2017 Futsal Fiesta

The 2017 NZSS National Futsal Championships were held in Wellington at the ASB Centre this week. Island Bay United had strong representation across the board in the Girls’ and Boys’ competition.


Local derbies were replaced with new opposition from across the country, demonstrating the development of futsal in New Zealand.

With an action packed week, it all boiled down to two exciting finals with St Patrick’s College competing in the Junior and Senior finals – the juniors played Hamilton Boys High while the seniors were up against Napier Boys High.

Both games were played with intensity and skill however St Patrick’s brought their A-Games to both along with a vocal and very supportive crowd. The juniors prevailed with a tight 3-2 victory – spending the final 4 minutes with four players.

The seniors led from start to finish with Liberato Cacace bagging five pots to win convincingly 5-0 against a valliant Napier Boys High. The scoreline does not do justice to the team from Hawkes Bay but the accuracy of the St Patrick’s’ team was the key, especially with Cacace in such fine form.

Congratulations to IBU members who competed and gave it their all, especially those in the St Patrick’s College juniors and seniors.

You can view the full replay of both finals here:

2017 14th Grade Trial Results

The final 14th grade trial was held Thursday 23rd March. Thanks to everyone who turned up and gave it everything. Congratulations to the players named below and best wishes for the season ahead!

14th Sharks

  • Abe Tahau
  • Eli Kay
  • Enrico Stevens
  • George Middleton
  • George Walker
  • Grainger Scott
  • Luke Tolo-Kent
  • Marco Lorenz
  • Matthew McCarty
  • Nathan McConnell
  • Preston Rota
  • Riley Manuel
  • William Smith

14th Great Whites

  • Alec Stewart
  • Amanaki Sherwood
  • Arunan Noble
  • Claudio Basile
  • David Lindsay
  • Henri Morawe
  • Nicholas Coulman
  • Noah Latham
  • Oliver Link
  • Oliver Gradwell
  • Pierce Young
  • Sailesh Jeram
  • Theo Bodkin
  • Tim Collins
  • Vincent Ng

2017 Coach Education

The New Zealand Football Coach Education Pathway has courses available at all levels of the game including Junior, Youth and Senior. Each course provides coaches with age appropriate learning to enhance their players experience and development in the game. Find out more about each course and what it offers by clicking here.

For more information relating to Coach Education please contact Sam Morrissey (samm@capitalfootball.org.nz)

See the full Coach Education Calendar here, or see below for course list and registration details.



Capital Football run coaching courses for Junior, Youth and Senior coaches.  If you would like a course run for your club, please contact Steeve Sharpe or your Football Development Officer.

Courses run at Capital Football will be held at the offices in Bracken Street, Petone, see map here.

Course Day Time Venue Cost Registration
Junior Level Two (including Player Centred, Technical & Skills Development, and Tactical) Sat 18 Mar 9.00-11.30am (Player Centred)

12.00-2.30pm (Technical & Skills)

3.00-5.30pm (Tactical)

Capital Football $225.00 (for three courses) or

$75 for one course

(select one or more courses at registration)
Youth Level Two (including Player Centred, Technical & Skills Development, and Tactical) Sat 18 Mar 9.00-11.30am (Player Centred)

12.00-2.30pm (Technical & Skills)

3.00-5.30pm (Tactical)

Capital Football $225.00 (for three courses) or

$75.00 for one course

(select one or more courses at registration)
 Youth Level One Coaching Wed 22 Mar 6.30-9.30pm Capital Football $75.00  HERE
 Youth Level Two – Football Fitness Mon 27 Mar 6.30-9.30pm Capital Football $75.00  HERE
Introduction to Junior Coaching Wed 29 Mar 6.30-8.30pm Capital Football FREE  HERE
 Coaching Masterclass – Workshop with Leon Birnie Fri 24 Mar 6.30-8.30pm Capital Football FREE  HERE


 Introduction to Goalkeeping Wed 5 Apr 6.30-8.30pm Capital Football FREE  HERE
Senior Coaching
 One) Senior Coaching
(Part Two)NB: Both nights need to be attended to gain qualification
Mon 10 Apr

Mon 17 Apr



Capital Football $150.00  HERE
Junior Level One Coaching Wed 12 Apr 6.30-9.30pm Kapiti – Weka Park $75.00 HERE
Coaching Masterclass – Workshop Fri 28 Apr 6.30-8.30pm Capital Football FREE
Festival/First Kicks Open Club Coach Support Session Sat/Sun 12.00-1.00pm TBC FREE

For a copy of the full Coach Education Calendar for 2017 see here.


Capital Football run coaching courses for Futsal coaches. If you would like a course run for your club, please contact Todd Bryant (todd@capitalfootball.org.nz)

Course Day Time Venue Cost Registration


Capital Football run coaching courses for Referees. If you would like a course run for your club, please contact Jamie Cross (jamie@capitalfootball.org.nz)

Course Day Time Venue Cost Registration
Introduction to Refereeing Mon 13 Mar 7.00-10.00pm Western Suburbs FREE HERE
 Laws of the Game – Open Session Tues 21 Mar 7.30-9.30pm Capital Football FREE RSVP to Jamie Cross
 Introduction to Refereeing Thurs 23 Mar 7.00-10.00pm Capital Football FREE HERE
 Level One Refereeing Sun 9 Apr 10.00am-4.00pm Capital Football $20.00 HERE
Level One Assistant Refereeing  Thurs 27 Apr 7.00pm Capital Football FREE HERE
 Level One Refereeing Sun 30 Apr 10.00am-4.00pm Capital Football $20.00 HERE
Introduction to Refereeing Thurs 18 May 6.00-9.00pm Wellington College FREE HERE
Level Three Refereeing  Sun 21 May 10.00am Capital Football FREE HERE 
Level One Assistant Refereeing Sun 11 Jun 10.00am Capital Football FREE HERE 


New Zealand Football run a variety of coaching courses throughout the year. The Junior Level 3, Youth Level 3, Senior Level 2 and Senior Level 3 are all facilitated by New Zealand Football. To take part in these courses you must have completed all the prior prerequisites.

Great performances at Wynton Rufer 2016

A number of teams recently competed at the Wynton Rufer tournament.

11th Grade Sharks

There was a mix of eager anticipation and trepidation, as the team was in the ‘A’ roster, stacked with teams from the Premier League A division. The weather forecast was not encouraging, but in the end we were lucky as the rain largely held off until the end of the day.

Game 1: Olé Academy

Western Suburbs has been dominating the Premier League B division and their form shone through with a classy opening stanza. The sharks held their shape well against a well drilled Olé but conceded an early goal. The final 1-0 final scoreline was a huge improvement over the last meeting between the teams, and the effectiveness of a zone defensive strategy in defusing the opponent’s slick passing game was encouraging.

Game 2: North Wellington

North Wellington were the next opponents, and the Sharks were buoyed by an early goal to Labron Smith, played in by a lovely through ball from Gianpasquale Moreno. The team fought hard and weathered a sustained period of attack, particularly memorable for a brilliant one-on-one save by Cody Elliot in goal. The final hooter couldn’t come fast enough! At last the game was over, and a 1-0 victory to savour.

Game 3: Onslow

The task didn’t get any easier with Onslow up next. Another tightly fought game, with Onslow probably having the better of the chances. More excellent goalkeeping kept the sharks in the game until the final seconds, when Taylor Aiolo, spotting the goalkeeper off his line, lobbed him from long range and scored – sparking wild celebrations to end the game.

Game 4: KCU

Kapiti were the final round robin opponents. Having lost 3-2 to them the day before, payback was on the cards. A strong effort from both teams ended in a 0-0 draw, but the result was enough to qualify Island Bay for the semifinals in third place.

Semi final: Petone

The tournament draw saw the slightly unusual pairing of 1st vs 3rd, meaning our semifinal opponents were the 1st placed Petone team. An unlucky first goal, followed by two well finished moves saw Petone take the game 3-0 to advance to the final (which they won). The Sharks created some chances but it wasn’t to be their day.

Third Place Playoff: Olé Academy

The final game was the 3rd place playoff, and again the team were pitted against Western Suburbs. It was to be the highlight of the day, with the team finding another level of intensity to shut down their opponents through defensive pressure. The commitment and teamwork was fantastic to see, and meant that Wests only had a handful of shots on goal in the game. A lovely one-two play between Taylor and Gianpasquale led to the only goal of the game, and Wests were unable to find a way through the ferocious defense. Every member of the team worked so hard, and they were rewarded with victory and overall 3rd place.

Although Will Tahau was awarded player of the tournament for the sharks, it was a very successful day and a great experience for the entire team. Huge thanks and kudos to their dedicated coaches Janek and Henry.

28 May – All junior football cancelled

All junior football in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Kapiti has been cancelled today due to heavy rain overnight and threat of thunderstorms.

Please note that individual fixtures will not be updated – this is a general cancellation for all grades.

more information can be found on Capital Football’s website.


IBU Juniors at the Eastbourne Tournament 2016

A few Island Bay United teams played at Williams Park in Days Bay at the second annual Eastbourne tournament. Thanks to Stephen Moore and Belinda Bryant for their reports

12th Grade Sharks

Eastbourne 2016 - 12th gradeIt was a superb day in Eastbourne for the 12th Grade Sharks to take on some of the region’s top teams in the annual early season tournament.

Island Bay was pitted against Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Karori’s top teams, as well as a combined Stop Out – Eastbourne team in the same pool.

Our first game against Lower Hutt we went behind early, but kept pushing foward and were finally rewarded with an equaliser when Ruairi Merdith’s powerful shot from outside the box took a wicked deflection and sent the keep the wrong way.  1-1 a satisfactory start.

The second game against Karori ended in some controversy.  An even first half finished at 0-0.  Karori were slow to change over for the second half with kick-off at least a minute after the hooter had sounded.  Island Bay scored about 10 seconds after the final hooter sounded and Karori successfully argued that the hooter signalled the end of the game, so the goal was disallowed and the final score was 0-0.  Island Bay had more chances and deserved the win.

Needing points, our next game saw a comfortable 2-0 win against Stop Out Eastbourne.  In our last game, Upper Hutt gave a fine example of how not to behave both on and off the field.  A 1-0 win to IBU the final score and a second placing in our pool.

North Wellington’s top team was our final opposition in the play off for third. Despite numerous chances, the small goals being used were making it hard to beat the keeper and after extra time, 0-0 was the final result.  After a count back, we both finished on the same points in pool play but North Wellington were placed third by virtue of a 1 goal better goal difference than us.

So despite being unbeaten and only conceding one goal, we finished a creditable fourth.

More importantly, it was a great day of football, we were able to try some new combinations and I’m sure everyone would agree that we were playing some very attractive football by the end of the game.

11th Grade Sharks

The fields and goals were considerably smaller than standard 11th Grade (which meant our goalie, Cody, came pretty close to scoring on occasion).  Despite gusts taking out the marquee kindly sacrificed by the Halasz family, the weather was unexpectedly kind.

With six teams entered in 11th Grade it was a round robin tournament playing everyone Eastbourne 2016 12th gradeonce.  We drew 1-1 in our second match against Upper Hutt and took the other three of our first four games by bigger margins than Upper Hutt took theirs.  That meant if we could beat Stop Out/Eastbourne in the last game we were almost certain to win the day.

It was a real nail-biter with our chances of overall victory being dashed with an equalizer from Stop Out in the last few minutes.  Meanwhile, Upper Hutt secured the win they needed against Onslow and we finished with a well earned runner up ice-block.

It was a really great display from every member of the team and wonderful to see all the players showing marked skill improvement since the end of the 2015 season.

Thanks so much to our fabulous coaches Janek and Henry for being there all day and keeping the kids focused, competitive and civilised.  It was an extremely enjoyable and successful day out.