Football tournament first for Wanaka
Wanaka men Andrew Miller and Andre Klein have organised a new seven-a-side soccer tournament tipped to bring more than 200 masters athletes to town at Waitangi Weekend.
Miller and Klein are both New Zealand Masters Futsal (indoor football) silver medalists and play regularly in various local leagues.
They also run the local winter futsal competition.
The men say the average age of the Central Otago Football League is ‘‘on the mature side’’ and there is room for more masters (over-35) competitions.
But apart from a couple of tournaments in Dunedin and Alexandra, there are few other chances for older players to turn out.
The men hope the Wanaka tournament will eventually compliment the Alexandra Football Sevens in October, which brings hundreds of young and ‘‘not so young’’ men and women to the district.
‘‘There can’t be many better backdrops to a football pitch than at Pembroke Park in the heart of Wanaka. We love football and a few other people do to. Combining the two was a no-brainer. I’m excited to see where this could go,’’ Klein said.
Masters rules will apply and sliding tackles are outlawed.
Late entries are still open and the organisers are happy to put players in touch with teams.
New contest: Andrew Miller and Andre Klein are planning a soccer sevens tournament for February 7-8. Photo: Andrew Miller/Fairfax NZ
What: Wanaka Soccer Sevens
Where: Pembroke Park
When: February 7 and 8 More info: wanakasoccersevens.com; facebook.com/wanakasoccersevens.