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Walzing Matildas

New Zealand 2, Australia 3 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, February 12 2015 How predictable was that title? Much more predictable than this game turned out to be! Australia. The Auld Frienemy. There is no doubt that when New Zealand plays Australia at anything from Rugby Union to tiddlywinks, we want […]

The wisdom of Fred Dagg

New Zealand 1, Korea DPR 1 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, February 8 2015 As a very wise man, by the name of Fred Dagg, once said – “we don’t know how lucky we are” to have this great country of ours. It’s no cliché. Well… it is, in fact a […]

A dark and scorey night

New Zealand 1, Brazil 1 Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, June 16 2014 “It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the pitch (for it is Mount Smart Stadium […]


It’s long past time for me to post briefly to congratulate the Football Ferns, so much so that their exploits are now kind of old news and this is a bit beyond belated. But better late than never I always say! One of the problems is that I have been […]

Warking the talk

Warkworth AFC 0, Claudelands Rovers 6 Shoesmith Reserve, Warkworth, May 26 2013 13-0, 14-0 – two of the winning margins Claudelands Rovers have run up this season against their peers in the Northern Women’s Premier competition. They’ve played six games in their league so far, and, with a game in […]

Exhibit A

Glenfield Rovers 4, New Zealand Selection 4 McFetridge Park, Auckland, March 24 2013 With the Northern Regional Football League finally getting underway next weekend, today only one pre-season fixture remained – a sort-of kind-of not really New Zealand Equivalent of the Charity Shield. A nice little crowd of 200 odd […]

Football Ferns

New Zealand 3, China 1 Centre Park, Mangere (Auckland), June 17 2012 Centre Park in Mangere was the venue for the first of two women’s friendlies between New Zealand and China, and what a brilliant place to watch international football. Too often New Zealand international matches are played at night […]

A Good Friday for Claudelands

Papamoa FC 0, Claudelands Rovers 11 Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa, April 6 2012 It’s Easter 2012, and what better way to spend Good Friday than to watch some Northern Regional Football League – Women’s Premier action? The top level of Women’s club football in New Zealand was entering its second […]