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WaiBOP 3, Auckland 1 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 20 2016 “After what I saw yesterday out at Long Bay, they should swap the AFF U16 squad with the NWL team – they would trounce WAIBOP :}” – ‘Dave’ on the Northern League Forum Picture the scene. It’s John Kerkhof […]

A moveable feast

Auckland 5, Central 1 Riverhills… No, wait, Michaels Avenue, Auckland, November 13 2016 It’s funny, the little things from childhood that stick in the mind. I don’t remember much about the experience of playing organised football for the first time, at Huntly Thistle, when I was around 6 or 7 […]

Another cracker at Camford Bridge

WaiBOP 4, Auckland 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 6 2016 Today presented me with yet another great excuse (not that I really need one) to set off on my favourite football road trip – to Cambridge’s John Kerkhof Park – where yet another crunch National Women’s League encounter was […]

Capital punishment

Auckland 1, Capital 3 William Green Domain, Auckland, October 30 2016 There goes my pre-season prediction that Auckland would come third in the National Women’s League! With only three rounds played, that possibility already looks like it’s out the window. The ladies from the City of Sails couldn’t afford to […]

Dancing in the dark

Northern 4, Auckland 3 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 22 2016 I have to admit that my heart sank when I saw the draw for the first time and this fixture presented itself. Because the National Women’s League does not contain a development side this year, most weekends only have […]

But wait, there’s more!

At the risk of turning into one of THOSE bloggers that I don’t really want to be… I have been leaked two e-mails that appear to clearly inform Three Kings United that two of their players were incorrectly registered, and how this came to be the case, some five months before […]

Registering pain

It’s starting to seem a bit like every other week there is an NRFL club getting docked points for player eligibility. This week it was Mangere United. They have been stripped of all the points they had earned so far this season, and they now sit at the bottom of […]

An iron constitution?

This piece was co-authored by John Palethorpe and Enzo Giordani On Monday, member clubs of the Auckland Football Federation (AFF) received an email concerning the postponement of the federation’s AGM, originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th. No future date has been given, although all member clubs were assured that “A […]

Race to the top

Northern Football 2, WaiBOP 0 New Zealand Development 1, Auckland Football 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, November 22 2015 I have two great passions – football and politics. When I started blogging seriously, exactly six years ago today, I decided to write about football, in part, because talking politics opens […]

The race for third place

Auckland 0, WaiBOP 0 William Green Domain, Auckland, October 26 2015 What does one say about a 0-0 draw? The dreaded score line that those who don’t have the grey matter to appreciate the intricacies of the beautiful game so often mock? What you usually say to them is “get […]