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Fire and Agapanthus

Central United 5, Bay Olympic 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, August 26 2017 Things I learned at the Chatham Cup semi-final on Saturday: Kiwitea Street has a Roma pennant in the clubrooms. Any club with Roma memorabilia always goes up in my estimations. I have never had the time to take […]

The Divine Ponytail

Bay Olympic 1, Bucklands Beach 8 Crum Park, Auckland, May 20 2017 Once upon a time I went to watch a mate of mine play over 35s football at Crum Park in Green Bay. I blogged about it here. Last week I noticed him talking about his team on Facebook […]

Plan C

Bay Olympic 4, Melville United 0 Olympic Park, Auckland, March 25 2016 The best laid plans of mice and men… Opening day – Northern Regional Football League 2016! I was looking forward to it oh so very much. I had it all planned out. Gina and I would leave home […]

Guest Post – Cup catch-up: Part 2

Bay Olympic 2, Hamilton Wanderers 3 Olympic Park, Auckland, July 5 2014 [Part 2 of Rod de Lisle’s wonderful two-part thriller on Wanderers’ recent cup run. Thanks also to Garry Konings for the photos. I will pick up my Chatham Cup odyssey once again when Wanderers meet Central United in […]


Bay Olympic 2, Birkenhead United 2 Olympic Park, Auckland, August 31 2013 My coverage of the 2013 New Zealand Northern Premier League started on March 2, at Crum Park Titirangi, with two clubs – Bay Olympic, and Birkenhead – and so it concludes, almost six months later to the day. […]

Counter punch

Metro FC 5, Bay Olympic 2 Phyllis Street, Auckland, May 12 2013 2-0 is often thought of as the most dangerous lead in football, and for good reason. You think you’ve got it made so you sit back and defend, safe in the knowledge that while your opponents might manage […]

Battle of the bays

Bay Olympic 2, East Coast Bays 4 Olympic Park, Auckland, April 6 2013 Two clubs don’t need to be neighbours to be fierce derby rivals. As Real Madrid and Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool or Juventus and Internazionale can attest, sometimes derbies are as much about two dominant teams as […]


Bay Olympic 1, Birkenhead United 3 Crum Park, Auckland, March 2 2013 This is why football is a winter game in the civilised world. With the scorching sun beating down on Crum Park in Titirangi on Saturday, it was far too hot for trench coats… And dark sunglasses make football […]

Bye bye Bay

Three Kings United 2, Bay Olympic 0 Keith Hay Park, June 24 2012 32 Chatham Cup entrants became 16 this weekend and for Bay Olympic, their rotten run of tough draws, combined with their recent form slump, ultimately cost them their place in the competition. The Northern Premier League leaders had to face their […]

One weekend, two Olympics

Bay Olympic 4, East Coast Bays 3 Olympic Park, Auckland, June 4 2012 It’s only round two of the Chatham Cup but already the draw is throwing up some interesting ties. Part of the allure of cup competitions is that the two best teams can meet at any time from […]