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The luck of the draw

My earliest memory of the Chatham Cup draw is listening to it on the radio while driving along the streets of Hamilton in my uncle’s Bedford Van. I was helping him do some water-blasting work during my school holidays for a bit of extra pocket money. I remember him hushing […]

The youth of today

Northern Based New Zealand Under 17s 4, Waikato FC 2 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, January 27 2013 This game took me back. Waaaaaay back to the primary school playgrounds of old. Everyone remembers a scene like it, whether they participated themselves or watched one unfold in front of them. Picture […]

All White on the night

New Zealand 6, Solomon Islands 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 11 2012 If North Harbour Stadium had been filled to the gunnels for the All Whites vs Solomon Islands match last week, Wellingtonians would have complained that Auckland should have filled two stadia. Such was the grumping, coming from […]

Classy Claudelands

Claudelands Rovers 7, Lynn Avon United 1 Galloway Park, Hamilton, September 2 2012 Always check the schedule immediately before you travel to New Zealand club football. Not a couple of days before. Immediately before. I have been dealt harsh lessons on this in the past. But it is apparently still […]

Goliath 6, David 1

Central United 6, Lower Hutt City 1 Newtown Park, Wellington, August 26 2012 Finals football came to Wellington yesterday and I was there at Newtown Park for all the fun as Three Kings United took on Massey University in the Women’s Knockout Cup and Central United faced Lower Hutt City […]

A Ngara loss

Papatoetoe AFC 3, Ngaruawahia United 2 Murdoch Park, Auckland, August 18 2012 Winter is almost over and with it, just as the cold and flu season is replaced by flies and mosquitos buzzing around your head, the club football season is drawing to a close to be replaced by New […]

Southside FC

The New Zealand Herald recently published an article suggesting that expansion of the New Zealand Football Championship could be on the near horizon. If not in time for this season coming, perhaps by 2013/14, South Auckland and Nelson look set to be the most likely locations for two new franchises. […]

The Conference II

Ranui Swanson 1, West Auckland AFC 0 Starling Park, Auckland, July 28 2012 Given I went to a Women’s Conference game a couple of weeks ago, I thought this week in the interests of gender equality I should probably make an effort to check out the men’s equivalent. Jointly participated in […]

The Conference

Glenfield Rovers 5, Three Kings United 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, July 15 2012 After months of polite persistence on Twitter from Three Kings striker Steph Trowill (@steph_trowill), I have finally managed to be in a position to agree to get along to one of her games. Her profile says she’s […]

Manukau City AFC needs you!

On Saturday I blogged about Manukau City AFC’s amazing come from behind penalty shootout upset of first division Papatoetoe in the Chatham Cup. Manukau City is a club that has had to overcome significant adversity this season and back over the years to get where they are today. This is […]