Wanderers claim inaugural Sister Cities Shield

Published on 13 March 2018


The pride of Blacktown is intact with the Western Sydney Wanderers claiming the inaugural Sister Cities Shield in their 4–1 win over Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.

The scores teams were level at 1 goal apiece at half time before the Wanderers dominated with 3 unanswered goals in the second half.

The Wanderers win was a great win for their spiritual home in Blacktown City, with the Phoenix fighting hard on field for Porirua City, neighbours near of Wellington in New Zealand.

Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Stephen Bali MP was joined by Councillor Mike Tana, Mayor of Porirua, on the field to present the winning captain, Mark Bridge with the shield.

“The Sister Cities Shield is a great way to celebrate the 34 year relationship between Blacktown City and the great City of Porirua.”

“The love and passion both cities have for sport is without question and was on show for all to see with a passionate and exciting game of football between the Wanderers and Phoenix.”

“It is clear that both these clubs have a great appreciation for the support and relationship with their local cities and communities.”

Mayor of Porirua, Councillor Mike Tana enjoyed the good-hearted rivalry between the 2 cities – which will stay on the football field.

“Although we didn’t get to take home the Sister Cities Shield, both Blacktown and Porirua are winners off the field through the fantastic benefits that the Sister Cities partnership brings to both cities and will do for many years to come.”

Mayor Tana has also experienced the variety of Blacktown City’s sporting and leisure facilities during his visit, attending the AFL JLT Pre Season game between the GWS Giants and Sydney Swans at Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney and also a tour of Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope & Blacktown Tennis Centre Stanhope.