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Door number two

Eight years ago, Roma parted company with a much loved tactician – Luciano Spalletti. He had been at the helm of the club for four years and in that time he had revolutionised football around the world by inventing the ‘strikerless’ 4-2-3-1 formation. For fans, it was hard to watch […]

Drawing Ferns

Bucklands Beach 1, Football Ferns Development 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, May 21 2017 When I made the decision to go to two very different Bucklands Beach games this weekend, I thought they would both be quite one sided based on the table positions of the teams involved. The over […]

Together Everyone Achieves More

I often think it’s odd when spectators and fans say they are ‘part of the team’ in relation to sports.  Fans don’t train, they don’t play, and they don’t coach or provide medical or managerial assistance.  Fans show up once a week to watch the team and provide support.  The […]

The Divine Ponytail

Bay Olympic 1, Bucklands Beach 8 Crum Park, Auckland, May 20 2017 Once upon a time I went to watch a mate of mine play over 35s football at Crum Park in Green Bay. I blogged about it here. Last week I noticed him talking about his team on Facebook […]

Reverse status

Brooklyn Northern United 1 Petone 1 aet BNU won 4-3 on kicks from the penalty mark NZ Women’s Knock-Out Cup Round 1 Sunday 14 May 2017 Wakefield Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). Round 1 of the National […]

Changes afoot

I have recently caught wind of a few potential changes that are strongly rumoured to be under consideration for the NRFL following a review of the competition. My understanding is that we are still a ways off any final decisions being made, with any changes that are eventually agreed upon […]

Performing when it Matamatas

Matamata Swifts 6, Onehunga Mangere 0 Matamata Domain, Matamata, May 14 2017 Generally when I scan the draw looking for a cup tie to attend, I’m trying to identify a game that’s contested by at least one team I wouldn’t ordinarily watch play as well as a match that has […]

Smith’s Dream

Tasman United 1 Coastal Spirit 4 Mainland Women’s Premier League Sunday 07 May 2017 Saxton Field, Stoke I made another dash across Cook Strait from my home in Wellington. This time to have a look at a Mainland Women’s Premier League (MWPL) match. I’d given up my chance at seeing […]

Dazza the plumber

There has been a measure of media coverage lately concerning the off field shenanigans of one or two practitioners of some variation of oval ball nonsense – or so I’m told. I haven’t taken much notice of it, to be completely honest, but I gather the offense was something along […]