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Virgin Half Ironman

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So I finally did it.  I entered in the Taupo Half Ironman.  I have little over three months to prepare myself physically and mentally.  I’m excited for the challenge. I didn’t just wake up today and decide I was going to enter.  A guy from work competed last year and […]

The Price

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In 1893, West Bromwich Albion striker Willie Groves transferred to nearby Aston Villa. The price, an at the time unheard of £100. Twelve years later, in 1905, Sunderland striker Alf Commons became the first £1,000 player when he moved to Middlesbrough. It was another twenty-three years before Bolton’s David Jack cost Arsenal £10890 in […]

Tony Veitch & Toxicity

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We’re a football blog, operating at the fringes of the New Zealand sporting media. But ITBOTN feels it has to talk about something important and make its position clear. Because some things are too important to be silent about. We believe that sport, and football in particular, is a beautiful thing […]

Criggit

WOW this is getting hit for MILES!

Auckland Aces 201 all out (batting second), Northern Knights 302/8 Eden Park, Auckland, January 3 2016 The first weekend in January is, tragically, one of the very rare times of the year when there is no football on in New Zealand. It’s a strange, empty feeling where the sense of […]

The problem with rugby

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“If I was prime minister of New Zealand I would ban football and make rugby compulsory for boys and girls.” – John Campbell Last week, Bryce Edwards devoted his weekly political roundup in the New Zealand Herald to ‘The left’s problem with rugby’. Because, apparently, it’s a thing. It must be, […]

Football Isn’t Political

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Football isn’t political. It’s sport. It’s exercise. It’s skill and talent and friendship and competition. For the spectator, it’s stories. The last minute winner, the wonder save, that bloody referee. The pain of defeat, the joy of a win. The frustration at two points dropped, the elation at one gained. […]

Address in reply

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This morning I had a guest post appear on The Standard  – a popular left wing political blog – advocating for a change to the New Zealand flag and stumping for my suggestion that I have submitted to the Flag Consideration Project. I owe the folks over there a big […]

Don’t flag it

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This is not a football post. In fact, it’s not even a post about sport. It’s a post about a rectangular piece of fabric that has a little bit to do with sport, but it’s such a small amount that I’m not even going to bother drawing that particular bow. […]

You had one job

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Northern Mystics 53, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 49 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, May 18 2015 Dammit WaiBOP! I say that a lot. Usually about football. But this time I’m saying it about a different sport… As I’ve said before, I love netball. It’s a great game in my opinion. It’s […]

It’s time for us

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When it comes to football, sometimes people say “every World Cup should be in Italy in 1990”. When it comes to my other favourite sport, cricket, I’ve always thought that there should be a similar saying: Every World Cup should be in New Zealand and Australia in 1992. When the […]