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One weekend, two Olympics

Bay Olympic 4, East Coast Bays 3 Olympic Park, Auckland, June 4 2012 It’s only round two of the Chatham Cup but already the draw is throwing up some interesting ties. Part of the allure of cup competitions is that the two best teams can meet at any time from […]

Winter Olympics

Wellington Olympic 1, Lower Hutt City 0 Wakefield Park, Wellington, June 2 2012 As I travelled to my first ever game of Wellington club football, Greg Anderson’s famous quote “focus on the journey, not the destination” was at the forefront of my mind. Getting from A to B in our […]

An historic day

Now, I know a lot has happened in the world of football today. We have learned that Zdeněk Zeman is all but confirmed as the new Roma coach. Arrests have been made in Italian match fixing investigations and it looks like some clubs will be thrown out of Europe – Lazio chief […]

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 […]