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What goes around comes around

WaiBOP 3, Northern 5 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, October 22 2017 Last time I watched WaiBOP play in the National Women’s League they came back from 2-0 down to shock a star studded Northern team 3-2 at North harbour Stadium and qualify for the semi-finals at the expense of the […]

Hobbling into summer

Northern Football 5, Central Football 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 9 2017 It had been so long since the last fine day in Auckland that I was starting to believe it occurred sometime around about the Palaeolithic Period – right around the time that humans first started to find […]

Black and goals

Glenfield Rovers 5, Eastern Suburbs 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 10 2017 Wow. I thought last year’s Women’s Knockout Cup final would take some beating in terms of an exciting advertisement for the women’s game, but this year’s may well have raised the bar even higher for many observers! […]

Winter 2017

With cup finals day looming large this coming Sunday, the time has come to sadly accept that another winter of football is almost at an end. To mark this solemn occasion, I have compiled a collection of the eighteen images that I feel best sum up this, the seventh grassroots […]

Injurious timing

Birkenhead 0, Onehunga Sports 3 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 6 2017 I’m sorry but I have to start this with a gripe. There were four national cup quarter finals set down for Auckland this weekend – two in the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup and two in the Chatham Cup. […]

Nongie or bussed

Ngongotaha 0, Waiheke 7 Stembridge Road, Ngongotaha, July 8 2017 It’s a 242 kilometre journey from Onetangi Sports Park on Waiheke Island to Stembridge Road in Ngongotaha on the outskirts of Rotorua. According to their Facebook page, that’s the longest away trip in Waiheke United’s club history. And they weren’t […]

Guest Post – Quality Player Mark

By Cordwainer Bull My club (name irrelevant for the purposes of this blogstering) was recently accredited with New Zealand Football’s Quality Club Mark (QCM), an award designed to identify and support clubs which are well run and promote a positive environment. Meeting the programme’s pre-requisites was a condition of being […]

Changes afoot

I have recently caught wind of a few potential changes that are strongly rumoured to be under consideration for the NRFL following a review of the competition. My understanding is that we are still a ways off any final decisions being made, with any changes that are eventually agreed upon […]

Hope springs eternal

Western Springs 2, Claudelands Rovers 0 Seddon Fields, Auckland, April 30 2017 It’s almost May and this is the first time I have watched a Hamilton team play in the NRFL this season. That’s all down to a little thing the pros like to call ‘self-control’. If I was totally […]