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Deus Ex Machina

It was the ultimate anti-climax. Just two minutes into the second half of Southern United’s absorbing ISPS Handa Premiership clash against Auckland City at the Caledonian Ground yesterday, play was halted. It had been raining steadily throughout the afternoon and the rain got heavier as the match commenced. As the […]

Green, green (artificial) grass of home

Dunedin’s long-awaited “Home of Football” finally started to take shape earlier this month, with soil being turned at Logan Park. The project, which is expected to be completed prior to the start of the 2019 winter football season, will see two full-sized all-weather artificial football pitches in the centre of […]

It’s déjà vu all over again

Southern United have long lived in the shadow of their illustrious neighbours to the north, three-time National Women’s League champions Canterbury United Pride. Last season, Southern upset the apple cart in their break-out season, defeating the 2016 title winners 2-1 in Christchurch in a monumental effort on their way to […]

Belief: A WaiBOP post of positivity

WaiBOP 3, Southern 6 McLennan Park, Auckland, October 7 2018 “It’s just been years and years of them thinking they aren’t good enough, because there’s always been the talent down there. Players like Chelsea Whittaker, Shontelle Smith and Kelsey Kennard, they’ve been there for years and years – nothing’s changed. […]

Headed for a Heartbreak

Southern United 1-2 Auckland Football Federation. Sunday 30th September, Tahuna Park, Dunedin. Auckland’s trip down south to take on Southern United on Sunday afternoon was always going to be the game of the round in this third week of the 2018 National Women’s League. The same fixture opened the 2017 NWL […]

An Enlightening Fixture

Northern Lights 0 – 0 Southern United. Sunday 23rd September, McFetridge Park. The recently rebranded Northern Lights had to wait a week to kick off their National Women’s League campaign, having been handed the bye in Round 1. That meant they got to watch, and ponder, Southern United’s 6-1 dismantling […]

Great Expectations

“Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations A lot can change in […]

The Gingerbread Women

Auckland 3, Southern 1 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, December 3 2017 “Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me. I’m the Gingerbread Man!” – Unknown Just about everyone who has written about Southern United this year has used the words ‘fairy tale’ at least once, and probably […]