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Helter swelter

Canterbury United Pride 2 Auckland Football 3 after extra time National Women’s League Final Sunday 10 December 2017 English Park, Christchurch A sweltering Canterbury day for the end of the 2017 National Women’s League. The nor’wester blew down the park and would give a small advantage to whichever team had […]

The Gingerbread Women

Auckland 3, Southern 1 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, December 3 2017 “Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me. I’m the Gingerbread Man!” – Unknown Just about everyone who has written about Southern United this year has used the words ‘fairy tale’ at least once, and probably […]

Raising visibility

Capital Football 6 Southern United 2 National Women’s League Sunday 26 November 2017 Petone Memorial Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). I had to choose between this match and Central v Canterbury in Palmerston North. Each match featured […]

Vincero

Auckland 3, Northern 2 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, November 26 2017 Ouch! That’s the second year in a row that Northern have missed out on the play-offs due to a cruel late comeback. It’s hard to feel too sorry for them though. After all, that federation has made four of […]

The semis or the schnitzel?

WaiBOP 3, Central 0 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 19 2017 There were more glamourous fixtures on offer to casual spectators in the upper North Island last weekend, that I can’t deny. The ISPS Handa Premiership, the National Youth League and there was even a more illustrious battle between Northern […]

CAPvCUP

Capital Football 1 Canterbury United Pride 3 National Women’s League 11 November 2017 Petone Memorial Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photos by Enzo Giordani.   Much has been made of the Pride having four current Ferns in their squad and how that might affect them when the Ferns are in […]

Central of attention

Central Football 2 Auckland Football 4 National Women’s League 05 November 2017 Memorial Park, Palmerston North. After concentrating on Capital in their match v Central in the previous round, I took a journey to Palmerston North to have a closer look at and pay some attention to Central as they […]

WaiBOP say cherry-bye to playoff hopes

WaiBOP 1, Capital 4 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 5 2017 There’s something quite symbolic about the timing of National Women’s League games at Cambridge’s John Kerkhof Park. Every year without fail the first game of the season is scheduled for a week when the dozens of pink cherry blossom […]