Thu, Jan 6, 2022 9:51 AM
Golden Bay President Phil Smith has arranged the inaugural Battle of Bay tournament on January 15. Photo: Jonty Dine
For Phil Smith, whatever the question, the answer is football.
After such a tumultuous year and with the current tense political climate, Phil is turning to the beautiful game to bring people together.
The Battle of the Bay will feature local club fighting it out in mixed teams for both bragging rights, a trophy and $500 cash.
Phil says his motivation is to simply focus on football and unite people behind something.
“I just want to drown out the politics. Everyone has an opinion, my belief is politics has no place in sport but sport can change politics.”
Nelson Suburbs, Richmond AFC, Golden Bay, FC Nelson, Tahuna, Motueka and Mapua are all set to enter the tournament in Takaka.
“Every club seems to be very excited about it.”
The event will also act as a showcase for Golden Bay.
“We have taken a real hammering lately, struggling with covid and lockdowns. It’s a beautiful place and people should see the good side of it and the people are the good side.”
Phil is confident the Golden Bay community will come out in force to support their side.
“I can’t see any other team getting past us to be honest, other clubs have the talent but Golden Bay has more heart, more spirit and more mana, and that will get us home.”
The day is planned to be a ‘carnival of football’ with a gourmet BBQ, spot prizes and plenty of refreshments.
Wholemeal Café Battle for the Bay
Kicks off 10am on January 15
Rec Park Centre