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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 […]

One out of two ain’t bad

Future Ferns Domestic Programme 4, Eastern Suburbs 3 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, July 8 2018 Auckland’s lovers of good football were spoilt for choice once again on Sunday. NRFL Women’s Premier boasted four games, any one of which I could have made a compelling case for going to – especially […]

Pap back for moa

Birkenhead United 5, Papamoa 1 Shepherds Park, Auckland, June 24 2018 My plan was formulated as soon as I saw the confirmed fixtures. Before the draw for our two national cup competitions took place I had committed on Twitter to watching Papamoa in this Chatham Cup round regardless of who […]

Woulda coulda shoulda

Glenfield Rovers 1, Forrest Hill Milford 1 McFetridge Park, Auckland, May 27 2018 The choices of Northern League football games to attend this Sunday consisted of any game you like, as long as it was Glenfield v Forrest Hill Milford. Not that I minded too much. Any derby is always […]

Victory(a)

Wellington United 2, Victoria University 3 Newtown Park, Wellington, May 5 2018 They say you can’t beat Wellington on a good day, and they are perfectly correct. The saying refers to the weather and is really more put-down than compliment – the implication being that there aren’t many good days, […]

Feeling ferny

Future Ferns Development Programme 5, Fencibles 1 North Harbour Stadium Football Turf, Auckland, April 29 2018 There was a big game on in Auckland today, some would say the biggest in years, and it produced an historic result. Team Wellington broke Auckland City’s seven year streak of winning the Oceania […]

Two mad Italians on Anzac Day

Lynn Avon 1, Kaeo Inter 0 Ken Maunder Park, Auckland, April 25 2018 Anzac Day is usually special for two reasons – commemorating the sacrifices of brave men and women during wartime; and the opening round of the Chatham Cup, the premier football competition in New Zealand. But this year […]

The seven goals of Rovers

Glenfield Rovers 7, Papakura 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, April 15 2018 I’ve had an interesting ten days. Last Friday our hot water cylinder burst, leaving us without warm showers until Tuesday night when it had finally been replaced with a shiny new model. On Tuesday night our power went out […]

Wharfies

Waterside Karori 1, Petone 0 Wakefield Park, Wellington, April 8 2018 If I was to have a favourite club in Wellington, there is a solid argument for it to be Waterside Karori. Formed by wharfies almost 100 years ago when you wouldn’t dare set foot on the Wellington waterfront without […]