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Newtown Park to host Cup finals

The ASB Chatham Cup final will return to one of its earliest venues with Lower Hutt City and Central United contesting the 85th edition at Newtown Park in Wellington on Sunday August 26.

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August 7, 2012

AUCKLAND – AUCKLAND – The ASB Chatham Cup final will return to one of its earliest venues with Lower Hutt City and Central United contesting the 85th edition at Newtown Park in Wellington on Sunday August 26.

The venue of the 1925, 1927 and 1989 Chatham Cup finals will also host the 19th final of the ASB Women’s Knockout Cup in another bumper day of football in the capital.

The final of each competition sees a first time finalist take on a multiple winner with Lower Hutt City tacking on four time winners Central United from Auckland in the ASB Chatham Cup final and three times ASB Women’s Knockout Cup winners Three Kings United from Auckland facing Palmerston North’s Massey University.

Recent tradition has seen the finals played at North Harbour Stadium but with the venue for 11 of the last 14 Chatham Cup finals due to host provincial rugby that weekend an alternate venue was sought.

“The clash has allowed us to take another important game of football around the country and with the great support Capital Football has shown, I’m sure cup finals day will be a success just like last year’s finals in Palmerston North were,” said New Zealand Football’s Chief Executive Grant McKavanagh.

Wellington has a long association with the Chatham Cup final. The first two in 1923 and 1924 were held at Wellington’s Athletic Park while the Basin Reserve has hosted the most finals with 52.

Lower Hutt secured their passage to the Chatham Cup with a 4-0 win over Caversham at Dunedin’s Caledonian Ground, while Central United thrashed eight-man Miramar Rangers 6-0 at David Farrington Park in Wellington.

Massey University upset Claudelands Rovers 4-1 in Hamilton to book their first ever ASB Women’s Knockout Cup final and they were joined by Three Kings who dispatched last year’s runners up Coastal Spirit from Christchurch 2-0.

Three Kings United and Central United were drawn as the respective home teams in a ballot yesterday giving them the right to wear their home kit in case of a colour clash.

Admission for the double header is $10 for adults (children under 15 free) with the ASB Women’s Knockout Cup Final kicking off at 11am and the ASB Chatham Cup Final at 2.30pm.

ASB Cup Finals Day
Sunday 26 August, 2012
Newtown Park, Wellington
Admission: Adults $10.00, Children (under 15) free.

19th ASB Women’s Knockout Cup Final
Three Kings United v Massey University
Kickoff: 11am

85th ASB Chatham Cup Final
Central United v Lower Hutt City
Kickoff: 2.30pm

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