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Drawing Ferns

Bucklands Beach 1, Football Ferns Development 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, May 21 2017 When I made the decision to go to two very different Bucklands Beach games this weekend, I thought they would both be quite one sided based on the table positions of the teams involved. The over […]

Ferns v Fellas

Football Ferns Development 4, Birkenhead United 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, April 2 2017 It was a tough call, no doubt about it. Pros and cons were carefully weighed up. Would the chosen league provide the best challenge? Would the move weaken the Northern League? What about player welfare? Would […]

Dancing in the dark

Northern 4, Auckland 3 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 22 2016 I have to admit that my heart sank when I saw the draw for the first time and this fixture presented itself. Because the National Women’s League does not contain a development side this year, most weekends only have […]

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 […]

Birko massive!

Birkenhead United 3, Waitakere City 2 AET North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 11 2016 What a fantastic day! What an absolutely fantastic entire weekend of football I had, as a matter of fact. There are many stories to tell, but I’ll save a lot of them for later – because […]

Five of the most improved

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 […]

Game three

New Zealand Under 20 1, USA Under 19 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 19 2016 What can you say about the final fixture in a three game international series, featuring largely the same two sides, when you’ve already blogged the first two games and the result of the third […]

A riveting encounter

New Zealand Under 20 4, USA Under 19 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 17 2016 Two days off work to watch football either side of a two-day staff meeting in Wellington, where I got to see some more football, all bookended by two Azzurri victories at Euro 2016. Yes. […]