The Ricki Herbert Football Academy has completed its second successful national tour this year.
The tour, which saw academy players visit both islands over a week, followed a successful schedule in early October by a squad that played games in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
The second tour got underway on Sunday October 18 with games at Bay Olympic’s Crum Park in Auckland before the squad flew to Christchurch.
Upon arrival in Christchurch, the academy played Coastal Spirit 13th Grade side and a Nomads 12th Grade team. The squad played Coastal Spirit teams on their second night in the city.
From Christchurch, the squad headed to Wellington where they played Karori on artificial turf and enjoyed sightseeing in the capital which took in Te Papa, Backbenchers and a look at Parliament.
Academy founder and tour leader Ricki Herbert said: “The tour continues to provide the challenges that we are looking for. It’s excellent to see all players adapting to them.”
“Thanks so much to a really great group of young men who have been an absolute privilege to have had on tour with,” Herbert said.
“There has been excellent development across all players and experiences that have challenged them all.
“Massive thanks to Kale, Bradley and Braedon for your excellent leadership throughout the week, and many thanks to all the parents and caregivers for your ongoing support of our programmes.”
Playing squad: Koopah Singh, Ashton de Roo, Connor Forsyth, Jaidon Vahed, Jaxson Makgill, Campbell Small, George Maxwell, Cohen Duke, Cameron Spence, Lachlan King, Joseph Campbell, Gethyn Foster, Regan Grey, Reef Douglas, Rhys Jones, Ryan Narayan.
The award winners for the second NZ tour are:
Lachlan King – Players’ Player
Koopah Singh – Coaches’ Player
Cameron Spence – Clive Herbert Award
From left: Kale Herbert, Lachie King, Cameron Spence, Koopah Singh, Bradley Rea.
Photo gallery – Auckland
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Photo gallery – Christchurch
Photo gallery – Christchurch to Wellington
Photo gallery – Wellington
In Wellington, touring players were interviewed by RHFA technical director Kale Herbert:
Cambridge players (from left): Joseph Campbell, Gethyn Foster, Regan Grey, Cameron Spence and Jaxson Makgill.
Wanderers players (from left): Reef Douglas and Lachie King.
Auckland players (from left): Jaidon Vahed, Ryan Narayan and Connor Forsyth.
Players (from left): Rhys Jones, Campbell Small and Cohen Duke.