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Playing in the name of

If Kate Sheppard was a footballer, she’d undoubtedly be a playmaker. She’d lead from the front, pull the strings and spearhead the attack. Elegant, precise, she’d prise open the field with a well-timed run or bring in her teammates with a perfectly weighted through ball. But she wouldn’t be afraid […]

Guest Post – Sheppard’s Pie

By Cordwainer Bull Fantastic news this week about NZ Football renaming the National Women’s Knockout Cup to the admittedly more circumlocutory New Zealand Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup In case you missed it, on International Women’s Day, New Zealand Football announced the Women’s Knockout Cup has been renamed after Kate […]

Black and goals

Glenfield Rovers 5, Eastern Suburbs 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 10 2017 Wow. I thought last year’s Women’s Knockout Cup final would take some beating in terms of an exciting advertisement for the women’s game, but this year’s may well have raised the bar even higher for many observers! […]

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 […]

Raining goals

Eastern Suburbs 5, Upper Hutt 0 Madills Farm, Auckland, August 27 2017 It rained… Just for a refreshing change of pace. Last year I talked about sexist rain. Because that winter there was a distinct pattern of sunny Saturdays for men’s football and miserable Sundays for the women’s game. I […]

Guest Post – Technical Knockout

By Morgan Jarvis Earlier on the same day that the All Blacks and Wallabies were to play out a thrilling Bledisloe Cup match under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium, there was history being made just a few hundred metres away. Dunedin Technical was hosting Glenfield Rovers in the Women’s […]

Match of the round

Western Springs 1, Glenfield Rovers 2 Seddon Fields, Auckland, June 25 2017 The gender balance of my football watching has been a bit out lately. Lots of men’s games and not enough women’s games. I am suitably ashamed of myself, you can rest assured. Last weekend saw a nice opportunity […]

Cup memories

On the third of July 2011 I covered my first Chatham Cup game for this blog – a 2-0 victory for Waitakere City over Central United at Fred Taylor Park. Ten months after that, I saw my first ever NZ Women’s Knockout Cup fixture – a 3-0 victory for Lynn […]

Forza Metro

Norwest 3, Metro 2 Huapai Domain, Auckland, June 4 2017 I watched two games of football today. I got up at 5:30am in order to meet my brother down at the Viaduct for the Champions League Final – which I was expecting to be a close game. Then, after some […]

Reverse status

Brooklyn Northern United 1 Petone 1 aet BNU won 4-3 on kicks from the penalty mark NZ Women’s Knock-Out Cup Round 1 Sunday 14 May 2017 Wakefield Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). Round 1 of the National […]