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Waitakere United prepare to defend Youth League title
Thursday 12 February 2009, 11:51AM
By Waitakere United
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WAITAKERE CITY

Waitakere United may be on track to defend its NZFC title and is right in the mix once again the Oceania Champions League and this weekend will begin the defence of their National Youth League title.

 

Waitakere United Director of Youth Development Neil Emblen and Youth League Coach Darren Bazeley have assembled a strong squad, one with experience from previous competitions but importantly, one that also has NZFC experience to call upon.

 

Emblen is excited about the season.

 

“When I first arrived at Waitakere this was an important part of my work and focus, bringing the young players through and developing them in the Youth League.

 

“This is a quality group of young players. They will be well led by the likes of Tim Myers, Jacob Mathews and Ash Solly, all of whom have played in the NZFC this year. Plus there is exciting young talent in the side, the likes of Zane Sole who was also brought into the wider NZFC squad in the January transfer window.”

 

But Emblen and Bazeley stress that winning the league is a goal, but not necessarily the ultimate objective with players of this age.

 

Bazeley explains.

 

“Our priority is first and foremost to develop players and give them a strong grounding in the skills they will need to succeed, on and off the park. My role is as much mentor as it is coach, teaching the players how to cope with the demands of high level football, traveling to away games and preparing to give your best performance each week.

 

“The aim is for these boys to finish the season having learned a great deal about the game and about themselves. Some silverware on the way is an added bonus and would be nice of course but our objective is to prepare young players for senior football and to identify key areas of their games that need attention.”

 

Waitakere begin their title defence with an away match against Hawkes Bay on Sunday and then a short trip to Auckland Manukau before playing their first home match at Fred Taylor Park on February 28 against Auckland City.

 

The top two teams in round robin will qualify for a two leg final, to be played in late March early April.

2009 Waitakere United National Youth League Squad

#

First Name

Surname

Club

1

Max

Tommy

Bay Olympic

2

Julyan

Collett

WCFC

3

Skye

Parmenter

Takapuna

4

Timothy

Myers

Waitakere United

5

Anthony

Hobbs

Glenfield Rovers

6

Michael

Boardman

Albany United

7

Pomare

Te Anau

Bay Olympic

8

Peter

Norris

Lynn Avon United

9

Thomas

Edwards

Glenfield Rovers

10

Jade

Mesias

Central United

11

Michael

Built

Hamilton Wanderers

12

Jason

Hicks

Glenfield Rovers

13

Brenton

Lovelace

Bay Olympic

14

Sam

Clark

Birkenhead United

15

Keegan

Linderboom

WCFC

16

Andrew

Forshaw

Glenfield Rovers

17

Ryan

Elder

Bay Olympic

18

James

Lawson

Birkenhead United

19

Dakota

Lucas

Waitakere United

20

Gordon

Murie

Birkenhead United

21

Kenji

Nakamura

Metro FC

22

James

Powell

North Shore United

23

Ashton

Pett

Bay Olympic

24

Ash

Solly

Waitakere United

25

Zane

Sole

Waitakere United

26

Peter

Shaw

Albany United

27

Jacob

Matthews

Waitakere United

28

Stefan

Marinovic

Central United

29

Anton

Yee

Bay Olympic

30

Thomas

Boss

Bay Olympic

Management

Neil

Emblen

Director of Youth Development

Darren

Bazeley

Youth Team Coach

Malcolm

McPherson

Youth Team Asst Coach

2009 National Youth League Draw

Round

Date

Kick Off

Home

Away

Venue

1

15-Feb

13:00

Auckland City

Auckland Manukau

Kiwitea Street

1