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Gianni Be Good

We’re approaching the end of the national league season and, unsurprisingly, the Weenix are propping up the foot of the table. But there’s plenty of talent in the squad – including the latest youngster to get called up to the senior A League side.

Third Time Lucky?

It’s fast approaching the twentieth anniversary of professional football in New Zealand. The Auckland Football Kingz played their first home match on October 1st, 1999 up at North Harbour Stadium. They competed in the old National Soccer League (NSL), which soon dissolved into financial insecurity and Government inquiries – eventually […]

Stream of consciousness

This summer’s ISPS Handa Premiership has seen a major change in the ways that teams can broadcast digital content. In recent seasons, teams had been limited in what and how they could share any match footage due to the television deal with Sky TV. Essentially, Sky TV had exclusive rights […]

Cup of Nations is a treat

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers’ match day programme ‘sidelined’ on Sunday 10 February 2019] It may have escaped the notice of some in our game, but despite what Goal.com and no doubt a few other red faced pundits would have you believe, there is in fact a […]

A gentleman’s sport

There has been some interesting debate recently about the discrepancy in financial spoils for the country’s top female sportswomen compared to their male counterparts, as the popularity and profile of women’s sport grows – Morgan

At the end the Aucklanders win

Auckland City 3, Eastern Suburbs 2Kiwitea Street, Auckland, January 26 2019 Yeah, so obviously I’ve been a bit slack in January. Whereas my first game of 2018 kicked off at 12:01am on January 1, this year I have kept my wonderful adoring fan(s) (hi mum) waiting a whopping 26 days […]

The Return Fixture Interviews – Mikaela Hunt

Last week we kicked off a series of long form interviews transcribed from The Return Fixture – ITBOTN’s National Women’s League podcast. The second installment is Helena’s insightful chat with Mikaela Hunt, Southern United’s captain and inspirational leader. Helena Wiseman: Mikaela Hunt has played in a National Women’s League final […]

Get Well Soon Wynton

First of all, get well soon Wynton. It’s inarguable that the most talented and decorated All White ever produced is Wynton Alan Whai Rufer, CNZM. Terry Maddaford’s explanation from nearly twenty years ago explains it perfectly, Rufer – Simply the best we’ve ever had. Since then we’ve had the joys of seeing […]