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Two mad Italians on Anzac Day

Lynn Avon 1, Kaeo Inter 0 Ken Maunder Park, Auckland, April 25 2018 Anzac Day is usually special for two reasons – commemorating the sacrifices of brave men and women during wartime; and the opening round of the Chatham Cup, the premier football competition in New Zealand. But this year […]

The Virgili Cup

Nerazzurri 5, Golden Barbarians 1 Kahoe Stadium, Kaeo, January 1 2018 It’s billed as ‘the dawn of football’. Kahoe Stadium, situated at the backpackers’ hostel that Stefano Virgili and his wife Lyndsey run, has hosted a four-a-side football tournament every New Year’s Eve for the past 26 years. The evening […]

Stefano’s Team

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my Interista amico Stefano Virgili. But for anyone else reading this, allow me to recap. Stefano is a mad Inter fan who wasn’t satisfied with simply following his team from afar, so he created his own Inter in the Far North […]

Argentina v Italy

Waiheke United 8, Kaeo Inter 1 Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, September 30 2017 I was supposed to be on a break. It was right plonk in the middle of ITBOTN’s women’s kōrero, a time when I was supposed to take a month off, spend time with my partner, and […]

Il Derby della Nord

Kaeo Inter 1, Kerikeri 1 Whangaroa College, Kaeo, June 4 2016 What would you do if you suddenly had a billion dollars? If you’re anything like me, your answer will be that you would buy your favourite football club and run it your way. Sure, you could feed the poor […]