Words: ACFC Media
Friday 16 July 2021
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Former All White striker Myer Bevan is set for an Auckland City FC return as the Navy Blues take on Hamilton Wanderers at Porritt Stadium in the latest round of Northern League action on Saturday.
Bevan, 24, spent a season in South African professional football with TS Galaxy and returned to New Zealand recently and put pen to paper with the Navy Blues for the third time in his career.
The six-cap All Whites striker has scored twice at full international level against the Solomon Islands in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier and against Chinese Taipei in the 2018 Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai three years ago.
He's scored 17 goals in 20 appearances for the Navy Blues during his second stint and coach Figueira is delighted to have him back in the mix.
"Myer has now had a couple weeks of training under his belt and will be traveling down to Hamilton in the squad.
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"He’s excited to be back in Navy Blue and help the team and we're excited to have him.
"Reid Drake is suspended and also in for minor surgery so we'll be without him for the next 7-10 days," Figueira told www.aucklandcityfc.com.
Wanderers are in a good run of form and into the last eight of the Chatham Cup and Figueira expects a tough trip down State Highway 1 this weekend.
"Hamilton Wanderers is always a tough match and especially away from home at Porritt Stadium.
"They are well organized defensively, but are lighting quick and dangerous in attacking transition moments.
"They have had a solid start to the Northern League season and in this second round will no doubts be looking to get themselves inside the tightly packed top four race," he said.
With the season approaching the business end the Navy Blues are 17 points clear of Wanderers who are involved in a six-way tussle for a National League Championship spot in the summer.
The Navy Blues need just a further seven points to qualify for the National League Championship from their remaining eight league games.
The match kicks off at Porritt Stadium 2 at 3.00pm NZDT.
In the Lotto NRFL U-23 Premier Division, Auckland City FC U-23s take on Hamilton Wanderers U-23s with the Kris Bright-coached side taking a two point lead over nearest rivals Birkenhead United U-23s.
The U-23s match kicks off at 12.30pm NZDT at Porritt Stadium 1.
Saturday 17 July 2021
Hamilton Wanderers v Auckland City FC
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton
Kick-off: 3.00pm NZDT
AC: 18. Conor TRACEY (GK), 2. Mario ILICH, 3. Adam MITCHELL, 4. Mario BILEN, 6. Brian KALTAK, 7. Cam HOWIESON (c), 8. Adam THURSTON, 9. Angus KILKOLLY, 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 17. Andrew BLAKE, 19. Myer BEVAN, 20. Addison STEWART, 21. Ilham HAMEEDI, 22. Kristoff MULLER, 23. Alfie ROGERS, 24. Cam BROWN (GK)
COACH: José FIGUEIRA
ASSISTANT COACH: Ivan VICELICH
GK COACH: Enaut ZUBIKARAI
PHYSIO: Matt PAYNE
TEAM MANAGER: Keith COTON
S&C COACH: Adria CASALS
ANALYST: Jarrod WALLACE
ANALYST: Dan GORDON
SATURDAY 17 JULY 2021
Birkenhead United v Western Springs
Shepherds Park, Birkenhead - kick-off 3.00pm NZDT
West Coast Rangers v Melville United
Fred Taylor Park, Auckland - kick-off 3.00pm NZDT
North Shore United v Eastern Suburbs AFC
Allen Hill Stadium, North Shore - kick-off: 3.00pm NZDT
Auckland United FC v Northern Rovers
Keith Hay Park, Auckland - kick-off: 3.00pm NZDT
Manukau United v Bay Olympic FC
Centre Park, Mangere - kick-off: 3.00pm NZDT.
ABOUT HAMILTON WANDERERS
Wanderers Sports club was formed in 1964 by recusant Hamilton Wanderers members who believed the club erred in abandoning its historic name when amalgamating with Technical Old Boys as Hamilton AFC.When the very first football club in Hamilton was formed in 1901 members chose "Wanderers" as the club's name and it had been known as such for more than 60 years.
Effecting the 1964 amalgamation would obviously have required some concession by the parties, the club name being one of the issues. In its wisdom the Hamilton Wanderers executive accepted the name Hamilton AFC and teams took part in Waikato Football Association competitions as such. Meanwhile dissidents began action to start up another club with the Wanderers name and this culminated in an application to the Waikato Football Association for affiliation.
After hearing a report from the Hamilton AFC in regards to their position with the name, the application was approved under the generic name of Wanderers AFC. This condition was imposed to make it clear that the new entity was not a revival of the old Hamilton Wanderers club which had become part of Hamilton AFC.
Northern League Division One winners 1997
Northern League Division Two winners 1991
Northern League Division Three winners 1990
Northern League Division Four winners 1989
BIGGEST LEAGUE WIN
Hamilton Wanderers 8-0 Clendon United, 1990.
Hamilton Wanderers 8-0 Waitakere City, 2013.
BIGGEST LEAGUE DEFEAT
Hamilton Wanderers 0-10 Tauranga City United, 2000.
BIGGEST CHATHAM CUP WIN
Hamilton Wanderers 12-0 Drury United, 2001.
BIGGEST CHATHAM CUP DEFEAT
Hamilton Wanderers 3-6 Mount Albert-Ponsonby, 1990.
v. North Shore United (H) lost 1-2 (Tommy SEMMY)
v. Birkenhead United (A) won 3-0 (Tommy SEMMY, Xavier PRATT, OG)
v. Melville United (A) drew 1-1 (Xavier PRATT)
v. Auckland City FC (A) lost 1-3 (Agustin CONTRATTI)
v. Auckland United FC (H) lost 1-3 (Joshua SIGNEY)
v. Bay Olympic (A) won 7-2 (Derek TIEKU 2, Joshua SIGNEY 2, Tommy SEMMY 2, Xavier PRATT)
v. Manukau United (A) won 2-1 (Xavier PRATT, Derek TIEKU)
v. Northern Rovers (A) lost 2-3 (Joshua SIGNEY, Mark JONES)
v. Eastern Suburbs (H) won 2-1 (Dylan MORRIS, Derek TIEKU)
v. West Coast Rangers (H) drew 2-2 (Sergio SENDRA, Adam LUQUE)
v. Western Springs (A) won 2-1 (Derek TIEKU, Joshua SIGNEY)
v. East Coast Bays (H) drew 5-5* (Tommy SEMMY 2, Joshua SIGNEY 2, Derek TIEKU) - CHATHAM CUP
v. North Shore United (A) drew 1-1 (Tommy SEMMY)
v. Manukau United (H) won 5-0 (Agustin CONTRATTI, Mark JONES, Tommy SEMMY, Derek TIEKU 2) - CHATHAM CUP
v. Ngaruawahia United (H) won 5-1 (Owen COMBE, Tommy SEMMY, Xavier PRATT 3) - CHATHAM CUP
* Won 8-7 on penalties
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tommy Semmy, Derek Tieku, Joshua Signey and Xavier Pratt give Hamilton Wanderers a fascinating attacking quartet with Tieku and Semmy able to score goals at any level of the game. Semmy, a Papua New Guinea international, has scored 9 goals this season while Tieku has scored 8. Signey adds further sharpness in front of goal and has scored 7. Xavier Pratt, a former Wellington Phoenix youth prospect, has also netted 7 from midfield.
This is the 12th competitive meeting between the two clubs with Auckland City FC winning ten and Hamilton Wanderers just one. The top scorer in this fixture is Emiliano Tade with nine goals.
Hamilton Wanderers only victory in this fixture came last summer when the Porritt Stadium-based side defeated Auckland City FC 2-0 thanks to two goals by Derek Tieku.
v. Hamilton Wanderers (H) won 3-1 (Brian Kaltak, Mohamed Awad, Emiliano Tade | Agustin Contratti)
v. Hamilton Wanderers (A) lost 0-2 (-|Derek Tieku 2)
v. Hamilton Wanderers (H) won 2-0 (Joseph Harris OG, Brian Kaltak)
v. Hamilton Wanderers (A) won 5-0 (Logan Rogerson, Own Goal, David Browne, Myer Bevan 2)
v. Hamilton Wanderers (H) won 3-1 (Emiliano Tade 2, Myer Bevan | George Ott)
v. Hamilton Wanderers (A) won 1-0 (Maro Bonsu-Maro)
v. Hamilton Wanderers (H) won 3-2 (David Browne, Maro Bonsu-Maro, Cam Howieson| Tommy Semmy, Martin Bueno)
v. Hamilton Wanderers (A) won 1-0 (Micah Lea'alafa)
v. Hamilton Wanderers (H) won 6-0 (Ryan De Vries 2, Callum McCowatt, Emiliano Tade 2, Own Goal)
v. Hamilton Wanderers (A) won 5-0 (Joao Moreira 2, Emiliano Tade 2, Ryan De Vries)
v. Hamilton Wanderers (H) won 4-1 (Emiliano Tade, Clayton Lewis 2, Fabrizio Tavano | Stafford Dowling)