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Drawing Ferns

Bucklands Beach 1, Football Ferns Development 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, May 21 2017 When I made the decision to go to two very different Bucklands Beach games this weekend, I thought they would both be quite one sided based on the table positions of the teams involved. The over […]

Ferns v Fellas

Football Ferns Development 4, Birkenhead United 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, April 2 2017 It was a tough call, no doubt about it. Pros and cons were carefully weighed up. Would the chosen league provide the best challenge? Would the move weaken the Northern League? What about player welfare? Would […]

Yeah, but what’s the solution?

ITBOTN has written extensively about the issues raised by Abby Erceg in announcing her international retirement due to what she sees as the undervaluing of women’s football by the national body – New Zealand Football. One of the significant problems she highlighted is the plight of local based players who […]

Unfurling the koru

One of the worst kept secrets in our game is out! New Zealand Football’s plan for the development of our national women’s team – the Football Ferns – has been made public. Its centrepiece is a squad of locally based female internationals training in Auckland, with access to top class […]

Reason(s) and Effects

Two weeks ago, the captain of the Football Ferns Abby Erceg announced her retirement from international football-at the age of 27. Enzo has already responded to it in a post here, but I wish to respond to the response. Abby Erceg has been, for almost as long as I can […]

Guest Post – Women’s complaints

By Cordwainer Bull If my own awareness as a moderately enthusiastic football follower is any guide, this week’s Abby Erceg explosion was a Kaikoura moment on our footballing richter scale. The 27-year-old Football Ferns captain pulled the plug on a career that has seen her play 130 A internationals, pointing […]

Arguments against equality

I’ve had an interesting couple of days reading as much of the social media reaction to the Abby Erceg bombshell as I can stomach. I have engaged with some of it, simply shaken my head at other aspects of it and lost my temper completely with one or two people […]

A question of priorities

This morning’s shock announcement by Abby Erceg of her international retirement speaks for itself really, but I couldn’t let it pass without making one or two observations of my own… If you haven’t already, please listen to her full interview on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show. Abby talks […]

One more for the road

New Zealand A 3, Thailand 1 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, December 20 2016 Way back on January 10 I watched my first football game of 2016 – Auckland City vs Southern United, in the sun at Kiwitea Street. It’s now twelve months later, give or take a week or two, […]

The main before the entree

New Zealand A 2, Thailand 0 Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, December 17 2016 The New Zealand national women’s ‘A’ team played a friendly against world number 32 ranked Thailand ahead of the Wellington Phoenix vs Western Sydney Wanderers A-League fixture at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday. Some may have called […]