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A Ngara 5 goal defeat

Waikato FC 0, Canterbury United 5 Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia, November 25 2012 It’s great to see Waikato FC making use of Centennial Park in the small North Waikato town of Ngaruawahia. A little piece of colonialism in a place famous for being the home of Maori royalty, Ngaruawahia United Football […]

Porridge

Team Wellington 0, Canterbury United 1 Wellington Phoenix 0, Central Coast Mariners 1 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, November 11 2012 Luckily I didn’t fly all the way down to Wellington solely for these two football games. I came for a work trip that happily coincided with last weekend’s big Wellington double […]

Two for the price of one

Waitakere United 2, Auckland City 1 Northern 3, Waikato Bay of Plenty 1 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, October 28 2012 There’s a first time for everything. I have never had to pay to get into domestic women’s football before, but at today’s National Women’s League match between Northern and Waikato […]

Southside FC

The New Zealand Herald recently published an article suggesting that expansion of the New Zealand Football Championship could be on the near horizon. If not in time for this season coming, perhaps by 2013/14, South Auckland and Nelson look set to be the most likely locations for two new franchises. […]

The NZFC Grand Final

Waitakere United 4, Team Wellington 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, April 28 2012 It was hard to see how we might have ended up here. Going into the semi-finals of the New Zealand Football Championship, Auckland City were seven points clear at the top of the table. Courageous Canterbury United was […]

A brief tribute to the Ultras of Auckland

The dictionary definition of an ultra is an ‘extremist’. The more football oriented definition would be a ‘devoted fan’. There are only three hard and fast rules: Attend every game of your chosen club, stand for the duration and never stop singing. What they lack in numbers, the Ultras of Auckland City FC more […]

Waikato Chronicles

Waikato FC 2, Team Wellington 3 Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, February 5 2012 CB: “Barbecues on the grass banks on a sultry cloudless evening, a few beers after work, a twilight kick-off… the sooner we get summer soccer the better.” AH: “There’s more chance of Brian Chisholm biting someone’s ear.” – […]

il derby dell’uno

Auckland City 0, Waikato FC 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, January 22 2012 The 150 kilometre journey up State Highway 1 and over the Bombay Hills from Hamilton to Auckland. All Waikato natives know it well. Waikato sportspeople know it even better. Declan Edge, coach of Waikato FC, describes the journey to Kiwitea Street […]