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Stacey O'Hara




STACEY O'HARA
Age / Birthdate
July 25, 1965
Nickname
Stace
Individual Achievements
Auckland rep, 1988-89, 1992-94, 1998   -   27 appearances, 1 goal
Club Record
Avondale United
Metro
Mt. Wellington, 1985-86
Eden, 1987
West Auckland, 1988-91
Pakuranga Town, 1992-94
Eden / Three Kings United, 1995-2000
University-Mt. Wellington, 2001-2003
Glenfield Rovers, 2004-
Club Honours
Northern Premier Women's League champions
1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1998, 1999
Auckland Premier Women's Knockout Shield winners
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2000
Auckland Premier Women's Champion-of-Champions winners
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1998
WSANZ Knockout Cup winners
1998, 1999
Representative Team Honours
National Women's Soccer Tournament champions
1993, 1998

STACEY O’HARA
A Personal Appreciation
by Jeremy Ruane

In her prime, Stacey O’Hara was one of the fastest players in the women’s game in New Zealand, and despite her advancing years, remains a highly reliable defensive stalwart, who is particularly at home on the left flank.

Hailing from a family with a strong sporting background - brother Dane O’Hara is a former New Zealand rugby league international, the thirty-five-year-old courier driver has certainly been around the traps during her career, which, in terms of winners’ medals at club level, has been highly successful.

Her trophy cabinet is fair bulging with honours. After starting her career at Avondale United, she joined the Metro club just as their reign as the second-best club in the Queen City was coming to an end in the early 1980s.

Aspiring to improve herself as a player saw Stacey joining the best team in the women’s game in 1985, Mt. Wellington, a move which gained instant rewards for the then twenty-year-old, in the form of her first honours in the game, as ‘The Mount’ won all there was to win in 1985 and 1986, before transferring en masse to Eden in 1987, and repeating the feat in gold-and-black.

The breaking-up of that side at the end of that campaign saw Stacey return to her West Auckland roots, and it was in the colours of the Brains Road club that she appeared in the next four seasons.

In 1988, she helped them to win the Premier Women’s Knockout Shield and Auckland Champion-of-Champions trophy in 1988, while they were just a point away from winning the Northern Premier Women’s League title, an honour they collected in 1990.

Two seasons later, Stacey won the lot once more, this time with Pakuranga Town, before her move to Eden in 1995. The former Auckland U-19 rep has since gone on to claim yet more silverware, including the one honour missing from her collection prior to 1998, the WSANZ Knockout Cup.

Stacey’s career in the game has not been graced with a great deal of  individual recognition - the success she has enjoyed representing her country in touch rugby hasn’t been reflected in women’s soccer, where she has made just  twenty-seven appearances for Auckland over an interrupted eleven-year period.

But she remains ever-reliable as a big-hearted player who, whenever called upon, will always give of her best for her team, particularly in those unspectacular roles which demand consistent performances every time.

Stacey in action for the SWANZ during a friendly international
against TuS Aurbach in Hamilton in January, 1994.
No caps were awarded for the two games in this series.

Scoring record for Eden / Three Kings United
             
Date
Opponents
Score
Tally
Comp.
23/4/95
Te Atatu
4-3
1
PWL
25/6/95
Claudelands Rovers
3-0
1
PWL
30/7/95
West Auckland
3-0
1
PWL
19/7/98
Albany United
10-0
1
SKC
26/7/98
Te Atatu
7-0
1
PWL
9/7/00
Ellerslie
4-1
1
PWL
TOTAL
6
Premier Women's League
5
Women's Knockout Shield
0
SWANZ Knockout Cup
1


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