Comag Matamata Swifts missed a great opportunity to stay in range of the top sides in the 2018 Loaded WaiBOP Premiership after they fell to a 2-1 defeat at lowly Tauranga Blue Rovers on Saturday.

Missing a number of players due to a variety of reasons, the Swifts still should have had enough to beat Rovers. Brayden Lissington, fresh off the plane from China after representing New Zealand in futsal, and Hardy Rosas were back in the side but plenty of other players were absent, for genuine reasons, in what is becoming a recurring challenge for coach, Scott Parsonage.

Indeed, things looked bright as Matamata opened the scoring early. Youngster, Hayden Turlington, hit his first goal for the club with a neat finish and things seemed to be going according to plan.

That was as good as it got, though, as Rovers hit back twice before the break. The Swifts will be hugely disappointed in the manner with which they conceded the goals, but they had more than enough time to take something from the game.

Unfortunately, it was not to be and they fell to a second defeat this season against a side they really should be beating quite handily.


Date Time League Season
June 30, 2018 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2018


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


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Tauranga Blue Rovers202Win
Matamata Swifts101Loss

Tauranga Blue Rovers

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Matt AberhartGoalkeeper0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
7Brad WestMidfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
11Hayden TurlingtonForward1000
13Dwayne SignelDefender0000
15Brayden LissingtonMidfielder0000
16Chris WalkerForward0000
17Hardy Rosas 2Forward0000
22Hardeep ShettraDefender0000
2Radge Avergonzado 17Midfielder0000
22Harry ConnerMidfielder0000
 Total 1000