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Capital Football 1 Central Football 0 National Women’s League Saturday 28 October 2017 Petone Memorial Park. Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). I’d seen the previous week’s Auckland v Capital match via YouTube highlights, and noted that it seemed […]

Guest Post: Strategical Planning

Guest Post By Mandy Artin As a professional strategiser and synergistic executive node for New Zealand Football, I was delighted to be invited to share my view on the upcoming soccer fixtures between New Zealand and the Peruvian football team by ITBOTN. While I have a vast experience in executive […]

The Super City Meh-by

This years first Super City Derby saw something of an inversion of last season’s blockbusting meltdown at the Trusts Arena. There’s been some, apparently minor, changes to both teams since the end of the 2016/17 season and yet both teams appeared not be to be chasing shadows, as chasing shadows […]

Setbacks, comebacks and backtracks

Northern 2, Canterbury United Pride 2 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 29 2017 Northern got a taste of their own medicine from seven days prior in this week’s top of the table National Women’s League clash at North Harbour Stadium, becoming the latest team to fall prey to the two […]

The Two Minute Ripoff

Remember Khair Jones absolutely blootering in a goal for Hawkes Bay United against WaiBOP a couple of years back? Here it is. Or how about Paul Ifill’s first goal in nearly three years? There you go. Maybe that utterly bonkers 6 – 6 semi-final between Team Wellington and Waitakere United? […]

Argentina v Italy

Waiheke United 8, Kaeo Inter 1 Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, September 30 2017 I was supposed to be on a break. It was right plonk in the middle of ITBOTN’s women’s kōrero, a time when I was supposed to take a month off, spend time with my partner, and […]


I had one of those Facebook memories pop up on my timeline this morning – it was a year ago today that I was named as a finalist in three categories at last year’s New Zealand Football Media Association awards. A bit has changed in the year that has passed […]

Passion & Hostility

I think some of you will have already seen this… Don’t think this Coventry fan was happy with the performance tonight… — Away Days Videos (@AwayDaysVideos) October 17, 2017 Darren Kedzierski did what most football fans wish they could do when their team is playing badly, whether watching a […]

What goes around comes around

WaiBOP 3, Northern 5 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, October 22 2017 Last time I watched WaiBOP play in the National Women’s League they came back from 2-0 down to shock a star studded Northern team 3-2 at North harbour Stadium and qualify for the semi-finals at the expense of the […]


This, as you know, is a football blog. Not a politics blog. It would not be at all appropriate to make any comment whatsoever here that relates in any way to the change of government that has just occurred in New Zealand. This is not a platform for me to […]