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Wanderers Weekend Part 2 – The Keith

Three Kings 1, Hamilton Wanderers 1 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, May 20 2018 The last time I watched the Hamilton Wanderers women’s first team they were battling through a relegation six pointer vs Northland at Porritt Stadium. Despite prevailing 3-2 in that fixture they were still looking down the barrel […]

Wanderers Weekend Part 1 – The Fred

Waitakere City 2, Hamilton Wanderers 0 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, May 19 2018 In a spectacular return to form, that will no doubt surprise absolutely nobody apart from me, I have once again managed to jinx a Waikato football club at Fred Taylor Park. After watching Wanderers win this exact […]

Vittoria

Waitakere United 1, Hamilton Wanderers 2 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 4 2018 There was so much that happened, in and around this game of football, that makes for what writers call “good copy” that it would be easy for this post to lose sight of the most important amongst them. […]

Football blogging in New Zealand

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers match day programme ‘Sidelined’ on the 28th of January 2018] Rod de Lisle: “Enzo, can you write us another one of your hysterically funny yet searingly accurate Wanderers programme columns?” Me: “Sure! What do you want me to write about?” Rod: “How […]

Where were you when we were shit?

Hamilton Wanderers 0, Auckland City 1 Links Avenue, Mount Maunganui, January 28 2018 There was only one national league football game on offer within reasonable driving distance of my Auckland home on Auckland Anniversary Weekend – and even that necessitated a 450km road trip to the Bay of Plenty. Not […]

If it wasn’t for hard times…

Hamilton Wanderers 2, Waitakere United 4 Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, December 10 2017 It’s the hope that kills you… With the National Women’s League final taking place in Christchurch again this year, and flights out of my price range, I headed down to Hamilton yesterday to watch my favourite men’s national […]

What Wanderers Are Missing – An Edge!

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers match day programme ‘Sidelined’ on the 10th of December 2017] OK, so let’s talk about the elephant in the room – Wanderers’ start to the ISPS Handa Premiership season. It hasn’t been that great, has it? Not to worry though, because I’ve […]

Toil and trouble

Hamilton Wanderers 3, Northland 3 Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, May 28 2017 Going into this weekend there were two NRFL women’s Premier teams left that I still hadn’t seen in action this season, and as luck would have it they were playing a super important game against each other. I couldn’t […]