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Lights Shine but Pride Roar

The stage could hardly have been more perfectly set for today’s National Women’s League Grand Final. Trusts’ Stadium’s pohutukawa-lined pitch looked flawless and Auckland produced one of its best December days. Most importantly, the two sides in the final were so evenly-matched that no one could predict what was about […]

The winner takes it all

“The winner takes it all” blared from the car-radio on the way to the game. An appropriately-titled song for this end of National Women’s League round-robin match between 2nd and 3rd, with the winner going through to the Final to meet Northern Lights.

Canterburied

Auckland 3, Canterbury 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, October 28 2018 Today, McLennan Park in Papakura was the venue of the 50th football game I’ve photographed in 2018. What a year it has been so far! It started with the Virgili Cup final at 12:01am on January the 1st and since […]

It’s déjà vu all over again

Southern United have long lived in the shadow of their illustrious neighbours to the north, three-time National Women’s League champions Canterbury United Pride. Last season, Southern upset the apple cart in their break-out season, defeating the 2016 title winners 2-1 in Christchurch in a monumental effort on their way to […]

Who laughs when?

Northern Lights 1, Canterbury United Pride 2 McFetridge Park, Auckland, October 14 2018 As weekends go, that one wasn’t particularly ideal. Ok, sure, there are lots of people in the world who are forced to endure much worse. Wars, diseases, famines, brutal dictatorships, and then there are the poor saps […]

A proud day

Canterbury United Pride 4 Capital Football 0 National Women’s League 16 September 2018 English Park, Christchurch Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). First weekend of the National Women’s League, and another match featuring teams with expectations. Canterbury through weight […]

Helter swelter

Canterbury United Pride 2 Auckland Football 3 after extra time National Women’s League Final Sunday 10 December 2017 English Park, Christchurch A sweltering Canterbury day for the end of the 2017 National Women’s League. The nor’wester blew down the park and would give a small advantage to whichever team had […]

CAPvCUP

Capital Football 1 Canterbury United Pride 3 National Women’s League 11 November 2017 Petone Memorial Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photos by Enzo Giordani.   Much has been made of the Pride having four current Ferns in their squad and how that might affect them when the Ferns are in […]