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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 […]

Scarves on Statues – Gollum

When the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in New Zealand the rural Waikato town of Matamata was selected as the location for Hobbiton, the cosy home of JRR Tolkien’s lovable Hobbit heroes. The locals have celebrated their claim to fame by carving a statue of Gollum out of local Hinuera Stone and giving it pride of place on their […]

Tefinal

Auckland City FC 2, AS Tefana 1 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, April 29 2012 If big finals are your thing and Auckland is your town you were spoiled rotten this weekend. Following on from last night’s NZFC Final, today was the first leg of the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League Final […]

The NZFC Grand Final

Waitakere United 4, Team Wellington 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, April 28 2012 It was hard to see how we might have ended up here. Going into the semi-finals of the New Zealand Football Championship, Auckland City were seven points clear at the top of the table. Courageous Canterbury United was […]

War Stories

[It’s ANZAC Day in New Zealand and Australia – the anniversary of the day that our troops landed at Gallipoli, in 1915. Today we commemorate all New Zealanders and Australians who have lost their lives in wars throughout our history. This post was originally written for the political blog Just Left and published there on ANZAC Day 2009. I […]

North vs South

Onehunga Mangere United 1, Warkworth AFC 1 Mangere Mountain, Auckland, April 21 2012 A trip to Onehunga Mangere United is something that has been on my ‘To-Do List’ for quite some time. The second division club’s home ground is one of the most picturesque in the Northern Regional Football League. […]