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Still got that feeling?

Cambridge 2, Waiheke 3 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, May 13 2018 I lost track of the number of people who asked me if I was going to the McLeod Road derby (HNK Auckland Croatia v Waitemata) for my Chatham Cup fix this weekend! As tempting as that intriguing little contest […]

The semis or the schnitzel?

WaiBOP 3, Central 0 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 19 2017 There were more glamourous fixtures on offer to casual spectators in the upper North Island last weekend, that I can’t deny. The ISPS Handa Premiership, the National Youth League and there was even a more illustrious battle between Northern […]

WaiBOP say cherry-bye to playoff hopes

WaiBOP 1, Capital 4 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 5 2017 There’s something quite symbolic about the timing of National Women’s League games at Cambridge’s John Kerkhof Park. Every year without fail the first game of the season is scheduled for a week when the dozens of pink cherry blossom […]

What goes around comes around

WaiBOP 3, Northern 5 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, October 22 2017 Last time I watched WaiBOP play in the National Women’s League they came back from 2-0 down to shock a star studded Northern team 3-2 at North harbour Stadium and qualify for the semi-finals at the expense of the […]

Zig-zags

Cambridge 3, Waikato Unicol 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, July 15 2017 Waikato Unicol – now there’s a name that’s laced with nostalgia. And one that, until this year, I hadn’t heard spoken in many serious football conversations for a very long time. I had never seen the Waikato University […]

Different different!

WaiBOP 3, Auckland 1 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 20 2016 “After what I saw yesterday out at Long Bay, they should swap the AFF U16 squad with the NWL team – they would trounce WAIBOP :}” – ‘Dave’ on the Northern League Forum Picture the scene. It’s John Kerkhof […]

Same same…

WaiBOP 1, Canterbury United Pride 6 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 20 2016 Picture the scene. It’s John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the National Women’s League is set up beautifully. WaiBOP are unbeaten after four of their six games. The semi-finals are within […]

Another cracker at Camford Bridge

WaiBOP 4, Auckland 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 6 2016 Today presented me with yet another great excuse (not that I really need one) to set off on my favourite football road trip – to Cambridge’s John Kerkhof Park – where yet another crunch National Women’s League encounter was […]

There’s no place like home

WaiBOP 2, Capital 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, October 16 2016 Well, National Women’s League 2016 is up and running! My first game of the new summer season was the now traditional WaiBOP vs Capital season opener, and this time it really felt like a homecoming.  Because WaiBOP’s base this […]

Guest Post – Mike Groom

By Josh Easby While most of football’s attention last weekend was on the final of the Chatham Cup, another important game was being played a couple of hours’ drive south. It most likely went unnoticed except to the most ardent of football supporters in the Waikato. But the final of […]