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North vs South

Onehunga Mangere United 1, Warkworth AFC 1 Mangere Mountain, Auckland, April 21 2012 A trip to Onehunga Mangere United is something that has been on my ‘To-Do List’ for quite some time. The second division club’s home ground is one of the most picturesque in the Northern Regional Football League. […]

Scarves on Statues – Solace in the Wind

This wonderful sculpture by Englishman Max Patte is situated on a quietish part of the Wellington waterfront. Patte lived in New Zealand while working for Weta Workshops on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. During a difficult time in his life, he found solace by standing there on the edge of the dock and leaning […]

Why soccer doesn’t suck

“Please, give me the ball back, each time I get it from you I must weep its tears.” – Roberto Baggio (Italy striker 1988-2004) During a recent period of writer’s block, I turned in desperation to my facebook friends and asked them to choose a topic for me to write […]

We Three Kings

Three Kings United 2, East Coast Bays AFC 3 Keith Hay Park, Three Kings, April 9 2012 I hadn’t planned on going to two football games this Easter weekend, but when I woke up this morning to such brilliant sunshine it seemed like an awful waste not to add a […]

A Good Friday for Claudelands

Papamoa FC 0, Claudelands Rovers 11 Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa, April 6 2012 It’s Easter 2012, and what better way to spend Good Friday than to watch some Northern Regional Football League – Women’s Premier action? The top level of Women’s club football in New Zealand was entering its second […]

Scarves on Statues – Peter Fraser

“The government’s objective, broadly expressed, is that all persons, whatever their level of ability, whether they live in town or country, have a right as citizens to a free education of the kind for which they are best fitted and to the fullest extent of their powers.” – Peter Fraser […]

All Phoenix stand up!

Wellington Phoenix FC 3, Sydney FC 2 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, March 30 2012 Last night I was extremely fortunate to be in our nation’s capital for the first match of the Wellington Phoenix’s third straight A-League finals series appearance. It was a fairly typical finals encounter in the first half, […]

Ngara minded

Ngaruawahia United 0, Birkenhead United 2 Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia, March 24 2012 It’s always a difficult thing, a promoted side’s first game in a new league. The moment of truth when they begin to find out how good they really are. Do they have to take a big step up, […]