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Beat that with a stick

Auckland City 1, Team Wellington 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, April 1 2018 For the third year in a row it was Auckland City vs Team Wellington in the final of the New Zealand national league. And for the third year in a row I was predicting a comfortable Auckland […]

Stream & Steam

In other parts of the footballing world, Sky are vilified. Their involvement in football is seen by supporters as a corrupting influence, shifting kickoff times and fixtures to suit the global audience and relentlessly hyping the endless clashes of top-flight teams while only occasionally looking beyond them. Mitchell & Webb […]

OFC Champions League: Group B Roundup

New Caledonia was the setting for Group B with host side Hienghene Sport hoping to gain an advantage from that. They were up against last years losing finalists Team Wellington, Fijian powerhouse Ba and Qualifying Stage winners, Cook Island side Puaikura. There was a strong New Zealand presence in this […]

Lift Off

  With just under three weeks until the Stirling Sports Premiership kicks off, today saw representatives of the new ten team league converge on Auckland to film their Sky Sports promo video and meet the media as part of New Zealand Football’s official launch. It’s a busy week for NZF, with […]

Dominance & Decline

Into the NZFC final we went. We were on a roll, not having lost a game since January 2015. We were beaten. Matt Calcott shrewdly noting the Auckland back four was relatively untested as a unit, potentially wobbly under pressure. It wasn’t quite the fall of Del Bosque’s tiki-taka steamroller […]

A tale of two WaiBOPs

WaiBOP 3, New Zealand Development 8 WaiBOP United 2, Team Wellington 3 Gower Park, Hamilton, November 15 2015 “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was […]