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Mar 16, 2019   |  10:21PM AET

Sister Cities Shield to be contested at Westpac Stadium

Sister Cities Shield to be contested at Westpac Stadium

The Sister Cities Shield will today be contested between the Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium.

The Sister Cities Shield recognises the Sister Cities relationship between Blacktown City in Western Sydney and Porirua, a city in the Wellington region of New Zealand.

The Wanderers will represent Blacktown City with the Phoenix representing Porirua.

In 1984 a formal sister cities agreement was signed to promote cultural and commercial ties between the two cities.

Over the last 35 years, there has been a wide range of activities covering sporting, education, cultural and the arts which have enhanced the experiences of both communities.

The first Hyundai A-League match celebrating the relationship between the two cities was in March 2018.

The Wanderers won the inaugural Shield after goals from Brendon Santalab and Chris Ikonomidis, as well as a double from Brendan Hamill secured all three points.

Mayor of Blacktown City Stephen Bali MP believes the shield is a special representation of the flourishing partnership between the two cities.

“This second Sister Cities Shield game is a clear demonstration of the love and passion for sport that both our cities share.

“For 35 years Blacktown and Porirua have been sister city partners and I am extremely proud to be representing the City of Blacktown at this event.

“While Phoenix may have the advantage over the Wanderers in this year’s Hyundai A-League table, the pressure will be on them tonight to shore up a finals place.

“For the Wanderers it’s more about giving the fans something to shout about and maybe bringing a trophy home.”

The designation of a fixture within the Hyundai A-League competition is a fitting recognition of the strong partnership of both councils within an enduring and strong Sister Cities program.

Mayor of Porirua, Mike Tana is looking forward to the game being held here in Wellington for the first time.

“I can’t wait for this city partnership to come to Wellington as we celebrate the ongoing connection between the cities,”Tana said.

“I encourage all families and sport lovers to attend the game as we look to show Blacktown City how we celebrate football and our culture in New Zealand.”