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Philips and Milne still at it!

Glenfield Rovers 0, Forrest Hill Milford 1 McFetridge Park, Auckland, July 5 2015 It’s been a criminally long time since I went to some women’s football – over a month. I hang my head in shame. June 1 at Riverhills was my last game. That day I watched Glenfield put […]

Balanced Views – Central United

Takuya Iwata

Central United 3, Hamilton Wanderers 2 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, July 4 2015 Never too late By John Palethorpe – Central United fan The business end of the season approaches. The shadows have begun their retreat, but pre-game the discussion was less about the threatening looking clouds and more about the imminent […]

Balanced Views – Hamilton Wanderers

Sam Redwood

Central United 3, Hamilton Wanderers 2 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, July 4 2015 Skyrockets in flight but no afternoon delight By Rod de Lisle – Hamilton Wanderers first team manager After knocking over Central regularly over the last year or two (in the league anyway), it all came crashing back to […]

The National League Debates


“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana Bruce Holloway, winner of ‘Best Publication’ at the 2012 New Zealand Football Media Awards for the superb Waikato Chronicles (follow the link for my review of it), has been at it again! This time with a […]

Tamakae and Tamakou


East Coast Bays 2, Waiuku 0 Bay City Park, Auckland, June 27 2015 Waiuku literally means ‘water and mud’. The place got its name from a Maori princess who was courted by two men named Tamakae and Tamakou. Tamakae was essentially a farmer, whereas Tamakou was a flashy orator. The […]

The World Cup through my lens


In February of this year I received an e-mail from Dwayne Barlow, the WaiBOP Football Federation’s media manager, containing details of how to apply for accreditation for the 2015 FIFA Under 20 World Cup. I hadn’t given any thought to applying until then. To be honest, I hadn’t even given […]

Europe Rules, OK?


Serbia 2, Brazil 1 AET North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 21 2015 Look at me Ma! I’m on the side line at a World Cup final!! What an experience. For the last few weeks I have been relishing the fact that I have had the chance to take photos of […]



Guile  n.  Shrewd or cunning intelligence; crafty or artful deception: ‘he used all his guile and guts to achieve his goals’ Stephen Gove was born in Hillside, Montrose, Scotland, on November 6 1959. He died last Sunday, June 7, aged 55, after a short battle with bowel cancer. Between those […]

Being Brazil


Brazil 0, Portugal 0 AET (Brazil won 3-1 on penalties) Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, June 14 2015 What must it be like to play for a Brazilian age group team? All that history. All that expectation. It’s a lot of pressure, and not just for them. Spare a thought for the […]


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