For the Swifts, it was a case of keeping their heads in the game for the full, frustrating 90 minutes against their visiting Claudelands Rovers opponents. They created chance after chance but a combination of resolute defending, wasteful finishing and a sloppy Domain surface combined to deny them until the closing stages.

Chris Walker struck the game’s only goal, to the immense relief of the Domain faithful, with five minutes remaining handing Matamata a 1-0 victory that was the least they deserved.

Local fans, however, were forced to sit through another afternoon of their team doing their best to confound all footballing logic. Matamata’s pacey front three failed to gel on a day they really should have been filling their boots, while captain, Jamie Baxter, could well have woken up on Sunday morning with a groin strain following the sheer volume of corners and set pieces he was forced to take.

The visitors all but handed Matamata the result when they missed an open goal, not long before Walker’s winner, from one of their few chances on the day.


Date Time League Season
June 19, 2021 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2021


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts011Win
Claudelands 3rds000Loss

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Andrew GibbsGoalkeeper0000
2Reagen Powell 7Defender0000
3Adam HarrisDefender0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
6Chris Lee 21Midfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
9Chris WalkerForward0000
10Anton GanasMidfielder0000
11Ellis BreadmoreForward0000
15Blair GriffithsDefender0000
23Troy RosserMidfielder0000
7Radge Avergonzado 2Midfielder0000
17Ben JohnsonForward0000
21Hardeep Shettra 6Defender0000
25Jordan GriffithsMidfielder0000
 Total 0000

Claudelands 3rds

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards