Thanks for the memories, Sho. Photo by Blake Weston, Weston Design
Sho Goto has left Thirsty Whale Napier City Rovers to head home to his native Japan recently after a hugely successful two years at the club.
Fittingly, his last game for the Rovers was as a winner in the Chatham Cup final, where he unleashed a spectacular volley in the 88th minute to make sure the trophy came back to Bluewater Stadium. A goal worthy of any cup final, and a perfect showstopper for players and fans to look back on for years to come.
Goto has scored a few crucial and memorable goals in a Blue jersey, and was also a vital part of the 2018 Ultra Football League winning campaign.
Head Coach Bill Robertson, who brought the midfielder to the Bay, said due to the current situation globally with the Covid-19 pandemic, Goto resolved the time was right to re-join his family in Japan. The Blues boss says the popular player leaves a legacy behind and his name etched on two trophies, as well on the hearts of many of the Blues’ faithful.
“I was delighted to bring Sho to Rovers, he has been phenomenal for me and the club.
“Over the last two years he has made a huge contribution, and was instrumental in our Central League  and Chatham Cup wins.
“He fitted right into the Rovers’ family and contributed on and off the field. You would see him regularly out watching our juniors play at the weekends, and he was a favourite with the academy players he coached.
“His level of professionalism helped educate our younger squad players on how to play and apply themselves at a high level. During his time here he has been a real positive influence on our younger players. He has also been an integral part of Hawke’s Bay society, and also represented Hawke’s Bay United during the summer.
“I wish Sho all the best for the future. He has been a brilliant servant to the club and has made a massive contribution to everything we have achieved over the last two years."
Robertson’s feelings were echoed by Rovers’ Chairman, Phil Doran:
“Sho has been a huge part of the club during his time here and I am sure all our players and fans wish him well in everything he does in the future. He will be sorely missed.
“For Rovers he has been a great ambassador on and off the pitch, a highly-talented player who always played for jersey. He has been crucial to our recent successes.
“Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Sho, and, needless to say, we would love to see him back one day.
“As well as making a great impression with fans and players, Sho leaves Rovers as a champion.
“We thank you, Sho, for everything, and wish you nothing but the best.
"Thanks for some great memories."
Congratulations to The Thirsty Whale Napier City Rovers team and Bill Robertson and Stu James who have been named as finalists in the 2020 Forsyth Barr Hawke's Bay Sports Awards!
The Chatham Cup champions are finalists for the Tremains Senior Team of the Year Award, while our coaching duo have been named as contenders for the Vidal Coach of the Year.
Winners will be announced next Thursday, May 28 at 7pm with the Awards being streamed online.
So, get dressed-up and join us virtually to support Bill, Stu and the team.
Sports Hawk'es Bay will be professionally hosting the event and their will be interactive opportunities to get involved weaved throughout the evening.
Below are the links to both their Facebook page and You Tube channel so you can watch live.
Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/356579688638061/
You Tube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPca7-YE9oxLOx-hEIGR5pA/videos?view_as=subscriber
Keep an eye on the NCR website and Facebook Page for updates.
#CmonYouBlues #Champions #ClubLikeNoOther
Due to the latest announcement from NZF and Central Football the NCR Club Day for this weekend has been postponed. We will keep you updated.
Napier City Rovers will be holding their Annual Club Day on Saturday, 21 March.
Melville United, the Blues' opponents in last years' Chatham Cup Final, are travelling to the Bay to play Thirsty Whale Napier City Rovers in a pre-season friendly at Bluewater Stadium, kicking-off at 2.30 pm.
Before the main event, Thirsty Whale Premier Reserves and Paddy's Irish Bar will play in an intra-club preseason friendly at midday on the training pitches.
There will be a club BBQ after the main game. The day is a good opportunity to renew memberships and purchase season tickets before the Central League season kicks-off the following week.
In the evening we will be having our Annual Race Night. A chance to get together before the season starts, have fun and raise funds for the club! Doors open at 7 pm, first race at 7.30.
Last year was a great night, so don't miss out! Free entry on the night with nibbles provided.
See you there!
Any queries email Teri at email@example.com
The 2020 Annual General Meeting of members of Napier City Rovers Football Club will
be held at NCR club rooms on Monday, March 23, 7.00 pm.
All members are invited to attend.
Due to the latest announcement from NZF and Central Football the NCR Night at The Races this weekend has been postponed. We will keep you updated 😔
Napier City Rovers are holding their annual preseason event and invite you all to join us for another Night at the Races, Saturday, March 21.
Place your bets, win some dollars, help raise funds for the club, and have another fun-filled night at NCR!
Lots of prizes up for grabs!
This was a fantastic night last year, so don't miss out!
See you there. And it's FREE entry!
If you can help with donation of prizes please contact Richard Gearey. See flyer (above) for more details.
Unfortunately due to the postponement of Central League the sale of season tickets is now temporarily on hold until further notice.
Thirsty Whale Napier City Rovers Season tickets for 2020 are now on sale.
(Includes all home Central League games, and Chatham Cup up up to the quarter finals).
Buy today and get behind the Chatham Cup winners this season!
Email Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order, or fill out the form below.
Pay online at Westpac 03 0698 0978560 00, or at the club rooms.
Use 'Surname' and 'Ticket' as reference.
Come join us!
Season Ticket Request Form
(Payment instructions above).
For the third year-in-a-row Napier City Rovers is offering their First Kicks programme for free.
The club recently announced it will waive fees for all children aged between 4-6 years-old who are eligible to join their First Kicks programme due to kick-off in May.
Club Chairman Phil Doran, a known advocate of junior and youth player development, says the free initiative is aimed at engaging kids early in the sport while making it affordable and accessible to all.
“The purpose is to provide the opportunity for all kids to have their first experience of football in a fun, friendly, risk-free environment without the barriers of cost for families,” says Doran.
"The idea of First Kicks is for the kids to enjoy football and to develop a passion for the game that could be life-long. First Kicks is where they get their first taste of football, and investment at the grassroots level is essential to make sure that initial involvement is positive and fun.
“When looking at nurturing young players it is important that we provide the best environment and opportunities for them to thrive. Rovers have a fantastic set-up to support junior football and access to some of the best coaches in the area. The engagement level of the kids in the programme is always massive. They get involved and really enjoy themselves."
The decision to waive fees for this age group and make the programme more accessible is in line with one of the club's main priorities to help promote healthier communities.
“Football clubs are important vehicles for helping promote active communities, as well as keeping people socially connected across all age groups," says Doran.
"Napier City Rovers has been an iconic part of the local footballing community for a long time, and we are proactive in working with schools and other organisations to encourage participation in football.
“Fostering a positive culture and supporting community participation is high on our agenda. Making football affordable for juniors has always been a priority.
“Some families struggle to find disposable income for programmes such as these. Children could be missing out because people simply can't afford it. Hopefully, this initiative helps.
"There are also those families who have, two, three, or more children who can feel the pinch as the financial impact of raising their family grows. We want to help ease some of that load. It’s a small thing, but if it helps make a difference for some then it will be worth it.”
You can register to play First Kicks for by visiting the NCR website www.cityrovers.co.nz.
Children must be between 4-6 years old in 2020
Email any enquiries to email@example.com
Follow NCR on Facebook @napiercityroversfc
Come along to Napier City Rovers' Junior Open Day 🤸♀️
12.30 - 2.30 pm
Meet the junior coordinators, find out more about football at NCR, register for the season, have some fun, and a free sausage sizzle! 🌭
Look forward to seeing you all.
Can you help a Rover out?
Napier City Rovers are welcoming a couple of new players who are moving to the region to represent the club during the 2020 Central League and Chatham Cup campaigns.
The club is currently looking for 'accommodation only' options and we need your help.
If you have accommodation available at low cost, or even free, between March and September we would love to hear from you.
This could even be a sponsorship opportunity for a local business. As one of the highest-profile clubs in New Zealand there are many ways Napier City Rovers could help give your organisation more exposure through our media platforms, on game days at Bluewater Stadium, and as the current Chatham Cup champions travel around the country.
If you are interested and can help out in anyway, either through a sponsorship deal or just willing and able to accommodate one of our fantastic new players, please contact Teri Doran at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Blues, we have a lot to celebrate again this year!
With the Chatham Cup in the cabinet at Bluewater for the first time in 17 years, our Premier Reserves winning back-to-back league titles, and our Division 2 boys winning the conference league, it's been a very successful year for the club!
It's been another great season where all the teams and supporters have added to a fantastic atmosphere and made more great memories at Bluewater Stadium, the home of Napier City Rovers.
So, let's get together and celebrate!
NCR clubrooms will be transformed into a tropical oasis for a night of fun and entertainment!
After the official award ceremony there will be live music from Outrageous Fortune! Come, celebrate good times, and dance the night away!
Tickets $20 pp
Doors open 6pm, Award Ceremony starts at 6.30 pm.
Book your tickets below. Booking essential for catering purposes and numbers.
You can pay online, or pay at the door on the night, as long as you have prebooked your spot.
Club's bank account details
03-0698-0978560-00 (Westpac account). Use your SURNAME and PRIZE as reference.