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Swamp Football

Franklin United 4, Papakura City 1 Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, June 16 2018 Guardian Sport posted a wonderful photo of ‘Swamp Football’ on Instagram this morning. It looked absolutely magnificent. My immediate reaction was that New Zealand Football should immediately cancel its Futsal programme and invest the money in this instead. […]

Rumblings

The NRFL kicks off tomorrow afternoon, under Auckland skies which carry more threat than Gareth Morgan buying a cattery. To say 2018 has gotten off to a bad start for the various federations involved in the competition would be a bit too negative, so lets just say things have been interesting. Like […]

Red sky at night, OM’s delight

Onehunga Mangere 2, Beachlands Maraetai 0 (OM won 3-1 on aggregate) McLennan Park, Auckland, March 11 2018 Was it the calm before the storm or the storm after the calm? You be the judge. As Cyclone Hola hurtled towards New Zealand’s East Coast at breakneck pace leaving destruction in its […]

The paradise derby

Beachlands Maraetai 1, Onehunga Mangere 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, March 4 2018 If Onehunga Mangere and Beachlands Maraetai had a longstanding football rivalry, and you weren’t overly keen on calling it ‘the double barrelled name derby’, it could be dubbed the ‘paradise derby’. Because both of these clubs occupy home […]

A glass half full

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers match day programme ‘Sidelined’ on the 24th of February 2018] New Zealand is the best place in the world to be a football fan. Trust me, it is. Yet crowds at our national league games continue to be insanely low. Why? In […]

My faves

On Sunday Andrew Voerman, who is New Zealand’s premier football writer in my opinion, tweeted his top ten favourite games he’s seen live this year. They say that good writers borrow from other writers and great writers steal from them outright – it’s in that spirit that I thought I’d […]

Argentina v Italy

Waiheke United 8, Kaeo Inter 1 Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, September 30 2017 I was supposed to be on a break. It was right plonk in the middle of ITBOTN’s women’s kōrero, a time when I was supposed to take a month off, spend time with my partner, and […]

Winter 2017

With cup finals day looming large this coming Sunday, the time has come to sadly accept that another winter of football is almost at an end. To mark this solemn occasion, I have compiled a collection of the eighteen images that I feel best sum up this, the seventh grassroots […]

Fantastic Fencies!

This is just a quick post to congratulate Fencibles United on winning the Pascoe Shield last week, and with it promotion to NRFL Division 1. Obviously I was at Central United for the Chatham Cup semi-final last Saturday but I do consider it important to mark league wins whenever possible […]

Guest Post – Blown Away

By Damon Threadgold It’s been a joy to watch Waiheke United this season, from the goal sprees to their eye-catching passing via the vim and vigour of La Banda del Pipazo and sunny afternoons on The Hill nestled in a natural verdant bowl. But, all too quickly, the Lotto NRFL Division […]