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The Latina Experiment

In the unnaturally early hours of last Monday morning New Zealand time, a most wondrous, magical and just thing occurred. Roma beat Inter 4-0. I should have been over the moon. But I wasn’t. Instead I was mourning the loss of more hair than I had to lose, torn out […]

Waikato Chronicles

Waikato United 2, Team Wellington 3 Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, February 5 2012 CB: “Barbecues on the grass banks on a sultry cloudless evening, a few beers after work, a twilight kick-off… the sooner we get summer soccer the better.” AH: “There’s more chance of Brian Chisholm biting someone’s ear.” – […]

il derby dell’uno

Auckland City 0, Waikato FC 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, January 22 2012 The 150 kilometre journey up State Highway 1 and over the Bombay Hills from Hamilton to Auckland. All Waikato natives know it well. Waikato sportspeople know it even better. Declan Edge, coach of Waikato FC, describes the journey to Kiwitea Street […]

Breaking with tradition

It’s the middle of summer in New Zealand, a time when many if not most of us are off work at the very least for Christmas, New Year and the days in between. A special time when we get to take the time to do all the things we’ve been […]

il Grande Torino

In the English speaking world, it’s easy to think of the Munich Air Disaster that claimed the lives of eight Manchester United players in 1958 as football’s worst aviation tragedy. It’s not. Not that it’s a competition or anything… Over the course of five seasons between 1942 and 1949, (one […]

Women’s Youth League

Northern Football 3, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Football 0 Parrs Park, Auckland, December 4 2011 It was a pretty soggy day in Auckland today, but after having had so much fun on my last women’s football excursion, I wasn’t going to miss this for anything – the final of the Women’s […]

Seddon Park: A Love Story

In late January 1990, Sachin Tendulkar was 16 years old. I was 14. He had played a handful of test matches for India and was about to embark on his first overseas tour outside the sub-continent. I had played quite a lot of cricket in my school lunch hours and […]