High class foot­ball at Cam­bridge

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Lo­cal foot­ball fans can see some of New Zealand’s top footballers in ac­tion next week­end when Cam­bridge hosts a na­tional league match be­tween two of the com­pe­ti­tion’s lead­ing teams.

Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers will play Auck­land’s Eastern Sub­urbs in the ISPS Handa Pre­mier­ship, the coun­try’s top do­mes­tic foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion, at Cam­bridge’s John Kerkhof Park on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 18.

The match kicks off at 2pm, af­ter an 11am cur­tain­raiser be­tween the club’s two Un­der-19 teams who meet in the Na­tional Youth League.

Wan­der­ers, who usu­ally play their fix­tures at Hamil­ton’s Por­ritt Sta­dium, asked Cam­bridge Foot­ball Club to host the game to give Waipa¯ foot­ball sup­port­ers the chance to see top sum­mer foot­ball close to home.

Both teams are coached by All Whites leg­ends and spec­ta­tors can ex­pect to see sev­eral in­ter­na­tional play­ers in ac­tion.

Wan­der­ers are coached by Ricki Herbert who was a mem­ber of the 1982 All Whites who played at the World Cup Fi­nals in Spain, and coached New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Sub­urbs are coached by for­mer na­tional cap­tain Danny Hay, who played 31 times for New Zealand and has coached the na­tional U-17s.

His Sub­urbs side in­cludes All Whites Tim Payne and An­dre de Jong, while Wan­der­ers has Pa­pua New Guinea striker Tommy Semmy.

In the early match, Cam­bridge FC fans can sup­port Reds play­ers Josh Clarkin and Jack Port­e­gys who are play­ing in the Na­tional Youth League for Wan­der­ers.

The pair will re­turn to John Kerkhof Park for next win­ter’s North­ern League cam­paign with the Reds.

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