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Lights Shine but Pride Roar

The stage could hardly have been more perfectly set for today’s National Women’s League Grand Final. Trusts’ Stadium’s pohutukawa-lined pitch looked flawless and Auckland produced one of its best December days. Most importantly, the two sides in the final were so evenly-matched that no one could predict what was about […]

The pointy end

WaiBOP 1, Northern 2Gower Park, Hamilton, December 8 2018 Well, here we are! The last round of the double round robin National Women’s League is done and dusted. All the teams have finished their season except two of them – those being the two finalists who we can now celebrate […]

Lights out for Southern

National Women’s League Match Week Eight: Southern United 1 (Britney-Lee Nicholson) Northern Lights 2 (Emma Turnbull, Sam Tawharu) Halftime 0-1 Sunnyvale Park, 4 November 2018 Northern Lights had plenty of obstacles to overcome on their way to defeating Southern United 2-1 at Sunnyvale on Sunday afternoon in the National Women’s […]

Mostly wrong

Southern 1, Northern 2 Sunnyvale Park, Dunedin, November 4 2018 I’m writing this post at a cruising altitude of 37,000 feet in the emergency exit row of an Air New Zealand Airbus A320. On the plane with me I have the Prime Minister, a solid chunk of the governing political […]

Who laughs when?

Northern Lights 1, Canterbury United Pride 2 McFetridge Park, Auckland, October 14 2018 As weekends go, that one wasn’t particularly ideal. Ok, sure, there are lots of people in the world who are forced to endure much worse. Wars, diseases, famines, brutal dictatorships, and then there are the poor saps […]

Outshone

Northern Lights 7 vs Central Football 0 Sunday 7 October, McFetridge Park For the Northern Lights and the onlooking neutral, everything went according to script at McFetridge Park. The star-studded Lights (Aurora pun) were strong favourites against an inexperienced Central side, and the favourites prevailed. Northern have fielded formidable elevens […]