Futsal Nationals & Talent Centre News

Some of the best young talent of the IBU Juniors have been achieving at high level in the past few weeks.

With several players chosen in the Capital Federation Futsal squads  for the July Nationals, Darren Yong and Ruairi Meredith put on a great show in U-12 Capital Yellow, which won the nationals against squads from around the country, with only one loss in three days of games and Darren as the team’s second top scorer. Nice! Cheyenne Vithal, Paris Marshall and Nicole Dalley were part of the under 15 girls Capital squad with Alice Wright in the reserves, though the girls had a tougher time.

Meanwhile on a grass field in Sydney! Jared Wong and Abe Tahau of 13th Sharks were part of the 2003 Capital Federation boys squad that travelled to Sydney for the M Sports Cup. Abe’s place was partly possible due to team-mate Grainger Scott dropping out after breaking his ankle, but Abe made the most of it with Capital the highest placed NZ team, only a few points behind eventual winners the Newcastle Jets. And the Capital boys were the only team to beat Newcastle, with Abe the only striker to score against them in the tournament.

Julianna Quinn, Therese Wright, Erykah Newport and Tallulah Nemet-Sargent travelled with the Capital Girls squad. Both Capital teams finishing in creditable mid-table positions.

Meanwhile further congrats to Ruairi Meredith and Samuel Moore, who have been added to the Wellington 2004 boys federation squad, joining IBU team mates Epeli Kiloni, Flynn Crocker, Darren Yong and Dawson Elliot.

Well done to all!


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.