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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 […]

A team with no names

New Zealand Under 20 7, WaiBOP Football 1 North Harbour Stadium, October 2 2016 Pickings were slim in Auckland today for hardy souls like me who wanted to watch some football in the nasty, nasty weather we were looking down the barrel of this morning. Around the middle of last […]

Game three

New Zealand Under 20 1, USA Under 19 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 19 2016 What can you say about the final fixture in a three game international series, featuring largely the same two sides, when you’ve already blogged the first two games and the result of the third […]

A riveting encounter

New Zealand Under 20 4, USA Under 19 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 17 2016 Two days off work to watch football either side of a two-day staff meeting in Wellington, where I got to see some more football, all bookended by two Azzurri victories at Euro 2016. Yes. […]