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NZ Northern Men’s Division 1


View from the back of the net!

Whilst players, supporters and administrators from most winter clubs have been enjoying a nice relaxing summer break, it seems that all hell has been breaking loose in South Auckland. Franklin United, which is barely a year into its existence, has suffered an acrimonious divorce as of one of its marriage […]

Who wants to be a premier?

Happy sip!

Mount Albert Ponsonby 0, Manurewa 1 Anderson Park, Auckland, August 8 2016 The battle for promotion to the NRFL Premier Division is going right down to the wire after Mount Albert Ponsonby spurned their chance to wrap it up for themselves on their home ground today… A couple of months […]

They’re baaaaaaack!

Waitakere City - NRFL Division 1 champions 2016

Waitakere City 6, Hibiscus Coast 0 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, August 13 2016 A New Zealand football division at the top of the pyramid that doesn’t include Waitakere City? We have lived through that previously unthinkable situation for one season but, let’s face it, it was never going to last […]

Ten snapshots of NRFL 2016


I can’t believe it’s August already. Where does the winter disappear to? It seems like about fifteen minutes ago that I was attending my first NRFL game of the year, yet last weekend saw me photograph the first of the four trophy presentations that herald the end of the competitive […]

Paradise lost

Tough beat for Shore

North Shore United 1, Mount Albert Ponsonby 2 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, July 23 2016 There are relegation six pointers and there are promotion six pointers – this was certainly the latter. With Waitakere’s ascension back into the top echelons of the Northern League all but assured, the race is […]

Life goes on

Kochasira rounds Jason Mann before slotting his goal

Mangere United 1, Ellerslie 1 Centre Park, Auckland, July 2 2016 Leaving this until after Italy has been knocked out of the Euros by Germany was probably not a great idea. What might have been a nice, fluffy, positive piece of writing yesterday, may now turn out to be more […]

Registering pain

Mangere Centre Park

It’s starting to seem a bit like every other week there is an NRFL club getting docked points for player eligibility. This week it was Mangere United. They have been stripped of all the points they had earned so far this season, and they now sit at the bottom of […]

Guest Post – Rewa Rewa

Stanmore Bay on a nicer day...

By Simon Borich With a rare Saturday off during football season I was gently persuaded by Enzo to write a guest blog for ITBOTN. To be fair, it took all of one tweet suggestion and I was in. The weather was awful but I found myself heading to Stanmore Bay […]

A tale of three teams

The teams huddle before KO

Franklin United 0, Metro 2 Waiuku 3, Papatoetoe United 0 Massey Park, Waiuku, April 2 2016 After last week’s opening weekend tail chasing that kind of ruined the day for me, my sole objective yesterday was to simply choose a game, go to it, and enjoy it. In that at […]

Things I’m looking forward to about winter:


Fallon’s Manukau Donoso’s Suburbs Hamilton’s derbies Mangere Mountain Stanmore Bay Satchell rampaging Sinclair strutting Franklin – united Places I haven’t been yet (Pukekohe, Te Atatu, Waitemata, Whangarei, Te Puna) Flares at Shepherd’s Park The Chatham Cup The Women’s Knockout Cup Melville United and second chances Ngaruawahia United and the return […]