“The winner takes it all” blared from the car-radio on the way to the game. An appropriately-titled song for this end of National Women’s League round-robin match between 2nd and 3rd, with the winner going through to the Final to meet Northern Lights.
[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers’ match day programme ‘sidelined’ on Sunday 9 December 2018] Confession time: I haven’t been to a single men’s national league game so far this season, and I don’t expect to get to one this side of Christmas. Sorry not sorry. The reason […]
This week Helena, Ella and Enzo dissect the first round of return fixtures. Who is ensnared, who is “adorable”, and who bemoans the lack of sympathy for their predictions? Later, Helena catches up with Canterbury United Pride head coach Alana ‘Gunnie’ Gunn.
I apologise if you’ve heard most of this before. I’ll make it mercifully brief this year. It has become an annual, (some might say anal) tradition of mine to change up the décor of this blog on New Year’s Day every year and today is no exception. This used to […]
This is the 1,000th post published on In the back of the net.* When I realised that this milestone was coming up, I thought long and hard about how we should mark it. Should we make up a greatest hits post, highlighting the five or ten best or most read […]
As you will know, assuming you’ve been paying close attention, in the back of the net has recently had a rebrand courtesy of the amazing work of football graphic designer Sam Jenkins. As part of his concept plan Sam also designed us custom football shirts, the designs for which you […]
The sharp eyed amongst you will have probably noticed by now that there has been a small adjustment to the decor around here. I usually roll out aesthetic changes to the site on New Year’s Day each year, but this one was a bit too exciting to sit on for […]
It’s 2017! Just on the off chance you hadn’t already managed to deduce that fact… It’s somewhat traditional for me to welcome in any new year with a rather dry and boring outline of my blogging plans for the year ahead, as well as ushering in a new look for […]
ITBOTN has historically had a bit of a problem with spam comments. At one stage we were getting hundreds per day and it got far too time consuming for me to manage. So a year or two ago I took some steps to bring the problem under control. Comments were […]
When New Zealand Rugby, New Zealand Football, New Zealand Cricket, New Zealand Rugby League, Netball New Zealand and Hockey New Zealand came together at the end of May this year to create #SportIsForEveryone, I cheered. The statement they signed up to included these notable sections, “The respective sporting organisations recognise […]