Tuakau Soccer celebrates success
Both the Division One men’s team and Division Five women’s team took out their respective competitions and for the first time in history, the club entered another senior men’s side into Auckland Football Division Ten.
The new team, which was made up from last season’s under 17 team, as well as several new players, finished a very respectful fourth place.
Tuakau‘s Over 35’s also had a good season, which saw the ‘old boys’ taking out third place in their division.
Coach of the Division One side and recent Life Member, Tim McMillan, said it is the most successful and enjoyable season he has had since his involvement with the club.
“The Division One side came up from Division Two last year, so weren’t really sure what to expect this season. But by keeping the majority of last season’s squad and adding a handful of new players to the team, we hit the ground running, winning our first three games before suffering our first loss of the season.”
Tim said it was a good wake up call and pushed the team in the right direction in terms of changing their approach to training and game days.
“There were some very tough games. We used a total 22 players through-out the season, with some of the young players from our Division Ten side making the step up to Division One when needed.”
The team was lead well by Captain, Rob Hatton, who was also well supported by James Narayan’s ‘young’ legs on the field. Chris Abbott put away 25 league goals while midfield pair, Elliot Clark and Prinay Prasad, a new combination to the team, gelled well together and became an almost unstoppable pair.
The tireless efforts of Connor Ewing, Matty Bent and Gary Abbott were also also recognised throughout the season.
“The whole squad deserves to be acknowledged. The effort that they put into this team is the reason why we have taken out the top places.”
Tim says that the club looks in good shape for the future and hopefully grows more in the coming season. Tim would like to congratulate all the Tuakau players for their contribution this season and would like to thank the supporters.
“We’ve had a lot of great support during this 2015 season, including people who don’t have a football background.
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