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Calling all footballers in prime of their lives

29 August 2008

Calling all footballers in the prime of their lives

A Masters football tournament on 13 and 14 September will give ageing football teams a chance – after a wet and frustrating winter - to confirm who’s really the best at the Beautiful Game in the Wellington region.

The inaugural Wellington Masters Football Tournament, supported by the City Council and Capital Football, will cater for the rapidly-expanding men’s and women’s masters football scene in the region.

The Council’s Recreation Portfolio Leader, John Morrison, says this will be a great opportunity for teams to round out the season in friendly competition – especially after a sodden winter in which so many matches have been cancelled

“And although team names include The Dreamers, The Salmon, The Painkillers, spectators will not be disappointed by the level of skill demonstrated by these aging football dinosaurs,” says Cr Morrison.

Tournament organiser Ian Rogers says many of these teams include former national league stars and top-level players. “While the pace might be a bit more leisurely, there’ll definitely be no lack of skill and touch.”

There are still tournament places available in two grades - young masters (about 35 years and over) and senior masters (about 45 and over). Women’s teams start at about 28 years.

Wellington Phoenix Striker Vaughn Coveney will preside over the opening ceremony on the Saturday morning, with local football identity Jason Pine organising the NewstalkZB celebrity match to take place at 2pm on Saturday with an All Stars of Wellington Football.

The weekend will be split into pool games on Saturday and knockout and finals on Sunday, all due to finish before the Wellington Phoenix take on Central Coast Mariners at 5pm. Some spaces are still available. Register your interest at www.wellingtonmasters.org.nz


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