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The Matilda Effect: The New 99ers?

Something is happening across the Tasman. The Australian Women’s National Team (the Matildas), are currently taking Australia, and the rest of the world, by storm. We’re used to women’s football being in the news because of pay disputes, or Hope Solo calling Sweden cowards, or because it’s the United States. […]

Portrait of a deluded Roma fan

AS Roma 2, Manchester City 2 (Manchester City won 5-4 on penalties) Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, July 21 2015 Australia may be our closest neighbour, and Australians might be similar to us in so many ways that a trip across the ditch might not seem particularly exotic, but even still […]

Roma down under

I might not be blogging much, if at all, for the next week or so, and I certainly won’t be attending any NRFL this weekend. This is due to my favourite football team in the known universe (and the unknown part of it too) being down under for a couple […]

Cool kids’ clubs

It’s hard not being in the cool kids’ club. Our Aussie neighbours took their toys out of the Oceania sandpit, joined the big kids of Asia, and we jelly (young-person speak for ‘we are green with envy’). Don’t you just hate it when one of your friends decides they are […]

94’s the aim

New Zealand 0, Australia 1 Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, May 30 1993 One of the greatest football memories of my life will always be screaming my lungs out along with 35,178 other football lovers at Westpac Stadium in Wellington for the All Whites’ World Cup qualification four years ago. I […]

How the other half lives

An overseas viewer of this blog could be forgiven for thinking, looking at the posts on local football, that New Zealand consists of, well, not very much really. A couple of shacks for football clubrooms. A few paddocks. A couple of hundred people at a stretch. But of course Association […]