Melville U17s head to Western Springs

Melville’s men’s and women’s U17 teams head to the 2020 Western Springs tournament on Friday full of promise.

On the men’s side, half the Melville U17 squad featured in the Napier U19 tournament where the team bowed out in the semi-finals to Birkenhead United.

The squad features first team squad members Campbell Brown and Ryen Lawrence (who was the 2019 player of the tournament and is pictured above) and will be spearheaded by Melville’s youngest ever northern league debutant, Josh Galletly, who has returned from Lower Hutt City and scored a stunning goal in Melville U20s 3-2 loss to Eastern Suburbs on Saturday.

Josh Galletly was in fine form in the Northern U20 League

Sean Leadley also returns to Melville from Lower Hutt City, with the bulk of the squad hailing from the inaugural Melville United Academy intake in 2017

Conor Jamieson – son of Melville Old Boy Darion Jamieson – will be the team’s goalkeeper, and he warmed up with an inspired display for the U20s on Saturday. Joseph Knowles is honouring a commitment he made back in March – before the original tournament was postponed – and will turn out for an Auckland club which, to the untrained eye, would appear not to want to risk giving game time to its own goalkeepers.

HE’S A KEEPER: Conor Jamieson will be first-choice goalkeeper for Melville at Western Springs

Another feature of the Melville squad is the inclusion of 14-year-old talent, Carlos Ranui – son of former Football Fern Tarena Ranui.

Aarun Lim is still unavailable due to his commitments in Cambodia with their national age group team

Meanwhile Melville women head into the tournament with a team so young that it could play at the next two tournaments as well. Melville are comprised of six 16-year-olds, nine 15-year-olds and three 14-year-olds.

After getting a taster of tournament life at Napier U19s, the Melville crew are eager to prove themselves against sides closer to their age.

Fresh from being named in the Napier Tournament team, Hayley Williams and Aaliyah Konui are poised to continue their hot form, though Melville have struggled for a decent build-up to the Western Springs Tournament.

Ellerslie and Tauranga City – two clubs Melville beat in the Napier Tournament – are both in their pool again at Seddon Fields, while many of the Melville squad will be looking to prove themselves in front of the national selectors, given so many of them will be eligible for the next U17 cycle.

Squads for Western Springs U17 tournament:

Melville U17 men: 1-Conor Jamieson (GK), 3-Ethan Richards, 4-Matthew Dale, 5-Campbell Brown, 6-Brayden Mills, 7-Meshach Humby, 8-Cayden Buitendach, 9-Ryen Lawrence, 10-Bee Hong, 11-Dylan Williams, 12-Sean Leadley, 13-Carlos Ranui, 14-Makaha Vieira Gall, 15-Jomig Wenceslao, 16-Kyran Lockwood, 17-Josh Galletly, 18-Kynan McCracken, 19-Blake Bibby. Coach: Sam Wilkinson. GK Coach: Tony Govorko. Manager: Seamus Marten. Physio: James Young

Friday: Western Springs White, Ellerslie, Birkenhead United
Saturday: Waterside Karori, Northern Rovers, Quarter Final
Sunday: Semi Final (tbc), Final (tbc)

Melville U17 women: Trinaka Kenny, Jesse Lee-Cusack, Aaliyah Konui, Tonianne Sizer, Bella Stark, Nidar Maobun, Holly Quin, Ella McMillan, Kate Stephens, Hayley Williams, Shion Hwang, Zeelia Seifert, Georgie Workman, Charlie O’Leary, Haylee Halford, Tyla Tapp, Charlotte Eagle, Stevie-Lee Tiller.

Friday 11am v Auckland United; 2.30pm vs Ellerslie; 6pm vs Bucklands Beach.
Saturday 10.30am vs Tauranga City; 2pm vs Forrest Hill Milford
Sunday 8.30am Placing Game 1.

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