Plains Rangers F.C.
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30 December 2016 First summer kick around went well last night. 5 v 5. Well done to Shazza being the only woman there. Good to see Josh back running around. Most nutmegged? Jamaal. Jezza looked sharp.
12 December A great result for the Nix, winning 3 - 0 in Hamilton. Disappointing that only 5200 fans were there to see Lia's brilliant strike and plenty of goal action.
8 December Massive news for Phoenix fans, that coach Ernie Merrick resigned after a 2 - 0 loss to Adelaide on Sunday. Most fans and players are in shock. Bazza for one thinks Ernie should have stayed. Support the Nix this Saturday in Hamilton to try and get the ship back on course. Oi Oi Phoenix!
4 December Two Phoenix games coming up that locals can get to. Next Saturday in Hamilton, then Auckland the following Saturday (17th).
13 November A good weekend for football fans. The All Whites had a solid win against New Caledonia in a World Cup qualifier, then the Nix, despite missing 6 players on international duty, had a deserved 2 - 0 away win at Central Coast with a good performance.
6 November The Phoenix finally get a win, two good Roy Krishna goals.
29 October There was a cool article on our young player of the year Jamaal James in the Whakatane Beacon yesterday. A great advertisement for Edgecumbe College, Plains Rangers and Jamaal himself. Nice photo too!
20 October Click here to enjoy Ranee's slideshow of Rangers Women's season. Very entertaining!
18 October Check out Photo of the week for shots of the band on Saturday night.
16 October Break up and prize giving went well last night. The evening started with the AGM, then moved into prize giving. After that Ali Scott's band Alpha66 played some great music for the rest of the night. Many thanks to Ali and Alpha66 for that. The awards went to:
26 September Make sure you keep Saturday 15 October evening free for our break-up & prize giving. Details out next week. Not long till the first Phoenix game!!
11 September A great way to finish the season!! After the disappointment of the Pullar Cup being cancelled, Rangers women re-rearranged their catch up game with Ngongotaha and came away with an excellent performance and a 3 - 1 win. Kiahli scored 2 and was player of the day. Here's the report.
4 September Rangers men had a good go at Kawerau yesterday and were rather unlucky to lose to a late free kick 2 - 1. Two first half red cards were disappointing, with Kawerau's player provoking and then hitting our player, who retaliated. Jamaal was our scorer, his first goal in senior football. Wetts player of the day. Here's the report.
29 August Sounds like a crazy afternoon at Otumoetai on Saturday, where Rotorua were leading 2 - 1 in an even game with 25 minutes to go, it ended up 8 - 2 to the visitors!!!!
28 August Rangers women lost 5 - 0 at Kawerau today. Gemma Stuckey player of the day. Rangers women are entering the Pullar Cup on 11 September, then they have a catch up game against Ngongy on the 18th.
27 August Rangers men lost an entertaining game 3 - 4 to Ngongotaha today. Hamish Wilde player of the day. He and Sione were the scorers. The report.
22 August Our photos of the football.
21 August Zach has some awesome photos of the jubilee evening and the jubilee games on his Pitbull Photography site. Check them out! Lots of fun at the social football today. In very warm conditions, there was a good turn out, a game of about16 aside was played. Michel scored a couple of goals, Ali showed yesterday's winner was no fluke, the kids showed their skills and courage... Many thanks to Matt's dad for doing the barbecue. Happy 25 years Rangers!! Oi Oi !!
17 August Rangers women win by default again! This time over Ngongotaha. Rangers women will now play an Invitation XI on Saturday. Keen to be part of it? Be there by 12 noon.
14 August Rotorua defaulted late... this morning 9am! Rangers women win 3 - 0.
13 August Rangers men had a good first half, opened the scoring, had some bad luck and ended up losing 5 - 1 at Taupo. The score flattered Taupo a bit. James Hart player of the day. The report. Some photos, courtesy of coach Chris. Jubilee registrations now at 50. They close end of Sunday.
8 August Rangers women weren't at their best, losing to Kawerau 5 - 0. Janie Paling was player of the day.
Have you registered for the jubilee yet??
6 August Only 1 day left to register for the jubilee!!!! Several Rangers boys spying out the oppo at Kawerau today. Taupo beat Kawerau 2 - 1, entertaining game, chances galore. Taupo's up next! They have agreed to a 2pm kickoff, yay!
30 July A very good win for Rangers men today after Bazza and ref Michel spent an hour draining a goalmouth so the game could be played! Goals to Sione, Jords, Jimmy and Ben. Jules player of the day. The report.
18 July The new women's league draw is out. Click here for it. Rangers have Rotorua at home this Sunday. The Bay Sportsmed Cup and Bowl semifinal draw is on there too.
17 July Rangers women had a 1 - 1 draw at Rotorua, with the elements against them. Joe player of the day, Kiahli scored. . The report.
16 July Rangers men win a windy game at Otumoetai. Early red card to Otumoetai player. James Hart scored two, Jords and Pat (what a great goal that was!) scored as well. Hamish player of the day. Here's the report.
13 July A good women's training tonight, followed by a constructive club meeting. Oi Oi Rangers.
11 July Rangers women took a while but eventually scored an exciting 3 - 2 win against Ngongy. Macca Mathis scored a screamer! Sarah player of the day. Here's the report. Some exotic photos from Zach at Pitbull Photography here!
10 July Rangers men went down 5 - 3 to Papamoa in the Bowl quarterfinal. Player of the day Jamaal got a yellow, Sione, Hamish and Jords scored the goals, Muggsy was penalised for a solid tackle, the pitch looked like it was in the Middle East, the referee was the youngest person on the pitch. Here's the report. Here are some photos from Tony Kirby. Some cool photos from Zach at Pitbull Photography here too.
5 July Enrolments are starting to come in for the Jubilee!! Here is the official invitation to the Plains Rangers 25th jubilee weekend. Download on a web page. Please pass it on to any ex-players, supporters, etc. We need registrations in by early August, so don't leave it too late!! Come and relive old times! Oi Oi Rangers!!
2 July No ref appointed. After a scrappy start, Rangers settled down and earned a 2 - 1 win at home to Papamoa. Full commitment in defence was needed for the last half hour. Muggsy organised the defence, player of the day. Welcome back to Jimmy Hart. The report.
28 June The draw for the next round of the Bay Sportsmed Bowl is out. Rangers have got Papamoa's Bay One side away on July 9th. Kickoff is now 2.30pm.
25 June A first half blitz with the wind and rain behind them led to Ngongy beating Rangers 5 - 1. Hamish got one back in the second half. Jordan player of the day. The report.
19 June Rangers women showed a massive improvement by only going down 1 - 2 to Papamoa. Rangers women were without four regular starters as well. Goal to Mishka. Jo player of the day. Read the report.
18 June Rangers men went down in the final minutes to a blind header (the sun in Rotorua was directly in line with the corner kick) 1 - 2. Jules player of the day. Sione scored with a brave header. Here's the report.
16 June. A good hard out practice tonight. Thanks Muggsy and well done everyone. Christian had all the Euro 2016 teams there afterwards and the draw was done (remember you owe Wetts $5 a team). Here are the lucky / unlucky people. Prize for 1st, last and the middle team. Levi was offering big money for France but no....
12 June. Some good news. Rotorua and Waibop have agreed to change our kick off time this coming Saturday to 2pm. Hopefully that can allow people to get to the game.
11 June A hard fought physical battle, losing 2 - 1 to TCU. Injuries to Ali and Pete didn't help. Matt D didn't have a happy birthday! Julian scored a screamer on debut. Levi player of the day. The report.
10 June Well done everyone who gave it heaps at training in the raining last night! A reminder, you need $5 for the feed, $5 if you want a team in Euro16 and don't forget subs! Oi Oi Rangers.
7 June Ex-Rangers player Jeremy Hawkes in Chatham Cup action for New Plymouth Rangers.
6 June A very interesting result with Tauranga City United knocking over league leaders Taupo 3 - 0 on Saturday. Rangers will have to be at their best to match them this time round, after beating TCU away earlier in the season.
4 June Literally a hard fought home win for Rangers. Rangers played some great football to lead 2 - 0, only for Kawerau to pull a goal back on the stroke of half time. Sione scored both Rangers goals, Hamiora scored Kawerau's. Matt Eveleens player of the day. Both sides piling in late in the game after Ben Sexton had fouled Hamiora was a disappointing end to the game. Game report.
28 May Rangers v Ngongotaha postponed. Ground closed. Doh. Perhaps it was just as well: both Ngongy's teams in the Fed leagues were postponed as well! The All Whites beat Fiji 3 - 1 in the ONC. Next game Tuesday 6pm, Sky Sport 56.
24 May Here is the official invitation to the Plains Rangers 25th jubilee weekend. Download as a Word file, or on a web page. Please pass it on to any ex-players, supporters, etc. We need registrations in by early August, so don't leave it too late!! Come and relive old times! Oi Oi Rangers!!
22 May Rangers women put on an attacking show at Awakeri today, recording their biggest ever win and shooting young Cassidy Spillman to be top scorer for the club so far this season. Rangers beat Rotorua 5 - 1. Read the report. Macca player of the day.
21 May Rangers went down to Whakatane 2 - 1 in the Cup match today. Whakatane pounced on two errors and Rangers weren't at their best. Hamish Wilde player of the day. The Sponsors' Cup heads back to Whakatane. The report.
20 May Want to be inspired for tomorrow?? Watch this!! 100 best goals of the year.
18 May A reminder that subs are due by the end of May.
14 May The Sponsors Cup was up for grabs, Ali played 30 minutes before rushing off to play King Bernard in the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime, a lovely sunny day, but no goals! Rangers held onto the Cup with a 0 - 0 draw. Jimmy Krause was player of the day. Farewell to Jimmy Hart as he heads off over to America tomrrow for a couple of months. Watch out for some photos of the game tomorrow.
12 May A good training tonight in preparation for the local derby on Saturday. Laugh of the night Jamaal's encounter with a hedgehog!
9 May Rangers men's match had it all: controversy, bizarre events, ref Dave Taylor even got up to speak at the aftermatch about Rangers sportingly allowing Taupo to score, Taupo coach Alan Lamb even said the Awakeri pitch wasn't too bad and he'd played on worse. Maybe the long grass disguised the lumps and bumps! Read the report. Today Rangers women might have kept that generous Mothers Day spirit into the start of the game, but once they got going, it was a great battle with Whakatane. Injuries in all direction! Read the report.
3 May Great to see the Whakatane Beacon today had full page colour coverage of Rangers women's game!! Here are some cool photos of the game too, including Janie's goal. Thanks very much to Zach and Pitbull Photography. In fact you can click here to see more of them on Zach's web site. You can even buy photos from him.
1 May Rangers women turn on one of their best performances to grab a 1 - 1 draw at Kawerau. Janie Paling scorer and player of the day. Here's the report.
30 April. Good to see Rangers players at the working bee laying the new floor in the Events Centre over the weekend. Not so good was Rangers slipping to a late defeat at Opotiki after having a deserved 2 - 0 lead. Peter Kirikbride player of the day. The report.
26 April News Flash!! There is a big working bee this weekend at the Awakeri Events Centre, laying the new floor of the gymnasium. If you can help.... It starts at 5pm Friday evening, then it starts again at 7am Saturday morning. It may continue Sunday. We need Rangers players and supporters to go please!
25 April A couple of photos from Saturday in Photo of the week.
16 April Rangers men lost 2 - 3 at Papamoa today. Richie Nillesen POD. Hamish Wilde went within 2 centimetres of getting a hat-trick! Alarming for centre back Matt Dalgity to see both outside backs cramping up at the same time! Read the report. Bad news that Richie's injury is not a good one, broken knee cap.
10 April Rangers women fought hard against a good Taupo team today in warm sunny conditions. Player of the day Sophie Estall. Taupo won the game. Highlight of the day was watching ref Norm march over to give the visiting coach a stern talking to.
9 April Rangers put in another good performance today, beating Rotorua 2 - 0. Rangers welcomed the return of Hamish Wilde and last year's captain James Hart. Sione and Jaiden were the scorers but lots of other chances were created too. Player of the day stand-in goalkeeper Ben Sexton. Read the match report.
8 April Next week is National Referees Week. The Ref's Association is particularly keen to hear from footballers who are in their early 30's, in particular those who:
6 April Sad news that Dave Cook has passed away recently. Dave Cook, the driving force of the AFC Fury club, and Mount Maunganui in the old Natioanl League days was a huge character, liked or hated he will be missed. Read some insightful tributes here and a report of a famous game between Rangers and Fury here.
5 April Check out our globe trotting Rangers hoodie! It's at the home of QPRangers, Muggsy's favourite team. Also, great to see Plains Rangers in full colour all over today's Whakatane Beacon! Make sure you get your copy!
4 April Photos from Rangers men's game on Saturday. A couple of blasts from the past and a new blast altogether!
3 April Rangers women had a high scoring game too at Te Puke, sadly though Te Puke got most of them. Player of the day Cassidy got two. Yay Cassidy! The report.
2 April Rangers men got off to a flying start, scoring after three minutes, then going on to win 8 - 1 against Otumoetai. James Krause player of the day. The crowning glory was a late bicycle kick goal from Sione Lotu on debut. Here's the match report, Photos still coming. The Beacon photographer was there too, so watch out for their pics.
28 March A good blow out on Saturday, with Rotorua capitalising on a couple of errors to win 2 - 1. Jaiden Ibbetson grabbed Rangers goal.
18 March The draws are out, on the WaiBOP web site. Rangers men have two home games to start the season, the first on April 2 against Otumoetai. Rangers women are away to Te Puke on April 3. Our links on the left of the page have quite a bit of our draws on them.
13 March An inspiring Phoenix win away at Sydney last night. Remember you need to register!!!! All of you! Otherwise you can't play. See 29 Feb for the link.
2 March A good turn out and good work at the women's training tonight, followed by a constructive club meeting. Under discussion was: leagues kicking off on April 2 & 3; 25th jubilee weekend later in season (e.g. 20 August) with home games and fun games; player registrations and transfers; sponsors for the season (any suggestions, or offers, see Barrie or Margaret). Coming up is the Federation BOP senior clubs meeting on 8 March in Tauranga (at Sport BOP, 630pm).
29 February Lots on this week: Tues 6pm kick around; Wednesday 7.45pm club meeting after women's training (all welcome); Thurs 6pm men's training.
21 February A good men's training on Friday. This week sees another Lathams Track run Tuesday, women's training Wednesday and men's training Friday. All 6pm starts. All welcome. Congratulations to Mike Johnstone, Sarah gave birth to baby Riley on Thursday.
16 February An incredible performance & result from the Wellington Phoenix on Sunday, with a superb Blake Powell perfect first half hat trick setting up a 5 - 2 away win over high fliers Western Sydney Wanderers.
13 February A successful player muster last night. Rangers women have a squad of around 16 and Rangers men around 18. What's on from now? Pre-season training. This Tuesday, a run up Latham's Track. Meet at track start at 6pm. Women's trainings on Wednesdays at Awakeri at 6pm. Men's trainings Fridays for the next couple of weeks at 6pm, but switching to Thursdays. All welcome, come and join in.
4 February Kick around again tomorrow (Friday) evening 6pm. Bring a water bottle!
27 January Check out this compelling Save The Nix video made by a genuine good dude Australian. You might even recognize someone in it.
24 January A puzzle for you... check out photo of the week!
19 January A fun hot afternoon of football on Sunday. There is more, this Friday 6pm at Awakeri. All welcome, men and women, high school students. Make sure you bring a water bottle! We won't talk about the Nix game.
15 January Summer kick around this Sunday (17th) at Awakeri at 4pm.
14 January 2016 Phoenix put in a great backs to the wall show against lague leaders Brisbane, despite being without 8 players suspended or injured! Bazza had a good weekend down there, being the 1 millionth Nix fan through the gate, with its accompanying Huawei prize pack was only part of the fun!
31 December 2015 Happy New Year everyone. May your new year be better than the Phoenix's last two games!!
22 December Happy Christmas to all Rangers players and supporters! Congratulations to Peter Kirkbride, married last weekend.
12 December A good turn out at the kick around last night. 16 turned up for 90 min of football. Not sure when the next one is. Phoenix came within a few minutes of a result in the heat and humidity of Cairns tonight. Krishna another good goal. Looking forward to their next home game in Welly next Saturday. Check out photo of the week for the dodgy pitch from last Nix game!
7 December A great result for the Phoenix, knocking Melbourne Victory off the top of the table. Awful Albany pitch and clash of colours didn't detract from a great game. Roy Krishna, Roly Bonevacia, Andrew Durante and Glenn Moss all got in the A League team of the week. Pretty funny chants going on in the 11000 crowd "We wish you a merry Krishna", etc. Fan boycotts at a number of other A League games meant the Auckland attendance was the biggest of the weekend!
1 December Sounds like the kick around went very well, plenty of numbers for a game. There's another on in two weeks - that'd be Friday 11th Dec. All welcome (including new players). A few of the boys are heading to Auckland for the Phoenix game this Saturday. Got your tickets yet?
24 November Feel like a kick around? Turn up at Awakeri this Friday, from 5.30pm onwards. All welcome, male & female. Hopefully with inspiration from the Phoenix game this Thursday night in Sydney. 10pm NZ time.
17 November A great day in Wellington last Friday, 13600 turned up to see the Phoenix whip Adelaide 4 - 2. Awesome displays from Roy Krishna and Roly Bonevacia. Check out our Nix and A League pages.
12 November At the BOP Federation meeting this week a number of local issues came up: BOP divs 1 and 2 could be combined next season, with rolling subs applying to both leagues. Any defaults must now be notified by midday the day before the scheduled game. The BOP season should start on April 2nd 2016. Clubs will be asked about interest in a Federation Women's league involving 4 clubs from BOP and 4 from Waikato. There may be an opening for a new sponsor for the men's BOP knock out cup.
4 November Rangers player-coach & life member Wetts had his 40th birthday on Saturday night at the Edgecumbe Plains Hotel. It was an excellent night with many current and past Rangers players there, e.g Ronald Overdevest (check him out on our past squads listing in 1999!). Ali's band played some great music, Wetts even joined the band for a few numbers, Jenny was sober driver, well she said she was, Olivia was there from Gissy, Katy's cake was spectacular, Chris Butler organised a gift from Rangers to Wett's. Check it out here, plus the wind-up gift!
28 October The Phoenix had a great 3 - 2 win against Brisbane Roar on Saturday. Bazza and Jezza were there to see it and the before-match and after-match. Click here to see Jezza making friends with Nix captain Siggy (Ben Sigmund). Now news that the FFA doesn't seem to want the Nix in the A League. All sorts of protests have been launched. Perhaps they're scared we will win the league! Check out our Nix pages.
19 October Excellent result from the Phoenix last night and a rare goal to Vinnie Lia. Our Honours Board has been updated. It makes fascinating reading if you're into a bit of history!
18 October Rangers held a very successful break-up/prize giving last night. The evening started with the AGM. Click here to read the president's report which includes lots of season highlights. The prize giving followed. The prize list is in the president's report. Congrats to James Hart and Mikaela Mathis on taking out the players of the year. There are some awesome photos of the break-up night and prize giving on Pitbull Photography's site (Thanks Zack.) While we're at it, here is a very cool slideshow of the Rangers ladies (these links all open in a new window).
7 October The votes are in! Well done 35 people voted for Players' Player. All will be revealed at our prize giving. Saturday 17 October at the Events Centre. From 6pm at the Events Centre. AGM at 6.30pm. Prize giving at 7.30pm. $10 per person towards the food please. Family members welcome, but probably not suitable for kids. Get ready for a good night.
4 October Our Wellington Phoenix pages are being set up here. Well done Kawerau, confirmed as champions of the Fed Two league because West Ham only beat Te Puke 7 - 1.
29 September New team photos here. What a handsome lot! Make sure you text Barrie 0274637791 with your vote for players' player of the year by Friday 7pm. Text Margaret with votes for women's players' player by Friday as well.
26 September Good to see a number of Rangers players at the Awakeri Junior break-up today. Chris Butler played against the kids wearing his Diego Costa shirt (shouldn't you wear something else while he's suspended Chris??). Wett was rampaging down the wing, Jo was trying to let in goals so the kids could score....
23 September Awakeri Events Centre is having a quiz night the night before our break up. So the quiz night is Friday 16 October. Form a team and enter. $10 a person. Fundraising for the Event Centre. Warm up for our prize giving! Here's the information.
20 September Rangers women had a good day at the Pullar Cup tournament today, coming away as runner up in the Pullar Bowl. Rangers met Rotorua Utd in the first round, losing and then got a bye through to the final of the Bowl against Opotiki. Opotiki scored late in the first half. Rangers started the second half brightly and a good move ended with Cassidy Spillman hitting the post. Rangers had a fair share of territory but couldn't quite make it count and Opotiki won the game. In the Cup final, host club Whakatane had a two goal lead against league champions Otumoetai, who came back late to draw 2 - 2. However in the penalty shoot out Whakatane took it 4 - 1, converting all their kicks, and their keeper making two good saves. Otumoetai's coach was rather ungracious in defeat afterwards. However, the winners medals sat happily around the Whakatane's players' necks. Rangers women were happy with their runners up medals too!
17 September Rangers breakup & prizegiving & AGM night is confirmed for Saturday 17 October. Write it in your calendar!!
16 September A big turn out at the meeting tonight, after five of the men turned up and joined in the women's training! Good luck to the women for the Pullar Cup this Sunday. Supporters welcome. First game at Whakatane is at 10.30am. against Rotorua. Can anyone beat Ranee for golden boot?
12 September Sadly Rangers men had their game cancelled late this morning after Old Blues decided to default. The men and three women had a friendly game anyway, followed by two delicious crockpots.
5 September Rangers won the Bay Sportsmed Bowl final today, 2 - 0 against Papamoa. Early goal to Andy, a couple of great saves from Wett, second half penalty converted by Andy and Rangers win the trophy. Outstanding team effort, Bazza player of the day. Report and photos to come. Plenty of singing in the changing rooms afterwards, bubbly sprayed around. "One Andy Willis, there's only one Andy Willis". Drinks at Matt's tonight!
30 August Rangers women did well at Kawerau, putting up a fighting effort. Libby player of the day. The report (both versions)!
29 August A 3 - 1 win in the end at Opotiki, after a scoreless first half. Niggly game. A great solo goal by Petir Gray opened the door. Chris Butler almost scored a diving header. Mike Johnstone player of the day. Read the report.
25 August On Thursday night at 7.30pm is the AGM of the Awakeri Events Centre. Some men might need to be drafted in from their training to make sure the numbers are there for the meeting.
23 August Rangers retained the Sponsors' Cup with a hard fought scoreless draw yesterday. Despite missing captain Jimmy and Jordan, Rangers put in a good effort in a new formation. Ben Sexton was player of the day. Read the Report and see the photos. Sorry no mention of photo of Chris's impressive bicycle kick!
20 August Rangers have agreed to a 1pm kick off at Whakatane on Saturday. Be there 12 noon! The Sponsors Cup is up for grabs. Hopefully Rangers can put into action the goal scoring drill that we spent an hour doing tonight!
19 August Rangers Fantasy league is kicking along nicely now with 15 people entered. Bazza, Muggsy and Jamaal are leading the pack!
15 August A wet Awakeri, no ref appointed, a competitive battle, a 1 - 1 draw, goal to Ben Sexton, Matt Eveleens player of the day. The report.
11 August The new split league is out for the men. Rangers are at home to Otumoetai this Saturday. Check out the rest of our fixtures or the draw in general. And who's leading the Fantasy Football table? hmmm
9 August Rangers women had a tough day at Opotiki, going down 6 - 0. Julie was player of the day. Ranee is requesting a change to the goal set up! Read the report.
8 August Rangers men had a 3 - 0 win against Kawerau Sports today. Kawerau battled gamely, while Rangers took quite a while to get their shooting boots on. Petir Gray player of the day, with Jaiden scoring twice. Here's the report. Rangers women's game tomorrow has been transferred to Opotiki College, because some bastard has done wheelies all over the nice Magpie Park surface.
3 August Eight people have entered a team in the Fantasy Football Rangers Classic league. Be in to have some fun! All welcome. See details below in 1st August news.
2 August Rangers women had plenty of the game at Rotorua White but couldn't put the ball in the net. (they were watching Rangers men yesterday!!). Tazza was player of the day. Here's the report (both versions!).
1 August TCU scored two good goals, one after just two minutes. Rangers defended strongly and created some chances too. Jaiden player of the day. Read the report.
30 July The full moon shines down on the Rangers boys (and 4 girls) training in the frost. Luckily Matt has brought his gas brazier for everyone to huddle around and sample Wetts' home brew afterwards. This is the life.
28 July The new draw is out for the Bay Womens league. Rangers women are away to Rotorua White this Sunday. The rest of the draw is on our Rangers results page and BOP results page. The Opotiki game will be played at Opo since we played them here in the first round.
26 July Rangers women had a great physical battle with Kawerau today. Kawerau won 4 - 1 in the end, but Rangers gave as good as they got. Jenny was player of the day. Great to see Kate Simons have a run, a good debut from young Taryn Tazza Forbes. Here's the report. Let's hope the new split league comes out quickly this week so there are no more weekends with no games. Here are some pics of the half time talk. What is Cassidy laughing about?! There are also some fab photos on the Pitbull Photography web site.
25 July Rangers men deservedly won on penalties in the BS Bowl semifinal away to Otumoetai today. Rangers had a Muggsy goal disallowed and were reduced to ten men for the last 40 minutes after our 3rd sub Levi Riri was felled with a ball to the head, but hung on to a 1 - 1 draw after extra time and won the shoot out. Wett saved two pens and, despite the "shittest penalties ever seen", had won the shoot out after four penalties. Jordan player of the day and Andy won the prize for the best penalty celebration! Read the report. Have a look at photo of the week!
20 July Good luck to Michel and Margaret Nillesen on their trip away. Richie Nillesen will be coaching Rangers women in the mean time. Welcome back Richie!
19 July Rangers men's game with TCU was postponed at the last minute after a torrential downpour and high winds stormed through Awakeri on Saturday, wrecking one of Rangers new gazebos in the process. On Sunday a great start for Rangers women with a goal to young Cassidy Spillman after Janie Soutar had hit the post twice! However Te Puke were too good in the end. Here's the report.
17 July Some changes for men's games.... BS Bowl semi final has now been brought forward to next Sat 25th, at Otumoetai. Federation trying to reschedule catch up game v Kawerau to Aug 1st. Hopefully they are successful!
12 July Rangers women did well, turning around a 4 - 0 loss last weekend to hold Opotiki to a 0 - 0 draw today. The team was player of the day, with Ranee in top form. Here's a report. Watch out for pics in the Beacon.
9 July The hoodies arrived at training tonight. Just as well, it was a very cold night. Chris presented the College boys with theirs, unexpectedly! Most amusement came from people trying to figure out what C.F.C. stood for on the back of Chris's hoodie. Most guesses were unprintable! Of course those who remember that Chris wears a John Terry shirt can probably work out the true answer. Also Mumma Joe's hoodie for her daughter that was misspelt Tartless drew a few comments!
7 July Club meeting cancelled. Good luck to our women on Sunday in their first competitive game for six weeks!
4 July A depleted Rangers team traveled to Papamoa. After half an hour of solid defence, Papamoa got lucky a couple of times and had a 3 - 0 lead at half time. Rangers did better in the second half but ended up losing 4 - 0. Matt Dalgity player of the day, closely followed by Petir Gray.
30 June According to the Fed web site Rangers men play Otumoetai in the BS Bowl semi final on August 1st, with at this stage no games scheduled for July 11th and 25th. We are trying to confirm this or to see if the draws will be rescheduled. This would have to be the most disjointed season in history!
29 June Rangers' women's game with Opotiki on July 12th has, at their request, been changed to a home game. Lots of hoodie orders have been taken. Hopefully they will be done and ready in the next two weeks.
28 June Club meeting coming up on Wed 8 July, after women's training.
24 June An Opotiki weekend! On Saturday Rangers men are at Opotiki, 2pm kick off in the Bowl, while on Sunday Rangers women have a friendly against Opotiki at home at 10.30am. Remember, last day for hoodie orders is Friday. Money up front! See below (in bold). Also.... subs need to be paid too.
21 June At last, our new colours have a goal scored in them, after Jaiden and Jamaal hit the woodwork, Muggsy scored with a wind assisted header. Sadly though, a 3 - 1 loss at windy Blake Park. The report.
12 June Orders are now being taken for the new club hoodies. They are black. $35 for adults, $30 for kids sizes. You need to give Barrie, Margaret or Ranee your money along with style (zip or no zip), size (XL, L, M, S), and name for the back of your hoodie (e.g. Your Name / Nickname). Deadline for order (with money) is Friday 26 June. Hoodies available for players, supporters, family members etc.
4 June Men's training indoors was pretty hard out. Fun, exhausting, physical, 2 hours of good football.
30 May Rangers did christen their new strip with a good performance, but sadly, a sloppy goal conceded and no luck in front of goal meant a 1 - 0 loss at Old Blues. Ali player of the day. Ronnie the winner of the punchbag contest at the aftermatch. Here's the report.
28 May Is your weekend not full enough with football already? Game on Saturday, game on Monday, but also.... excellent U20 games in Hamilton on Sunday too. Qatar v Colombia and Portugal v Senegal. The best long weekend ever?!
23 May A trip to Tauranga to find that the field is deemed unsafe. Game postponed. A trip to the Te Puke pub.
21 May Wow a full on training tonight in prep for the cup game on Saturday. For those wanting to pay their subs by internet banking, our account is 01-0310-0056958-00, or you can just pay cash to Bazza.
20 May A very constructive club meeting tonight. Great news that Bodyaid Clinic physiotherapists are on board as sponsors. The new strips for mens and womens teams are due to arrive at the start of next week. Men will keep the yellow and blue as their change strip, while the women will have the dark green strip for their change strip. Gazebos are being purchased for the sideline shelters. We have agreed to go ahead and organise hoody sweatshirts for club members and associates. Orders will be taken as soon as the price is confirmed. Rangers women can't rake up enough players for the trip to Taupo this weekend and have had to default, sadly.
17 May Rangers men lost at home yesterday to league leaders Taupo, although the 0 - 3 loss didn't reflect some good football played by Rangers. Here's the report. Mike player of the day. Today, Rangers women put up a fight against Whakatane but no goals. The report.
16 May The Bay Sportsmed Cup draw is out. Rangers men have Tauranga City away, next Sat 23rd, with early kick off. Check out the rest of the draw on our BOP Results page.
13 May There will be a club meeting after the women's training next Wednesday, 7.30pm. Discussion includes plans to have club or team sweatshirts made. Be there if you want to have a say.... men and women. Have you paid your subs yet?
11 May There's quite a bit of voting on our fun poll. Leading in some of the stats are: Muggsy's tattoo, cricket, Rangers women one vote ahead of Rangers old fullas, soccer being perfect, and Cassidy! Now you'll have to have your say!
10 May Rangers women had an unlucky number at Papamoa today.... 13. Read the report. Janie player of the day.
9 May A poor ten minutes in the first half cost Rangers at Ngongotaha. The home team used the wind to grab a 2 goal lead. Later Rangers started playing football, and got it back to 2 - 1. A counter attack early in the second half saw Ngongy grab the win 3 - 1. Mark Jeynes player of the day. Here's the report.
8 May A reminder...
3 May Rangers women put in a very determined display to earn their first point of the season with a 0 - 0 draw with Rotorua Utd White. Sarah Boyce player of the day. Here's the report.
2 May Despite Wett being away for two weeks, Rangers earned a sound 4 - 0 win at home against Opotiki. Three goals from corners and a late supersub goal to Muggsy. Jordan player of the day. Read the report.
27 April Rangers men lost to a skilful Te Puke team 4 - 0 in very windy wet conditions. Keeper Wett player of the day. Lets hope Sam's arm is OK, he's getting it x-rayed tomorrow. Here's a brief report.
26 April Congrats to Kawerau Sports (who signed Rangers player of the year Kirk Bain at the last minute) who beat Papatoetoe on penalties in the Chatham Cup after a 0 - 0 draw. An amazing score where Ngongy beat Colo Boys 17 - 0 as well!
23 April Men training Friday night!. Arrangements for Monday. If you want a lift in the SLH van, be at Awakeri at 11.45am . It leaves at 12 noon.
19 April Rangers women scored their first goal of the season in a creditable 13 - 1 loss to last year's champions Rotorua Green today. Ranee put away a penalty. Player of the day was Mikaela-Kevin Mathis. Here's the report.
18 April Rangers have finally got their hands on the Sponsors Cup!! Today's 0 - 0 draw with Whakatane doubled as a cup challenge. While Rangers should have finished the game off by taking one of their chances during the game, it came down to penalties. Jimmy, Matt and Ben scored for Rangers, while Wett saved two of theirs, for a 3 - 1 win. Matt player of the day. Lovely feed afterwards. Click here for a few photos of the Cup success. Read the match report.
13 April Check out these action photos from Saturday's game.
11 April SLH Contracting Plains Rangers started their season well, with a 2 - 1 win away to Otumoetai. First half goals from Jaiden Ibbetson secured the win. Player of the day, captain Jimmy Hart. Here's the Match report, although it doesn't tell of how Mark managed to flatted Wett, or how many shots were blocked after we got a free kick five metres from goal. Photos to come.
9 April Another good hard training last night.
8 April Reminder - kick off times this weekend... Rangers men 12.30 pm on Sat at Otumoetai. Be there 11.30. Rangers women 1.30pm on Sunday at Otumoetai.
7 April A depressing game from the Phoenix for the second week in a row. However, Rangers are gearing up for the season openers this weekend. Oi Oi Rangers!
2 April Another hard out training last night. Well done to coach Wetts for putting the acid on everyone. His determination is rubbing off! Not long till the season kicks off..... 9 days in fact!
29 March A massive turn out for Rangers men in friendly v Rotorua. 22 players altogether! Most people got a run, some not for long though. Constant showers kept the spectators damp. Two goals from Jaiden Ibbetson and one from Pat earned Rangers a 3 - 3 draw.
28 March A high scoring battle at Whakatane today, with an understrength Kawerau, led by ex-Rangers winger Cammy Wills, winning 7 - 4. A couple of Whakatane players went off injured. A tough start to the season for them.
25 March Looked like a good strong turn out at training tonight. Check out the Photo of the week for a shot of our tournament team that got 3rd place last weekend. Cheers Jenny (and Paige!).
23 March Rangers men's preseason game is confirmed for this Sunday at 12.30pm at Awakeri.
22 March The preseason game this weekend might well be on the Sunday, possibly at midday. Details to be confirmed. The Phoenix had another great win tonight even though it was rained off after 70 min. They go four points clear at the top of the A League. Nathan Burns in scintilating form.
21 March An entertaining day at the tournament. Rangers were happy to win 3rd place. Good to see our two Gisborne players there: Olivia and Jenny. They are looking at playing for Rangers women again this season. Perhaps the longest traveling players in New Zealand! They probably won't make training nights though!
19 March This Saturday Rangers have a team in the 7 aside mixed tournament in Whakatane, raising money for the Chase Topperwein foundation. Kick off at 10 am, be there 930am.
15 March Phoenix top of the league after another great away result, beating leaders Perth 2 - 1 despite Nathan Burns being injured. Check out our table here!
8 March Another top result for the Wellington Phoenix, now 2nd in the A League. Check out our Phoenix pages.
5 March Lots of news. The Southern Trust have accepted our grant application for funding towards new men's and women's strips! A good turn out at training last night, with an energetic 11 aside game being played. Welcome back to past players Jordan Ogilvy and Mark Jeynes, plus a number of new men and women, plus some energetic young fullas from Edgecumbe College.
1 March Mens and womens teams entered in league. Yay we have a women's team! New players for both teams still welcome. Just turn up at Awakeri Wednesday 6pm. Superb performance by the Phoenix tonight, beating Melbourne Victory away for the first time. Congratulations to ex-Rangers player Adam Barkla, who married Maria on Saturday. Several ex -Rangers players back in town for the wedding.
17 February Sunday's Events Centre working bee was very successful, lots accomplished. Well done to Chris Butler for waterblasting for over three hours! The deck is now glowing!
12 February. Meeting last night pushed ahead with charity grant applications for new strips for men and women. Lots of exciting strip possibilities under discussion!
6 February Quite a good turn out on Wednesday, but more players still welcome. Club meeting to follow training this Wed.
29 January Preseason trainings Wednesdays, 6 pm at Awakeri. All welcome! Men, women, senior high school students. Welcome welcome! Get out those boots or sneakers. Bring a water bottle. Quite likely socialising afterwards. Come and check us out. More info text Barrie 0274637791 or email or ring Margaret 3084361. Rangers play in BOP leagues.
6 January 2015 Happy New Year!! Phoenix fans will have had a very good last week, with the Nix getting 3 wins and climbing to 2nd on the table, even without their two main strike weapons. A great send off to Jeremy Brockie in Wellington on Sunday, when he scored twice. He's off to Super Sports in South Africa. Over 10 thousand gave him and the team a standing ovation, lots of chants etc. Now the A League has three weeks off while the Asian Cup is played in Australia.
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