Junior Tournaments & BBQ

Pak'n'Save Petone, BBQ Sponsor
Thanks to PAK’n’SAVE Petone for sponsoring our BBQ sausage sizzle.

The first of two days of tournaments was a tremendous success last Sunday 31st March. The second Sunday will be the 7th April.

We enjoyed pitch perfect conditions with glorious weather for the first EFC Junior Tournament of 2019. Thanks to all the coaches, players and parents who turned out for a fantastic and fun football fiesta.

Some of our Junior teams were finding their feet for the first time and as the day drew on they developed team chemistry and confidence.

Split across both Bishop’s Park and William’s Park, the tournament players and parents enjoyed extra energy from the brilliant BBQs at both locations.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped the sausages to sizzle. Also a HUGE THANK YOU to PAK’nSAVE PETONE for providing the kai.

A second thrilling day of football fever will excite Eastbourne this Sunday the 7th April as the players battle it out. Come on down to William’s & Bishop’s Parks and snaffle a sausage sizzle or a BBQ burger.

EFC Junior Tournament Sunday 7th April.

Don’t forget, Saturday 6th April is the first day of the 2019 season (except First Kicks). Don’t Miss Out. Set your alarms for Saturday morning!

1968-2018: 50th Jubilee

As we are about to start a brand new season, let’s take a moment to look back at a wonderful 50th Jubilee year.

You can download the EFC Annual Report 2018 as a PDF here.

EFC celebrating 50 years
Celebrating 50 years, 1968-2018, Eastbourne F.C
Every team enjoyed a chocolate cake to celebrate the golden jubilee, EFC’s 50th birthday (1968-2018), but perhaps none enjoyed it as much as the First Kicks team

Eastbourne’s Jubilee featured in an article on Stuff and even a short video clip of the Masters Gs (Over 42s) jubilee game can be seen on TVNZ’s One News

The video doesn’t show the highlight so much as the high jinks of the Gs, here is Deano taking on Brooklyn.

Masters seeking new talent

Over 35 and interested in playing a bit of football this season?

If so, come along to the Eastbourne FC Masters weekly kick-about each Wednesday on the Petone artificial turf. We’re always interested in welcoming new players so head down for a run out, a bit of banter and learn about the two Masters teams and the upcoming season.

If you can run a bit or control a ball (we don’t expect both) then you’ll be a perfect fit.

EFC Masters Kick-Abouts, every Wednesday at 7.30pm, Petone Memorial Park on the artificial turf.

If you can’t make it but are interested in learning more, just email us via info@efc.org.nz

Brave effort in Chatham Cup

The Eastbourne senior side lost their Chatham Cup preliminary round tie against Naenae on Tuesday by 0-4, but it is was very much a scoreline that flattered the home side.

With 16 places between the teams, over two grades in the Capital Football tier system, the Tangerine’s kept their more favoured opposition at bay for the first 60 minutes, when down by a solitary goal, a relatively soft penalty was awarded to the hosts that changed the game.
With time to go and the expansive game that Eastbourne were playing, 0-2 was not an insurmountable lead to have hauled back, but the team had given everything they had and were simply run down in the last 10 minutes.
With just the one sub and an average playing age on the day of 18.4, it was a more than merit-able performance by the young squad and a great experience for them, especially those who had not played a Chatham Cup fixture before.
NZ football’s prestigious trophy, first competed for in 1923, is our equivalent of the English FA Cup and for most the first taste was one of excitement. “It was tough”, said midfielder Cared Blackham, “but we held our structure as best we could and put up a great fight, even a man down for the first 10 minutes. It was a great learning experience.”