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Glenfield Rovers 7, Forrest Hill Milford 1
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, March 13 2016

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There are statements and there are statements – and this, friends, was a statement. It might only be pre-season but it was still a semi-final of the NFF pre-season tournament. For Glenfield to run away 7-1 winners against their local rivals, and a strong looking Forrest Hill Milford line-up at that, certainly marked them out as one of the teams to beat this year!

The first thing I was looking forward to about today was finally getting to see some of the big player movements I keep hearing about! By all accounts, the women’s game has had its map completely rewritten over the off-season with players scattering all over the show.

Having said that, I didn’t expect a lot of movement from these two sides. There was a bit though!

Claudia Bunge is a great pick-up for Glenfield, as is US goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage who appears to have come via W-League side Adelaide United.

Meanwhile, Forrest Hill Milford appear to have added Tayla Christensen, Malia Steinmetz, Sam Tawharu and I’m told they have signed Issy Coombes from Claudelands as well. I’m also told that Tayla O’Brien, Aimee Phillips, Kate Seatter and Corina Brown have followed coach Mauro Donoso from FHM to Eastern Suburbs.

Spies also report that Paige Satchell turned out for Three Kings today. Add her name to those of Christensen, Coombes and the other former Claudelands players rumoured to be in Auckland this season, and it’s set to be a tough year for the defending champions…

In addition to Satchell, Three Kings will also be boosted by the return of Marty Puketapu from long term injury.

The other rumour that was relayed to me today is that one club has taken to buying cars for players in order to retain their services! What makes that one even more interesting is I was also told that the player in question can’t drive…

It’s a funny old amateur game that we love. Although, on one level, we all know that a lot of money changes hands in the men’s game so it’s only right that the women get in on the action too – especially considering the standard of our women’s game at international level compared to the blokes!

If anyone deserved a car for their efforts today though, it was once again Glenfield’s Katie Rood. She bagged four goals and really should have had a few more as well. She would have been particularly disappointed with one spectacular first third effort that saw her blast a shot into the post with only the keeper to beat, collect the rebound, then flash her second bite wide as well! It was almost Dzeko-like… But when you knock four in, nobody could or should have any complaints.

All told, a clinical performance from Glenfield. They play Three Kings, who dispatched Western Springs 3-2 today, in the pre-season final next Sunday. It will be very interesting to see who can pick up the first silverware of the year!

The 2016 NRFL Women’s Premier key is in the ignition! Broom broom. Much excite.

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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots football enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent club on earth - A.S. Roma. More info (including e-mail address) can be found here: https://in-the-back-of-the.net/about/

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