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Hindsight

[When Tom Sermanni was appointed coach of our national women’s team, I wrote a piece critiquing the decision. I was convinced not to publish it, by people whose opinions I respect, because the players liked their new coach therefore who am I to poo-poo their choice? Since then the Football […]

Cup of Nations is a treat

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers’ match day programme ‘sidelined’ on Sunday 10 February 2019] It may have escaped the notice of some in our game, but despite what Goal.com and no doubt a few other red faced pundits would have you believe, there is in fact a […]

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 […]

Capitalising

Capital 3, Southern United 1 Petone Memorial Park, October 27, 2018 I’ve probably said it close to a hundred times now, and I’ll no doubt say it another hundred times before the season’s out, but thank goodness for the double round of the NWL. It usually takes a few weeks […]