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.

Registration for the 2018 season 

Registration for the 2018 season will open on Jan 1st. Please click on to the Registration Button below. For all information about the correct grade for the player registering, please view the drop down menu above under "players" and look for your grade. e.g. a player turning 12 in 2018 will be 12th grade, a player turning 6 in 2018 will be 6th grade. A player over 18 years of age is a Senior.

ISPS Handa Premiership Fixtures

The ISPS Handa Premiership draw has been confirmed for the 2017 - 18 season.

“We are really looking forward to the start of the ISPS Handa Premiership in October as we continue to develop the quality of our premier men’s competition both on and off the pitch,” said Dan Farrow, the Competitions and Events Director. “The ISPS Handa Premiership comes with the tag-line ‘Where All Whites are made’ and last year the competition was closer than it has been for many years. We look forward to seeing many of our best footballers compete around New Zealand for one our most-coveted football trophies.”.

Daniel Farrow, the Competitions and Events Director for New Zealand Football, said the National Youth League is an important stepping stone in the Whole of Football’s talent perform pathway. “The National Youth League is our pinnacle youth competition and a key part of our youth development pathway.”

2017/18 ISPS Handa Premiership Fixtures

Lilywhites juniors, youth scoop titles

Over the past three weeks Eastern Suburbs AFC has shown their strength and depth in a number of their junior and youth grades with an impressive list of 11 tournament championship titles

Eastern Suburbs AFC chairman Chris Ruffell was delighted with the return and the progress made by the club.

“It’s pleasing to see the results and successes our teams are enjoying In the various end of season tournaments and championships. But what has been even more enjoyable has been the quality of some of the football played by our boys and girls teams at such a young age. Full Article

Chris Zoricich & MattHEW MASLAk appointed National League Coaches

ESAFC are pleased to announce Chris Zoricich and Matthew Maslak as this year’s National Youth League coaches.

Chris who after famously scoring a free kick v USA in the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico, went on to have an All White career spanning from 1988-2003 playing 57 "A" internationals and 77 caps overall.

He spent 16 years playing professionally in the UK, Australia and Malaysia and is currently Head Coach at St Kentigern Colleg. Other coaching roles include Head Coach at Central FC from 2010-2013, Auckland City FC Youth Head Coach from 2011-2014 and in 2012 he held the position of Assistant Coach of the U23 Men’s Football team at the London Olympics.

Youth Chairman Michael Cahir comments “To have someone of the calibre of Chris and Matthew is very exciting for us and our NYL community.

Players wishing to be considered for this year’s National Youth League squad should register their interest by emailing esafc.nationalyouthleague@gmail.com with their Name, Contact Number, Position and a Short description.


Summer Football Registrations Now Open

Registrations are now open for the clubs (Football7s) summer football competition. We will be running several competitions from early October at various venues around the local area. This year we will have leagues for the following grades JUNIORS, YOUTHS, OPEN MEN's and MIXED teams.

Be sure to get your team registration in quickly as many of the competitions have limited spaces and will fill up quickly!

Click here for a full list of the competitions and to REGISTER your team.

If you have any questions or queries regarding any aspect of the competition, please do not hesitate to contact us at – admin@football7s.org.nz

We look forward to seeing you all over summer!

Eastern Suburbs appoint Danny Hay

Eastern Suburbs AFC would like to announce that we have reluctantly accepted the resignation of National League Coach Malcolm McPherson, effective immediately. Malcolm has extensive business interests and a young family, and was starting to feel that time pressures could dictate that he may not be able to do justice to the coaching role.  He made the decision now to allow his replacement to undertake the preseason build up.  

To replace Malcolm ESAFC have secured the services of Danny Hay, current NZ U17 and Sacred Heart head coach. The club has worked closely with Danny over the past 2 years with several ESAFC coaches working with school teams. Danny brings a wealth of experience and energy to the role and his philosophy of developing young kiwi players dovetails perfectly with the club’s community  focus. Club Chairman Chris Ruffell comments “I have been trying to entice Danny to the club in an official capacity for three years, and with the disappointing departure of Malcolm the opportunity to have a coach that is both locally based and heavily involved in the NZF set-up was too good to let slip by. Danny’s daughter Maddison also plays at the club.  

Club Senior Premier Winter League coach Hoani Edwards will join Danny as one of his assistants, and Danny will bring further experience into the staff both with the NL team and the NYL team. Danny comments “After 10 years working in the school arena, when this opportunity arose it fitted perfectly with my ambitions to further test myself. The school has worked very closely with ESAFC in recent years, so there are some definite synergies. During discussions with the club it was obvious that we have similar philosophies around the development of young kiwi players, many I believe don’t receive the opportunities they deserve”


Meet the Coaches & Management Team
Mauro Donoso | Szu Te Wong | Elizabeth Wong

Meet the Players:  
Aimee Phillips | Corina BrownErinna Wong | Erinna Wong | Kate Seatter | Lucy Carter | Tayla O'Brien

Team mates inspire Pilley

Eastern Suburbs youngster Hannah Pilley is reaping the rewards of playing alongside a number of current and former New Zealand representatives.

The 15-year old made her Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier debut off the bench in round seven against Glenfield Rovers and earned three successive starts following that, including finding the back of the net twice.

Taking to the field for Mauro Donoso’s side has seen the youngster line up alongside a number of current and former New Zealand internationals such as Grace Jale, Tayla O’Brien and Kate Carlton.Full Article

Christchurch International Cup 2017 CHAMPIONS!!

Congratulations to the Matt Maslak and the Grader 12 boys who returned from Christchurch with big Cup and smiles!

The U12 final saw Nomads United (Christchurch)facing Eastern Suburbs (Auckland), with the Eastern Suburbs dominating the tournament from the first day. Although Nomads United made it a hard game for Eastern Suburbs, they could not prevent the Auckland side from winning the tournament with a 2-1 victory. Full Article

Mettam sets her sights on France

Midfielder Nicole Mettam has her heart set on a trip to France for next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup but must first deal with the best the Pacific has to offer in the qualifying tournament next week on home soil.

The Eastern Suburbs starlet will look to impress for New Zealand in the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship at Auckland’s Ngahue Reserve from Tuesday and is aiming to book a return to the global stage. Full Article


Congratulations to Tessa Larson who won the 'Footy Mums' competition on our Facobook page.

Tessa won a Managers jacket, perfect for the cold winter mornings on game days. It will certainly be put to good use as Tessa's sons play for the Lilywhites. Jack plays black rep in the 11th grade and Matt white rep in 13th grade.

Coaches Workshop - Female players/teams

AFF have created a FREE informal coach education opportunity specifically for coaches of female teams and players. 2-hour workshop will provide a comprehensive look at meeting the needs of female players and teams Please Click here for future info 

8th Grade Golds win the 2017 Digger Douglas Tournament

Eastern Suburbs 8th Grade Golds have won the 2017 Digger Douglas tournament held at the Mangere Domain - the first time since 2003 that 'Suburbs won the tournament.

They defeated Three Kings Real Madrid 4-3 in a closely fought game. Well done to coach Jon Eley who did a superb job on the day of shepherding the children through a tough tournament. Thanks also to the tournament organisers for a smoothly run day.

COMPETITION | Visit our FB page for the Footy Mum competition

COMPETITION | We all love our footy Mums and appreciate all they do, they're awesome!

Tag a footy Mum in the comments on our FB post and she will go into a draw to win an Eastern Suburbs jacket, to keep her warm and cosy on the sidelines this winter.

To enter the competition visit our Facebook page - Eastern Suburbs Facebook Page

Suburbs undefeated at half way point

Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier Division Leaders Eastern Suburbs have had a stellar start to the 2017 season, remaining undefeated at the half way point of the competition.

Mauro Donoso’s side have recorded seven wins from eight matches, their only blemish being a scoreless draw against Claudelands Rovers in round eight.

Suburbs’ Captain Rebekah Van Dort puts her sides success largely down to the team showing more drive this year towards winning games then in the past, but also credits Donoso and the club for their support. Full Article

ESAFC Women’s Championship team looking for girls!

Wanted, 3-4 players for the Women’s Championship team. Due to injuries and overseas work commitments, we are urgently seeking 3-4 new players for the ESAFC Women’s Championship team. So, if you are between clubs and looking for a team, or with the change in season, you have noticed a strange itch to kick a ball again, dust off those boots and give us a call. Please call Rhys on 021758188


ESAFC Premier Men's and Women's Fixtures and Standings

ESAFC Premier Women's next NRFLW game please click here

ESAFC Premier Men's next NRFL game please click here

ESAFC Premier Women's NRFLW League Table please click here

ESAFC Premier Men's NRFL League Table please click here


Welcome to the team of Sponsors Lumino The Dentists!

Brush twice a day, Lumino twice a year!
Lumino The Dentists are new sponsors of the club. In addition to their cash donation,  all players aged 12 and under have receive a Lumino-branded water bottle, for their Saturday morning re-hydration. Lumino has over 20 practices across Auckland, with the nearest locations in Remuera, Ellerslie, Newmarket. Lumino Orthodontists and a specialist kids’ dentist, Kidzteeth, are both located in Remuera. Lumino looks forward to treating you and your family

Tasty Pot Sponsor Supporter of the day

We are pleased to have on board TASTY POT CO as sponsors of the supporter of the day award. Tasty Pot Co is a NZ company that provide healthy and delicious meals to fuel up some of NZ's top sports teams. These include Black Sticks Hockey, Silver Ferns Netball, The Greakers and Team NZ Sailing. Each week the supporter of the day from each team will be provided a redeemable voucher thay can use at the local Supermarket. For more information click here

Lilywhites coaches Martin & Hoani join Oceania's best for the A License

#Lilywhites coaches Martin Bullock and Hoani Edwards are part of a group of coaches from the Oceania Football Confederation region, who are currently undertaking their A license at New Zealand Football headquarters, QBE Stadium.

The course sets out
• To educate candidates to apply their vision and philosophy holistically to develop senior teams, playing at the highest standard in New Zealand, and elite youth players.
• To understand and utilise the professional coach model in the performance phase.

Lilywhites AIMing to secure PLAY-OFF Football

Suburbs are currently holding that fourth and final play-off spot but will be fully aware that fifth-placed Hawke’s Bay are just four points behind and have two games left against theoretically weaker opposition.

Needing to keep their season alive at the home of the competition’s most successful club is not an ideal scenario for Suburbs but they are at least meeting Auckland at a good time with three members of the hosts’ regular starting line-up out due to suspension. - Full Article


Eastern Suburbs’ Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League star Tayla O’Brien has found the perfect way to pass on her experience to the next generation.

The former Junior Football Fern moved to Suburbs in 2016, having previously turned out for Lynn Avon United and Forrest Hill Milford in the Lotto NRFL, and was presented with the opportunity to coach the girls 11th grade by Mauro Donoso. - Full Article

Tom Street receives long service award for football in auckland

Eastern Suburbs AFC President, Tom Street, has received a long service award from Auckland Football Federation for his contribution and commitment to the game. Thank you, Tom!

Read full article here




Erinna Wong & Emily Gillion named in AFF National Women's Futsal Squad

Congratulations to Erinna Wong and Emily Gillion who play for our Women's Premiership team and have been called up to represent Auckland Football Federation in the National Futsal League.

Auckland Football Federation has named its women’s squad for the forthcoming National Women’s League competition scheduled for Wellington on February 24-26 - Full Article


Want to play at the top level in 14th Grade?

We have an exciting opportunity for 14th Grade female footballers to join the Eastern Suburbs Football Club (ESAFC) and become part of one of the largest and most progressive clubs in the country. Find out more here

Aimee Phillips called up to Ferns Cyprus Cup Squad

Congratulations to #Lilywhite Aimee Phillips on her call up to the Ferns squad for the 2017 Cyprus Cup

Football Ferns coach Tony Readings has named an exciting squad to contest the Cyprus Cup in March as the team rebuilds towards the 2019 FIFA World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics - Full Article

Charles Spragg, Matthew Palmer & Max Mata guide Junior All Whites to victory

Congratulations to NYL duo Charles Spragg & Matthew Palmer on their hatricks against Samoa! Congrats also to Max Mata who got on the score sheet and captained the team to an emphatic victory!

The Danny Hay-coached New Zealand U-17 side has kicked off its bid to qualify for the World Cup in ideal fashion with a comprehensive 11-0 victory over a hard-working Samoa outfit in stifling heat at Stade Pater in Papeete - Match Report

minor changes to the laws of the game 2016-2017

Click here to read some minor FIFA rule changes to 11-a-side football

For all matters related the Laws of the Game click here.


ESAFC u17 interest for the auckland city tournament

Register your interest now for the Auckland City U17 Tournament, please follow the link below.

- http://bit.ly/2jmeUQr

This year’s squad will be taken by Kane Wintersgill, Kane has come on board this season and will be lead Coach Grade 15 boys through the season & also Head Coach for this ACFC Tournament Team.

ESAFC Senior reserves and 19th grade

Online interest is now open for ESAFC Senior Reserves & 19th Grade, we will be

conducting a trail process and ‘3 Free Open Training Sessions’ beginning Tuesday 31st Jan.

This year we have appointed Matt Maslak as Head Coach Senior Reserve & Lead Youth Player Development Manager, Matt will be overseeing this seasons grades from 13th to Senior Reserves

To register your interest, you will need to complete the following form…



Meet the Coaches & Management Team
Carl TinsleyMalcolm McPhersonMartin Bullock | Michael O'Keefe | Rob Lee | Sunz Singh

Meet the Players:  
Andrew Blake | Anthony Hobbs | Armin Pasagic | Calvin Opperman | Derek Tieku | Emmanuel Ekpo | Fabien Kurimata | Finn Cochran | Hayden Johns | Jordan Vale | Luke Adams | Mario Ilich | Moses Dyer | Osita Chikere | Ross Haviland | Sam Burfoot | Sean Lovemore | Silvio Rodic | Tim Payne | Tristan Pratley | Zac Speedy


Happy New Year to all our players, members, officials, management, volunteers and supporters of the #Lilywhites.

Thanks to everyone for their contribution in 2016 and for making our dreams a reality. 2017 is already looking like a mouth watering year and exciting times lay ahead both on and off the field.

Thanks for your continued support and may 2017 bring you health, wealth and plenty of smiles!


A Rob Dymond goal on the stroke of half time was enough to secure victory and the three points against Canterbury United in their final home game of the National Youth League season

We also joined the players and coaches in the sheds for their half time team talk to gain an insight into what it is like to play for the #lilywhites. | Match Photos | Rob Dymond Goal | Half Time Video & Pics


Goals to Eastern Suburbs’ Sean Lovemore and Moses Dyer in the last 5-minutes ensured Malcolm McPherson’s side would finish the weekend at the top of the ladder.

Both teams and the respective supporters in attendance immaculately observed a minutes silence prior to kick off for those who passed away from Chapecoense de Brasil Football Club, in the plane crash earlier this week. Full Article

McPherson applying 'A Licence'

In his debut season as coach of Eastern Suburbs in New Zealand’s Premiership, Malcolm McPherson been able to refine his coaching style and make an impact in the country’s top league courtesy of his learnings on the inaugural OFC/NZF A Licence.

McPherson, who guided Eastern Suburbs to a Lotto NRFL Premier League and Chatham Cup double in 2015, completed part one of the A Licence in December 2015 in time for the 2016 winter season, and is participating in part two of the qualification this week. Full Article

Congratulations to nicole mettam & jacqui hand for their call up to the NEW ZEALAND FERNS A team.

The lilywhites duo will be part of the squad that face Thailand over 2 games.  The first game is at Mt Smart Stadium on 17th Dec, which will be a curtain raiser to the A-League match (Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers) and the second takes place on 20th Dec at Fred Taylor Park.

Luke Adams & Moses Dyer, Eastern Suburbs players currently in KONE, New Caledonia on All Whites duty comment on Eastern Suburbs progress in the National League and their sense of pride playing for the All Whites.

Check out the written interview here from Suburbs players Moses Dyer and Luke Adams, currently in Kone, New Caledonia preparing for their next match

Tim Payne gives his thoughts & views on this Sunday’s game when Eastern Suburbs takes on Waitakere United in the very first East v West derby game:

Tune into ‘The World of Football show’ with Ricardo Ball, Jenny Bindon and Wynton Rufer (TAB Trackside Radio - 1476am) between 9:20 to 10:00am this Sunday when Suburbs man Tim Payne gives his thoughts on the East v West derby game at William Green domain.

This weekend's Stirling Sports premiership and national youth league fixtures

Head to William Green Domain this Sunday 13th November to see Suburbs face Waitakere United in the first East v West Derby of the Stirling Sports Premiership. Kick off is 2pm and entry is free!

Check out the Match-day programme and player/coach profiles in the Suburbs Stirling Sports Premiership page or our ESAFC App!

The Suburbs National Youth League also play Waitakere United this weekend, away at Fred Taylor Park. 1pm kick off. 

Have a great weekend!

job vacancy: Marketing and commercial ops manager

Marketing and Commercial Operations Manager

Eastern Suburbs AFC are looking to replace our departing Marketing and Commercial Operations Manager Ernest Wong, who is leaving us.

The position is a full time role based at the clubrooms at Madills Farm. The position includes:

Media & Communications:

Website updating, Twitter/Facebook updating (sometimes match updates). Creating graphics (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign). Posting photos online. Match-day programmes (NRFL, SSP [to some extent] and NYL) Using the back end of the ESAFC App for iOS and Andriod

  •          Send out notifications (cancellations, news, upcoming events)
  •          Update news

Organising the content for brochures and other written publications.

Commercial Activities/Event Management

Bouncy castle and birthday parties, Corporate functions, Tournament scheduling, Organising Saturday BBQ and activities. Tent and trailer bookings. National League and National Youth League duties. Organise senior prize giving and tournament.

Sales & Marketing

Uniform sales and distribution. Gear distribution to all teams. Customer service. A point of contact for any gear shipments (local or overseas). Cutting vinyl for printing on shirts (Adobe Illustrator). Pressing names and numbers on shirts (Heat press). Stock control and inventory management. Club issues and gear control (allocations to premier and reserve teams as well as coaches)

ESAFC are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic person that is well organised and is a problem solver. The successful applicant be able to work in a team environment, have a customer service attitude and work well under pressure during the busy times of the year. Hours are flexible but there is some weekend work at times as well as evenings. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there is some heavy lifting.

Please apply by email to: admin@easternsuburbs.org.nz

Initially if applicants could email a brief outline of their qualifications and experience, and we will request a full CV if required. If any further information is required, please phone Chris Ruffell on 027 2466001

Suburbs’ bright start carries over to youth

The impressive start to life for Eastern Suburbs in the Stirling Sports Premiership has carried over into the National Youth League with the Aucklanders leading the table on goal difference after two rounds.

Following a break for the Labour weekend holiday, the country’s elite competition for young talent returned over the weekend and brought second consecutive wins for Suburbs, Hamilton Wanderers and Auckland City, who are all now setting the pace.

It was a memorable weekend for Suburbs with the senior team’s first home match in the national league for nearly four decades – a 1-0 win over Hawke’s Bay United – being complemented by the youth side’s 4-1 success over the same opponents while the Wellington Phoenix and Auckland City also joined their senior counterparts in recording wins.

Four different players found the net for Suburbs – namely Matt Palmer, Marowa Tawanda, Art Twigg and Charles Spragg – while Hawke’s Bay’s consolation goal was scored by Jorge Akers.

“We’re a club that’s brand new to the competition so to get two wins out of two at this stage is absolutely fantastic, especially as it’s been against two relatively strong teams,” said Suburbs assistant coach Matt Maslak.

National Youth League Round Two

Hawke’s Bay United 1 (Jorge Akers 78’)
Eastern Suburbs 4 (Matt Palmer 3’, Marowa Tawanda 40’, Art Twigg 44’, Charles Spragg 81’)

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


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.


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


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