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The End


The 2015 Lotto NRFL Premier League comes down to an 8pm kickoff on a Wednesday night in late September. That’s not a typo. The only reason why Western Springs found themselves in need of three points and anxious folk in Hamilton refreshed their Twitter feed was because of the registration […]

The best of Winter 2016

How could I not?

Winter is over and spring is here (allegedly). The last NRFL game of the season is tonight. Birkenhead United and Western Springs cap things off with a positively Italian 8pm kick off on the turf at North Harbour Stadium. It will be well passed my bedtime when the season concludes […]

Lift Off


  With just under three weeks until the Stirling Sports Premiership kicks off, today saw representatives of the new ten team league converge on Auckland to film their Sky Sports promo video and meet the media as part of New Zealand Football’s official launch. It’s a busy week for NZF, with […]

A rare affliction

Georgia Steele escaping the rain at half time!

I was all set to round off the NRFL season by heading off to Eastern Suburbs vs Western Springs yesterday, but I was unexpectedly prevented from doing so by a rare condition I suddenly found myself afflicted with – I couldn’t be bothered. The fact that it was wet and […]

Guest Post – #Top10ForTen

Michael Boxall

[Yellow Fever and Liverpool Football Club Wellington are celebrating ten years of the Phoenix by asking people to rank their top ten Phoenix players to raise awareness for the Wellington City Mission’s ten most needed items list. I thought it would be fun to ask Cordwainer Bull to give us […]

Long Read: Defending Defence

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - APRIL 7:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United clashes with Linvoy Primus of Portsmouth during the Barclays Premiership match between Portsmouth and Manchester United at Fratton Park on April 7 2007 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

It’s been just over a decade since the phrase ‘parking the bus’ was coined by a simmering Jose Mourinho. In the aftermath of a goal-less draw with Tottenham, not modern swashbuckling Tottenham but the mid-2000’s Spursy version with Jamie Redknapp in midfield, he fumed; “As we say in Portugal, they […]

A day in the mud


I didn’t really have any affiliation to a club as a kid.  Definitely not of the round ball variety.  So I wasn’t exposed to the excitement and joy that is a junior football tournament. This weekend I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Douglas Villa Junior Tournament.  I have […]

Up the Waiheke!


Waiheke United 5, Norwest United 1 Onetangi Sports Park, Waikeke Island, September 10 2016 This is a short post to congratulate Waiheke United, who overcame Glen Eden yesterday to be crowned AFF/NFF Conference champions and with that, were automatically promoted to NRFL Division 2 for next year. If you don’t […]

An uber victory

Let the bubbly fly!

Three Kings United 0, Central United 5 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, September 17 2016 It’s taken me a few years, but today I finally managed to finish off a feat I’ve been aiming towards for quite some time – managing to be in all the right places at all the […]