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The pointy end

WaiBOP 1, Northern 2Gower Park, Hamilton, December 8 2018 Well, here we are! The last round of the double round robin National Women’s League is done and dusted. All the teams have finished their season except two of them – those being the two finalists who we can now celebrate […]

Withdrawal symptoms

It’s about this time of year that I usually do my Northern League pre-season interview. Unfortunately I haven’t done it this year. Sorry. My excuses basically boil down to three things – I haven’t got my proverbial together, I have been too busy with other commitments and I’ve decided to […]

Rivalism Weekend – 2/3

Forrest Hill Milford 4, Glenfield Rovers 1 Becroft Park, Auckland, April 9 2017 I’m not a morning person. I can’t stress that enough. This is why football works so well for me. It’s an afternoon game. As a general rule, no Sunday morning sleep-ins are harmed in the making of […]

Ferns v Fellas

Football Ferns Development 4, Birkenhead United 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, April 2 2017 It was a tough call, no doubt about it. Pros and cons were carefully weighed up. Would the chosen league provide the best challenge? Would the move weaken the Northern League? What about player welfare? Would […]

Unfurling the koru

One of the worst kept secrets in our game is out! New Zealand Football’s plan for the development of our national women’s team – the Football Ferns – has been made public. Its centrepiece is a squad of locally based female internationals training in Auckland, with access to top class […]

I Love This Club – Birkenhead United

[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 […]