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Green, green (artificial) grass of home

Dunedin’s long-awaited “Home of Football” finally started to take shape earlier this month, with soil being turned at Logan Park. The project, which is expected to be completed prior to the start of the 2019 winter football season, will see two full-sized all-weather artificial football pitches in the centre of […]

Guest Post – Why oh why Waiuku?

By Mark O’Donnell Every footballer at every level longs to win a championship title. Indeed, some of the best footballers in the world never achieve that honour. For the 11 players on the pitch, 4 substitutes on the bench and all the management at Waiuku AFC they are 90 minutes […]

Up the Ku

Pukekohe 1, Waiuku 2 Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, August 18 2018 There have been a few pointed comments on social media about my recent penchant to increasingly shun NRFL football in favour of obscure games that tend more towards bedrock than grassroots. Sometimes it moves beyond social media. At yesterday’s game, […]

Soul food

Kaitaia United 1, Mangawhai 1 Taipa Area School, Taipa, July 21 2018 Football is like food in a lot of ways. You need it to live, the more you consume the better you feel (up to a point) and sometimes the more lowly you go the better it can be. […]

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 […]