11 October 2015
Att about 100
A glorious sunny day in Wellington saw the kick off of the ASB Women's National League with Capital Football playing Auckland at Petone Memorial
The Women's National League has been going since 2002 and is played between representative teams of NZ's 7 Federations along with a NZ development team.
Due to costs the league is restricted to one round, which is a shame but it also means it could be very close. These 2 teams have been the traditional powerhouses of the women's game in NZ. Auckland have 6 league titles, while Capital have 1 but have been runners up 5 times. Auckland's last win and Capital's last appearance in a final came in 2009 and more recently it has been Northern & Mainland that have been taking the honours.
Having seen the Kelly Cup final being won by a very impressive Seatoun team, I thought I'd see one or two of their players in the Capital side, but for whatever reason there weren't any and the team was made up of mainly Wellington United & Upper Hutt City players (who finished 2nd & 3rd respectively in the Central League).
The game was fairly even, the main difference being that Auckland took their chances, whereas Capital had their chances and had they been playing Central League opposition they may have scored. But your not going to beat a National League keeper by hitting the ball straight to them, especially when it is NZ keeper Rebecca Rolls in goal!
It's been a while since I've watched Women's football regularly and the technical skills and standard of play seems to have improved from the couple of games I have seen this year, so I will be back for more, especially when I see that the next game for Capital Football is against defending champions Mainland Pride
|Capital's Maggie Jenkins & Auckland's Shivanthi Anthony|
|Auckland's Jolene Muir and Capital's Mikaela Hunt (16)|
|Capital's Ella Wilson|
|My favourite pic of they day just a shame I need a decent camera!|
Next Game :
Capital Football v Mainland Pride
Sunday 25th October
Kick off 1pm