Date Set for AGM

Te Atatu AFC’S AGM will be held on the 2nd of December at the Te Atatu AFC clubrooms, 39 Neil Ave and will start at 3.30pm.
Life membership nominations are open and will close on October 31st.
The updated criteria for life member can be found in the policy section.



Prizegiving is just around the corner. We look forward to celebrating the day with you all
Here are the teams timetables for the midget, junior and youth teams at the moment. If anything changes we will be sure to update you.

9am – First Kicks 4th,5th,6th
10am – Fun Football 7th & 8th including 8WJF teams
11am – 9th grade & maybe 10th grade teams
12pm or 12.30pm – remainder of 10th-12th grade teams
1.30pm Youth teams 13th-16th grades

Re-signing of Daniel Eisenhut

Te Atatu would like to announce the re signing of Daniel Eisenhut for the 2019 season. Joining Te Atatu late 2017 for the 2018 season, Daniel has introduced professional systems of support and development for both the First and Reserve team squads,as well as introducing some of our 16th grade players to reserve and first team football. Not to mention a well coordinated coaching group and support for the club through events, Danny has proven he is the right person for the club moving forward and has the complete backing from the club . A tough season so far but we look forward to the continuing development to make for an exciting 2019.

Weekend results for Senior Teams

Some mixed results from the senior teams over the weekend:

Firsts and reserves both went down to Bucklands Beach at home. The firsts going conceding a late goal directly from a corner to lose 2-1 and the reserves conceding a dodgy penalty late on to lose 3-2

The Ladies 1st Div drew 1-1 with Glenfield to put them middle of the table with plenty still to play for. The 3rd div managed to score a late late winner to beat Albany 1-0 in a top of the table clash which puts Te Atatu 3 points clear with 2 games in hand.

The over 35’s Te Atatu Footy Westerlies drew their cup game but went on to win 2-0 on penalties to put them into the masters cup final. The over 35’s Te Atatu Blue drew 3-3 in an action packed game.

The seasons coming to a close, so if you can get out and support the club as each team pushes for good end to the season.

Mens Reserves season so far

With the final few games fast approaching, the reserves sit in 9th place after a tumultuous season of inconsistencies. Between our first team and reserves, at times the squad has lacked up to 10 – 11 players through illness and injury. While that’s far from an excuse, it might help to shed some light on the ups and downs that the reserve side have shared with top side.

Our season started in a way that has seemed painfully familiar throughout this year with a narrow 2 – 1 defeat to top side Takapuna. Strong in patches throughout, but not quite enough of an edge to take the points from the strongest side in the league. With a strong hope of 3 points in the next fixture (after seeing ngongotaha had lost emphatically to cambridge during our opening round), we travelled down to rotorua on the long weekend. A 6 hour bus trip saw the reserves postponed, but the lads all had a fantastic time as we watched our top side take home a 3 – 2 victory.
The following week saw us unfortunately lose out narrowly again, this time to Claudelands in our first home game of the season. A pair of gifted goals and a great finish from the away side found us down 3 – 1 after taking an early lead. A late fightback saw us batter their goal and get back to 3 – 2 but that’s how it stayed as we slumped to a second close defeat.
Finally, the next round saw us take 3 points – and convincingly too. Possibly still one of the best team performances of the year saw us fighting back from an early goal to put the first points on the board in a 3 – 1 win. A favorite highlight from that game has to be Carlisle hitting the crossbar with an acrobatic effort which he still likes to remind us of. Still time in the season for one to come off!
Following that unfortunately was the signs of our struggle to string results together. Up against bottom side at the time Onehunga Mangere, the lads slacked off big time after taking a 1 – 0 early lead against a dogged and determined opposition. Two freak goals had our heads dropped and the tails of the underdogs up, and thats how it stayed. A disappointing defeat after such a great performance the previous week was a hard one for all of us to take.
The disappointment continued the following week with a scrappy 1 – 1 draw against Metro, a side we perhaps took too lightly after a very strong high scoring pre season win. Thankfully followed a 4 – 0 thumping of top side at the time Bucklands Beach. After some strong words from coach Aaron Brightmore and a clear message to stick to the plan, the team showed up in emphatic fashion with four goals in the second half giving us our biggest win of the season.
We followed that result up with a 2 – 0 defeat of high flying Franklin, and suddenly things were looking good for the second team. The next week was our second of four bus trips as a squad, and it was not a good one for the squad. Reserves were eager to continue our fine form against a very strong cambridge side, but in all honesty we never got off the bus. Smashed 4 – 0 with a single shot on target in 90 minutes, and the disappointment returned.
Thankful to be back home the following week against Northland, the team was in good spirits in the lead up to the game. Windy and wet weather made it hard for both teams to play, but northland struck first and built a strong 3 – 0 lead. A late goal saw us pull one back, but too little too late and another tough result saw us slump back near the bottom of the table.
The second round began with the reverse of our opening fixture, welcoming Takapuna to Neil Ave. We knew we were in for a tough game, and defended well in the opening stages thanks to great organisation and team work. A nasty injury which saw Ben Pauley off to hospital after being knocked unconscious in a freak accident really rocked the team, and we quickly conceded 3 stunning goals before half time. Takapuna continued the rout and scored two more before a late goal for us gave us a small positive to take away. Tough start to the second round.
We finally then had the opportunity to play Ngongotaha after our opening fixture was postponed, and the away side were eager to notch their first points of the season. A hard fought and end to end game resulted in a 2 – 1 win from behind for us and we were back to winning ways! We backed that up the following week with another emphatic 3 – 0 win over Claudelands, much to the relief of the coach after the manner of our defeat in the reverse fixture. A memorable win for the first team topped off a great day for the squad and a very merry bus trip home.
Papakura came to Neil ave with a much changed reserve side after first team coach Leo Berlim rang the changes for the first team in a bid to get off the foot of the table. It worked massively for both sides as Papakura took home the 6 points with a 5 – 2 win for the reserves and a nail-biting 4 – 3 win over the first team.
Over to Mangere mountain and determined to return to winning ways, a fired up reserve side smashed in 3 goals in the opening 25 minutes to build a quick lead. OM stuck to their task as they had in the previous game, and made the boys work very hard to take home 3 points in a 3 – 2 win. Our most recent game was one we were looking forward to with Albany being the only side we had yet to play after our home game was called off in heavy rain. A strong start from Albany saw us barely touch the ball before they finished off a long sequence of passing with a top corner bullet. A short time later and we were down to 10 after the referee issued a second yellow to one of our players. The boys fought hard, but Albany held on and pinched a late goal to take a 2 – 0 win.
Not too many fixtures left of an up and down season, but no doubt everyone at the club will be fighting hard to pick up as many points as possible and stay in the Lotto NRFL for the 2019 season. Great coaching staff and a fantastic bunch of lads will give us a fighting chance, but its all up to us now…

Job Vacancy- Bar Manager

Te Atatu Association Football Club as looking for a new BAR MANAGER to work in our friendly & welcoming grassroots club. Hours are flexible but initially we are looking for someone who can do Saturday’s 1pm-9pm and Sunday’s 12pm-5pm, the the option to increase these as the interest arises. Must have a current bar license, as this is a sole charge position. Please contact Amy (021557709/ or Kathy (0274881042/ if you are interest in applying


There are a few announcements around the club to talk about!

The replacement of two parts of the roof is expected to start and completed during August weather permitted. Many thanks to the team at Laser Roofing for making it possible

Team Photos are confirmed for Tuesday 14th August at the club. The times are still to come, but it will be posted on our facebook and website when they are available. If you have any questions dont hesitate to send us a message and we will do our best to help out.

Prizegiving for seniors, youth and juniors is confirmed on the 22nd of September, with times and the location to come at a later date, keep posted for updates on that.

We as a club are still on the hunt for a bar manager. so if you know anyone who has their bar license and would like to be considered please let us know asap so we can get this position filled.

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This is the updated criteria for appointment of life member. No nominations for life Membership will be taken of the floor at any A.G.M

Appointment of Life Members

6.1. An Annual General Meeting of the Club shall have power to elect a candidate(s) to Life Membership of the Club, in recognition of distinguished and/or outstanding service to the Club.

6.2. To be considered for Life membership a person shall have performed multiple years of service to the Club outside of playing.

6.3. Any nomination for Life Membership shall be made in writing and signed by two financial members of the club and be received by the Secretary one (1) month prior to the General Meeting at which it is intended to propose such nomination.

6.4. Any nomination for Life Membership shall in the first instance be considered by the Executive, if considered eligible for Life Membership and the Executive votes by ordinary resolution in favour of the nomination being recommended it shall then be proposed to the next Annual General Meeting.

6.5. The election shall be by ballot and to succeed at the Annual General Meeting the motion to award Life Membership must be passed by Special Resolution.

6.6. Life members shall be exempt from paying of fees and shall have full voting rights at any General Meetings.

Nominating financial member must be present at AGM to deliver and speak to their nomination

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

Registrations: CLICK HERE

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