Clubs set to start sea­son

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Nine clubs in the Cen­tral Auck­land re­gion are busy pre­par­ing for the start of the 2014 Lotto North­ern League sea­son this week.

The first and sec­ond di­vi­sion com­pe­ti­tions kick off on Satur­day and the pre­mier leagues get un­der way on April 5 and 6. Western Springs were named Cen­tral Leader Team of the Year ti­tle in 2013 largely be­cause of their sec­ond di­vi­sion ti­tle-win­ning ex­ploits.

The team will play in the first di­vi­sion this year, start­ing with a game against Taka­puna at Seddon Fields on Satur­day. Mt Al­bertPon­sonby and Metro, the other Cen­tral Auck­land teams in di­vi­sion one, will be­gin their cam­paigns with road trips.

Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby play at Hi­bis­cus Coast’s Stan­more Bay Re­serve while Metro head to Madills Farm Re­serve to take on East­ern Sub­urbs.

One­hunga-Man­gere United AFC will wel­come Ora­tia United to their Man­gere Do­main home on Satur­day. Pre­mier league com­peti­tors One­hunga Sports, Cen­tral United and Three Kings United play the next weekend.

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