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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 […]

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 […]

Preview of a Coming Attraction

Birkenhead United 3, Ellerslie AFC 2 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, July 14 2012 There were a couple of good reasons to go to Birkenhead v Ellerslie in Division 1 of the Northern Regional Football League today. The first was the ability to have a good look at Birko, one of the […]

Manukau City AFC needs you!

On Saturday I blogged about Manukau City AFC’s amazing come from behind penalty shootout upset of first division Papatoetoe in the Chatham Cup. Manukau City is a club that has had to overcome significant adversity this season and back over the years to get where they are today. This is […]

Southside

Manukau City 1, Papatoetoe AFC 1 AET (Manukau won 4-3 on penalties) Walter Massey Park, Auckland, July 7 2012 Probably the most exciting game of local football I’ve seen all year took place at South Auckland’s Walter Massey Park today as local rivals Manukau City and Papatoetoe AFC squared up […]