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Forrest Hill Milford 9, Fencibles 0 Becroft Park, Auckland, April 7 2013 Changes to this season’s Northern Women’s Premier League are aimed at reducing the number of score blowouts and thrashings that somewhat marred last season’s competition. All the sides will play each other once in a grading round before […]

Battle of the bays

Bay Olympic 2, East Coast Bays 4 Olympic Park, Auckland, April 6 2013 Two clubs don’t need to be neighbours to be fierce derby rivals. As Real Madrid and Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool or Juventus and Internazionale can attest, sometimes derbies are as much about two dominant teams as […]

Scarves on Statues – John Plimmer

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] John Plimmer was an early settler in our nation’s capital after emigrating from Shrewsbury England in 1841. He represented his community on the Wellington Provincial Council where he was best known for his campaigning to stop the sale of the province’s […]

A football journey

Oratia United 1, Fencibles 0 Parrs Park, Auckland, March 30 2013 There’s no feeling on earth like walking towards your favourite football ground for the first game of a new season. The nervous anticipation of the start of a new journey with your team that has built up to bursting […]

Auckland or Wellington?

It’s the question on everyone’s lips! New Zealand has shed blood and brain tissue, squeaked past the great powerhouse of international football that is New Caledonia, and made it to the last hurdle – a two legged playoff with the fourth best North and Central American team for a coveted […]

Exhibit A

Glenfield Rovers 4, New Zealand Selection 4 McFetridge Park, Auckland, March 24 2013 With the Northern Regional Football League finally getting underway next weekend, today only one pre-season fixture remained – a sort-of kind-of not really New Zealand Equivalent of the Charity Shield. A nice little crowd of 200 odd […]

Scarves on Statues – Horus and Ra

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] These chaps have led an interesting existence. I was living nearby when they were first installed at one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets, the excellent Hamilton Gardens. I’ll never forget the hullabaloo. Pagan gods worshipped in ancient Egypt, Horus (god […]

This is not the National League

It’s much, much better. Papakura City 2, Claudelands Rovers 3 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, March 16 2013 There’s a big final on this weekend and there’s nothing else like them! The pressure, the drama, the atmosphere, the anticipation of two top sides clashing head to head. It’s the day that […]

Choosing failure

[This piece was originally published over at Roma Journal, a fan site that will be picking up all my AS Roma related material from now on] I don’t want the giallorossi to qualify for Europe and I’ll tell you why. For the last few seasons Roma has had this malicious, […]