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Winter 2017

With cup finals day looming large this coming Sunday, the time has come to sadly accept that another winter of football is almost at an end. To mark this solemn occasion, I have compiled a collection of the eighteen images that I feel best sum up this, the seventh grassroots […]

The joy of six

New Zealand 6, Samoa 0 Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, July 21 2017 What better way is there to spend the last week day of one’s vacation than by standing in torrential rain and hail at Ngahue Reserve, watching New Zealand become the first country in the world (hosts aside) to book […]

Bonus football

Papua New Guinea 4, Tonga 1 Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, July 17 2017 Ok, I admit it. I stuffed up again. I turned up to a football game without checking the schedule before I left home. For the umpteenth time. I arrived at Ngahue Reserve at 9:30am on Monday all ready […]

New Caledozen

New Zealand 12, New Caledonia 0 Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, July 17 2017 I like to take a mid-winter break, of about a week to ten days, from work every July to coincide with my partner and my Civil Union anniversary. It’s a good way for us to spend some quality […]

Take this!

New Zealand 9, Fiji 1 Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, July 14 2017 In possibly the most obvious statement in blogging history, I feel compelled to point out that Glen Innes, Auckland, doesn’t have a lot in common with Rennes, France at the best of times. And in what will be an […]

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 […]