Some of New Zealand’s top young football stars will be descending on Napier this weekend as the annual U19 Youth Tournament gets underway.
Kicking-off on Saturday morning will be the first of more than 120 games of exciting football being played at Park Island over the labour weekend.
Some of the biggest clubs from all over Aotearoa will be competing for the top youth trophy, currently held by Western Springs after they beat previous winners Birkenhead in an action-packed final last year.
Over the years many young players have played in the tournament and went on to gain international status, including Chris Wood, Mark Paston and Ben Sigmund. Come along, enjoy the carnival atmosphere, and witness some of New Zealand football’s future stars in action.
The group stages kick-off at Park Island, Saturday 9am, with games continuing all weekend, culminating in the top two faccing-off in the big final at Bluewater Stadium, 12:30pm, Monday.
For a full list of all the fixtures visit www.cityrovers.co.nz - U19 National Youth Tournament
The Napier City Rovers Football Academy, which launched earlier this year, is growing in strength as it prepares to enter its fourth term.
Although a Napier City Rovers venture, the all-year-round academy is open to all local budding footballers and already has a number of young players from various clubs in the region in it's ranks.
With pathways for both developing and elite players aged between six and 15 years, the academy caters for all levels and abilities.
Bill Robertson, Napier City Rovers head coach and Hawke’s Bay United player/assistant coach, spearheads the academy, and the coaching maestro is on the ground running the weekly training sessions at Bluewater Stadium.
The wait is over, and the draw is out.
Who will face who in the 2017 Napier City Rovers National U19s Tournament?
The games kick-off on Saturday, 20th October, with some of the major names in New Zealand Football competing for the biggest youth prize in the country.
Click below for a full list of all the fixtures!
IT"S THE WEEKEND in the football calendar that clubs around the country look forward to, and today Napier City Rovers have announced the main groups for the National U19 Youth Tournament.
The Lotto sponsored event will see teams from across New Zealand descend on Park Island in Napier to compete for top honours in the prestigious competition.
For three days over Labour Weekend some of NZ’s biggest clubs will showcase their top youth talent at arguably one of the best footballing venues in the country.
Last year’s winners Western Springs and runners-up Birkenhead United AFC, who fought it out in a hotly contested final, both return for a shot at the 2017 title.
With other top clubs returning, and some new faces debuting in the satellite competition, this year’s tournament is shaping up to bigger and better than ever.
Keep your eye on the Napier City Rovers website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest developments.
Napier City Rovers U19 National Youth Tournament 2017 Main Groups – see below for details:
Napier City Rovers are offering their popular Football Skills Holiday Programme during the upcoming holidays.
The programme, which runs from the 2nd to the 5th of October, offers children the opportunity to learn, practice and improve on their football skills during the school holidays, while having lots of fun.
Led by Napier City Rovers Head Coach Bill Robertson, the programme allows kids to learn from one of New Zealand's top coaches and players, and other high ranking Central and National League players, while being able to socialise and make new friends in a fun, safe environment.
Whether you are a dedicated player or taking your first steps into the game, at the NCR Football Skills Programme there is something for everyone.
Visit www.cityrovers.co.nz/skillsprogramme for more details and to enrol, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up today to avoid disappointment. Places will be limited.
Napier City Rovers Awards 2017:
NCR has announced the shortlisted candidates for the 2017 award trophies, which will be presented at the Prize Giving night on 23 September 2017. Click here for information on the Prize Giving and Gatsby themed Party Night. Don't miss out on the celebration of the year! Book your place today.
Don't miss out on the party of the year!
The season is coming to an end and Napier City Rovers is getting ready to fling a party that even the Great Gatsby himself would approve of.
Come along and celebrate with the players and fans.
After the awards ceremony there will be live music from Verant Blue, one of the Bay's top cover bands who are sure to get you on the dance floor.
Dress code is 1920s/1930s, so the gangster and moll at the door will expect you to be flaunting your inner flapper girl or Jay Gatsby. Let's see those vintage dresses and trilbies!
Get all 'glammed-up' for a night of partying and fun!
Complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival.
Tickets may be limited so get in quick.
When: Saturday, September 23rd, 6.30pm - Midnight
Venue: Napier City Rovers Clubrooms
Time: 6.30pm - Midnight
Cost: $25 per head ($40 per couple).
Finger food supper and free glass of bubbles included.
Come and join us and let's party like it's 1929!
Book your seat online via Westpac 03 0698 0978560 00. Use your name and "prize" as reference.
Or, ask at the office or behind the bar.
Games you don't want to miss!
Today sees Napier City Rovers in two top of the table clashes with Napier Marist.
NCR Division 1 take on Red Steel Marist at Bluewater Stadium, kick-off 1pm. Only two points seperate these two teams at the top of the table. It's going to be an epic clash. Come along and be the 12th man in the stands this afternoon and get behind the Blues in their crusade to go top of the table.
The Duke of Gloucester Computer Care Premiership take on Alexander Electric Marist at Park Island, kick-off 3pm. This is a must win match for the Blues if they want to stay in the title chase. A win for Marist sees the Hoops claim the title for the first time since 2001. A lot riding on these games today. Get along and get behind the boys. See you there ⚽
See below and check the website for a full list of fixtures.
The Bill Robertson led Napier City Rovers Football Academy has just launched its new Facebook page.
The page will follow the journey of the academy players as they progress, with regular video updates on sessions, and interviews with the players and academy coach, Napier City Rovers and Hawke's Bay United's, Bill Robertson.
Follow to keep up to date with the players and the latest academy news.
To find out more about the academy, and to enrol, visit the Napier City Rovers Website here.
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It's the Big Quiz and Fundraising Auction at Napier City Rovers tomorrow night, and some of the exciting auction prizes have been announced.
Fancy a date night in a Superior Spa room at Bluewater Hotel; going corporate at a Magpies game courtesy of Bayswater European; playing a round of golf at the exclusive Cape Kidnappers; a Land Rover Range adventure off road drive for four, including lunch and refreshments; six bottles of 2014 Tironui wine; or the services of a truck and driver; plus many more prizes up for grabs!
Get along to Napier City Rovers club rooms tomorrow night for an entertaining evening and the chance to win an amazing prize.
Doors open 7 pm
Quiz starts at 7.30pm
Maximum of six people per team
Light supper included.
Don't miss out. See you there! All welcome; the more the merrier.
See below for a full list of prizes on the main and open auctions. Lots more to be won on the night.