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Smash and grab

Capital 2, WaiBOP 1 Memorial Park, Petone, Saturday 13 October 2018 First off, a quick run-down of things I thought during a close, occasionally quite tense, game. Time stamps are approximations. 39’ [WaiBOP score through Kelli Brown] – “Awww shite” 70’ [WaiBOP look strong] – “I’m going to mute my […]

WaiBOP say cherry-bye to playoff hopes

WaiBOP 1, Capital 4 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 5 2017 There’s something quite symbolic about the timing of National Women’s League games at Cambridge’s John Kerkhof Park. Every year without fail the first game of the season is scheduled for a week when the dozens of pink cherry blossom […]

Narrow minded

Capital Football 1 Central Football 0 National Women’s League Saturday 28 October 2017 Petone Memorial Park. Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). I’d seen the previous week’s Auckland v Capital match via YouTube highlights, and noted that it seemed […]

Yeah, but what’s the solution?

ITBOTN has written extensively about the issues raised by Abby Erceg in announcing her international retirement due to what she sees as the undervaluing of women’s football by the national body – New Zealand Football. One of the significant problems she highlighted is the plight of local based players who […]

Battle of the bridge

Auckland Football 0, Northern Football 2 William Green Domain, Auckland, November 11 2013 Another Sunday, another Auckland Football Federation National Women’s League game. It’s starting to feel a bit like I’m following these JAFA ladies all over the country, and in a sense I am, but it’s only because they […]