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An interview with Emma Boyack

Three Kings United 2, Massey University 0 Newtown Park, Wellington, August 26 2012 Last weekend I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Massey University’s star striker Emma Boyack. Emma has represented New Zealand both at age group level and at the World University Games. Between 2005 and […]

Goliath 6, David 1

Central United 6, Lower Hutt City 1 Newtown Park, Wellington, August 26 2012 Finals football came to Wellington yesterday and I was there at Newtown Park for all the fun as Three Kings United took on Massey University in the Women’s Knockout Cup and Central United faced Lower Hutt City […]

A Ngara loss

Papatoetoe AFC 3, Ngaruawahia United 2 Murdoch Park, Auckland, August 18 2012 Winter is almost over and with it, just as the cold and flu season is replaced by flies and mosquitos buzzing around your head, the club football season is drawing to a close to be replaced by New […]

An antipodean’s guide to Serie A

Italian football’s Serie A starts in less than a fortnight and I, for one, am even more excruciatingly excited than usual. Why? Because my beloved Roma have a great new coach famed for his all-out attacking style and, what’s more, he has some exciting new young and ultra-talented signings at his disposal. This might […]

Southside FC

The New Zealand Herald recently published an article suggesting that expansion of the New Zealand Football Championship could be on the near horizon. If not in time for this season coming, perhaps by 2013/14, South Auckland and Nelson look set to be the most likely locations for two new franchises. […]

Loyal to the bitter end

Warriors 4, Sharks 45 Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, August 5 2012 When I was a teenager I loved the game of rugby league. It was the early 1990s, League’s heyday in New Zealand when thousands of Kiwis relished watching ‘Aussie League on Two’. There was no New Zealand team in […]

London Olympic Photo Blog

John Fetcho, the US photographer who very generously allowed me to use his outstanding photograph of a Butler University soccer game that is the header and background image of www.in-the-back-of-the.net, is currently in London shooting the 2012 Olympic Games. John has set up a dedicated photo blog to showcase the photos he […]

The Conference II

Ranui Swanson 1, West Auckland AFC 0 Starling Park, Auckland, July 28 2012 Given I went to a Women’s Conference game a couple of weeks ago, I thought this week in the interests of gender equality I should probably make an effort to check out the men’s equivalent. Jointly participated in […]

Guest Post – Brave Manukau Bows Out

Caversham AFC 3, Manukau City AFC 1 Caledonian Ground, Dunedin, July 22 2012 By Mark Currie Before this game, I tried and I tried to find similarities between Caversham and Manukau City. The best I could come up with was that the home ground for both clubs is situated in Labour-held […]

The Conference

Glenfield Rovers 5, Three Kings United 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, July 15 2012 After months of polite persistence on Twitter from Three Kings striker Steph Trowill (@steph_trowill), I have finally managed to be in a position to agree to get along to one of her games. Her profile says she’s […]