Mainland Premier League

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Mainland Premier League
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Nelson Suburbs 9 21 Western 7 12
Woolston Technical 5 12 Ferrymead Bays 9 10 Burnside 8 9 Nomads United 8 8 Halswell United 8 8 Christchurch United 8 7
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Anyone else support a team in the Mainland league? Nelson Suburbs are looking pretty decent this year, but will be without influencial striker Sam Ayers who is heading off overseas. Might be hard for them to score goals now, he was their best threat on attack and was equal leading goal scorer.
The obvious replacement is Nayland College striker Gagame Feni who is from the Solomon Islands but because he's only 17 he's not allowed to play under FIFA's rule that overseas players must be 18. Surely when he's over here getting an education and it's completely amatuer that he should be allowed to play. He's one of the best strikers at secondary school level in the country.
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Luis Garcia wrote:
The obvious replacement is Nayland College striker Gagame Feni who is from the Solomon Islands but because he's only 17 he's not allowed to play under FIFA's rule that overseas players must be 18. Surely when he's over here getting an education and it's completely amatuer that he should be allowed to play. He's one of the best strikers at secondary school level in the country.


Never heard that rule before.

Three for me, and two for them.

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I have a brother playing for tech, so my chch loyalties lie with them. the team last year was quality.
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http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/sport/3719110/Suburbs-refuse-to-back-down


Because he can't play Mainland football he's been playing first division and his team were docked all their points for playing him. The points have now been given back, but he still can't play for the top side. He had been training Canterbury's NZFC side but couldn't play for them either.
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I have a brother playing for tech, so my chch loyalties lie with them. the team last year was quality.


Yes, they were the best team in MPL last season.
I reckon they would have won the South Island play offs only the regular keeper had his thumb broken by a reserve team player at training two days before the semi.

They have been lucky this year in a couple of games and have had a few injuries in recent weeks.
They could go on to win the MPL as they have an advantage at the moment.
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I reckon they would have won the South Island play offs.
 
Remember the golden rule in that competition.. To win game in the South Island Champs you have to come from Dunedin
 
Why they just don't play a final between the two top Dunedin sides is beyond me
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well dunedin concentrates all it's good players into 2 clubs, or 3 if you include some of the youth players at roslyn. But it effectively makes it a 2 horse race. Half the teams in Footballsouth Premier League would be in 2nd tier football in Christchurch. Mainland league has its talent more widespread which makes the league more exciting. Anyone can beat anyone. And given the talent Tech had last year (Batty, Lancaster, Kamo, Adam Cowen, James Price etc) they'd have every chance of beating Cavy or Tech.
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conorphelan wrote:
And given the talent Tech had last year (Batty, Lancaster, Kamo, Adam Cowen, James Price etc) they'd have every chance of beating Cavy or Tech.
 
But they didn't...

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conorphelan wrote:
well dunedin concentrates all it's good players into 2 clubs, or 3 if you include some of the youth players at roslyn. But it effectively makes it a 2 horse race. Half the teams in Footballsouth Premier League would be in 2nd tier football in Christchurch. Mainland league has its talent more widespread which makes the league more exciting. Anyone can beat anyone.
Nelson Suburbs 9 21 Western 7 12 Woolston Technical 5 12 Ferrymead Bays 9 10 Burnside 8 9 Nomads United 8 8 Halswell United 8 8 Christchurch United 8 7Allowing for games in hand it looks like a two horse race to me, maybe 3 if you include the young Western side.
 
 

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Yeovil wrote:
conorphelan wrote:
well dunedin concentrates all it's good players into 2 clubs, or 3 if you include some of the youth players at roslyn. But it effectively makes it a 2 horse race. Half the teams in Footballsouth Premier League would be in 2nd tier football in Christchurch. Mainland league has its talent more widespread which makes the league more exciting. Anyone can beat anyone.
Nelson Suburbs 9 21 Western 7 12 Woolston Technical 5 12 Ferrymead Bays 9 10 Burnside 8 9 Nomads United 8 8 Halswell United 8 8 Christchurch United 8 7Allowing for games in hand it looks like a two horse race to me, maybe 3 if you include the young Western side.
 
 


Both Nelson and Western are very young but are my pick for the top two at the end of the year. Western have the advantage of University players.. Nelson on the other hand have six players still at college, the youngest being 15. the good players tend to leave to Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin for Uni, or just better opportunities as we've seen with U17 keeper Coey Turipa moving to Miramar. Nelson is a great breeding ground for players, many of which would be capable of playing NZFC level but being stuck in Nelson doesn't help.

Nelson suburbs for NZFC!
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Both Nelson and Western are very young but are my pick for the top two at the end of the year. Western have the advantage of University players.. Nelson on the other hand have six players still at college, the youngest being 15. the good players tend to leave to Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin for Uni, or just better opportunities as we've seen with U17 keeper Coey Turipa moving to Miramar. Nelson is a great breeding ground for players, many of which would be capable of playing NZFC level but being stuck in Nelson doesn't help.

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Agreed there have been some great players come from Nelson and Saxton Field is great set-up.
Unfortunately I can't see it in the near future.

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It's just a shame because an NZFC team would keep players in Nelson. The likes of Tom Lancaster might have stayed in Nelson if he had the same opportunities, and then the four NZ age grade players Coey Turipa, Adam Smith, Alex Ridsdale and Matt Shaw.
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Nelson Suburbs 3 - Christchurch United 1

Adam Smith set up the first two goals, scored by Billy Scott and Hamish Lewis. Nayland College's Solomon Island striker Jerry Donga scored the final goal for Suburbs.
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hasn't woolston got most of the canty team..But they still cant win?
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hasn't woolston got most of the canty team..But they still cant win?



What are you talking about? They've won 8 out of 9 games with one draw against Nelsen who are equal top with Woolston. Although Woolston have two games in hand.

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New Zealand U20 goalkeeper Coey Turipa has moved back to Nelsen Suburbs for the rest of the season due to the departure of Eddie Newman.
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Halswell have gone well and truly downhill since making the Chatham Cup Semi's and coming 2nd in the league a few years back. *sigh* As a side note though our Wimmins are into the National Cup Semi's this year after a 3-1 win over Roslyn

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