Comag Matamata Swifts beat Claudelands Rovers 2-0 in Hamilton on Saturday, recording their first win of the 2021 WaiBOP Premiership.

Two second half goals from Troy Rosser and Radge Avergonzado got the job done for the Swifts against tricky opponents. Matamata had to be patient, however, as Rovers defended well against a Swifts side that created the better chances throughout.

An even first half merged into a second period where the visiting Swifts slowly, but surely, asserted the sort of control that was only going to see one winner.

Matamata had the ball in the net before Rosser’s opener, but Bjorn Vossen’s header was ruled out for, one can only assume, the slightest bit of contact on the way through.

There was no doubt about the opener, however, when Rosser, having his most consistent performance in the Swifts black and white, burst into the box and scooped the ball home with his left foot.

Pete Shannon went close to doubling Matamata’s lead but his close range volley was saved well. Avergonzado then sealed the deal when he caught out the Rovers defence and goalie, remaining cool to fire home from the edge of the box.

This was a solid, if not spectacular, performance from Matamata. The defensive effort was safe and efficient, while the team created enough going forward to deserve the three points. Sam Masterson, back in black in white for the first time after two serious knee injuries, put in a energy sapping shirt, while Rosser was named the Good Merchant Man of the Match.

The other Swifts senior teams begin their campaigns this weekend. Waharoa Transport Swifts Reserves, on Saturday, and Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies, on Sunday, both travel to Hamilton, while Camel Kebab Swifts 3rds have another week to prepare as they’ve drawn the first round bye.


Date Time League Season
April 3, 2021 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2021


Korikori Park
Korikori Green, Rototuna North, Hamilton, Waikato, 3281, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Claudelands 3rds000Loss
Matamata Swifts022Win

Claudelands 3rds

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Andrew GibbsGoalkeeper0000
2Reagen PowellDefender0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
7Radge Avergonzado 25Midfielder1000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
10Anton Ganas 17Midfielder0000
15Blair GriffithsDefender0000
16Pete ShannonMidfielder0000
19Sam Masterson 12Defender0000
20Bjorn VossenDefender0000
23Troy RosserMidfielder1000
12Mike Smith 19Midfielder0000
17Ben Johnson 10Forward0000
25Jordan Griffiths 7Midfielder0000
 Total 2000