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Appreciation Post

At the time of writing, it is still the 8th of March, which is International Women’s Day. We could discuss the fact that we even need to have such a day. For this article, however, let’s just agree that the state of affairs in 2018 is such that somehow we […]

Reason(s) and Effects

Two weeks ago, the captain of the Football Ferns Abby Erceg announced her retirement from international football-at the age of 27. Enzo has already responded to it in a post here, but I wish to respond to the response. Abby Erceg has been, for almost as long as I can […]

Arguments against equality

I’ve had an interesting couple of days reading as much of the social media reaction to the Abby Erceg bombshell as I can stomach. I have engaged with some of it, simply shaken my head at other aspects of it and lost my temper completely with one or two people […]

A riveting encounter

New Zealand Under 20 4, USA Under 19 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 17 2016 Two days off work to watch football either side of a two-day staff meeting in Wellington, where I got to see some more football, all bookended by two Azzurri victories at Euro 2016. Yes. […]

Is it 2016 or 1816?

It happened like this: First, British tabloid newspaper ‘The Sun’ nicks a whole lot of pics from the social media pages of Laura Merrin, kiwi footballer currently playing at Everton, and labels her “the world’s hottest footballer?” Then the New Zealand media picks it up, writing about it with a […]

Honey I shrunk the football season

It’s October! Yay, I love October. It’s up there with the best months of the year. For starters, it’s a “ber”. Bers are great. Once you get into the bers you know three things – winter is over, Christmas isn’t far away, and Liverpool have replaced their manager. October is unique […]

An interview with Emma Boyack

Three Kings United 2, Massey University 0 Newtown Park, Wellington, August 26 2012 Last weekend I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Massey University’s star striker Emma Boyack. Emma has represented New Zealand both at age group level and at the World University Games. Between 2005 and […]