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Mooloo ole ole ole!

Waikato 28, Hawkes Bay 3 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, October 13 2012 River runs deep, river runs slow Living in the land of the mighty Waikato Straight from the river, beer is gonna flow Aint no other place that we ever wanna go Soooooooooooooooo… Mooloo ole ole ole! Mooloo ole! I […]

The Del Piero Show

Wellington Phoenix FC 2, Sydney FC 0 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, October 6 2012 It has become tradition that I fly down to Wellington for the first Phoenix game of every A-league season, and I was planning to do so again this year long before Alessandro Del Piero had ever heard […]

100 word hero – Rodrigo Taddei

[My second contribution to Giancarlo Rinaldi‘s ‘Hundred-word Hero’ series, this time my subject is one of Roma’s finest players who I think gets the exact opposite of the recognition he deserves. My first attempt at the genre can be found here.] Rodrigo Taddei is my kind of footballer. Underdog, survivor, Mr […]

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 […]