Football - Boys - 2006

New Zealand A Team - Vietnam, October 2006

Defender Michael Boxall, Head Boy and Captain of the Mount Albert Grammar School 1st X1 was selected to the New Zealand A team to tour Vietnam.

Michael was also named recently as the Boys' Victor Ludorum for 2006 - the best all-round student who plays at the highest level in a number of sports.

Michael also plays club football for Central United.

Click here for a report on the game

"New Zealand A were robbed of star midfielder Chris James just before kickoff and had two goals disallowed before losing their Agribank Cup opener 1-0 to hosts Vietnam early today (Thursday NZT).

New Zealand went into the match just hours after putting James on a flight back to London where the All Whites and Fulham reserve team midfielder will seek treatment for a mystery rash."

October 25 ' Thailand v Bahrain, Vietnam v New Zealand (11.30pm NZT).
Result: Loss to NZ A 0 - 1
October 27 ' New Zealand v Thailand (9.25pm NZT), Bahrain v Vietnam.
Result: Loss to NZ 0 - 1
October 29 ' Bahrain v New Zealand (9.25pm NZT), Vietnam v Thailand.
Result: Win to NZ 1 - 0

Chris James (also mentioned on the Football page) was also a MAGS football player before moving to England and has signed for the Fulham Football club. He has also played for the England Representative sides before being available and making his debut for the All Whites in the recent match against Brazil before the World Cup.

"Barron is joined by fellow All Whites Jeremy Brockie, Chris James, Mark Paston, James Pritchett and Jeff Fleming. Thirteen of the 19-strong squad have been drawn from the New Zealand Football Championship, including Pritchett and fellow defenders Cole Peverley and Michael Boxall who will return to Asia in December when they represent Auckland City at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan."

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Tim Schaeffers has been announced as the reserve fullback for the New Zealand A team vs Thailand on the 27th October in the Agribank Cup.
Tim joins Michael Boxall in the reserve lineup for tonights game.

"YoungHeart Manawatu midfielder Shaun Van Rooyen and Waikato FC fullback Tim Schaeffers are on standby for Shin and Peters respectively while Manawatu striker Nick Roydhouse is expected to take a place on the bench after injury ruled him out of the Vietnam match."

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Knock Out Cup - 2006

Vs MacLeans College: Wednesday September 13th.

Mount Albert Grammar School completed their third Cup and League double; 1998, 2004, 2006 to go with their historic 1999 triple season.

MacLeans College were worthy opponents and a little unlucky in the 12th minute to see a Nick Robbon shot bounce out after hitting the foot of the goal post.
At the other end both Tim Schaeffers and Damien Fonoti missed goal scoring opportunities. Both teams went into the interval scoreless.

Half time: MAGS 0, MacLeans 0.

Van Lindsay replaced a lethargic-looking Troy Smith at half time. Lindsay made a big difference in the middle of the park teaming up with live-wire Josh Smith. MAGS threatened to score via the pacy Fonoti, yet once again, he tried to beat the goalkeeper and missed a golden opportunity to open his account in this match. The first goal came from a MAGS corner in the 51st minute. Josh Smith played a short pass to Mark Withers who turned inside the penalty area. His low hard drive across the MacLean's goal line was deflected in by a MacLean's defender.

Two minutes later, Damien Fonoti was dismissed by the referee for what looked like a clumsy tackle.

With ten men, MAGS played their best football. Substitute Pomare Te Anau was gaining confidence with every touch. His cross was well controlled by Rhys Ruka and bent past the keeper to give MAGS a comfortable 2 - 0 cushion.

The game was expertly wound down with MAGS looking more and more dominant despite being down to ten men.

In the final analysis MAGS were worthy winners.

Team: Arran Rowley, Tim Schaeffers, Michael Boxall (C), Jonathan Raj, Skye Parmenter, Malcolm MacRae, Troy Smith, Josh Smith, Rhys Ruka, Mark Withers, Damien Fonoti.

Substitutes: MacRae Sloper not used, Van Lindsay for Troy Smith 41, Pomare Te Anau for Malcolm MacRae 60, Zane Sole for Mark Withers 66, Gichin Fuhiniu not used.

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 2 - 0.
Lotto Man of the Match: Van Lindsay


Vs Auckland Grammar School: Wednesday August 30


Two second half goals from livewire winger Malcolm MacRae and striker Mark Withers eased MAGS into the final of the Auckland Knock Out cup.
Both players were second half substitutes and both scored with their first touch of the ball.

If Coach Kevin Fallon was feeling pleased about his two substitutes he certainly was not happy about the referee who made six cautions and also dismissed MAGS midfield player Van Lindsay in the final two minutes of a game that threatened to boil over.

MAGS dominated proceedings in the first half but after half time the sky blue shirts of Mount Albert Grammar School started to take control of this tense semi-final tie contested by two of the giants of New Zealand Schools football.
It was sweet revenge for Mount Albert who a week earlier had lost the New Zealand Schools final to their cross town rivals 2 - 0.
Outstanding for MAGS were skipper Michael Boxall, midfield striker Josh Smith and super sub Malcolm MacRae.

Team: Arran Rowley, Tim Schaeffers, Sam Campbell, Michael Boxall (C), Jonathan Raj, Rhys Ruka, Troy Smith, Van Lindsay, Skye Parmenter, Josh Smith and Damien Fonoti.
Substitutes: Malcolm MacRae for Skye Parmenter (53), Mark Withers for Troy Smith (62), Zane Sole for Damien Fonoti (75).

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 2 - 0.

Lotto Man of the Match: Malcolm MacRae

Vs Kings College: Tuesday June 20th.

Kings College were no match for a polished Mount Albert Grammar school team in the Auckland Knock Out cup at Alberton Avenue. Malcolm MacRae opened the scoring with an individual goal in the 23rd minute.
Many chances were missed in the first half namely by strikers Mark Withers and Josh Smith. The half time score flattered a defensive Kings College.
Half time score: MAGS 1 - 0.

After half time Mount Albert Grammar stepped up a gear with goals from Mark Withers and Josh Smith. Substitute Damien Fonoti added a fourth goal and for MAGS it was an encouraging display of attacking football. They will want to repeat the performance in the weekend when once again their opponents will be Kings College in the League competition.
Man of the Match Josh Smith was well supported by promising left full back Skye Parmenter.
Team: Rowley, Raj, Boxall (C), Campbell, Parmenter, MacRae, Smith T, Lindsay, Ruka, Smith J, Withers.
Substitutes: Te-Anau for Ruka (60), Fonoti for Lindsay (65), Sloper for Rowley (75).

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 4 - 0.
Lotto Man of the Match:
Josh Smith. An all action display.

Vs Massey High School: Tuesday May 23rd.

"Fonoti bags Five"

Five goals from powerful striker Damien Fonoti, sank the hopes of West Auckland school Massey High, in the Auckland Knock out cup fixture played at Mount Albert Grammar on Tuesday evening.
Ex MAGS player Michael Williams was the coach of the beaten team and afterwards he said:
" What team at our level (third division) could hold out against that kind of play? MAGS were just too good."
Massey denied MAGS a goal for twenty minutes before Fonoti struck. It was 4 - 0 at half time and nearly tripled by the end with Fonoti bagging five, Zane Sole two, and single goals to Josh Smith, Jonathan Raj and Skye Parmenter.
The eleven goal thrashing was accompanied by some sweeping passages of play with MAGS dominating ball possession.

Lotto Man of the Match: Damien Fonoti
Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 11 - 0

First X1 Season 2006

Vs Kings College: Saturday 9th September.



Mount Albert Grammar School sealed their third consecutive Premier League Championship win at King's College. Striker Damien Fonoti struck twice in the first half with a header after 4 minutes and a 35th minute rocket to give MAGS a comfortable 2 - 0 half time lead.

They appeared to take their foot off the pedal and were punished for their mistake as early as the 48th minute when Kings striker John Niyonsaba rifled home a fierce shot past a prostrate Arran Rowley in the MAGS goal.
MAGS survived a second half of King's efforts to equalise. One free kick rattled the woodwork before eventually being cleared.

MAGS now will be looking to complete another Cup and League double with the final of the Auckland Knock-Out Cup their next game against MacLeans College on the 13th September at North Harbour Stadium. Kick Off at 1.00pm.

Team: Arran Rowley, Van Lindsay, Michael Boxall (C), Tim Schaeffers, Skye Parmenter, Malcolm MacRae, Josh Smith, Troy Smith, Rhys Ruka, Damien Fonoti, Zane Sole.

Substitutes: MacRae Sloper not used, Gichin Fuhiniu for Zane Sole 71, Hamish McIntosh not used, Pomare for Malcolm MacRae 80.

Lotto Man of the Match: Damien Fonoti
Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 2 - 1.

Vs Auckland Grammar School: 6th September.


Coach Kevin Fallon was forced to reshuffle his team for the vital top of the table clash at Alberton Avenue on a top surface. MAGS were minus their two regular centre backs Sam Campbell and Michael Boxall. Van Lindsay came into the team, as did Josh Smith to captain the team and play in the Centre Midfield.

The first half was a dour battle with a couple of chances for both sets of forwards. None could break the deadlock.

Half time score: 0 - 0

Nine minutes into the second half Auckland Grammar caught the Mount Albert defence napping. Mathews played a ball in behind a poorly positioned Van Lindsay. His winger got in behind him and shot far post for the goal to give AGS a 1 - 0 lead that they hung onto to take all three points to keep their title aspirations alive.

For MAGS they have another opportunity to clinch their third consecutive tiltle with a win at Kings on Saturday. On this kind of form I would not bet on the outcome; as a unit they looked strangely subdued.

Team: Arran Rowley, Van Lindsay, Jonathan Raj, Tim Schaeffers, Skye Parmenter, Malcolm MacRae, Troy Smith, Josh Smith (C), Rhys Ruka, Damien Fonoti, Mark Withers.

Substitutes: McRae Sloper not used, Zane Sole for Mark Withers 60, Gichin Fuhiniu for Malcolm MacRae 77, Hamish MacIntosh not used, Pomare Te Anau not used.

Final Score: Loss to Mount Albert Grammar School 0 - 1.
Lotto Man of the Match: Jonathan Raj.

Final Score: Loss to Mount Albert Grammar School 0 - 1.

Vs Rangitoto College: Saturday 2nd September:

Rangitoto College coach Paul Seaman predicted his team would be at it's strongest today to play top of the table Mount Albert Grammar School. They certainly opened strongly and for the first twenty minutes looked as if they would be a hard nut to crack.

A brilliant Damien Fonoti header from a pin point accurate Skye Parmenter cross in the 38th minute separated the two teams.

Unfortunately MAGS had to reshuffle their rear-guard with stopper Sam Campbell replaced by young midfield player Zane Sole due to injury.

Half time: MAGS 1 Rangitoto 0.

In the first second half attack it was Malcolm MacRae, played in by striker Damien Fonoti, who outpaced the visitors left flank to have his cross brilliantly converted by Mark Withers. From this point onwards MAGS dominated. The second half was packed with three more goals to Mark Withers, Tim Schaeffers and Man of the Match Troy Smith.

Michael Boxall and coach Kevin Fallon were given their marching orders by a referee who exasperated the home support particularly with a blatant penalty appeal after winger Gichin Fuhiniu was chopped down after beating the visitors right fullback.
MAGS coped brilliantly for a comprehensive victory.

Team: Arran Rowley,Tim Schaeffers, Michael Boxall (C), Sam Campbell, Malcolm MacRae, Troy Smith, Skye Parmenter, Mark Withers, Jonathan Raj, Damien Fonoti and Troy Smith.
Substitutes: Zane Sole for Sam Campbell 36, Gichin Fuhiniu for Rhys Ruka 70, Pomare Te Anau for Malcolm MacRae 73.

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 5 - 0.
Lotto Man of the Match: Troy Smith

Vs St Kentigern College: Saturday 26th August

On a bone-hard surface at St Kentigern College MAGS started the countdown to their third consecutive Auckland Premier League Championship.

It took 63 minutes before St Kentigern College looked to be chasing a lost cause. Down 1-0 at half time to a well struck Josh Smith goal, St Kent's tried to match their opponents.

In the 58th minute Skye Parmenter latched onto a Damien Fonoti glancing header lashing it into the St Kentigern goal. The game looked all over.

In the very next attack MAGS goalkeeper Arran Rowley got himself involved in a terrible tangle on the corner of his 18 yard box, courtesy of some poor defending. The diminutive St Kentigern striker nipped in to clip the ball into an empty net with Rowley, Boxall and Campbell looking speechless.

Skye Parmenter came to the rescue once again. MAGS swept downfield and Parmenter kicked the ball into the top corner of the St Kentigern goal to give MAGS a two goal cushion again.

Substitute Gichin Fuhiniu carved out his first goal for the MAGS team jinking past two distraught St Kentigern defenders in the 83rd minute.

Team: Arran Rowley, Jonathan Raj, Michael Boxall (C), Sam Campbell, Malcolm MacRae, Zane Sole, Van Lindsay, Skye Parmenter, Josh Smith, Damien Fonoti.
Substitutes: Sloper not used, Ruka for MacRae 46, Withers for Fonoti 75, Fuhiniu for Smith J 63.
Goal Scorers: Josh Smith 39, Fuhiniu 83, Parmenter 58, 63.

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 4 - 1.
Lotto Man of the Match: Skye Parmenter

Vs Westlake Boys High School: Saturday 5th August

Westlake Walloped:

Mount Albert Grammar School striker Damien Fonoti was too much for Westlake Boys High School today at Alberton Ave.
His four goal tally was the feature in a game where the North Shore team struggled to even get a strike on target.
Fonoti scored in the 3rd, 6th, 66th and 82 minute. All the goals were contstructed by the deadly duo for MAGS down the left flank namely Skye Parmenter and Rhys Ruka.
On this form it is difficult to look past the Mount Albert team not completing a "hat trick" of Premier League Championship wins.
The back four were ably marshalled by Captain, Michael Boxall in midfield Josh Smith was everything and up front the powereful Fonoti led Westlake a merry dance.

Team: Arran Rowley, Tim Schaeffers, Michael Boxall (C), Sam Campbell, Skye Parmenter, Malcolm MacRae, Josh Smith, Van Lindsay, Rhys Ruka, Damien Fonoti, Mark Withers.
Substitutes: Macrae Sloper not used, Jonathan Raj for Sam Campbell 56, Troy Smith for Mark Withers 60, Pomare Te Anau for Tim Schaeffers 75th minute.

Lotto Man of the Match: Damien Fonoti with 4 goals
Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 4 - 0.

Lotto Man of the Match: Damien Fonoti with 4 goals
Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 4 - 0.

Vs St Peters College: Saturday 22nd July.

Livewire Midfield player Josh Smith was too much for a lively St Peters team today at Keith Hay Park.
The game kicked off in beautiful sunshine with the home team adoptiing a 3-5-2 formation anchored by their captain Tim Brown.
It was MAGS who went ahead in the 14th minute when a Josh Smith shot was handled in the penalty area.Smith converted the penalty himself. Five minutes later Smith fed big Mark Withers who kept a cool head to slip the ball past the hapless St Peter's goal keeper.
Half time: MAGS 2, St Peters 0.
After the interval the MAGS domination of the ball continued. The central pairing in defence of Jonathan Raj (who replaced an injured Sam Campbell in the 30th minute) and Captain Michael Boxall snuffed out the St Peters attack.
Boxall was most unfortunate to receive a caution in the 61st minute. After Skye Parmenter scored a delightful direct free-kick . It was a bizarre decision by the referee who until then was having a solid game. Boxall's booking was for wasting time.
MAGS substituted Damien Fonoti with Troy Smith and Josh Smith being pushed foward in the attack.
It proved to be a good move, Smith got his second goal in the 69th minute from 10 yards out. Mark Withers added the fourth chesting in a Rhys Ruka far post cross. With two minutes to go Smith chested down a superb Tim Schaeffers cross inside the box, to shoot home left footed for his hat trick.
Team: Rowley, Schaeffers, Campbell, Boxall (C), Parmenter, MacRae, Smith J, Van Lindsay, Ruka, Withers, Fonoti.
Substitutes: J Raj for Sam Campbell 30mins, T Smith for D Fonoti 60mins, MacRae Sloper not used.

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 5 - 0
Lotto Man of the Match: Josh Smith .
A memorable day for Josh Smith his first Hat Trick for MAGS

Vs MacLeans College: Wednesday 28th June

Mount Albert Grammar school produced a five star performance today beating a spirited MacLeans College 7- 0, to go three points clear on the League table.
Leading 2 - 0 at the interval with a goal from the in form Mark Withers and a Josh Smith pile driver that took a deflection. MAGS piled on the pressure in the second half with a display of scintillating football. The second half goals were scored by Mark Withers, Damien Fonoti (2), Skye Parmenter and the seventh to left winger Rhys Ruka.

With form like this MAGS sent out a clear message to the rest of the Premier League, Catch us if you can could be the battle cry.
Coach Kevin Fallon said, "It was our best performance of the season."

Team: Rowley, Raj, Boxall (C), Campbell, Parmenter, MacRae, Smith J, Smith T,Ruka, Withers, Fonoti.
Substitutes. Macrae Sloper not used, Hamish MacIntosh not used, Ash Solly for Malcolm MacRae (62), Gichin Fuhiniu for Damien Fonoti (80), Pomare Te Anau for Jonathan Raj (75).

Lotto Man of the Match: Josh Smith. Non stop aggression.
Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 7 - 0

Vs Kings College: Saturday 24th June.

"Withers Bags another hat trick."

Young 15yr old striker Mark Withers added to his growing stature with yet another "hat trick" today at Alberton Ave.He completed his hat trick in the 76th minute courtesy of a Damien Fonoti shot that had rebounded off the cross bar.
Fonoti returning to the team also gave a good account of himself scoring a goal in each half. MAGS led 3 - 0 at the interval, if they had converted all their chances it would have been in double figures.

Three second half goals were strangely disallowed by the stand in referee who replaced Mr Llewellyn who retired with a calf injury.
Kings College tried hard throughout and were rewarded with a 89th minute consolation goal wben Josh Smith in midfield and the Kings winger rounded Tim Schaeffers, shot which Rowley then parried but a Kings striker followed up to the delight of the Kings supporters.

Team: Rowley, Raj, Boxall (C), Campbell, Schaeffers, MacRae, Smith J, Lindsay, Parmenter, Fonoti, Withers.
Substitutes: Macrae Sloper not used, Gichin Fuhiniu for MacRae 46, Smith T for Lindsay 66, Ruka for Parmenter 71.

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 5 - 1
Lotto Man of the Match: Mark Withers 'another hat trick"

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 5 - 1

Vs Rangitoto College: Saturday 17th June.

"MAGS Back on Top"

The feature of todays 6 - 2 victory for MAGS over Rangitoto College was a four goal tally by burly striker Mark Withers.
On a poor surface MAGS dominated the first 45 minutes going into the break with a deserved 4 - 0 lead. Josh Smith opened the scoring in the 21st minute latching onto a badly directed back header. Smith kept his composure and rounded the Rangitoto goalkeeper to put his team ahead.
Two more goals, both by Withers were scored before the half hour mark and a Skye Parmenter 43rd minute cross was headed home by Malcolm MacRae at the far post.

Half time: Rangitoto College 0, MAGS 4.

A mini revival by a fired up Rangitoto College saw them acquit themselves better in the second half. Their first goal came in tne 62nd minute when a poor Jonathan Raj defensive header was taken advantage of. It stuck in the mud and quickly lashed home past a static MAGS keeper.
One more Mark Withers goal made it 5 - 1 before the most bizarre goal of the afternoon saw Tim Schaeffers power home a header from a corner of the goal past Arran Rowley.
The final goal in the 85th minute saw substitute Sammy Ho cross perfectly to Mark Withers head. The young striker made no mistakes from 6 yards out.

Rowley, Raj, Boxall (C), Schaeffers, Parmenter, MacRae, Smith T, Lindsay, Ruka, Smith J, Withers.
Campbell for Raj (61), Fonoti for MacRae (66), Ho for Smith T (75).
Cautions: Tim Schaeffers.

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 6 - 2.
Lotto Man of the Match: Mark Withers.

Vs St Peters College: Tuesday June 13th.

"MAGS back on top - Wither's Hat trick highlight"

A third goal, in the 69th minute, to MAGS striker Mark Withers completed a memorable day for the young striker. Other goals went to Damien Fonoti (2), Michael Boxall, goal keeper, Arran Rowley (converted a penalty) and Malcolm MacRae.
The 8 - 0 scoreline illustrated just how far the MAGS X1 were ahead of their Auckland neighbours.
To their credit St Peters battled away for the full 90 minutes but once the third goal went in it was obvious the playing through champions were looking to boost their goal difference.
The fifteen goals for and none against in the last four days. It would be a brave man to bet agaiost MAGS not completing three championships in a row.

Team: Rowley, Raj, Boxall (C), Schaeffers, Parmenter, MacRae, Smith T, Lindsay, Ruka, Smith J and Withers.
Substitutes: Ho for MacRae (65), Fonoti D for Lindsay (68) and Sole for Smith J (71).
Lotto Man of the Match: Mark Withers. "A fine all round performance."

Vs St Kentigern College: Saturday June 10th.

"Lindsay Hat Trick as MAGS score seven."

Van Lindsay scored a fine hat trick today at Alberton Ave to help the current New Zealand Champions grab another three points.
MAGS were far too powerful for a St Kentigern team who are still chasing their first win. MAGS led 5 - 0 at the interval and could have doubled their score if their strikers converted half the chances that came their way.

Prior to half time only a Josh Smith goal was from the strike pair of Smith and Damien Fonoti. The other goals came from defender Michael Boxall and midfielder Troy Smith, Van Lindsay.
After half time further goals came from Van Lindsay and Mark Withers who replaced Damien Fonoti in the 60th minute.
Coach Kevin Fallon replaced Malcolm MacRae with Salman Ali and Tim Schaeffers with Hamish MacIntosh.
The Win to Mount Albert Grammar School was never in doubt but MAGS would need to improve upon their finishing when they play the better teams.

Rowley, Raj, Schaeffers, Boxall (C), Parmenter, MacRae, Smith T, Lindsay, Ruka, Smith J and Fonoti D.
Withers for Fonoti (60), MacIntosh for Schaeffers (70), and Ali for MacRae (66).

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 7 - 0.
Lotto Man of the Match: Van Lindsay

Vs Westlake Boys High School: Saturday 3rd June.

"Mags win vital encounter"

A thirteenth minute goal headed by Jonathan Raj, from a perfectly executed Skye Parmenter corner, paved the way for a crucial win.
MAGS dominated the first half with the central midfield pairing of Josh and Troy Smith outplaying their Westlake counterparts. Behind them the MAGS back four of Van Lindsay, Michael Boxall, Tim Schaeffers and Jonathan Raj were solid throughout. On the flanks Malcolm MacRae and Skye Parmenter tormented and teased the Westlake defence.
Parmenter put the game beyond Westlake's reach with the second goal in the 48th minute. Racing onto a Mark Withers through pass he cut in and cooly picked his spot to put the game in MAGS favour.
Although Westlake tried hard to get on the board the result did not change. For MAGS it was a vital result and one they throughly deserved.

Goal Scorers: Jonathan Raj, Skye Parmenter.
Team: Arran Rowley, Van Lindsay, Michael Boxall (C), Tim Schaeffers, Jonathan Raj, Malcolm MacRae, Troy Smith, Josh Smith, Skye Parmenter, Mark Withers, Damien Fonoti.
Substitutes: Zane Sole for Malcolm MacRae (70), Salman Ali for Mark Withers (84).

Lotto Man of the Match: Josh Smith
Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 2 - 0.

Vs Auckland Grammar School: Saturday 27th May

"Mags squander 1st Half Lead"

MAGs and Auckland Grammar school fought out a keenly contested 1 - 1 draw on a well prepared surface at Auckland Grammar School.
The first half was dominated by MAGS with right winger Malcolm MacRae returning from injury giving the team a
1 - 0 half time lead.
It was a well deserved lead with Captain Michael Boxall marshalling his team which looked at times as if they were going to over run the home team.
The turning point was a miraculous toip corner save by the Grammar keeper from a free kick struck by Skye Parmenter. His save (pictured below) appeared to be the example for his team mates to follow.
After half time the tide turned with Auckland Grammar midfield player Moringo starting to influence the game more.
The equaliser came from a Grammar right wing corner that MAGS goalkeeper Arran Rowley misjudged on his near post. The resulting goal mouth melee was initiallyn half cleared by Tim Schaeffers but sadly for MAGS the mistakes were pounced upon for Grammar to deservedly equalise.

Team: Rowley, Lindsay, Boxall, Schaeffers, Raj, MacRae, Smith T, Smith J, Parmenter, Withers, Fonoti D.
Substitutes: Sloper (not used), Sole for Withers 61, Corolissen for MacRae 79,
Cautions: Mark Withers.

Lotto Man of the Match: Michael Boxall.
Final Score: Draw MAGS 1, Auckland Grammar 1

Vs MacLeans College: Saturday 13th May

If Mount Albert Grammar School thought defending their League Championship was going to be a walk in the park, this was quickly dispelled after winning their opening game 3 - 2 against newly promoted MacLeans College.
MAGS Coach Kevin Fallon praised the East Auckland school saying " They are the best newly promoted team I have seen in ten years."
MAGS went ahead in the 23rd minute when Josh Smith fired home in the bottom left hand corner of the net.
MacLeans were not to be denied taking full advantage of some poor distribution they equalised on the half hour.
Dangerous striker Jason Corliss taking the opportunity from a Arran Rowley faux pas, following up a mishandled shot. Worse was to come when MacLeans converted a far post free kick. It was that man Jason Corliss again, out jumping Malcolm MacRae at the far post to notch home the second.
Half time: MAGS 1, MacLeans College 2.

True Champions fight back and MAGS proved to be true champions. The equaliser came from a rampant Josh Smith whose well struck drive was deflected in.
Not content with a draw MAGS replaced defender Skye Parmenter and debutant striker Zane Sole with big Damien Fonoti and another debutant Mark Withers. It proved to be an inspired move.
Minutes later Damien Fonoti latched on to an Arran Rowley kick for fellow striker Mark Withers, he anticipated the flick on to prod it home past a distraught MacLeans goalkeeper, Greg Hall.
Man of the Match: Josh Smith
Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar school 3 - 2.

Trophies for 2006

The Football prizegiving held at the FujiXerox lounge at North Harbour Stadium took place on Wednesday 13th September.

Amongst those receiving trophies for winning their grades where the Mount Albert Grammar School Senior A reserves coached for the last number of years by Soccer stalwart Mr Bobby Bland.

Also the Under 14A2 soccer team formerly coached by Mr Mark Barlow (who has taken up Head of PE, Penrose High School) and latterly by the new Deputy Principal Mr Paul McKinley. Nick Boxall whose brother Michael captains the 1st XI was there to collect the trophy on their behalf.
They ended up winning six games, drawing one, with 48 goals for and 3 against.
The team consisted of:
Hayden Porter (c), Troy Blatherwick, Simba Dialo, Christopher Drake, Jude Fitzpatrick, Benjamin Francis, Jack Gordon-Green, Muneer Jacobs, Arnold Kochisira, Michael Maru, Andrew Milne, Sajeel Patel, Michael Peters and James Vercoe.

Bobby Bland for the Senior A Reserves

Nico Boxall for the Under 14A2's, team pictured below.

Lotto Premier National Tournament

Photos courtesy of Auckland Grammar School.

The semi-finals were played between Auckland Grammar School and Westlake Boys High School which Auckland Grammar won 2 - 0, and Mount Albert Grammar School and Nelson College which Mount Albert Grammar School won 4 - 0.
The final was played Friday 18th August between Auckland Grammar School and Mount Albert Grammar School and won by Auckland Grammar 2 - 0.

Quarter-final results were: Auckland Grammar School 3 - Wellington College 0,
Mt Albert Grammar School 1 - Palmerston North Boys' High School 0,
Westlake Boys' High School 3 - St Patrick's Silverstream 0,
Nelson College 4 - King's College 0.

Vs Tauranga Boys High School
Win 4 - 2
  Vs St Patricks College (Silverstream)
Win 5 - 0
Vs Christchurch Boys College
Draw 1 - 1
Vs Palmerston Boys High School
Win 1 - 0
Vs Nelson College (Semi-final)
Win 4 - 0
Vs Auckland Grammar School (Final)
Loss 0 - 2
  Finished in 2nd Place

Academy - (Yr 9 ) vs Balmoral Intermediate

Community Programme:

As part of MAGS in the Community Balmoral Intermediate school visited and played a Year 9 Academy team at Mount Albert Grammar School on Tuesday August 1st.
The teams took to the No 1 field with goals and corner flags set out - just the same as a First team game. A large audience composed of Balmoral parents and MAGS students through their lunch time watched the game.
The final score was irrelevant as it was a good experience for both teams.

MAGS visit Gisborne City

Gisborne City vs Lower Hutt: Sunday 2nd July.

As part of the Sports Administration Department of Mount Albert Grammar School I travelled as a guest of Kevin Whitely to see just what part the MAGS players played in the Gisborne City Football scene.
The timing could not have been worse from that point of view as a very "gentle" Damien Fonoti was the only survivor of the normal team to make this Sunday. The MAGS ball had been the night before and Coach Kevin Fallon had made the game optional to the MAGS contingent.
After a dodgy start in terms of finding where to go at the airport we left at !0.00am with a few of the players and travelled to Tauranga to pick up some more of the players and then on to Gisborne.

The first thing that strikes you as you reach Childers Rd (the ground of Gisborne City) is the passion that all those involved have for Gisborne City. Talking to Kevin Whitely you realise this is a man who due to his family's involvement in years gone past, is making his dream for Gisborne City a reality. Talking about putting a lap pool here, a gymnasium alongside and lifting the original club rooms higher and putting a cafe at the end.

It was interesting to see that though there were few current MAGS players this particular weekend there was certainly a strong ex-MAGS contingent. Hone Fowler made his debut game for Gisborne (also suffering Kevin's directions to find the airport Sky Care park) and finishing the day as Player of the Day, returning home with his dozen beer in his kit bag. Josh Mattock, currently at Furman University in South Carolina also came on for his second appearance for Gisborne playing in the No 3 jersey. Joe Simpkins, last years First X! captain also plays in the No 6 jersey both living and doing his apprenticeship in Gisborne.
Imagine the surprise to see two ex-MAGS players in the opposition as well? Ryan Sandford an ex-MAGS goalie now playing for Lower Hutt and Steve Gulley also recently at MAGS playing in the No 17 jumper.
On arrival we saw the Gisborne Girls High School finishing their match vs Marist on the number two ground. The team is fed and watered and then retires to get ready for the match ahead. Wandering over to the No 1 ground there is a mini-world cup in progress, 7 aside kids representing the Netherlands and England. The kids enjoying the opportunity to play to the grandstand.

Lower Hutt City are late due to difficulties in their travel arrangements but kick off starts twenty minutes late - the crowd entertained with music and the playing of the club anthem. Last minute forays to the tuck shop for supplies and then the game kicks off. I will leave the reporting of the game to Coach Kevin Fallon as the subtleties escape me- but it can be viewed at
Suffice to say that the passions of both sides were verbally expressed with Steve Gulley attaining a yellow card after making enquiries to the referee. It constantly amazes me that having expressed such passion on the field that all concerned then sit down and have a beer afterwards.

After a beer (for some) and another feed, we then flew back to Tauranga ending the day in the reverse of the start.
Arrived back in Auckland at 7.00pm with a much clearer picture of what is involved and just what MAGS players and Coach are doing down Gisborne way.
Thank you to Kevin Whitely, Kevin Fallon and all those others for making me welcome and for in the end a most enjoyable day.

Chatham Cup - 2006

Vs Eastern Suburbs: Monday June 5th.

"MAGS Exit Chatham Cup"

MAGS were well beaten in their Chatham Cup encounter with Northern Premier League team Eastern Suburbs at Madills Farm on Sunday.

A respectable second half showing made up for an opening 45minutes of poor communication between the defence and the goalkeeper,slip-shot marking and half hearted challenges.

Suburbs dominated the play and passession at the half. Two goals were scored from headers and one from some poor marking in the centre of MAGS usually reliable centre defence.

Three substitutes were used during the second half but to no avail. Shots and corners were in scarce supply. It was to be MAGS worst Chatham Cup defeat on a day where the plaudits went to a physically strong Suburbs who were well led by Coach Sean Douglas.

For MAGS the plusses were:
They kept working throughout the second half conceding a late goal after some poor distribution from Van Lindsay.
Also the return of winger Rhys Ruka but from this showing his chief priority will be to gain match fitness.

Rowley, Lindsay, Boxall (C), Schaeffers, Raj, MacRae, Smith T, Smith J, Paqrmenter, Fonoti, Withers.

Ruka for MacRae (70), Ali for Withers (75), Prasad for Fonoti (81).

Lotto Man of the Match: Michael Boxall.
Final Score: Loss to Mount Albert Grammar School 0 - 4


Vs Oratia United: (Chatham Cup): Saturday 20th May.

Wben Damien Fonoti opened the scoring for MAGS in the 12th minute the team settled into a passing mode that had their senior opposition, Oratia United chasing shadows.
The West Auckland club were no match for the fit, organised and disciplined Mount Albert team.
In the 23rd minute Skye Parmenter hammered home the second and striker Mark Withers headed home the third prior to half time.
Half time score: 3 - 0 to MAGS
After half time there was no respite for the opposition. More intricate passing moves by MAGS denied Oratia a share of the spoils. More goals followed followed a simple tap in for Mark Withers, followed by a thunderous free kick by Captain Michael Boxall from 20 yards. Substitute Shalvin Prasad headed home the sixth goal.
For Mount Albert Grammar this was a most satisfying performance that puts them in the hunt on Monday for the next round of the prestigious trophy. The only concern for Coach Kevin Fallon was the cautioning of defenders Michael Boxall and Tim Schaeffers for two innocuous looking challenges.
Goal Scorers: Mark Withers 2, Skye Parmenter, Michael Boxall, Damien Fonoti, Shalvin Prasad.
Lotto Man of the Match: Michael Boxall.
Final Score: MAGS 6, Oratia United 0.


Report on All Whites vs Brazil

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Soccer Images - All grades 2006

New Newsletter - March 2006

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Clifton Whitley Memorial Tournament - Gisborne

MAGS second year at the Clifton Whitley Memorial tournament between theteams Richmond City (from Nelson), Gisborne Thistle, Gisborne City and Mount Albert Grammar school held in Gisborne at the Childers Road reserve, Friday 24th March through to Sunday 26th March.
The pre-season warm up tournament has gone really well for the Mount Albert Grammar School boys - the games scores below.
Gisborne City and MAGS tied with 5 points each, points were awarded for wins. Goal differences did not count.
This was a predominantly young team, including two fourth formers who played extremely well. The most experienced players were in Wellington for an Under 20 New Zealand camp. Eighteen students went down, the majority will be there for next years team.The team was well captained by Van Lindsay.

MAGS vs Thistle
- Win to MAGS 2 - 1
Goal scorers: Mark Withers 2
MAGS vs Richmond - Win to MAGS 3 - 1
Goal scorers: Adrian Fonoti 2, Mark Withers 1
MAGS vs Gisborne City: 0 - 0
Richmond vs Thistle: Richmond 2, Thistle 1
Gisborne vs Richmond: Gisborne 4, Richmond 0

1st X1 - 2006

Arran Rowley
Age: 18
Height:181cms Weight: 80kgs
Position: Goalkeeper
Honours: NZSS International
Ambitions: To play football overseas

Michael Boxall
Age: 18, #5
Height: 187cms Weight: 89kgs
Position: Centre Back
Honours: New Zealand Youth International.
Ambition: To play professionally overseas.

Josh Smith
Age: 19
Height: 173cms Weight: 71kgs
Position: Centre Midfield
Honours: NZ Schoolboy International
Ambition: To make a living out of foot.ball

Jonathan Raj
Age: #2
Height: 183cms Weight: 66kgs
Position: Defender
Honours: Auckland Under 12 - 15.
Ambition: Go as far as I possibly can in Football

Malcolm MacRae
Age: 16 , #7
Height:173cms Weight: 64kgs
Position: Winger
Honours: Auckland U16
Ambition: Play overseas or in New Zealand

Rhys Ruka
Age: 17, #11
Height: 173cms Weight: 94kgs
Position: Winger
Honours: Federation 1 Representative

Sam Campbell
Age: 17, #4
Height: 185cms Weight: 86kgs
Position: Centre Back
Honours: New Zealand U15
Ambition: Play professionally overseas.

Tim Schaeffers
Age: 19, #3
Height: 181cms Weight: 84kgs
Position: Centre Back
Honours: New Zealand International
Ambition: Make a career in Football

Troy Smith
Age: 16
Height: 175cms Weight: 75kgs
Position: Central Midfield
Honours: Central Federation Representative.
Ambition: Win the National Secondary Schools tournament

Van Lindsay
Age: 17, #6
Height: 186cms Weight:76kgs
Position: Central Midfield/Defender
Honours: MAGS National team

Zane Sole
Age: 15, #14
Height: Weight:
Position: Central Midfield
Honours: New Zealand Under 15 International
Ambition: To play professional football.

Mark Withers
Age: 15, #9
Height: 183cms Weight: 94kgs
Position: Striker
Honours: Auckland U13,14, 15, Nike Cup winner 2005
Ambition: To play professional football and for New Zealand

Ashley Solley
Age: 17, #15
Height: 188cms Weight: 76kgs
Position: Centre Midfield
Honours: Auckland Representative
Ambition: To play professional football.

MacRae Sloper
Age: 16, #16
Height: 183cms Weight:87kgs
Position: Goalkeeper
Honours:Auckland Representative
Ambition: To make a career out of Football
    Damien Fonoti
Age: 18, #10
Height: 183cms, Weight: 86kgs
Position: Striker
Honours: Samoan Youth International
Ambition: To play football overseas.
    Skye Parmenter
Age: 15, #13
Height: 181cms, Weight: 66kgs
Ambition: To play professional football overseas

New Trophy for Soccer - The Captain's choice of player

New Trophy for Soccer"

Presented by the Fowler whanau the Manwhai trophy is the Captain's choice for the Player of the Season

The trophy was presented by the 2005 Captain of the First Eleven Joe Simpkins to Byron Paulus.

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