Home cup draw for Melville

Melville will face six-times Chatham Cup-winners Christchurch United at home in the quarterfinals of this year’s knockout competition.

The tie will be played at Gower Park on Saturday, August 3, at 2pm (with Melville’s northern premier league match against Onehunga Sports deferred to the end of the season.)

Melville have never previously played Christchurch United, though prior to amalgamation, Melville’s parent club, Waikato United, had a proud history of batting the Blues.

[CLARIFICATION FOR SOME FORMER CLUB MEMBERS: Melville United was formed in June 1996 as an amalgamation of Waikato United and Melville AFC. In idiomatic parlance that makes Melville United the “newborn” club and Melville AFC and Waikato United the “parent” clubs. That is what is meant by calling Waikato United the parent club. Melville AFC won the northern premier league in 1995 while Waikato United finished second in the higher-ranked (national) Superclub Championship – before then contesting the inaugural summer national league, which ran at short notice from January-April 1996.]

Waikato beat Christchurch in the 1988 cup final – contested over two legs – on the away goals rule. Among the goalscorers from the away leg was Lance Bauerfiend, now better known as a Melville Old Boys squad member. (The above photo is of Steve Tate after scoring for Waikato v Christchurch United during the second leg at Muir Park in 1988.)

Programme from the home leg of the 1988 Chatham Cup final where Waikato United beat Christchurch United

And Waikato also knocked a Christchurch United team boasting a number of All Whites out of the cup at the quarterfinal stage in 1992, winning 3-1 on the way to the 92 final.

On both occasions Waikato were coached by Roger Wilkinson, father of current Melville co-coach Sam Wilkinson.

Wilkinson described Christchurch United as “an unknown quantity”.

“But we are delighted to be at home, while it is nice for a change to not be facing Onehunga Sports.” Sports knocked Melville out of the cup in 2014, 2017 and 2018.

Christchurch are coached by former All White Danny Halligan, assisted by another former All White Johan Verweij

Quarterfinals:

Caversham v Bay Olympic
Onehunga Sports v Wellington Olympic
Melville United v Christchurch United
Napier City Rovers v Albany United

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