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Shots fired on Armistice Day

Auckland 3, Southern United 2 McLennan Park, Auckland, November 11 2018 Armistice Day was marked by a complete lack of respectful observance on the part of the Football Gods in South Auckland. Rather than ceasefire, in their infinite wisdom they saw fit to mock all who dared attend the National […]

Grounds for complaint

A slightly alarming story appeared on Stuff yesterday that will no doubt have the football community up in arms. According to Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka, there are moves afoot to fund Auckland’s plan to prize speedway out of Western Springs using between $6.8 and $9.3 million from the parks […]

Lights out for Southern

National Women’s League Match Week Eight: Southern United 1 (Britney-Lee Nicholson) Northern Lights 2 (Emma Turnbull, Sam Tawharu) Halftime 0-1 Sunnyvale Park, 4 November 2018 Northern Lights had plenty of obstacles to overcome on their way to defeating Southern United 2-1 at Sunnyvale on Sunday afternoon in the National Women’s […]

Mostly wrong

Southern 1, Northern 2 Sunnyvale Park, Dunedin, November 4 2018 I’m writing this post at a cruising altitude of 37,000 feet in the emergency exit row of an Air New Zealand Airbus A320. On the plane with me I have the Prime Minister, a solid chunk of the governing political […]

Football For Freedom: 2018

On the 10th of November, the Football for Freedom tournament will kick off. The fundraising tournament in Walter Massey Park, brings seven-a-side soccer teams together to battle it out in support of refugees the world over. Organised by the Football for Freedom committee, headed by Manukau City Association Football Club […]

Origin stories

It’s the halfway stage of both the National Women’s League and ITBOTN’s inaugural foray into podcasting – The Return Fixture! This is a great milestone – chiefly because in every other year that has gone before, this would mark the end of the competition. That we still have a second […]

Capitalising

Capital 3, Southern United 1 Petone Memorial Park, October 27, 2018 I’ve probably said it close to a hundred times now, and I’ll no doubt say it another hundred times before the season’s out, but thank goodness for the double round of the NWL. It usually takes a few weeks […]