The Thirsty Whale Napier City Rovers Central League team have a long standing tradition of fueling up at the Forge Restaurant in Dannevirke when traveling to away games.
The Forge Restaurant is a highlight of the long drive south for the Blues when they are on the road.
A delicious breakfast at the popular Dannevirke eatery always leaves the squad feeling ready for the challenge ahead.
Announcing their sponsorship on their official Facebook page, the restaurant said they are delighted to be joining forces with the Ultra Football Central League champions.
"The Forge Restaurant is proud to announce that we are now official sponsors of the Napier City Rovers Central League football team."
"One of the most successful football clubs in New Zealand, Rovers were crowned Ultra Football Central League champions last season and coaches Bill Robertson and Stu James will be hoping to repeat the feat this season.
"Bec and the team at The Forge Restaurant will welcome the lads for breakfast on every away trip and hope that we can contribute towards a successful season."
Blues fans, when in Dannevirke, make sure you stop in at the Forge Restaurant.
The 2019 AGM will be held Monday, 25 March.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of members of Napier City Rovers Football Club(Inc) will be held in the clubrooms, Park Island, NAPIER ON Monday 25th March at 7.00pm.
Season tickets for the Ultra Football Central League champions are now on sale.
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Junior Blues Coach: Phil Doran, Rovers chairman, to lead Open Grade team
Thirsty Whale Napier City Rovers is delighted to announce Phil Doran as Open Grade coach for the upcoming season.
The Rovers chairman is well-known in the region and has a great rapport with many local junior and youth players. As a Central Football Federation Talent Centre coach, Doran has been involved with junior and youth development in the region for the last three years, having previously coached in Auckland as well as his native Scotland.
An experienced coach, with advanced New Zealand Football junior coaching credentials, Doran is looking forward to working with the Rovers Open Grade team in 2019 as he strives to develop them as players, as well as fortifying their love of football.
“My objective this season is the same as last season - to provide the best opportunity and environment I possibly can to enhance individual players’ growth and development, and I aim to have a lot of fun doing it. I also want to reinforce their passion for the game,” says Doran.
“In line with New Zealand Football’s Youth Framework, I will be employing the four corners approach; this places the player at the centre of the development process and recognises that the technical, tactical, mental and physical components of the game are distinguishable, but not separable. I will also be working on increasing these younger players’ game knowledge and developing their understanding of their roles and responsibilities within the team.
“I am really looking forward to the season and the challenges and rewards that come with coaching youth level football.”
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Blues Boss: Robertson to remain and lead Central League title defence
Thirsty Whale Napier City Rovers is delighted to announce Bill Robertson is staying on at the club as head coach.
Robertson has signed a two year deal which will see him stay at the helm until at least 2021, and lead the Blues as they defend their Ultra Football Central League Championship crown.
Wilson (L) and McIvor take charge of NCR Prems (Steph Gunther Photography).
Napier City Rovers have unveiled Stu Wilson and Chris McIvor as the coaching team to lead Napier City Rovers Prems this upcoming season.
The duo want to continue the work they have been carrying out with the Under 19s, and their focus will be concentrated on developing youth players through the prems side to bolster youth football at the club.
Wilson and Maca have a wealth of playing and coaching experience between them and have already achieved great success with youth players, including leading the NCR U19 team to the Satellite Final of the Lotto National Under 19 Tournament last year.
For the second year-in-a-row Napier City Rovers are offering their First Kicks programme for free.
Children between four to six-years-old will be able to take their first steps into football for free in the upcoming 2019 season.
It is with great sadness that Napier City Rovers announce the passing of Bob Chapman, who died peacefully at Cranford Hospice surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday.
Bob moved to New Zealand from his home town of Belfast in the 1970's and has been a staunch supporter and much loved club member of Napier City Rovers for more than 40 years.
Two of his great loves were his family and his football. He was the much adored husband of the late Maureen, loving Dad to son Merv and daughter Sandy, cherished grandfather of Brooke and Luke, and great-grandfather to little Cruz, who he affectionately called 'wee man.'
His daughter Sandy says Bob loved Rovers, and as well as days spent on the stand cheering on the Blues, he enjoyed nothing better than the Sunday afternoons with his friends in the club rooms drinking the 'water of life' and sharing laughs and tales.
"Dad loved the club and had so many stories to tell. He has been a member since our family arrived in New Zealand in 1974."
"His passion for the 'beautiful game' was evident, and his love for his mates at Sunday school gave him such pleasure. He loved all the occasions when the whisky bottle was placed on the table for birthdays, new babies, any excuse really!
"Dad will be sorely missed by many and there will be a huge gap in our small, but close, little family.
"To know him was to love him. And that's not a phrase, it's just the truth."
Bob's funeral service will be held at
St Columba's Presbyterian Church, Gloucester Street, Taradale,
Saturday, February 2nd, 10.30am.
You can share a memory of Bob, or write a message of condolence for the family below.
The Napier City Rovers Football Academy continues its quest to develop the next generation of bay players as it is launches into its third year, with the first session of 2019 kicking-off next week.
The popular academy, led by Bill Robertson, winning Central League coach and National League player, is growing in numbers, attracting players from all around Hawke's Bay.
Open to any player aged 6-15 years, not just Rovers members, the academy is designed to develop young footballers to their fullest potential through engaging, fun sessions, and high-quality coaching.
Players are grouped depending on their stage of development and ability, with pathways for both developing and elite players.
We're rolling out the red carpet to celebrate a season of success at Napier City Rovers.
Come along and celebrate with the players and fans.
After the awards ceremony there will be live music from Verdant Blue, one of the Bay's top cover bands who are sure to get you on the dance floor.
Dress code is 'Glitz and Glamour', so dress in Holywood style and get all 'glammed-up' for a night of partying and fun!
Tickets will be limited so get in quick.
When: Saturday, September 8th
Venue: Napier City Rovers Clubrooms
Time: 6.00pm - Midnight
(Doors open 6pm, prizegiving starts at 6.30pm).
Cost: $20 pp
Live Band - Music from Verdant Blue
Finger food supper provided
Come and join us for a night to remember!
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