Cambridge has named a strong squad to compete in the 2019 Lotto NRFL second division competition.
Here’s how the Reds shape up:
Fraser Nicholls (goalkeeper)
Experienced and long-serving goalkeeper who has four appearances for Waikato All Stars and has been one of the team’s most consistent performers over the past five years. A key member of the first team squad and one of the league’s top keepers.
Patrick Steele (goalkeeper)
Joined Cambridge from Matamata Swifts in 2018. An outstanding young goalkeeper who is the New Zealand under 18 Futsal team keeper and winner of the Oceania Golden Gloves award.
Daniel Clarkin (defender/midfield)
An outstanding young signing from Hamilton Wanderers who joined the Reds for the 2017 season. A composed, reliable and skilful defender, he has become an integral member of the side.
Kieran Hill (defender)
Previously at Northern League club Ngaruawahia United. An experienced and versatile defender who has been a first-team regular since joining Cambridge in 2014. A senior and vital member of the team both on and off the pitch.
Jack Portegys (defender)
A member of the 2017 youth squad that won the National U-19 Satellite Tournament in Napier, he became a first team regular in 2018. He played in the National Youth League last summer for Hamilton Wanderers.
Patrick Woodlock (defender)
First team stalwart who began as an 18-year-old in the Cambridge Northern League side. Has played for Hamilton Wanderers in the Northern League Premier Division and Ngaruawahia United in Division 1. Has won the Cambridge club Player of the Year for a record six times and was WaiBOP Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017.
Riley Higgs (midfielder)
This promising 19-year-old joins the Reds for the 2019 season after performing in midfield for Hillcrest High School.
Levi Clark (midfield)
Former Cambridge junior and member of its successful U-17 and U-19 youth teams who returns to the club after a season at Melville United. A nimble and clever playmaker.
Zach Mayo (midfield)
Another member of the Cambridge U-19 squad that won the 2017 Satellite Tournament at Napier. Returned to Cambridge for the 2019 season.
Nathan Claridge (midfield/captain)
Made his Northern league debut at the age of 16. Won the young player of the year in 2011 and was Cambridge first-team coach’s Player of the Year in 2017. An experienced, competitive team player who takes the team captain’s armband this year.
Harry Wick (midfield)
This 24-year-old joins the Reds for the 2019 season after playing midfield at Auckland Northern League club Central United.
Mason Woodall (midfield)
A young up and coming, industrious young player who has made himself invaluable to the first team squad. A very bright young prospect at home in midfield or in defence. Member of the 2017 youth squad that won the National U-19 Satellite Tournament.
Fabian Munoz (midfield)
This skilful Colombian joins the Reds from Northern League neighbours Claudelands Rovers for the 2019 season.
Marcelo Sosa (midfield)
An ex–Melville United and Ngaruawahia United player, Marcello hails from Uruguay and is a very experienced and respected midfielder who has played at a high level in New Zealand. A major asset to the Cambridge first team, he brings leadership and quality.
Luke Stephenson (winger)
At home on either wing, 19-year-old Stephenson joined the Reds in pre-season after graduating from the Complete Academy, United Kingdom.
Dylan Blair (forward)
Signed from Melville United at the start of the 2018 season, this promising striker made giant strides during the season with a knack for losing his marker and getting into goalscoring positions.
Josh Clarkin (midfield/forward)
A graduate of Cambridge’s junior and youth teams, this highly regarded midfielder and prolific goalscorer was the Reds’ top scorer in 2018 and played in the National Youth League last summer for Hamilton Wanderers.
Callum MacLeod (forward)
A promising teenage striker and midfielder. He was the team’s Golden Boot in 2016 and has been a first-team regular since stepping into the Premiership winning team in 2015.
Aaron Heusser (forward)
Made his first team debut in 2017 but missed the first half of last season when travelling. Became a regular in the reserves upon his return to Cambridge but is capable of imposing himself at Northern League level.
Paul Richardson (coach)
Joined Cambridge in 2018 after three successful seasons at Matamata Swifts who he guided to runners-up spot (behind Cambridge) in last year’s WaiBOP Premiership. Richardson took over the coaching role in May from Mike Woodlock when he opted to retire.
Richard Wade and Blair Hoad (assistant coaches)
This pair come to Cambridge after working as a coaching partnership at Melville United where they spent 4-5 seasons. They were responsible for Melville’s Northern League first division reserves squad and acted as assistants to first team coach Steve Williams.
They helped develop more than 10 players who progressed to first team status and collected a Special Recognition Award and Coaches of the Year Award at the Hamilton club.
Kim Brierley (goalkeeper coach)
Runs the Just4Keepers goalkeeping academy which has produced two NZ goalkeepers at the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and has coached WaiBOP Federation goalkeepers and been the WaiBOP women’s ASB League goalkeeper coach.
Fairlie Morton (team manager)
Formerly the club’s men’s club captain and member of the club’s executive committee, she brings administrative experience to the role. She’s been a long-time member of women’s teams at Cambridge.
Clarke McKenzie (physio)
Experienced physio who is now in his third season of involvement with the Reds through his Cambridge–based business, Vigour Physiotherapy, who also sponsor the club.
2019 line–up: Back (from left) – Riley Higgs, Patrick Woodlock, Aaron Heusser, Josh Clarkin, Jack Portegys, Brandon Eaton, Daniel Clarkin, Dylan Blair, Kieran Hill, Bradley Rea. Front (from left) – Mike Leatherbarrow, Callum Macleod, Nathan Claridge (captain), Fraser Nicholls, Luke Stephenson, Fabian Munoz, Patrick Steele.