A League debut for Waikato-Tainui lad

By Tamati Tiananga
  • Waikato/Te Waiariki
  • Ahitereiria

No ngā rangi whakata nei ka kōkuhu atu a Logan Rogerson ki te taumata whana poikiri A League. He takaro tuatahi whai hua nui mō te toa, tekau mā waru tau te pakeke nō Ngaruawahia, i eke atu ki te papa tākaro mō te kapa Phoenix i te haurua tuarua o te tukinga ki te tira Melbourne City.   

He ekenga mō Logan Rogerson, ahakoa i hinga kē tana kapa i a Melbourne City, 1-0. 

“It was pretty proud for me and my family and we have been waiting a while for it, when I got out there it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be  its just another game of football in the end and I really enjoyed it.”

Kua roa te pouwaenga nei o te kapa Phoenix e tatari ana. Hei tā te kaiako i te kapa, hei tā Ernie Merrick, me ngāwari te haere. 

“He just said to do my thing, take players on, dribble, don't be scared, get the ball don't hide and I was quite happy to get my first touch early.” 

Ko tana mahi tuatahi he kaupare i tana hoa kaitākaro o mua i a Manny Muscat.

“I remember Manny (Manny Muscat) coming on, but I knew I had Manny for pace.”

I te rua mano ngahuru mā rima, ka haina kirimana a ia e toru tau te roa a Longan me te kapa Phoenix. Hei tāna na tona whakapeto ngoi i eke ai ia ki te papa tākaro tiketike rawa.   

“It was hard and probably only my family would know and at the end of the day that's football and everywhere you go around the world it's just the same and you just have to keep working hard off and on the field and the opportunities will come.”

E nanaiore ana a Logan kia eke ki taumata kē

“I'd love to go back with the all whites trip but either way I am getting A league Games and hopefully Anthony sees me playing and I make the All whites as well.”  

I te aurakitanga mai o ngā kaitākaro tokowhā i te kapa All Whites, tāria te wā e tākaro ai ia i tāna takaro tuarua. Hei tenei rāhoroi tākaro atu ai te kapa Phoenix ki te kapa Perth Gory ki te taiwhanga nib, ki Te urupu, ki Ahitereria.     

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