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National Champions: Wellington Olympic reflect on maiden National Football League title

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 2 Dec 2023, 10:46AM
Ben Mata and Jack-Henry Sinclair join Newstalk ZB's Adam Cooper in studio with the National Football League trophy. Photo / Newstalk ZB
Ben Mata and Jack-Henry Sinclair join Newstalk ZB's Adam Cooper in studio with the National Football League trophy. Photo / Newstalk ZB

National Champions: Wellington Olympic reflect on maiden National Football League title

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 2 Dec 2023, 10:46AM

Wellington Olympic are the 2023 National League men’s football champions, following an epic final on Sunday.

After some near misses against arch rivals Auckland City in recent years, they finally prevailed when it mattered with a 2-0 win at Mt Smart Stadium.

A superb Kalian Gould goal in the 58th minute was the difference before Jack-Henry Sinclair sealed the contest with the last kick of the match, finding an empty net from distance as Auckland City desperately searched for an equaliser to spark massive celebrations on the field and in the grandstand.

The result avenges last year’s loss in the national decider and caps off an impressive season for Olympic, who went unbeaten through the National League Championship with nine wins and two draws, scoring 34 goals in the process.

Team members Ben Mata and Jack-Henry Sinclair joined Adam Cooper in the Newstalk ZB Wellington studio with the trophy in hand.

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