Menu Home

Up the Ku

Pukekohe 1, Waiuku 2 Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, August 18 2018 There have been a few pointed comments on social media about my recent penchant to increasingly shun NRFL football in favour of obscure games that tend more towards bedrock than grassroots. Sometimes it moves beyond social media. At yesterday’s game, […]

The Mountain Road Shake

Central United 2, Ellerslie 2 St Peter’s College, Auckland, August 12 2018 Google Maps says it takes 16 minutes to get from Becroft Park, Forrest Hill, to St Peter’s College in Newmarket – and that seemed optimistic to me, even though it’s motorway a lot of the way. I had […]

Ugly ducklings

Forrest Hill Milford 2, Fencibles 5 Becroft Park, Auckland, June 9 2018 Typical. Last week I went to a cup tie between two teams that have 20 league positions between them on the New Zealand football hierarchy, and the game went all the way to a penalty shootout. Today I […]

A glass half full

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers match day programme ‘Sidelined’ on the 24th of February 2018] New Zealand is the best place in the world to be a football fan. Trust me, it is. Yet crowds at our national league games continue to be insanely low. Why? In […]

The walk of Shane

Western Springs 3, Hibiscus Coast 0 Seddon Fields, Auckland, September 2 2017 It’s over! The NRFL season is done and dusted, save for one Women’s Premier game. And it’s only the 3nd of September – that must be some sort of Northern League record for ruthless efficiency. Over the last […]

Fantastic Fencies!

This is just a quick post to congratulate Fencibles United on winning the Pascoe Shield last week, and with it promotion to NRFL Division 1. Obviously I was at Central United for the Chatham Cup semi-final last Saturday but I do consider it important to mark league wins whenever possible […]

Zig-zags

Cambridge 3, Waikato Unicol 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, July 15 2017 Waikato Unicol – now there’s a name that’s laced with nostalgia. And one that, until this year, I hadn’t heard spoken in many serious football conversations for a very long time. I had never seen the Waikato University […]

Who wants to be a premier?

Mount Albert Ponsonby 0, Manurewa 1 Anderson Park, Auckland, August 8 2016 The battle for promotion to the NRFL Premier Division is going right down to the wire after Mount Albert Ponsonby spurned their chance to wrap it up for themselves on their home ground today… A couple of months […]

Paradise lost

North Shore United 1, Mount Albert Ponsonby 2 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, July 23 2016 There are relegation six pointers and there are promotion six pointers – this was certainly the latter. With Waitakere’s ascension back into the top echelons of the Northern League all but assured, the race is […]