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A couple of questions

Wellington Phoenix 4, Hamilton Wanderers 0 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, December 10 2016 It took ten years for me to witness a Waikato FC/WaiBOP United victory with my own eyes in the franchise based men’s national league. And for a good nine of those ten years of misery, the performances I […]

For the Turnstiles

WaiBOP United 4, Canterbury United 3 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, January 17 2015 For the past couple of weeks I have been looking forlornly at everyone else’s Facebook pics of holidays spent on Northland and Coromandel beaches. While all my friends were working on their tans, I was slaving away […]

An interview with Peter Smith

When the coaching appointment for the WaiBOP United ASB Premiership franchise was announced, it caused something of a stir. Many thought it odd that the job had been given to a relatively unheralded Scotsman, especially given that Wanderers coach Mark Cossey had done such a wonderful job of salvaging Waikato […]

Gower Power

Melville United 5, Glenfield Rovers 2 Gower Park, Hamilton, July 20 2013 I have a little list. A list of all the Northern Regional Football League grounds I haven’t covered a game at in the last two years, that I’m hoping to work my way through by the end of […]

Three times a charm

Onehunga Mangere United 0, Ngaruawahia United 2 Mangere Domain, Auckland, June 16 2013 I’ve often lamented the poor state of Waikato football on this bandwidth, but not today! Because today, three of the four Northern League clubs from the land of the mighty Waikato entered the last 32 of the […]

Winter heat

North Shore United 2, Melville United 1 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, May 19 2013 Allen Hill Stadium holds a lot of fond memories for me of trials and tribulations of various Waikato sides dating back to the days of the old National League and Superclub competitions. I well recall top […]

A dormant force

Waikato FC 0, Hawkes Bay United 4 Crown Park, Taupo, February 17 2013 Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake. A dormant volcano, it last erupted around about 180 AD with an explosion so ferocious that it is noted in ancient Chinese history that the sky glowed red. That fact […]