May 29, 2012
AUCKLAND – While the All Whites were earning two positive results in the USA, the Football Ferns headlined club action for our Kiwis abroad, not least in Germany with many Ferns involved as the German Frauen Bundesliga wrapped up.
A goal from Amber Hearn helped secure USV Jena’s place in the Frauen Bundesliga on the final day of action on Germany’s top flight.
Hearn netted in the 71st minute to wrap up a 3-0 win over Freiburg in a win that guaranteed their Jena’s safety ahead of Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotive Leipzig.
There was no such joy for Ann Green whose Leipzig team lost 8-0 to Turbine Potsdam to clinch the championship ahead of Rebecca Smith’s Wolfsburg.
Rebecca Smith was absent from the Wolfsburg line up with a injury niggle as they drew 1-1 away to Essen to lose any chance of overtaking Potsdam on the final day but the result was rendered academic by Potsdam’s heavy win. Wolfsburg are already assured of a place in next season's UEFA Women's Champions League.
In other league action, Sarah Gregorius was involved as Bad Neuenahr concluded their mid-table season with a goalless draw against Bayer Leverkusen, and Ria Percival helped FFC Frankfurt confirm third place with a 5-3 win over Duisburg in her final game for the team before joining JEna next season.
In other European news, former Canterbury United youth league player Francis De Vries helped FC Basel’s academy team to the Swiss U-18 title, with the trophy presented during a recent senior game.
Chris Killen’s final action before joining the All Whites in the Solomon Islands was helping Chongqing to a 3-0 win over Fujian to rise to sixth in China League One, while over in Japan Michael Fitzgerald’s V-Varen Nagasaki beat Honda 2-0 to move to the outright lead of the third tier Japanese Football league.
On a quiet weekend on the North American front – the All Whites results aside – Olympic team hopeful Anthony Hobbs continues to get time for the Portland Timbers U-23 in the USA’s Premier Development League with his side beating Vancouver U-23 2-1 in their most recent outing.