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A moveable feast

Auckland 5, Central 1 Riverhills… No, wait, Michaels Avenue, Auckland, November 13 2016 It’s funny, the little things from childhood that stick in the mind. I don’t remember much about the experience of playing organised football for the first time, at Huntly Thistle, when I was around 6 or 7 […]

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 […]

Idiotic pronouncements

Fencibles 3, Ngaruawahia 1 Riverhills Park, Auckland, April 16 2016 It’s more than past time I saw Ngaruawahia United again! And where better to check out my favourite Northern League club than at Riverhills Park, a special little football ground that always provides a picturesque setting, and against Fencibles United, […]

Don’t kick the ball

Fencibles United 0, Glenfield Rovers 15 Riverhills Park, Auckland, June 1 2015 Ok, ok, that’s enough glitz and glamour for one weekend! It’s time to come back down to earth and the gritty reality of life in the New Zealand football scene. Where the grass isn’t always green, the sun […]

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 – Fencibles 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 […]