Apologies for making you all wait another seven days for the penultimate round up of the 2017 season, but I’ve been busy talking to the people that run the beautiful game in the equally beautiful city of Zurich (no surprise to discover they don’t work at the weekends!). Sadly, my overseas adventure, which comes to an end this weekend, means that I will also be absent on Sunday for the ASFA’s 2017 Finals Day and Prize-giving.
Last Sunday saw the 510th and final league fixture of the 2017 season result in a 3-1 home win for Zamantix Old Boys, against Waiheke Old Fellas. The result saw the hosts leap-frog their guests into second place in the ASFA Conference/Masters League. Personally, I think it’s fitting that the league season was brought to close by two of the teams that played such a big role in helping us get an over 35s league back into the ASFA. the 6 team format, which each team playing each other 3 times, worked well this year, but I will definitely be looking for two more teams to join the Masters League next year, allowing us to operate an 8 team, home and away fixture, set up. I would love to see a team on the North Shore!
Before I turn my attention to this Sundays Final’s day, I would like to present a few facts and stats from the 2017 league season.
According to the final league tables, there were a total of 189 goals scored in the premiership, 273 scored in the Championship, 259 scored in League 1, 358 scored in League 2 and 234 scored in the Conference/Masters League. That’s a total of 1,313 goals across all 5 divisions. Unfortunately, this includes the numerous 3-0 default scorelines, of which there were far too many!
Relegated Boh’s Celtics 2 scored the least amount of goals (21), but also conceded less than the teams who finished second, third and sixth in the table (28). Auckland Volcanoes scored less goals than four other premiership teams (24), and finished with the second worst goal difference (-6), but still took the runners up spot with 20 points (only 3 less than champions Internationale).
Championship champions Kiwi True Blues only conceded 18 goals this season, scoring 65 at the other end. Runners up AUT FC finished on the same number of points but only scored 45 and conceded 20.
League 1 Champions HNK Auckland were the only team to complete the season with a 100% record (14 wins from 14 games), conceding only 11 goals in the process, whilst League 2 Champions Viti FC were the only other team to go unbeaten, scoring an incredible 108 goals in the process.
At the other end of the league, All Red were the only teams to lose all 14 of their fixtures, scoring 15 and conceding 92. They also accumulated the most penalty points, ensuring that they finished with an embarrassing -12 points in the end.
Congratulations to all the 2017 golden boot winners;
Auckland Volcanoes’ Rory O’Sullivan (13 Goals),
United FC’s Suhail Ali (18 goals),
HNK Auckland’s Oliver Sardelic (19 goals),
Viti FC’s Nazim Mohammed (47 goals)
Greenhithe City’s Alex Isik (17 goals)
Looking ahead to this Sunday, I am gutted that I’ll be missing only my second Finals Day in five years, one of which I got to be involved in as a player. Rest assured that I will be following the Facebook updates closely from Singapore, to see if Inter and Viti can win the double, if Volcanoes can defend the plate they won last year and whether relegated Nixon park can finish their season with a trophy.
Regardless of the results, congratulations to all the teams and players that will be participating on the day, and to those who will be making speeches at the end of the day as they pick up their trophies. Those who have not seen the new ASFA Silverware are in for a real treat. The trophies are stunning!
I trust that the managers of Internationale, Independiente, Auckland Volcanoes, Kingsland Athletic, Zamantix Rovers Return, Viti FC, Nixon Park and U-Striker have all provided Jo with something for the programme. Not too late to email email@example.com if you’d like something on the website.
Next week will be the last of my Round Ups for the season, but not the last thing that I will be posting on this website.