VIDEO – Batty happy with U-17 preparations

Auckland Football Federation Football Development Manager Jason Batty knows a thing or two about whats required to compete at professional level and with the OFC U-17 Championship just weeks away AFF caught up with him to talk squad preparation, player and coach objectives and just what it means to pull on a New Zealand jersey. 

We also speak to Western Springs Charles Spragg about friendly family rivalry, Fencibles Matt Palmer about what he wants to achieve in football and his experiences at the National Age Group Tournament before finally checking in with young-up-and-coming Onehunga Sports gloveman Dylan Bennett.

New Zealand squad for OFC U-17 Championship

Dylan BENNETT (Onehunga Sports)
Zac JONES (Wellington Olympic)

Liberato CACACE (Wellington Phoenix Academy)
Ben DEELEY (Auckland Grammar School)
Matthew JONES (Canterbury United)
Josh ROGERSON (Ole Academy)
Jake WILLIAMS (Wellington Phoenix Academy)

Oliver DUNCAN (Brisbane Roar, AUS)
Willem EBBINGE (Wellington Phoenix Academy)
Elijah JUST (Ole Academy)
Kingsley SINCLAIR (Onehunga Sports)
Leon VAN DEN HOVEN (Onehunga Sports)
Oliver WHYTE (Wellington Phoenix Academy)

Matthew CONROY (Wellington Phoenix Academy)
Max MATA (Onehunga Sports)
Matthew PALMER (Fencibles United)
Jordan SPAIN (Canterbury United)
Charles SPRAGG (Western Springs)

Head Coach: Danny HAY
Assistant Coach: Chris ZORICICH
Goalkeeper Coach: Jason BATTY
Team Analyst: Kane WINTERSGILL
Team Manager: Simon HILTON
Physiotherapist: Luke BURGESS
Sport Scientist: Luke STANAWAY

Match Schedule

Group B

Samoa vs New Zealand
Sunday 12 February, 4pm (3pm NZT)

New Zealand vs Solomon Islands
Wednesday 15 February, 4pm (3pm NZT)

New Zealand vs Fiji
Saturday 18 February, 7pm (6pm NZT)


Winner Group A vs Runner-up Group B
Tuesday 21 February, 4pm (3pm NZT)

Winner Group B vs Runner-up Runner-up Group A
Tuesday 21 February, 7pm (6pm NZT)


Winner Semi-Final 1 vs Winner Semi-Final 2
Friday 24 February, 7pm (6pm NZT)