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Lights Shine but Pride Roar

The stage could hardly have been more perfectly set for today’s National Women’s League Grand Final. Trusts’ Stadium’s pohutukawa-lined pitch looked flawless and Auckland produced one of its best December days. Most importantly, the two sides in the final were so evenly-matched that no one could predict what was about […]

Vittoria

Waitakere United 1, Hamilton Wanderers 2 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 4 2018 There was so much that happened, in and around this game of football, that makes for what writers call “good copy” that it would be easy for this post to lose sight of the most important amongst them. […]

Fraternising with the enemy

Waitakere United 1, Canterbury United Dragons 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 14 2017 This was my third men’s national league football game since the 2017/18 season began, and it was also my third Waitakere United game of the summer. Is it time to admit I’ve got a problem? They say […]

Auckland Tanty

Waitakere United 4, Auckland City 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 26 2017 Waitakere came back from a goal down to beat Auckland City 4-1 yesterday, in what had to be one of the most sensational capitulations you will ever see from a team with the pedigree of Auckland City FC. […]

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 […]

Piggy’s ghost

Waitakere United 1, Eastern Suburbs 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 29 2017 As regular readers would have heard me say often, I support two teams – Waikato and whoever is playing Auckland. This always presents a dilemma when watching two Auckland sides play. I am the kind of person who […]

Windy Waitak

Waitakere United 2, Hamilton Wanderers 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 16 2017 It was a game of one stiff breeze. Wind was the winner on the day! After a lovely pre-game lunch at Little Sister with the New Zealand football community’s most colourful Twitterer, the man who was in possession […]

The coffee is mightier than the grudge

Waitakere United 1, Hawkes Bay United 0 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 8 2017 The first and most important commandment that must be adhered to by any true fan of Waikato football is ‘thou shalt hate Waitakere’. It’s written in stone. Through the ages, these annoying Westies have been the big […]

Random thoughts on Te Cup

Eastern Suburbs 2, Napier City Rovers 1 AET Trusts Stadium, Auckland, September 20 2015 With a game like this, my ability to add much to the fabric of football culture is limited. If you care enough about the Chatham Cup to read my musings, you either played in it, you […]

You had one job

Northern Mystics 53, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 49 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, May 18 2015 Dammit WaiBOP! I say that a lot. Usually about football. But this time I’m saying it about a different sport… As I’ve said before, I love netball. It’s a great game in my opinion. It’s […]