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A break in the weather

Eastern Suburbs 3, Tasman 0 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, February 12 2018 It’s been pouring with rain for a couple of days, the guttering on my house is struggling to cope with the deluge and, that being the case, it’s hard to imagine many suburban football grounds faring any better. […]

Butterflies, sprinklers and Jules Rimet

Auckland City 5, Tasman United 2 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, December 16 2017 Kiwitea Street was the setting of my last organised football game of 2017. Auckland City’s title clinching National Youth League fixture against Tasman United yesterday was my 36th men’s game of the year – and there have been […]

Smith’s Dream

Tasman United 1 Coastal Spirit 4 Mainland Women’s Premier League Sunday 07 May 2017 Saxton Field, Stoke I made another dash across Cook Strait from my home in Wellington. This time to have a look at a Mainland Women’s Premier League (MWPL) match. I’d given up my chance at seeing […]

Bugger the pollsters

Waitakere United 2, Tasman United 2 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 5 2017 On Tuesday I was looking at the Stirling Sports Premiership draw for this weekend and wondering which game to attend. I couldn’t choose between Waitakere v Tasman close to home or the Eastern Suburbs v Team Wellington clash […]

Life’s not so bad after all

Eastern Suburbs 4, Tasman United 2 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, December 4 2016 It’s fairly typical for my men’s national league give-a-stuff levels to be at their lowest ebb immediately after I’ve finished covering the women’s game for the year. The National Women’s League never fails to get my pulse […]


Tasman United 2 Coastal Spirit 3 Mainland Women’s Premier League Sunday 10 July 2016 Saxton Field, Stoke My third look at a match between Tasman United and Coastal Spirit this year. The first was the first match of the season, the second was serendipitous with Coastal Spirit playing a double […]


The attraction of three Coastal Spirit matches in as many days (including two premier league 1st v 2nd clashes) proved the motivation for a visit to Christchurch. A trip further enhanced when I discovered that one of my favourite bands Street Chant (from Auckland) would be playing the Christchurch leg […]

Who’s getting it?

Auckland United 1, Nelson Marlborough Falcons 1 Centre Park, Auckland, December 13 2015 As you are no doubt aware, for one because this blog has been all over it like a rash in the last few days, New Zealand Football are soon to announce two shiny new ASB Premiership franchises. […]

The case for Tasman United

By Mark Sheehan As you know, New Zealand’s sunshine capital has submitted an application for a license to the 2016/2017 ASB premiership. The application has come from Nelson Bays Football who are essentially the governing body locally under the name Tasman United. The Tasman United catchment encompasses the top of […]