High class football at Cambridge
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.