Apologies for making you wait all week for this round up, but had I done it earlier then I may not have been able to congratulate Old Fellas for securing the ASFA Masters Conference title. Before I run through the results from last weekend, I would also like to congratulate everyone involved with Kiwi True Blues and AUT FC 1 for securing their places in the Premiership next season. For KTB, who look assured to go up as champions, it will be their first time playing in our topic league. For AUT FC 1, it will provide a number of players the opportunity to have another crack at playing against our top teams.
I’ll start this week in the Masters Conference, where the Waiheke Old Fellas (the only team able to deny Old Fellas the title) were required to give up the 3 points they earned on the field having selected an ineligible player for their must win top of the table clash. Although this is not the way that we hoped the title would be decided, I would like to thank the Waiheke team for all that they have brought to the competition this season. Better luck next season!
In league 2, Champions Viti FC go into their final game of the season this week against second-placed Double Rum Greenhithe having already scored their 100th (and 101st) goal of the season in their 10-3 demolition of bottom-placed All Red FC. Elsewhere, third-placed Zamantix Force secured a 3-0 win against fourth-placed U-Striker.
The 2017 League 1 table is now finalised, with third-placed Zamantix Rovers Return earning the final 3 points of the season at the expense of already promoted Auckland Wanderers 2. They did it in style, with a 7-1 win.
KTB’s 3-2 win over AUT FC last weekend means that the two promoted teams go into their final fixtures level on 31 points. As predicted last week, the Championship title race will be decided on the final day of their season, with KTB now looking set to finish on top of the pile following United FC’s decision to forfeit this Sunday’s catch up game against the new league leaders. For AUT FC to take the title this weekend, they will need to beat City Fringe by 27 goals. Sadly, long-time leaders United FC were not able to sustain their challenge over these final weeks, losing 5-0 to Khukuri.
Finally, in the Premiership, Auckland Volcanoes were able to secure second place in the league with a point against Auckland Wanderers. The 2-2 draw means that sixth-placed Wanderers will need to win by 11 goals this week against Zamantix Rovers if they are to finish their first season in the top division in third placed. A win by any other scoreline will see them finish their marathon season in fourth.