Brave Attitude the Mentality for Rewa

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Sitting five points away from safety and facing the challenge of league leaders, Melville United this weekend, Manurewa have switched to the mentality of bravery as the side looks to pick up crucial points in their remaining matches of the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One.

The last time the pair met in round four of the competition, Melville opened the scoring within the first 15 seconds and eventually went onto win by a 6-2 score line.

Rewa head coach, Marty Rodwell is open to the brave nature of his talented young side and is confident his team will show justice on the weekend, when they travel down to Gower Park on Saturday.

Manurewa’s Martin Rodwell. Photo: David Joseph /

“They’re the best team in the league, but we’re pretty confident, we spoke about the challenge of taking down the top team on their home turf, it’s really exciting to think about, the boys are amped, but we know it’s going to be tough as they’re a good quality team, good coaches and we’re really we excited” Rodwell said.

“We’ve got a young side, our captain, Luke Bulay is only 22 and he’s a quality player, he’s really good for our team and he brings a lot of energy to our side.”

Manurewa’s Luke Bulay gets past North Shore’s Harry Lissington. David Joseph /

“We’ve also got Troy Christophers, who’s only 18 and has scored eight goals for us so far this season, so things are looking good for us overall, we just need to be brave.”

“Recently, our performances have shown we’ve been doing well, but the results aren’t coming our way, so we’re looking to go into this weekend’s match looking confident and brave with the goal of taking home the three points.”

Rodwell’s brave mentality isn’t just a one match target either, as the Rewa gaffer looks set on guiding the South Auckland outfit to safety.

Sitting five points outside the comfort zone, a string of wins, will be what Rewa need to escape any hazards of facing relegation this season.

“We definitely don’t want to get relegated, our goal is to stay in the league, we have these very good young players that need to be playing in a good level and this is the best place they can develop” Rodwell said.

“Our goal is to get a lot of points in the second round of fixtures and stay up and we think this is highly achievable as every team in this league is beatable, so we’re looking to start this off against Melville this weekend.”

The match will kick off at 3pm at Gower Park.

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Other Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One Fixtures:

Friday Night:
Forrest Hill Milford United v Waitemata FC – Becroft Park, 7pm.

Oratia United v Ellerslie AFC – Parrs Park.
Mt Albert-Ponsonby v North Shore United – Anderson Park.
Tauranga City AFC v Fencibles United – Links Ave
Waiheke United v Hibiscus Coast AFC – Onetangi Hill – Waiheke Island

All matches on Saturday are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

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