Ngongotaha AFC

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Ngongotaha AFC
Full name Ngongotaha AFC
Nickname(s) The Villagers, Ngongy
Founded 1966; 51 years ago (1966)
Ground Stembridge Road
Chairman Andrew Robb
Manager Shane Davis
League Waikato-Bay of Plenty Federation Premiership
Website Club home page

Ngongotaha AFC (nɔːŋgoʊtɑːhɑː), also known as the Villagers, is an association football club based in Ngongotaha, a suburb northwest of Rotorua, New Zealand. They play their home matches at Stembridge Road and currently compete in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Federation Premiership.[1]

History[edit]

1966–1977: Founding Years[edit]

Ngongotaha AFC was founded in 1966 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The club began playing its matches at Tamarahi Reserve on Stembridge Road in Ngongotaha.

1978–1994: Northern League[edit]

From 1978 to 1994 the club competed in the Northern League football structure, beginning in division four south. The club gained promotion to the third division by winning the league in 1983, dropping only 14 points in the whole season. The club remained in the third division for a further three seasons before gaining a promotion by finishing in second place in 1986. The club stayed in the second flight for eight seasons, with the best performance being a fourth-place finish in 1988.[2]

From 1989 to 1994 the performance of the team began to drop, and they finished bottom of the table with only 10 points in 1994. Following this they were relegated to the newly restructured Waikato-Bay of Plenty Premier League.

1994–Present: Federation Football[edit]

Since 1994 the club has boasted three senior men's team and one senior women's team. The first team have played in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Federation Premiership for the vast majority of this period. They were briefly relegated to the championship in 2008, but won the championship in 2011 gaining promotion to the premiership once again.[3][4] The reserves currently play in the championship.

In 2014 the club had its best ever performance in the Chatham Cup when they reached the round of 16. They were eliminated at home by Melville United.[5]

In 2016 the club won their maiden Waikato-Bay of Plenty Federation Premiership title with three games in hand. They will go on to compete in a playoff series against the winners of the Auckland Football Federation/Northland Football Federation Men's Conference winners later in 2016.[6]

Current Squad[edit]

First Team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK James Towers
2 New Zealand MF Dave Haua (C)
3 New Zealand DF Jacob Davis
5 England DF Conor Hinz
6 New Zealand MF Simon Te Kiri
7 England MF Eamon O'Donoghue
No. Position Player
8 New Zealand MF Luke Barker
9 New Zealand MF Alan Ferguson
11 Cook Islands FW Harlem Simiona
12 New Zealand FW Dayne Willemsen
13 New Zealand MF Sean Kim
15 New Zealand FW Mitch Miller

Coaching Staff[edit]

  • Manager: New Zealand Shane Davis
  • Assistant Manager: England Stephen Towers

Executive Staff[edit]

  • Chairman: New Zealand Andrew Robb
  • Secretary: New Zealand Paul Skinner
  • Treasurer: New Zealand Jeanette Edwards

Club Achievements[edit]

Club Honours[edit]

  • Champions – Northern League Division Four South 1983
  • Runners Up – Northern League Division Three South 1986
  • Knockout Winners – Northern League Division Two 1987
  • Champions – Waikato-Bay of Plenty Federation Championship 2011
  • Runners Up – Waikato-Bay of Plenty Federation Premiership 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WaiBOP Premiership Table". WaiBOP Football. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ngongotaha – The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website". Ultimate NZ Soccer. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bring on those heroes to encourage success". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Football: Ngongotaha are champions". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Melville into last eight of Chatham Cup". Waikato Times. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ngongotaha clinch maiden WaiBop Premiership football crown". Waikato Times. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 

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