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Smash and grab

Capital 2, WaiBOP 1 Memorial Park, Petone, Saturday 13 October 2018 First off, a quick run-down of things I thought during a close, occasionally quite tense, game. Time stamps are approximations. 39’ [WaiBOP score through Kelli Brown] – “Awww shite” 70’ [WaiBOP look strong] – “I’m going to mute my […]

A triple header

Auckland 1, Capital 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, October 7 2018 A few days ago, John Palethorpe dredged up my old Newmarket Park post and shared it on Twitter. It was a nice reminder, not just of a classic piece of work I did four years ago but also of a […]

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 […]

Raising visibility

Capital Football 6 Southern United 2 National Women’s League Sunday 26 November 2017 Petone Memorial Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). I had to choose between this match and Central v Canterbury in Palmerston North. Each match featured […]

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 […]

WaiBOP say cherry-bye to playoff hopes

WaiBOP 1, Capital 4 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 5 2017 There’s something quite symbolic about the timing of National Women’s League games at Cambridge’s John Kerkhof Park. Every year without fail the first game of the season is scheduled for a week when the dozens of pink cherry blossom […]

Narrow minded

Capital Football 1 Central Football 0 National Women’s League Saturday 28 October 2017 Petone Memorial Park. Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). I’d seen the previous week’s Auckland v Capital match via YouTube highlights, and noted that it seemed […]

Upper Hutt clinch the Kelly Cup

Regrettably, the Kelly Cup final is only the first match featuring two of Wellington’s W-league teams that I’d been to this year. It’s been a busy playing season! But hey, better late than never? And there’s always the upcoming national league season. The Kelly Cup, for those not in the […]

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Canterbury United Pride 2 Capital Football 0 National Women’s League Final Sunday 11 December 2016 English Park, Christchurch. When I moved back to Wellington from Christchurch, some of my friends who played for the Pride asked me whether I’d be back down to see some of their matches. I said […]