ISPS Handa Prem Round Seven Preview

Jerahl Hughes and his Hamilton Wanderers team mates are still searching for their first win. Photo: John Davidson /

Find out what’s in store in the ISPS Handa Premiership this weekend with the official preview of Round Seven. With leaders Auckland City away at the FIFA Club World Cup, only four matches will take place and all are scheduled for Sunday. Hawke’s Bay United will host Waitakere United, Canterbury United will visit Team Wellington and Tasman United will welcome the Wellington Phoenix Reserves while the live televised match is between Hamilton Wanderers and Southern United.

Hawke’s Bay United vs Waitakere United
Bluewater Stadium, Napier
Sunday 3 December, 2pm
#ISPSHandaPrem #HBvWU

Referee: N Waldron
Assistant Referees: G Sheehan, T Pedley
Fourth Official: A Riley


Hawke’s Bay United: 1. Ruben PARKER (GK), 2. Daniel MCHENERY, 3. Kohei MATSUMOTO, 4. Graham CRAVEN, 5. Bill ROBERTSON, 7. Wesley CAIN, 8. Alex PALEZEVIC, 9. Samuel ADJEI, 10. Adam THURSTON, 14. Gavin HOY, 15. James HOYLE, 16. Liam HAYES, 19. Birhanu TAYE, 21. Bjorn CHRISTENSEN, 24. Karanjit MANDAIR, 26. Mackenzie WAITE
Coach: Brett ANGELL

Waitakere United: 28. Liam ANDERSON (GK), 2. Serafino LACAGNINA, 3. Stewart MACKAY, 5. Julyan COLLETT, 7. Yuki OHTSUKA, 9. Ryan CAIN, 10. Eder FRANCHINI PASTEN, 11. Keegan LINDERBOOM, 14. David PARKINSON, 15. Horace JAMES, 16. Jack SALTER, 17. Jake BUTLER, 19. Thomas SHAW, 22. Josh DIJKSTRA (GK), 23. Dylan MANICKUM
Coach: Chris MILICICH


After an undefeated start to the season, Hawke’s Bay have slipped off the pace in recent weeks with consecutive losses and were sent home with their tail between their legs last week after Auckland City hit five unanswered goals past them. They are still only one point off the top four though and a win here would put them right in the mix to maintain their proud record of making the playoffs, a feat they have achieved for the past five seasons in a row. Waitakere’s season so far has been the opposite with a sluggish start – aside from a 5-0 win over the Phoenix – being followed by a unbeaten run of two games. The most recent of those was a 2-1 win over defending champions Team Wellington so the confidence of the west Aucklanders will be sky high on their trip to Napier. The Bay have just signed Ghanaian striker Samuel Adjei and he is in line to make his debut.


Brett Angell (Hawke’s Bay coach): “It’s been nearly a month since we last played at home and it’s good to come back. We’re not approaching things any differently but there has been a little bit of learning over the last two games. Waitakere have a style of play that, if you don’t deal with, will cause you problems. They’re an honest group of boys who work really hard. We need to get the ball down and pass it and see if Waitakere can deal with what we’ve got in possession.”


Hawke’s Bay United coach Brett Angell

Team Wellington vs Canterbury United Dragons
David Farrington Park, Wellington
Sunday 3 December, 2pm
#ISPSHandaPrem #TWvCU

Referee: J Rowbury
Assistant Referees: M Whitehead, A Davenport
Fourth Official: P Linney


Team Wellington: 1.Scott BASALAJ (GK), 2. Justin GULLEY, 3. Scott HILLIAR, 4. Mario ILLICH, 5. Erik PANZER, 6. Taylor SCHRIJVERS, 7. Eric MOLLOY, 10. Nati HAILEMARIAM, 11. Mario BARCIA, 13. Roy KAYARA, 14. Jack-Henry SINCLAIR, 15. Joel STEVENS, 16. Angus KILKOLLY, 18. Sekou DIANE, 20. Junjie ZHANG, 22. Marcel KAMPMAN (GK), 23. Alex CARR (GK)
Coach: Jose FIGUEIRA

Canterbury United Dragons: 1. Coey TURIPA (GK), 2. Dan TERRIS, 3. Aaron SPAIN, 5. Tom SCHWARZ, 6. Garry OGILIVIE, 7. Travis NICKLAW, 9. James PENDRIGH, 10. Futa NAKAMURA, 11. Juan CHANG URREA, 12. George KING, 14. Sean LIDDICOAT, 16. Cory MITCHELL, 17. Stephen HOYLE, 22. Dan KNIGHT (GK), 23. Joe HALL, 24. Francis DE VRIES
Coach: Willy GERDSEN


Defending champions Team Wellington suffered a shock 3-1 loss to Eastern Suburbs early on but bounced back strongly from that setback to embark on an unbeaten run consisting of three wins and a draw. But that pleasing sequence was brought to an abrupt end by Waitakere United last week and they are now three points behind leaders Auckland City. With City having departed for the FIFA Club World Cup, Wellington have a gift-wrapped opportunity to exert some real pressure by piling up the points in their absence so a win here is a must in the race for the minor premiership. After an alarming start that left them without a win after three rounds, Canterbury have turned their season around with a pair of wins on the trot and a victory against the reigning champions would signal how serious they are about kicking on to make the playoffs.


Jose Figueira (Team Wellington coach): “The boys are determined to bounce back and keep belief in what we’re doing. They’ve been working hard and showing their application. The games against Canterbury historically are intense, they’re end-to-end and are physical as well as skilful. We have to make sure we’re at the top of our game from the first whistle right to the end.”

Sean Liddicoat (Canterbury United defender): “The spirits are high and it’s good to get two wins on the trot after a slow start to the season. The plan is to go up there and get a result to continue the winning ways. But Team Wellington are a tough side and always have great players. But hopefully we can play as a team and get the three points.”


Team Wellington coach Jose Figueira

Canterbury United assistant coach Joe Hall

Canterbury United defender Sean Liddicoat

Hamilton Wanderers vs Southern United
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton
Sunday 3 December, 2pm
#ISPSHandaPrem #HWvSU

Referee: H McCabe
Assistant Referees: B Norman, A Lamberth
Fourth Official: C Mills


Hamilton Wanderers: 1. David MASTERS (GK), 3. Joseph NOTTAGE, 5. Samuel O’REGAN, 7. Michael BUILT, 8. Sam DE ST CROIX, 10. Armin PASAGIC, 11. Jordan SHAW, 12. Raheem HUNTER-ALI, 13. Tommy SEMMY, 14. Patrick ASIA, 16. Hamish SMYLIE, 17. Xavier PRATT, 18. Alexis VARELA, 20. Jerahl HUGHES, 21. Paul CLOUT, 23. Jackson HAWKE
Coach: Ricki HERBERT

Southern United: 1. Tom STEVENS (GK), 2. Conor O’KEEFFE, 4. Kristian GIBSON, 5. Stephen LAST, 6. Danny LEDWITH, 7. Omar GUARDIOLA, 8. Jared GROVE, 9. Garbhan COUGHLAN, 14. Andrew RIDDEN, 15. Hamish COTTER, 16. Liam LITTLE (GK), 17. Morgan DAY, 18. Roland BALA, 21. Cody BROOK, 23. Ben WADE
Coach: Paul O’REILLY


These are now desperate times for Hamilton Wanderers with their poor start on the verge of turning into a full-blown crisis. The table does not make pleasant reading for coach Ricki Herbert as his side are rock bottom, are yet to register a point and have both the worst defensive and attacking records. With such problems at each end of the pitch, Herbert is probably finding it difficult to decide which area to prioritise but the most pressing must surely be shoring up that porous defence. They are currently shipping over three goals per game on average so have little chance of winning matches unless that improves. Southern pulled off yet another late comeback to earn a 2-2 draw against the Phoenix and, with third-placed Eastern Suburbs not in action this weekend, a win could take them into the top three. Striker Danny Furlong is still missing with a hip injury but Danny Ledwith, Roland Bala and Ben Wade are all fit again.


Conor O’Keeffe (Southern United defender): “I think the main factor for us is the dressing room, it’s a great one to be a part of. There’s a great integration between the imports and the local players and a great camaraderie among all the players. Hamilton have had a tough start but we’ve watched them a couple of times so far and they’ve got some quality players so we can’t take anything for granted. We were 1-0 down after five minutes last weekend so we’re going to have to start the game a lot stronger. We can’t keep putting ourselves in that position where we’re going to have to come from behind.”


Southern United defender Conor O’Keeffe

Tasman United vs Wellington Phoenix Reserves
Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Sunday 3 December, 2pm
#ISPSHandaPrem #TUvWP

Referee: R Fleetham
Assistant Referees: R Preston, J Henderson
Fourth Official: B O’Connell


Tasman United: 1. Corey WILSON (GK), 2. Luca PERICO, 4. Cameron LINDSAY, 5. Mark JOHNSTON, 6. Brian KALTAK, 9. Maksym KOWAL, 10. Kieran SMITH, 11. Alex RIDSDALE, 12. Cory CHETTLEBURGH, 14. Robbie PEARSON, 15. Tinashe MAROWA, 16. Daniel ALLAN, 17. Callan ELLIOT, 21. Abdulla AL-KALISY, 22. Yousif ALI, 23. Sam AYERS
Coach: Davor TAVICH

Wellington Phoenix Reserves: Squad not submitted
Coach: Chris GREENACRE


Tasman have been dealt a hefty blow in the build-up to this game with the news that Paul Ifill is likely to miss the rest of 2017. He is targeting a January return and the absence of their talisman could have a big impact on Tasman as, while he has not been starting recently, the 38-year-old has scored three goals in the first six games of the season. But his untimely injury will give an opportunity to the likes of Lyle Matthysen and Matt Tod-Smith to potentially step into the squad. After a bright start, Tasman are now without a win for four rounds but only one of those games has been a loss so the wheels haven’t fallen off just yet. They are still occupying a place in the playoff spots and will be favoured to beat a Phoenix outfit that is yet to post its first win under new coach Chris Greenacre.


Paul Ifill (Tasman United forward): “The timing isn’t great. I feel like the Phoenix are a team that can be beaten and I’d have liked to have been out there. But I think the boys will be fine without me. We’re in a good spot at the moment. If you had said after six games that we’d be sitting in fourth, I think I’d have taken that. It’s been a pretty good start to the season.”

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