Football: Fencibles head back to training

Fencibles AFC players are chomping at the bit to get back on the pitch after lockdown.

Training started yesterday, with the club employing a staggered approach by allowing only selected teams to blow out the cobwebs at William Green Domain.

The remainder of the club’s players aged from nine up to seniors will all gradually return to training over the next few weeks.

No official start date has been set by NZ Football but they have stated that the postponement has been extended until at least Queen’s Birthday weekend (May 30).

Bucklands Beach’s Robert Martinkovic makes a remarkable save. NRFL, Northern Region Football Division 1, Fencibles Utd AFC v Bucklands Beach AFC, Riverhills Park, Auckland, Saturday 30th March 2019. Photo: David Joseph /

The government Alert Level 2 directive limits gatherings to 10 people, which Chairman Aaron Carson says ‘is a challenge given football is played with eleven.”

Carson believes the league division 2 league they club seniors currently play in will “be re-structured to end up playing local teams” as financial challenges associated with out of town travel will impact the leagues reach.

The club is still taking player registrations for the truncated season and Carson is excited about the “new board, a new sponsor..and the massive plans” to revitalise the club.

Here’s hoping they can force their way back into the first division under head coach Jarrod Young. He is joined by former Fencibles first-team coach Danny Rattray as an assistant.