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A game that had quite a lot of things

Greenhithe Catimba 2, Hibiscus Coast 2 AET (Hibiscus Coast won 3-2 on penalties) North Harbour Stadium Football Turf, Auckland, June 4 2018 It’s a tired old bollock of a cliché when writers breathlessly declare that a game had everything. I mean, really? Everything? Literally everything? Was there an alien abduction? […]

The walk of Shane

Western Springs 3, Hibiscus Coast 0 Seddon Fields, Auckland, September 2 2017 It’s over! The NRFL season is done and dusted, save for one Women’s Premier game. And it’s only the 3nd of September – that must be some sort of Northern League record for ruthless efficiency. Over the last […]

Nobody likes a McLeodmouth

Waitemata 4, Hibiscus Coast 1 McLeod Park, Auckland, April 25 2017 I chose to spend my ANZAC afternoon at this NRFL Division One bottom half clash between Waitemata and Hibiscus Coast for one main reason. Before this game there were just two Northern League clubs left on my ‘sins of […]

They’re baaaaaaack!

Waitakere City 6, Hibiscus Coast 0 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, August 13 2016 A New Zealand football division at the top of the pyramid that doesn’t include Waitakere City? We have lived through that previously unthinkable situation for one season but, let’s face it, it was never going to last […]

Guest Post – Rewa Rewa

By Simon Borich With a rare Saturday off during football season I was gently persuaded by Enzo to write a guest blog for ITBOTN. To be fair, it took all of one tweet suggestion and I was in. The weather was awful but I found myself heading to Stanmore Bay […]

Govey

Guile  n.  Shrewd or cunning intelligence; crafty or artful deception: ‘he used all his guile and guts to achieve his goals’ Stephen Gove was born in Hillside, Montrose, Scotland, on November 6 1959. He died last Sunday, June 7, aged 55, after a short battle with bowel cancer. Between those […]