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The Stream Age

There’s been a fair bit in the mainstream press about retired NZF CEO Andy Martin’s attempts last year to ship the rights to the NZFC, NWL and Chatham Cup to a company whose specific aim would be to market them to betting companies. This, potentially, was a disaster waiting to […]

What If? NZ Football Weekly

Having chucked in my BeIn Connect subscription in the last few weeks, and as the Winter Season closed, I’ve been reacquainting myself with a footballing institution. Match Of The Day has been running for 58 years now and, while it has undergone many changes throughout its run – it had […]

Pie in the Sky

Monday saw the season launch of our flagship summer national league competitions, the ISPS Handa Premiership and National Women’s League. New Zealand Football did a nice job, combining the launches of the two competitions for the first time, and putting together some sharp video content and photoshoots that had a colourful […]

A Handy #HandyPrem Preview

The winter is over. Spring burst forth and with it comes the first tiny shoots of the new National League season, or the ISPS Handa Premiership as it will be known for the second year in a row. This week we were gifted the fixture list which will take us […]

Beat that with a stick

Auckland City 1, Team Wellington 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, April 1 2018 For the third year in a row it was Auckland City vs Team Wellington in the final of the New Zealand national league. And for the third year in a row I was predicting a comfortable Auckland […]

Trials & Tribulietx

The Kalezic era is coming apart like the performances of the Wellington Phoenix with Darije in charge. The head coach has effectively resigned, which may be the first effective thing he’s managed all season. But even in doing so, there’s six whole games left of a team who haven’t played […]

Levels

I’ve been thinking about the standard of New Zealand football recently. The acquisition of Guernsey goal-machine Ross Allen and his respectable 4 goals in 5 games got me thinking about where, comparatively, the A-League and the NZFC sit compared to the previous leagues of football I’ve seen. Being realistic, the […]

A break in the weather

Eastern Suburbs 3, Tasman 0 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, February 12 2018 It’s been pouring with rain for a couple of days, the guttering on my house is struggling to cope with the deluge and, that being the case, it’s hard to imagine many suburban football grounds faring any better. […]

Vittoria

Waitakere United 1, Hamilton Wanderers 2 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 4 2018 There was so much that happened, in and around this game of football, that makes for what writers call “good copy” that it would be easy for this post to lose sight of the most important amongst them. […]

Where were you when we were shit?

Hamilton Wanderers 0, Auckland City 1 Links Avenue, Mount Maunganui, January 28 2018 There was only one national league football game on offer within reasonable driving distance of my Auckland home on Auckland Anniversary Weekend – and even that necessitated a 450km road trip to the Bay of Plenty. Not […]