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The gumboots, the swandris and the Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix 3, Central Coast Mariners 0 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, December 10 2016 Unlike my abysmal record watching Waikato teams live, my record at Phoenix games is quite good. I very rarely see them lose. So my presence on the sidelines, as New Zealand’s only professional football team played their […]

From the back of the net

WaiBOP Magic 56, Northern Mystics 50 Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, April 21 2014 Every now and again I post here about different sports other than football that I get a lot of pleasure out of watching, and one of those sports is netball. Netball is a wonderful game. It’s fast, it’s […]

Two Rovers, one cup

Claudelands Rovers 0, Glenfield Rovers 4 Galloway Park, Hamilton, August 25 2013 It was the battle of the two Rovers in today’s semi-final of the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup. For the victor, a date with Christchurch club Coastal Spirit in the final. For the vanquished, season over, so long […]

Gower Power

Melville United 5, Glenfield Rovers 2 Gower Park, Hamilton, July 20 2013 I have a little list. A list of all the Northern Regional Football League grounds I haven’t covered a game at in the last two years, that I’m hoping to work my way through by the end of […]

Scarves on Statues – Farming Family

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] The controversial plaque on this Hamilton statue proclaims that it “commemorates the ordinary farming family as the unsung heroes of our first 150 years.” There are a number of obvious problems with this. Who’s first 150 years, would be the first […]

Scarves on Statues – Horus and Ra

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] These chaps have led an interesting existence. I was living nearby when they were first installed at one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets, the excellent Hamilton Gardens. I’ll never forget the hullabaloo. Pagan gods worshipped in ancient Egypt, Horus (god […]

The silver lining

Claudelands Rovers 3, Matamata Swifts 1 Galloway Park, Hamilton, September 2 2012 If you have read my last post you will know that like a Muppet I travelled all the way to Hamilton last weekend to watch Claudelands Rovers lift the Women’s Northern Premier League trophy only to discover that […]

Classy Claudelands

Claudelands Rovers 7, Lynn Avon United 1 Galloway Park, Hamilton, September 2 2012 Always check the schedule immediately before you travel to New Zealand club football. Not a couple of days before. Immediately before. I have been dealt harsh lessons on this in the past. But it is apparently still […]