The Diary - June

A look back at the month in NZ Football 

NZ Oceania Nations Cup Champions 2016 (photo : NZ Football)

June 3rd

Northern League Division 1 club, Mangere United, are docked of all their points after it is discovered that a player they registered was actually a kid from Central United and not the player that had been playing for them!

The A-League is one of 3 leagues (the others being the Germany's Budesliga & USA's MLS) that will test video technology next season – hopefully the A-League won't be looking to Australia's Rugby League bunker for help!

A street in Whanganui is to be named Leicester Place in honour of Leicester City's achievement of winning the English Premier League. Shame they never did something similar when their own Wanganui Athletic reached the National Round of the Super club in 1993

June 4th

A Luke Adams strike gives the All Whites a 1-0 win over the Solomon Islands, the group title and a place in the semi finals at the Oceania Nations Cup (ONC)

The Football Ferns lose 2-0 to Australia in the first of a 2 match series that is a warm up for both countries going to the Rio Olympics.

June 5th

New Zealand will face New Caledonia after hosts, Papua New Guinea, thrash Samoa 8-0 to win Group A and a match up with the Solomon Islands in the ONC

Jade Parris (Eastern Suburbs) and Emma Main (Upper Hutt) both score 7 goals as Eastern Suburbs beat Papakura City 13-0 and Upper Hutt beat Victoria University 12-0 in the National Women's Knock Out Cup

Ben Sigmund scores on his debut for Cashmere Tech in their top of the table Mainland Premier League clash against Coastal Spirit, which Tech win 6-2

June 6th

1982 All White Steve Sumner is awarded a ONZM in the Queens Birthday honours list

Steve Sumner with a couple of half decent Brazilian Footballers (Pele & Zico) (Photo:Stuff)

Capital Premier side Island Bay United continue their giant killing exploits in the Chatham Cup beating Central League Wellington (Phoenix) United 1-0. Hamilton Wanderers, Melville, Cambridge all exit meaning there are no Waikato clubs left in the competition and we are only in round 2!

After 2 years and 16 games (5 wins, 11 losses) in charge,
Ricki Herbert is sacked by the Maldives

June 7th

The Football Ferns put in a much improved performance and draw 1-1 with Australia and have a blatant penalty claim turned down

June 8th

The All Whites sneak into the Nations cup final thanks to a New Caledonia 
goalkeeping error (at 2:20 if you don't want to watch all the highlights)

Rory Fallon is named assistant manager of Truro City, with ex Plymouth Argyle team mate Lee Hodges being named manager. Fallon will also play for the club

Napier City Rovers and Canterbury United player Angus Kilkooly is off to Lithuania for trials, despite not having a clue where the country is. He says it is around 20C which will make a change from the minus degree morning frosts in Hawke's Bay – wait till winter arrives in Lithuania when 0C is positively warm!

June 9th

Chris Wood is out of the ONC as he is attending his sisters wedding.
NZF initially deny this is the case but then admit its true.

The A-League fixtures are out and the Phoenix home games in Wellington are mainly on a Saturday night, there will be 4 “home” games elsewhere in NZ, 
2 in Auckland, 1 in Hamilton and 1 in New Plymouth.

June 10th

The only Phoenix player left from the original season, Vince Lia, signs a 1 year contract extension

June 12th

The All White's win the ONC on penalties over Papua New Guinea after a dire 0-0 draw. Coach Anthony Hudson says he is extremely proud.

Rory Fallon defends NZ's style of play in the ONC saying 
“I don't care for the purists, I just care about winning that's all that matters”

June 14th

The USA U19 women's team embarks on a mini tour of Albany with a 2-1 win over NZ A

June 15th

Ben Sigmund is voted Wellington Sports Personality of the year.

Ben Sigmund - Wellington Sports Personality of the year

ASB Premiership Champions Team Wellington lose out on team of the year to the Capital netball team

June 16th

Irishman Paul O'Reilly, the current South Canterbury football development officer, is appointed head coach of Southern United

June 17th

USA U19's 2nd game of their mini tour takes them to Albany again, 
this time for a 4-4 draw with the NZ U20 team

June 19th

The USA U19 women end their arduous tour of Albany, with a 4-1 win over the NZ U20 side

June 22nd

NZ are drawn with Tahiti, Solomon Islands and the U20 preliminary winners for the Oceania U20 Championship to be held in Vanuatu from 3-17 September

June 23rd

Wellington Phoenix are giving all 8000 junior players in the Wellington region a junior Nix card which will allow them free entry to the first 3 home games of the season, after that they can get the rest of the games for $20

June 25th

Chatham Cup holders Eastern Suburbs bow out 3-2 to East Coast Bays in round 3
Northern League Division 2 side Waitemata beat 5 times winners and Northern Premier League side Central United 2-1
Birkenhead United get a day off as Mangere United's appeal has yet to be heard.

June 26th

Chatham Cup runners up, Napier City Rovers, are dumped out of the Chatham Cup when Miramar beat them 4-3 in extra time

40 goals are scored in the 8 National Women's Knock Out Cup games, 9 time winners Lynn-Avon are hammered 9-0 by Three Kings United. 
Cashmere Technical beat FC Twenty11 7-0 and 
Upper Hutt City edge Palmerston North Marist 4-3

June 27th

Mainland Football appoint Football Fern Annlie Longo as their women's football development officer

June 28th 

A crowd of 3000 turn out in Masterton to see the Phoenix take on Paul Ifill's Wairarapa United in their first pre-season game. The result is 3-1 to the Phoenix with Ben Sigmund making a cameo appearance for Wairarapa United.

115 cap Football Fern, Katie Duncan, is facing her self-doubt and fear and raising money for the True Colours Children's Health Trust by shaving her head before heading to the Rio Olympics

The Oceania Champions League is being expanded. It will now have 20 teams, a preliminary round, 4 groups of 4 and then home and away semi-final's and final

June 29th

Manawatu stalwart and referee's champion, Rod Pelosi, is made a life member of New Zealand football

Rod Pelosi - NZF Life Membert (Photo : Stuff)