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A cruel game

Jamie Pegg and Christopher Clark

Fencibles United 1, Papakura City 1 Riverhills Park, August 30 2014 It was the penultimate day of winter and neither Mother Nature nor the football gods seemed of a mind to cut anyone any slack in Auckland’s East on Saturday. It seems as though I have a way of turning […]



It’s agony waiting for Serie A to start each year, a couple of weeks or more after everyone else in Europe, but FINALLY, this Saturday at 4am New Zealand time, Italian club football kicks off once again with Chievo vs Juventus followed by Roma vs Fiorentina. As it’s getting rather […]

The King is dead, long live the King!


Glenfield Rovers 6, East Coast Bays 3 McFetridge Park, Auckland, August 23 2014 An extra special guard of honour greeted Glenfield Rovers as they entered the McFetridge Park arena yesterday, that marked a real changing of the guard. East Coast Bays, last season’s champions of the Northern Regional Football League, […]

Old scores

Bill Robertson for NCR and Takuya Iwata for Central

Central United 2, Napier City Rovers 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, August 17 2014 Here we are at Chatham Cup semi-final time! How did we get here? I’m glad you asked. Deep breath… It all started with 127 teams back in April with a lovely day in Auckland’s far East where […]

Wakey-wakey Italia

Carlo Tavecchio and Demitrio Albertini

I don’t know why I expected better, but I did. Italy is a wonderful place, and I am usually very defensive of it. Nowhere else can you stand in the exact spot that so many Caesars, Popes, heroes and villains have stood in before you and walk in their footsteps. […]

Fashion statement


Two things have been happening a bit lately. One is people telling me that there should be t-shirts. The other is my bank balance telling me I should really try to find a fun way to recoup some of the costs I incur pursuing my hobby. So this is […]

Cutis anserina

Zane Olla dealing effectively with Daniel Finlay

Hibiscus Coast 1, Melville United 2 Stanmore Bay Park, Auckland, August 9 2014 I wasn’t going to go to any football on Saturday due to other commitments, but at exactly 2pm (45 minutes before NRFL kick-off time) and after a hard morning putting up election hoardings, my afternoon commitments fell […]

Wahine of Waiheke

Before and after - after 1

Waiheke United 10, Papatoetoe United 0 Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, August 10 2014 Postponements, postponements, postponements. What to do when the Under 20 Women’s World Cup is on, and as a result of so many women’s premier players being in Canada there are hardly any games to choose from? […]

Making a difference


“So get as many people behind it as you can! Get them subscribing and help give your local club a cash injection!” – The Auckland Football Federation website commands you! PremierLeaguePass have launched a new initiative to support local clubs extremely generously with 20% of every subscription going to a local […]


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