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Fencies

Fencibles United 8, Papamoa FC 0 Riverhills Park, Auckland, May 27 2012 It has been a couple of months since I was in the Bay of Plenty for Papamoa’s opening game of their 2012 season against Claudelands Rovers. At that time they were a new side with a lot of very […]

A derby named Rodney

Hibiscus Coast AFC 3, Warkworth AFC 0 Stanmore Bay Park, Hibiscus Coast, May 26 2012 As I drove up to the Whangaparoa Peninsula for today’s local derby between Hibiscus Coast and Warkworth, I was pondering what’s in a name. All the great derbies of the world have great handles. In […]

Fanning the flames

“Streaming is proving difficult. And will I take this sign from the gods and spend the next two hours doing something healthy? No.” – @chiesaditotti “A scudetto at Roma is worth ten at Milan or Juventus.” This is the iron law of Roma that Romanisti had hoped would begin to […]

The future

East Coast Bays AFC 4, Melville United 1 Bays City Park, Auckland, May 19 2012 Another Saturday, another array of Northern Regional Football League matches to choose from! Today I decided to head up to the Northern limits of what we used to refer to as North Shore City in the old […]

Taka vs Ngara

Takapuna AFC 4, Ngaruawahia United 1 Taharoto Park, Auckland, May 12 2012 Since my trip to Centennial Park in Ngaruawahia back in March, I have become something of a Ngara fan. I knew there was a danger of this happening when I went to see them play Mount Albert Ponsonby […]

Scarves on Statues – Kids

This statue is in Waihi, a small gold mining town situated at the gateway to the Upper North Island’s holiday playground, the Coromandel Peninsula. The plaque says simply: “KIDS … Having fun is timeless. All it requires is imagination.” This weekend is the last round of Italian club football for the […]

Barcode Bliss

With the Serie A title decided today, my sincere congratulations go to Juventus, well deserved champions of Italy once again. I must confess myself to be not particularly unhappy with this result. I became used to cheering for Juve while growing up with them as the best Italian hope in the Champions […]

Knockout

Lynn-Avon United 3, Papakura City 0 Ken Maunder Park, Auckland, May 6 2012 Today was the first round of the New Zealand wide Women’s Knockout Cup. This year there are 28 teams battling it out for national supremacy. While fifteen are from Auckland, entries range from Dunedin’s Roslyn Wakari in […]

WHO ARE YA?

Bay Olympic 1, Metro FC 5 Crum Park, Auckland, May 5 2012 This is not a blog post about football at the highest level in New Zealand. It’s about much bigger heroes than you’ll find there. This is about people who purely and simply love football. People who have given […]