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Lauren Mathis sending one into the box past Norwest's Tayla Bazeley.

Western Springs quite a lot, Norwest United 0 Seddon Fields, Auckland, March 1 2015 “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” ― John Donne The first of March marks the first day of Autumn, and so begins the transition from summer […]

The Fred

Dylan Stansfield in a spectacular Solomons tackle

Waitakere United 2, WaiBOP United 1 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, February 21 2015 Ask any WaiBOP United fan which ASB Premiership venue they prefer to visit the least, and odds overwhelmingly are they will tell you it’s Fred Taylor Park. Why? To be completely honest I don’t entirely understand it […]

Homeward bound


Auckland City 3, Team Wellington 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, February 15 2015 It’s crunch time in the ASB Premiership, and after today’s fixtures there was good news and bad news. I’ll get the bad news out of the way first. Today’s top of the table clash at Kiwitea Street was […]

Walzing Matildas


New Zealand 2, Australia 3 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, February 12 2015 How predictable was that title? Much more predictable than this game turned out to be! Australia. The Auld Frienemy. There is no doubt that when New Zealand plays Australia at anything from Rugby Union to tiddlywinks, we want […]

The wisdom of Fred Dagg

Betsy Hassett with Kim Un Ju looking on

New Zealand 1, Korea DPR 1 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, February 8 2015 As a very wise man, by the name of Fred Dagg, once said – “we don’t know how lucky we are” to have this great country of ours. It’s no cliché. Well… it is, in fact a […]

Cool kids’ clubs


It’s hard not being in the cool kids’ club. Our Aussie neighbours took their toys out of the Oceania sandpit, joined the big kids of Asia, and we jelly (young-person speak for ‘we are green with envy’). Don’t you just hate it when one of your friends decides they are […]

Party in da club

Elia taking on the Team Wellington defence

WaiBOP United 2, Team Wellington 1 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, January 31 2015 For the last couple of days, I have been pondering the subject of birthday presents. How memorable are they as a general rule? ‘Not very’ is my tentative conclusion. I remember the beautiful wooden chest/coffee table that […]


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