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Red sky at night, OM’s delight

Onehunga Mangere 2, Beachlands Maraetai 0 (OM won 3-1 on aggregate) McLennan Park, Auckland, March 11 2018 Was it the calm before the storm or the storm after the calm? You be the judge. As Cyclone Hola hurtled towards New Zealand’s East Coast at breakneck pace leaving destruction in its […]

The paradise derby

Beachlands Maraetai 1, Onehunga Mangere 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, March 4 2018 If Onehunga Mangere and Beachlands Maraetai had a longstanding football rivalry, and you weren’t overly keen on calling it ‘the double barrelled name derby’, it could be dubbed the ‘paradise derby’. Because both of these clubs occupy home […]

Up, and away goals

Waterside Karori 0 Havelock North Wanderers 1 (2-2 aggregate, Waterside Karori win on away goals) Central League (men’s) promotion playoff leg 2 Saturday 09 September 2017 Karori Park, Wellington The winners of the Capital Premier League (Waterside Karori) and the Central Federation Premier League (Havelock North Wanderers) met over two […]

Time to Ngara down the rules?

Until last week, when people asked me who I support in the Northern League my reply has always been “I love all the Waikato teams equally, but Ngaruawahia is more equal than the others.” I’ll have to get a new line now, because on Thursday we got the news that […]

Nongie up

Lynn Avon 2, Ngongotaha 4 (Ngongotaha won 6-3 on aggregate) Parrs Park, Auckland, October 8 2016 The last remnants of winter were finally tidied away on the turf at Parrs Park today as Rotorua’s Ngongotaha comprehensively dispatched Lynn Avon to win promotion to next year’s NRFL Division 2. Due to […]

Latina in B!!!

I’ve posted twice on this blog, here and here, about my second favourite team in the world, US Latina Calcio. Latina is a very small football club based in a small Southern Lazio city, South of Rome, near where my father was born. When I was there in 2007, I […]

This is not the National League

It’s much, much better. Papakura City 2, Claudelands Rovers 3 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, March 16 2013 There’s a big final on this weekend and there’s nothing else like them! The pressure, the drama, the atmosphere, the anticipation of two top sides clashing head to head. It’s the day that […]