Friends of Football have unveiled their women’s All Stars team to play exhibition games in Auckland as part of efforts to help the development of up-and-coming young players.
The All Stars consist of former Football Ferns and age group internationals. They will play Auckland high school teams.
Their first game is on Friday April 1 against Mount Albert Grammar School’s girls’ team, at Auckland United’s Keith Hay Park (6pm kick off).
Collectively, the All Stars squad have almost 500 full international caps between them.
Led by former Fern Katie Duncan, the All Stars want to play open and entertaining football to inspire school players to reach their potential as footballers.
Main photo: Katie Duncan … 125 games for New Zealand.
“It will be entertaining for spectators and a great way to bring former teammates together again,” Friends of Football secretary Cathleen Bias said.
“We also think this game is a wonderful way to finish football’s Girls and Women’s Month.”
The women’s All Stars have been two years in the making and only now, with the easing of spectator restrictions for games, are the players able to take the field.
Friday’s All Stars’ squad:
Bridgette ARMSTRONG, Corina BROWN, Caitlin CAMPBELL, Katie DUNCAN, Rachel HEAD, Maia JACKMAN, Emma KETE, Chloe KNOTT, Pip MEO, Tess MURPHY, Tayla O’BRIEN, Marlies OOSTDAM, Jasmine PEREIRA, Martine PUKETAPU, Melissa RAY, Hannah WALL, Rosie WHITE, Kirsty YALLOP.
Coach: Katie DUNCAN.Team managers: Claire HAMILTON, Cathleen BIAS.
Friends of Football have produced a digital match programme which you can read here:
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Friends of Football All Stars v MAGS
Keith Hay Park, Mt Roskill, Auckland
Kick off: 6pm
Friday’s game requires visitors to Keith Hay Park to have My Vaccine Pass (MVP) but there are no limits on sideline spectator numbers. Post-match attendance at the United clubroom is restricted to 200.
How to get there
We appreciate the help of Lotto Sportswear in outfitting our women’s All Stars.
Friends of Football’s men’s All Stars
Friends of Football also have a men’s team that launched in 2019 with games against Westlake Boys and St Peter’s College.
The disruption caused by COVID-19 prevented games in 2020-21 but plans are underway to re-launch the team in 2022.