Comag Matamata Swifts suffered their first Soccer Shop WaiBOP Premiership reverse of 2020, going down 2-0 at Waikato Unicol after playing more than an hour with ten men.

The slippery conditions made football challenging. The match was a largely even contest but turned on the half hour when Matamata goalie, Kyle van Waveren, was deemed to have deliberately handled the ball out side the box and was shown red.

Reuben Wiglesworth drew the short straw and went in goal for the remainder of the match, but Unicol scored soon after then doubled their lead almost immediately after the break. A comeback, in such circumstances, proved too difficult.

While this result was a bit of a momentum staller, there were still positive signs. The centre-half pairing of Blair Griffiths and Campbell Higgins is growing stronger by the week, while the Swifts were able to introduce several new faces from the bench.


Date Time League Season
June 27, 2020 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2020


Waikato University
205 Silverdale Road, University of Waikato, Hillcrest, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Waikato Unicol112Win
Matamata Swifts000Loss

Waikato Unicol

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Kyle van WaverenGoalkeeper0000
3Adam Harris 19Defender0000
4Jamie Baxter 22Midfielder0000
6Reuben WigelsworthMidfielder0000
10Anton GanasMidfielder0000
11Alex Mukuka 24Midfielder0000
12Mike Smith 9Midfielder0000
15Blair GriffithsDefender0000
16Pete ShannonMidfielder0000
20Bjorn VossenDefender0000
21Campbell HigginsDefender0000
9Troy Rosser 12Midfielder0000
19Josh Couchman 3Defender0000
22Sam Tompsett 4Midfielder0000
24Paul Weymouth 11Midfielder0000
 Total 0000