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Expected Toulouse defy expectations

Expected Toulouse – 2, Tuskan Raiders – 1 Te Whaea, Wellington, June 17 2018 Division Three underdogs Expected Toulouse scored an upset 2-1 victory over Division One’s Tuskan Raiders in the first round of the Wellington Sunday Football League Cup. The match started in scrappy fashion, with both teams taking […]

Swamp Football

Franklin United 4, Papakura City 1 Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, June 16 2018 Guardian Sport posted a wonderful photo of ‘Swamp Football’ on Instagram this morning. It looked absolutely magnificent. My immediate reaction was that New Zealand Football should immediately cancel its Futsal programme and invest the money in this instead. […]

Once Every Four Years

‘Tis the night before Russia 2018, and Spain has just fired the coach of their team. The world is obsessed with Nigeria’s kits, and Twitter is filling with footballing gifs. England are trying not to get their hopes up, for the approximate fortnight they’ll be in the Cup. Sweepstakes are […]

Proud Zio

I wasn’t going to post about watching my twin nephews Tomi and Leo play this morning, but then I decided that the photos are too good not to share. So here’s a brief few words on the topic of being a football uncle. It’s a bit ridiculous really, but this […]

Ugly ducklings

Forrest Hill Milford 2, Fencibles 5 Becroft Park, Auckland, June 9 2018 Typical. Last week I went to a cup tie between two teams that have 20 league positions between them on the New Zealand football hierarchy, and the game went all the way to a penalty shootout. Today I […]

A game that had quite a lot of things

Greenhithe Catimba 2, Hibiscus Coast 2 AET (Hibiscus Coast won 3-2 on penalties) North Harbour Stadium Football Turf, Auckland, June 4 2018 It’s a tired old bollock of a cliché when writers breathlessly declare that a game had everything. I mean, really? Everything? Literally everything? Was there an alien abduction? […]

The football ground merry-go-round

Forrest Hill Milford 5, Ellerslie 0 Ashley Reserve, Auckland, June 3 2018 There were two Kate Sheppard Cup games scheduled for Auckland today. Norwest were set to face Fencibles in a 1pm all-Conference clash at Huapai Domain, an hour later than NRFL side FHM and the Conference’s Ellerslie were due […]