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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. […]

Scarves on Statues – Solace in the Wind

This wonderful sculpture by Englishman Max Patte is situated on a quietish part of the Wellington waterfront. Patte lived in New Zealand while working for Weta Workshops on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. During a difficult time in his life, he found solace by standing there on the edge of the dock and leaning […]

Why soccer doesn’t suck

“Please, give me the ball back, each time I get it from you I must weep its tears.” – Roberto Baggio (Italy striker 1988-2004) During a recent period of writer’s block, I turned in desperation to my facebook friends and asked them to choose a topic for me to write […]

We Three Kings

Three Kings United 2, East Coast Bays AFC 3 Keith Hay Park, Three Kings, April 9 2012 I hadn’t planned on going to two football games this Easter weekend, but when I woke up this morning to such brilliant sunshine it seemed like an awful waste not to add a […]

A Good Friday for Claudelands

Papamoa FC 0, Claudelands Rovers 11 Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa, April 6 2012 It’s Easter 2012, and what better way to spend Good Friday than to watch some Northern Regional Football League – Women’s Premier action? The top level of Women’s club football in New Zealand was entering its second […]

Scarves on Statues – Peter Fraser

“The government’s objective, broadly expressed, is that all persons, whatever their level of ability, whether they live in town or country, have a right as citizens to a free education of the kind for which they are best fitted and to the fullest extent of their powers.” – Peter Fraser […]