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Young All Whites cast net far and wide

Young All Whites coach Darren Bazeley has named his 20-strong squad for the OFC U-17 Championship to be played in Vanuatu from April 17 to 25.

Matt Ridenton is one of the selected Young All Whites

March 30 2013

AUCKLAND – The two-time U17 assistant coach is in charge of his maiden campaign and has cast the net far and wide to settle on his side to travel to the island of Santo where the ten day tournament will be held in the town of Luganville.

"I enjoyed the last two campaigns as an assistant, but this time around it's been really enjoyable planning everything from the very start."

This year will be the first New Zealand has had to navigate the OFC U-17 Championship away from home soil in two cycles after hosting the 2009 and 2011 editions of the confederation tournament.

"The last two campaigns were in Auckland which is better for us, especially in terms of the climate.  Having played away before it's going to be very different for our players and probably nothing they have experienced."

Bazeley will be able to draw from the experiences of the Junior All Whites who completed their U-20 qualifying campaign last week.

The identification process started through the National Talent Centres in April 2012 and Bazeley arranged regional trials in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland for players invited by the various Federation Development Managers.

The Young All Whites coaching staff was in also attendance at the national secondary schools tournament in Nelson, as well as working with private providers through the Ole Football Academy in Wellington and the Asia Pacific Football Academy in Christchurch.

Throughout the journey Bazeley has received interest from as far as Sweden, England, USA and Australia with the former professional happy to welcome overseas players into the extended training squad at any stage, provided they could get to New Zealand.

"I think sometimes we underestimate the quality of players we are developing in New Zealand, and players who have come from overseas are surprised with the standard and it's higher than what they were expecting.

"The NTC process helps us identify players earlier, and get good international habits into them at a younger age," said Bazeley.

In September last year New Zealand Football confirmed that a national U-17 squad will contest the northern conference of the ASB Youth League, the third time such a concept had been implemented.

Entry into the ASB Youth League gave Bazeley the most cost effective preparation when compared to touring the team internationally and an opportunity to work with a shadow squad on a more regular basis with some players choosing to move to Auckland to be close to the bulk of the squad.

"The ASB Youth League was the ideal preparation for the OFC U-17 Championship.  It’s given us the opportunity to try different players and formations in competitive matches against older players."

The Northern-based U17s pushed eventual ASB Youth League champions Auckland City in conference play and finished second in the five team group.

The bulk of the squad is currently training in Auckland with all players due in the Super City by April 5 before jetting out to Luganville on April 13.  New Zealand's first match is against the Cook Islands on four days, before facing New Caledonia, hosts Vanuatu, Fiji and Papua New Guinea in consecutive matches every two days.

Junior All Whites squad for OFC U-20 Championship (Federation/ Club/ School)

 

Federation

Club

School

Goalkeepers

 

 

 

1-Zac SPEEDY

Auckland Football

Three Kings United

Auckland Grammar School

12-Sam COPP

Northern Football

Forrest Hill Milford

Takapuna Grammar School

 

 

 

 

Defenders

 

 

 

2-Riley KELLIHER

Capital Football

Island Bay United

Ole Football Academy

3-Cory BROWN

Mainland Football

Island Bay United

Ole Football Academy

4-Nick FORRESTER

Northern Football

 

Saint Kentigern College

5-Adam MITCHELL

Auckland Football

Central United

Rosmini College

13-Spiros AGATHOS

 

Newcastle Jets (AUS)

 

15-Thomas PROBERT

WaiBOP Football

Three Kings United

Auckland Grammar School

 

 

 

 

Midfielders

 

 

 

6-Alex PALEZEVIC

Capital Football

Island Bay United

Ole Football Academy

8-Michael DEN HEIJER

Auckland Football

Onehunga Sports

Saint Kentigern College

10-Matthew RIDENTON

Auckland Football

Central United

Saint Kentigern College

14-Andre DE JONG

Auckland Football

Ellerslie

Auckland Grammar School

19-Alex RUFER

Central Football

YoungHeart Manwatu

Palmerston North Boys’ HS

20-Tamupiwa DIMAIRO

Capital Football

Asia Pacific Football Academy

Westlake Boys’ HS

 

 

 

 

Forwards

 

 

 

7-Andrew BLAKE

WaiBOP Football

Melville United

Sacred Heart College

9-Elijah NEBLETT

Northern Football

Birkenhead United

Northcote College

11-Monty PATTERSON

Northern Football

Eastern Suburbs

Mount Albert Grammar School

16-Meysum SHAFAHI

Mainland Football

Asia Pacific Football Academy

Westlake Boy’s HS

17-Nick SUGDEN

Auckland Football

Onehunga Sports

Westlake Boy’s HS

18-Stuart HOLTHUSEN

Auckland Football

Onehunga Sports

Westlake Boy’s HS

 

 

 

 

Stand by

 

 

 

GK-Oliver SAIL

Auckland Football

Central United

Mount Albert Grammar School

DF-Vincent WIKTORA

 

Burnley (AUS)

 

DF-Sam BROTHERTON

Northern Football

Central United

Westlake Boys’ HS

FW-Regont MURATI

Auckland Football

Central United

Glendowie College



Coach-Darren BAZELEY  
Assistant Coach-Willy GERDSEN  
Sports Scientist-Andrew FOSKETT  
Physio-Hamish ASHTON  
Manager-Seamus MARTEN  

OFC U-17 Championship | Vanuatu 2013

Match Day 1 | April 17
Papua New Guinea v Vanuatu
New Zealand v Cook Islands
Fiji v New Caledonia

Match Day 2 | April 19
Cook Islands v Papua New Guinea
Vanuatu v Fiji
New Caledonia v New Zealand

Match Day 3 | April 21
Vanuatu v New Zealand
Fiji v Papua New Guinea
New Caledonia v Cook Islands

Match Day 4 | April 23
Papua New Guinea v New Caledonia
New Zealand v Fiji
Cook Islands v Vanuatu

Match Day 5 | April 25
New Zealand v Papua New Guinea
Cook Islands v Fiji
New Caledonia v Vanuatu

 

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