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The pointy end

WaiBOP 1, Northern 2Gower Park, Hamilton, December 8 2018 Well, here we are! The last round of the double round robin National Women’s League is done and dusted. All the teams have finished their season except two of them – those being the two finalists who we can now celebrate […]

Work in progress

WaiBOP 0, Auckland 4 Gower Park, Hamilton, September 15 2018 Well that was a rather quiet, sombre, some might say sulky drive back along State Highway One from Hamilton for me. It’s silly really. Looking at these two sides on paper it was always going to be very, very difficult […]

Inoculation

Melville United 1, Onehunga Sports 3 Gower Park, Hamilton, July 14 2018 I went to two football games last weekend. One made it to 90 minutes, the other one not so much. But to be honest with you, the one that didn’t was the one I actually did my job […]

Win it for Grandma

Melville 7, Franklin 1 Gower Park, Hamilton, June 24 2017 The best laid plans of mice and men… I had no intention of travelling out of Auckland for this round of the Chatham Cup, but circumstances conspired to draw me out over the Bombay Hills. My lovely grandma, who was […]

Number 7

Melville United 3, Glenfield Rovers 0 Gower Park, Hamilton, March 18 2017 Going to football in the Waikato is a time consuming business sometimes. Yesterday especially! Not only did I have to drive for two hours to get to Gower Park for this pre-season fixture, but upon arrival I got […]

Five of the most depressing

Last month I bowed to public pressure and wrote a post ranking my five favourite football grounds in New Zealand. In so doing, I also acknowledged requests for follow up pieces looking at the most improved, depressing, wind-blown and inaccessible grounds along with the best and worst stadium food. You’ll […]

Wai vs BOP

Melville 2, Rotorua United 3 Gower Park, Hamilton, May 15 2016 In my book, no cup weekend is complete without a taste of the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup. That’s why it worked out brilliantly that on the way back from our road trip to Taupo, Gina and I were […]

A tale of two WaiBOPs

WaiBOP 3, New Zealand Development 8 WaiBOP United 2, Team Wellington 3 Gower Park, Hamilton, November 15 2015 “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was […]