undone by the fast breaking Sydney forwards, losing 4 - 2 in the end. A sad end to an excellent season. Check out our Phoenix pages here.
13 March Rangers first preseason game had its
pluses and minuses today. Rangers managed to find eleven available
players, all but two aged under 20, debuts for four youngsters who all
acquited themselves well against a Matamata team who play in Fed 2, a
league above Rangers. A serious injury to centre defender Chris Johnston
after 25 min saw him boarding an ambulance for hospital and Rangers
playing over an hour with ten men. Matamata led 1 - 0 at half time but
pulled away with their advantage to win 6 - 1. Ben McPherson converted
from the penalty spot for Rangers and had another couple of good shots
7 March Another brilliant day for NZ football, Wellington Phoenix beating Newcastle Jets 3 - 1 after extra time in front of 33000 fans to get to preliminary final next weekend. They'll travel to Sydney, after Melbourne beat Sydney tonight. Winner plays Melbourne in final.
4 March BOP clubs
meeting Wed 10th at 7.30pm Welcome Bay. Phoenix v Jets Sunday
28 February Club meeting at Margaret's on Tuesday 2nd March, 6.30pm. Trainings start in earnest from Thursday 4th, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 pm at Awakeri. All welcome. We need a bit more experience in a couple of positions.
21 February Not a bad turn out at first training run, not as many as the 24000 that watched the Phoenix win a heart stopping penalty shoot out against Perth Glory! Rangers did their bit, cheering from the Events Centre and advising the refs!
17 February Great news!! Phoenix semi final will be on the TV in the
Awakeri Events Centres at 5pm Sunday, straight after Rangers first run
which starts at 4 pm. Be there, or... miss out!!
12 February Despite Radio 1XX getting it wrong on
Bulletin Board, the Rangers first run is on Sunday 21st, not this Sunday!!
4pm at Awakeri.
9 February Not long to go till Rangers first run of the season! Also
booked in is a preseason game with Te Puke on March 20th, 2 pm at Te
30 January A record 19200 fans turned up to watch the Phoenix play a home game in Christchurch, beating Adelaide 1 - 0. Well done Christchurch!!
25 January We're back on line.... a change of date for the first
Rangers run: it's now Sunday 21st Feb, 4pm at Awakeri. Too many Rangers
players had romantic commitments for the scheduled Valentines Day
10 January Two goals, including a brilliant
overhead kick by new signing Eugene Dadi gave the Wellington Phoenix
another good win, against Brisbane. This Friday night is another home
game. If you're anywhere near Wellington, go see it!! Robbie Fowler,
ex-Liverpool star leads the line for the visitors.
1 January 2010 Happy New Year to all Rangers players, associates and supporters! The Phoenix gave their fans a good start to celebrations with a 2 - 0 away win last night, meaning a good outlook for the next game, in Wellington Sat 9th January. Should be a great atmosphere!
21 December First Rangers training for the new
year is Sunday 14 February at the Awakeri Events Centre, starting 4
14 December While Auckland City kept NZ's good run in football going, winning a game at the World Club champs, the Phoenix have run into suspension and injury trouble. Muscat and Sigmund suspended for violent conduct, Paston out for rest of season with broken leg, Greenacre missing as well.
5 December NZ All Whites in Group F of World Cup finals, along with current World champs Italy, plus Slovakia and Paraguay. First game against Slovakia (pop 5.3 million) on 16 June 2010.
4 December Ouch! Phoenix had victory snatched away in last five min as
league leaders Melbourne grabbed a late 1 - 1 draw. Tim Brown nice header,
Mick Ward red card. Will Siggy get suspended for punching his opponent?
Joining Manny Muscat on the sideline after his elbow last week? Wait for
the next gripping instalment!
26 November Rangers AGM saw the present officers retained, Aaron Muggeridge reappointed coach. Click here to read the president's report. Preseason training will be notified late January. Two preseason games already organised. Several new players rumoured to be coming to Rangers, all good!
22 November A few
photos from the All Whites day of glory, plus the pre-game photo from
the Sponsors' Challenge.
16 Nov We're going to the World Cup!!! Quite a few
EBOP people down in Wellington at the weekend to be part of NZ football
history. The 35000 white out crowd was amazing to be in. Legends were
born... Rory Fallon, Mark Paston. Ryan Nelsen led by example. EBOP people
spotted: Aaron Wood, Christian Wetting, Tony Mitchell, Keith Fraser,
Ronald Overdevest, Jeremy and David Gray, Nick Twaddle, Ash, Jeremy and
Barrie Hawkes. Probably several others too.
4 Nov The Phoenix whipped Newcastle Jets 3 - 0 tonight in a catch up game. Another home game Sunday, against Perth Glory.
1 Nov A good prize giving and break up last night.
Many thanks to Gary Fowell for the bar tab, Chris and Karen Stanton for
the bar work, Mill River catering for the excellent food. And the winners
26 Oct What a brilliant performance from the Phoenix, smacking over league leaders Gold Coast 6 - 0. Bazza was lucky enough to be in the crowd. Highlights... the Yellow Fever chanting " Smeltzy Smeltzy, what's the score?" to Shane Smeltz, who left the Nix for Gold Coast's better money, after each goal! Paul Ifill setting up three goals then scoring. A golden patch of 11 minutes and four goals after half time. Centre back Durante beating six players on a run up the middle. Lochhead heading the ball while lying on the ground. The Yellow Fever going absolutely mental with their shirts off. The singing in the Back Bencher pub afterwards....
18 Oct A very entertaining sponsors' challenge at
Whakatane yesterday. The home team eventually won 3 - 0, but it was a good
contest. Good to see the legendary Wett play a full 90 minutes, and Bas
had a half as well. A shame to see Jono Whitaker stretchered off after 15
min with a badly sprained ankle, he'd been making an impact down the left
as well. Here's a brief report.
14 Oct Venue for sponsors challenge confirmed as Rex Morpeth Park
Whakatane, start time 12.30 pm on Saturday. Players bring $5 each towards
12 Oct Great result for All Whites, now its all on
in Wellington Nov 14th!! 20,000 tickets sold, be in quick if you want to
7 Oct Sponsors' Cup game is back on!! Saturday 17th October is the date, kick off time to be confirmed, venue Whakatane. Training Thursday 6.30pm.
4 Oct Prize Giving is Saturday October 31st at
the Awakeri Events Centre. $10 a head.
26 Sept Congrats to Te Puke who won their promotion play off against Hamilton Wanderers and will be in Fed div one next season. Visique Whakatane lost their catch up game to Ngongotaha today and will remain below Rangers on the points table.
22 Sept Sponsors Challenge for this weekend has
been called off, Whakatane cannot field a team. Very disappointing!
20 Sept Matamata clinched the Fed div one title, Te Puke beat Hamilton
Wanderers away in a div one/div two play off (first leg). Katikati won the
16 Sept Nice photos in the Beacon the last two days
Kirk and Jords!
13 Sept Excellent game from Phoenix dominating at Melbourne, a 1 - 1
12 Sept Last league game... No goals but plenty of
bruising action, a red card too. Typical local derby. Whakatane Town 0
Plains Rangers 0.
8 Sept A hard to take 5 - 4 loss to Taupo. Although Rangers were always
playing catch up, it was good to see the goals flying in, but not at both
ends! Here's the
29 August With Rangers having to cool their heels
for the second week in a row, quite a few of the players headed to
Whakatane to watch their Fed One team struggle to beat Ngaruawahia 2 - 1.
Ex-Rangers player Ben McPherson scored both goals for Whakatane. Matatmata
knocked over Taupo to take the lead in that league.
23 August A day off from football! Well for Rangers at least. In Fed
Two the league leaders both got beaten - T B Coll and Fury.
17 August Nice photo of Jason and Carwyn in today's Beacon.
16 August An entertaining 2 - 2 draw with Whakatane Visique in front of
a good crowd despite the rain. Jono's own goal was the best strike of the
day. JP player of the day, with Robbie Sonntag for Whakatane. Ref Ian
Boult did a fine job, allowing for the conditions and being decisive where
necessary. Here's the
9 August Jono smacking a ball into Kyle as he tried
to eat his pre-match pie hinted that luck wasn't going to go our way.
True. Rotorua White played well and we struggled at times. A few crunching
tackles, and couple of head clashes.... Here's the report.Click
here to read Rotorua United's version.
7 August Wellington Phoenix start their new A League season on Sunday,
away against Newcastle Jets. It's on Sky TV, at 5pm. Check out our Phoenix
pages, and the ones going back into the Phoenix, Knights and even Kingz
2 August Losing Jimmy, Josh and Muggsy to injury
and a 3rd minute red card penalty..... hmmm not a good day for Rangers.
Rotorua beat nine man Rangers 6 - 0. Here's the match
26 July A good win at home to Te Puke. The return of Joel Ogilvy and the debut of John Noblett made a difference, and a determined effort from all round the line-up made for a 5 - 2 win. Jimmy Krause nailed a hat-trick, Rangers' first since 2007 when Skinsy and Richie both scored hat tricks. Here's the match report. Check out the match photos, thanks Jacqui!
22 July The Phoenix new season kicks off on August 9th. Follow it at our Phoenix pages.
19 July Lots of surface water at Awakeri, today's game postponed until
July 25th. Now you can do Jeremy's trick and go skim boarding on the
puddles, or hit the waves, surf's up!
14 July Club meeting after training on Thursday.
This Saturday will be the first home game where Rangers fully are the
hosts at the Awakeri Events Centre. Players make sure you pitch in and
11 July Well 9 - 0 is quite a close game in rugby, but unfortunately Rangers were playing football yesterday. Katikati was too strong for Rangers' bare eleven. Rangers did their best not to turn up at all, having got waylaid by a large motor accident at Te Puna and then going to the wrong ground at Katikati (well it was the ground that was on the referee appointments and no-one had told us other wise). Memories? One striker getting a decent penalty shout turned down for the second week in a row, JP getting tackled by his own team mates twice. Here's the brief report.
5 July Rangers exited the Bowl in frustrating, unlucky style. Having gone behind, Rangers led 3 - 2 in the second half but were unable to close the game out. Here's the report.
28 June From all accounts a good game, gutsy effort, great header from
Jords, well refereed by Paul Higgins. Read the match
21 June An incident packed game yesterday: field damaged by some bastard in a vehicle over night, two red cards, several crazy goals, a penalty save, extra time... Rangers bowed out in the end 2 - 4. Here's the match report. Here are a few match photos, courtesy of Jezza. The draw is now out for the CNS Bowl on July 4. Rangers are away to the other 1st div team, Te Puke.
13 June Part of the Awakeri pitch was under water this morning, good
decision to postpone the game. The game v Old Blues will now be played
this coming Saturday (20th), with the league fixture postponed. Reset
9 June This Thursday, NZ v World champions Italy, live Sky Sport 2 starts 6.45 am. Woohoo!
7 June Unlucky, but didn't play as well as last week, is the short
summary of Rangers 1 - 0 loss to Tauranga City yesterday. Here's the match
report, and here are
3 June Club meeting after training tomorrow. 8.15pm
in the Club rooms. Bring any unpaid subs.
31 May A closely fought home game with Whakatane Town, 1 - 1 a fair
result. James Krause again the scorer, Kirk player of the day. Jimmy
Mitchell did a good job in centre midfield with JP. Amongst the spectators
we had most of last year's team... Wett, Bas, Caleb, Josh, Jeremy, Dan...
Not a bad line-up! Here
are the action photos, and here's the match
25 May An unusual way to move up the table!!
Rangers lost 3 - 1 at freezing Taupo, but moved up a place due to goal
difference. Jimmy Krause scored a beauty, Brandon came close with two
lobs, Vince cleared the ball repeatedly at 70 metres a kick, but it wasn't
enough. Read the match
21 May Our fun quiz has been updated. Click
here to have a go!
17 May A win! A gutsy performance saw Rangers grab
a 3 - 2 win at Whakatane. Player of the day Chris Johnston saved a penalty
and had another top game. Here are the action photos and the match
10 May A scrappy game with Rotorua Utd White. Rangers fought hard, losing 1 - 0. Mark Jeynes deservedly player of the day with a strong performance at centre back. Here's the match report.
3 May Unlucky!!! Rangers
deserved more than the 2 - 1 loss they got at Te Puke. The Te Puke keeper
was player of the day and made two excellent saves to deny Jimmy Mitchell
and Jason Pullar, while poor Luke Overworth had the indignity of scoring a
late own goal. Mitchell also smashed a rocket off the post. Here's the match
30 April Some new and updated player profiles are on the portraits page: Check out the young fullas!
26 April Rangers produced a gutsy performance and made league leaders Katikati work for their 5 - 1 win. Jordan scored his third goal in a row. JP did everything but score. Paul played keeper with his head. Brendon and Vince got a run. Jono was player of the day, while Brandon produced his best game yet. Here's the match report. Here are some photos of the game too.
20 April The Hot Springs 'training' proved an inspiration tonight, lots
of ideas talked about, and a strategy to encourage Brandon to score goals
was formulated. Dan gave Bhima a geography lesson and promised more. Mark
didn't make any promises, he knows what trouble that usually gets him
19 April Unavailability of a number of players
didn't help, but Rangers got a pasting at Ngongotaha, where the home team
played some nice football to win 8 - 1. Here is
a minimilistic match report! Training this Monday is at the Awakeri Hot
Springs. Maybe we can practice diving!
14 April An improved performance from Rangers, but a 2 - 1 loss to
Rotorua United. Jordan Ogilvy scored, pouncing on a rebound from Jason
Pullar's header. Here's the match
report. And here are
some action photos, courtesy of club treasurer Stewart Sutton. Thanks
8 April This Saturday's game is confirmed to be
played at Awakeri School, kick-off 2.30 pm. Trainings from now on start at
5 April Rangers made a bright start against Tauranga City, going close
twice, before having a Jordan Ogilvy goal disallowed. The home team then
scored twice in two minutes just before half time and took the game 2 - 0.
Rangers best efforts came from player of the day Dylan 'Skins' Arthur,
Kyle Knight, Chris Johnston and Josh Hyndman. Read the match
report. Everyone except Kirk is leading the Golden Boot. He's on minus
one! When asked after the game how he was, Skins replied "sweet... and
sore"! A rather Chinese sounding answer, but he did make one very
2 April Coach Aaron Muggeridge has named his likely starting line-up for Saturday, with a very new look Rangers team about to take the field at Tauranga City. The likely starting eleven: Chris Johnston; Paul Inglis or Mark Jeynes, Dan Baxter, Dylan Arthur, Kirk Bain, Kyle Knight; Brandon Collier, Jason Pullar (capt), Josh Hyndman (vice capt), Jordan Ogilvy; Luke Overworth. The team was also issued with dress shirts and are to meet at Edgecumbe at 12.20 pm Saturday.
1 April Not an early kick-off. The game starts at 2.30 pm at Links Avenue #2, Mt Maunganui this Saturday. A Federation league game starts at 2.45 on the #1 pitch.
30 March Great to see a full-on intense training tonight, no doubt people were stung into action by Saturday's game.
28 March Kawerau beat Rangers in a pre-season hit out today, but some good points emerged, the efforts of debutants Chris Johnston in goal, and Brandon on the right wing and Josh Hyndman playing 90 minutes, his first game back from injury early last season.
21 March Rangers players should look smart this season, with training jackets and embroidered shirts to wear. Josh Hyndman is even training with boots now, with his long awaited pair doing the business at training, a couple of scorching finishes left goalkeeper Chris Johnston and the rest of the squad watching in wonder.
18 March Club meeting after training on Thursday (19th) at 8.15 pm at
Margaret's. Trainings start at 6 pm. Be there or be....... fined!
9 March A very good turn out at training
7 March The numbers turning up to pre-season training are reasonable,
giving coach Aaron Muggeridge some idea of how his team might line up.
1 March Melbourne Victory took out the A League grand final last night with a tough feisty 1 - 0 win over ten man Adelaide. Victory ended with a red card themselves, but hung on for the win.
25 February A reasonable turn out at the BOP clubs meeting in Tauranga
tonight, but some clubs were noticably missing. Of most interest was the
discussion on the make-up of the leagues. It looks like there will be a 12
team Federation division 2, with eight of those teams from the BOP: the
top five from BOP div one last season, plus Ngongotaha (relegated from Fed
One) and Greerton and Otumoetai Two who both applied to join, despite
being in BOP div two last season. Rumour has it that Greerton have players
returning from Matamata. Therefore, there will be between 18 and 22 clubs
playing in BOP leagues. Discussion on whether BOP div one will be the top
ten remaining teams from BOP divs 1 & 2, or whether teams just apply
and Federation makes the decision.
22 February Trainings at Edgecumbe Domain Mondays and Thursdays, 6.30 pm start.
12 February News from the meeting tonight... Funding from the Southern
Trust gratefully received. As is confirmation of sponsors Gary Fowell
Builders and Little Orchard Pre-School. Looks like Fed div two will
definitely happen. BOP senior clubs meeting Wed 25th Feb, 7.30 - 8.30pm at
Waipuna Park. Next Plains Rangers meeting 12 March
5 February Rangers first run for the pre-season
this Sunday!! Be at Awakeri ready for 4.30 pm. New players welcome! ph
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25 January The Phoenix couldn't quite pull off a win at Melbourne, but were unlucky to concede a penalty, have several shots blocked, three by their own players, and finished the season in 6th place.
20 January Plains Rangers first run for the
pre-season is Sunday 8th Feb, 4.30 pm at Awakeri. A friendly kick
13 January Two lots of good news for Plains Rangers: Little Orchard
Pre-School have continued their generous sponsorship for the coming
season, co-owner Brian Skilling a long time Rangers supporter; and Jason
Pullar is returning to Rangers from Whakatane. His transfer was approved
by the Federation.
4 January Phoenix had a flattering but extremely exciting win against Newcastle to stay in contention for finals. Happy New Year everyone!
21 December Rangers' new coach Aaron Muggeridge is recruiting for the
new season. If you're interested, contact him or email the club
28 November Great win by the Phoenix over league leaders Melbourne 2 - 1. Check out our Phoenix pages. Phoenix now up to 4th on table.
23 November A Phoenix win against 9 man Newcastle; NZ Under 20 Women beat Chile in their World Cup; NZ to play Spain, South Africa and Iraq in Confederations Cup in June.
15 Nov At the AGM, Aaron Muggeridge was elected
coach for the 2009 season. Other positions remained the same. Issues
discussed included the home ground for 2009, and a women's team in 2009.
7 Nov Great win for Phoenix away at Sydney, 2 - 1.
19 Oct Wellington Phoenix continue a good run of form, beating Central Coast Mariners, away in 30 degrees heat, 1 - 0. Home game next Sunday (of Labour weekend) should be a goodie against Queensland Roar.
11 Oct A very successful prize giving last night. The hangi was
beautifully cooked, hosts Christian and Katie did a great job.
7 Oct Remember... Break-up / Prize Giving this
Friday at Christian's place, bring $10 per player for the hangi etc, BYO,
from 5 pm onwards.
29 Sept A good game, vocal crowd, Caleb got a . . . . . yellow.
Sponsors Cup stays at Whakatane. Read the
report. Check out the
photos, including what happened to Kirk, thanks to Stewart
24 Sept Kick-off time for the Sponsors' Challenge
is 2.30 pm at Rex Morpeth Park. Everyone needs to contribute $5 towards
food. Be there 1 pm.
21 Sept Fury beat Te Puke 3 - 0 yesterday, to take the BOP div one
championship. Sounds like a convincing win, Te Puke coach Macca says it
was their worst performance of the season. Fury coach DC says they could
have scored more and that the ref had a good game.
18 Sept Break-up and end of year prize giving looking likely to be Saturday 11th October at Christian's place.
14 Sept A good win in the end at Opotiki, highlights Wett scoring,
Simon saving a penalty (yes you might wonder what the hell he was doing in
goal!), Richie and Muggsy getting two each, the assistant ref mowing the
lines! Read the
10 Sept Club meeting after training on Thursday,
7.30pm.at Margaret's place. Bring any outstanding fees or
6 Sept Three penalties, 2 - 1 down at half time, dominated second half,
couldn't beat their keeper. Lost 2 -1. Read the
report. In a major shock, Tauranga City held Te Puke to a draw 1 -
30 August Against all the odds, Rangers posted a very good win, 2 - 1 at Tauranga City United. Bas was sick, Kirk and Muggsy couldn't make it, Skins had his birthday party Friday night, so he and several others were 'not at their best'. Skins proved it by throwing up after coming on as sub in the second half, and yet... goals to Richie and Jimi took a well deserved win. Read the report.
28 Aug Sponsors' Challenge will be on September 27th, at Whakatane, 2.30pm.
26 Aug Early kick-off at TCU this Sat, 12.30. If you want a reminder why we are having to replay this fixture, check out these photos of the last abandoned game!! Also if Richie's photo in today's Beacon whetted your appetite, check out these cool pics of our win on Saturday. Thanks Lara!
25 Aug Federation meeting on BOP senior football, a season wrap up Mon Oct 6th, 6 pm at Waipuna Park.
24 Aug A well deserved win at Whakatane yesterday.
Jordan and Buzza scored, Muggsy hit the post. Wett only had to make one
the report. Watch out for some cool photos in the next couple of
days... thanks Lara!
17 Aug Tasman Cup finalists sorted: Te Puke and Rotorua Utd 2nd div
team (who knocked Rangers out).
11 Aug Old Blues played a good team game, and
Rangers competed without causing them a lot of problems, going down 4 - 0.
For the first time for weeks, Rangers had some subs to use. Unfortunately
Richie went off early (ankle) and Dan managed half a game before the flu
got the better of him. Six yellow cards were issued in a game that was
played in good spirits, a costly afternoon. Jono had an own goal
disallowed for off side!!!! Read the
report.Amazingly, after six losses in a row, Rangers are still holding
7th place. See the table!
2 Aug Another scraped together line-up for Rangers, at least we managed
to put eleven players on the field, even though Simon should have been in
bed sick. TBC, despite having a player sent off, attacked with style and
won 9 - 1. 'Nuff said.
26 July It looked the worst possible day for
Rangers, away at Tauranga City, with only nine players in appaling
conditions. Richie, not meant to be playing, agreed to go in goal, making
nine. Luck changed a little, when captain for the day James Mitchell won
the toss and grabbed first use of the gale force wind and rain. He then
drove an excellent free kick into the goal, and with Rangers leading 1 -
0, after 15 minutes, the ref rightly decided players' safety was at risk
in the hypothermic conditions and he abandoned the game. Here's the
21 July The Wellington Phoenix started their pre-season with a 1 - 0 win.
17 July No training tonight, as Bas said, OSH has a thing about slippery surfaces! Tauranga City game next weekend (26th) is an early kickoff. Their premier team is playing Central United (Auckland, current Chatham Cup holders) after us.
16 July A Federation League Div Two?? The Federation is asking clubs
for feedback on this proposal, to start next season. Check it out with
13 July A 5 - 1 loss at Tauranga Boys, but Rangers played better in patches than the score indicates. A few crucial errors and several missed chances gave the lopsided score. It was an entertaining game. Here's the report. Check out the photo of the week..........!
6 July What, there are photos???!!! Yes, click
28 June Freezing cold and rain and a bad start saw
Rangers lose 1 - 0 at Rotorua United and get eliminated from the Tasman
Cup. Jordan Ogilvy hit the post, very unlucky. Here's the
22 June Rangers, with ten men for the last 30min and Kirk, Mark and Caleb unavailable, had a battling 1 - 0 loss at Te Puke. Here's the report.
16 June Rangers scraped a 1 - 0 win at Otumoetai
Two in the Tasman Cup. With several players unavailable, A Simon Gowing
goal, a great save by keeper Jono Whitaker, and a Jordan Ogilvy shot
cleared off the line were the highlights, though Mark's 'promise' earning
a yellow card was pretty funny! Here's the
report. The other Tasman Cup results are
in, plus the draw for the next round. Rangers have
the Div 2 leaders Rotorua Utd. It's meant
to be at home but the Events Centre is not available.
8 June In the end, a good win against a much improved Rotorua Utd side.
Second half goals to Jimmy (2) and Caleb earned a 3 - 1 win. Here's the
report, and here are the
6 June Te Puke have drawn football giants Central United, the current holders, in the Chatham Cup. They'll be at Te Puke, on Sat 14 June. Coach Shaun Macca McIlwain is even interviewed on Soccer NZ's website. Read it here. Te Puke are the lowest ranked team still in the cup. Taupo is the other BOP team still in. The rest of the draw is here.
5 June The Tasman Cup draw is out. All BOP teams are in the Cup, with the first round losers playing for the Tasman Bowl. Rangers are drawn to play Otumoetai Two, away on June 14, 2pm kick off. Otumoetai Two are currently mid-table in BOP div two. Check out all the Tasman Cup draw here.
4 June Club meeting after training tomorrow night. Remember, subs are now overdue!
2 June A couple of great results in the Chatham Cup today. Fellow BOP
div one side Te Puke knocked Fed team Rotorua Utd out 5 - 4 in an exciting
finish to go thru to round 3. Fed team Taupo knocked Northern Lge premier
team Tauranga City out too. Check out the results here.
1 June A solid win yesterday, 2 - 0 at half time
then 6 - 1. Joel Ogilvy got a bit of game time and showed he can still
play. Finchy was back, as referee this time. Here's the report
and here are some action
photos from the game..
30 May The lure of the long weekend has meant there are gaps to be filled in the line-up for tomorrow. We could see the long awaited returns of Muggsy and Joel, plus Bas has got to the end of kiwifruit harvesting. It'll be just like the old days!!
25 May Check out some entertaining photos from Saturday's game, courtesy of our only spectator, injured player Jezza.
24 May A reasonable scrap with Katikati, but only moments of good football. Mark had an expensive day out with a $170 traffic fine, so did that yellow card collector Deano. Richie hit the crossbar, while both Kirk and Scott made timely challenges to thwart the hosts. Ex-Kawerau striker Aaron Searle played in goal for Katikati and was happy with the 0 - draw. Read the report.
22 May Here's Macca's version of Te Puke's
excellent win and Taupo's lucky win in Chatham Cup (Hope you don't mind
19 May Great to see so many of our players involved with junior
17 May A good hard local derby with Whakatane, in front of a decent crowd at Awakeri. A nil all draw, but Rangers had a number of chances, with a Caleb Hyndman rocket bouncing off the post. Wett made a great save to deny Matt Dalgity in the second half. Some pretty aggressive tackles luckily didn't end in further injuries. Scott Geddes made his debut with a run in defence.Here is the report.
13 May The Federation has confirmed that the Rangers TBC fixtures have
been reversed, as per our request. We now play TBC away on July 12 and
home on August 2nd.
10 May Rangers rounded up a reasonable line-up for the Old Blues game, with Richie and Bas starting in the centre midfield. However, various events conspired against us. Two penalty decisions gave the home team two goals, costing us big time in a 3 - 2 loss. Deano's chip over the keeper from 40 metres at a free kick was the highlight. Here's the report.
5 May A miserable day at Awakeri. Our injury woes deepened yet again with Jeremy Hawkes suffering a serious knee injury, and out for the season. He's convalescing at home. Two goals in each half saw TCU run out 4 - 0 winners. Even a late penalty hit the post and rebounded away. Read the report if you really want.
28 April. Some good pics of the Chatham Cup game, thanks to Stewart Sutton. Plus..., added bonus, fashion tips from a Rangers star.
26 April Rangers Chatham Cup dreams are over, beaten 2 - 0 by Internationale. Worse than the loss, a broken ankle suffered by centre midfielder Josh Hyndman in the first half. He is undergoing surgery in Tauranga on Tuesday. A decent crowd at Awakeri, about 200, watched the game. Here is the match report. Well done to Te Puke who beat their Auckland opposition. Other results.
20 April A good battle against Fury yesterday. Dave
Cook's latest assembly of players had a lot of higher level experience
along with the usual multicultural mix. A couple of defensive errors gave
away Rangers early lead, with Fury winning 3 - 1. Here is the match
17 April The game against Tauranga Boys College scheduled for the day
after the Chatham Cup fixture has been postponed until August 2nd. Both
TBC and Rangers are in Chatham Cup games on Friday Anzac Day 25th
16 April Lots of rain this week should help make
the Awakeri field different from the hard dusty track of last Saturday.
Check out Photo of the Week to see the lush growth of weeds covering our
Edgecumbe Domain pitch!!!!!
9 April The Chatham Cup draw is out. Rangers are to play a team called
Internationale, at home on Anzac Day Friday April 25th. The rest of the draw is
here. Internationale are an Auckland Sunday League premier division
6 April Rangers roared
off to a good start in BOP div one with a 2 - 1 away win at Rotorua
United. Two beautifully struck goals friom James Mitchell and Caleb
Hyndman could easily have been added to with an ounce of luck, such was
the dominance of the Rangers team. Rotorua salvaged a little pride with a
last minute penalty, to make the scoreline look like it was a close
game.Here are some good action shots. Read the
31 March Entertainment plus at the NZFC game at Mt Maunganui yesterday.
Waikato FC lost to Youngheart Manawatu 5 - 4.
29 March The league fixtures have been finalised, they are listed on the Federation website, and have started being posted on here. Rangers fixtures have not changed from the draft draw, but a number have, apparently.
27 March Our fun quiz has been updated again, check
it out, tell the truth!!!
23 March Only two weeks till kick-off day. Will
Rangers be ready? The cricketers will have to sharpen up quickly,
hopefully they will be more onto it than NZ's cricketers! Yes Dan is right
(!) Rangers play their first game v Rot Utd at Neil Hunt Park, the old
Rotorua Suburbs ground, on the way into Rotorua.
13 March The beach run was, well, tiring, but lots of fun afterwards,
from Dan's 10,000 envelopes to Caleb's toe passes. The endless stories
ranged from Paraparaumu to Whakatane!
7 March Beach run at Thornton this coming Tuesday,
4 March Good news from the Federation that there may well be a spot for
Rangers in BOP division one this season. It will be confirmed at the end
of this week. There is a draft draw out with our first league game away to
Rotorua United at the Rotorua International Stadium on April 5, then home
at Awakeri to Te Puke, then AFC Fury!!
28 Feb Everyone survived the Latham's Track hill
run on Tuesday. Some looked quite fresh at the end! First pre-season game
next Tuesday, v Kawerau, Kick-off 5.30 pm or 6 pm. Venue Awakeri. Good to
see our cricketers back to training.
24 Feb Our fun survey has been renewed. Have your say!! Please take
note, it's only for fun (yes I did get a complaint about a question a
couple of years ago, so there are no questions about referees!). Take the
19 Feb Good training game tonight, six aside, with our cricketers still off playing their other sport. More step overs, nutmegs, dummies and glimpses of class than you'd see in a whole season of league games! Welcome to new striker Caleb Hyndman, who put away a few chances.
17 Feb Local NZFC team Waikato FC lost badly to Otago Utd at the Mount today, going down 2 - 0 and finishing with 9 men! Meanwhile the Newcastle Jets won thru to the A League grand final (against CCM) courtesy of a 3 - 2 win against Queensland Roar. That referee handed out three penalties, in generous style. Preseason football looms in the BOP, with lots of challenges being laid down.
14 Feb Training called off tonight, so players could enjoy some rain falling on the Plains. Tuesday 6pm is next up.
13 Feb Rangers will be competing in BOP div two this season. Hopes of
elevation to div one were dashed at the Fed meeting tonight when it was
confirmed that that division would be only ten teams. The Federation
league now has an unwieldy 15 teams in it, with three to be relegated. No
chance of promotion to the Fed league this season was a contentious topic.
There will however be promotion and relegation between BOP div 1 and
6 Feb Club meeting tonight decided.... First training (kick around followed by drinks) this Saturday on the Edgecumbe Domain, 4pm. Furthers trainings to be discussed there, but likely to be Tuesdays and Thursdays. New players welcome, phone Barrie on 3222076 for further info.Club keen to play BOP div one if opportunity arises. Gary Fowell Builders keen to continue sponsorship. Next Rangers meeting after training March 6th.
30 Jan The new season is looming! Club meeting at Margaret's (22 Bridge
Street Edgecumbe) Wednesday 6th Feb, 7pm. All welcome. First players get
together Saturday 9th Feb, 4pm. Venue to be decided at the meeting. Dust
those boots off! Go for a run!
26 Jan Peter Arndell has been appointed Football
Competitions manager for our Federation. He is based in Hamilton and will
run both the BOP and Waikato leagues.
18 Jan News that Football NZ heavily in debt. Will we all have to pay,
to bail them out, again!
14 Jan The Phoenix have now slipped to bottom of
the A League after a dismal performance against Melbourne. In a
fascinating end to the regular season, all four top clubs are on 31 points
with one game to play!! At least there is a finals series to sort them
out. One of the few times a finals series seems fair.
7 Jan 2008 Happy New Year! In front of a large noisy home crowd, the
Phoenix blew their last home game, losing to two late Sydney goals and
putting themselves out of play-off contention.