Memorial game won
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.
Waihi and Blockhouse Bay player together.