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Waiheke seek consecutive promotions

Supporters waving red flags and beating drums spur on Waiheke United as they seek consecutive promotions.

Waiheke United won promotion to the Lotto NRFL last season in fairy-tale fashion and Striker Emiliano Candia and his fellow team mates have nothing on their mind other than taking out the 2017 Lotto NRFL Division Two.

“We started Pre-Season in early January and in the past two months we have added an extra training day so we are training three times a week now,” Candia said, as his team ramps up their push for promotion.

“Everyone is working hard to be given an opportunity in the first team or the reserves.

“Our dream is to win this league; we will keep working hard till the end in order to achieve this.”

The Onetangi Sports Park based side are currently one of two sides that remain unbeaten and their fan base has certainly played a pivotal role in the sides success.

“Our supporters are something incredible,” Candia said.

“It is a different feeling; it is not just playing football.

“We go out there and see the flags, the drums, the people singing and it is an amazing atmosphere that makes us give more in each game.

“If we are losing, they keep singing, so we do the same, we just keep playing until we get a good result.”

With four draws to their name as opposed to Fencibles United’s three, and two games in hand, Waiheke sit in second spot.

“We’re having a very good season so far,” the Argentinean said.

“It is a competitive league and every game is a test for us.

“There are no easy games in this division and that makes us work hard every week. To be able to win these games, it is about us improving each week.”

And, as they improve, they want to keep achieving great things.

“We know it’s not easy, but we want to keep going up and get this club in the Premier league; it is a dream as much as winning the Chatham Cup is.

“But from my personal view, it is also about improving as a club.

“To get more young players joining the club and keep improving our squad every year; every player is welcome.

“And the most important thing, is to share this feeling with all the other clubs and to make New Zealand Football more enjoyable for everyone.

“Share the passion for football,” Candia said.