Auckland’s move to COVID-19 alert level 2 from Sunday March 7 has put the race to find New Zealand’s champion men’s team back on track.
Due to the change in alert levels, Hawke’s Bay United can now play Eastern Suburbs in the final round-robin fixture of the ISPS Handa Men’s Premiership. It will take place at Napier’s Bluewater Stadium on Wednesday March 10 (4.15pm kick-off).
The game will determine who plays who in the semi-finals which have been rescheduled to Saturday March 13 and Sunday March 14.
Here’s how the semi-finals are shaping up:
- Team Wellington (2nd) will play Hamilton Wanderers (3rd)
- Auckland City (1st) will play either Waitakere United or Eastern Suburbs.
If Eastern Suburbs beat Hawke’s Bay, they’ll travel to Kiwitea Street for their semi-final. Anything less than a win by Suburbs will ensure Waitakere take on the reigning champions.
No matter what the outcomes, an Auckland team is sure of reaching the grand final which has been moved back a week till Sunday March 21.
Decisions on semi-final and final games will, of course, depend on what alert levels are in force at the time.
Main photo: Courtesy of Shane Wenzlick / Phototek
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