New Zealand is globally famed for one game: rugby. The country has been crowned champions of the Rugby World Cup on three occasions, with their latest victory coming in 2015. However, this does not mean that New Zealand is not doing something when it comes to nurturing, arguably, the most popular game on the planet- Football. The country has a passion for this game, and Christchurch is one of the cities that tend to be carrying the hopes of this great nation in this regard. The city is home to many football clubs, but we are going to focus on only two of them in this content.
Halswell United AFC
As its name suggests, this amateur football club is based in the Halswell suburb. Founded in 1964, Halswell United has been involved in competitive football in the Robbie’s Premier Football League, although the club is yet to lift the title. With at least 900 members (as of September, 2018), it is among the South Island’s biggest clubs.
Halswell United joined the Canterbury Football Association in 1967 and won Division 3B during their debut season. In 1967, they were promoted to Division One to compete on a bigger stage. The club is represented by both men’s and women’s teams. In 2002, the men’s team went up to the Chatham Cup quarter finals and reached the last four three years later. On the other hand, the women’s side played the national knockout cup semi-finals.
Cashmere Technical FC
This football club was established in 2012, as a result of a merger of Woolston Technical and Cashmere Wanderers football clubs. The club competes for honours with other Mainland Premier League clubs and has been crowned the league champions on three occasions, from 2013 to 2015. Cashmere Technical has also won the Chatham Cup back to back, in 2013 and 2014.