Fresh faces at Waimak United


The Waimak United Foot­ball Club has un­der­gone a change in per­son­nel over the off­sea­son.

Sev­eral board mem­bers and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff de­cided to move on from the club spark­ing con­cerns that the club was in a state of tur­moil. Fu­elling the spec­u­la­tion was the club’s pro­posed changes to the fee struc­ture, which was met with op­po­si­tion be­fore the club has re­tained the sta­tus quo.

The an­nounce­ment around the fee struc­ture and farewell to depart­ing mem­bers, who left at vary­ing times and for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, in a club news­let­ter caused con­fu­sion and spec­u­la­tion, but the board in in­sists it is a mis­un­der­stand­ing.

‘‘We fully un­der­stand that this has been a con­fus­ing time with a num­ber of long-stand­ing mem­bers of the club step­ping away from their roles and some poor de­ci­sions that were made in re­spect of fees and pro­gramme of­fer­ings for the com­ing sea­son,’’ Board chair­man Mar­cus Deed­man said.

‘‘As was said to mem­bers in a re­cent re­lease on the club’s web­site, times will be tough over the com­ing year as we learn, tweak and in­tro­duce new pro­cesses to en­able the run­ning of a suc­cess­ful club.

‘‘We are not al­ways go­ing to get things 100 per cent right, how­ever, the board has lis­tened to the com­ments and voices and we hope the North Can­ter­bury foot­ball com­mu­nity be­lieves we have heard what they have said.

‘‘Be­hind the scenes, ev­ery­one is work­ing re­ally hard to bring the club back to where it should be in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We are all sys­tems go for a new and ex­cit­ing sea­son.’’

Lead­ing the charge on the field is the Waimak United se­nior men, un­der newly ap­pointed head coach Adam Searle, who meets Coastal Spirit in the semi-finals of the an­nual men’s pre­sea­son tour­na­ment at Ken­dall Park.

In the three round-robin games, Waimak is un­beaten win­ning all three games with­out con­ceed­ing a goal, while scor­ing 17 at the other end.

The club has re­cruited four key ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers over the off­sea­son Searle said, adding to a young squad for a promis­ing out­look for the up­com­ing Can­ter­bury Cham­pi­onship League (CCL) that kicks off on March 31.

The club is also pre­par­ing men’s and women’s teams to at­tend the Auck­land City Foot­ball Club U17 tour­na­ment. It will be the first time send­ing a men’s team, with the women at­tend­ing the pre­vi­ous two tour­na­ments.


Waimak United’s Adam Har­ri­son bursts into the box against Cash­mere Tech

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