The future is bright for Rangers

New Plymouth Rangers took on the best from around the country at the recent McCartney Tournament in Taupo last weekend. The tournament, named after Taupo AFC’s long-time president John McCartney, has been held annually since 2004 when it began with eight teams. It is now the largest juniors tournament in the country with dozens of teams gathering from the North Island. Rangers has invested in an academy system which is starting to show signs of fruition with some promising performances over the weekend. 4 teams from 10th grade to 13th made the trip over with an expectation of mid table finishes due to some of the big clubs attending. The 10th grade team making its debut at the tournament pl

Rangers looking for a new leader

New Plymouth Rangers is on the look out for a new Director of Football to replace Juliano Schmeling. Schmeling, who was the director and head coach for two seasons departed to coach in New Caledonia at the completion of the 2019 season The role is a relatively new one that has evolved into a full time role overseeing the clubs programmes and top teams. Candidates are applying from all over the world which is exciting however finding out which are serious options has been tricky for chairman Monty Ammundsen. He says “We are blown away by the calibre of some of the applications but the visa process is tricky for foreign coaches wanting to move here so we are keeping options open for now”. T

Rangers announce a key signing for 2020

New Plymouth Rangers has enticed ex National League player Matt Hastings out of retirement for the 2020 season. Hastings, who moved into the region for work in July, has committed to dusting off the boots and taking the field for the Federation League squad next season. Hastings is a centre back by trade who has played for Waikato FC and Hawkes Bay United among other top clubs here in New Zealand and overseas so brings a wealth of experience to a fairly youthful squad. Whilst he is 33 years old he cant wait to get fit and back on the field. “when I arrived here in July I was welcomed by the club but I wasn’t conditioned to go straight into the top team so I only played a few games of loca

Football Opinion Piece - Asking the tough questions?

Sometimes for the betterment of a particular community we all need to look at the big picture and ask ourselves some tough questions. Today I would like to pose the question of where football is headed in Taranaki. It has always been a bone of contention as to how to best serve football in this province with many different methods attempted over the years. Taranaki is quite unique in that is has 10 to 12 clubs that are capable of playing in a competitive premier league, not many other regions of our size could claim that. This is something to be proud of and celebrated within Taranaki but is this recognised outside of Taranaki or even acknowledged? The answer is no, regionally and natio

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