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Glenfield Rovers 5, Eastern Suburbs 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 10 2017 Wow. I thought last year’s Women’s Knockout Cup final would take some beating in terms of an exciting advertisement for the women’s game, but this year’s may well have raised the bar even higher for many observers! […]

Swans up!

Forrest Hill Milford 2, Glenfield Rovers 2 AET (FHM won 4-3 on penalties) North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 11 2016 With all my excitement over the Chatham Cup, you might have thought I had forgotten that there were two cup finals on yesterday. Well, no fear of that. Even if […]

Things I’m looking forward to about winter:

Fallon’s Manukau Donoso’s Suburbs Hamilton’s derbies Mangere Mountain Stanmore Bay Satchell rampaging Sinclair strutting Franklin – united Places I haven’t been yet (Pukekohe, Te Atatu, Waitemata, Whangarei, Te Puna) Flares at Shepherd’s Park The Chatham Cup The Women’s Knockout Cup Melville United and second chances Ngaruawahia United and the return […]

Same but a little different

Glenfield Rovers 2, Forrest Hill Milford 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, July 12 2015 One day, two cups! Yesterday was Chatham Cup round of 16 day and New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup quarter-final day all wrapped up and rolled into one. This presented Auckland with a multitude of rare opportunities to […]

Don’t kick the ball

Fencibles United 0, Glenfield Rovers 15 Riverhills Park, Auckland, June 1 2015 Ok, ok, that’s enough glitz and glamour for one weekend! It’s time to come back down to earth and the gritty reality of life in the New Zealand football scene. Where the grass isn’t always green, the sun […]

The end of the odyssey

Glenfield Rovers 3, Forrest Hill Milford 2 Cashmere Technical 2, Central United 1 QBE (North Harbour) Stadium, Auckland, September 7 2014 Cup Final Day! This season I took up a challenge to follow both of New Zealand’s national cup competitions by spending every round watching the winner of the previous […]

Number two

Forrest Hill Milford 2, Coastal Spirit 1 Becroft Park, Auckland, July 20 2014 What makes a good game of football? There are obviously lots of factors. The team you support winning is an obvious prerequisite, and if it’s a come-from-behind victory then all the better. A close contest with both […]

Habemus Papam

Claudelands Rovers 9, Norwest United 1 Galloway Park, Hamilton, May 25 2014 Bah humbug. That’s how I felt watching all the excitement around the UEFA Champions League Final this morning. Like many other Kiwi footballaholics I forewent my Sunday sleep-in to watch the Madrid derby play out on television – […]

I Love This Club – Coastal Spirit

[Welcome to ‘I Love This Club’, a series of guest posts on in-the-back-of-the.net exploring what makes grassroots New Zealand football people tick, through sharing their stories about why they love their clubs. If you would like to contribute to this series by writing about your special club, please e-mail me […]

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 […]