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Appreciation Post

At the time of writing, it is still the 8th of March, which is International Women’s Day. We could discuss the fact that we even need to have such a day. For this article, however, let’s just agree that the state of affairs in 2018 is such that somehow we […]

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 […]

My faves

On Sunday Andrew Voerman, who is New Zealand’s premier football writer in my opinion, tweeted his top ten favourite games he’s seen live this year. They say that good writers borrow from other writers and great writers steal from them outright – it’s in that spirit that I thought I’d […]

Changes afoot

I have recently caught wind of a few potential changes that are strongly rumoured to be under consideration for the NRFL following a review of the competition. My understanding is that we are still a ways off any final decisions being made, with any changes that are eventually agreed upon […]

NRFL: The Winter Of Content

The NRFL hits its straps this weekend with the third round of matches for the Premier League, Division One and Division Two. Visibility for the league has improved through the @LottoNRFL twitter account keeping screen-scrollers updated with Retweets of all the days action from around the leagues – effectively creating […]

An interview with Aaron Scott

When Aaron Scott celebrated his 200th appearance for Melville United, at home against Bay Olympic last season, Chairman Bruce Holloway wrote in the match day programme that “for Melville he has been the ultimate role model. For many years his thicker team mates thought his name was Aaron Manofthematch, so […]

Unfurling the koru

One of the worst kept secrets in our game is out! New Zealand Football’s plan for the development of our national women’s team – the Football Ferns – has been made public. Its centrepiece is a squad of locally based female internationals training in Auckland, with access to top class […]

Five of the most inaccessible

You thought I’d forgotten about this, didn’t you? I hadn’t. I was just slowly taking my time to recover from the wrath of the Wellingtonians who accused me of not mentioning [insert random miserable enclave of their city here] when I did the five most windblown a few months ago. […]