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Blue Rovers triumph in league

Blue Rovers coach Brent Armitage and director of football Ben Donald with the team at the McCartney Tournament.

The Blue Rovers Junior Football Club under-15 Federation team have beaten five other teams to take out the win in their Bay of Plenty/Waikato league this season.

It’s a huge achievement for this close-knit group of boys, many of whom have been playing together for a few years.

They’ve worked extremely hard to achieve this outcome, and initial disruptions from COVID-19 haven’t fazed them. They’ve remained committed to their game, team, and club, spokeswoman Rachel Crump says.

Team coach Brent Armitage agrees.

“[Their] achievement compared to other larger clubs is pretty amazing. For coming out of a little club they certainly punch above their weight.”

Brent says the boys have continued to challenge themselves each year and developed into good young men.

“It’s not just about football; it’s about values, culture, honesty, integrity – all those sorts of things.”

Blue Rovers tries hard to keep that ‘community club feel’ with its community values, Brent says.

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