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Pink turns to blue

Capital Football 2 Northern Football 1 National Women’s League Sunday 20 November 2016 Memorial Park, Petone. Northern played in their change kit of blue rather than their usual pink/black hoops. Perhaps they were expecting Capital to be in predominantly black rather than the bright yellow they’re wearing this season? Words […]

Remote Control

Central Football 0 Northern Football 3 National Women’s League Sunday 16 October 2016 Memorial Park, Palmerston North. Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). Opening day of National Women’s League season! With it being such a short season (6 matches […]

Five of the most depressing

Last month I bowed to public pressure and wrote a post ranking my five favourite football grounds in New Zealand. In so doing, I also acknowledged requests for follow up pieces looking at the most improved, depressing, wind-blown and inaccessible grounds along with the best and worst stadium food. You’ll […]

Petfive BNUone

Petone 5 Brooklyn Northern United 1 National Women’s Knock-Out Cup Round 1 Sunday 15 May 2016 Due to Central League clubs receiving byes or out-of-town away ties, the only games in Wellington for Round 1 of the National Women’s Knock-Out Cup were between Capital Premier League sides. I had a […]

On yer bike!

Central Football 2, Football South 0 Memorial Park, Palmerston North, November 8 2015 “If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick.” – John Cleese I had never been to Palmerston North before yesterday. On the one […]

Rewa hard

Manurewa AFC 0, Waitakere City 2 Memorial Park, Auckland, August 3 2013 Another one bites the dust – Memorial Park was one of the five places still on my list of Northern League grounds I haven’t covered a game at in the past couple of seasons, and I’m really glad […]