Waihopai AFC turns 70

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THE Waihopai Association Football Club is calling on all former members to join in the fun as it celebrates its 70th jubilee next weekend.

Club president Gordon Crombie said the club, which was formed in 1950, was one of Southland’s most accomplished, having played in the Southern League for many years.

“We’re currently going through a redevelopment phase.”

The club was inviting all past and present members to join in as it celebrates 70 years of bringing the football experience to people of all ages and abilities in Invercargill, he said.

Festivities would start on the Friday night with a get-together at the clubrooms but Saturday, September 19, would be the crowd favourite as footballers of all ages took to the field.

The juniors would start in the morning with a game against parents at 10.30. This would be followed by the junior prizegiving at 11am.

At noon, a women’s game was planned as the curtain-raiser to the men’s game at 2pm.

This would be a chance for past and present players to lace up their boots and relive their glory days on the pitch.

Then at 7pm the formalities would begin, as footballers shared stories of yesteryear with old team-mates with jingo starting about 8.30pm.

Waihopai’s most recent initiative to make football all inclusive was a partnership with Special Olympics Southland which would hopefully see a Southland team forming and competing against other teams at Special Olympic events.

  • Any ex-Waihopai players who wished to join in the celebrations could contact the club at waihopaiafc.president@gmail.com. For information and updates on what was planned at the celebrations, go to the club’s Facebook page.
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