Mens season so far

With the NRFL entering the final games of the round, Te Atatu sit 11th having won 4 games. The table is still very tight from 3rd down to 10th but any more points dropped will see the gap widen and chances of heading up slipping away. The season so far has been up and down like the table says, but injuries to key players and unavailability’s meant the squad was slim pickings. Injury to Makism Manko half an hour into his Te Atatu debut really put a dampener on the season after hearing he would be out for a year.


The first bus trip to Ngongotaha was interesting to say the least. 6 and a half hours on a bus on Good Friday meant that the reserves game was postponed. The First team ended up being early and meant they could get some good early preparations. The game was started off well with Te Atatu dominating the early stages of the first half.  The momentum then swung in favor of the home team with Ngongotaha dominating the rest of the first half and went into half time a deserved 1-0 up. The team talk at half time seemed to work, with changes at the break Te Atatu grew into the game. The team scored two quick fire goals to shock the home team. An unfortunate own goal meant Te Atatu took a 3-1 lead before Ngongotaha scored a consolation late on. 3-2 win and first of the season meant the bus ride would be easier back home. Goal Scorers: Rhys Caples, Ranesh Krishnan, OG

Claudelands visited Te Atatu Peninsula park for the first home game of the season. The game started horribly and the boys were 3-0 and a player down at half time. The second half was much worse after another red card, Claudelands provided an onslaught scoring 5 more making the final score 8-0.

Credit to the squad though, the next game was a tough away trip to Papakura where the Reserves got their first win of the season and the First team turned it on and scored 4 stunning goals to get a much deserved 4-1 win. The goal scorers being Mene Fagaseka and Colin Bourke with 2 a piece.

That win seemed to be a stepping stone after brushing aside Onehunga Mangere 2-0, shooting up the table was very much a possibility. The game was quite stale, with Te Atatu missing a penalty in the first half. Rhys Caples scored from the spot after another penalty was awarded. Colin Bourke continued his good form and scored a low drive from 30 yards out.

Metro were next to visit Te Atatu on ANZAC day, with the game being an even contest and Te Atatu looking more likely to score, Metro scored two sucker punches and won the game 2-0. The game against Albany was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch much to the relief of some of the players.

Te Atatu visited Llyod Elsmore park to take on the high flying Bucklands Beach who were equal top with Takapuna. The game started horribly after they scored from half way a minute into the game. The lads put their worst performance of the season in so far and ended up being on the end of a 6-0 spanking.

The NRFL took a break for the week due to Chatham Cup commitments. We were drawn at home to Metro hoping to get some revenge from the game earlier in the month. The game would have been perfect for a neutral football fan with so much attacking football and plenty of goals, unfortunately the game went in favour of Metro 7-4.  Ryan Sabich scoring on debut, Rhys Caples, Colin Bourke and Andy Dalton were the goal scoreres.

With the team in a bit of a rut, the response at training was good and everyone looked up for the game at home against Franklin. With not much to talk about except two moments of brilliance from Franklin, one being a peach of a free kick Franklin took away 3 points wining that game 2-0.

Our second bus trip of the season to Cambridge proved to be much smoother than the first, a depleted squad the lads went down early but came back and stormed out to a 3-1 lead with goals through Ranesh Krishnan(2) and Ryan Sabich. Cambridge scored before half time to make it 3-2. The second half had everything. A red card early on to Cambridge, that seemed to spur them on and they had all the ball and looked far more likely to score. With 15 minutes to go they equalised. 3-3 and plenty of time left, Cambridge went for the killer blow, that almost backfired with Te Atatu almost in through a deadly counter attack, a tackle from the last man stopped that and the referee procedeed to brandish yellow cards out to everyone, Cambridge went down to 9 men but there was little time left for anything to happen, with the game finishing 3-3

Te Atatu returned home with the last game of the first round against Northland.  It was goal keeper Eddie Trubshoes 100th apperance for the club which he didnt want to lose. The game started well, storming out to a 2-0 lead through Rhys Caples and Andrew Dalton. The game swung in Northlands favour as they scored just before half time. The second half was extremely competitve with Northland hitting the woodwork three times, they eventually found the equaliser with 10 minutes to go through a deflected own goal to break hearts of the Te Atatu Players.

Lead leaders Takapuna visited Te Atatu next, with them being unbeaten not really being tested, Te Atatu looked to provide an upset. Te Atatu looked good, holding firm in defence. An own goal before half time gave Takapuna the lead and was a sucker punch. The second half was much the same with Takapuna holding possession and Te Atatu defended well. Takapuna extended their lead with a curling effort from 25 yards out wide. The final result ended 2-0 to Takapuna but the game didnt reflect the score and Te Atatu could be proud of the effort to frustrate the lead leaders.

With Te Atatu now in a relegation fight the same effort aganist Takapuna was required in every single game. Ngongotaha  came to Te Atatu peninsula park in the same position. A win for both teams would give some breathing room above the bottom. The game started poorly with a dodgy penalty given to the away side. Te Atatu equalised through David Carmody, but it didnt last long as another questionable penalty was given. Ngongotaha took a 2-1 lead into half time and extended their lead just after the break. Credit to Te Atatu who fought back with a penalty of their own scored by Rhys Caples and a flowing moved finished by Ryan Sabich. There was more drama as Ngongotaha scored right at the death to again break hearts of the home players and supporters.

Claudelands was the next bus trip. The squad was a bit depleted due to injuries and unavailability’s . The game started well with Te Atatu pressing well and working hard off the ball and asking some early questions  of the Claudelands defence. Andy Dalton opened the scoring  late into the first half and meant Te Atatu went into half time a goal to the good. Claudelands equalised half way through the second half and then went on to take the lead through a goal which didnt look like it crossed the line but was awarded by the linesman much to the disbelief of the away side. The last 10 minutes was quite frantic to say the least.  Rhys Caples equalised and the game was anyones to take. A penalty was awarded in the 88th minute to Te Atatu. The home side protested but nothing was changing. Rhys Caples scored again to take the lead 3-2. Te Atatu would then hold on for a much needed 3 points and to give them some breathing room from the bottom.

With the 3 points against Claudelands, the belief to keep it going was very much there. Papakura visited next with a 6 pointer on the cards.  It started off well with Te Atatu attacking well and asking questions early and vice versa for Papakura. Rhys Caples opened the scoring after 25 minutes to continue his rich run of form. The goal seemed to relax us and made Papakura come back into the game and domianted the later stages of the first half equalising with a stunning effort from the top of the 18 yard box. Stefan Milosevic scored a fantastic header on the stroke of half time to ensure we took the lead. The lead didnt last long as Papakura were awarded a penalty 7 minutes into the second half and make no mistake from the spot. That would set up a frantic 10 minutes, where Zen Baatjes scored a brilliant curling effort to take the lead once again, the lead lasted all 90 seconds as Papakura equalised for the third time. The last 15 minutes of the game were dominated by Te Atatu but werent clinical enough and were to pay for the missed opportunities as Papakura scored a killer blow in the 90th minute to once again break the hearts of the home team.



Intro to Junior coaching

Coach Education Announcement

‘Intro to Junior Coaching’ and ‘Junior Level 1 Coaching Award’  for coaches working in the West Auckland/Waitemata/ Te Atatu catchment.

Intro To Junior Coaching

The course aims to provide beginner coaches with advice about how to meet the needs of junior players and what to focus on to deliver fun and safe age appropriate football session. All candidates will receive an electronic resource that contains over 100 games and activities for junior footballers.

Venue: West Auckland AFC, Brains Park

Date: Wednesday 30th May

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Cost: FREE

Registration: CLICK HERE

Junior Level 1 Coaching Award

This course targets coaches who are looking to improve their knowledge and understanding of how to work effectivity with junior players by examining the qualities of a junior coach and how adapt junior football sessions to challenge all players within a team.

Venue: Waitemata AFC, McLeod Park

Date: Sunday 17th June

Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost: $65

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If you have any question about either of the above course please email

NRFL Season Underway

The NRFL kicked off Saturday with both Firsts and reserve teams playing in their first game of the season away at Takapuna.

The Reserves kicked off first hoping to build on a somewhat promising preseason. They started brightly creating a few clear chances but none really troubling the Takapuna keeper. Chris Gage scored first and Takapuna equalized just before half time. 15 minutes into the second half, which only can be described as a shocking refereeing decision, Takapuna were awarded a penalty for a bad tackle, but no player had gone down or even appealed for a penalty and went to take the throw in. Much to the disbelief of all the players and supporters, Takapuna scored the penalty to take a 2-1 lead before rounding out the game with one more with 20 minutes to go to take a 3-1 win. The Reserve boys played well and deserved a point at least and will take many positives into their next game against Ngongotaha away on good Friday.

The first team had a mixed preseason and looked to start the season with what would’ve been considered an upset. New signing Makism Manko started up front in a new look Te Atatu team.
The game started cagey with both teams trying to feel each other out, no teams really making any clear chances. Manko provided a lovely deft chip into the back post for David Carmody to head in and open the scoring. The goal gave Te Atatu the edge as they could smell blood. The game changed when Makism went down under a bad challenge and his NRFL debut for Te Atatu was cut short as he limped off with an injured knee. Fingers crossed its not bad. The game swung in Takapunas favour as the scored following a goal mouth scramble. They then made it 2-1 just before half time to land a killer blow to Te Atatu. Another dubious penalty decision went against Te Atatu with the referee pointing to the spot following an alleged hand ball, much to the puzzlement of the supporters behind the goal. Takapuna made in 3-1 which almost took the wind out of Te Atatu’s sail, but credit to the boys who kept playing some wonderful football. Another new signing Andy Dalton made it 3-2 after linking up nicely with Mene Apelu in the box to cause Takapuna some trouble in the last 20 minutes. The home side was reduced to 10 men after a shocking two foot challenge on Ranesh Krishnan, who luckily was okay to continue. Whilst Te Atatu pushed forward for an equalizer Takapuna scored the killer blow just before full time to make it 4-2. Te Atatu again deserved more than what they got and will feel hard done by with some of the decisions but will look forward to Friday to bounce back quickly and head up the table.


Te Atatu AFC are pleased to announce the signing of Maksim Manko for the 2018 NRFL Season.

The club is looking to develop both on and off the field and with the signing of a player of Maksim Manko quality this is a huge step in the right direction.

Maksim comes to Te Atatu with a wealth of experience having played National League for both Waitakere United & WaiBob and also Overseas playing professionally in Argentina & Costa Rica and this will surely set the team in good stead.

Once again welcome aboard Maksim the club and members look forward to enjoying what you put on display in 2018.

Please look out for Maksim around the club and say hi.

Te Atatu AFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Daniel Eisenhut (Head Coach) and his respective team to lead the clubs 1st Team and Reserve Team for the 2018 season.

Head Coach

Daniel Eisenhut – 027 567 0028

Assistant Coaches

Ben Pauley
David Carmody
Aron Brightmore

Team Managers

Dave Eldridge
James Colligan

We as a club are excited about the addition of Danny and his team and look forward to working with them immediately to position ourselves for a competitive 2018 season. We feel after completing a robust process this team will offer a professional experience and environment to the players and add to the knowledge and passion of the club.

Daniel said:

“The team and I are very excited about the challenge ahead, We have been given a fantastic opportunity to build something special for the club, supporters and players to be a part of in 2018. Last season was a difficult season for the club, It is now on us as a coaching group to implement our vision and values that will inspire and breed success”

“I am very humbled to be given this opportunity. I am very fortunate to have had great times and achieved success with this club already in the past. I now look forward to repaying some of this by playing an influential role at the club and hopefully delivering more success, Roll on 2018”.