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Round 1 - Manawatu v Canterbury

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Jacobs back for YoungHeart revolution

By NZF Media / 

PALMERSTON NORTH – One of local football’s favourite sons returns to the Manawatu when YoungHeart coach Stu Jacobs’ new-look side take on Canterbury United on Sunday.

Listless and lacking in consistency last season, YoungHeart Manawatu moved quickly to capture former Team Wellington and Junior All Whites coach Jacobs during a busy off-season.

The former Palmerston North Boys High and Manawatu United defender is excited to be back on home turf after more than twenty years away.

"It’s going to be exciting ride hopefully," Jacobs said, "we are slightly behind the eight-ball in terms of our preparation but we’re looking to put our best foot forward – we’re looking to develop for the future, it’s not just about this season."

Vanuatu international striker Seule Soromon returns to the club after an ASB Chatham Cup winning stint with winter club Wairarapa United.

Jacobs said: "From what I’ve seen from Soromon at YoungHeart in the past is his sheer pace, strength and eye for goal. He brings an ‘x-factor’ and is worth 10-15 goals per season."

Soromon has previous form in the YoungHeart colours, winning the ASB Premiership Golden Boot award in 2009-10 with eleven goals, including all four in a 4-0 thumping of Team Wellington.

Fiji international Pita Rabo joins Soromon and Joachim Rande – a January transfer window signing by former coach Bob Sova – remains on the books.

Former Team Wellington stalwart Jamie O’Connor joins Jacobs as assistant coach and could see plenty of action on the pitch if he can stay fit.

"I brought Jamie in for two reasons – firstly, he’s keen to follow the coaching pathway and he has a good eye for the game. He’s still a very good player if he can steer clear of injury and he is a communicator, something we are perhaps lacking," Jacobs said.

The biggest losses for Jacobs are 121-cap veteran Adam Cowan, a transfer capture for provincial rivals Hawke’s Bay United, industrious forward Michael White and attacking midfielder Jason Hayne.

White scored seven goals as YoungHeart struggled at the foot of the table with Hayne the club’s most potent option on the counter-attack.

"Adam is a huge loss not only for the team but the local football community. He’s been part of the franchise since it started," Jacobs said, "but we have to move on."

Canterbury United starts as favourites with recent history favouring the Dragons.

Coach Keith Braithwaite’s side narrowly pipped Manawatu by the odd goal twice last season including a thrilling 3-2 win at Memorial Park.

The Southerners key signing could be well-travelled All Whites midfielder Cole Peverley. Peverley joins Canterbury United after a stint in the US and could form a vital partnership with fellow All Whites international Aaron Clapham.

Canterbury’s search for signings was extensive, if not somewhat unorthodox.

Coach Keith Braithwaite placed an advertisement in an English newspaper gauging interest in players wanting to come to New Zealand to play in the ASB Premiership.

That yielded results when midfielder Darren White was signed from English Southern League Premier Division club Frome Town.

The match kicks-off at Memorial Park, Palmerston North on Sunday at 1pm.


Head to Head

YoungHeart Manawatu

Canterbury United


The return of Vanuatu international striker Suele SOROMON and the acquisition of goalkeeper Rhyss KEANE are big boosts for new coach Stu JACOBS. Defender Jamie O’CONNOR arrives from Team Wellington will alleviate the departure of Adam COWAN. 

Coach Keith BRAITHWAITE searched far and wide for new signings and snared Darren WHITE from English non-league Frome Town and George SLEFENDORFAS from Victorian State League side Sunshine George Cross.  One-cap All White Cole PEVERLEY is also a new face and could partner fellow international Aaron CLAPHAM in midfield.


Adam COWAN (Hawke's Bay United), Michael WHITE (Team Wellington), Jason HAYNE, Colin FALVEY, Willie HODGE, Graham CRAVEN.

Andy PITMAN, Glen COLLINS and Gareth ROWE,


Seule SOROMON returns to YoungHeart Manawatu where he won the Golden Boot Award in 2008-09 season with nine goals.

Nick WORTELBOER (hamstring), Paul DIROU (Hamstring) and Dan TERRIS (ankle strain) are listed as injured.

Vital Stats:

YoungHeart Manawatu was edged out by Canterbury twice last season with the southerners winning 3-2 and 1-0 in close contests.

The Dragons have only won twice in their previous nine visits to Palmerston North. Last season’s narrow 3-2 win gave Canterbury their third win in a row over Manawatu.


Squad List

 YoungHeart Manawatu

ASB Premiership - Round 1,
Memorial Park, Palmerston North

Canterbury United 

Sunday 23 October, 2011 
Kickoff: 1pm

1- Rhyss KEANE (GK)

1- Tom BATTY (GK)

2- Nobu ISHI




4- Jamie O'CONNOR


5- Allan KEDDIE

7- Darren WHITE


8- Aaron CLAPHAM

8- Nathan COOKSLEY


9- Seule SOROMON

10- Russell KAMO


11- Matt THOMAS

12- Jimmy HAIDAKIS

12- Andy BARTON

14- Pablo MOYA

14- Josh SMITH

16- Michael FRASER

15- Julyan COLLETT

17- Jordan MARTENS

16- Joe MURRAY

19- Matt BORREN (GK)


20- Joachim RANDE

19- Calvin OPPERMAN

25- Jono STEELE