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Guest Post – ANZAC Day is derby day

Wanderers gaffer Mark Cossey making sure Porritt is ship-shape for the big occasion!

By Rod de Lisle It’s not very often that the respective personnel from Melville and Hamilton Wanderers football club agree on anything. After all, each club is a proverbial ‘Auld Enemy’ to each other, to be chided ruthlessly and defeated at all costs on the field.  Such is the nature […]

Goalkeepers are for wimps

Jeanette Adams

Three Kings United 1, Claudelands Rovers 3 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, April 19 2015 Witnessing a Hamilton football club win an important football game. These are occasions that don’t come around too often. When they do, it’s important that we poor, beleaguered, Waikato natives behave with appropriate decorum. This is […]

Life imitating latte

Pamment tidies up

Ellerslie 3, Tauranga City United 2 Michaels Avenue, Auckland, April 18 2015 When I bought my grande caramel praline latte from Starbucks Westgate, I felt like I needed something sweet, hot, velvety, and full of caffeine to get me though the next couple of hours of bleakness. I was heading […]

Guest Post – A tale of two puddles


By John Palethorpe “TIME! TIME! TIME!” The ring of voices in the air, clear above the oystercatchers and gulls, were distinctly English in origin. For a minute it was possible to imagine that this game were taking place on Hackney Marshes rather than Seaside Park. From Ranui Swanson’s blackshirted team […]

The way the cookie crumbles

Simon Stafford-Bush getting the header in for Manukau

Manukau City 2, AFC Fury 1 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, April 13 2015 Exactly eighteen months and one week – that’s how long it’s been since the last time I saw AFC Fury in the flesh. It seems like a lifetime ago! On October 5 2013 they blitzed Papakura City […]

Coaches say the darndest things

Rudi Garcia (Photo credit: Tedeschi)

Is there anything more banal than a press conference with a football coach? I don’t know why anyone bothers with them. With a few notable exceptions, where the odd coach has been known to lose the plot, in general they tend towards the bland and vanilla. Soft arse questions batted […]

One of those things

Kate Loye taking a corner

Western Springs 2, Claudelands Rovers 0 Seddon Fields, Auckland, April 6 2015 The seven games of Football I watched on my Easter break… Friday: Waitakere City 2, Melville 1. Saturday: Takapuna 4, Ngaruawahia 0. Sunday: Roma 1, Napoli 0; USA 4, Football Ferns 0; Auckland City 2, Hawkes Bay 1; […]


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