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You can tell I was slightly bored...

With just two regular season games to go in this season’s Stirling Sports Premiership, there’s still a lot to play for – and that’s just looking at Auckland. With City now three points clear at the top, having roared back from a lowly 6th in their catchup fixtures, they play […]

Conspicuous absence

Kiwitea Street with Auckland City's third goal going in...

Auckland City 4, Hamilton Wanderers 1 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, 19 February 2017 It’s been a long while since last I set foot at Kiwitea Street. Too long, some would say – myself included! I know how this must look to City fans. Auckland City are playing Hamilton Wanderers. There were […]

Bugger the pollsters

Marowa and Stansfield in another tussle

Waitakere United 2, Tasman United 2 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 5 2017 On Tuesday I was looking at the Stirling Sports Premiership draw for this weekend and wondering which game to attend. I couldn’t choose between Waitakere v Tasman close to home or the Eastern Suburbs v Team Wellington clash […]

Guest Post – Playing the game

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By Cordwainer Bull It’s almost exactly 20 years ago to the week since I wrote a column for Melville United’s national league programme against Napier City Rovers (January 24, 1997), entitled “Summer Soccer Sideshow”, at a time when summer football was still in its infancy as a concept. I thought […]

Piggy’s ghost

Lovemore's goal goes in!

Waitakere United 1, Eastern Suburbs 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 29 2017 As regular readers would have heard me say often, I support two teams – Waikato and whoever is playing Auckland. This always presents a dilemma when watching two Auckland sides play. I am the kind of person who […]

Windy Waitak

Waitak keeper Liam Anderson climbing

Waitakere United 2, Hamilton Wanderers 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 16 2017 It was a game of one stiff breeze. Wind was the winner on the day! After a lovely pre-game lunch at Little Sister with the New Zealand football community’s most colourful Twitterer, the man who was in possession […]

The coffee is mightier than the grudge

Tom Shore firing past Coery Chettleburgh

Waitakere United 1, Hawkes Bay United 0 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 8 2017 The first and most important commandment that must be adhered to by any true fan of Waikato football is ‘thou shalt hate Waitakere’. It’s written in stone. Through the ages, these annoying Westies have been the big […]