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Great Expectations

“Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations A lot can change in […]


Capital Football 1 Canterbury United Pride 3 National Women’s League 11 November 2017 Petone Memorial Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photos by Enzo Giordani.   Much has been made of the Pride having four current Ferns in their squad and how that might affect them when the Ferns are in […]

Central of attention

Central Football 2 Auckland Football 4 National Women’s League 05 November 2017 Memorial Park, Palmerston North. After concentrating on Capital in their match v Central in the previous round, I took a journey to Palmerston North to have a closer look at and pay some attention to Central as they […]

Pink turns to blue

Capital Football 2 Northern Football 1 National Women’s League Sunday 20 November 2016 Memorial Park, Petone. Northern played in their change kit of blue rather than their usual pink/black hoops. Perhaps they were expecting Capital to be in predominantly black rather than the bright yellow they’re wearing this season? Words […]

Pride end Capital’s unbeaten run

Canterbury United Pride 3 Capital Football 1 National Women’s League Sunday 13 November 2016 English Park, Christchurch. Capital were unbeaten in the Women’s league this season but had yet to play the big two—Northern or Canterbury (who had won the between them the previous 5 titles). Canterbury United Pride (a […]

Palmer gives Capital renewed constitution

Capital Football 5 Southern United 1 National Women’s League Sunday 06 November 2016 Memorial Park, Petone. Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). Four teams are fighting out for three playoff spots in the National Women’s League. Two of them […]

Early days

New Zealand Development 0, Mainland Pride 2 Taharoto Park, Auckland, October 11 2015 There was so much to look forward to about this game, I hardly know where to start! Of the fixtures in the ASB Women’s League opening day double header, if not the entire round, this was clearly […]

Northern outlook

Northern Football 4, Football South 0 Taharoto Park, Auckland, October 11 2015 Hello, hello, it’s good to be back, it’s good to be back… It’s summer football time!!  As I have pointed out many times before, the one true benefit of being a football fan in New Zealand is the […]

Feeling groovy

Glenfield Rovers 2, Western Springs 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, August 23 2015 I think if you check the road between Swanson and Glenfield, you might find that I’m starting to wear grooves where my car tyres have driven repeatedly between my house and McFetridge Park! This New Zealand Women’s Knockout […]

Pridey pridey pridey priiiiiidey!

Mainland Pride 3, New Zealand Development 1 English Park, Christchurch, December 7 2014 “PRIDEY PRIDEY PRIDEY PRIIIIIDEY” (to the tune of ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’) rang out over Christchurch’s English Park today as Mainland Pride went back-to-back – winning our nation’s premier women’s football league for the second […]