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Prizegiving

‘Tis the season! Now that the 2013 winter leagues are all done and dusted, clubs up and down this fair nation of ours are holding their annual prizegiving celebrations literally as we speak. In clubrooms, restaurants, pubs and function centres in every town and suburb in New Zealand, cups are […]

A green feat

Ngaruawahia United 5, North Shore United 0 Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia, September 14 2013 One of the things I often get praised about for this blog is my lack of bias. I struggle to understand this. Like anyone, I have emotional reactions to various clubs and that means soft spots for […]

Bugger

Bay Olympic 2, Birkenhead United 2 Olympic Park, Auckland, August 31 2013 My coverage of the 2013 New Zealand Northern Premier League started on March 2, at Crum Park Titirangi, with two clubs – Bay Olympic, and Birkenhead – and so it concludes, almost six months later to the day. […]

Banana skins and Koru Lounges

Birkenhead United 0, East Coast Bays 1 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 24 2013 I was depressed after this game, but I didn’t really understand why in the immediate aftermath. It wasn’t because I’m a Birkenhead fan – I’m not. Nor was it because I had particularly wanted to see Birkenhead […]

Often licked, never beaten…

Waiuku 6, Fencibles 0 Massey Park, Waiuku, August 10 2013 Yesterday, yet another woefully neglected place was ticked off my list of Northern League grounds I haven’t yet been to for a game. Once again, shame on me. The Franklin District town of Waiuku is a lovely country place, despite […]

Suburbs supreme!

Three Kings United 1, Eastern Suburbs 2 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, August 4 2013 New Zealand Northern Regional Football League season 2013 has its first champions! Eastern Suburbs AFC wrapped up the Women’s Premier title today with two games to spare. It’s the club’s first senior premier league title for […]

Rewa hard

Manurewa AFC 0, Waitakere City 2 Memorial Park, Auckland, August 3 2013 Another one bites the dust – Memorial Park was one of the five places still on my list of Northern League grounds I haven’t covered a game at in the past couple of seasons, and I’m really glad […]

Gower Power

Melville United 5, Glenfield Rovers 2 Gower Park, Hamilton, July 20 2013 I have a little list. A list of all the Northern Regional Football League grounds I haven’t covered a game at in the last two years, that I’m hoping to work my way through by the end of […]

A 3-3 victory

Warkworth 3, Manukau City 3 Shoesmith Reserve, Warkworth, July 13 2013 I finally bowed to pressure today and headed up to Shoesmith Reserve for a NRFL game, and it turned out to be a masterstroke. There are games that you desperately want to spare yourself the agony of by leaving […]

A numbers game

This post may well be, to paraphrase David Lange, “so dry it’s combustible”, and I’ll probably (quite rightly) stand accused of needing to, as they say, “get out more”, but here goes anyway… I’ve noticed on the forums, in the context of discussions around players transferring between clubs, a good […]