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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The real deal

North Shore 0, Melville 2 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, March 30 2018 After last week’s stuttering start to my official winter season, it felt great to be getting into it properly yesterday and even more so to be doing it at Allen Hill. Some of my best childhood football memories […]

Missing in action

Western Springs 1, Glenfield Rovers 2 Seddon Fields, Auckland, March 25 2018 All systems go!** Everyone’s favourite regional football league (the Northern Regional Football League in case you were wondering) got underway last weekend. And what an opening round it was! New kids, both of which I’m a big fan […]

A glass half full

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers match day programme ‘Sidelined’ on the 24th of February 2018] New Zealand is the best place in the world to be a football fan. Trust me, it is. Yet crowds at our national league games continue to be insanely low. Why? In […]

Almost autumn

Manukau United 1, Birkenhead United 1 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, February 25 2018 I am completely over summer. The weather gods have dished up nothing but stifling heat and oppressive humidity in strict rotation with pouring bloody rain, while the football gods haven’t really done their part either. The men’s […]