A new season of seven-a-side summer football has kicked off on Auckland’s North Shore, honouring the memory of the football stalwart who started it all 27 years ago.
Organisers have renamed the annual Becroft 7s as Al’s 7-a-side to help recognise the efforts of Allan Peeperkoorn who died three years ago, after 24 years of running the module.
Peeperkoorn was a long-standing volunteer of football on the Shore, and championed women’s football in which his wife and daughters played.
He coached a Lotto NRFL Premier League level and for several years, he was player-coach of Albany United’s NRFL men’s team. He had played semi-pro football for Blacktown City, in Sydney.
Main photo: Allan Peeperkoorn … a stalwart of football on Auckland’s North Shore.
Current manager of the sevens module Terry Hobin says: “We have kept the module going in his memory and have now named it after him (formerly the Becroft 7s).
“We work in with the Glenfield Greyhounds Rugby League Club — they open their clubrooms for aftermatch drinks and food and we can store our equipment with them.
“They’ve entered a men’s team the last two seasons and they got their first-ever point last summer with a 0-0 draw. They were rapt. They’ve entered two teams this summer — we’re slowly converting them!
“We’re one of the few modules on the Shore to run women’s, mixed and men’s comps. Many players play in two teams — a women’s and a mixed or a mixed and a men’s.”
This summer’s module
Al’s 7-a-Side Summer Football Module (formerly the Becroft 7s) kicked off its 28th season last Monday at Sunnynook Park. The module is affiliated to NRF.
There is a vacancy for a women’s team. Kick-offs are 6pm on Mondays, a new women’s team would start on Monday November 7.
Two more mixed teams can also be accommodated. Kick-offs are 6.40pm on Mondays.
A match ball is supplied to each team and qualified referees officiate the matches.
The Glenfield Greyhounds Rugby League Club open their Sunnynook Park clubrooms for aftermatch drinks.
For more details, contact Module Manager Terry Hobin via phone/text 021 795070.
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