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Tamakae and Tamakou

East Coast Bays 2, Waiuku 0 Bay City Park, Auckland, June 27 2015 Waiuku literally means ‘water and mud’. The place got its name from a Maori princess who was courted by two men named Tamakae and Tamakou. Tamakae was essentially a farmer, whereas Tamakou was a flashy orator. The […]

The King is dead, long live the King!

Glenfield Rovers 6, East Coast Bays 3 McFetridge Park, Auckland, August 23 2014 An extra special guard of honour greeted Glenfield Rovers as they entered the McFetridge Park arena yesterday, that marked a real changing of the guard. East Coast Bays, last season’s champions of the Northern Regional Football League, […]

The Azzurri of the North Shore

East Coast Bays 2, Birkenhead United 1 Bay City Park, Auckland, June 21 2014 Hands up if you’re tired? Everyone, right? Phew. This week I have learned a very sad lesson – I’m not a teenager anymore. Whereas before I could get up at 4am every morning during the World […]

Banana skins and Koru Lounges

Birkenhead United 0, East Coast Bays 1 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 24 2013 I was depressed after this game, but I didn’t really understand why in the immediate aftermath. It wasn’t because I’m a Birkenhead fan – I’m not. Nor was it because I had particularly wanted to see Birkenhead […]

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 […]

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 […]

The future

East Coast Bays AFC 4, Melville United 1 Bays City Park, Auckland, May 19 2012 Another Saturday, another array of Northern Regional Football League matches to choose from! Today I decided to head up to the Northern limits of what we used to refer to as North Shore City in the old […]

We Three Kings

Three Kings United 2, East Coast Bays AFC 3 Keith Hay Park, Three Kings, April 9 2012 I hadn’t planned on going to two football games this Easter weekend, but when I woke up this morning to such brilliant sunshine it seemed like an awful waste not to add a […]