Comag Matamata Swifts suffered another single goal defeat on Saturday, but this time it was against opponents that were vastly superior to most of the teams they’ve played so far this season. Visitors Papamoa, under the stewardship of ex-Swifts coach Duncan Lowry, currently top the league and for good reason. They pay a nice brand of possession football that, coupled with a watertight defence, has seen them installed as favourites for the 2018 Loaded WaiBOP Premiership title.

Papamoa began the match well, monopolising possession and putting the Swifts under defensive pressure. Matamata grew into the game, however, with the front three of Dayne Willemsen, Kody Nowell and Chris Walker putting the visitors under a reasonable amount of pressure of their own. In fact, Matamata created three decent opportunities before Papamoa scored the game’s only goal on 37 minutes, which was bundled home after they had hit the upright.

The Swifts were limited to several shots from range during the second half while keeper, Kyle van Waveren, made three top saves to keep his team in the game.

In the end, Papamoa was just a bit stronger in key areas, but Matamata’s performance was closer to where it needs to be. With key players now back in the side after injury, and a couple more close to returning, signs are looking positive for improved results over what will be a long season.


Date Time League Season
May 5, 2018 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2018


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts000Loss

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Kyle van WaverenGoalkeeper0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
6Reuben WigelsworthMidfielder0000
7Brad West 2Midfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
9Kody Nowell 11Forward0000
10Dayne WillemsenForward0000
15Brayden LissingtonMidfielder0000
16Chris Walker 13Forward0000
17Hardy RosasForward0000
2Radge Avergonzado 7Midfielder0000
11Hayden Turlington 9Forward0000
13Dwayne Signel 16Defender0000
 Total 0000


Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards