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NZ Northern Men’s Division 2

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. […]

Uptown Top Ranking

There’s something going on down at Walter Massey Park. In their first six games of the NRFL Division Two, Manukau City scored eight goals and conceded five. Their defence was well organised and parsimonious, but they couldn’t quite match it at the other end of the pitch – relying on […]

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 […]

Winning is a breeze

Northland 2, Claudelands Rovers 4 Tikipunga Sports Park, Whangarei, May 28 2016 Another ‘sin of omission’ was ticked off my list yesterday! And this one was a whopper – never in my seven years blogging football had I ever seen North Force or Northland play. My excuse is pathetic. I […]


Te Atatu AFC v Manukau City AFC 3pm – Te Atatu Peninsula Park NRFL Division Two Overnight rain had left the ground slightly sodden, but firm enough to walk on out on Te Atatu Peninsula Park. The sun was shining but the wind was ripping across the pitch, an endless […]

Raining. Goals.

I didn’t aim to do a match report for today’s NRFL Division Two game between Manukau City AFC and Fencibles United. I just went along for the game. Walter Massey Park is the nearest Northern League team to where I live, it’s my local club. Having gone along to speak […]