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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 […]

Windy.

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 […]

Te Atatwo-two

Te Atatu 2, Waitemata 2 Te Atatu Peninsula Park, Auckland, May 7 2016 Until today, Te Atatu Peninsula Park was on my ’Sins of Omission’ list – a small assortment of Northern League venues that I haven’t visited yet. After today, Waitemata’s home ground stands out as the only Auckland […]

Idiotic pronouncements

Fencibles 3, Ngaruawahia 1 Riverhills Park, Auckland, April 16 2016 It’s more than past time I saw Ngaruawahia United again! And where better to check out my favourite Northern League club than at Riverhills Park, a special little football ground that always provides a picturesque setting, and against Fencibles United, […]

Guest Post – Diminishing Fury

By Cordwainer Bull It’s an unfortunate back-handed tribute to Dave Cook that the AFC Fury club he founded has surrendured its northern league ambitions so soon after his own demise. Dave was the pulse of the club, and yesterday, barely weeks after his death, Auckland Football advised AFC Fury had […]

Up & Running.

Onehunga-Mangere United v Manukau City AFC Friday, 25th March 2016 – Mangere Domain There are few better places to start a football season than Mangere Domain on a Good Friday. With a pitch in near perfect condition, and the grassy sloping banks surrounding providing ample lounging spots for the hundred […]

Goals. GOALS. GOALS!

Manukau City 4 – 5 Birkenhead United Walter Massey Park, Saturday 19th March 2016 Saturday afternoon, just under a week before the NRFL season kicks off and while clouds gather over Walter Massey Park there’s enough heat in the air to make you wish you’d brought a hat or slapped […]