The Diary - May 2016

An sometimes irreverent look back at the month in 

NZ Football

35 Years ago this month the All Whites kicked off their epic 1982 World Cup qualifying campaign

May 2nd
In a follow up to last months story from April 5th, that NZ U17 coach Danny Hay will be coming to Nelson, the Nelson Mail reports that he is actually been in Nelson! Watch out for next month's report on him traveling back to Auckland!

Mainland Football CEO, Julian Bowden, defends the MPL women's league in the wake of Cashmere Tech's 23-0 win over Waimak United saying uneven matches were a fact of life from time to time and there is a bubble of young females coming through. Obviously  though none are in playing in defence for Waimak United!

May 3rd
Phoenix keeper, Lewis Italiano is loaned to Western Australian Premier league side 
ECU Joondalup

Football Fern's Goalkeeper Erin Nayler signs for New York side Sky Blue FC
Erin Nayler
Big improvement from Waimak United who only lose 8-0 in their rematch with Cashmere Technical, this time in the Reta Fitzpatrick Cup

Ex NZF CEO and current Waitakere United CEO, Bill McGowan, is appointed interim CEO of Auckland Football replacing Don Manase, whose contract has come to an end

May 4th
The All White's may not be going to the Olympics, but Kiwi ref's Matthew Conger, Simon Lount, Anna-Marie Keighley & Sarah Jones are.

May 5th
The All Whites have managed to secure some games in preparation for the Oceania Nation Cup, who you ask? The mighty Russia (who wanted.. to play us) No,, how about another Oceania Nation like Fiji, Solomon Islands or we bring you (drum roll) Western Pride, Redlands United & Brisbane City of the Northern Premier League in Queensland!!! 
Coach Anthony Hudson says the training camp is the exact preparation needed for NZ.

May 6th
After 2 seasons in India, ex All White and Phoenix midfielder, Leo Bertos, has signed with Olympic, not his original club Wellington Olympic, but Hamilton Olympic from the Newcastle Premier League in Australia

Hawke's Bay United have offered coach, ex Evertonian, Brett Angell a new contract but he has yet to sign it. Hawke's Bay Today report that he isn't quitting, just going on holiday to the UK for the next 2 months.

May 7th
Wairarapa United's Sam Mason-Smith gets all 5 goals as Wairarapa beat Petone 5-0 in the Central League. 
Meanwhile, it appears that the Phoenix have released James McGarry from his professional contract so that he is able to turn out for their academy side, Wellington United and he scores a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Lower Hutt City 

May 9th
NZ coach Anthony Hudson conducts his first training session on NZ soil, only 2 years after he took the job. The training squad is very much a who he? With the majority being U23. Rory Fallon is back, while keeper Glen Moss will miss the Oceania Nations Cup (ONC) with an eye injury

Look at the Powerpoint and then do it OK!

International success for a Kiwi team, a group of Auckland friends enter the AIA International 5 a side tournament and succeed in not just winning the Oceania section but the whole tournament in a final played at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane.
NZF is apparently checking their eligibility

May 10th
Bill Tuiloma, who has been out on loan at French 2nd tier side, Strasbourg, is hoping the Oceania Nations Cup will give him a boost that will be noticed by his club, Marseille.

The Football Ferns organise 2 games against Australia, 
June 4th in Ballarat & June 7th in Melbourne

Anthony Hudson turns to World Cup winning All Black, Sir John Kirwan, and current AB's assistant coach Wayne Smith to give motivational talks to the NZ training squad.

Winston Reid, scores the last goal ever for West Ham United at their Boleyn Ground in the 80th minute to give the Hammers a 3-2 win over Manchester United. West Ham are moving to London's Olympic Stadium next season.

May 11th
FIFA rubber stamp participation for Wellington Phoenix in the A-League for a further 4 years.

Auckland City 18 year old, Myer Bevan, is selected for a place at the UK based Nike Academy

Noel Barkley is appointed CEO of the Football Foundation Charity

May 12th
Anthony Hudson names his squad for the Oceania Nations Cup and stays with tradition in selecting a player from Unattached FC, Rory Fallon. 
Missing are West Ham's Winston Reid despite making himself available and Ipswich's Tommy Smith who Hudson has said will not play for NZ again as he has been unable to commit himself. 
Leeds United Chris Wood is named as captain.

Wellington Phoenix announce they will play Central Coast Mariners in a pre-season friendly in Nelson in September

May 13th
From one dragon to another, Brock Messenger has moved from Canterbury United Dragons to California based Burlingame Dragons, who play in the equivalent of the USA 4th tier.

May 14th
AFF/NFF Coneference side, Bucklands Beach, cause the major upset in the 1st round of the Chatham Cup beating Northern League Onehunga Mangere United 3-1. While Central League Stop Out are the big name casualties in the central region losing 2-1 to Capital Premier side Island Bay United.

May 15th
Big scoring games in the first round of the Women's National Knockout Cup, 
Papakura beat Clendon 11-0, Palmerston North Marist beat Stop Out 10-0 
& Queenstown beat Northern 13-0

May 16th
Surprising news for Wakefield in the Chatham Cup and BNU in the Women's KO Cup, despite losing 5-1 to Richmond Athletic & Petone respectively, they find themselves drawn in the next round of the competitions! 
Something NZF quickly rectify after it is pointed out to them on Twitter!

May 18th
Football Fern's coach Tony Redding's names a strong squad for games against Australia. The squad boasts 1225 caps between them but he has also kept tradition alive by selecting a player from Unattached FC, Jane Barnett.
Jane Barnett (in blue) Pic fron In the Back of the Net

The All Whites beat Western Pride of Queensland's Northern League 2-0

Last years U20 World cup produced an increase in GDP of $30.42 million or 134% return on investment, oddly the mainstream press that said the tournament would cost NZ are not running with this story.

May 20th
All White Clayton Lewis is stood down from the All Whites squad due to an adverse finding in a drug test

May 21st
The Spanish backpacker who became a professional footballer, Albert Riera, announces his retirement from the Phoenix

May 22nd
The Phoenix before they beat Leicester City at the HK City 7's
Wellington Phoenix beat Premiership champions, Leicester City, albeit at 7 a side football in the Hong Kong 7s, they make it to the Semi Final for the 2nd year running before losing 1-0 to Aston Villa.

New Zealand beat Redlands United 1-0 in a closed door friendly and have decided to cancel their 3rd game with Brisbane City.

May 23rd
Jeremy Brockie is called in to the All Whites in place of Clayton Lewis
Nelson Suburbs goalkeeper, Coey Turipa is the first signing for the new Tasman United

May 24th
Shane Smeltz is ruled out of the Oceania Nations Cup (ONC) with a foot injury, Luke Prevelic will be called in as his replacement

May 25th
Shane Smeltz's foot injury doesn't seem to be bothering him too much as he comes of the bench for Sydney FC in the Asian Champions League game

May 26th
Ex Hawke's Bay United player and Academy Coach Chris Davies is appointed assistant manager to Brendan Rodgers at Celtic in Scotland.

Macro Rojas will be returning to recently relegated Stuggart after 2 years on loan at Swiss side FC Thum

Adam Mitchell signs with Red Star Belgrade in Serbia

NZF release their annual report and claim a surplus of $989 000, but this only comes after transferring $1 million out of the International teams fund.

May 28th
New Zealand open their ONC campaign with a 3-1 victory over Fiji, who are without their coach Australian Frank Farina, who didn't have a visa to get into PNG

Jeremy Brockie & Michael Boxall both get on the scoresheet for Supersport United as they beat Orlando Pirates 3-2 in South Africa's Nedbank cup final. Jeremy Brockie also wins player of the tournament.

May 29th
Erin Nayler is released by Skyblue FC after just 1 week and not actually taking the field

May 30th
Waitakere United re-appoint Chris Milicich as head coach for the 2016-17 season

Wellington Phoenix will play 2nd tier Beijing BG in Beijing in the Capital Cup. Wellington's mayor Celia Wade-Brown claims that it was her idea to mark the 10th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Wellington & Beijing. Hu a wei to disagree?

New Zealand are drawn with hosts Jordan, as well as Spain & Mexico for the U17 Women's World Cup