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PREVIEW | Lotto NRFL Men’s RD 10/11

There is going to be somewhat of a pink atmosphere at Allen Hill Stadium on Saturday as North Shore United celebrates Pink Shirt Day and takes action to stop bullying.

Celebrated annually around the globe on May 26, North Shore will be doing their bit for the cause six days earlier when they host Hibiscus Coast in the Lotto NRFL Division One.

Shore head coach Tom Speers is keen to make people aware that they are against bullying.

“Hopefully on the day we can make it really aware that we’re against bullying and hopefully we can send a message out to all the other clubs and people watching.

“All of the boys will be wearing pink shirts in the warm up to support the cause and we’re also asking all our fans to wear pink shirts on the day as well.

“We will also have a donation box going around to collect money for the cause.”

Speers admits that sometimes bullying can come across as ‘banter’ without people actually being aware and it is something that needs to stop.

“Bullying shouldn’t be accepted anywhere.

“People get bullied throughout their lives in schools, in the work place, on the sports field, in loads of different environments, so it’s important we support this cause because we are completely against it.

“Especially in an environment where banter can be thrown around here there and everywhere but sometimes I think it’s actually bullying so we need appreciate that and to stop that in any environment that we can.”

In other Division One action, Western Springs will be looking to continue their winning streak when they host Tauranga City United while Melville United will be hoping to keep the pressure on Springs with a win over fourth place Manukau City.

Mt Albert Ponsonby and Waitemata host Oratia United and Metro respectively before Ellerslie and Franklin United kick-off at 5pm under lights at Michaels Ave.

In Division Two, WaiBOP outfits Ngongotaha and Claudelands Rovers are both at home to Albany United and Te Atatu respectively on a day that Mangere United welcome Onehunga Mangere to Centre Park. John Bennett’s side will be hoping for a much better weekend than the last which saw his side go down 6-0 in the Chatham Cup at the hands of a lower league club in Matamata Swifts.

One team who will be fresh after having last weekend off is Fencibles United and they will certainly be in for a stern test against third place Takapuna.

Papakura City host Northland and Papatoetoe welcome Waiheke United and their support crew to Murdoch Park to round out Division Two action.

Round 11 of the Premier League has some tasty clashes in store with fifth versus sixth and eighth versus ninth taking place.

Hamilton Wanderers will be out for a win to leap frog their opponents Bay Olympic who currently sit in fifth while East Coast Bays will be out to do the same when they take on eighth placed Central United.

Glenfield Rovers – who currently sit two points behind Onehunga Sports in first – will be confident in picking up a win against bottom placed Manurewa while Sports will be hoping not to drop any points when they face fourth place Waitakere City.

Forrest Hill and Eastern Suburbs each welcome Three Kings United and Birkenhead United to their home turfs to round out Saturday’s Lotto NRFL Men’s action.

Extra Information

Lotto NRFL Premier League fixtures
Lotto NRFL Division One fixtures
Lotto NRFL Division Two fixtures

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