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Guest Post – Why oh why Waiuku?

By Mark O’Donnell Every footballer at every level longs to win a championship title. Indeed, some of the best footballers in the world never achieve that honour. For the 11 players on the pitch, 4 substitutes on the bench and all the management at Waiuku AFC they are 90 minutes […]

Up the Ku

Pukekohe 1, Waiuku 2 Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, August 18 2018 There have been a few pointed comments on social media about my recent penchant to increasingly shun NRFL football in favour of obscure games that tend more towards bedrock than grassroots. Sometimes it moves beyond social media. At yesterday’s game, […]

A Franklin success

A reader contacted me yesterday to alert me to this piece in the Franklin and North Waikato Post. It’s about a talented young footballer from Waiuku, by the name of Jake McCoy, who appears to have a bright future ahead of him! The reader was keen to point out that […]

Franklinstein

Whilst players, supporters and administrators from most winter clubs have been enjoying a nice relaxing summer break, it seems that all hell has been breaking loose in South Auckland. Franklin United, which is barely a year into its existence, has suffered an acrimonious divorce as of one of its marriage […]

A tale of three teams

Franklin United 0, Metro 2 Waiuku 3, Papatoetoe United 0 Massey Park, Waiuku, April 2 2016 After last week’s opening weekend tail chasing that kind of ruined the day for me, my sole objective yesterday was to simply choose a game, go to it, and enjoy it. In that at […]

That Sinky feeling

Waiuku 3, Ngaruawahia 0 Massey Park, Waiuku, September 5 2015 “Come on Ngara! Or else you can walk home…” – Des, the bus driver This was the sort of game you don’t really want to go to but you sort of have to. It’s like a fight to the death […]

Tamakae and Tamakou

East Coast Bays 2, Waiuku 0 Bay City Park, Auckland, June 27 2015 Waiuku literally means ‘water and mud’. The place got its name from a Maori princess who was courted by two men named Tamakae and Tamakou. Tamakae was essentially a farmer, whereas Tamakou was a flashy orator. The […]

I Love This Club – Waiuku AFC

[Welcome to ‘I Love This Club’, a series of guest posts on in-the-back-of-the.net exploring what makes grassroots New Zealand football people tick, through sharing their stories about why they love their clubs. If you would like to contribute to this series by writing about your special club, please e-mail me […]

He tangata!

Waiuku 3, Warkworth 0 Massey Park, Waiuku, June 6 2014 It’s a horrible cliché to say that football was the winner on the day, but today it definitely was. Because when I got out of bed this morning, I had a choice to make – politics or football, and football […]

Carpe diem

Oratia United 0, Waiuku 2 Parrs Park, Auckland, April 26 2014 There are some teams that I jinx every time I watch them play, namely most Waikato clubs and other organisations I have a soft spot for such as Birkenhead United. But for Waiuku AFC I appear to be a […]