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Swamp Football

Franklin United 4, Papakura City 1 Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, June 16 2018 Guardian Sport posted a wonderful photo of ‘Swamp Football’ on Instagram this morning. It looked absolutely magnificent. My immediate reaction was that New Zealand Football should immediately cancel its Futsal programme and invest the money in this instead. […]

The seven goals of Rovers

Glenfield Rovers 7, Papakura 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, April 15 2018 I’ve had an interesting ten days. Last Friday our hot water cylinder burst, leaving us without warm showers until Tuesday night when it had finally been replaced with a shiny new model. On Tuesday night our power went out […]

The indecisive decider

Fencibles 0, Papakura City 0 Riverhills Park, Auckland, August 7 2016 A few weeks ago I was moved, by a discussion on the Northern League Forum, to go and have a look at the AFF/NFF Women’s Conference. I chose an Ellerslie vs Hibiscus Coast match that, if I’m honest, wasn’t […]

Two Saturdays, two shields!

Oratia United 3, Papakura City 4 Parrs Park, Auckland, August 29 2015 “URGH! Enzo! We lose whenever you turn up, can you go away please???” – Jason Heather, Papakura coach. It was a fair enough request. I have certainly been in attendance during some of Papakura’s darkest moments over the […]

Guest Post – Cup Conundrum

By Jason Heather So the draw is out and the challenges have been accepted. Some teams are up against opponents they’ve never met before and some will be playing each other three times this season. In the case of Papakura v Lynn Avon they will go up against each other […]

The nose knows

Papakura City 15, Pukekohe 0 McLennan Park, Auckland, April 26 2015 The qualifying round of the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup. Our national cup competition for women. Unlike its male sibling, the Chatham Cup preliminary round, this is a footballing gala in which a lot of the Northern League clubs […]

A cruel game

Fencibles United 1, Papakura City 1 Riverhills Park, August 30 2014 It was the penultimate day of winter and neither Mother Nature nor the football gods seemed of a mind to cut anyone any slack in Auckland’s East on Saturday. It seems as though I have a way of turning […]

I Love This Club – Papakura City

[Welcome to ‘I Love This Club’, a series of guest posts on in-the-back-of-the.net exploring what makes grassroots New Zealand football people tick, through sharing their stories about why they love their clubs. If you would like to contribute to this series by writing about your special club, please e-mail me […]

The Manu Hudson

Papakura City 1, Manurewa AFC 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, February 27 2014 Usually it’s quite hard to gauge how good a side is from their pre-season form but, if it’s ever possible to draw conclusions, perhaps you can on a night like last night when Papakura City played Manurewa with […]

Guest Post – RE: Guest Players

By David Cook “Any player who is not a New Zealand citizen or who does not hold a permanent resident permit, and requires an ITC (International Transfer Certificate)  to play in New Zealand, is to be regarded as a “Guest Player.” – NZF Regulation 5. 13.1 As most people know, […]