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Footsie

New Zealand 1, Australia 6 ASB Stadium, Auckland, September 22 2012 Last night I attended my first ever game of futsal, a variant of football that I have never paid any attention to in the past. Indoor football has always seemed to me a similar sort of proposition to 20/20 […]

All White on the night

New Zealand 6, Solomon Islands 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 11 2012 If North Harbour Stadium had been filled to the gunnels for the All Whites vs Solomon Islands match last week, Wellingtonians would have complained that Auckland should have filled two stadia. Such was the grumping, coming from […]

Referees – Thanks a hundred!

This is my 100th post! A hundred sounds like a great many of anything let alone 600-1000+ word articles, but it’s a milestone that has crept up on me fairly painlessly. When I first started this blog, I worried that I would run out of things to write about. Touch […]

The silver lining

Claudelands Rovers 3, Matamata Swifts 1 Galloway Park, Hamilton, September 2 2012 If you have read my last post you will know that like a Muppet I travelled all the way to Hamilton last weekend to watch Claudelands Rovers lift the Women’s Northern Premier League trophy only to discover that […]

Classy Claudelands

Claudelands Rovers 7, Lynn Avon United 1 Galloway Park, Hamilton, September 2 2012 Always check the schedule immediately before you travel to New Zealand club football. Not a couple of days before. Immediately before. I have been dealt harsh lessons on this in the past. But it is apparently still […]

An interview with Emma Boyack

Three Kings United 2, Massey University 0 Newtown Park, Wellington, August 26 2012 Last weekend I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Massey University’s star striker Emma Boyack. Emma has represented New Zealand both at age group level and at the World University Games. Between 2005 and […]

Goliath 6, David 1

Central United 6, Lower Hutt City 1 Newtown Park, Wellington, August 26 2012 Finals football came to Wellington yesterday and I was there at Newtown Park for all the fun as Three Kings United took on Massey University in the Women’s Knockout Cup and Central United faced Lower Hutt City […]

A Ngara loss

Papatoetoe AFC 3, Ngaruawahia United 2 Murdoch Park, Auckland, August 18 2012 Winter is almost over and with it, just as the cold and flu season is replaced by flies and mosquitos buzzing around your head, the club football season is drawing to a close to be replaced by New […]

An antipodean’s guide to Serie A

Italian football’s Serie A starts in less than a fortnight and I, for one, am even more excruciatingly excited than usual. Why? Because my beloved Roma have a great new coach famed for his all-out attacking style and, what’s more, he has some exciting new young and ultra-talented signings at his disposal. This might […]

Southside FC

The New Zealand Herald recently published an article suggesting that expansion of the New Zealand Football Championship could be on the near horizon. If not in time for this season coming, perhaps by 2013/14, South Auckland and Nelson look set to be the most likely locations for two new franchises. […]