Canterbury United Pride

Canterbury United Pride won the 2016 National Women’s League title last season, after they won the grand final against Capital.

After a great season for the Pride, the girls ended on top of the table after the regular five games of the competition, which meant they got to play a home final, which was played at English Park.

Watch the video below for the highlights of the National Women’s League Final.

The board and coaching staff is currently working hard behind the scenes to set up a professional organisation for the upcoming 2017 National Women’s League. Canterbury United Pride will be coached again by Mike de Bono, who was reassigned as head coach after a successful campaign last year.

Read everything about the reassigning of Mike de Bono by clicking here.

Canterbury United Pride Facts

  • National Women’s League title holders (winners in 2016)
  • National Women’s League back-to-back Champions (winners in 2013 & 2014)
  • Making the final of the ASB Women’s League Final in 2015, by finishing on top after 7 regular competition rounds. The Pride went down 4-3 against Northern Football. Click here to watch the game.
  • The ASB Women’s League Final 2014 was won 3-1 over NZF Development, with goals to Dabner and Barker (2). Click here to watch the game.

This was the 2016 Canterbury United Pride squad:


1. Victoria Esson
21. Hannah Hegarty
22. Jordan Woodward


2. Emma Clarke
3. Rebecca Lake
5. Meikayla Moore
6. Lee Maoate-Cox
8. Tahlia Herman-Watt
14. Chloe Jones
16. Ashleigh Ward
19. Kayla Thomas
23. Meike Van Der Meer


9. Lily Bray
10. Annalie Longo
13. Whitney Hepburn
15. Tiana Williams
18. Ariana Williams
20. Macey Fraser
24. Sophie Williams


4. Arna Roberts
7. Aimee Phillips
11. Britneylee Nicholson
12. Gabrielle Rennie
17. Holly Pascoe

Head Coach: Mike de Bono
Assistant Coach: Shane Verma
Goalkeeper Coach: Duncan Reed
Manager: Nikki Cochrane