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The Return Fixture Interviews – Mikaela Hunt

Last week we kicked off a series of long form interviews transcribed from The Return Fixture – ITBOTN’s National Women’s League podcast. The second installment is Helena’s insightful chat with Mikaela Hunt, Southern United’s captain and inspirational leader. Helena Wiseman: Mikaela Hunt has played in a National Women’s League final […]

An interview with Katie Rood

Katie Rood captured the imagination of football fans up and down New Zealand and around the world last year when the Football Fern completed one of the more interesting international transfers you will ever see – from Glenfield Rovers to Juventus. My mixed feelings at the time scarcely need explanation. […]

VAR: A referee’s perspective

There’s not much that unites football fans apart from our love of the game. We come from diverse ethnic, religious and political backgrounds. We eat different foods, speak different languages, and most importantly of all we support different teams. That’s what keeps the game going. Because if we all held […]

An interview with Aaron Scott

When Aaron Scott celebrated his 200th appearance for Melville United, at home against Bay Olympic last season, Chairman Bruce Holloway wrote in the match day programme that “for Melville he has been the ultimate role model. For many years his thicker team mates thought his name was Aaron Manofthematch, so […]

Are you serious?

“I made my debut for Waikato FC with them both. I remember my first touch in the National League was a throw-in to Mayney and he just told me “are you serious?” and he hoofed it back out and just stared at me!” – Aaron Scott Prowling the sidelines in […]

Kevin Fallon – Backing The Game

It’s mid-March and the Northern Region Football League kicks off in just under a weeks time. ITBOTN was invited, by club captain Hone Fowler, to take in Lotto NRFL Division Two Manukau City AFC’s final pre-season game against last years Chatham Cup semi-finalists and NRFL Premier League side Birkenhead United. […]