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Chewing on the Hud

So today, in a thoroughly unsurprising development, New Zealand Football announced that Anthony Hudson’s tenure as All Whites coach is over. It was always going to be thus, one feels. He’s an ambitious guy. We were always a stepping stone to something else. And for a man who so carefully […]

The joy of six

New Zealand 6, Samoa 0 Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, July 21 2017 What better way is there to spend the last week day of one’s vacation than by standing in torrential rain and hail at Ngahue Reserve, watching New Zealand become the first country in the world (hosts aside) to book […]

Bonus football

Papua New Guinea 4, Tonga 1 Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, July 17 2017 Ok, I admit it. I stuffed up again. I turned up to a football game without checking the schedule before I left home. For the umpteenth time. I arrived at Ngahue Reserve at 9:30am on Monday all ready […]

New Caledozen

New Zealand 12, New Caledonia 0 Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, July 17 2017 I like to take a mid-winter break, of about a week to ten days, from work every July to coincide with my partner and my Civil Union anniversary. It’s a good way for us to spend some quality […]

Conference – Take 2

Ellerslie 4, Fencibles 0 Michaels Avenue, Auckland, July 16 2017 A couple of weeks ago I decided to spend my Sunday afternoon watching an AFF/NFF Women’s Conference match. I like to attend at least one every year, and I selected high flying Fencibles’ trip to Pukekohe as my 2017 match […]

Take this!

New Zealand 9, Fiji 1 Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, July 14 2017 In possibly the most obvious statement in blogging history, I feel compelled to point out that Glen Innes, Auckland, doesn’t have a lot in common with Rennes, France at the best of times. And in what will be an […]

OCL 2016: A.S Lossi v Hekari United

Debutants versus one of the most consistent teams in the Oceania Champions League. A mismatch in experience, perhaps, but to qualify for the Champions League you’ve got to be a league winner, or as near as. More importantly, this was the first game where there were actual supporters groups cheering […]

OCL 2016: Team Wellington v Suva F.C

As Team Wellington and Suva F.C lined up before their opening OCL 2016 game, you could just about make out the Investec logo that had been painted onto each half of the pitch for last weekends Super Rugby clash. The thousands that came weren’t present yesterday, which is a shame […]