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24 July Rangers women lost 2 - 1 to Rotorua today. All the goals were scored in the first half, Rangers one was scored by Cassidy Spillman. Goalkeeper Radhika Arulambalam and midfielder Sophie Estall were both named players of the day.
18 July The new women's league draw is out. Click here for it. Rangers have Rotorua at home this Sunday. The Bay Sportsmed Cup and Bowl semifinal draw is on there too.
17 July Rangers women had a 1 - 1 draw at Rotorua, with the elements against them. Joe player of the day, Kiahli scored. . The report.
16 July Rangers men win a windy game at Otumoetai. Early red card to Otumoetai player. James Hart scored two, Jords and Pat (what a great goal that was!) scored as well. Hamish player of the day. Here's the report.
13 July Have you registered for the jubilee yet??
11 July Rangers women took a while but eventually scored an exciting 3 - 2 win against Ngongy. Macca Mathis scored a screamer! Sarah player of the day. Here's the report. Some exotic photos from Zach at Pitbull Photography here!
10 July Rangers men went down 5 - 3 to Papamoa in the Bowl quarterfinal. Player of the day Jamaal got a yellow, Sione, Hamish and Jords scored the goals, Muggsy was penalised for a solid tackle, the pitch looked like it was in the Middle East, the referee was the youngest person on the pitch. Here's the report. Here are some photos from Tony Kirby. Some cool photos from Zach at Pitbull Photography here too.
5 July Enrolments are starting to come in for the Jubilee!! Here is the official invitation to the Plains Rangers 25th jubilee weekend. Download on a web page. Please pass it on to any ex-players, supporters, etc. We need registrations in by early August, so don't leave it too late!! Come and relive old times! Oi Oi Rangers!!
2 July No ref appointed. After a scrappy start, Rangers settled down and earned a 2 - 1 win at home to Papamoa. Full commitment in defence was needed for the last half hour. Muggsy organised the defence, player of the day. Welcome back to Jimmy Hart. The report.
28 June The draw for the next round of the Bay Sportsmed Bowl is out. Rangers have got Papamoa's Bay One side away on July 9th. Kickoff is now 2.30pm.
25 June A first half blitz with the wind and rain behind them led to Ngongy beating Rangers 5 - 1. Hamish got one back in the second half. Jordan player of the day. The report.
19 June Rangers women showed a massive improvement by only going down 1 - 2 to Papamoa. Rangers women were without four regular starters as well. Goal to Mishka. Jo player of the day. Read the report.
18 June Rangers men went down in the final minutes to a blind header (the sun in Rotorua was directly in line with the corner kick) 1 - 2. Jules player of the day. Sione scored with a brave header. Here's the report.
16 June. A good hard out practice tonight. Thanks Muggsy and well done everyone. Christian had all the Euro 2016 teams there afterwards and the draw was done (remember you owe Wetts $5 a team). Here are the lucky / unlucky people. Prize for 1st, last and the middle team. Levi was offering big money for France but no....
12 June. Some good news. Rotorua and Waibop have agreed to change our kick off time this coming Saturday to 2pm. Hopefully that can allow people to get to the game.
11 June A hard fought physical battle, losing 2 - 1 to TCU. Injuries to Ali and Pete didn't help. Matt D didn't have a happy birthday! Julian scored a screamer on debut. Levi player of the day. The report.
10 June Well done everyone who gave it heaps at training in the raining last night! A reminder, you need $5 for the feed, $5 if you want a team in Euro16 and don't forget subs! Oi Oi Rangers.
7 June Ex-Rangers player Jeremy Hawkes in Chatham Cup action for New Plymouth Rangers.
6 June A very interesting result with Tauranga City United knocking over league leaders Taupo 3 - 0 on Saturday. Rangers will have to be at their best to match them this time round, after beating TCU away earlier in the season.
4 June Literally a hard fought home win for Rangers. Rangers played some great football to lead 2 - 0, only for Kawerau to pull a goal back on the stroke of half time. Sione scored both Rangers goals, Hamiora scored Kawerau's. Matt Eveleens player of the day. Both sides piling in late in the game after Ben Sexton had fouled Hamiora was a disappointing end to the game. Game report.
28 May Rangers v Ngongotaha postponed. Ground closed. Doh. Perhaps it was just as well: both Ngongy's teams in the Fed leagues were postponed as well! The All Whites beat Fiji 3 - 1 in the ONC. Next game Tuesday 6pm, Sky Sport 56.
24 May Here is the official invitation to the Plains Rangers 25th jubilee weekend. Download as a Word file, or on a web page. Please pass it on to any ex-players, supporters, etc. We need registrations in by early August, so don't leave it too late!! Come and relive old times! Oi Oi Rangers!!
22 May Rangers women put on an attacking show at Awakeri today, recording their biggest ever win and shooting young Cassidy Spillman to be top scorer for the club so far this season. Rangers beat Rotorua 5 - 1. Read the report. Macca player of the day.
21 May Rangers went down to Whakatane 2 - 1 in the Cup match today. Whakatane pounced on two errors and Rangers weren't at their best. Hamish Wilde player of the day. The Sponsors' Cup heads back to Whakatane. The report.
20 May Want to be inspired for tomorrow?? Watch this!! 100 best goals of the year.
18 May A reminder that subs are due by the end of May.
14 May The Sponsors Cup was up for grabs, Ali played 30 minutes before rushing off to play King Bernard in the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime, a lovely sunny day, but no goals! Rangers held onto the Cup with a 0 - 0 draw. Jimmy Krause was player of the day. Farewell to Jimmy Hart as he heads off over to America tomrrow for a couple of months. Watch out for some photos of the game tomorrow.
12 May A good training tonight in preparation for the local derby on Saturday. Laugh of the night Jamaal's encounter with a hedgehog!
9 May Rangers men's match had it all: controversy, bizarre events, ref Dave Taylor even got up to speak at the aftermatch about Rangers sportingly allowing Taupo to score, Taupo coach Alan Lamb even said the Awakeri pitch wasn't too bad and he'd played on worse. Maybe the long grass disguised the lumps and bumps! Read the report. Today Rangers women might have kept that generous Mothers Day spirit into the start of the game, but once they got going, it was a great battle with Whakatane. Injuries in all direction! Read the report.
3 May Great to see the Whakatane Beacon today had full page colour coverage of Rangers women's game!! Here are some cool photos of the game too, including Janie's goal. Thanks very much to Zach and Pitbull Photography. In fact you can click here to see more of them on Zach's web site. You can even buy photos from him.
1 May Rangers women turn on one of their best performances to grab a 1 - 1 draw at Kawerau. Janie Paling scorer and player of the day. Here's the report.
30 April. Good to see Rangers players at the working bee laying the new floor in the Events Centre over the weekend. Not so good was Rangers slipping to a late defeat at Opotiki after having a deserved 2 - 0 lead. Peter Kirikbride player of the day. The report.
26 April News Flash!! There is a big working bee this weekend at the Awakeri Events Centre, laying the new floor of the gymnasium. If you can help.... It starts at 5pm Friday evening, then it starts again at 7am Saturday morning. It may continue Sunday. We need Rangers players and supporters to go please!
25 April A couple of photos from Saturday in Photo of the week.
16 April Rangers men lost 2 - 3 at Papamoa today. Richie Nillesen POD. Hamish Wilde went within 2 centimetres of getting a hat-trick! Alarming for centre back Matt Dalgity to see both outside backs cramping up at the same time! Read the report. Bad news that Richie's injury is not a good one, broken knee cap.
10 April Rangers women fought hard against a good Taupo team today in warm sunny conditions. Player of the day Sophie Estall. Taupo won the game. Highlight of the day was watching ref Norm march over to give the visiting coach a stern talking to.
9 April Rangers put in another good performance today, beating Rotorua 2 - 0. Rangers welcomed the return of Hamish Wilde and last year's captain James Hart. Sione and Jaiden were the scorers but lots of other chances were created too. Player of the day stand-in goalkeeper Ben Sexton. Read the match report.
8 April Next week is National Referees Week. The Ref's Association is particularly keen to hear from footballers who are in their early 30's, in particular those who:
6 April Sad news that Dave Cook has passed away recently. Dave Cook, the driving force of the AFC Fury club, and Mount Maunganui in the old Natioanl League days was a huge character, liked or hated he will be missed. Read some insightful tributes here and a report of a famous game between Rangers and Fury here.
5 April Check out our globe trotting Rangers hoodie! It's at the home of QPRangers, Muggsy's favourite team. Also, great to see Plains Rangers in full colour all over today's Whakatane Beacon! Make sure you get your copy!
4 April Photos from Rangers men's game on Saturday. A couple of blasts from the past and a new blast altogether!
3 April Rangers women had a high scoring game too at Te Puke, sadly though Te Puke got most of them. Player of the day Cassidy got two. Yay Cassidy! The report.
2 April Rangers men got off to a flying start, scoring after three minutes, then going on to win 8 - 1 against Otumoetai. James Krause player of the day. The crowning glory was a late bicycle kick goal from Sione Lotu on debut. Here's the match report, Photos still coming. The Beacon photographer was there too, so watch out for their pics.
28 March A good blow out on Saturday, with Rotorua capitalising on a couple of errors to win 2 - 1. Jaiden Ibbetson grabbed Rangers goal.
18 March The draws are out, on the WaiBOP web site. Rangers men have two home games to start the season, the first on April 2 against Otumoetai. Rangers women are away to Te Puke on April 3. Our links on the left of the page have quite a bit of our draws on them.
13 March An inspiring Phoenix win away at Sydney last night. Remember you need to register!!!! All of you! Otherwise you can't play. See 29 Feb for the link.
2 March A good turn out and good work at the women's training tonight, followed by a constructive club meeting. Under discussion was: leagues kicking off on April 2 & 3; 25th jubilee weekend later in season (e.g. 20 August) with home games and fun games; player registrations and transfers; sponsors for the season (any suggestions, or offers, see Barrie or Margaret). Coming up is the Federation BOP senior clubs meeting on 8 March in Tauranga (at Sport BOP, 630pm).
29 February Lots on this week: Tues 6pm kick around; Wednesday 7.45pm club meeting after women's training (all welcome); Thurs 6pm men's training.
21 February A good men's training on Friday. This week sees another Lathams Track run Tuesday, women's training Wednesday and men's training Friday. All 6pm starts. All welcome. Congratulations to Mike Johnstone, Sarah gave birth to baby Riley on Thursday.
16 February An incredible performance & result from the Wellington Phoenix on Sunday, with a superb Blake Powell perfect first half hat trick setting up a 5 - 2 away win over high fliers Western Sydney Wanderers.
13 February A successful player muster last night. Rangers women have a squad of around 16 and Rangers men around 18. What's on from now? Pre-season training. This Tuesday, a run up Latham's Track. Meet at track start at 6pm. Women's trainings on Wednesdays at Awakeri at 6pm. Men's trainings Fridays for the next couple of weeks at 6pm, but switching to Thursdays. All welcome, come and join in.
4 February Kick around again tomorrow (Friday) evening 6pm. Bring a water bottle!
27 January Check out this compelling Save The Nix video made by a genuine good dude Australian. You might even recognize someone in it.
24 January A puzzle for you... check out photo of the week!
19 January A fun hot afternoon of football on Sunday. There is more, this Friday 6pm at Awakeri. All welcome, men and women, high school students. Make sure you bring a water bottle! We won't talk about the Nix game.
15 January Summer kick around this Sunday (17th) at Awakeri at 4pm.
14 January 2016 Phoenix put in a great backs to the wall show against lague leaders Brisbane, despite being without 8 players suspended or injured! Bazza had a good weekend down there, being the 1 millionth Nix fan through the gate, with its accompanying Huawei prize pack was only part of the fun!
31 December 2015 Happy New Year everyone. May your new year be better than the Phoenix's last two games!!
22 December Happy Christmas to all Rangers players and supporters! Congratulations to Peter Kirkbride, married last weekend.
12 December A good turn out at the kick around last night. 16 turned up for 90 min of football. Not sure when the next one is. Phoenix came within a few minutes of a result in the heat and humidity of Cairns tonight. Krishna another good goal. Looking forward to their next home game in Welly next Saturday. Check out photo of the week for the dodgy pitch from last Nix game!
7 December A great result for the Phoenix, knocking Melbourne Victory off the top of the table. Awful Albany pitch and clash of colours didn't detract from a great game. Roy Krishna, Roly Bonevacia, Andrew Durante and Glenn Moss all got in the A League team of the week. Pretty funny chants going on in the 11000 crowd "We wish you a merry Krishna", etc. Fan boycotts at a number of other A League games meant the Auckland attendance was the biggest of the weekend!
1 December Sounds like the kick around went very well, plenty of numbers for a game. There's another on in two weeks - that'd be Friday 11th Dec. All welcome (including new players). A few of the boys are heading to Auckland for the Phoenix game this Saturday. Got your tickets yet?
24 November Feel like a kick around? Turn up at Awakeri this Friday, from 5.30pm onwards. All welcome, male & female. Hopefully with inspiration from the Phoenix game this Thursday night in Sydney. 10pm NZ time.
17 November A great day in Wellington last Friday, 13600 turned up to see the Phoenix whip Adelaide 4 - 2. Awesome displays from Roy Krishna and Roly Bonevacia. Check out our Nix and A League pages.
12 November At the BOP Federation meeting this week a number of local issues came up: BOP divs 1 and 2 could be combined next season, with rolling subs applying to both leagues. Any defaults must now be notified by midday the day before the scheduled game. The BOP season should start on April 2nd 2016. Clubs will be asked about interest in a Federation Women's league involving 4 clubs from BOP and 4 from Waikato. There may be an opening for a new sponsor for the men's BOP knock out cup.
4 November Rangers player-coach & life member Wetts had his 40th birthday on Saturday night at the Edgecumbe Plains Hotel. It was an excellent night with many current and past Rangers players there, e.g Ronald Overdevest (check him out on our past squads listing in 1999!). Ali's band played some great music, Wetts even joined the band for a few numbers, Jenny was sober driver, well she said she was, Olivia was there from Gissy, Katy's cake was spectacular, Chris Butler organised a gift from Rangers to Wett's. Check it out here, plus the wind-up gift!
28 October The Phoenix had a great 3 - 2 win against Brisbane Roar on Saturday. Bazza and Jezza were there to see it and the before-match and after-match. Click here to see Jezza making friends with Nix captain Siggy (Ben Sigmund). Now news that the FFA doesn't seem to want the Nix in the A League. All sorts of protests have been launched. Perhaps they're scared we will win the league! Check out our Nix pages.
19 October Excellent result from the Phoenix last night and a rare goal to Vinnie Lia. Our Honours Board has been updated. It makes fascinating reading if you're into a bit of history!
18 October Rangers held a very successful break-up/prize giving last night. The evening started with the AGM. Click here to read the president's report which includes lots of season highlights. The prize giving followed. The prize list is in the president's report. Congrats to James Hart and Mikaela Mathis on taking out the players of the year. There are some awesome photos of the break-up night and prize giving on Pitbull Photography's site (Thanks Zack.) While we're at it, here is a very cool slideshow of the Rangers ladies (these links all open in a new window).
7 October The votes are in! Well done 35 people voted for Players' Player. All will be revealed at our prize giving. Saturday 17 October at the Events Centre. From 6pm at the Events Centre. AGM at 6.30pm. Prize giving at 7.30pm. $10 per person towards the food please. Family members welcome, but probably not suitable for kids. Get ready for a good night.
4 October Our Wellington Phoenix pages are being set up here. Well done Kawerau, confirmed as champions of the Fed Two league because West Ham only beat Te Puke 7 - 1.
29 September New team photos here. What a handsome lot! Make sure you text Barrie 0274637791 with your vote for players' player of the year by Friday 7pm. Text Margaret with votes for women's players' player by Friday as well.
26 September Good to see a number of Rangers players at the Awakeri Junior break-up today. Chris Butler played against the kids wearing his Diego Costa shirt (shouldn't you wear something else while he's suspended Chris??). Wett was rampaging down the wing, Jo was trying to let in goals so the kids could score....
23 September Awakeri Events Centre is having a quiz night the night before our break up. So the quiz night is Friday 16 October. Form a team and enter. $10 a person. Fundraising for the Event Centre. Warm up for our prize giving! Here's the information.
20 September Rangers women had a good day at the Pullar Cup tournament today, coming away as runner up in the Pullar Bowl. Rangers met Rotorua Utd in the first round, losing and then got a bye through to the final of the Bowl against Opotiki. Opotiki scored late in the first half. Rangers started the second half brightly and a good move ended with Cassidy Spillman hitting the post. Rangers had a fair share of territory but couldn't quite make it count and Opotiki won the game. In the Cup final, host club Whakatane had a two goal lead against league champions Otumoetai, who came back late to draw 2 - 2. However in the penalty shoot out Whakatane took it 4 - 1, converting all their kicks, and their keeper making two good saves. Otumoetai's coach was rather ungracious in defeat afterwards. However, the winners medals sat happily around the Whakatane's players' necks. Rangers women were happy with their runners up medals too!
17 September Rangers breakup & prizegiving & AGM night is confirmed for Saturday 17 October. Write it in your calendar!!
16 September A big turn out at the meeting tonight, after five of the men turned up and joined in the women's training! Good luck to the women for the Pullar Cup this Sunday. Supporters welcome. First game at Whakatane is at 10.30am. against Rotorua. Can anyone beat Ranee for golden boot?
12 September Sadly Rangers men had their game cancelled late this morning after Old Blues decided to default. The men and three women had a friendly game anyway, followed by two delicious crockpots.
5 September Rangers won the Bay Sportsmed Bowl final today, 2 - 0 against Papamoa. Early goal to Andy, a couple of great saves from Wett, second half penalty converted by Andy and Rangers win the trophy. Outstanding team effort, Bazza player of the day. Report and photos to come. Plenty of singing in the changing rooms afterwards, bubbly sprayed around. "One Andy Willis, there's only one Andy Willis". Drinks at Matt's tonight!
30 August Rangers women did well at Kawerau, putting up a fighting effort. Libby player of the day. The report (both versions)!
29 August A 3 - 1 win in the end at Opotiki, after a scoreless first half. Niggly game. A great solo goal by Petir Gray opened the door. Chris Butler almost scored a diving header. Mike Johnstone player of the day. Read the report.
25 August On Thursday night at 7.30pm is the AGM of the Awakeri Events Centre. Some men might need to be drafted in from their training to make sure the numbers are there for the meeting.
23 August Rangers retained the Sponsors' Cup with a hard fought scoreless draw yesterday. Despite missing captain Jimmy and Jordan, Rangers put in a good effort in a new formation. Ben Sexton was player of the day. Read the Report and see the photos. Sorry no mention of photo of Chris's impressive bicycle kick!
20 August Rangers have agreed to a 1pm kick off at Whakatane on Saturday. Be there 12 noon! The Sponsors Cup is up for grabs. Hopefully Rangers can put into action the goal scoring drill that we spent an hour doing tonight!
19 August Rangers Fantasy league is kicking along nicely now with 15 people entered. Bazza, Muggsy and Jamaal are leading the pack!
15 August A wet Awakeri, no ref appointed, a competitive battle, a 1 - 1 draw, goal to Ben Sexton, Matt Eveleens player of the day. The report.
11 August The new split league is out for the men. Rangers are at home to Otumoetai this Saturday. Check out the rest of our fixtures or the draw in general. And who's leading the Fantasy Football table? hmmm
9 August Rangers women had a tough day at Opotiki, going down 6 - 0. Julie was player of the day. Ranee is requesting a change to the goal set up! Read the report.
8 August Rangers men had a 3 - 0 win against Kawerau Sports today. Kawerau battled gamely, while Rangers took quite a while to get their shooting boots on. Petir Gray player of the day, with Jaiden scoring twice. Here's the report. Rangers women's game tomorrow has been transferred to Opotiki College, because some bastard has done wheelies all over the nice Magpie Park surface.
3 August Eight people have entered a team in the Fantasy Football Rangers Classic league. Be in to have some fun! All welcome. See details below in 1st August news.
2 August Rangers women had plenty of the game at Rotorua White but couldn't put the ball in the net. (they were watching Rangers men yesterday!!). Tazza was player of the day. Here's the report (both versions!).
1 August TCU scored two good goals, one after just two minutes. Rangers defended strongly and created some chances too. Jaiden player of the day. Read the report.
30 July The full moon shines down on the Rangers boys (and 4 girls) training in the frost. Luckily Matt has brought his gas brazier for everyone to huddle around and sample Wetts' home brew afterwards. This is the life.
28 July The new draw is out for the Bay Womens league. Rangers women are away to Rotorua White this Sunday. The rest of the draw is on our Rangers results page and BOP results page. The Opotiki game will be played at Opo since we played them here in the first round.
26 July Rangers women had a great physical battle with Kawerau today. Kawerau won 4 - 1 in the end, but Rangers gave as good as they got. Jenny was player of the day. Great to see Kate Simons have a run, a good debut from young Taryn Tazza Forbes. Here's the report. Let's hope the new split league comes out quickly this week so there are no more weekends with no games. Here are some pics of the half time talk. What is Cassidy laughing about?! There are also some fab photos on the Pitbull Photography web site.
25 July Rangers men deservedly won on penalties in the BS Bowl semifinal away to Otumoetai today. Rangers had a Muggsy goal disallowed and were reduced to ten men for the last 40 minutes after our 3rd sub Levi Riri was felled with a ball to the head, but hung on to a 1 - 1 draw after extra time and won the shoot out. Wett saved two pens and, despite the "shittest penalties ever seen", had won the shoot out after four penalties. Jordan player of the day and Andy won the prize for the best penalty celebration! Read the report. Have a look at photo of the week!
20 July Good luck to Michel and Margaret Nillesen on their trip away. Richie Nillesen will be coaching Rangers women in the mean time. Welcome back Richie!
19 July Rangers men's game with TCU was postponed at the last minute after a torrential downpour and high winds stormed through Awakeri on Saturday, wrecking one of Rangers new gazebos in the process. On Sunday a great start for Rangers women with a goal to young Cassidy Spillman after Janie Soutar had hit the post twice! However Te Puke were too good in the end. Here's the report.
17 July Some changes for men's games.... BS Bowl semi final has now been brought forward to next Sat 25th, at Otumoetai. Federation trying to reschedule catch up game v Kawerau to Aug 1st. Hopefully they are successful!
12 July Rangers women did well, turning around a 4 - 0 loss last weekend to hold Opotiki to a 0 - 0 draw today. The team was player of the day, with Ranee in top form. Here's a report. Watch out for pics in the Beacon.
9 July The hoodies arrived at training tonight. Just as well, it was a very cold night. Chris presented the College boys with theirs, unexpectedly! Most amusement came from people trying to figure out what C.F.C. stood for on the back of Chris's hoodie. Most guesses were unprintable! Of course those who remember that Chris wears a John Terry shirt can probably work out the true answer. Also Mumma Joe's hoodie for her daughter that was misspelt Tartless drew a few comments!
7 July Club meeting cancelled. Good luck to our women on Sunday in their first competitive game for six weeks!
4 July A depleted Rangers team traveled to Papamoa. After half an hour of solid defence, Papamoa got lucky a couple of times and had a 3 - 0 lead at half time. Rangers did better in the second half but ended up losing 4 - 0. Matt Dalgity player of the day, closely followed by Petir Gray.
30 June According to the Fed web site Rangers men play Otumoetai in the BS Bowl semi final on August 1st, with at this stage no games scheduled for July 11th and 25th. We are trying to confirm this or to see if the draws will be rescheduled. This would have to be the most disjointed season in history!
29 June Rangers' women's game with Opotiki on July 12th has, at their request, been changed to a home game. Lots of hoodie orders have been taken. Hopefully they will be done and ready in the next two weeks.
28 June Club meeting coming up on Wed 8 July, after women's training.
24 June An Opotiki weekend! On Saturday Rangers men are at Opotiki, 2pm kick off in the Bowl, while on Sunday Rangers women have a friendly against Opotiki at home at 10.30am. Remember, last day for hoodie orders is Friday. Money up front! See below (in bold). Also.... subs need to be paid too.
21 June At last, our new colours have a goal scored in them, after Jaiden and Jamaal hit the woodwork, Muggsy scored with a wind assisted header. Sadly though, a 3 - 1 loss at windy Blake Park. The report.
12 June Orders are now being taken for the new club hoodies. They are black. $35 for adults, $30 for kids sizes. You need to give Barrie, Margaret or Ranee your money along with style (zip or no zip), size (XL, L, M, S), and name for the back of your hoodie (e.g. Your Name / Nickname). Deadline for order (with money) is Friday 26 June. Hoodies available for players, supporters, family members etc.
4 June Men's training indoors was pretty hard out. Fun, exhausting, physical, 2 hours of good football.
30 May Rangers did christen their new strip with a good performance, but sadly, a sloppy goal conceded and no luck in front of goal meant a 1 - 0 loss at Old Blues. Ali player of the day. Ronnie the winner of the punchbag contest at the aftermatch. Here's the report.
28 May Is your weekend not full enough with football already? Game on Saturday, game on Monday, but also.... excellent U20 games in Hamilton on Sunday too. Qatar v Colombia and Portugal v Senegal. The best long weekend ever?!
23 May A trip to Tauranga to find that the field is deemed unsafe. Game postponed. A trip to the Te Puke pub.
21 May Wow a full on training tonight in prep for the cup game on Saturday. For those wanting to pay their subs by internet banking, our account is 01-0310-0056958-00, or you can just pay cash to Bazza.
20 May A very constructive club meeting tonight. Great news that Bodyaid Clinic physiotherapists are on board as sponsors. The new strips for mens and womens teams are due to arrive at the start of next week. Men will keep the yellow and blue as their change strip, while the women will have the dark green strip for their change strip. Gazebos are being purchased for the sideline shelters. We have agreed to go ahead and organise hoody sweatshirts for club members and associates. Orders will be taken as soon as the price is confirmed. Rangers women can't rake up enough players for the trip to Taupo this weekend and have had to default, sadly.
17 May Rangers men lost at home yesterday to league leaders Taupo, although the 0 - 3 loss didn't reflect some good football played by Rangers. Here's the report. Mike player of the day. Today, Rangers women put up a fight against Whakatane but no goals. The report.
16 May The Bay Sportsmed Cup draw is out. Rangers men have Tauranga City away, next Sat 23rd, with early kick off. Check out the rest of the draw on our BOP Results page.
13 May There will be a club meeting after the women's training next Wednesday, 7.30pm. Discussion includes plans to have club or team sweatshirts made. Be there if you want to have a say.... men and women. Have you paid your subs yet?
11 May There's quite a bit of voting on our fun poll. Leading in some of the stats are: Muggsy's tattoo, cricket, Rangers women one vote ahead of Rangers old fullas, soccer being perfect, and Cassidy! Now you'll have to have your say!
10 May Rangers women had an unlucky number at Papamoa today.... 13. Read the report. Janie player of the day.
9 May A poor ten minutes in the first half cost Rangers at Ngongotaha. The home team used the wind to grab a 2 goal lead. Later Rangers started playing football, and got it back to 2 - 1. A counter attack early in the second half saw Ngongy grab the win 3 - 1. Mark Jeynes player of the day. Here's the report.
8 May A reminder...
3 May Rangers women put in a very determined display to earn their first point of the season with a 0 - 0 draw with Rotorua Utd White. Sarah Boyce player of the day. Here's the report.
2 May Despite Wett being away for two weeks, Rangers earned a sound 4 - 0 win at home against Opotiki. Three goals from corners and a late supersub goal to Muggsy. Jordan player of the day. Read the report.
27 April Rangers men lost to a skilful Te Puke team 4 - 0 in very windy wet conditions. Keeper Wett player of the day. Lets hope Sam's arm is OK, he's getting it x-rayed tomorrow. Here's a brief report.
26 April Congrats to Kawerau Sports (who signed Rangers player of the year Kirk Bain at the last minute) who beat Papatoetoe on penalties in the Chatham Cup after a 0 - 0 draw. An amazing score where Ngongy beat Colo Boys 17 - 0 as well!
23 April Men training Friday night!. Arrangements for Monday. If you want a lift in the SLH van, be at Awakeri at 11.45am . It leaves at 12 noon.
19 April Rangers women scored their first goal of the season in a creditable 13 - 1 loss to last year's champions Rotorua Green today. Ranee put away a penalty. Player of the day was Mikaela-Kevin Mathis. Here's the report.
18 April Rangers have finally got their hands on the Sponsors Cup!! Today's 0 - 0 draw with Whakatane doubled as a cup challenge. While Rangers should have finished the game off by taking one of their chances during the game, it came down to penalties. Jimmy, Matt and Ben scored for Rangers, while Wett saved two of theirs, for a 3 - 1 win. Matt player of the day. Lovely feed afterwards. Click here for a few photos of the Cup success. Read the match report.
13 April Check out these action photos from Saturday's game.
11 April SLH Contracting Plains Rangers started their season well, with a 2 - 1 win away to Otumoetai. First half goals from Jaiden Ibbetson secured the win. Player of the day, captain Jimmy Hart. Here's the Match report, although it doesn't tell of how Mark managed to flatted Wett, or how many shots were blocked after we got a free kick five metres from goal. Photos to come.
9 April Another good hard training last night.
8 April Reminder - kick off times this weekend... Rangers men 12.30 pm on Sat at Otumoetai. Be there 11.30. Rangers women 1.30pm on Sunday at Otumoetai.
7 April A depressing game from the Phoenix for the second week in a row. However, Rangers are gearing up for the season openers this weekend. Oi Oi Rangers!
2 April Another hard out training last night. Well done to coach Wetts for putting the acid on everyone. His determination is rubbing off! Not long till the season kicks off..... 9 days in fact!
29 March A massive turn out for Rangers men in friendly v Rotorua. 22 players altogether! Most people got a run, some not for long though. Constant showers kept the spectators damp. Two goals from Jaiden Ibbetson and one from Pat earned Rangers a 3 - 3 draw.
28 March A high scoring battle at Whakatane today, with an understrength Kawerau, led by ex-Rangers winger Cammy Wills, winning 7 - 4. A couple of Whakatane players went off injured. A tough start to the season for them.
25 March Looked like a good strong turn out at training tonight. Check out the Photo of the week for a shot of our tournament team that got 3rd place last weekend. Cheers Jenny (and Paige!).
23 March Rangers men's preseason game is confirmed for this Sunday at 12.30pm at Awakeri.
22 March The preseason game this weekend might well be on the Sunday, possibly at midday. Details to be confirmed. The Phoenix had another great win tonight even though it was rained off after 70 min. They go four points clear at the top of the A League. Nathan Burns in scintilating form.
21 March An entertaining day at the tournament. Rangers were happy to win 3rd place. Good to see our two Gisborne players there: Olivia and Jenny. They are looking at playing for Rangers women again this season. Perhaps the longest traveling players in New Zealand! They probably won't make training nights though!
19 March This Saturday Rangers have a team in the 7 aside mixed tournament in Whakatane, raising money for the Chase Topperwein foundation. Kick off at 10 am, be there 930am.
15 March Phoenix top of the league after another great away result, beating leaders Perth 2 - 1 despite Nathan Burns being injured. Check out our table here!
8 March Another top result for the Wellington Phoenix, now 2nd in the A League. Check out our Phoenix pages.
5 March Lots of news. The Southern Trust have accepted our grant application for funding towards new men's and women's strips! A good turn out at training last night, with an energetic 11 aside game being played. Welcome back to past players Jordan Ogilvy and Mark Jeynes, plus a number of new men and women, plus some energetic young fullas from Edgecumbe College.
1 March Mens and womens teams entered in league. Yay we have a women's team! New players for both teams still welcome. Just turn up at Awakeri Wednesday 6pm. Superb performance by the Phoenix tonight, beating Melbourne Victory away for the first time. Congratulations to ex-Rangers player Adam Barkla, who married Maria on Saturday. Several ex -Rangers players back in town for the wedding.
17 February Sunday's Events Centre working bee was very successful, lots accomplished. Well done to Chris Butler for waterblasting for over three hours! The deck is now glowing!
12 February. Meeting last night pushed ahead with charity grant applications for new strips for men and women. Lots of exciting strip possibilities under discussion!
6 February Quite a good turn out on Wednesday, but more players still welcome. Club meeting to follow training this Wed.
29 January Preseason trainings Wednesdays, 6 pm at Awakeri. All welcome! Men, women, senior high school students. Welcome welcome! Get out those boots or sneakers. Bring a water bottle. Quite likely socialising afterwards. Come and check us out. More info text Barrie 0274637791 or email or ring Margaret 3084361. Rangers play in BOP leagues.
6 January 2015 Happy New Year!! Phoenix fans will have had a very good last week, with the Nix getting 3 wins and climbing to 2nd on the table, even without their two main strike weapons. A great send off to Jeremy Brockie in Wellington on Sunday, when he scored twice. He's off to Super Sports in South Africa. Over 10 thousand gave him and the team a standing ovation, lots of chants etc. Now the A League has three weeks off while the Asian Cup is played in Australia.
21 December Auckland City have just had one of the biggest weeks in NZ football history. At the World Club Cup in Morocco, representing Oceania, they finished 3rd, after beating the Moroccan champs, then the African champs, losing to South American champs in extra time 1 - 2, then beating North & Central American champs Cruz Azul 4 - 2 on penalties after finishing 1 - 1 in the 3rd place play off. Veteran All White Ivan Vicelich won the bronze ball for the 3rd best player at the tournament. Go to Photo of the week to see who he shared the stage with! Congrats Auckland City! To cap off a great week, the Nix beat Sydney away 2 - 0. Merry Nixmas!
16 December A few Rangers locals up at the Nix game. "The biggest 1 - 1 massacre in history" was how coach Ernie Merrick described it. 11000 at Eden Park could only wonder how the Nix didn't win by about three goals.
30 November An emphatic Phoenix win, 5 - 1. Not long till they play in Auckland. Sat Dec 13th. The first day of the school holidays. Should be a cracker.
25 November The next Rangers summer kick around is tomorrow (Wed) at 6pm at the Awakeri sportsfield. No doubt there will be a social time afterwards. All welcome, men, women, high school students, members of other clubs, people who haven't played much football....
4 November Check out our Phoenix pages. They go right back in history to the old Kingz and Knights!
19 October Rangers break up was a fun night. The AGM went well, the food was plentiful and tasty (thanks Bill), there were some kind and entertaining words said, awards were given out, Frank had the music pumping and some very entertaining football videos and photo shows, a bit of freestyling and.... after four attempts, the minivan finally left for home! Wetts promises some Wednesday night kick arounds through the summer. Watch this site for when they're on.
15 October Kick about on Thursday night at Awakeri 6pm. A few drinks and a barbecue afterwards if you're interested. All welcome.
7 October The A League is kicking off this weekend. Excite!! Friday night sees Melbourne Victory play Western Sydney, while on Sunday the Wellington Phoenix are at home to Perth Glory. All five A league games are live on Sky.
13 September Only a month till the Phoenix season kicks off. Check out our Wellington Phoenix pages, while there scroll down to see the history of the Nix over the years.
11 September There was a fun post season training indoors for those eight who attended.
9 September Click here for photos of the win at Papamoa.
7 September Rangers men ended the season on a positive note, winning away at Papamoa to claim top spot in the split BOP Div 2 Bottom Six and also claim the record of the best defence in all the BOP div league. Super sub Tiemen Corporaal senior came on to grab the winner. Bazza player of the day. Here's the match report.
31 August A Roundoff to round off the season! Olivia Davidson performed a roundoff (cartwheel) to celebrate scoring the opening goal of a win over table leaders Tauranga City 2 - 1 today. Rangers were terrific from defence to attack. Read the report. Check out more cool photos of the win, including Olivia's gymnastics at Pitbull Photos. Well done Zach!
27 August News from the club meeting tonight. The prize giving, AGM, breakup night will be in mid October. Date to be confirmed, but could be Sat 11th October. It could well be preceeded by an Amazing Race (ask Jenny and Ranee!). Rangers women are entering the Pullar Cup on Sunday Sept 21st, team photo to be taken then. From now on the women will be training on Sunday afternoons at 2pm at Awakeri. The men might well join them after their final game. Rangers men are trying to arrange the Sponsors' Cup challenge with Whakatane. Both teams will be looking at new strips for next season.
24 August YES THEY CAN! Rangers women 3 Rotorua 0. Check out lots of cool photos here at Pitbull Photos. Shirley player of the day. Read the official report.
23 August Rangers had a luckless day at Rotorua, losing 4 - 0 although it could easily have been 3 - 3!! Guy player of the day. Here's the report. Good luck to Rangers women at Awakeri. Can they get revenge against Rotorua??
20 August Club meeting after the women's training next Wednesday. 7.45pm. Up for discussion: end of season ideas, sponsorship for next season, etc. All welcome.
18 August On behalf of the Plains Rangers men's team I want to say an huge congratulations to the Rangers Women's team for their first win of the season. I was at the home game you played against Te Puke where they won 4-0. For you guys to beat them away and keep them scoreless is a brilliant result.
15 August Rangers men have to cool their boots tomorrow. There's no game. A fun training on Thursday. A couple of the women's team joined the men. Olivia scored a nice goal and then proceeded to do a celebration round-off and cartwheel. Hopefully she gets to do it at Te Puke on Sunday too!
10 August Rangers women continue to play well without reward. This is Ranee's report. Click here to read Bazza's reworded one! The ladies had a great game out there today to hold off for a 3-0 score against Tauranga City today. We tried to hold them off at 1 nill in the first half and we did awesome to do that, then the second half we played a better game even if they did get another couple of goals. Rest up Carrie Fynn with your hammie, nice to see you again Ashleigh Danies and good to see you out of your cast too. Congrats to Mary Pease for getting player of the day, you had an awesome game out there. Julie Reihana you also did some great work in the back line as well.
9 August Our deepest sympathy goes to Tracy Pullar on the passing of her mum. And to Jason and Paige of course.
5 August The Wellington Phoenix are playing in our area soon. On Sunday 17 August at Taupo's Owen Delany Park, 1.30pm kick off, the Pheonix play New Zealand A. Adults $8, Children $4. You can get tickets here. It'd be worth a trip down there.
4 August It's Bay One v Bay Two in both the BS Cup and Bowl finals. Check out our BOP results page for the weekend's results.
3 August Rangers women had another good outing, despite losing 3 - 0 at Rotorua, with bravery earning Carrie Fynn player of the day. Here's the report.
27 July Rangers men had a draw with Te Puke, while Rangers women lost 4 - 0. Here are the reports.
23 July Great to see Matt Dalgity in the Yellow Fever fans, shirts off in Auckland as the Phoenix beat visiting West Ham United 2 - 1. Fabulous result and display by the Nix, with midfielder Albert Riera outstanding. Manny Muscat, Alex Rodriguez Gorrin, Nathan Burns all excellent.
20 July Rangers women held out till nearly half time, with keeper Kate outstanding. Taupo won 6 - 0 in the end, Tracey Pullar player of the day. The report of men's and women's games.
19 July Rangers managed to field something like their first eleven today. Great football for a while, then the doldrums, a late flourish. Five different scorers. Chris Butler's late cameo, a goal and an assist in the last five minutes was a highlight. Matt Orr-McKeown player of the day. The Report.
14 July Looks like Rangers women's game with Taupo will now be played this coming Sunday, to be confirmed, then their league is split into top six and bottom four. Two other games have to be played too before the split can be done: Old Blues v Te Puke and Rotorua v Whakatane.
13 July Very wet ground conditions have postponed today's women's game against Taupo. Now the sun is shining! Specially on the Dutch - a nice win over Brazil, where the weather will be gloomy for years!
12 July Miserable conditions saw Rangers men's game transfered to Boord park. Rangers were missing several players and had a few more limping by the end of it. A 5 - 2 loss does not tell the full story.... Here's the report. Kirk player of the day.
10 July Now its just Ali (Argentina) v Jacob (Germany). Penalty shoot out at training tonight???? We might need the practice for our knock out game at Rotorua, who knows! Bad luck for all our Dutchies (Wett, Tiemen, Tiemen, Michel, Bas etc ), however the orange will still glow on the Rangers logo.
9 July Who would have thought that Brazil would get smoked / annihilated by Germany 7 - 1 this morning. Now only Jacob and Ali are left alive in Rangers sweep (see below on June 12th). Check out Photo of the week.
6 July The day got off to a good start for all the Dutch Rangers players with Netherland winning eventually over Costa Rica in a penalty shoot out to go to the semi finals.
5 July Rangers men had a good 3 - 1 win at home to Papamoa. However, Tiemen Corporaal senior sustained a dislocated elbow, which took the gloss off things. He had also scored a very cheeky backheeled goal earlier in the game. Bazza player of day. Here's the report.
2 July Chris is now out as well. The draw for the Baysportsmed Bowl and Cup is out. Rangers have Rotorua away on July 12th. See the rest on our BOP results page
30 June Rangers women had a hard fought 0 - 0 draw with Tauranga City today. Shirley hit the cross bar! Kat was player of the day. The report (men and womens)
28 June On the plus side, Rangers welcomed back James Hart from studies
overseas. However, the trip to play bottom placed Kawerau started poorly
and although Rangers recovered for a better second half, a 1 - 1 draw was
not what was wanted with the top and bottom six split in the league after
next week's game. Rangers will need a good result against Papamoa to make
the top six and may have to rely on other results too.
23 June Check out Photo of the week! Well done to the Dutchies for topping their group.
22 June Sadly, Rangers women had to default their game today. Hopefully more players will be available this week! The World Cup is proving highly entertaining with lots of talking points. The table below of picks have those team eliminated so far in italics!
15 June Rangers women played well, going down to an unlucky goal at Rotorua. The report.
14 June Rangers didn't quite hold on for draw today, Old Blues scored late in the game for a 1 - 0 win. Tiemen Corporaal players of the day, with Tiemen senior also in great form. Wett's Dutch scarf got plenty of air after Netherlands fine win this morning. Here's the report.
12 June An entertaining indoor training followed by Wett's World Cup Wonder picks. The random draw led to..... Spain and Costa Rica being allocated to nobody (so the money goes on the bar if they win). As for the rest, was Jacob the lucky one?
10 June Here are some cool photos of the women's game with Te Puke on Sunday. Thanks to Pitbull Photography. There's a link to their page here.
8 June An excellent display on debut from Kate Robbie in the Rangers' women's goal earned a draw with Te Puke today. The match report.
7 June Rangers men notched another win, away to high flying Tauranga
City. Ben McPherson scored, and now he and Sam head off overseas for four
weeks. Sam hit the post with his penalty after being fouled, so it could
have been a double celebration! Rangers welcomed back Grahame Sims and
Matt Dalgity who both lasted 90 mins despite having many weeks off with
injury. Rangers had one rolling sub! We may need a couple of extra players
to see us through until the McPhersons return! Bazza was player of the
day. Here's the match
28 May The lights are up at Awakeri. Tomorrow Horizon are meant to be
connecting them. Will training be indoors or outdoors?? Be
prepared for either!
26 May A couple of photos from the men's cup game with Kawerau.
25 May A very bad day for Rangers women, with keeper Ashleigh Daines suffering a broken leg at league leaders Old Blues and Ranee Whiting a shoulder injury.
24 May An excellent effort in the CNS Cup had Rangers level with BOP div one leaders Kawerau 1 - 1 at full time. Kawerau grabbed a goal in extra time to take the game. Christian Wetting outstanding in goal for Rangers, with Ian Ferguson named co-player of the day. Here are the details (omiting the sick Kirk's extended game time, Kirk's almost scrap with Hami, the look on Ian's face when he realised there were two lots of 15 minutes for extra time, Bastian's international cheer team)
19 May On our fun poll, we'd better make Lanae the Someone else refered to in the last question!!
17 May A narrow loss for Rangers men, 1 - 0 at Whakatane. A hard fought local derby played in good spirit. Ali Scott player of the day. Here are the details. Go support Rangers women tomorrow at Awakeri 12.30. Can they grab a win against Rotorua White? Oi Oi Rangers.
16 May The draw for the Bay Sportsmed Cup is out. Rangers men are at home to Kawerau Bay One league leaders next Saturday. Can Rangers be the giant killers of the Cup??? See the rest of the draw on our BOP results page. Here are the rules for the Cup.
12 May A reminder. Subs are due, either in full or part by the end of May. $125 per adult, $75 for students. Subs can be given to Barrie at trainings or via internet banking to 01-0310-0056958-00
11 May Rangers women lost 10 - 0 at Papamoa. As befits Mothers Day, the game was played with a fun spirit. Ranee was player of the day. The report of men's and women's games.
10 May A good win at Whakatane, 2 - 0. Jacob player of the day, Ben the goals, from Jaiden's assists. Here are the details.
7 May Here are some nice photos of the women's draw with TCU on Sunday.
6 May Great News! The Eastern Bay Energy Trust has approved our funding
application to erect floodlights on the Awakeri fields. It sounds like the
work is going to start immediately. Maye we wont have too many more
trainings under the HirePool portable lights, which have worked out quite
4 May Yahoo! An unbeaten weekend for Rangers with the women's team
drawing 0 - 0 with Tauranga City. The team shared player of the day with a
tenacious performance. The match
report. Watch for photos to come.
3 May Rangers men nailed a good home win against the league leaders AFC Fury. A Ben McPherson goal, a great team effort and a crucial late save from Wett was the brief story of the game. Here's the match report.
30 April The EPL comes to NZ. In late July, Newcastle Utd and West Ham
Utd are coming over from the UK to play games with the Phoenix and
27 April Rangers women had a feisty encounter with Kawerau Town. Kawerau won 9 - 0 in the end. Jenny McIntyre was player of the day for Rangers. Here's the report
26 April Rangers got off to a good start at Te Puke, and led 3 - 1 at the break. However, Te Puke's combination of imported kiwifruit workers put together some classy football after the break and grabbed a 4 - 3 win! Chris Butler player of the day. Jaiden scored two and Ali one. Here are some good photos, thanks photographer Frank and the match report.
23 April Check out photo of the week. Some people did get to play at Easter!
13 April Rangers women made last year's champs Rotorua United work, but the goals did come today. Tracey was player of the day. Read the report.
12 April Rangers men got a home draw with Ngongy, a match played in
good spirit. Rangers had quite a few chances but could only convert the
one. Ngongy were fast on the break and didn't have so many chances, but
stand in Rangers keeper Hamish Wilde made a couple of very good saves to
be player of the day. Well done Hamish. Here's
7 April Rangers teams both lost their opening games this weekend.
However, the women would be pleased to hold out against a strong Whakatane
team for 43 minutes today. Rangers keeper Ashleigh Daines pulled off some
good saves. However, Whakatane ran out the winners 6 - 0 in the end. Mary
Pease was player of the day. The mens team on Saturday had a fair share of
the game. They lost at Otumoetai 3 - 1 in the end, with Christian Wetting
converting a penalty and having a pile driver well saved. The
2 April A good night training and a productive club meeting. Good luck to both teams for their first competitive games this weekend. Because daylight saving is ending, next week's training is likely to be indoors at the Awakeri Events Centre gymnasium (don't wear sprigs!!) from 6pm till 8pm on Thursday. However, this is to be confirmed, so watch this space!
31 March The women had a good hit out against Whakatane on Sunday. Good to see Shirley put one in the net. There is a meeting after training this Wednesday. On the agenda: future training nights, progress with the lights, sponsorship and the upcoming season. It's only days away!
29 March More changes to the draws. Whakatane now have two Bay Two teams in, and Rangers women now have three games in the Fed Plate in June. Our new pages for Rangers Schedule and Results, The Draws and the League tables are being developed.
27 New draws are out for men's Bay One and Two. Rangers now have
Otumoetai, away on April 5th. Rangers women have a preseason game
with Whakatane on Sunday. It's at Rex Morpeth Park at
24 March Changes are being made to the men's BOP
draws after Ngongy have gone up to Fed Two and Old Blues have gone back to
their prefered Bay Two. Now Bay One will be eight teams.
21 March The draws for the season are developing on the Fed web site. The women's league now has two Rotorua teams in it. Rangers' first game has been changed to play Whakatane away.
19 March Plains Rangers have entered two teams in the charity
tournament on Saturday at Whakatane! Wristbands will be given out by the
Dream Chaser foundation in return for your $10. This will get you in to
the aftermatch party - it's Grahame Sim's birthday event - in the Whk War
16 March An unbelievable Phoenix game at Melbourne Heart. Siggy sent off in first half. Despite the ref not giving us an obvious pen and sending off their defender for a blatant handball, and giving them a soft penalty as well, the Nix earned a gutsy 2 - 2 draw. Check out our Phoenix pages.
15 March Next Saturday Rangers are hoping to have one or two teams in a mixed charity seven aside tournament at Whakatane. $10 a head. Min 2 women on the field. If you're keen make sure you come to training this Wednesday or let us know. The new season is not far away. Already the Federation Draw is out. The BOP draw is coming soon.
14 March The BOP team entries are in. Here are the
10 March From the Federation BOP clubs meeting tonight..... make sure
exchenge students and overseas players have completed all the many
requirements before they play for local clubs (Good luck!), There's a new
off side law which needs half an hour explanation (Good luck!), Bay 1 pref
ten team league, rolling subs only in Bay 2. Women's games, if cancelling
a game because of pitch conditions, ring opposition and see if the game
can be played at their venue. Maybe a Kaimai Challenge between winners of
Waikato and BOP knock out cups as curtain raiser to All Stars game. Team
cards scanned and emailed in.
5 March We have a men's team! Our women have eleven
players, so another 3 or 4 would be great, especially if you want to be
goallie!! Christian Wetting is going to coach the men's team, with Michel
Nillesen the women's. All welcome!!
2 March Time to stand up and be counted! Teams need to be entered in the leagues by Friday. Do we have a women's team? Do we have a men's team? If you're keen to play, be at training at Awakeri Wednesday 6pm, or let us know that you're keen, or even email us. There will be a club meeting after training, starting around 7.45 at Awakeri.
21 Feb What a difference a week makes. The Phoenix beat defending champs Central Coast, away, 4 - 1 tonight after being behind at half time! Check out our Phoenix pages.
19 A good work out at training tonight, for those who were there. Next
training Wednesday again, 6pm at Awakeri. All welcome!!
17 Feb A warm player muster on Sunday, with Matt's Sky box allowing us to see the Nix game, unfortunately!!!!! Next preseason this Wednesday 6pm at Awakeri. New men and women players welcome, including senior high school students.
12 February Rangers player muster. Sunday. We get
together at Awakeri sportsfield 3pm, game, then some social time. Barbecue
and bar available.
3 February Good to see 3 Rangers players with their shirts off at the Nix game. Good crowd of 18000. Enquiries coming in about playing for Rangers this season. Some advertising to come out soon too.
31 January Rangers first get together is coming up, Sunday 16 February,
3 pm at Awakeri. Play some football, have a beer and a BBQ.
18 January Fabulous performance from the Phoenix, thrashing Melbourne Victory 5 - 0. Carlos got 2, Kenny Cunningham a superb dipping lob, Brockie broke his drought, the Belgian Stein scored again. Shirts well and truly off! They're playing in Auckland on Feb 1st, go see the Nix!!
17 January Hah! Check out Photo of the Week!
15 January The Phoenix keep their unbeaten run going with a 1 - 1 draw against last year's champions Central Coast. Gale force winds didn't help the football much. This Saturday the star studded Melbourne Victory visit Wellington. Should be a good battle. Check out our Phoenix pages, which have links to all the Phoenix games in history, our version of the highlights.
1 January 2014 The Phoenix produce maybe their best ever result: without stars Hernandes and Ifill, Nix come from behind to win 3 - 1 at last years premiers West Sydney. Huysegems 2 superb goals and an assist. Tyler Boyd subbed on and a goal and assist too. Two home games coming up. Go see them!
28 December 2013 Kylie did very well delivering a
stirring tribute to Holly at a packed funeral. The girls showed up in
force, it was also great to see referees Norm Howe and Graham Moore
attending. Farewell Holly. She'll be showing them how to play football in
heaven, as well as riding her horse. Sadly missed here on Earth
23 December Holly's funeral is Friday, 11am at Galatea Hall. Rangers
women meeting at Awakeri at 9.45am to travel there. A huge reminder to try
and stay safe everyone.
22 December Terrible news today. Holly Davis was killed last night in a car accident at Galatea. Holly was a stand out performer for Rangers women this year. Her skills, determined attitude and team contribution will be greatly missed. Holly won the most promising player award this year.
20 December The Nix butchered a number of chances last night at Central Coast, including a penalty straight at the keeper. Maybe this Sunday, Father Christmas will bring some luck and a home win against Del Piero's Sydney at 7pm.
3 Dec Nix still waiting for a win, again the better team, but West Sydney's keeper kept them out. Next up the longest away tripin world football (Yes!! Longer than Plains Rangers travelling to Taupo, although if you're in Kirk's van it might feel rather similar!). Next home game Sat 14th Dec. Bazza, Asha and Jezza planning to be there.
27 November Want a Job in local football.... check this
To apply please email your CV and Covering Letter to email@example.com , no later
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25 November WaiBOP Football End Of Season meeting next Monday 2 Dec,
6.15 pm at Sport BOP in Tauranga, wherever that is. If you want any input
into BOP leagues from this season or for next season, you can attend on
our behalf or let Barrie
16 November Pretty painful result in Mexico on
Thursday. Talking of pain, check out our photo of the week. Ash says they
were the worst team he has even played against. Two red cards then
11 November Nix had a 1 - 1 draw with Perth yesterday. The All Whites prepare for a huge game on Thursday morning, 9.30am our time at Mexico. The odds are well against us. What is the TAB paying?
7 November. Bad news that All Whites skipper Winston Reid out injured for Mexico games. Nix play in Christchurch before AW players, including Smeltzy from Perth fly out straight afterwards for LA then Mexico.
30 October Hopefully Nix get better than Sunday's 0 - 0 draw in Napier.
20 October Wellington Phoenix produce an excellent last 60 minutes to draw 1 - 1 away at West Sydney, last year's premiers. Hernandes and Ifill outstanding. Check out our Phoenix pages.
19 October There was a good send off to Margaret on Thursday, with a
good repesentation of footballers at the funeral.
15 October SAD NEWS: Margaret Elliot passed away on
Monday. Margaret was a life member of Plains Rangers (Edgecumbe Soccer
Club). She was our secretary for many years. She was always encouraging,
supportive, prepared to give people a hurry up if they needed it. She
turned up with trays of food at our club meetings, she even washed the
strip for us every week up until two years ago. Margaret you are a legend.
13 October Rangers held a very successful break up and prize giving last night at the Events Centre. A big thank you to Bill Burt and Brian Parker for their help. Award winners were:
Check out all the past winners on our Honours Board. Go the Phoenix!!!
10 October Getting bored with no football? Well, here are some offers:
5 October Fury beat Papakura 4 - 2 away to win a place in Northern
League for next season. Well done!
28 September Rangers women win.... by default away
to Kawerau. Well done! The default means noone has a chance to challenge
Kate for Golden Boot!
21 September Wellington Phoenix v NZ All Whites 'A' tomorrow at Rotorua
Intrnational Stadium. 2.30pm kick off. Ticketmaster has tickets.
17 September A nice message from Hayley on our Guestbook.
15 September Woohoo, Rangers women scored! After having a shot cleared off the line in the first half, and Jenny Fox missing a sitter, Kate Simons scored with a good strike after a lot of Rangers pressure against TCU. However, a poor first half was costly, with TCU winning 6 - 1. Here are some cool photos of the game and the men's game from yesterday. Many thanks to Kylie for the mens photos.
14 September Rangers were valiant in defeat, going
down in the end to Whakatane Town. It took Whakatane's quick forwards 30
minutes to get through Rangers defences, and past outstanding keeper
Christian Wetting. Whakatane won 4 - 0 with a rather flattering score
line. Good movement and speed won them the game. Rangers player of the day
was Grahame Sims, with Mark Jeynes also impressing. Here are the
10 September Kick off in the Sponsors Cup on Saturday is 12.30pm at
Whakatane. Make sure you're fit, awake, ready to go!! Last chance for subs
9 September Football coming up.... Sponsors Cup
this Saturday at Whakatane.
7 September Rangers men scratched together a team to play Te Puke today, and did better than the 5 - 1 loss suggests. Three soft goals in the second half blew the score out. Ben scored a great goal after a terrific run and cross by Joel. Grahame player of the day. Here's the report. Sounds like Rangers women did well too, down 1 - 0 at half time, 4 - 0 in the end.
3 September Check out the great positive comment paid to our women's team in the guestbook. It's from L.W (whoever that is)
1 September Rangers women got through to the Pullar Bowl final in the tournament today. They went agonisingly close, losing to Te Puke 1 - 0 with two minutes to go! Well done girls! The report.
31 August Nil all at half time, but errors gave Whakatane three chances, which they took. We got a goal back, but lost 1 - 3. Joel player of the day. Here's the report. Prize Giving now looks like Oct 12th, wait and see!
28 August Meeting tonight after 5 v 6 training. Results: The yellow
team won, and.....
27 August Club meeting after training this
Wednesday, at the Plains Hotel Edgecumbe, probably about 8pm.
24 August Sadly Rangers women have had to default to Papamoa tomorrow.
Injuries meant Rangers were left with too few players.
18 August Rangers women did better than the men today, after being similarly down 3 - 0 at TCU, they only conceded one more goal. POD Julie Reihana got knocked down but she got back up again! A brief report
17 August Rangers struggled to get a team today and had to use
goalkeepers no 8 and 9 for the season (Matt, then Hone). Bazza, Muggs and
Chris Dell all got 90 minutes. Relics were too strong, winning 7 - 0 in
the end, but Rangers did create some decent chances and could easily have
got three or four. Paddy was player of the day. The Brief
11 August Rangers dropped to the bottom of the table today after narrowly losing at home 3 - 2 to Taupo Lakers, while Ngongy scored their third win in a row. It was great to see the return of the big fulla Wett in goal, but Rangers didn't take their chances. Ben was player of the day. Here's the report. Here are some action photos.
8 August Great fun training in the fog last night. After Ranee scored a
good goal she stopped reminding people that she was only a
5 August. The Bay Sportsmed Cup final will be between Katikati, who beat Relics 4 - 1 and Kawerau who traveled well to beat Taupo A 3 - 2. Strangely enough, the final is also being played in Taupo. It's on Aug 24th.
4 August Rangers women played well today, ended up losing 3 - 0 at Te Puke. Mel Rode was player of the day. She will be missed. Holly goal ruled out for off side.
31 July The Pullar Cup and Bowl draw for the women on Sept 1st is out. Rangers have drawn Rotorua in the first round. Yay! Go to the BOP Results page for the whole draw and format. Happy birthday Mary for today and farewell to Mel, she had her last training at Rangers tonight and last game coming up on Sunday before she heads home.
29 July Wow, Ngongy are on a roll, they won again this weekend to draw level with Rangers and create a good battle to avoid the wooden spoon. Thanks for nothing Whakatane!! Rangers still have to play the two teams Ngongy beat - Taupo Lakers and Whakatane. It could be very close!
28 July Sadly, Rangers women couldn't field a team today against Rotorua.
27 July Rangers men played an hour with only ten men after Adam Mayor,
the keeper for today, was red carded. A 4 - 0 loss resulted. A pretty good
second half effort though. Hamish then went in goal to become our sixth
different keeper this season, so far! Matt stopped a thunderbolt with his
head and was surprised that the blood didn't flow! John was player of the
day. Here's the
26 July Some pretty juicy match ups in the Cup semifinal draw for Aug 3.
24 July Rangers men have a 12.30pm kick off in Taupo this Sat. Make
sure you leave in plenty of time to get there! Kirk is leaving on Friday,
so that should just about give the Combi enough time.... A few injuries
around, so lets hope we can get enough players.
21 July Ouch! Rangers men went down 10 - 0 to
Katikati, who played very well. Best goal of the day.... Dan Overdevest's
screamer of a header, into his own net! Grahame player of the day. Today
Rangers women went well in the second half, losing 6 - 0. Best moment of
the day, Ranee chasing the very quick Lucy Potter and putting in a good
tackle. Ranee player of the day. Here's a very
brief report of the games.
18 July The Women's Pullar Cup and Bowl is being contested in a one day tournament on Sunday Sept 1st this year. Women's team photo being taken on Sunday before game at Whakatane. Be there!! Polish your boots!
15 July WaiBOP Federation CEO Cam Mitchell has resigned, going to manage Northern Federation at North Harbour. Peter Arndell is taking over his job till a new person appointed.
14 July Taupo A were a bit too strong for Rangers men, but the 2 - 4
score showed it was a decent scrap. Dan Overdevest was great in goal,
making a couple of brave saves. Young Hayden Wilde was player of the day.
Goals to John Stephen and Ben McPherson. Kirk's van is back on the
road.... will it travel to Taupo in two week's time?? Here's the
10 July Rangers women are defaulting their game in Hamilton against Melville this Sunday.
7 July A 6 - 1 loss sounds like a hiding, but it wasn't Rangers men
looked very good for 30 min, deservedly led 1 - 0. Controversial incidents
didn't help Rangers. The Kawerau keeper was player of the day! Deano was
our POD. Here's the
report and some
photos. A team
photo was also taken. Many thanks to our photographer!
3 July Rangers adopted a draft constitution tonight at the club meeting. Women players were asked to please text Michel if they weren't coming to training so he can plan according to numbers. A reminder that subs are now overdue. Please pay to Barrie or Kylie. Another combined training tonight was pretty full on, good value. Check out the player profiles. Sam's is new.
30 June Rangers hung in there to grab an away win at Ngongy yesterday.
Grahame was keeper and did well. Rangers were under pressure for most of
the first half but gained the upper hand in the second. Joel player of the
day. Here's the
report. Other notable points....Kirk forgot to tell Matt it was an
early kick off, so when Kirk rang to ask where he was.... "I'm at home!"
Then Matt gets to Ngongy at half time, subs in lasts 20 min and then has
to sub off again! Oh well. Ref for the next game Tracy Te Kiri impressed
everyone with his problem solving ability, using three planks to get
himself into the middle of a blackberry jungle to retrieve a match ball.
26 June Great training tonight. The mens and womens
were combined and Michel led us through good attacking, possession
exercises and a hard fought game. Oi Oi Rangers!
25 June The draw for the Bay Sportsmed Cup / Bowl is out. Rangers will
be at home to Taupo A, on July 13th. Check out the rest of the draw on our
BOP results page.
23 June It was a well fought local derby at Awakeri
today. Kawerau were the visitors and the action started before kick off,
with Kawerau questioning the eligibilty of one the Rangers players. There
was a lively debate and then the football started. Both teams competed
well, two goals in each half saw the visitors win Holly was player of the
day. Here's the
report and some
16 June We received a message at 10.15 this morning that the Women's
game at Mt Maunganui was postponed. Hopefully not too many of them had
left to travel over, but they must have been about to.
15 June Rangers men barely scraped together a team
today at Otumoetai. We scored three goals, but conceded 6, not a bad
effort considering. Matt's hamstring gave out too. Sam player of the day.
the report. We need players available next week please!
12 June Some good football played at training tonight. Birthday girl
Kate Simons scored a nice goal, despite having to put up with Muggsy's
wayward passes that missed her by several metres. Julie Reihana put her
body on the line to deny several goos shots. Newcomer Zara showed she has
some courage. Nows lets put on some good showings at the weekend Oi Oi
9 June Te Puke were too strong for Rangers
yesterday, but a good second half showing kept the score to 0 - 3. Deano
player of the day. A cameo from Bas. Mike saved a pen. Here's the
5 June Rangers women have defaulted to Waikato Unicol this weekend.
3 June AFC Fury will look like they got a hiding, losing 6 - 0 to Northern League leaders East Coast Bays in the Chatham Cup today, but the score doesn't tell the story of failure to finish chances that could've had them 3 - 1 up and then a red card. Oh well. On TV tomorrow 7.30pm NZ All Whites v Jordan (not that Jordan!)
2 June Rangers gave a good account of themselves at Whakatane. A good
crowd turned out in the sunny conditions. Rangers led for most of the game
and deservedly so, but a late penalty meant they only took away a 1 - 1
draw. Player of the match birthday boy Matt Dalgity. Simon Ruiter played
his first game in ten years and was very sound in goal. Read the
29 May Our best wishes to Margaret and Michel
Nillesen and family with a serious injury to their son in law in Auckland
early this week.
26 May Good to see Kelly Wilson and Matria Puutu back on the field for Rangers women today. They both made a good impact, Kelly slotting back into centre defence like she'd never been away! Rotorua however were very impressive and were deserved winners. Kate was player of the day. Here's the report.
25 May Rangers were very lucky to leave Opotiki with a win. Opotiki dominated all but the last 20 minutes, surrendering a 2 - 0 lead from there on. Joel Ogilvy made a good impact in the second half, and Chris Johnston scored a brace. Ben Mc broke his duck. Bazza scored a pen. Read the report. Here are the photos, thanks Donna! Check out the rest of the Cup results here.
23 May We have updated our fun poll. Have your say. Your answers are sure to
make a difference!
21 May Interesting clashes this weekend. Rangers
men play Opo. Both teams are 2nd bottom in their divisions and have both
conceeded 26 goals in 7 games. However, Opo have scored twice as many
goals as Rangers. What will make the difference?? Rangers women, on the
other hand, play top of the table Rotorua, who usually show no mercy, so
it looks like another tough day out at Awakeri for them. Cmon girls, time
for a goal.
19 May Relics gave Rangers a footballing lesson in movement, good
passing and finishing today, winning 6 - 0. Rangers did have several
chances but Relics were deserved winners. Rangers women also had a tough
trip to Taupo. Doh! Brief report
of the games.
14 May Some photos of the
women's game on Sunday, courtesy of Sonia from Papamoa.
12 May Rangers women had a good first half against Papamoa, but fell
apart a bit late in the game to lose 9 - 0 in the end. Tiffany Walter was
player of the day. The
11 May Actually the most drama before the game was not from the Chatham Cup game, which the home team won 2 - 1, it was from Kirk's combi. The boys loaded up at Edgecumbe and set off. After numerous stops, the van decided to give up, amidst clouds of smoke. Then the boys relied on cell phones and generosity to help get them to Taupo for the game. Poor Kirk managed to get there before half time. Taupo were rather flattered to end up winning 4 - 1. Rangers had equalised, with captain Ben laying on a pass for Bazza to stick it in the goal. However Taupo scored a couple of soft goals to look comfortable winners. Here's the report.
10 May For those going to Taupo in Kirk's van, the meeting time at
Edgecumbe is 9am tomorrow.
5 May Rangers women put in a good first half, to be down only 1 - 0 against Papamoa. Tiredness caught up with them in the second half to go down 4 - 0 in the end. Kine player of the day. Here are some photos of the men's game yesterday.
4 May Taupo grabbed a late winner to nick the game 1 - 0. Jordan went
off with a knee injury that looks like it willl sideline him for a while.
Dan Overdevenst player of the day. Here's the
3 May The Bay Sportsmed Cup draw is out. Rangers
have drawn Opotiki, away on 25 May, 2pm. Check out the rest of the draw on
our BOP Results Page. Here are the rules for the
28 April Rangers women have a draw!!!! After two and a half years: not a loss, a clean sheet and a draw with Te Puke. Well done! Ranee Whiteley's clearances from defence earned her player of the day.
27 April Rangers men put up a good showing at Katikati, despite losing to the league leaders 4 - 0. Highlights that are not in the official match report include Kirk blocking shots at goal with various parts of his body, Grahame making his contribution to Kati's 2nd goal, Keeper Mike playing bounce and catch off the woodwork several times, Jacob managing to catch the follow through of a full blooded shot from Adam right where it hurts and debuts from Chris Dell and Jordan MacOgilvy. Here's the report. Here are some action photos, including a dance routine.
25 April Rangers men are playing at Katikati this Saturday, Moore Park
on Fairview Road. Meet at Edgecumbe Rugby club 11 am to leave at 11.30
21 April Rangers women fought hard against a good Whakatane team today, going down 10 - 0 in the end, but the second half showed quite a few moments of promise. Player of the day Kate Simons. Read the report. Here are some action photos.
20 April A hard fought even local derby. Rangers opened the scoring through Ben Howe, but Kawerau came back in the second half. Patrick Lambert player of the day, closely followed by Kirk Bain. Great to see Adam Barkla back on the pitch too. Read the report.
14 April A strange game for Rangers women first up. Away to champions Old Blues, the hosts led comfortably, but the referee had issues with the rolling subs interpretation, which eventually led to the officials walking off the field. An Old Blues supporter took over and the game carried on to the end. Player of the day the busy keeper Colleen Pryde.
13 April A minute's silence was observed for the passing of Adam
Barkla's mother Joannne this week. Our best wishes to Adam, Greg, Regan
9 April A great turn out for the women's training tonight, 20 altogether! Welcome to all our new players. The men got to join in a game at the end, Lucas got amongst the goals.
8 April Yes training is on this Wednesday, both mens and womens teams at Edgecumbe Rugby Club, starting 6pm. We'll see everyone there, the men nursing bruises and sore muscles from their first game and the women champing at the bit for their first game. Any new players will need registration forms filled in.
6 April Well Rangers are back o the field. A pretty
good performance for a team that was only meeting each other in the
changing rooms! Otumoetai won in the end 5 - 1. Rangers created a number
of chances, and finally Jacob Heath got one in the back of the net. Read the
report. Welcome back to Dan Overdevest who was a strong presence in
the midfield. Dan last played for Rangers in 2002. That wasn't as big a
gap as Matt Dalgity, who was back in Rangeers strip for the first time
4 April Two days to game time!! While Rangers have lost a lot of
players, Kirk has rounded up a squad. Last year's captain Ben McPherson is
back, as are Ben Howe, Jacob Heath, Kirk himself, three imports from
Whakatane, etc. See who's in the new line-up on Saturday. Players be at
Awakeri 1pm. Its a 2.30pm kick off.
27 March At the meeting tonight, Kirk Bain was
appointed coach of the men's team. Subs were confirmed at $125 for the
season. The transfer season is in full flight, with Rangers trading
players in many directions! Welcome back to ex-Edgecumbe captain Matt
Dalgity! The men's training ended with a game of football against the
rugby squad training next door, fun!
21 March The draws are out. Rangers men have three home games in a row, while Rangers women start with a bye!!! Click here to see the first few rounds of the draw.
20 March Yes! Rangers have a men's team. Well done Kirk. We will have to play in Bay One however, but plan on keeping things reasonably social. Men's first run is next Wednesday, 6 pm at Edgecumbe Rugby Club.
17 March Kirk is busy negotiating a men's team entry. Hopefully we'll
know by Monday. Three weeks till leagues start! Our women look like they
will have a nine team league, with Papamoa added to the eight from last
14 March Will Rangers yet have a men's team?? Kirk
is trying to get a team together. Got to let the Federation know tomorrow!
Talk to Kirk urgently if you're keen ph 0272920214, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
12 March Rangers women have a preseason game in Taupo on Sunday 24th. Go girls!
7 March, Despite our best efforts, Rangers have
failed to raise a men's team this season. Sad news. Only four players
turned up plus two apologies. Oh well, it's been fun. Maybe next
3 March Rangers men are urgently looking for some more players. Our
squad from last season has had some losses, including goalkeeper, and
player of the year Christian Wetting, who is now playing rugby for
Pororporo - good luck to anyone trying to tackle him! If you are
interested, ring Barrie on 3222076 or email him.Men player muster on
Thursday, 6pm at Awakeri. All welcome! We need to decide on Thursday night
if we can enter a team this season.
18 February Go on Plains Rangers facebook page and have your say to Richie about when preseason trainings should be for the men. Go on, go on.
13 February Rangers Women start their preseason training next Wednesday night (20th) , 6pm at Awakeri Events Centre. All welcome!!! Ring Kylie 3084119 for more information. Michel Nillesen is their esteemed coach. Richie is sussing out with Rangers men about starting soon too. Watch this space for details. New men and women players most welcome.
16 January 2013 Happy New Year it is!! The Phoenix
have now dropped to bottom of the league, Ryan Nelsen looks like he's
retiring, it's up to Rangers to provide some good news..... well.... If
you and the kids want to play family football, it's started on Monday
nights at Awakeri, from 5.30pm.
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