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Northern, Central & Mainland Premier Women's League & Northern Men's League.
Lotto Northern Premier Women's League - 2015 season review

Six-Shooting Springs Bring Season To A Close
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Western Springs wrapped up one of the most competitive Lotto Northern Premier Women's League seasons for many a year in style at Seddon Fields on August 28, humbling Lynn-Avon United 6-1 in the final game of the campaign to finish in fifth spot, six points behind champions Claudelands Rovers.

Led by a brace of goals from captain Rebecca O'Neill, "The Hoops" also celebrated strikes from Hannah Kraakman, Emily Cooper, Lily Rose Dyer and youngster Monique Barnes, with Millie Goddard getting United back on level terms just after the half-hour mark.
Read on Published: 29 August 2015

Lotto NPWL match report - Lynn-Avon United v. Western Springs

Springs Overcome Lynn-Avon In Season Finale
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Western Springs recorded the final victory of the 2015 Lotto Northern Premier Women's League season on August 28, overcoming Lynn-Avon United 6-1 in a match which saw the victors net three times in the last seven minutes after injuries reduced United to ten players during the latter stages of the contest.

For much of the match, "The Hoops" held the upper hand, but breaking down Lynn-Avon's well-organised defence - in which newly crowned NWPL Young Player of the Year Liz Anton once more demonstrated why she's a worthy addition to the host of outstanding previous recipients of this honour - proved to be quite a challenge.
Read on Published: 29 August 2015

Lotto Northern League match report - Onehunga Sports v. Melville United

Sports Hit Five In Pursuit Of Second Place
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Onehunga Sports remained on track to record their highest-ever finish in the Lotto Northern League as they humbled Melville United 5-1 at Waikaraka Park to retain second place in the Premier League with two games to play.

These clubs have a great history in Northern League clashes over the years, and with Melville needing the points to help stave off the threat of relegation, another lively affair was anticipated.
Read on Published: 30 August 2015

Central & Mainland Premier Women's Leagues, August 16 review

Seatoun Secure The Silverware In Central Region
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Seatoun clinched their fourth Lotto Central Region Premier Women's League crown - and their first since 2008 - on August 16 by downing nearest rivals Wellington United 2-1 at Seatoun Park.

Afforded the ideal start by Grace Surridge's second minute goal, the home team enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges before enduring a barrage of pressure from United, who finally broke through half-an-hour later via the ever-reliable Michaela Robertson.
Read on Published: 16 August 2015

Chatham Cup & Knockout Cup Coverage.
ASB National Women's Knockout Cup, Semi-Finals review

Glenfield And Massey To Meet In Cup Final
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Glenfield Rovers and Massey University will meet in the 2015 ASB National Women's Knockout Cup Final at a yet-to-be-determined venue on September 20, after scoring contrasting victories in their respective semi-finals on August 23.

Rovers proved too strong for Western Springs at McFetridge Park, goals inside the first twenty-four minutes from Belinda Van Noorden and Briar McNamara laying the foundations for a solid 2-0 win over "The Hoops", who lost goalkeeper Ashleigh McNaughton to injury during the second half.
Read on Published: 23 August 2015

ASB Chatham Cup - NZ Football Release

Napier on the road again
NZ Football/Jeremy Ruane Release

Napier City Rovers' bid for a fifth ASB Chatham Cup crown faces another away test after the semi-final draw for the 2015 club competition was made on Tuesday.

Conducted by New Zealand football bloggers Jeremy Ruane and Enzo Giordani, the draw produced the fourth away trip in five cup ties this year for the Napier club as they will travel to first-time semi-finalists Birkenhead United over the weekend of August 29-30.
Read on Published: 11 August 2015

A-League & Wellington Phoenix Coverage.
Wellington Phoenix Press Release

Phoenix sign Dutch striker
Phoenix Release

Patience and persistence paid off for Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick when Dutch striker Jeffrey Sarpong signed for the club this week.

Sarpong, 27, who joined the famed Ajax Academy as a seven-year-old, has played over 100 games in the Dutch first division with Ajax and NEC as well as spending three years in Spain's La Liga with Real Sociedad.

Merrick is delighted to have signed Sarpong and said the wait was worthwhile.
Read on Published: 25 August 2015

All Whites Coverage.
NZ Football Media Release

All Whites named for Myanmar
NZ Football Media Release

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson will take charge of a squad blended with both youth and experience for next week's clash with Myanmar in Yangon.

Hudson named his 21-strong team on Sunday with captain Winston Reid joined by long-time international team mates Shane Smeltz, Jeremy Brockie, Michael McGlinchey and Marco Rojas.
Read on Published: 30 August 2015

FIFA Women's World Cup Finals
FIFA WWC Final match report - USA v. Japan

Five-Star USA Triumph In Style In "The Carli Cup Final"
Story by Jeremy Ruane In Canada

It will go down in history as "The Carli Cup Final", due to the outstanding individual display of captain Carli Lloyd, but the all-round performance of Team USA was every bit as significant and decisive as they brought the four-year reign of Japan as world champions of women's football to an emphatic end at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium on July 5.

To win any cup final 5-2 is an amazing achievement. To do so in the global spotlight which the FIFA Women's World Cup Final attracts is something else again. This wasn't just a win by the world's most successful women's football-playing nation. This was a triumph. And one achieved in some style.

And in a heck of a hurry! In a manner not dissimilar to Liverpool's demolition job on Arsenal at Anfield in the 2013-14 English Premier League season, the USA were 4-0 up and in dreamland after just sixteen minutes.
Read on Published: 08 July 2015

FIFA WWC match report - China v. Football Ferns

We Wuz Robbed Again!
Story by Jeremy Ruane In Canada

The Football Ferns' FIFA Women's World Cup campaign ended in tears, disappointment and controversy at the Winnipeg Stadium on 15 June, as in a match they needed to win to advance to the knockout phase, they were held to a 2-2 draw by China in front of 26,191 fans.

Those fans witnessed some decidedly dubious decisions by Hungarian referee Katalin Kulcsar, some Chinese gamesmanship which saw their coach, Wei Hao, sent from the bench late in the contest, and a delay in play due to a Chinese fan invading the pitch.

They also witnessed an absorbing yet highly entertaining encounter between two nations whose hopes of progressing to the next round of the competition hinged on the outcome of this match, and of the other game in the group taking place at the same time - Canada and Holland drew 1-1, as things turned out, meaning the host nation topped the group, while the Dutch will almost certainly advance as one of the best third-placed teams.
Read on Published: 17 June 2015

FIFA WWC - Second Helpings

Second Helpings
Story by Jeremy Ruane In Canada

A case of 'if only'!

That was the over-riding feeling following our second match in Edmonton, where a scoreless draw with Canada could very easily have ended up with the Football Ferns claiming all three points at the expense of the host nation.

Normally I'd put the house on Amber delivering when a goalscoring opportunity is there for the taking. She is usually reliability personified in front of goal, particularly from twelve yards, but this was a rare occasion when she didn't come up with the goods, something which happens to the very best finishers in the game at any time.
Read on Published: 25 June 2015


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