Melville United northern league team play their third pre-season match against Hamilton Wanderers at Gower Park at 6pm, Tuesday March 11. (Reserve team game as well).
The first team match will be played on pitch 3 or pitch 7, depending on weather and light conditions.
In previous matches Melville lost 2-1 to Ngaruawahia and comfortably beat Claudelands Rovers, fielding largely experimental teams as coach Steve Williams has given a host of trialists the opportunity to impress. However Melville would look to be significantly in advance of where they were at the same stage last year. Returning players to Melville include Jason Chewins, David Smith, and impressive new signing Daniel Finlay.
In other pre-season matches Melville will host Glenfield Rovers at Gower Park on Saturday 12 noon, March 15, and Team Taranaki on Saturday March 22, with a kick-off time still to be confirmed.
Melville United are seeking the services of a physiotherapist available to attend home northern league matches and travel with our first team to away matches in Auckland.
This is an opportunity for a physio or clinic to establish a relationship with a vibrant community club, and work alongside a dedicated group of team management staff. All inquiries to head coach Steve Williams, Ph 027 4938713
PRESEASON FEDERATION CUP: Melville United lost 1-0 to Tauranga City in their Federation Pre-Season Cup match, having previously beaten Otumoetai 6-0 and lost 4-2 to Wanderers.
FIFA NOD OF APPROVAL: Gower Park has gained Fifa approval as a training venue for the 2015 U-20 World Cup, to be hosted by New Zealand. Major renovation is being undertaken on the No 1 pitch at present, and Fifa boffins expressed satisfaction with the set-up durign an inspection on Friday, March 7. They were particularly impressed with the first team changing room set-up at Gower.