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2021 Season Round Up
The ABC Premier Men continued to build on from their 2020 season and began the year as a strong and united team. Despite being the most affected team by game deferrals and double headers the team pulled out some results to be proud of. A few to note were our 3-1 win against NSU and draw against Takapuna. The team faced a few injuries this season which led to more opportunities for our up-and-coming P2s to have a shot in P1. Our players continue to develop each year and their teamwork and determination is clear to see.
In this year’s team we named James Coughlan, Netesh Sukha, Ben Sellar, Herewini Iversen, Taimana Iversen, Isaac Houlbrooke, Jarryd Russell, Matt Cornwall, Ryan Gray, Ryan Harrison, Matty Peel, Olly Chambers, Calum Grassick, Milan Patel and Peter Morris. We continue to see our P2 players having an opportunity to play up, for the prem team, this year we had Nohan Hensman, Nick White, Josh Bowden, Luke Cracroft-Wilson, Raniera Harris and Will Lacey as constant support through the season. And Brodie Harrison, Hamish Kendal, Timothy Kerr and Sam Gordon making their P1 debuts. The P2 players really showed their skills this season, was great to see everyone stepping up.
Thank you to James Coughlan for his time and dedication to coaching the team and thank you to TK for coming on board as assistant coach this year. Our supporters club continues to grow with parents, partners, families, friends and this year a baby with Matt becoming a Dad. Your support year on year, is like none other and we love seeing you all in Black and Yellow.
With Covid ending the season before finals day we were unable to play our North Harbour semi final against Hibiscus Dairy Flat, a disappointing end to a season that could have been one for the history books. ABC P1 Men finished 10th overall in the Intercity competition.
Congratulations to Milan Patel who was named in the NZ U18’s and Netesh Sukha and Isaac Houlbrooke who are part of the NZ Performance Network.
The ABC Premier Men’s team is on the verge of success and are determined to reach the top. We came out fighting in 2021 and will take this energy into next season to be better than ever. Bring on 2022!
2020 Season Round Up
This year the ABC Premier Men were prepared to start the season fighting, we kicked off strong with a double header where we went down 2-1 vs NSU and won against NHISC. Unfortunately, that’s as far as we got before Covid lockdown hit, the team worked hard to keep up skills and fitness during this time. Coming into the season the 2nd time, the team was fired up a rearing to go. We had some great games but struggled to secure the win in a few cases. Despite this the team continued to improve each week, bringing new skill to the field and creating some tough competition for the opposition. On another hand Covid gave us the opportunity to not only focus on the game but reach out and check on each other during a difficult year. As a brotherhood, the bond between players has strengthened and the support for one another is clear to see.
In this year’s team we named Dom Dixon, James Coughlan, Netesh Sukha, Raniera Harris, Ben Sellar, Herewini Iversen, Kiharoa Iversen, Taimana Iversen, Isaac Houlbrooke, Jarryd Russell, Luke Cracroft – Wilson, Matt Cornwall, Ryan Gray, Ryan Harrison, Matty Peel and Olly Chambers.
It was great to see so many P2 players having the opportunity to play up for the Prems this year, special shout out to Damon Penver who stepped up as our keeper for the first half of the season. We also had Peter Morris, Nohan Hensman and Nick White playing up and congratulations to the Premier 2 players who made their debuts this year Milan Patel, Divan Parsot, Josh Bowden and Korban Eades. The P2 players really showed their skills this season, there is going to be some tough competition for selections next year.
Thank you to Garry Bishop for another year of commitment and support for the team. And as always, we had the best supporters around, whether we were home or away they were always there to cheer us on.
Despite the broken-up season we still had many highlights this year, the team travelled down to Pukekohe for the annual Honey Farmers Cup fixture where we were successful in bringing home the cup, 2nd year in a row. ABC finished 9th overall in the Intercity competition this year, 2 spots higher than last year. A true testament of the hard work the team continuously puts in and the drive to improve each week.
Congratulations to our players who made the Premier League team this year, Isaac Houlbrooke and Netesh Sukha in the Northern Tridents and Dominic Dixon in the Central Falcons. Good luck for the competition!
The ABC Premier Men’s team continues to develop every season, this year we have had to learn how to keep ourselves motivated and in the game. The players are committed and willing to put in the hard work to get results. We came out fighting and will take this energy into next season to be better than ever. Bring on 2021!
James Coughlan, Coach
2019 Season Report
The ABC Premier Men came into the 2019 season ready to fight, we were no longer the newbies but rather a team who was out to prove they could compete. Throughout the season they earned respect from other teams and caused upsets in the competition. Their hard work and determination was evident every week as they came up against experienced sides.
This year we named Dom Dixon, James Coughlan, Netesh Sukha, Raniera Harris, Ben Sellar, Herewini Iversen, Kiharoa Iversen, Taimana Iversen, Isaac Houlbrooke, Jarryd Russell, Keegan Russell, Luke Cracroft – Wilson, Matt Cornwall, Ryan Gray, Ryan Harrison and Sajan Patel. We had some new faces to add to the mix from last year and they fitted right into the team. It was great to welcome back Damon Penver, Joachim Tan, Gerad Tan, Nohan Hensman and Nick White for a couple games and congratulations to the Premier 2 players who made their debuts this year Olly Chambers, Peter Morris, Jayan Kika and Reuben Hyatt-Brown.
Thank you to Garry Bishop, his commitment and support for the team is none other, and to Tobin Blathwayt, who spent time recording our matches and sharing with the team for post analysis. Again, this year we had the best supporters around, all looking great in their new ABC beanies, we could always hear them cheering whether we were playing at home or away.
While we had many highlights this year a few stand out the most. The team brought home the Honey Farmers Cup in the first annual pre-season fixture against Pukekohe Indians, we look forward to this match being a tradition between the teams. After the intercity split ABC held a nine-match unbeaten streak which was a testament to how hard the players were working on the field. ABC finished 11th overall in the Intercity competition. The year ended on the ultimate high when for the first time in 12 years the team played in a North Harbour competition semi-final. While the final outcome of the game wasn’t what we had hoped, it was a proud moment for the team and club.
In 2019 we celebrated and supported each other’s individual successes with players being involved in NZ, NZ21 squad, NZ18 selection, NHL, Seniors, Harbour 21s and Harbour 18s teams. It’s awesome that so many of our players are striving for these elite teams.
The ABC Premier Men’s team continues to develop every season, the players are committed and willing to put in the hard work to get results. The team culture continues to strengthen as the players bond on and off the field. There is no limit to the potential of the team as they mature and move into next season.
Bring on 2020!