v Northern (home)

A lot of people have described me as brave for sharing my story. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure if it’s been an act of bravery or more one of self-indulgent oversharing without a great deal of thought given to what the unintended consequences might be. Regardless, it’s been cathartic and I suppose that …

Interlude II

I was going to write a post for the second bye round. Then I realised I couldn’t be bothered. And I remembered that sometimes, when you can’t be bothered, it’s ok to give yourself a break.

v Southern (away)

“What are friends for?” - It’s a rhetorical question so ubiquitous I doubt anyone knows who coined it first. The saying implies that a friend is someone who would do anything for you. Shout you a beer when it’s their turn, lend you a few bucks when you’re short, stick up for you when your …

v Auckland (away)

I used to scoff at the hypothesis of a growing number of academics who assert that social media is linked to depression, but now I get it completely. Twitter in particular feels like a big transnational schoolyard complete with cool kids, outcasts, bullies and sycophants. It’s little aside from a massive popularity contest and winning …

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 …