The 2019 senior football season began at the Matamata Domain on Saturday as the club’s 1st and reserve teams hosted their Taupo counterparts.

Comag Matamata Swifts fought their way to a valuable point, holding the 2018 Premiership champions, Taupo, to a goalless draw, despite playing more than half an hour with ten men. In the early game, a long-range strike from Leo Wullner ensured the Waharoa Transport Swifts Reserves also came away with a share of the points from their match against Taupo’s reserves.

The Swifts have had something of a dishevelled pre-season, but were able to enter their opening match with a fully fit and available squad and the hope that their injury-plagued 2018 season would be a distant memory. That lasted all of five minutes. Brad West landed awkwardly and now looks to be out for an extended period.

The first half, indeed most of the match, was a tight, even encounter, as the two sides matched each other for quality. The visitors came closest to opening the scoring, but new Swifts signing, Seamus Casey, tipped a strong shot from distance onto the cross bar. Chris Walker had a couple of half chances for the Swifts but the teams pretty much cancelled each other out.

Matamata’s challenge was made extra difficult just after the hour mark when Bjorn Vossen saw red, but the little bit of play-acting from the visitors that led to his dismissal was thankfully not rewarded. Casey was barely tested during the final third of the match as the Swifts defence, led by Danny Styles, preserved a deserved clean sheet and a solid point to start the season.


Date Time League Season
March 30, 2019 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2019


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts000Draw

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Seamus CaseyGoalkeeper0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
7Brad West 6Midfielder0000
9Chris Walker 11Forward0000
10Andrew ClothierForward0000
13Dwayne SignelDefender0000
15Brayden LissingtonMidfielder0000
17Danny StylesDefender0000
18Hardy Rosas 16Forward0000
19Hayden TurlingtonForward0000
20Bjorn VossenDefender0000
6Reuben Wigelsworth 7Midfielder0000
11Kyle Wisnewski 9Forward0000
16Lawrence Clothier 18Midfielder0000
 Total 0000


Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards