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Rivalism Weekend – 3/3

Forrest Hill Milford 1, Glenfield Rovers 3 Becroft Park, Auckland, April 9 2017 Derbies are a lot like the words in the English language. Ever evolving, some of them are as old as the hills and yet while others may barely be five minutes old, it’s obvious that they are […]

Rivalism Weekend – 2/3

Forrest Hill Milford 4, Glenfield Rovers 1 Becroft Park, Auckland, April 9 2017 I’m not a morning person. I can’t stress that enough. This is why football works so well for me. It’s an afternoon game. As a general rule, no Sunday morning sleep-ins are harmed in the making of […]

Rivalism Weekend – 1/3

Mount Albert Ponsonby 3, Metro 2 Anderson Park, Auckland, April 8 2017 -ism (suffix) Used to form names of a tendency of behaviour, action, state, condition or opinion belonging to a class or group of persons, or the result of a doctrine, ideology or principle or lack thereof. – Wictionary Rivalism – first coined by […]

NRFL: The Winter Of Content

The NRFL hits its straps this weekend with the third round of matches for the Premier League, Division One and Division Two. Visibility for the league has improved through the @LottoNRFL twitter account keeping screen-scrollers updated with Retweets of all the days action from around the leagues – effectively creating […]

The plan, Stan

New Zealand Football have released a new plan for the next three years’ worth of national competitions and there is something quite remarkable about it – I agree with almost every word! The highlights from my perspective are: The National Women’s League will stay federation based for now and move […]

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 […]

The Repeat Rematch

The day after final day last year I noted that Auckland City had lost three games in fourteen months – a problem most supporters would be delighted with. A year on and the Navy Blues have lost five games, including yesterday afternoon’s Stirling Sports Premiership Grand Final. To Team Wellington. […]

Oh dear, how sad, never mind

Ranui Swanson 2, West Auckland 1 Starling Park, Auckland, April 1 2017 For the last four years I’ve had a roughly annual tradition of paying homage to my local football club – that is, the nearest one to my house – by attending the closest thing to their season opening […]