Tommy Semmy of Papua New Guinea has an incredible scoring record in New Zealand

As the New Zealand Premiership comes to an end the top scorers list is not surprising.

Emiliano Tade of league leaders Auckland City has 14, followed by Andre de Jon of Eastern Suburbs and Paul Ifill of Tasman United on ten each.

In sixth place, one goal behind Stephen Hoyle of Canterbury and Keegan Linderboom of Waitakere United on seven, is a Papua New Guinea international.

Tommy Semmy has scored six goals in ten matches for Hamilton Wanderers, including the opening goal in the club’s first win in 23 matches.

If you look closer at his statistics Semmy is actually averaging a goal every 88 minutes he has spent on the pitch – that’s a goal a game for a striker playing in the league for the first time.

Even more impressively, he has done this for a team with just one win and three draws in 14 league games, whose points total of just six leaves them bottom of the New Zealand Premiership.

When the 23-year-old Papua New Guinea international joined Hamilton Wanderers in November last year they were already on a long losing streak, but local media says his arrival has sparked the team into life.

He scored the first against Waitakere United and helped the team to a 2-1 victory.

New Zealand website Stuff said: “Hamilton Wanderers might not have won in this competition for a record-equalling 23 matches, but they have looked a chance for a while now, ever since Papua New Guinea forward Tommy Semmy arrived in the country in mid-November.”

Scoring goals is not new for Semmy, who topped the Solomon Islands scoring charts with 16 goals for Malaita Kingz in 2017.

He has also scored Oceania Champions League goals for Hekari United in 2015 and 2016 and has three goals in eight international appearances.

He is obviously a hit for Ricki Herbert’s Hamilton Wanderers in New Zealand. His game is based on electric pace and exceptional strength. He is often running the channels, cutting in from the wing to try his luck and take on the full back.

Pace, pwer and raw talent – the future for Tommy Semmy is looking bright. If his incredible form continues we could see more Oceania talent being snapped up by New Zealand clubs – or even those from further afield.


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