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Victory(a)

Wellington United 2, Victoria University 3 Newtown Park, Wellington, May 5 2018 They say you can’t beat Wellington on a good day, and they are perfectly correct. The saying refers to the weather and is really more put-down than compliment – the implication being that there aren’t many good days, […]

Wharfies

Waterside Karori 1, Petone 0 Wakefield Park, Wellington, April 8 2018 If I was to have a favourite club in Wellington, there is a solid argument for it to be Waterside Karori. Formed by wharfies almost 100 years ago when you wouldn’t dare set foot on the Wellington waterfront without […]

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 […]

Stefano’s Team

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my Interista amico Stefano Virgili. But for anyone else reading this, allow me to recap. Stefano is a mad Inter fan who wasn’t satisfied with simply following his team from afar, so he created his own Inter in the Far North […]

Argentina v Italy

Waiheke United 8, Kaeo Inter 1 Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, September 30 2017 I was supposed to be on a break. It was right plonk in the middle of ITBOTN’s women’s kōrero, a time when I was supposed to take a month off, spend time with my partner, and […]

Top of the (infla-)table

Manukau City 3, Takapuna 2 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, August 21 2017 (Credit for the title goes to Phil Clayton) On Friday night I broke my golden rule of never going to night games, because I was expecting a trophy presentation. I didn’t get to see one because Forrest Hill […]

Zig-zags

Cambridge 3, Waikato Unicol 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, July 15 2017 Waikato Unicol – now there’s a name that’s laced with nostalgia. And one that, until this year, I hadn’t heard spoken in many serious football conversations for a very long time. I had never seen the Waikato University […]

Tilting at windmills

Wellington United (Sapphires) 3 Brooklyn Northern United 0 Capital Women’s Premier League Sunday 28 May 2017 Newtown Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). The Dutch-influenced Wellington United club’s second team the Sapphires play in Women’s Capital Premier, while […]

Drawing Ferns

Bucklands Beach 1, Football Ferns Development 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, May 21 2017 When I made the decision to go to two very different Bucklands Beach games this weekend, I thought they would both be quite one sided based on the table positions of the teams involved. The over […]