1973 OFC Nations Cup

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1973 Oceania Cup
1973 OFC Kapu o Kīngitanga
Tournament details
Host country New Zealand
Dates 17 February - 24 February
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (1st title)
Runners-up  Tahiti
Third place  New Caledonia
Fourth place  New Hebrides
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Goals scored 37 (3.08 per match)
Top scorer(s) New Zealand Alan Marley (3)
New Caledonia Segin Wayewol (3)

The 1973 OFC Nations Cup was the first Oceania-wide tournament ever held. It took place in New Zealand from 17 February 1973–24 February 1973. All matches were held at Newmarket Park, in Auckland, and five teams participated: New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tahiti, New Hebrides (now known as Vanuatu) and Fiji.

At the time, the Oceania Football Confederation was not considered a full FIFA Confederation, and as such allowed national teams unaffiliated with FIFA to enter.

The teams played each other according to a round-robin format, and the top two teams (New Zealand and Tahiti) played off in a final to determine the winner. New Caledonia and New Hebrides also played each other, on the same day as the final, to determine third place.

New Zealand won the tournament with a 2-0 victory in the final, while New Caledonia retained third place by defeating New Hebrides 2-1.

First round[edit]

Team P W D L GF GA Pts
1  New Zealand 4 3 1 0 11 4 7
2  Tahiti 4 2 2 0 7 2 6
3  New Caledonia 4 2 0 2 8 5 4
4  New Hebrides 4 1 1 2 4 8 3
5  Fiji 4 0 0 4 2 13 0

Match results[edit]

17 February 1973
Tahiti  2 : 1  New Caledonia
Erroll Bennett Goal
Alexis Tumahai Goal
Summary Roger Mandin Goal
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: New Zealand T. Delahunty

17 February 1973
New Zealand  5 : 1  Fiji
Brian Turner Goal
David Taylor Goal
Geoff Brand Goal
Malcolm Bland Goal
Alan Vest Goal
Summary Terio Vakatawa Goal
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: New Caledonia A. Nakagawa

18 February 1973
New Caledonia  4 : 1  New Hebrides
Jean Hmae Goal Goal
Segin Wayewol Goal
Pierre Wacapo Goal
Summary Michael Dupuy Goal
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: French Polynesia P. Tahuaitu

18 February 1973
New Zealand  1 : 1  Tahiti
Alan Vest Goal Summary Erroll Bennett Goal
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: Fiji P. Raman

20 February 1973
New Caledonia  2 : 0  Fiji
Segin Wayewol Goal Goal Summary
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: New Hebrides B. Chaudet

20 February 1973
Tahiti  0 : 0  New Hebrides
Summary
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: New Caledonia A. Nakagawa

21 February 1973
New Hebrides  2 : 1  Fiji
Alick Saurei Goal
Jacky Valette Goal
Summary Josateki Kurivitu Goal
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: New Zealand T. Delahunty

21 February 1973
New Zealand  2 : 1  New Caledonia
Alan Marley Goal
Colin Latimour Goal
Summary Jean Xowie Goal
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: New Hebrides B. Chaudet

23 February 1973
Tahiti  4 : 0  Fiji
Claude Carrara Goal
Harold Ng Fok Goal
Gilles Malinowski Goal
Roland de Marigny Goal
Summary
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: New Caledonia A. Nakagawa

23 February 1973
New Zealand  3 : 1  New Hebrides
Malcolm Bland Goal
Brian Hardman Goal
Alan Marley Goal
Summary Raymond Valette Goal
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: French Polynesia P. Tahuaitu

Third Place Playoff[edit]

February 24, 1973
New Caledonia  2 : 1  New Hebrides
Gerald Delmas Goal
Jean Xowie Goal
Summary Charles Galinie Goal
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: French Polynesia P. Tahuaitu

Final[edit]

February 24, 1973
New Zealand  2 : 0  Tahiti
David Taylor Goal
Alan Marley Goal
Summary
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: New Hebrides B. Chaudet

Awards[edit]

 1973 OFC Nations Cup Winners 

New Zealand
First title

Goalscorers (overall)[edit]

3 goals[edit]

2 goals[edit]

1 goal[edit]

References[edit]