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Cup of Nations is a treat

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers’ match day programme ‘sidelined’ on Sunday 10 February 2019] It may have escaped the notice of some in our game, but despite what Goal.com and no doubt a few other red faced pundits would have you believe, there is in fact a […]

Football Ferns: A re-view

Let’s rewind back nearly a fortnight, shall we? In the bowels of Westpac Stadium, a press conference took place immediately after the Football Ferns played Nadeshiko Japan, in a friendly. Being the first Ferns home match since 2015, the first Ferns match in Wellington since 1991, and the first since […]

Abby Erceg: Two tributes

Helena: Given the context of today’s announcement of Abby Erceg’s retirement, there is bound to be much analysis in the coming days. Erceg theoretically had several more years of international football to play in her career. She had only just returned. The decision comes right on the heels of the […]

A good day

New Zealand Football announced today that, in a world first, the Football Ferns will have pay parity with the All Whites, as well as enjoying equal distribution of prize money, equal rights for image use and equality of access to business class travel while representing New Zealand. This is a […]

Yeah, but what’s the solution?

ITBOTN has written extensively about the issues raised by Abby Erceg in announcing her international retirement due to what she sees as the undervaluing of women’s football by the national body – New Zealand Football. One of the significant problems she highlighted is the plight of local based players who […]

Reason(s) and Effects

Two weeks ago, the captain of the Football Ferns Abby Erceg announced her retirement from international football-at the age of 27. Enzo has already responded to it in a post here, but I wish to respond to the response. Abby Erceg has been, for almost as long as I can […]

Guest Post – Women’s complaints

By Cordwainer Bull If my own awareness as a moderately enthusiastic football follower is any guide, this week’s Abby Erceg explosion was a Kaikoura moment on our footballing richter scale. The 27-year-old Football Ferns captain pulled the plug on a career that has seen her play 130 A internationals, pointing […]

Arguments against equality

I’ve had an interesting couple of days reading as much of the social media reaction to the Abby Erceg bombshell as I can stomach. I have engaged with some of it, simply shaken my head at other aspects of it and lost my temper completely with one or two people […]

A question of priorities

This morning’s shock announcement by Abby Erceg of her international retirement speaks for itself really, but I couldn’t let it pass without making one or two observations of my own… If you haven’t already, please listen to her full interview on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show. Abby talks […]