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All Whites & Football Ferns Coverage.
Football Ferns v. Brazil - 200th international match report

Scoreless Stalemate Marks Milestone Match
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The Football Ferns and Brazil battled out a scoreless stalemate in front of 1507 fans at Taupo's Owen Delany Park on June 19, ensuring a drawn series, with the Auckland encounter three days prior having finished 1-1.

The match was the 200th international in the forty years in which New Zealand has played women's football on the world stage, but the cold, windy conditions meant the players weren't able to produce the vibrant spectacle of open, attractive play for which both these teams are noted.
Read on Published: 19 June 2014

FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off match report - All Whites v. Mexico

Mexico Bring Down Curtain On Herbert’s Reign
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Mexico deservedly confirmed their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil on 20 November, downing New Zealand’s All Whites 4-2 at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium to claim a 9-3 aggregate victory in their intercontinental qualifying play-off.

Trailing 5-1 from the first leg in Mexico City, and urged on by a 35,206-strong crowd, the All Whites set about their quest of overhauling the deficit with a much-changed side, one laden with youth and vitality.
Read on Published: 20 November 2013

Northern, Central & Mainland Premier Women's League & Northern Men's League.
Lotto Northern Premier Women's League, Easter Sunday review

Two Left Standing After Tight Battles At Top
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Forrest Hill-Milford United and Eastern Suburbs are the teams still to be beaten in this season’s Lotto Northern Premier Women’s League competition after prevailing in their closely fought Easter weekend tussles with Lynn-Avon United and Glenfield Rovers respectively.

Reigning champions Suburbs put a serious dent in the title hopes of Glenfield at McFetridge Park on Good Friday, winning 2-1 to inflict a second defeat in three games on last season’s ASB National Women’s Knockout Cup runners-up.
Read on Published: 20 April 2014

Lotto Northern League, Easter Monday review

“E” Teams Prevail In Table-Topping Towellings
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Easter Monday proved to be a great one for the “E” teams in the Lotto Northern League First Division, with Eastern Suburbs and Ellerslie both scoring convincing victories on home turf in their clashes against fellow top-five contenders.

“The Lilywhites” trailed Western Springs on goal difference going into the round, but “The Hoops” found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 thumping at Madills Farm, courtesy goals from Haidar Jabir, Nik Keown-Robson and Harry Redwood.

Across town at Michaels Avenue, Ellerslie took Takapuna to task, Andy Wallace leading the way with a first half hat-trick in a 6-1 win. Dominic Higgins, Freddie Ljungberg and Adam Scott - fresh off the golf course - rounded out the rout, which was punctuated by a ninth goal of the season from “Taka”’s Lee Robinson.
Read on Published: 21 April 2014

Central & Mainland Premier Women's Leagues, Easter Weekend review

Plenty Of Goals In Five Cup Ties
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Five ASB National Women’s Knockout Cup ties took place in the Central Region during the past week, with the first of them producing plenty of twists and turns at Petone Memorial Park.

Stop Out came from three goals down to draw level with Wellington United under the lights in their first round tie, only for the early leaders to come again and clinch a 4-3 victory which owed much to Jamie-Lee Hunter’s hat-trick.
Read on Published: 21 April 2014

Lotto NPWL match report - Lynn-Avon United v. Forrest Hill-Milford United

Experience Prevails In Battle Of Young Guns
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The greater guile of Forrest Hill-Milford United proved decisive at Ken Maunder Park on Easter Sunday, as a squad largely made up of Junior Ferns internationals prevailed 2-0 over Lynn-Avon United’s Young Ferns-laden line-up in a keenly contested Lotto Northern Premier Women’s League top-of-the-table tussle.

Both teams went into the match boasting two wins from as many games played, but both were without key personnel for this encounter, with Lynn-Avon’s Sam Tawharu joining “Swans” trio Hannah Carlsen, Daisy Cleverley and Emma Rolston on the sidelines.
Read on Published: 20 April 2014

OFC U-20 Women’s Championship Coverage.
OFC U-20 Women's Championship match report - Junior Ferns v. Vanuatu

Junior Ferns Unconvincing In Vanquishing Vanuatu
Story by Jeremy Ruane

New Zealand’s Junior Ferns began their quest to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finals in emphatic scoring fashion at Centre Park on February 18, but their 12-0 vanquishing of Vanuatu was nowhere near as convincing as the scoreline suggests.

There were times - and many of them - in this OFC U-20 Women’s Championship match in which the Junior Ferns’ play was decidedly ordinary, lacking in quality, accuracy, precision and panache.
Read on Published: 18 February 2014

In The Spotlight - Blowing The Whistle

In The Spotlight … Blowing The Whistle
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The time has come to make a statement which probably won’t endear this writer to the refereeing fraternity, but has to be said for the benefit of the women’s game in New Zealand as a whole, and the players particularly.

We’ve all seen it. We’ve all bemoaned it. We’ve all endured it. We’ve all tolerated it. And we’ve all passed comment on it over the course of the past couple of months. It? The disappointing standard of officiating in the 2013-14 ASB W-League.
Read on Published: 26 November 2013

ASB Premiership Coverage.
ASB Premiership - Round Six review

Waitakere Back On Top In Flattering Fashion
By Jeremy Ruane

Reigning champions Waitakere United returned to the top of the ASB Premiership standings on 14 December by downing WaiBOP United 3-0 at Fred Taylor Park, but the scoreline rather flattered the victors.

Save for Sam French’s headed goal for the home team in the thirteenth minute, the visitors enjoyed by far the better of the exchanges in the first half, with Jack McNab the closest to scoring for WaiBOP when hitting the post two minutes prior to French’s deadlock-breaker.
Read on Published: 14 December 2013

ASB W-League Coverage.
ASB National Women's League - Grand Final match report

Mainland Sink Northern To Claim Maiden Title
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Mainland Pride scored their first ASB National Women’s League title in the competition’s twelve-season history on North Harbour Stadium’s outer oval on 8 December, coming from behind to down two-time defending title-holders Northern Football 4-2 in the final women’s football game of 2013.

The visitors, who earned their spot in the final by downing Capital Football 2-0 in Wellington a week ago, took time to find their feet initially, this being just the second game they’ve played on natural grass in their W-League campaign.
Read on Published: 08 December 2013

ASB W-League match report - Young Ferns v. Central Football

Central Revive Hopes With Win Over Young Ferns
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Central Football revived their hopes of finishing in the ASB W-League’s play-off placings at Parrs Park on 3 November, overcoming the challenge of New Zealand’s Young Ferns 3-1 to record their first win of the campaign.

The visitors were gifted their opening goal after just 97 seconds. Ponderous play at the back saw Young Ferns goalkeeper Abby Roper trying to clear her lines as Rhonda Bridges bore down on her at a great rate of knots. Cue the ball cannoning off the striker straight into the net - a ‘Keystone Cops’ opening which left Roper looking for the nearest wormhole to crawl into in her disappointment.
Read on Published: 03 November 2013

Hyundai A-League & Wellington Phoenix Coverage.
Hyundai A-League match report - Wellington Phoenix v. Brisbane Roar

Leaders Brisbane Keep Wellington Winless
By Jeremy Ruane

Hyundai A-League leaders Brisbane Roar maintained their position at the top of the table on 14 December, downing Wellington Phoenix 2-1 in front of 6,374 fans at Westpac Stadium to keep the home team winless nine games into the 2013-14 season.

It wasn’t for the want of trying on Wellington’s part, however. Just two minutes into the match, Manny Muscat sent Kenny Cunningham careering down the left, and his cross from the by-line careered past the flying figure of Jeremy Brockie, although Stein Huysegems, lurking further back, was better placed for a pull-back.
Read on Published: 14 December 2013

Hyundai A-League - Round Ten review

A Far From Dull Round Of Hyundai A-League Action!
Story by Jeremy Ruane

A shock scoreline involving the champions, talk of a dressing room revolt, wins for the top two, a wild penalty miss … it was all on for young and old in the latest round of Hyundai A-League action on the penultimate weekend before Christmas.

Brisbane Roar continued on their merry way in front of 6,374 fans at Westpac Stadium, accounting for Wellington Phoenix 2-1 despite the home team having the better of the first half.
Read on Published: 15 December 2013

FIFA U-17 World Cup Finals Coverage.
FIFA U-17 World Cup Finals - Ivory Coast v. Junior All Whites

Junior All Whites’ World Cup Ends With A Whimper
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The Junior All Whites bowed out of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Finals in fairly meek fashion in the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 23 October, slumping to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Ivory Coast.

The result means Darren Bazeley’s team returns home with neither a point nor a goal to their name, their failure in front of goal meaning it’s now a record 553 consecutive minutes since New Zealand last scored at an U-17 World Cup Finals tournament.
Read on Published: 24 October 2013

Chatham Cup & Knockout Cup Coverage.
ASB National Women's Knockout Cup Final - Coastal Spirit v. Glenfield Rovers

Spirit’s Cup As Glenfield Spurn Chances
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Mainland Premier Women’s League champions Coastal Spirit became the first Christchurch team since inaugural winners Nomads United to claim the ASB National Women’s Knockout Cup on 15 September, edging Glenfield Rovers 1-0 at ASB Park thanks to a last-gasp own goal.

It was very much a case of the local team riding their luck in front of a partisan crowd, for Rovers dominated all the key elements of the game – possession, territory, shots on goal … Pam Yates barely had a save to make throughout the entire match.
Read on Published: 15 September 2013

ASB Chatham Cup Final - Cashmere Technical v. Waitakere City

Cup Glory For Cashmere – After 65 Years
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Cashmere Technical stunned Waitakere City 3-1 in the ASB Chatham Cup Final at Christchurch’s ASB Park on 15 September to bring the trophy back to the club for the first time since their predecessors, Christchurch Technical, won it way back in 1948.

Spurred on by a partisan 2,600-strong crowd, the local side enjoyed the ideal start when opening the scoring from the penalty spot in the sixth minute. City fullback Kodai Hayashi felled Julyan Collett in the area, prompting referee Nick Waldron to point to the spot, from where Danny Boys sent Eamon Goodin the wrong way.
Read on Published: 16 September 2013

Junior Ferns Coverage.
Young Ferns' Australian Series - Match Three review

Junior Matildas Hand Young Ferns A Hiding
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The Junior Matildas handed the Young Ferns a good old-fashioned hiding at the AIS Athletics Stadium in Canberra on August 17, scoring three goals in each half to triumph 6-0 and clinch the three-match series in emphatic fashion.

The host nation got off to a flying start in the ninth minute, Afrikah McGladrigan netting the rebound after Jessica Waterhouse’s volley, from a corner, had hit the upright.
Read on Published: 18 August 2013

OFC Coverage.
2013 OFC Champions League Grand Final match report

City Scale The Heights To Win Fifth Oceania Crown
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Auckland City claimed a third consecutive OFC Champions League title - and their fifth in all - at Mt. Smart #2 on May 19, seeing off arch-rivals Waitakere United 2-1 to book a trip to Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup Finals in December.

Having seen their cross-town rivals claim the domestic triple crown - ASB Premiership, ASB Premiership Grand Final and ASB Charity Cup - this season, City were hell-bent on preventing Waitakere from hoarding all the silverware out west, and set about the task with a vengeance from the first whistle.
Read on Published: 19 May 2013


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