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East or West?

Something happened at half time during last Sunday’s televised Gridlock Derby between Eastern Suburbs and Auckland City. And I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I can’t tell whether or not it’s a good thing. Last Sunday’s game was played at Riverhills. That makes it two ‘home’ grounds […]

Deus Ex Machina

It was the ultimate anti-climax. Just two minutes into the second half of Southern United’s absorbing ISPS Handa Premiership clash against Auckland City at the Caledonian Ground yesterday, play was halted. It had been raining steadily throughout the afternoon and the rain got heavier as the match commenced. As the […]

Off The Mark

Midway through the second half a conversation started to my left. “See this is the Charity Cup, the league starts next week” “Oh, so it goes to extra time and penalties?” “It says ISPS Handa Premiership on the programme” “Uh, maybe they’ve combined the two” A healthy crowd and healthy […]

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 […]