Welcome to Eastern Suburbs AFC

Our aim as a Football club is to “display professional excellence on and off the field for all ages and abilities in an enjoyable and friendly environment”

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ESAFC - Latest News

Welcome to the Eastern Suburbs website.  Latest news for the club is below, and news for each section (Junior, Youth or Senior) can be found on the homepage for that section above (on the gold tool bar). If you are new to the club we welcome you. Please go to the appropriate grade page and if you need more information don't hesitate to email the grade coordinator and they will be happy to assist you. Their phone details are available also. Click here for LATEST UPDATES.

First National League home game this weekend

Head to Bill McKinlay Park, Mt Wellington this Sunday 30th October as the Lilywhites play Hawkes Bay United in their first Stirling Sports Premiership home game of the season. Bring the kids along for an exciting day of bouncy castles, an inflatable football pitch and more football activites!

Kick off is at 2:00pm, Bill McKinlay Park, Ireland Road, Mt Wellington 

Please note: Parking inside Bill McKinlay Park is reserved for those who have been given a pass or have purchased parking with their season/family passes

Lilywhites Begin with a Victory

The Eastern Suburbs team began their journey back into the Stirling Sports National League with a victory over the Wellington Phoenix. For a full match report please click here

National Youth League 2016 - ROUND 1: Eastern Suburbs v Wellington Phoenix

Check out the Match Day Programme for the Eastern Suburbs v Wellington Phoenix game here: http://bit.ly/2ditkMT

You can view a smaller version on this link

Stirling sports premiership and National Youth League draws

The first Stirling Sports Premiership and National Youth League games are fast approaching. Check out the draws below:

Stirling Sports Premiership

National Youth League

15th Grade Girls Win Hibiscus Coast Tournament

The 15th Grade Girls travelled to Hibiscus Coast on Saturday 24th September. Being the start of the school holidays it was a tough ask to pull together a team. Mauro and Mike magically assembled 12 players at short notice.

In very windy conditions, the girls struggled through pool games but managed to scramble through to the semi finals, despite a pool loss to East Coast Bays.

Whilst the weather deteriorated further, the girls play lifted significantly and they played some excellent football to go through to the final. The 1-0  score doesn't reflect how dominant they were in the final, revenging their earlier loss to East Coast Bays.The jubilant scenes in the rain following the final whistle showed how much the win really meant.

Thanks to the Mauro, Mike and the hard core parents and grandparents who survived a trying day on the wild Hibiscus Coast!

11th Grade Girls win Mccartney tournament

Sunday 9 October | Today the 11th Grade Girls Lilywhites won the McCartney tournament, held in Taupo over the weekend.
They won the semi final against Western Springs Emeralds in a penalty shoot out after the scores were locked at 1-1 at full-time.
The Lilywhites went on to win the final 3-0 against the Ellerslie Diamonds, playing fantastic football and working hard throughout the match.
A big thanks to Coach James Page and all the parents and supporters who travelled to Taupo to support the girls. A fantastic end to the season for the talented group of girls!

Back Row (left to right): Arya Blackler, Ruby Nathan, James Page (Coach), Christina Fenwick, Aimee Feinberg-Danieli, Charlotte Richardson.
Front Row: Ellie Evans, Olivia Erskine, Dani Levy, Olivia Page, Holly Roberts.

Press Release: Hoani Edwards 

ESAFC are pleased to announce that Hoani Edwards has been appointed as ESAFC Premier Men’s coach for the 2017 winter season. Hoani played 143 first team games for the club and has previously been involved in an assistant role with the first team. Hoani re-joined the club this year as one of the clubs 5 semi fulltime coaching staff, coaching in the clubs 9th and 14th grade boys sections. He has also been responsible for the coaching program the club runs at St Cuthberts College, and oversaw the Glendowie College boys program. Earlier in June Hoani was assigned the NYL coaching role for our inaugural foray into the age group National League. His appointment was made on the recommendation of ESAFC Director of Football Juan Roman. Juan comments “Hoani was a standout candidate within the clubs excellent group of top coaches. His delivery of the club curriculum, and ability to manage an array of football related tasks at all levels gave me great confidence in making his appointment”

This promotion to take charge in the winter Premier League is further vindication of that confidence the club has in Hoani’s abilities. It also further strengthens our resolve to promote coaches from within the club, after they have gained experience at the club within our Youth divisions.

12 Grade Girls win tournament

Congrats to the 12th Grade Girls (Diamonds) for winning the Suburbs tournament on Saturday. After a hard fought final (2 all) in terrible conditions against rivals, Central United, it was a penalty shoot-out which our girls won. After winning both the tournaments open to the girls this year they can be crowned as Auckland’s #1 12th Grade Girls team. Well done girls!

Left to right and top to bottom: Georgia Agnew, Carly Green, Hannah Riley, Sophia De Magalhaes, Eloise Robinson

Sascha Varnier, Kaya Blackler, Lexie Sheed, Mackenzie Ross, Halle Fenkner (lying) and Hannah Cavanagh (absent)

Thanks to our coaches on the day Sam Blackler (Diamonds) and Sam Taylor (Strikers team).


Congratulations to the following players who were selected for Auckland to play in the Weir Rosebowl Tournament in October. The annual tournament is a great opportunity for the girls to showcase their talents against the NFF and WaiBOP Federations.

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected:
Alysha Doidge, Carly Green, Eloise Robinson, Halle Fenkner, Kaya Blackler, Lulu Lance, Mackenzie Ross, Sharon Tomokino, Sophia De Magalhaes
Our thanks go out to our coaches Mauro, Rebekah and Jade who have coached the girls brilliantly this year.

Stirling Sports Premiership - ESAFC Home Games

We have just released pricing for our Stirling Sports Premiership home games for the upcoming season. Please click the Stirling Sports Premiership logo below

11th Grade girls lilywhites also go unbeaten

Congratulations to the exceptional 11th Grade Girls Lilywhites team, unbeaten throughout grading and competition games and winners of the AFF Championship 11th Grade Girls Division 1 title. The girls played 7 competition games, winning all 7 games, scoring 50 goals along the way and only conceding 2. They played fast, flowing football all season and were a pleasure to coach, manage and watch!
Thank you to the girls for the huge effort and commitment you put in each week at training and on match days. Thank you to the coaches, Mauro, Beth and Tayla for all your help with skills and development, it is really showing through with our performances on Saturday. Finally, thanks parents for supporting the girls through the season, it’s been entertaining!
Well done girls! James (Coach) & Kellie (Manager). Photo: Hannah Page

Back Row (left to right): Arya Blackler, Dani Levy, Holly Roberts, Aimee Feinberg-Danielli, Olivia Page, Kate Christie, Olivia Erskine
Front Row (left to right): Ellie Evans, Charlotte Richardson, Ruby Nathan, Christina Fenwick, Lucy Hunt

Eastern Suburbs will kick off their national league campaign against phoenix


We have just had confirmation of the National League draw for the upcoming season.

We open our campaign with a tough assignment: an away game to what will be a full strength Wellington Phoenix Reserve team on Saturday 22nd October.

Eastern Suburbs first National League home game:
Sunday 30th October:
Our first home game is another tough assignment as we take on Hawkes Bay United, it’s a 2:00 kick off and the game will be played at Bill McKinlay Park.

I’d urge you to come along and see a piece of Suburbs history being made as we play our first National League home game since 1979! So get along to Bill McKinlay Park and show your support for Suburbs in what is the highest level of club football in New Zealand.

Click here for the Eastern Suburbs National League schedule

Suburbs home game venue:
As the necessary Premiership infrastructure will still be under construction at Ngahue Reserve in Stonefields throughout the 2016/17 season, we have made Bill McKinlay Park in Mt Wellington our home ground for our inaugural season. The stadium has had a number of refurbishments, and will provide a great game day atmosphere with the stands and supporters being close to the game and the action. We will also ensure the stadium is strongly branded with Eastern Suburbs banners and flags to ensure we have ‘ownership’ of the ground during our National League games.

We’re working hard to make our National League games an event…more than just about the football itself, including activities for the kids – it’ll be a fun day, so make sure it’s in your diary.

Chris Ruffell
Chairman – Eastern Suburbs AFC


The 12th Grade Girls Lilywhites won their AFF Division 1 Championship over the weekend, going unbeaten in all games. With 7 games won, 2 draws and no losses - they scored 25 and conceded only 2 goals. A great achievement by a a group of dedicated and determined girls! Well done!

Photo supplied by Jenni Bobos

ESAFC National Youth League

Place your interest for the Eastern Suburbs AFC National Youth League 2016/17 Season by filling out this form here..

Medals, engraving and team dinners

It's that time of year again! Medals are now available for purchase - get them from the BBQ on Saturday or Alex the Cobbler at the Meadowbank Shopping center. Medals are $5 each.

If you would like to get your medals engraved for your team, get them done at Alex the Cobbler!

Please download this form if you would like to get medals and/or engraving at Alex the Cobbler


Get your team together for the end of year Burger Night at Madills Farm - Contact Jo Davis on 021 02086606 or yumbo-scrumbo@hotmail.co.nz

The Lilywhites - History of Eastern Suburbs AFC: 1934 - 2015

Eastern Suburbs has commissioned a 140 page publication titled ‘The Lilywhites - The History of Eastern Suburbs AFC: 1934 – 2015’. The book covers the first 81 years of our clubs colourful and ‘rich’ history. 

You can now order your copy of ‘The History of Eastern Suburbs AFC: 1934 - 2015‘. We anticipate delivery around mid August.

Click here for more information

football7s Summer Football Competition

Registrations are now open for the Football7s Summer Football Competition. The 2016 Spring season will run for 10 weeks from October to December.

For more info click here

Leagues are 7-a-side (unless stated otherwise) and the following grades are available:


6th – 10th Grade (6th & 7th Grade games are 5-a-side)


11th – 17th Grade


Mixed leagues & Senior Mens leagues

Accomodation Needed

We currently have one of our coaches in need of a room to rent. If you have an available room, are in need of a flatmate, or are willing to have a paying lodger, please get in contact with Matt Maslak on 021 086 11918













U12 LIlywhites win Christchurch International Cup

The ESAFC U12 Lilywhites were fortunate enough to get to travel down to Christchurch to play at the first Christchurch International Cup which was held at the grounds of the brand new Christchurch Football Centre 15-17 July. Read more...

National League - coaching announcement

I am pleased to announce the coaching staff for the Eastern Suburbs National League (NL) and National Youth League (NYL) teams. Of the five strong coaching team, four have been drawn directly from our clubs professional coaching staff...more

Fast Freddy

Freddy Farmer came from England to New Zealand in June 2009 with a Rugby and Fitness/Agility background, specifically in speed and endurance. When he arrived, Freddy spent a lot of his time watching on the touchlines of various clubs and followed up by sending out emails containing his experience and working background. An interested response from Chris Ruffell, Chairman of Eastern Suburbs AFC in 2010, gave Freddy the opportunity of working with young football players at our club. Read more..

National League Update # 3

In the last update (#2) we outlined our National Youth League eligibility criteria, which focuses on a ‘local’ or Eastern Suburbs centric model. The following update details our National League (senior men’s) eligibility criteria. Click here for the ESAFC National League eligibility criteria.

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Our friendly and well resourced club is
based at Madills Farm, Kohimarama - click here for information on contacting us

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