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Abby Erceg: Two tributes

Helena: Given the context of today’s announcement of Abby Erceg’s retirement, there is bound to be much analysis in the coming days. Erceg theoretically had several more years of international football to play in her career. She had only just returned. The decision comes right on the heels of the […]

Playing in the name of

If Kate Sheppard was a footballer, she’d undoubtedly be a playmaker. She’d lead from the front, pull the strings and spearhead the attack. Elegant, precise, she’d prise open the field with a well-timed run or bring in her teammates with a perfectly weighted through ball. But she wouldn’t be afraid […]

Withdrawal symptoms

It’s about this time of year that I usually do my Northern League pre-season interview. Unfortunately I haven’t done it this year. Sorry. My excuses basically boil down to three things – I haven’t got my proverbial together, I have been too busy with other commitments and I’ve decided to […]

Breaking Point

Recently, one of US women’s soccer’s original franchises the Boston Breakers folded, only a few short weeks out from the start of preseason and after the draft had taken place. In 2018, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will be a nine team league. The Breakers’ roster was made part […]

My faves

On Sunday Andrew Voerman, who is New Zealand’s premier football writer in my opinion, tweeted his top ten favourite games he’s seen live this year. They say that good writers borrow from other writers and great writers steal from them outright – it’s in that spirit that I thought I’d […]

The semis or the schnitzel?

WaiBOP 3, Central 0 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 19 2017 There were more glamourous fixtures on offer to casual spectators in the upper North Island last weekend, that I can’t deny. The ISPS Handa Premiership, the National Youth League and there was even a more illustrious battle between Northern […]

Setbacks, comebacks and backtracks

Northern 2, Canterbury United Pride 2 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 29 2017 Northern got a taste of their own medicine from seven days prior in this week’s top of the table National Women’s League clash at North Harbour Stadium, becoming the latest team to fall prey to the two […]