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Ella Reilly

Waiheke Islander currently in exile in Wellington. Supporter of Nottingham Forest and England, through thick and thin (there's been plenty of that). As a player is somewhat averse to the offside rule.

Abby Erceg: Two tributes

Helena: Given the context of today’s announcement of Abby Erceg’s retirement, there is bound to be much analysis in the coming days. Erceg theoretically had several more years of international football to play in her career. She had only just returned. The decision comes right on the heels of the […]

Playing in the name of

If Kate Sheppard was a footballer, she’d undoubtedly be a playmaker. She’d lead from the front, pull the strings and spearhead the attack. Elegant, precise, she’d prise open the field with a well-timed run or bring in her teammates with a perfectly weighted through ball. But she wouldn’t be afraid […]

I’ve (re)found that lovin’ feeling

Telling people you’re a Nottingham Forest supporter in New Zealand tends to elicit one of the following responses. A blank look and mumbled ‘sorry, never heard of them’ from those who think football begins with Arsenal and ends with Manchester United. A pitying smile and avuncular ‘well, I suppose you’re […]

The Long Read: FFDP’s first year

One of the big stories in women’s football this year was the announcement of the Football Ferns Development Programme (FFDP). It’s a new high performance programme for domestic players keen to train in as close to a professional environment that New Zealand can provide. While many of New Zealand’s top […]

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. […]