Words: ACFC Media
Wednesday 22 November 2017
GET the lowdown on our next opponents ahead of Saturday's final ISPS Handa Premiership match before the FIFA Club World Cup as the Navy Blues face Hawke's Bay United.
NICKNAME: The Bay
STADIUM: Blue Water Stadium, Napier
MANAGER: Brett Angell
DATE: Saturday 25 November 2017
KICK OFF: 2pm NZST
VENUE: Kiwitea Street, Auckland
COMPETITION: ISPS Handa Premiership
ISPS HANDA PREMIERSHIP RECORD 2016-17
POSITION: 4th (knocked out in semi-finals)
ISPS HANDA PREMIERSHIP RECORD 2017-18
25 March 2017 - Auckland City FC 1-0 Hawke's Bay United (semi-finals)
5 February 2017 - Hawke's Bay United 2-1 Auckland City FC
26 November 2016 - Auckland City FC 1-0 Hawke's Bay United
LAST 5 HAWKE'S BAY UNITED RESULTS
23 October 2017 - Hawke's Bay United 0-0 Wellington Phoenix Reserves
29 October 2017 - Hamilton Wanderers 0-1 Hawke's Bay United
5 November 2017 - Hawke's Bay United 1-1 Team Wellington
12 November 2017 - Eastern Suburbs AFC 1-2 Hawke's Bay United
19 November 2017 - Southern United 2-1 Hawke's Bay United
Hawke’s Bay United was founded in 2005 under the name of Napier City Soccer, as the summer entity of Central League club Napier City Rovers.
In the inaugural NZFC season (2004–05), they finished 5th out of the eight competing teams. The following season, Napier City Soccer was renamed to their current moniker of "Hawke's Bay United" and changed their kit colour to the Hawke's Bay provincial sporting colours of white and black, as part of an effort to greater represent the greater East Coast instead of just the city of Napier.
Key signing for Hawke's Bay United is defender Bill Robertson who enjoyed a successful spell with current champions Team Wellington. Robertson picked up two ISPS Handa Premiership winners medals and three OFC Champions League runners-up medals during his time with TeeDubs.
Hawke’s Bay United: Ruben Parker (GK), Hayden McHenery, Graham Craven, Bill Robertson, Alex Palezevic, Wesley Cain, Adam Thurston, Sam Mason-Smith, Gavin Hoy, Jim Hoyle, Liam Hayes, Fergus Neil, Birhanu Taye, Mackenzie Waite, Daniel Robinson (GK)
Coach: Brett Angell
Saturday's match is the 33rd between the two teams with Auckland City FC having won 22 and Hawke's Bay United just three. There have been seven draws.
Hawke's Bay United have never beaten Auckland City FC at Kiwitea Street.
The visitor's best finish in the race for the minor premiership came in 2015-16 when they came second to the Navy Blues some eight points behind.
The two teams met in the 2014-15 grand final with the Navy Blues defeating Hawke's Bay United 2-1 at Kiwitea Street.
Hawke's Bay United's lowest finish in the ISPS Handa Premiership was eighth when they finished bottom in 2005-06 with just one win and two draws from 21 regular season matches.
Hawke's Bay United didn't reach the playoffs until 2012-13 season but have qualified for the playoffs five times consecutively since.