The Chatham Cup will be on display at Links Ave Reserve from 2pm this Sunday, May 14, as Tauranga City United square off against Waiheke United.
Tauranga City United’s Northern Regional Football League manager Alan Smith says their first team has been doing some extra training following their 6-2 defeat to North Shore United last weekend.
“We tried a different tactic last Sunday, but had to change it at half-time because we were three goals down. We’ll have a different look at things going forward.”
With six major injuries affecting the first team, it will be down to the reserves to step up this Sunday. But with Waiheke United coming from a division below, it should be a better outcome in this first draw of the Chatham Cup.
The Chatham Cup is contested by teams from throughout New Zealand, and has been held annually in all but five of the last 93 years.
The cup itself was gifted to the then New Zealand Football Association in 1922 by the crew of the HMS Chatham as a token of appreciation for the hospitality they had encountered on a visit to New Zealand.
All matches that finish in a draw after 90 minutes will be decided by extra time and penalty shootouts.
Alan says they will have to win around five or six games to take the cup, which can be contested by any amateur football club in the country.