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An interview with Aaron Scott

When Aaron Scott celebrated his 200th appearance for Melville United, at home against Bay Olympic last season, Chairman Bruce Holloway wrote in the match day programme that “for Melville he has been the ultimate role model. For many years his thicker team mates thought his name was Aaron Manofthematch, so […]

Are you serious?

“I made my debut for Waikato FC with them both. I remember my first touch in the National League was a throw-in to Mayney and he just told me “are you serious?” and he hoofed it back out and just stared at me!” – Aaron Scott Prowling the sidelines in […]

Number 7

Melville United 3, Glenfield Rovers 0 Gower Park, Hamilton, March 18 2017 Going to football in the Waikato is a time consuming business sometimes. Yesterday especially! Not only did I have to drive for two hours to get to Gower Park for this pre-season fixture, but upon arrival I got […]

Guest Post – Stan

By Keith Earl Brian “Stan” Stanyer was Mt Albert Ponsonby to his core, he loved the club, the people and of course the game. He was, in all respects, the heartbeat of the club. From playing for the gold and blue in the 70s and 80s, to becoming a key part of the […]

Franklinstein

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?

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 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

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

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 […]