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A lovely touch from the Kiwitea scoreboard #PlayItForSteve

Within the next fortnight we should know the draw for the [INSERT SPONSOR HERE] New Zealand Football Championship. With Team Wellington taking the title out of Auckland for the first time last season, and three new teams joining the league, it’s already looking like it’s going to be a cracker. […]

We go again

Jarrod Smith celebrates his opening goal

Birkenhead United 3, Miramar Rangers 1 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 28 2016 I have never made any secret of the fact that I have a soft spot for Birkenhead United. But today, without wanting to go too mushy on you, I’m ready to declare my undying love. Allow me to […]

Script? What Script?

Rood taking the plaudits

Glenfield Rovers 1, Upper Hutt City 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, August 27 2016 If New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup semi-final day had a script, nobody stuck to it! I strongly suspect most observers, when pressed for pre-game predictions, would have expected Cashmere Technical to give Forrest Hill Milford a real […]

Mathematical Champs

The Manukau active fan zone!

Papatoetoe AFC v Manukau City AFC Murdoch Park, Papatoetoe Saturday 27th August – 5pm kickoff, Manukau City knew what they had to do before kick-off. Wait. Their game against Papatoetoe AFC, under the lights at Murdoch Park, started at 5pm. In the clubrooms before the game, as the reserves filtered […]

Football & Media

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I woke up at six-thirty on Saturday morning. Football was on the TV. Free-to-air. FTA live sport in New Zealand is so rare that, other than Maori Television’s coverage of the Fox Memorial Shield, you don’t often get to sit down and watch a full game without having to put […]

Five of the most windblown

Just guessing but I think there's been some wind here recently...

Back in June I bowed to public pressure and wrote a post ranking my five favourite football grounds in New Zealand. In so doing, I also acknowledged requests for follow up pieces looking at the most improved, depressing, wind-blown and inaccessible grounds along with the best and worst stadium food. […]

Virgin Half Ironman

half ironman

So I finally did it.  I entered in the Taupo Half Ironman.  I have little over three months to prepare myself physically and mentally.  I’m excited for the challenge. I didn’t just wake up today and decide I was going to enter.  A guy from work competed last year and […]

Guest Post – #playitforsteve

Photo by Dave Barker

By Josh Easby Put together a highlights reel of Steve Sumner’s career and it’s hard to know how you would choose any of his achievements as his greatest. The inspirational skipper of the 1982 All Whites, Sumner has pretty much achieved everything the game in New Zealand can offer. At […]

Review: Fully Committed

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Joey Barton’s scathing assessment of the footballer biography production line, “England did nothing in that World Cup, so why were they bringing books out? ‘We got beat in the quarter-finals. I played like shit. Here’s my book.’ Who wants to read that?” may probably be the most accurate thing he’s ever […]

Who wants to be a premier?

Happy sip!

Mount Albert Ponsonby 0, Manurewa 1 Anderson Park, Auckland, August 8 2016 The battle for promotion to the NRFL Premier Division is going right down to the wire after Mount Albert Ponsonby spurned their chance to wrap it up for themselves on their home ground today… A couple of months […]

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