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Lift Off

  With just under three weeks until the Stirling Sports Premiership kicks off, today saw representatives of the new ten team league converge on Auckland to film their Sky Sports promo video and meet the media as part of New Zealand Football’s official launch. It’s a busy week for NZF, with […]

A rare affliction

I was all set to round off the NRFL season by heading off to Eastern Suburbs vs Western Springs yesterday, but I was unexpectedly prevented from doing so by a rare condition I suddenly found myself afflicted with – I couldn’t be bothered. The fact that it was wet and […]

Preludes and Previews

Within the next fortnight we should know the draw for the [INSERT SPONSOR HERE] New Zealand Football Championship. With Team Wellington taking the title out of Auckland for the first time last season, and three new teams joining the league, it’s already looking like it’s going to be a cracker. […]

A close encounter

Norwest 0, Eastern Suburbs 3 Huapai Domain, Auckland, May 22, 2016 Family commitments and a netball game (GO MAGIC!) took me out of football watching action yesterday, but I was back on deck and raring to go today! My choice of game was one of heart vs head. My heart […]

Wet wet wet

Eastern Suburbs 5, Hamilton Wanderers 1 Madills Farm, Auckland, April 17 2016 What is it with bloody rain? It was dry and partly cloudy with perfect light for photos on Saturday for the men’s footy. Then for no good reason it rained like the proverbial all through the women’s footy […]

Keep being awesome

Three Kings United 5, Eastern Suburbs 1 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, April 10 2016 People who watched Eastern Suburbs demolish pre-season favourites Glenfield Rovers 6-2 last weekend might be forgiven for doing a double take when they see this result – a drubbing of the same magnitude! This season is […]

Opportunity costs

OK – Last post about the ASB Premiership for a while! Well, that is, until I go to a game on Sunday… First of all I have to congratulate the new teams that made the cut – Eastern Suburbs, Hamilton Wanderers and Tasman. They all made very strong cases and, […]

The case for Eastern Suburbs

By Chris Ruffell During 2015 NZF undertook club input throughout the country around the preferred structure of the current National League. One common theme throughout was a desire to have promotion / relegation at the core of any changes. Based on 2015 results Eastern Suburbs AFC, Napier City Rovers and Cashmere […]

Random thoughts on Te Cup

Eastern Suburbs 2, Napier City Rovers 1 AET Trusts Stadium, Auckland, September 20 2015 With a game like this, my ability to add much to the fabric of football culture is limited. If you care enough about the Chatham Cup to read my musings, you either played in it, you […]

The last quarter

Eastern Suburbs 2, Western Springs 3 AET Madills Farm, Auckland, August 2 2015 I must be slipping. Two humdingers that went right down to the wire in two days! Where did that come from? Usually I end up attracted, like a moth to a flame, to lop-sided contests that leave […]