Men's Premier Space - Update

15 Feb

Head Coach - Peter Martin

We welcome Peter Martin, and his 15 Years of coaching, which has included experience at the Northern Premier level with Central United and Onheunga Sports.

As a Board and Club, making decisions that align with our strategic planning is important, this announcement does in no way discredit the efforts that have gone in over the last 3 years while the structures and governance were installed but evolves the club, a club that is certainly moving forward rapidly. We are delighted to have someone of Peter's standing at the club moving us, educating us and committing to the future.

Technical Director - Matt Bouma

A change of scenery for Matt Bouma, Matt has probably had the toughest period in charge of a Premier team in the club's history, but he has done it to the absolute best of his ability and more importantly, shown a willingness to learn more and be involved in the mechanics of the club. This is why the club has not hesitated in appointing Matt our new Technical Director, Matt will now oversee 9 Staff, across the Boys and Girls youth development programs ensuring a rigorous and challenging program is installed for our aspiring sporting athletes. Matt will continue to lead the PCFC Skills Centre and be involved in talent recruitment and analysis, as we step into spaces that are new for the club.

Player Signings...

Marshall Gurney

Marshall Gurney Returns to Papakura Technical Director Matt Bouma "Having Marshall return to Papakura is golden.

Marshy and I have a long history, his desire to be the best on and off the pitch is the exact character our Men's Environment needs to flourish to the next level. I highly encourage all aspiring youth players to come along to Friday Night Home games in 2024 and see Marshall's ability for themselves.

Men's Head Coach, Peter Martin also has a history with Marshall, Peter added "It is awesome for someone to return to Papakura with the level of character and technical ability Marshall offers.

Marshall Gurney had this to say "Playing at McLennan Park for the blue and white again will bring back good memories along with some familiar faces. Let's get Pap back to where it used to be!"

Kevin Patricio

Welcome Kevin Patricio! Kevin joins the Men's 1st team and will be our Head Coach for our U17 Aspirational Team for 2024.

Technical Director, Matt Bouma added "I am very excited by Kevin's arrival. Kevin is a player who is highly experienced at the top level of football in NZ and Chile. In 2023 Kevin spent time with Chile, Primera Division Team, Colo Colo. The more I spoke with Kevin the more it was obvious he was passionate about the development of Youth Players. We have a similar vision, to provide a catered pathway for young players into the Men's 1st Team at Papakura City FC. Kevin is the perfect fit to lead our U17 Aspirational Team for 2023.

Kevin added "I am very happy with this sporting project. In which, we think big and seek to get Papakura City FC, back to the big leagues as soon as possible."

Munit Krishna

Welcome back Munit Krishna Technical Director, Matt Bouma adds Muni has been a staple in our midfield for five years and every opposition player knows what a difficult day they are in for when Muni is on the park. Muni leads his brothers with pride and is the exact character we want to represent Papakura.

Munit said "I have represented Papakura City FC and been involved with this amazing team for half a decade. The love and passion for football amongst the team members is the key which drives me to perform my very best at every game. The astounding brotherhood which I have received throughout my journey has been incredible; for which I am very much grateful. It is an honour to be a part of this prodigious team where you are treated no less than a family member. I am proud to be an ambassador of Papakura City FC and carry the emblem with pride."

Argyle Morling

Staying at Home! Welcome back Argyle Morling!

Technical Director Matt - Argyle epitomizes what type of player all clubs desire to develop regularly. He is able to play anywhere on the field and he does this to a level that leaves the players around him astonished, his selflessness to do what's asked of him is incredible. Argy has been 1st Team Mens Captain for the past three seasons, bleeding Blue and White for Papakura carrying his team to the finish each week with his Solar Powered Engine. He deserves every success coming the team's way. Welcome back Argy!

Argyle would like to say - I am happy to be back in the blue and white stripes for another season and looking forward to seeing the boys old and new and can’t wait for the season to kick off.

Ryan Martin

Welcome back Ryan Martin

Technical Director Matt -"Ryan is returning home after a year away at Metro FC. He is one of the most combative midfielders I ever had the pleasure of sharing the pitch with."Ryan is an excellently well-rounded player who is capable of playing anywhere down the spine of our team. His hard-working, selfless nature makes him a staple for Papakura in 2024." "I am excited to see Ryan inspire his teammates through his contagious, positive attitude this season. Welcome back!"

Ryan added "I'm coming back home because I know the club, the people, the players and the coach.""Within the past 5 years, I've been involved in Kura's third, reserves and men's premier team before taking a year to play for Metro FC""What I've missed most is the team's culture and brotherhood. Stoked to be coming home to Kura"

Tahiri Elikana

"The Club is ecstatic over its latest recruit, Tahiri, not only a Cook Island international representative with multiple caps for his nation, but he comes to PCFC with a bag full of coaching qualifications, and personality to boot."

"You will see Tahiri across the park in 2024, in the Premier spaces, Youth Coaching and, above all, and most importantly running out Coach education courses helping our next generation of Coaches achieve the qualifications Papakura City needs to continue to build in the Northern leagues. Kia Orana Tahiri" - Club President, David Johnson.

Technical director Matt Bouma adds "Tahiri's inclusion into the playing and coaching staff at Papakura City will prove invaluable. A friendly face, a warm character and a hunger to be the best." "Tahiri has played for the Cook Islands Nation as a Centre Back and as Goal Keeper in several more appearances. His experience and leadership is another step in the right direction for Papakura City to grow into the top club in South Auckland for player development.""