Comag Matamata Swifts and Waharoa Transport Swifts reserves headed across the Kaimais to play their respective opponents from bogey club, Tauranga Blue Rovers. Injuries and unavailabilities hit the squad hard in the lead-up to the matches, so Saturday was always likely to be a test of endurance. And so it proved.

The Swifts went down 4-1 in what was their largest defeat of The Soccer Shop WaiBOP Premiership season. They matched their in-form opponents during the first half, however, and went ahead right on half time when Bjorn Vossen headed home.

Unfortunately that was as good as it got for Matamata. Rovers scored four times in sixteen minutes through the middle stages of the second half as a tiring Swifts succumbed to their confident opponents.

After a positive start to the season the Swifts have stalled somewhat, but it’s a long season with more than three months to go. Hopefully the team can be restored to something nearing full strength in the coming weeks.

Missing key players, Matamata’s squad depth was exposed. This was no more obvious than during the early game in which the Swifts reserves were beaten 6-0 by their Blue Rovers counterparts.


Date Time League Season
May 25, 2019 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2019


Pemberton Park
20A Pemberton Cres, Greerton, Tauranga 3112, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Tauranga Blue Rovers044Win
Matamata Swifts101Loss

Tauranga Blue Rovers

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Seamus CaseyGoalkeeper0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
6Reuben WigelsworthMidfielder0000
7Brad WestMidfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
10Andrew ClothierForward0000
13Dwayne SignelDefender0000
19Hayden TurlingtonForward0000
20Bjorn VossenDefender1000
21Anton Ganas 16Midfielder0000
24Ramandeep Shettra 25Midfielder0000
16Lawrence Clothier 21Midfielder0000
25Josh Couchman 24Defender0000
 Total 1000