Results for: Vincent Green 45th Tournament Saturday 16 September 2017
The Story Behind the Tournament
Graham & June
Children from left to right
Peter, Ruth, Vincent, Edna, Hilary
Graham and June Green emigrated to New Zealand with their 5 children. They left England in late May 1967 and travelled by ship (Canberra) the journey took 7 weeks. They arrived in July and settled in Tauranga where most of them still live today.
Graham & June, along with a friend, Andre v.d. Sande, decided to start up a football team for the kids. As a result, “Tauranga Blue Rovers” was established in 1970/71, the children picked the name of the club.
The committee consisted of Andre v.d. Sande as Coach, Graham Green as Manager, David Callard as Secretary and Arie Trumm as Treasurer.
The football team consisted of Michael Callard, Vincent Green, John Earkins, Mark Beetham, Frans Collier, G Ellis, Geoff Rothwell, David Mahy, D Henry, David Smith, D Jamieson and R Brereton. Vincent was born in England on 30 December 1960 and was the middle child of Graham and June, Vincent loved his football and played all the time. Vincent started to complain of headaches the initial diagnoses was migraines. After a short illness, Vincent unexpectedly passed away at the age of 10½ on 26th July 1971. It was later revealed that Vincent died of a brain tumor.
Andre suggested that a tournament should be started in honour of Vincent’s life ‘The Vincent Green Memorial Shield’. The first tournament took place in 1971 and has run every year since (apart from two).