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Helena Wiseman

A lover of the game since the age of 4. Living and playing for club and school in Auckland and loving every second on the pitch (apart from the end of a losing match).

World Cup 2019: A Proving Ground

In a sense, a World Cup is a proving ground. Every moment has the potential to launch a career. For the Women’s World Cup, that’s even more the case. It is often the best chance for players to secure professional contracts that might come some way close to providing a […]

Lights Shine but Pride Roar

The stage could hardly have been more perfectly set for today’s National Women’s League Grand Final. Trusts’ Stadium’s pohutukawa-lined pitch looked flawless and Auckland produced one of its best December days. Most importantly, the two sides in the final were so evenly-matched that no one could predict what was about […]

The Making of the History-Makers

In a small stadium in Colonia, Uruguay, 21 Young Football Ferns and their coaches danced in a circle, yelling at full voice: “What team? One team! One team, New Zealand!” In the evening sun, you could see tears on Aneka Mittendorff’s face as she led the chant. You could also […]

Outshone

Northern Lights 7 vs Central Football 0 Sunday 7 October, McFetridge Park For the Northern Lights and the onlooking neutral, everything went according to script at McFetridge Park. The star-studded Lights (Aurora pun) were strong favourites against an inexperienced Central side, and the favourites prevailed. Northern have fielded formidable elevens […]

Ferns to the Fore

In June, New Zealand Football announced that an independent review into their organisation would be conducted. It was catalysed by 13 complaints made by Football Ferns players regarding a toxic culture under coach Andreas Heraf whilst the squad was on tour in Spain and in camp in Wellington. Today, Philipa […]

An Enlightening Fixture

Northern Lights 0 – 0 Southern United. Sunday 23rd September, McFetridge Park. The recently rebranded Northern Lights had to wait a week to kick off their National Women’s League campaign, having been handed the bye in Round 1. That meant they got to watch, and ponder, Southern United’s 6-1 dismantling […]

C’est Fini: World Cup 2018 Review

And so here we are, the World Cup has ended-it was filled with moments that will be long-remembered. Croatia stood tall and then taller still, reaching the final via power of will. Germany went home after only three games, England won a shootout and home, football came. There were penalties, […]

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 […]