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The Stream Age

There’s been a fair bit in the mainstream press about retired NZF CEO Andy Martin’s attempts last year to ship the rights to the NZFC, NWL and Chatham Cup to a company whose specific aim would be to market them to betting companies. This, potentially, was a disaster waiting to […]

An Enlightening Fixture

Northern Lights 0 – 0 Southern United. Sunday 23rd September, McFetridge Park. The recently rebranded Northern Lights had to wait a week to kick off their National Women’s League campaign, having been handed the bye in Round 1. That meant they got to watch, and ponder, Southern United’s 6-1 dismantling […]

Adapting the Beautiful Game

Many of us take for granted some of the seemingly simple things in life. Near the top of the list is the ability to move about and walk without major restriction, and subsequently the ability to play and be involved in the game of football. Not everyone is so fortunate. […]

A proud day

Canterbury United Pride 4 Capital Football 0 National Women’s League 16 September 2018 English Park, Christchurch Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). First weekend of the National Women’s League, and another match featuring teams with expectations. Canterbury through weight […]

Cup thriller decided by penalty shootout

Sunday Blazers – 4 , North Wellington – 4 (Sunday Blazers win 5-3 on penalties) Wellington College, September 16 2018 Sunday Blazers has won the Wellington Sunday Football League Cup, beating defending champions North Wellington on penalties in a thrilling matchup that came down to the wire. The match looked […]

What If? NZ Football Weekly

Having chucked in my BeIn Connect subscription in the last few weeks, and as the Winter Season closed, I’ve been reacquainting myself with a footballing institution. Match Of The Day has been running for 58 years now and, while it has undergone many changes throughout its run – it had […]

Great Expectations

“Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations A lot can change in […]

Work in progress

WaiBOP 0, Auckland 4 Gower Park, Hamilton, September 15 2018 Well that was a rather quiet, sombre, some might say sulky drive back along State Highway One from Hamilton for me. It’s silly really. Looking at these two sides on paper it was always going to be very, very difficult […]

The Return Fixture Episode 1: NWL Preview

Helena, Ella and Enzo introduce themselves and the podcast, and put their reputations on the line by making predictions for the upcoming National Women’s League season. They’re also joined by New Zealand Football’s Women’s Development Manager Holly Nixon, who offers the team some much-needed expertise and perspective. Note 1: During Holly’s […]