Tasman United's Paul Ifill playing at Trafalgar Park last season against Southern United. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

Coming home on top


Tasman United has had the perfect start to the national football league and it will be hoping for the perfect home-coming this Sunday.

Tasman started the ISPS Handa Premiership with two road games — against Hamilton Wanderers and Canterbury United. It won them both and now sits top of the competition in just its second season in the top-flight.

Tasman coach Davor Tavich says he’s a happy man.

“It’s not a bad start. It’s still early days but we’re very happy with how we started.”

The latest win came against Canterbury in Christchurch on Sunday, with teenager Callan Elliot scoring the winner late in the game. Davor says the region is blessed with top young players and he was delighted to see him get the winner.

“We have a lot of young talent in Nelson, a lot of young boys aged 18 and 19 at a good level. He’s very happy and we’re happy with him.”

Despite the strong start, Davor says Tasman will need to re-set and prepare well for Southern United this Sunday at Trafalgar Park. “I think in this league anybody can beat anybody, we’re not going to take them lightly. Southern are a very good team, they have a lot of quality. It is not an easy three points, by any means.”

While another win is top of Davor’s wish-list he’s also hoping for a strong, vocal crowd.

“The boys love [Trafalgar Park] and I love it too. We love the atmosphere, we have a passionate home crowd and we’re hoping for a big crowd this Sunday.”

Davor says the entire squad is fit and healthy and available for selection this weekend.

Kick off this Sunday at Trafalgar Park is 2pm and entry is free.