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The drive to win

Glenfield Rovers 7, Forrest Hill Milford 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, March 13 2016 There are statements and there are statements – and this, friends, was a statement. It might only be pre-season but it was still a semi-final of the NFF pre-season tournament. For Glenfield to run away 7-1 […]

The team to beat

Waitakere City 2, Three Kings United 1 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, February 21 2016 Now here we have a pre-season friendly with one or two little sub-plots! These were supposed to be the two sides that were relegated from the NRFL premier division at the end of last season, but […]

Autumn

Western Springs quite a lot, Norwest United 0 Seddon Fields, Auckland, March 1 2015 “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” ― John Donne The first of March marks the first day of Autumn, and so begins the transition from summer […]

Referees – Thanks three hundred!

A couple of weeks ago, in-the-back-of-the.net got its 300,000th page view! That’s a milestone that demands celebration. How do we celebrate around here? If precedent is anything to go by, I celebrate by paying homage to some of the game’s least celebrated yet essential elements – referees! I marked the […]

My season in review

My third season covering local club football is over, bar a few catch-up games on the Women’s Premier side of things, and at last we know who the champions are, who is going up and who is going down. After all that fun-filled excitement, I’m here to tell you that […]

Warking the talk

Warkworth AFC 0, Claudelands Rovers 6 Shoesmith Reserve, Warkworth, May 26 2013 13-0, 14-0 – two of the winning margins Claudelands Rovers have run up this season against their peers in the Northern Women’s Premier competition. They’ve played six games in their league so far, and, with a game in […]

Winter heat

North Shore United 2, Melville United 1 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, May 19 2013 Allen Hill Stadium holds a lot of fond memories for me of trials and tribulations of various Waikato sides dating back to the days of the old National League and Superclub competitions. I well recall top […]