Me­mo­rial game won

Waihi Leader - - News - By RUDY SAS

Waihi AFC trav­elled to Auck­land’s Bay Olympic foot­ball club last week­end for its An­nual Martin Bar­ber me­mo­rial game.

The game is held every year in mem­ory of Martin Bar­ber, a school teacher and foot­ball coach at Waihi Col­lege.

Martin, who was for­merly from Auck­land and had played for what was then Block­house Bay foot­ball club, had moved to Waihi to start his teach­ing ca­reer and was trag­i­cally killed in a car crash on the beach road.

Martin’s best friend Frank and sev­eral other of his foot­ball team mates have a strong con­nec­tion with the Waihi AFC club and the fix­ture is held every year.

The game is al­ways played in won­der­ful spirit and there is al­ways a big em­pha­sis on the lit­tle guys and girls get­ting some game time, as Martin was re­ally pas­sion­ate about ju­nior foot­ball and de­vel­op­ment.

As al­ways in the last quar­ter of the game the se­niors made way for the lit­tle ones to come on.

This year the high­light of the match was Waihi con­ced­ing a penalty, and then the boy who stepped up to take what was a fan­tas­tic spot kick and score was only 10 years old, leav­ing a slightly over con­fi­dent keeper look­ing rather be­mused as it was in the back of the net be­fore he even moved.

The score fin­ished the game at Waihi 3 Block­house Bay 2.

The af­ter match func­tion was con­cluded with some mem­o­ries shared in speeches with some food and re­fresh­ments.

This year was the 30th game played in Martin’s mem­ory.

Matt Flude and Brent Wil­loughby marked the oc­ca­sion by pre­sent­ing Martin’s par­ents Mr and Mrs Bar­ber and sis­ter Fiona with a lit­tle foot­ball tro­phy which read “In lov­ing mem­ory of Martin”.

Minute of si­lence to pay trib­ute to for­mer Waihi lo­cal, Martin Bar­ber.

PHO­TOS / SUP­PLIED.

Waihi and Block­house Bay player to­gether.

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