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The best of Winter 2016

Winter is over and spring is here (allegedly). The last NRFL game of the season is tonight. Birkenhead United and Western Springs cap things off with a positively Italian 8pm kick off on the turf at North Harbour Stadium. It will be well passed my bedtime when the season concludes […]

Ten snapshots of NRFL 2016

I can’t believe it’s August already. Where does the winter disappear to? It seems like about fifteen minutes ago that I was attending my first NRFL game of the year, yet last weekend saw me photograph the first of the four trophy presentations that herald the end of the competitive […]

Paradise lost

North Shore United 1, Mount Albert Ponsonby 2 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, July 23 2016 There are relegation six pointers and there are promotion six pointers – this was certainly the latter. With Waitakere’s ascension back into the top echelons of the Northern League all but assured, the race is […]

Registering pain

It’s starting to seem a bit like every other week there is an NRFL club getting docked points for player eligibility. This week it was Mangere United. They have been stripped of all the points they had earned so far this season, and they now sit at the bottom of […]

Windy.

Te Atatu AFC v Manukau City AFC 3pm – Te Atatu Peninsula Park NRFL Division Two Overnight rain had left the ground slightly sodden, but firm enough to walk on out on Te Atatu Peninsula Park. The sun was shining but the wind was ripping across the pitch, an endless […]

Idiotic pronouncements

Fencibles 3, Ngaruawahia 1 Riverhills Park, Auckland, April 16 2016 It’s more than past time I saw Ngaruawahia United again! And where better to check out my favourite Northern League club than at Riverhills Park, a special little football ground that always provides a picturesque setting, and against Fencibles United, […]

Guest Post – Diminishing Fury

By Cordwainer Bull It’s an unfortunate back-handed tribute to Dave Cook that the AFC Fury club he founded has surrendured its northern league ambitions so soon after his own demise. Dave was the pulse of the club, and yesterday, barely weeks after his death, Auckland Football advised AFC Fury had […]

Up & Running.

Onehunga-Mangere United v Manukau City AFC Friday, 25th March 2016 – Mangere Domain There are few better places to start a football season than Mangere Domain on a Good Friday. With a pitch in near perfect condition, and the grassy sloping banks surrounding providing ample lounging spots for the hundred […]

Things I’m looking forward to about winter:

Fallon’s Manukau Donoso’s Suburbs Hamilton’s derbies Mangere Mountain Stanmore Bay Satchell rampaging Sinclair strutting Franklin – united Places I haven’t been yet (Pukekohe, Te Atatu, Waitemata, Whangarei, Te Puna) Flares at Shepherd’s Park The Chatham Cup The Women’s Knockout Cup Melville United and second chances Ngaruawahia United and the return […]