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New Zealand U20 3, Papua New Guinea U20 0 Centre Park, Auckland, February 22 2014 It was back to Centre Park for me today to witness a World Cup qualification in person for the first time since 2005! New Zealand played Papua New Guinea in the last game of the […]

Where the bloody hell are ya?

New Zealand U20 12, Vanuatu U20 0 Centre Park, Auckland, February 18 2014 What if I told you there is an international football tournament on right now, on your doorstep if you happen to live in Auckland, and the winner of this tournament goes to the WORLD CUP, and it’s […]


It’s long past time for me to post briefly to congratulate the Football Ferns, so much so that their exploits are now kind of old news and this is a bit beyond belated. But better late than never I always say! One of the problems is that I have been […]

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!

New Zealand U20 0, Australia U20 4 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, July 27 2013 Bah! Playing Australia so very rarely ends well, no matter what the sport. It’s like we have this big brother little brother complex where they have the psychological edge over us most of the time. So much […]

Exhibit A

Glenfield Rovers 4, New Zealand Selection 4 McFetridge Park, Auckland, March 24 2013 With the Northern Regional Football League finally getting underway next weekend, today only one pre-season fixture remained – a sort-of kind-of not really New Zealand Equivalent of the Charity Shield. A nice little crowd of 200 odd […]

Football Ferns

New Zealand 3, China 1 Centre Park, Mangere (Auckland), June 17 2012 Centre Park in Mangere was the venue for the first of two women’s friendlies between New Zealand and China, and what a brilliant place to watch international football. Too often New Zealand international matches are played at night […]