Defending champions Manurewa take on table -topping Karaka this Saturday

Defending champions Manurewa take on table -topping Karaka this Saturday
Defending champions Manurewa begin the second round of the McNamara Cup with a home game against the table-topping Karaka side on Saturday. Jeremy Clark’s side were unable to beat any of the top three sides in the first round, but he knows that will count for nothing when the competition reaches the knockout stages in a few weeks. Manurewa have been in a similar position the previous two seasons before going on to play their best football at the crunch end of the campaign. Their run to those playoffs starts this week against a Karaka side that has not tasted defeat all season.
Papakura host second-placed Patumahoe at Massey Park. The Jarrod Firth/Mark Thomas coached outfit will need to beat one of the top three in the second round to have a real shot at playing semi-final football.
Ardmore Marist begins the second round hoping to improve on a challenging first round in which they were soundly beaten each weekend.
The Papakura v Patumahoe Bob Chandler Memorial Premier Development game could prove crucial in a tight battle for playoff spots.
Early pace-setters Weymouth will look to bounce back from last week’s loss to Waiuku when they meet neighbours Manurewa in Sid Marshall Shield action.
Neighbours Te Kohanga and Tuakau square off at Tuakau while Onewhero hosts Maramarua in a battle that will have playoff implications.
Te Kauwhata hosts top-of-the-table Waiuku while defending champions Drury will continue their playoff push on the road to Puni.
Manurewa hosts Karaka in Massey Cup U21 action while Pukekohe travels to Ardmore Marist.
Pukekohe heads to Onewhero in the U85kg grade while Patumahoe hosts Waiuku in a replay of last year’s final.
Beachlands Maraetai travel to Karaka in a clash between two contending sides.
Ardmore Marist and Manurewa meet in the Bright Cup U19 playoff round while Waiuku hosts Auckland side Puketapapa.
Manurewa have picked up a walk over win against Papatoetoe in Women’s Premier play.
Papakura hosts Glenfield, Pukekohe is at home to Eden while Karaka hosts Grammar TEC in Women’s Development play. Patumahoe gets a default win over Waitakere.