Three of the five ASFA Teams in action on ANZAC day were able to confirm their places in the draw for the first round of the 91st edition of the Chatham Cup, with the undefeated Premiership leaders, Internationale, sending a clear message out to anyone silly enough to think Sunday football is for those not good enough to play on a Saturday. Congratulations to Guillame Truant for scoring all five of Inters goals in their 5-0 win over Ranui Swanson.
Elsewhere, Max Walker, Andy Baggeley and Jamie McGookin all scored to help ensure that Kiwi True Blues prevailed 3-2 against Otumoetai (a result that featured on 3 news), whilst Joshua Nishitani-Hart and Seth Smith scored for the University of Auckland to book their place in Round One with a 2-1 win over West Auckland.
Sadly, Auckland Wanderers lost 4-1 against a strong Te Awamutu and Boh’s Celtic lost by the same margin to and equally strong Onerahi. Still, at least Andrew Stock and Daniel Birch can say they’ve scored a goal in the Chatham Cup and their team managers can now focus on stopping Inter from winning a second consecutive double.
Saturday’s preliminary round fixtures involving Auckland Volcanoes (v Navy) and HNK (v Plains Rangers).
The first round of the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup is scheduled to take place over the weekend of May 12/13 (on the same day as our Cup competition was due to start). Fingers-crossed we will have five teams featuring on that day. I’m expecting the KTB game to be televised on Sky Sports!