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2013/14 ASBP Media Guide

2013/14 ASBP Draw

Round 12 - Hawke's Bay v Canterbury

Squad List

History beckons Hawke's Bay

By David Gearey / 

NAPIER - Hawke’s Bay United will look to clinch their maiden playoff berth this weekend, when they host  Canterbury United at Bluewater Stadium this Sunday.

The Bay are only one win away from securing that elusive dream, one they have flirted with on numerous occasions, but still yet one to experience.

Play offs have eluded the franchise, former coaches and many past players for the previous eight campaigns,  but now coach Chris Greatholder and assistant Perry Cotton are on the brink of creating franchise history.

Greatholder has recruited well this season and under his management he has guided his side to an impressive seven wins to date this campaign.

Two players that have returned for their second stint with the franchise are the exciting English pair of Stephen Hindmarch and Conor Tinnion.

Both players have been instrumental for the Bay this season and the duo are loving every minute involved within their current squad.

“I’m really enjoying my second season, my first one wasn’t bad but could get a bit frustrating.  But Chrissy (Greatholder) promised me it would be better this season and he was right, and it’s a really good bunch of lads to be involved with,” Tinnion said.

“I'm loving my second season here at Hawke’s Bay. I think we have had a great season so far and the gaffer has added to the squad really well and kept the core of players from last season together.” Hindmarch added.
Greatholder has not only recruited well this season, but he has also installed new values within his squad.  Attitudes that have seen his side go unbeaten at home over the past year, and beliefs that now have them sitting as serious title contenders.
“There has been big changes from last season to be honest. Chrissy (Greatholder) taking charge from the start, picking his own squad and installing his philosophy on us early on has certainly helped us to be where we are today.” Hindmarch said.
He added. “I think the team has the potential to go all the way this season. With the players we have here I think we can beat anyone on our day and we have to believe that.”
“Since the first day I came back everything has been more professional, from Perry showing us how to slide tackle, to Brandon giving us high 5's every time we lift a weight. But in all seriousness everything has been brilliant, it’s such a professional environment,” Tinnion added.
But before the Bay can celebrate they need to overcome a rampant Canterbury United.
The Southerners have scored eight goals in their previous two outings, and a win would see them leapfrog the Bay on the Premiership ladder.
Hindmarch, who will line up against former All White Aaron Clapham, knows that Canterbury have not been an easy team to overcome in recent times.
“I think this weekend is going to be very tough, they have some good players.  After the last two games down in Christchurch, I think a few of the boys want to put things right this weekend, and show them why we are where we are on the table.”  said Hindmarch.
The playoffs could all well be wrapped up this weekend if results go that way and the Bay could be celebrating that elusive play off berth.
Hawke’s Bay will be without the suspended Fergus Neil whilst Canterbury will look to make the trip  north with a fully fit squad to choose from.
The match takes place this Sunday at Bluewater Stadium. Kick off is at 2pm.


Head to Head

Hawke's Bay United

Canterbury United


Conor TINNION returns from suspension.

skipper Dan TERRIS shrugs off his injury woes to take his place in coach Keith BRAITHWAITE’s line up


there is no room for in-form Jarrod SMITH who succumbs to an Achilles tendon injury. Fergus NEIL is suspended after his red card in Dunedin in Round 11.

Danny KNIGHT drops out of the squad


Cole PEVERLEY named in the ASB Premiership Team of the Month in January, also returns from suspension

Darren WHITE is walking a suspension tightrope with just one more caution earning the midfielder a seat on the sidelines.

Vital Stats:

Hawke’s Bay United are undefeated at home since Round 5 of the 2011/12 season when they lost 3-1 to Auckland City. That seven game unbeaten streak includes conceding just three goals at home this season and they set a new record for longest unbeaten run of five games in the last round.

Aaron CLAPHAM is Canterbury’s top scorer this season with six goals in ten games. The All Whites player has 25 goals in 67 games for the Dragons.



Squad List

 Hawke's Bay United

ASB Premiership - Round 12
Bluewater Stadium, Napier

Canterbury United 

Sunday 10 February, 2013 
Kickoff: 2pm

1- Richard GILLESPIE (GK)


2- Aaron JONES




5- Bill ROBERTSON (c)


6- Stephen HINDMARCH

7- Darren WHITE


8- Aaron CLAPHAM

10- Stephen HOYLE

9- Russell KAMO

12- Harley RODEKA

11- Michael FIFII


12- Andy BARTON


13- Nathan KNOX

18- Dakota LUCAS

14- Josh SMITH


15- Julyan COLLETT

20- Conor TINNION

16- Ashley WELLBOURN

21- Matt BRUIN

18- Andy PITMAN

22- Angus KILKOLLY

19- Louie BUSH

25- Danyon DRAKE (GK)