Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Stars line-up for Galaxy curtain raiser

ARC Mt Smart Stadium Media Release

Thursday 27 November

Stars line-up for Galaxy curtain raiser

New Zealand is assembling its own galaxy of stars in the lead up to David Beckham and the LA Galaxy vs the Oceania All Stars XI.

Olympic swimmer Moss Burmester will be a fish out of water on the soccer pitch, A1GP star Jonny Reid will travel at a slower pace than he’s used to and Brendon Pongia and Monty Betham will swap their dancing shoes for soccer boots.

While their skills won’t match the standard of Becks and his team mates, more than 35 celebs and media darlings will don their personalised Adidas strips at the exhibition match on 6 December at the ARC’s Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

Players have been divided into two teams representing the chosen charities for The Beautiful Game – KidsCan and John Walker’s Find Your Field of Dreams.

The star studded curtain raiser will kick off at 5.30pm, with ‘The Beautiful Game’ beginning at 7.30pm.

Field of Dreams Stars

Alison Leonard (Easymix), Andrew Dewhurst (Radio Sport), Ben Boyce (Pulp Sport), Carol Hirschfeld (Campbell Live), Dom Harvey (The Edge), Glen Stuart (ZM), James McOnie (The Crowd Goes Wild), Jason Gunn, Jonny Reid (A1GP), Jono Pryor (The Rock, C4), Kathryn Harby-Williams (Radio Sport), Kimberley Crossman (Shortland Street), Mark Richardson (The Crowd Goes Wild), Monty Betham, Moss Burmester (Olympian), Suzy Clarkson (Prime), Tammy Davis (Outrageous Fortune), Goran Paladin (Radio Sport), Brendon Pongia (Good Morning), Rebecca Sowden (Coach)

Team KidsCan

Andrew Dickens (Classic Hits), Andrew Mulligan (The Crowd Goes Wild), April Ieremia (Living Channel), Dai Henwood (C4), Dean Butler (Hauraki), Ivan Cleary (Warriors), John 'Cocksy' Cocks, Kent Johns (Radio Sport), Kerre Woodham (Newstalk ZB), Lana CocKroft, Mark Dye (ZM), Andy ‘Big Red’ Robinson (Pulp Sport), Melodie Robinson (Sky Sport), Michael Brown (Herald on Sunday), Mikee Carpinter (Autozamm), Miles Davis (Radio Sport), Miriama Smith, Noah Hickey (Coach), Will Hall (Shortland Street)

The LA Galaxy including David Beckham will take on the Oceania All Stars in ‘The Beautiful Game’ at Mt Smart Stadium on 6 December.   Tickets are available from or 0800 TICKETEK.



© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland