Melville’s Easter uprising

Melville will be looking to continue their fine start to the northern league season when they host Northern Rovers at Gower Park at 3pm on Good Friday.

Northern Rovers started their northern league existence with a 2-1 home loss to rivals Birkenhead United, while Melville kicked off their season with an encouraging 5-3 home win over previous bogey team Manukau United.

Melville statistician Ron Positive noted it was the first time Melville had conceded three goals in a northern league match but still won since beating Central United 4-3 in June 2016 (with Luke Searle scoring two goals, no less).

The Good Friday match starts a big weekend for Melville, who also host Wanderers Sports Club at 3pm on Monday.

Northern Rovers is the new name for merged rivals, Glenfield Rovers and Forrest Hill Milford.

Meanwhile former Wanderers defender Adam Luque has joined the Melville squad, after debuting for Melville Reserves last week. He replaces Jack Portegys, who has returned to Cambridge.

# This season Melville have entered the NRFL Youth leagues for the U13, U14, U15 and U17 boys academy teams – and barring any last-minute administrative road blocks, will compete in an Auckland-based competition for the first time in many years. Melville’s U12 and girls sides will continue to play in WaiBOP leagues.

#Two Melville players, Ella McMillan and Shion Hwang, have been invited to attend the New Zealand U17 Women’s training camp in Auckland in April. They are part of a 34 strong group made up of players from across the country.

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