Queenstown Rovers women’s team are appealing a shock decision by Footballsouth to reverse the result of a record win.
The soccer body’s women’s committee has changed the resort side’s 38-0 thrashing of Invercargill’s JK Stevenson Queens Park in April to a 2-0 victory to the opposition.
The Queenstown team allegedly breached a player registration rule by fielding prolific striker Mary Fraser, who had recently joined the club from Dunedin’s Roslyn Wakari. Fraser scored 11 times in the Queens Park rout.
The loss of the three points and 38 goals gained during the season-opener means rivals Southend draw level with Rovers at the top of the table.
“As far as we are concerned, we did everything by the book when we signed Mary and we’ll be strongly appealing this decision,” Rovers women’s team coach Darren Rewi says.
“The irony is we took it easy during the 38-0 match but we won’t be doing that again.”
Meanwhile, a hat-trick from Invercargill-based Fraser wasn’t enough to push the Rovers women into the next round of the national Uncle Toby’s Women’s Cup competition last Sunday.
They were beaten 4-3 by Roslyn Wakari in Dunedin.
Queenstown Rovers men’s side had a bad weekend too.
They crashed to seventh in the Footballsouth Premier League, losing 6-3 to Northern in Dunedin last Saturday.
They next face fourth-placed Roslyn Wakari in Dunedin on Sunday. Kick-off is 2.45pm.