New Zealand National Women’s League History and 2018 Season Fixtures

The path to glory for all teams in the historic upcoming season of the National Women’s League has been revealed after the unveiling of the official draw.

The competition has existed in some format since 2002 with the country’s top female players battling it out for national supremacy. That will be the case again this year but the champions will be even more worthy, having played more games on their road to the title than ever before.

Each previous National Women’s League season has consisted of a round-robin format with the sides playing each other only once, while post-season play-offs were introduced in 2004.

 

That meant form had to be found quickly as a slow start could soon put sides out of the running. They will have longer to keep their hopes alive from now on though with the competition expanding to two full rounds, pitching the sides against each other both home and away.

 

The revamped National Women’s League is set to get going on September 15 and the two highest-placed sides will progress to a one-off grand final on the weekend of December 15-16, the winner of which will lift the trophy.

 

Another key feature of the draw is a double header of rounds to take place over Labour weekend, in which all sides except Capital – who will sit the action out with the bye – are set to play two matches.

 

Due to venue unavailability in the region, WaiBOP will play two of their home matches outside the federation. As a result, there will be a double header at McLennan Park in Auckland on October 7 with WaiBOP meeting Southern United before Auckland take on Capital while fans in Palmerston North will be treated to two matches over Labour weekend as WaiBOP and Central swap hosting duties at Massey University.

 

“In around 30 days from now, we will launch a new era for our National Women’s League. It’s fantastic to be in a position to announce the match schedule for an extended National Women’s League and we’re looking forward to the best and most exciting competition of recent times” says Daniel Farrow, Competitions and Events Director for New Zealand Football.

 

“This is a big step for female football. The schedule has had a few challenges and I would like to thank all seven participating federations, respective venues and all other stakeholders who have worked collectively to develop the schedule.”

 

Source courtesy of: nzfootball

 

New Zealand National Women’s League Full Schedule:

 

 

 

Week 1

15th September

Southern United 6 – 1 Central Football

Goals From:

Chelsea Whittaker 8′ (Southern United)

Sophie Crewe 12′ (Central Football)

Shontelle Smith 20′ 28′ (Southern United)

Britney-Lee Nicholson 24′ (Southern United)

Amy Hislop 50′ (Southern United)

69′ (own goal)

 

 

WaiBOP Football 0 – 4  Auckland Football

Goals From:

Jade Parris 52′ 75′ (Auckland Football)

Sam Muirhead 68′ (Auckland Football)

Lucy Carter 71′ (Auckland Football)

 

16th September

Canterbury United Pride 4 – 0 Capital Football Federation

Goals From:

Annalie Longo 15′ 28′ (Canterbury United Pride)

Gabrielle Rennie 46′ (Canterbury United Pride)

Monique Barker 54′ (Canterbury United Pride)

 

Week 2

22nd September

Canterbury United Pride 6 – 0 WaiBOP Football

Goals From:

Monique Barker 2′ 21′ 87′  (Canterbury United Pride)

Gabi Rennie 14′ (Canterbury United Pride)

Jayda Stewart 32′ (Canterbury United Pride)

Annalie Longo 90 + 3′ (Canterbury United Pride)

 

 

Northern Lights 0 – 0 Southern United

 

 

Central Football 5 – 0 Capital Football Federation

Goals From:

Meisha Boone 10′ (Central Football)

Emma Main 46′ (Central Football)

Sarah Gregorius 52′ 61′ (Central Football)

Charlotte Wilford-Carroll 68′ (Central Football)

 

Week 3

29th September

Capital Football Federation 1 – 4 Northern Lights

Goals From:

Emma Main 24′ (Capital Football Federation)

Helena Kelderman 24′ (Northern Lights)

Claudia Bunge 43′ (Northern Lights)

Liz Savage 85′ (Northern Lights)

Samantha Tawharu 88′ (Northern Lights)

 

 

Central Football 0 – 7 Canterbury United Pride

Goals From:

Amelia Abbott 3′ (Canterbury United Pride)

Mackenzie Barry 11′ (Canterbury United Pride)

Gabrielle Rennie 35′ (Canterbury United Pride)

Kate Watson 52′ (Canterbury United Pride)

Annalie Longo 65′ (Canterbury United Pride)

Cody Taylor 78′ (Canterbury United Pride)

7th goal tbc

 

 

Southern United 1 – 2 Auckland Football

Goals From:

(own goal)

Sam Muirhead 60′ (Auckland Football)

Lucy Carter 90+1′ (Auckland Football)

 

Week 4

7th October

WaiBOP Football 3 – 6 Southern United

Goals From:

Emily Morrison 35′ (Southern United)

Shae Brady 44′ (WaiBOP Football)

Michaela Gray 56′ 67′ (Southern United)

Ruby Anderson 58′ 80′ (Southern United)

Kirsty Hair 60′ (Southern United)

Ella Golding 61′ (WaiBOP Football)

Grace Wiznewski 73′ (WaiBOP Football)

 

 

Northern Lights 7 – 0 Central Football

Goals From:

Sam Tawharu 18′ (Northern Lights)

Maggie Jenkins 32′ 40′ (Northern Lights)

Malia Steinmetz 57′ (Northern Lights)

Dayna Stevens 63′ (Northern Lights)

Aneka Mittendorff 65′ (Northern Lights)

Helena Kelderman 73′ (Northern Lights)

 

Auckland Football 1 – 1 Capital Football Federation

Goals From:

Charlotte Willford-Carroll 45′ (Capital Football Federation)

Rebekah Van Dort 78′ (Auckland Football)

 

Week 5

13th October

Capital Football Federation V WaiBOP Football

 

14th October

Northern Lights V Canterbury United Pride

Central Football V Auckland Football

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