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Tade's tackle on Jones. Yellow or red?

Central United 2, Hamilton Wanderers 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, July 27 2014 Reciting how I got to each stage of the Chatham Cup odyssey is starting to become a bit like quoting verses from the Old Testament, but here goes. It all started with Bucklands Beach’s 4-2 victory over […]

Number two

FHM celebrating Rollo's winner.

Forrest Hill Milford 2, Coastal Spirit 1 Becroft Park, Auckland, July 20 2014 What makes a good game of football? There are obviously lots of factors. The team you support winning is an obvious prerequisite, and if it’s a come-from-behind victory then all the better. A close contest with both […]

Confessions of a diseased specimen

Bowen wins the battle with Robinson

Glenfield Rovers 5, Massey University 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, July 20 2014 First off, an apology, I have been a little bit slack in the last couple of weeks. This is because I was struck down with a very sad case of aggressive and debilitating manflu two Thursdays ago, and […]

Scarves on Statues – Finito


[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] There comes a time in the career of every great artist when enough is enough. There are no more nudes left to paint, no more saints to sculpt, no more soup cans to randomly arrange. No more porcelain to adorn, no […]

Guest Post – Cup catch-up: Part 2


Bay Olympic 2, Hamilton Wanderers 3 Olympic Park, Auckland, July 5 2014 [Part 2 of Rod de Lisle’s wonderful two-part thriller on Wanderers’ recent cup run. Thanks also to Garry Konings for the photos. I will pick up my Chatham Cup odyssey once again when Wanderers meet Central United in […]

Guest Post – Cup catch-up: Part 1


North Shore United 1, Hamilton Wanderers 3 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, June 29 2014 [At the start of Chatham Cup season 2014, I resolved to follow the winner of each tie I attended right through to the final. After attending the preliminary round fixture that saw Bucklands Beach defeat Te […]

Heart of Gold

The Miramar balcony

Miramar Rangers 5, Palmerston North Marist 1 David Farrington Park, Wellington, July 5 2014 It has generally been my intention to cover some local football in Wellington at least once a year. Both my paid employment and my volunteer political activity generally see me visiting our nation’s capital at least […]

Scarves on Statues – Pioneer Woman


[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Another World Cup is over for Italy. I’m fine, thanks for asking. Oh alright then, you’ve got me – I’m not fine. It bloody sucks. The hardest thing to stomach is the cold hard reality of that potentially being the last […]

OK, so that was annoying…

CJ Bott and Issy Coombes coming together!

Claudelands Rovers 2, Forrest Hill Milford 3 Galloway Park, Hamilton, June 29 2014 Sometimes when I’m on my way to a football game, all I’m hoping for is an exciting game with a close result. From now on I’ll be a bit more careful what I wish for. I often […]


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