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Nongie or bussed

Ngongotaha 0, Waiheke 7 Stembridge Road, Ngongotaha, July 8 2017 It’s a 242 kilometre journey from Onetangi Sports Park on Waiheke Island to Stembridge Road in Ngongotaha on the outskirts of Rotorua. According to their Facebook page, that’s the longest away trip in Waiheke United’s club history. And they weren’t […]

The biggest game

Waiheke 2, Fencibles 2 Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, June 17 2017 Yesterday, before setting out for yet another epic adventure to Waiheke United, I tried to spark a bit of controversy by labelling this the biggest game of the year in New Zealand domestic football. And if the All […]

Changes afoot

I have recently caught wind of a few potential changes that are strongly rumoured to be under consideration for the NRFL following a review of the competition. My understanding is that we are still a ways off any final decisions being made, with any changes that are eventually agreed upon […]

NRFL: The Winter Of Content

The NRFL hits its straps this weekend with the third round of matches for the Premier League, Division One and Division Two. Visibility for the league has improved through the @LottoNRFL twitter account keeping screen-scrollers updated with Retweets of all the days action from around the leagues – effectively creating […]

It’s a feeling

Takapuna 1, Waiheke United 2 Taharoto Park, Auckland, March 25 2017 NRFL opening weekend is right up there with childhood Christmases when it comes to the excitement stakes. The closest thing I can think of to the feeling I get when I see the draw for the first time is […]

Time to Ngara down the rules?

Until last week, when people asked me who I support in the Northern League my reply has always been “I love all the Waikato teams equally, but Ngaruawahia is more equal than the others.” I’ll have to get a new line now, because on Thursday we got the news that […]

Nongie up

Lynn Avon 2, Ngongotaha 4 (Ngongotaha won 6-3 on aggregate) Parrs Park, Auckland, October 8 2016 The last remnants of winter were finally tidied away on the turf at Parrs Park today as Rotorua’s Ngongotaha comprehensively dispatched Lynn Avon to win promotion to next year’s NRFL Division 2. Due to […]

Black & White

Lotto NRFL Division 2 Saturday, 3rd September, 2016 Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia This is how the season ended. Captain Hone Fowler and I having a chat about the upcoming National League season, stood outside the changing rooms at Ngaruawahia’s Centennial Park, him in his MCAFC Champions t-shirt. “You should go in […]

Mathematical Champs

Papatoetoe AFC v Manukau City AFC Murdoch Park, Papatoetoe Saturday 27th August – 5pm kickoff, Manukau City knew what they had to do before kick-off. Wait. Their game against Papatoetoe AFC, under the lights at Murdoch Park, started at 5pm. In the clubrooms before the game, as the reserves filtered […]

Up For It

You have to earn promotion. Matches can be won by narrow margins, which can include good fortune or dumb luck. But promotion is the result of consistency, of excelling in the margins time and time again. You can’t fluke it. Manukau City had to earn promotion today against Te Atatu. […]