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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 […]

An Enlightening Fixture

Northern Lights 0 – 0 Southern United. Sunday 23rd September, McFetridge Park. The recently rebranded Northern Lights had to wait a week to kick off their National Women’s League campaign, having been handed the bye in Round 1. That meant they got to watch, and ponder, Southern United’s 6-1 dismantling […]

Vincero

Auckland 3, Northern 2 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, November 26 2017 Ouch! That’s the second year in a row that Northern have missed out on the play-offs due to a cruel late comeback. It’s hard to feel too sorry for them though. After all, that federation has made four of […]

Setbacks, comebacks and backtracks

Northern 2, Canterbury United Pride 2 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 29 2017 Northern got a taste of their own medicine from seven days prior in this week’s top of the table National Women’s League clash at North Harbour Stadium, becoming the latest team to fall prey to the two […]

What goes around comes around

WaiBOP 3, Northern 5 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, October 22 2017 Last time I watched WaiBOP play in the National Women’s League they came back from 2-0 down to shock a star studded Northern team 3-2 at North harbour Stadium and qualify for the semi-finals at the expense of the […]

Hobbling into summer

Northern Football 5, Central Football 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 9 2017 It had been so long since the last fine day in Auckland that I was starting to believe it occurred sometime around about the Palaeolithic Period – right around the time that humans first started to find […]

Don’t leave me this way

Northern Based Under 17s 2, Waikato Bay of Plenty 1 St Peter’s College, Auckland, November 18 2012 At the halfway point in the group stage of the National Women’s League going into this weekend’s fixtures, the Northern conference was delicately poised. This unexpected result has kept it that way. In […]