Roland Bala joins Miramar Rangers and Team Wellington
Miramar Rangers and Team Wellington are pleased to announce that Papa New Guinea International Defender Roland Bala has joined after spending time in the Gold Coast Premier League with Coomera Colts Soccer Club in Australia in 2016. Before that he played for Football Club Port Moresby in the National League in PNG.
Bala who is 26 is excited to be coming to Wellington, “I signed because I like the set up and the coaching and support staff and I know I will learn a lot and continue to improve and develop as a football player. It is a really a big blessing and honor to be part of this team. Both Miramar and Team Wellington have a professional set up and good technical and support staff so will be a good challenge for me to rise up to that level. I’m impressed by the style of play both teams have and what they are trying to achieve”
Miramar Rangers coach Wiremu Patrick was pleased to have Boland on board and said, “Roland is a great athlete and has good ability at his feet. He has a great pedigree and most importantly, is very excited about being here and playing for Miramar Rangers and then Team Wellington. Both Miramar and Team Wellington have had top players from the Islands come through previously with the likes of Henry Fa’arodo and Michael Fifii so hopefully Roland can do the same.”
John Cameron elected new Miramar Rangers AFC Chairman
Miramar Rangers would like to announce that former Chatham Cup winning Coach John Cameron has been elected as the new Chairman for the club after Peter Chote chose to step down after nine successful years in the role.
During Chote’s tenure, Miramar won the Central League in 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as well as the Chatham Cup in 2010 and reached the Semi-Finals in 2009, 2012 and 2016.
On his decision to step down, Chote commented, “I feel that after nine years in the chair it is time to pass the new and reenergised committee over to new leadership. A new generation is emerging evidenced by the recent group of ex players who have put their names forward to join the committee and become more involved in running the club. Now is the right time to hand over to this group who will have a new set of ideas and a fresh view of where this awesome club should position itself for future growth.”
Chote alluded to numerous highlights throughout his tenure, “Seeing the continuing good health of the junior game has been a pleasure to oversee. The work of Andrew Wilson (Junior Chair) and his team of dedicated parents represents what the Rangers are all about. The sterling work done in recent years by Matt Calcott and Cole Peverley, and latterly Jose Figueria, in developing our young people in the game makes me very happy. Winning both local and National Competitions in my time were, of course, further highlights and represent what the Rangers should always aspire to."
Chote said that it was great to be handing over the role to someone he knew well and who had such a long association with the club.
John first played for the club as a six year old in the mid-1960s and he went on to play for all the club’s top junior sides in the following years. After several years in the Rongotai College 1st XI he returned to Miramar going straight into the first team and he made his National League debut against North Shore in 1982 playing in the Chatham Cup Final loss against Mt Wellington at the Basin Reserve.
He returned to the club in the late eighties and was assistant coach to Barry Truman taking over the reins in Truman’s absence for the last stage of the 1992 season and guided the side to triumph in the 1992 Chatham Cup with a 3-1 win Waikato United in the Final. He also coached the first team between 1994 and 1996 and again in 2009 when he lead the side to a Chatham Cup Semi-Final. John’s son Nathan also represented Miramar Rangers and made his first team debut in 2006.
“I believed John will add real value to the role. He has great vision and is an astute manager of people. He’s also passionate about our football club and has balanced view of the interests of the stakeholders,” Chote said.
Cameron said he was excited to take on the role and was eager to become more involved with a club he has been a part of for much of his life.
“My young boys are both now at college and are more independent so this timing is perfect for me. Also, I knew Peter felt he had done his time. We talked about it a lot and he was keen for me to take over. His legacy will be one of hard work, passion and integrity. Surely he will buy me a beer for being so kind to him. One of my conditions was for him to stay on the committee which he has done.”
Cameron alluded to his aims as chairman, “Firstly I have some catching up to do. It is critical I understand exactly where the club is at. We have commenced this exercise already. I guess two words that will hopefully define my own legacy will be innovation and aspiration. Also, our people must enjoy what they are doing so we will have some laughs on the way.”
Birkenhead beat Miramar to setup Chatham Cup final against Waitakere
STUFF: The first half of the Birkenhead-Miramar clash featured some beautiful, end-to-end football from both sides, peppered with the odd robust challenge.
The semi-finals of the Chatham Cup will both be held in Auckland after two teams from the City of Sails were drawn to play at home in the final four of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious winter club competition.
The Chatham Cup Quarter-Finals take place tomorrow with Miramar Rangers on the road to Garrick Park to face South Island Powerhouse Cashmere Technical at 2pm, another Capital side North Wellington meet Three Kings United at 1pm at Keith Hay Park.
Miramar Rangers 1-1 Western Suburbs – Central League Round 2
Western Suburbs played host to Miramar Rangers at Endeavour Park. The game started at a hectic pace with Miramar taking the lead early on following an error by the Wests’ defence. Miramar’s Finn Moore took the opportunity, went round goalkeeper James McPeake to score the opener.
The pace eased in the second half and Wests slowly started to dominate possession. They were rewarded with an equaliser to Elijah Just in the 60’, but were denied the victory with a superb save from Dan Clarke, leaving both teams to take home a point. Final score 1-1.