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The Long Read: FFDP’s first year

One of the big stories in women’s football this year was the announcement of the Football Ferns Development Programme (FFDP). It’s a new high performance programme for domestic players keen to train in as close to a professional environment that New Zealand can provide. While many of New Zealand’s top […]

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 […]

The beautiful game

Three Kings United 3, Forrest Hill Milford 0 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, August 13 2017 Picking games is always a bit tricky for me at the business end of the season. I try to be present whenever trophies are clinched, but this must be balanced with practicalities. I can’t watch […]

A troncing

Claudelands 5, Three Kings 2 Galloway Park, Hamilton, July 30 2017 It’s been a while! The last NRFL Women’s Premier fixture I attended was two months ago, almost to the day. Since then it’s fair to say that things have developed a bit. But despite the thirty six odd games […]

Toil and trouble

Hamilton Wanderers 3, Northland 3 Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, May 28 2017 Going into this weekend there were two NRFL women’s Premier teams left that I still hadn’t seen in action this season, and as luck would have it they were playing a super important game against each other. I couldn’t […]

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 […]

Kings no more?

Eastern Suburbs 2, Three Kings 0 Madills Farm, Auckland, May 7 2017 It’s only been three short weeks since I was last at Madills Farm but, in the intervening time, change has been afoot. Green has been replaced by orange as the predominant hue of the surrounding deciduous trees – […]

Hope springs eternal

Western Springs 2, Claudelands Rovers 0 Seddon Fields, Auckland, April 30 2017 It’s almost May and this is the first time I have watched a Hamilton team play in the NRFL this season. That’s all down to a little thing the pros like to call ‘self-control’. If I was totally […]