The long-time rivalry between two of Cambridge FC’s senior men’s teams will present new opportunities for bragging rights when the D1s meet our D2s this Saturday (July 25, 2020).
Traditionally, any match between these sides provides a closely fought encounter on the pitch – and hours of debate afterwards.
And there are usually plenty of goals to entertain spectators as the sides go hammer and tongs against each other.
Technically, this Saturday’s match counts as a home game for the D1s, and it kicks off at 12.30pm.
A win for either side will move the victor above the loser on the Waikato Men’s Division Five table:
So far this season, both teams have shown inconsistent form and despite three draws, the D2s have yet to win a game.
Club legend suggests the rivalry between the two teams stepped up to new levels in 2010 when they played a 2-2 draw at John Kerkhof Park.
The game might have finished that afternoon but the arguments over disputed penalties, contested offsides and late tackles carried on … and on … and on.
Five years later, most of the combatants reformed to replay the 2010 classico.
That match finished 4-0 to the D1s with goals from Harry Bomans (2), Les Rohleder and Campbell Black.
Club president Peter Martens reluctantly agreed to referee the rematch … and added an umbrella to his standard refereeing toolkit as the rain cooled frayed tempers.
Last year, the D1s and D2s were in different Waikato competitions, meaning they needed to schedule their annual encounter as an end-of-season ‘friendly’.
The game finished 3-3 with Mariano Castellon, Scott Jenkins (pen) and Ben Ward finding the net for the D1 while Chris Hill (2) and Andrew Myers replied for the D2s.
Main photo: Players from the 2019 match.