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Smash and grab

Capital 2, WaiBOP 1 Memorial Park, Petone, Saturday 13 October 2018 First off, a quick run-down of things I thought during a close, occasionally quite tense, game. Time stamps are approximations. 39’ [WaiBOP score through Kelli Brown] – “Awww shite” 70’ [WaiBOP look strong] – “I’m going to mute my […]

Win it for Grandma

Melville 7, Franklin 1 Gower Park, Hamilton, June 24 2017 The best laid plans of mice and men… I had no intention of travelling out of Auckland for this round of the Chatham Cup, but circumstances conspired to draw me out over the Bombay Hills. My lovely grandma, who was […]

Different different!

WaiBOP 3, Auckland 1 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 20 2016 “After what I saw yesterday out at Long Bay, they should swap the AFF U16 squad with the NWL team – they would trounce WAIBOP :}” – ‘Dave’ on the Northern League Forum Picture the scene. It’s John Kerkhof […]

Same same…

WaiBOP 1, Canterbury United Pride 6 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 20 2016 Picture the scene. It’s John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the National Women’s League is set up beautifully. WaiBOP are unbeaten after four of their six games. The semi-finals are within […]

Another cracker at Camford Bridge

WaiBOP 4, Auckland 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 6 2016 Today presented me with yet another great excuse (not that I really need one) to set off on my favourite football road trip – to Cambridge’s John Kerkhof Park – where yet another crunch National Women’s League encounter was […]

There’s no place like home

WaiBOP 2, Capital 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, October 16 2016 Well, National Women’s League 2016 is up and running! My first game of the new summer season was the now traditional WaiBOP vs Capital season opener, and this time it really felt like a homecoming.  Because WaiBOP’s base this […]

A team with no names

New Zealand Under 20 7, WaiBOP Football 1 North Harbour Stadium, October 2 2016 Pickings were slim in Auckland today for hardy souls like me who wanted to watch some football in the nasty, nasty weather we were looking down the barrel of this morning. Around the middle of last […]

Race to the top

Northern Football 2, WaiBOP 0 New Zealand Development 1, Auckland Football 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, November 22 2015 I have two great passions – football and politics. When I started blogging seriously, exactly six years ago today, I decided to write about football, in part, because talking politics opens […]

Well that happened fast…

Northern Football 1, Mainland Pride 4 Another game we won’t dwell on too much Seddon Fields, Auckland, November 16 2014 All of a sudden it’s all starting to fall into place! With one round to go it’s looking like, barring miracles, we have our minor premiers and our hosts for the […]