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The Portuguese Berbatov

Joao Moreira looking a little irked

Around 2pm the nerves kicked in. What if this was how it was going to be now? Losing to Waitakere for the first time in nearly three years was a shock, and the fact we were facing the side who beat us to the championship last season didn’t help. Team […]

Dancing in the dark

Deven Jackson with Kate Loye looking on

Northern 4, Auckland 3 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 22 2016 I have to admit that my heart sank when I saw the draw for the first time and this fixture presented itself. Because the National Women’s League does not contain a development side this year, most weekends only have […]

Remote Control

From the remote (fired by various people in the stand): Aoife Gallagher-Forbes watches a shot sizzle past her upright.

Central Football 0 Northern Football 3 National Women’s League Sunday 16 October 2016 Memorial Park, Palmerston North. Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). Opening day of National Women’s League season! With it being such a short season (6 matches […]

Brisbane Roar whimper over Women’s team’s pay


“#It’sgoodtobeback,” declared the A-League Twittersphere. “How far back were you thinking?” replied the W-League’s, whose teams are still in pre-season. Today it’s emerged that Brisbane Roar’s W-League counterparts are being pressured to accept pay cuts of around 40%, with contracts signed just a month ago set not to be honoured […]

Derby Day Disaster/Delight

Kiwitea Street

Well, that didn’t go as planned. It had been two years, eight months and fourteen days since Waitakere had last beaten Auckland City. For a local derby game, that sort of eliminates the fun part. Like when Manchester United were good and Manchester City were rubbish and the derbies were […]

There’s no place like home

Briar Palmer ahead of Maxine Rawnsley

WaiBOP 2, Capital 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, October 16 2016 Well, National Women’s League 2016 is up and running! My first game of the new summer season was the now traditional WaiBOP vs Capital season opener, and this time it really felt like a homecoming.  Because WaiBOP’s base this […]

The best league in the land

Victoria Esson receiving the trophy

New Zealand’s coolest football competition (in my book) kicks off on Sunday! The National Women’s league boasts the cream of the crop from those who play domestically in a football nation ranked 18th in the world by FIFA. That’s us, in case you were wondering! But having said how much […]

ITBOTN Season Predictions


I’ve never made predictions and I never will – Paul Gascoigne There’s a magical few days left before the season starts – days in which supporters unfold the possibilities of a summer of football in their head. Perhaps this could be their year, maybe this will be the season their […]