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Hurtling towards the abyss

Auckland 1, WaiBOP 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, December 2 2018 Well, I’ll be gaddammed, it’s December again already! How did that happen? Let me tell you – getting old is how it happened. We all eventually come to the cold, hard, realisation that time speeds up exponentially the older we […]

Shots fired on Armistice Day

Auckland 3, Southern United 2 McLennan Park, Auckland, November 11 2018 Armistice Day was marked by a complete lack of respectful observance on the part of the Football Gods in South Auckland. Rather than ceasefire, in their infinite wisdom they saw fit to mock all who dared attend the National […]

Canterburied

Auckland 3, Canterbury 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, October 28 2018 Today, McLennan Park in Papakura was the venue of the 50th football game I’ve photographed in 2018. What a year it has been so far! It started with the Virgili Cup final at 12:01am on January the 1st and since […]

A triple header

Auckland 1, Capital 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, October 7 2018 A few days ago, John Palethorpe dredged up my old Newmarket Park post and shared it on Twitter. It was a nice reminder, not just of a classic piece of work I did four years ago but also of a […]

Belief: A WaiBOP post of positivity

WaiBOP 3, Southern 6 McLennan Park, Auckland, October 7 2018 “It’s just been years and years of them thinking they aren’t good enough, because there’s always been the talent down there. Players like Chelsea Whittaker, Shontelle Smith and Kelsey Kennard, they’ve been there for years and years – nothing’s changed. […]

Red sky at night, OM’s delight

Onehunga Mangere 2, Beachlands Maraetai 0 (OM won 3-1 on aggregate) McLennan Park, Auckland, March 11 2018 Was it the calm before the storm or the storm after the calm? You be the judge. As Cyclone Hola hurtled towards New Zealand’s East Coast at breakneck pace leaving destruction in its […]

The paradise derby

Beachlands Maraetai 1, Onehunga Mangere 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, March 4 2018 If Onehunga Mangere and Beachlands Maraetai had a longstanding football rivalry, and you weren’t overly keen on calling it ‘the double barrelled name derby’, it could be dubbed the ‘paradise derby’. Because both of these clubs occupy home […]

The nose knows

Papakura City 15, Pukekohe 0 McLennan Park, Auckland, April 26 2015 The qualifying round of the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup. Our national cup competition for women. Unlike its male sibling, the Chatham Cup preliminary round, this is a footballing gala in which a lot of the Northern League clubs […]

I Love This Club – Papakura City

[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 […]

The Manu Hudson

Papakura City 1, Manurewa AFC 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, February 27 2014 Usually it’s quite hard to gauge how good a side is from their pre-season form but, if it’s ever possible to draw conclusions, perhaps you can on a night like last night when Papakura City played Manurewa with […]