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The Matilda Effect: The New 99ers?

Something is happening across the Tasman. The Australian Women’s National Team (the Matildas), are currently taking Australia, and the rest of the world, by storm. We’re used to women’s football being in the news because of pay disputes, or Hope Solo calling Sweden cowards, or because it’s the United States. […]

Take a bow

I think I’m breaking a few of my own rules for our women’s football kōrero in writing this post. Ignoring what the Twitter trolls say tops that list, closely followed by allowing behaviours driven by a toxic, if fragile, masculinity to influence the direction of the kōrero. Knocking out a […]

Women’s football: a kōrero

A Boxing Day football match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, 1920, drew a crowd of 53,000. Another 14,000 were turned away at the gate. This wasn’t a Merseyside derby featuring Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney’s 1920s counterparts, however. It was Dick, Kerr’s Ladies playing St Helen’s Ladies. A women’s football match. […]

Up, and away goals

Waterside Karori 0 Havelock North Wanderers 1 (2-2 aggregate, Waterside Karori win on away goals) Central League (men’s) promotion playoff leg 2 Saturday 09 September 2017 Karori Park, Wellington The winners of the Capital Premier League (Waterside Karori) and the Central Federation Premier League (Havelock North Wanderers) met over two […]

Black and goals

Glenfield Rovers 5, Eastern Suburbs 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 10 2017 Wow. I thought last year’s Women’s Knockout Cup final would take some beating in terms of an exciting advertisement for the women’s game, but this year’s may well have raised the bar even higher for many observers! […]

Chatham Cup Final: 2017

Penalties are without doubt the cruelest decider in football and Central United will be rueing their early dominance in this years Chatham Cup final and their inability to pull away from Onehunga while the possession stats were clearly on their side. At half time the game seemed done. Onehunga Sports […]

Reta’s homecoming

Cashmere Technical 0 Coastal Spirit 1 Reta Fitzpatrick Cup Final Saturday 02 September 2017 English Park The Reta Fitzpatrick Cup is very dear to Coastal Spirit. The Cup is named after a life member of one of the clubs that merged to form Coastal Spirit. Reta Fitzpatrick of Rangers AFC […]

’97: Central’s First Chatham Cup

It’s somehow fitting that Central United mark the 20th anniversary of their first ever Chatham Cup win with another appearance in the final. After all, they marked 10 years in the same manner. I went looking for any footage of the match. I wasn’t disappointed. Thanks to the sterling efforts of […]