Grammar friendlies finalised

Words: ACFC Media

Tuesday 11 September 2018

AUCKLAND GRAMMAR will play host to two friendly matches against Hamilton Wanderers and Canterbury United as Ramon Tribulietx fine-tunes his squad for the forthcoming season.

Ahead of the club’s return to domestic football the following Thursday, Hamilton Wanderers will visit Auckland on Saturday, September 22 with a 6.30pm kick-off.

Then, well before the ISPS Handa Premiership kicks-off on the weekend of October 14, Canterbury United travel north to the City of Sails on Sunday, September 30 with an 11.30am kick-off.

Auckland City FC took maximum points off both teams in the league last season, but the games will come at an important stage in the summer for Tribulietx and his new-look team.

Hamilton Wanderers, who finished last season's campaign bottom of the table, are looking for improved fortunes after their Lotto NRFL Premier Division side finished sixth in the regional competition.

A number of players have played for both sides through the years, including Papua New Guinea international Tommy Semmy who helped himself to 17 goals.

Canterbury United, meanwhile will arrive in Auckland as a club also searching for that extra ingredient after their third place finish last season.

Gary Ogilvie featured heavily in the Dragons journey into the playoffs and is a player to keep an eye on as the summer season unfolds.

Further pre-season challenge matches are lined up with Eastern Suburbs AFC for Saturday October 6 and Waitakere United with the details to be confirmed in coming weeks.


Match Details
Pre-season Challenge Match
Saturday 22 September 2018
Auckland City FC v Hamilton Wanderers
Auckland Grammar School
Kick-off: 6.30pm

Pre-season Challenge Match
Sunday 30 September 2018
Auckland City FC v Canterbury United
Auckland Grammar School
Kick-off: 11.30am

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