Interlude

Byes are always a mixed blessing for football teams and I doubt WaiBOP would be any exception. On the one hand, ka pai, everyone likes a week off work. There will be a number of players who wouldn’t have had one since pre-season started in February, so a break will be a welcome chance to …

v Canterbury (home)

There’s an ancient Japanese tradition called Kintsugi, which means “golden joinery”. When a prized piece of porcelain artwork breaks, instead of ‘restoring’ it by doing everything possible to disguise the repairs, they fill the fissures with gold as a way of highlighting and celebrating the history of the object. The Japanese don’t necessarily see a …

v Central (away)

There’s something magical about flying to another city for the sole purpose of watching your favourite football team play. The sense of superiority and satisfaction that goes hand in hand with the distinct possibility you might be the most dedicated [demented] fan on the planet is one aspect. But I also love the way it …

v Auckland (home)

This is my eighth consecutive full year as a National Women’s League blogger and fan. The competition has evolved over that time, but the fundamentals haven’t changed that much. It’s still seven regional federations battling it out for national sphere chasing supremacy, as it's always been give or take an occasional development team. Yet, for …

Prelude

I’ve never lived or worked in Cambridge, but it’s home. I grew up in a similar sized if socioeconomically very different Waikato town. And while I’ve lived in Auckland for well over half my life now, Cambridge is still the kind of setting that makes my heart feel all warm and fuzzy. Going there is …