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Football Ferns

New Zealand 3, China 1 Centre Park, Mangere (Auckland), June 17 2012 Centre Park in Mangere was the venue for the first of two women’s friendlies between New Zealand and China, and what a brilliant place to watch international football. Too often New Zealand international matches are played at night […]

Swiftly Swiftly

North Shore United 3, Matamata Swifts AFC 2 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, June 10 2012 Over the past few months, I have been complimented many times by players, coaches and fans for my “unbiased and sensible” write-ups of local New Zealand football. I continue to be touched by this and […]

Euro 2012

I was going to write a preview of Euro 2012 this past week, but it very quickly began to feel like a pointless exercise. Every other blogger and his dog has done one and I consequently have very little to add. Most of them are yawningly similar to each other. […]

One weekend, two Olympics

Bay Olympic 4, East Coast Bays 3 Olympic Park, Auckland, June 4 2012 It’s only round two of the Chatham Cup but already the draw is throwing up some interesting ties. Part of the allure of cup competitions is that the two best teams can meet at any time from […]

Winter Olympics

Wellington Olympic 1, Lower Hutt City 0 Wakefield Park, Wellington, June 2 2012 As I travelled to my first ever game of Wellington club football, Greg Anderson’s famous quote “focus on the journey, not the destination” was at the forefront of my mind. Getting from A to B in our […]

An historic day

Now, I know a lot has happened in the world of football today. We have learned that Zdeněk Zeman is all but confirmed as the new Roma coach. Arrests have been made in Italian match fixing investigations and it looks like some clubs will be thrown out of Europe – Lazio chief […]

Fencies

Fencibles United 8, Papamoa FC 0 Riverhills Park, Auckland, May 27 2012 It has been a couple of months since I was in the Bay of Plenty for Papamoa’s opening game of their 2012 season against Claudelands Rovers. At that time they were a new side with a lot of very […]

A derby named Rodney

Hibiscus Coast AFC 3, Warkworth AFC 0 Stanmore Bay Park, Hibiscus Coast, May 26 2012 As I drove up to the Whangaparoa Peninsula for today’s local derby between Hibiscus Coast and Warkworth, I was pondering what’s in a name. All the great derbies of the world have great handles. In […]