After the disruptions caused by COVID-19 restrictions, revised fixture lists have been confirmed for the completion of the season for senior and youth teams.
Here’s the summary:
The season is over for the Lotto NRFL second division and the U-23s competition, meaning the Reds and U-23 teams have played their last games for 2021.
Administrators ended the season early due to ongoing lockdowns in Auckland.
Cambridge has one game left to play – a match that will help decide who wins the title.
Cambridge play Taupo at John Kerkhof Park on Saturday September 25 (12.30pm).
To take the title, Cambridge need to win and rivals Tauranga Old Blues need to lose their final game (at Te Puke United).
Depending on the scores, the title could be decided on goal difference. If Old Blues draw or win, they are assured of the title and Cambridge will finish runners-up.
Here’s the current standings:
Waikato Division 1
The Chris Petropoulos-coached division one side have three remaining fixtures,
In the league:
- Saturday September 18 – v Melville Nobs at John Kerkhof Park (2.45pm)
- Saturday September 25 – v West Hamilton United at Weka St (12.30pm)
The team also has a quarter-final tie in the Waikato Plate to be played at Waihi on Saturday October 2 (2pm). If successful, Cambridge will play in the semi-final/final in 2022 pre-season.
Waikato Division 4
The division four team plays its last game at Tokoroa on Saturday September 18 (12.30pm), needing a win to stand any chance of taking the title.
Even with a win, Cambridge will need leaders West Hamilton United to lose both their remaining fixtures.
The D1 team has two remaining fixtures:
- Saturday September 18 – v Melville United at Gower Park (12.30pm)
- Saturday September 25 – v Ngaruawahia United at Centennial Park (1.30pm)
The T2 team has one last game:
- Saturday September 18 – v Northern United Seniles at John Kerkhof Park (12.30pm)
The women’s team have one last league game and the result will decide who wins the Waikato Women’s Division Two competition. The team also has one more game in the Waikato Plate knockout competition.
On Sunday September 19, Cambridge play bottom-placed Claudelands Rovers at John Kerkhof Park (11am), while Ngaruawahia meet fourth-placed Thames.
As Cambridge and Ngaruawahia have almost identical playing records over the season, here’s how the title will be decided:
• If one wins and the other doesn’t, the match-winner takes the title.
• If Ngaruawahia wins against Thames, Cambridge must win their game by a margin at least three goals greater.
• If both teams draw, Ngaruawahia take the trophy.
• If both teams lose, Ngaruawahia’s loss must be at least three goals worse for Cambridge to take the title.
• If Cambridge’s winning margin is two goals better than Ngaruawahia, the calculators will come out. The title will go to which team has the best scoring record over the season and if that’s even, the honours will go to the club with the best defensive record.
The women will also play in the quarter-final of the Waikato Women’s Plate at Kawerau Sports on Sunday September 26 (1pm). If successful, the team will go into the semi-finals/final in 2022 pre-season.
The season’s over for Cambridge’s U-15 and U-12 Federation Youth League teams.
However, the Cambridge U-13s have three more fixtures:
- Sunday September 19 – v Rotorua United at John Kerkhof Park (11am)
- Sunday September 26 – v Tauranga City Blue at John Kerkhof Park (11am)
- Sunday October 3 – Rotorua United away (11am)
The 2021 junior season was ended early by WaiBOP Football, taking into account the amount of disruption forced by the Waikato’s alert levels.