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Provincial bragging rights on the line for Bay, Manawatu

By Andrew Bailey

PALMERSTON NORTH - YoungHeart Manawatu will kick off their 2010/11 ASB Premiership campaign against neighbours Hawkes Bay this Sunday with a home game at Memorial Park.

In a competition without cross-town rivals outside the big two in Auckland, the Manawatu vs. Hawkes Bay clash can legitimately be called a local derby and the record last year was fittingly tight: a 1-0 Manawatu win and a 2-2 draw. 

The two sides were also close in the 2009/10 final standings, with Manawatu finishing just a point above Hawkes Bay. Both sides will want to improve on their sixth and seventh placings, however.

There have been plenty of changes in the two squads and both sides will feature players fighting to cement a starting place in the ASB Premiership for the first time.

Hawkes Bay coach Matt Chandler has added six signings over the offseason. Cole Peverley – who went to the World Cup with the All Whites as injury cover for Tim Brown – has returned to Hawkes Bay after a stint at Team Wellington last season.

Midfielders Dan O’Brien and Phil Doran – from the US and the UK respectively – will add quality in a squad that Chandler believes is stronger than last year. 

Former MLS and All White striker Jarrod Smith is another big addition for the Bay, but he was withdrawn during last week’s loss to Waitakere after a collision with Martin Bullock and he won’t make the trip down to Palmerston North. 

While Hawkes Bay have got their first game out of the way, Sunday will be the first test for a new look Manawatu side. 

YoungHeart have lost last season’s golden boot Soroman Seule and his goals will be sorely missed. Manawatu boss Bob Sova, fresh from gaining his UEFA Pro license, has recruited the bulk of his squad locally and he will be looking to blend new talent with the old heads as quickly as possible.

Returning Irish centre back Colin Falvey and his partnership with captain Adam Cowan at the back will the basis of a side that Sova will be hoping proves tough to break down.

It will be largely up to Jason Hayne to provide the attacking spark. Manawatu fans will be hoping Hayne’s second spell with his hometown club is as successful as his first, when he was golden boot as YoungHeart went to the semi finals. 

The two sides met in preseason when Hawkes Bay ran out 3-0 winners, but Chandler isn’t reading much into that.

“It’s all about what both sides have done since then. Manawatu always do well and it’ll be tough, but in saying that we’re looking forward to the challenge and we’ll be looking to pick up the points on Sunday.”

“We were disappointed with how we played last weekend and we want to show we’re a better side than that.”

Hawkes Bay did it tough in their opening game against the champions last week; they’ll be hoping they can put together a performance to ensure Manawatu endure a similarly difficult first-up home game.

For Manawatu – one of only three sides still waiting to get their season underway – the opening fixture will bring a healthy slice of the unknown.

The new faces in the squad will be hoping to make a good first impression in front of the home crowd, but the most interested spectator at Memorial Park will be coach Bob Sova as he tries to build a side that can replicate the 2009/10 squad’s run to the semis.



Head to Head


Hawke's Bay United



Dan WILSON, Adam CHANDLER and Tom BISS are drafted in to cover for injuries.



Jarrod SMITH hamstring injury


Nick MORATH, Michael McKNIGHT, Dale HIGHAM, Nick HAYWARD, Jared BLOOR and Matt BORREN are poised to make their ASB Premiership debut. Adam COWAN makes his 110th ASB Premiership career appearance. Jason HAYNE makes his 86th ASB Premiership career appearance.

Cole PEVERLEY will make his 50th ASB Premiership appearance, if selected.

Vital Stats:

YoungHeart Manawatu recorded their biggest ever derby victory over Hawke’s Bay United when they thrashed the visitors 8-1 in 2006. However, Manawatu has won only one of its last four derby matches with Hawke’s Bay United at home. Last season a goal by Vanuatu international Seule SOROMON gave Manawatu a 1-0 win.

Hawke’s Bay United have played YoungHeart Manawatu in Palmerston North on nine previous occasions with three wins and six defeats. Hawke’s Bay lost their first five visits to YoungHeart Manawatu and includes an 1-8 defeat recorded in 2006.


Squad List

 YoungHeart Manawatu

ASB Premiership - Week Three
Memorial Park, Palmerston North

Hawke's Bay United 

Sunday 7 November, 2010
Kickoff: 2pm

1-Matt BORREN (GK)

1-Richard GILLESPIE (GK)

2-Nobuyoshi ISHI

2-Phil DORAN

4- Colin FALVEY

3-Marvin EAKINS





7- Jason HAYNE

8- Leon BIRNIE

8- Nathan COOKSLEY

10- Dan O'BRIEN

9- Michael WHITE


10- Adam COWAN

12- Andy BEVIN

12- Nathan MORATH

13- Dan WILSON

14- Michael McKNIGHT

14- Marama THOMPSON

18- Dale HIGHAM

15- Joachim RANDE

19- Nick HAYWARD (GK)


20- Willie HODGE

17- Tom BISS

21- Jared BLOOR

18- Jonathan TAYLOR

24- Graham CRAVEN

19- Dan BALL

20- Chris McIVOR

25- Shaun PETA (GK)