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A VARy strange ending

Forrest Hill Milford 1, Western Springs 0 Becroft Park, Auckland, August 12 2018 Sunday was a gloriously sunny winter’s day that saw me finally get out and watch what was shamefully only the second full reserves game I have seen in my life. Of course, my reason for attending this […]

Woulda coulda shoulda

Glenfield Rovers 1, Forrest Hill Milford 1 McFetridge Park, Auckland, May 27 2018 The choices of Northern League football games to attend this Sunday consisted of any game you like, as long as it was Glenfield v Forrest Hill Milford. Not that I minded too much. Any derby is always […]

Wanderers Weekend Part 2 – The Keith

Three Kings 1, Hamilton Wanderers 1 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, May 20 2018 The last time I watched the Hamilton Wanderers women’s first team they were battling through a relegation six pointer vs Northland at Porritt Stadium. Despite prevailing 3-2 in that fixture they were still looking down the barrel […]

The seven goals of Rovers

Glenfield Rovers 7, Papakura 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, April 15 2018 I’ve had an interesting ten days. Last Friday our hot water cylinder burst, leaving us without warm showers until Tuesday night when it had finally been replaced with a shiny new model. On Tuesday night our power went out […]

Missing in action

Western Springs 1, Glenfield Rovers 2 Seddon Fields, Auckland, March 25 2018 All systems go!** Everyone’s favourite regional football league (the Northern Regional Football League in case you were wondering) got underway last weekend. And what an opening round it was! New kids, both of which I’m a big fan […]

Withdrawal symptoms

It’s about this time of year that I usually do my Northern League pre-season interview. Unfortunately I haven’t done it this year. Sorry. My excuses basically boil down to three things – I haven’t got my proverbial together, I have been too busy with other commitments and I’ve decided to […]

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 […]

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 […]