The first steps on the path to glory in the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup and NZ Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup have been confirmed after the official draws were conducted for the opening rounds of both competitions.
A total of 137 teams have thrown their respective hats into the ring to claim the illustrious honours in the 91st edition of the Chatham Cup, one of the oldest competitions in New Zealand sport, while 35 clubs will compete in the rebranded Kate Sheppard Cup, formerly known as the Women’s Knockout Cup.
Over 50 of the Chatham Cup entrants will take to the field early on as the action gets underway with the preliminary round, which is set to take place across Anzac Day on April 25 and the weekend of April 28-29. The inaugural Kate Sheppard Cup will kick off soon after on May 12-13, when six matches will take place in round one.
The exact dates and kick-off times for each game will be confirmed by the clubs and federations shortly.
The official draws for both competitions were conducted today at New Zealand Football headquarters in Auckland with the Chatham Cup draw being adjudicated by Northern Football Competitions Manager Terry Hobin while the Kate Sheppard Cup draw was overseen by Northern Football Women’s Development Officer Hayley Stirling.
The final of both competitions will be held on September 9 at QBE Stadium in Auckland.
The draws for the opening rounds are as follows.
ISPS Handa Chatham Cup Preliminary RoundApril 25, 28-29
Glen Eden United vs Clendon UnitedPapamoa vs TuakauBohemian Celtic vs OnerahiUniversity-Mt Wellington vs KawerauRanui Swanson vs InternationaleAuckland Wanderers vs Te AwamutuWest Hamilton United vs Papatoetoe UnitedLynn-Avon United vs Kaeo-InterNavy vs Auckland VolcanoesKiwi True Blues vs OtumoetaiPlains Rangers vs HNK AucklandUniversity of Auckland vs West AucklandNorthern Wairoa vs WaiukuKerikeri vs GreenhitheAirforce vs WarkworthWaikato Unicol vs Mercury TokoroaMatamata Swifts vs Ngaruawahia UnitedTaupo vs Otorohanga
(Byes: All NRFL teams)
Wanganui Athletic vs New Plymouth RangersNorth End vs Gisborne Thistle
(Byes: Palmerston North Marist, Napier City Rovers, Havelock North Wanderers, all Capital teams)
Richmond Athletic vs FC NelsonSt Albans Shirley vs WesternParklands United vs Christchurch UnitedBurnham vs Waimakariri United
(Byes: Nelson Suburbs, Tahuna, Rangers, Cashmere Technical, Coastal Spirit, Ferrymead Bays, Selwyn United, FC Twenty 11, Nomads United, Universities, Burwood, Halswell United)
Mornington vs Gore WanderersThistle (Invercargill) vs Melchester Rovers
(Byes: Dunedin Technical, Queenstown Rovers, Green Island, Caversham, Mosgiel, Northern, Otago University, Roslyn Wakari, Grant Braes, Geraldine, Thistle (Timaru), West End, Queens Park, Old Boys)
Kate Sheppard Cup Round One May 12-13
(Byes: Forrest Hill Milford United, Glenfield Rovers, Norwest United, Three Kings United, Eastern Suburbs, Central United, Papakura City, Ellerslie, Onehunga Sports, Western Springs, Fencibles United, Otumoetai, Hamilton Wanderers)
Petone vs Waterside KaroriVictoria University vs Brooklyn Northern UnitedKapiti Coast United vs Stop Out
(Byes: Palmerston North Marist, Wairarapa United, Wellington United, Seatoun, Upper Hutt City)
Cashmere Technical vs Waimakariri United
(Byes: Universities, Halswell United, Coastal Spirit)
Queenstown Rovers vs Green IslandRoslyn Wakari vs Mosgiel
(Byes: Dunedin Technical, Otago University)
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