Technical and Suburbs Chase Quarter Final Spot in the Chatham Cup

Cashmere Technical and Nelson Suburbs are chasing a spot in the quarter finals of the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup on Saturday at 2pm, when they take on Caversham and Queenstown Rovers respectively. Technical host Caversham at Garrick Memorial Park, with Suburbs face Rovers, at arguably the most picturesque pitch in the country, the Queenstown Event Centre.

With both Technical and Caversham dominating their respective leagues in recent seasons, the Dunedin side having won 14 titles since the Football South League (FSL) started in 2000, and currently unbeaten for the last two seasons in the league. Technical won the cup back-to-back in 2013 and 2014, with Cavy making the semis in 2010 and 2012. The two sides have squared off in the last three South Island Football Championships, Caversham the current holders after Technical prevailed the previous two seasons.

Cup Run To Date

Cashmere Technical

Round 1 – bye

Round 2 – Western (H) 3 – 1

Round 3 – Parklands (H) 8 – 0

Round 4 – Nomads (H) 7 – 0

Caversham

Round 1 – bye

Round 2 – Grants Braes (A) 3 – 1

Round 3 – Otago University (H) 4 – 0

Round 4 – Green Island (H) 2 – 1

This is the first time that Rovers have played Suburbs,with both sides setting in the top half off their Federation Leagues another close tie is on the card. Rovers are third in the FSL with Suburbs fourth in the Mainland Premier League. Suburbs will be hoping the weather plays it part as the face a three-day trip to get to the game, busing then over-nighting in Christchurch on the Friday before flying to Queenstown, then returning back to Nelson, via Christchurch on Sunday.

Cup Run To Date

Queenstown Rovers

Round 1 – bye

Round 2 – Mornington (H) 7 – 0

Round 3 – Roslyn Wakari (A) 1 – 0

Round 4 – Dunedin Technical (A) 3 – 2

Nelson Suburbs

Round 1 – bye

Round 2 – FC Nelson (A) 6 – 1

Round 3 – Central Pirates (H) 5 – 0

Round 4 – Coastal Spirit (H) 1 – 0

Catch-Up Game In Women’s League

Tasman and Universities play the catch-up game from Round 5 in the Women’s Premier League at Saxton Fields at 11:30am on Saturday.

Tasman have pushed both the top two sides – Coastal Spirit and Cashmere Technical – in the two previous rounds without success and know that if they secure all three points they will jump four clear of FC Twenty11 in the battle for third place. When the two met earlier in the season Universities battled, coming back from two goals down to secure a 2 – all draw.

Form guide: Tasman W D bye D L L              Universities L L bye D L D L

Head to Head: Played 4 – Tasman 3 wins, 1 draw

Previous Results This Season: Universities 2 Tasman 2

Reta Fitzpatrick Cup Semi

On Monday evening the first of the semi-finals will be played in the Stadium Cars Reta Fitzpatrick Cup, when Halswell play current cup holders, Cashmere Technical at the Christchurch Football Centre, Yaldhurst Road at 7pm.

Halswell are unbeaten in the Development League and will be looking to become the first non-premier league side to reach the Cup Final. The two sides met earlier in the season the in National Knockout Cup, Technical winning 3 – 0. The other semi-final, between Coastal Spirit and Waimak will be played on a date yet to be determined.