Oceania Football Confederation > News > Fiji > New Zealand kick on with Tokyo 2020 preparations

New Zealand kick on with Tokyo 2020 preparations

All Whites head coach Danny Hay in 2-0 win over Australia. Photo Credit: NZF Media via Photosport

The New Zealand OlyWhites kicked off their road to Tokyo 2020 with a 2-0 win over the Olyroos in Ichihara, Japan this week.

Two second half goals from Chris Wood and Eli Just marked New Zealand’s first win over Australia since 2002. The sides meet again on July 15 at 9.00pm (NZT).

The Football Ferns’ preparations are also underway with squad members Betsy Hassett and Katie Bowen recently joining training camp.

At national level, the new men’s Southern League kicks off on July 17 which will see the top two teams at the end qualify for the inaugural National League Championship.

After 14 rounds of the Northern League, Auckland City FC remain atop of the table after a 2-1 win over Northern Rovers and second placed Auckland United drew 3-3 with Manukau United.

Eastern Suburbs and Birkenhead United sit in top four after victories against Bay Olympic and West Coast Rangers.

In other competitions, the Chatham Cup quarter-finals and Kate Sheppard Cup semi-finals draws were revealed via New Zealand Football’s facebook page.

Two youth teams from the Cook Islands will be on tour in Auckland, New Zealand between July 16-25.

An U-15 Boys’ side will be coached by CIFA Technical Director Tahiri Elikana, while CIFA Women’s Development Officer Tupou Brogan-Patia leads the U-16 Girls’ team.

Both teams kick off their campaign at 5.00pm on Monday, July 19 against Papakura City Football Club at McLennan Park.

Youth U-16 Solomon Cup winners Guadalcanal. Photo Credit: Danzo via SIFF Media

In the Solomon Islands, the Youth U-16 Solomon Cup headlined their football action over the weekend.

Guadalcanal were crowned competition winners after beating Choiseul 4-0 in the grand final at Lawson Tama.

Malaita finished third after beating Honiara 3-1 in the third and fourth play-off.

In round six of the Telekom S-League, July 10 saw Central Coast edge past Kula FC 1-0 via a Junior Fordney goal, while Vfresh Isabel United won 2-0 against Southern United.

A nil-all deadlock couldn’t be broken in the Solomon Warriors versus Laugu United clash.

Real Kakamora beat Kossa FC 6-3 while Honiara’s Coleman Wasi scored the winning goal to hand Waneagu United their first defeat of the season, and the Henderson Eels won against Marist FC 4-1.

In New Caledonia, a Super Ligue top-of-the-table match featured which saw Hienghène Sport beat defending champions Tiga Sport, 4-0.

Tahiti’s men’s national beach soccer team Tiki Toa have been listed in Group B for the upcoming FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup alongside Mozambique, Spain and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Tiki Toa open the tournament at 3.00pm (MSK time) against UAE followed by Spain and Mozambique on Saturday and Monday.

In Samoa, both the youth and national premier leagues are on hold for two weeks due to bad weather.

The situation remains for Fiji with no football activity due to COVID-19.

Ends

Related posts

Comment