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The World Cup through my lens

In February of this year I received an e-mail from Dwayne Barlow, the WaiBOP Football Federation’s media manager, containing details of how to apply for accreditation for the 2015 FIFA Under 20 World Cup. I hadn’t given any thought to applying until then. To be honest, I hadn’t even given […]

Europe Rules, OK?

Serbia 2, Brazil 1 AET North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 21 2015 Look at me Ma! I’m on the side line at a World Cup final!! What an experience. For the last few weeks I have been relishing the fact that I have had the chance to take photos of […]

Being Brazil

Brazil 0, Portugal 0 AET (Brazil won 3-1 on penalties) Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, June 14 2015 What must it be like to play for a Brazilian age group team? All that history. All that expectation. It’s a lot of pressure, and not just for them. Spare a thought for the […]

Rounds of 16

New Zealand 1, Portugal 2 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, June 11 2015 Rounds of 16 have been a World Cup phenomenon for 29 years – since Mexico ‘86, which was also the occasion that launched the worldwide popularity of the Mexican wave! I’ll leave it for you to decide for yourself […]

Progress onwards

Fiji 0, Uzbekistan 3 Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, June 7 2015 I couldn’t resist a trip to Whangarei yesterday. How could I? The chance to see the fairy tale team of this Under 20 World Cup potentially achieve their fairy tale ending by progressing to the round of 16 was […]

Taking sides

Panama 0, Ghana 1 Ukraine 3, USA 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 5 2015 I’m not the sort of person who can watch a game of football and just be ‘neutral’. I have to be hoping that one side or the other will win. Thankfully, it’s not a terribly debilitating […]


New Zealand 0, USA 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 3 2015 In loving memory of a football tragic, who died a tragic death yesterday. Lover of football, cricket, writing, photography, social democratic politics and Siamese cats – he will be sorely missed by the many who knew him. Little […]


Portugal 3, Senegal 0 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, May 31 2015 I suppose you probably want me to actually tell you something about one or two of these, watchamacallem – football games. You are no doubt sick and tired of me crapping on about myself and the atmosphere and how wonderful […]

Love is all you need

Colombia 1, Qatar 0 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, May 31 2015 “MOOLOO Olé Olé Olé!” – The Colombian supporters. Well… Something like that anyway. Hamilton is, in my mind, the atmosphere capital of New Zealand when it comes to rugby – at least when the Waikato provincial team is playing. It’s […]