The 58th WEIR ROSEBOWL
Annual 12TH GRADE BOYS & GIRLS REPRESENTATIVE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
10 teams from Northern Football Federation
9 teams from Auckland Football Federation
7 teams from Waikato bay of Plenty Football Federation
28-30 October 2011
North Harbour Stadium, Albany, Auckland
Link to Fixtures above.
Night games are a first for the annual Weir Rosebowl Tournament which kicks off at North Harbour Stadium on Friday 28th October.
“We have been working hard to provide a memorable experience for all involved and start down this path by introducing a new format with games starting on Friday night under lights,” said Paul Cropp, the CEO of Northern Football Federation.
“The Weir Rosebowl is the first representative step for 11 and 12 year olds north of Taupo and an important part of their football development.”
District teams are selected from the region’s three Football Federations – Northern, Auckland and Waikato-Bay of Plenty.
A total of 26 Boys and Girls teams will contest the 58th running of the annual event, named after Tom Weir, a leading Auckland junior football administrator in the 1950s, who for eight years also had the time-consuming job of compiling the weekly fixtures on an antiquated and well-worn typewriter. He also spent many years as a junior representative selector, eventually deciding in 1954 to donate the trophy that bears his name.
A run through some of the winning captains whose names are engraved on the side of the trophy highlights players who went onto to become All Whites – John Leijh (1969), Chris Zoricich (1982), Jeff Campbell (1991), Kris Bright (1998) plus recent Junior All Whites Zane Sole (2004) and Jordan Vale (2006).
On the coaching side Tom Weir himself lifted his own trophy, guiding Auckland teams to victory in 1959, 1962 and 1964. Other winning coaches include former All Whites manager Arthur Egan, Clive Herbert, Tom Randles, Roger Wilkinson, Craig Alexander, Paul Temple, Tony Readings and Malcolm McPherson.
The Girls Tournament commenced in 2004. Former international player, the late Debbie Lamb, coached winning teams in 2006 and 2007 with current NZ U17s player Hannah Carlsen her winning captain in 2007.
Usually the Tournament is played during September but with the School Holidays this year in October due to the Rugby World Cup and ground availability an issue, the Tournament will be run on the North Harbour Stadium Domain fields on Friday 28th (6pm to 8pm), Saturday 29th (10am to 8pm) and Sunday 30th October (10am to 3pm). The Girls Final is on Sunday at 1pm with the Boys Final at 2pm.