Fresh bid for national football

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Nelson has entered a fresh bid for a full national league team days after its youth league team played together for the first time.

The group behind the Nelson Falcons youth team, which won two of its preseason games over the weekend, entered the bid with New Zealand Football on Monday. It is hoped that the team will be able to play in next season’s competition.

Committee member Aldo Miccio says it’s important to have a “flagship” senior team in the national competition. “New Zealand Football invited us to resubmit our bid for next year so we’ve sent that away and we’re confident, all things going well, that next year we’ll have a senior men’s team in the ASB premiership. It’s important to have that team that youth can aspire to and be inspired by.”

He says the Falcons proved over the weekend that the region has the talent and with the governance and structure set up for the youth league team, he is confident Nelson will foot it with the best in the country next season.

Meanwhile on the field, coach Davor Tavich believes the Nelson Falcons have got what it takes to play at ASB Youth League level after a reasonably successful spell of pre-season matches over the weekend.

Despite picking up an injury to goal keeper Coey Turipa during Friday’s 2-0 win over Team Wellington, the Falcons fought bravely losing 1-2 against YoungHeart Manawatu and 2-3 against Hawke’s Bay United in a small pre-season tournament. Captain Mark Johnston and Waimea College’s Dion Keetley were forced to share the keeping duties in Coey’s absence before the former New Zealand Under 20 rep returned for the following day’s action. Nelson lost again to Hawke’s Bay on the Sunday, going down 1-2 before ending the trip on a high with a 2-1 win over Manawatu.

The Falcons’ first home game is on January 13.