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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 […]

The Divine Ponytail

Bay Olympic 1, Bucklands Beach 8 Crum Park, Auckland, May 20 2017 Once upon a time I went to watch a mate of mine play over 35s football at Crum Park in Green Bay. I blogged about it here. Last week I noticed him talking about his team on Facebook […]

Smith’s Dream

Tasman United 1 Coastal Spirit 4 Mainland Women’s Premier League Sunday 07 May 2017 Saxton Field, Stoke I made another dash across Cook Strait from my home in Wellington. This time to have a look at a Mainland Women’s Premier League (MWPL) match. I’d given up my chance at seeing […]

Heading for the top

Nelson Suburbs 1 Coastal Spirit 1 Mainland Men’s Premier League Sunday 23 April 2017 Saxton Field, Stoke I hadn’t before seen a team look so dejected after going top-of-the table as Coastal Spirit when they traipsed off a warm and sunny Saxton Field. A poor first half, followed by an […]

Ferns v Fellas

Football Ferns Development 4, Birkenhead United 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, April 2 2017 It was a tough call, no doubt about it. Pros and cons were carefully weighed up. Would the chosen league provide the best challenge? Would the move weaken the Northern League? What about player welfare? Would […]

Tribalism

Recently the Chief Exec of NZF, Andy Martin made these remarks at Eastern Suburbs AFC… “What we’ve had in the past is a sort of Premier League that has been out on a limb. What we need to see is all the kids coming through the Whole of Football plan, […]