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2016 Olympic Games Coverage.
Football Ferns' Road To Rio - The Chosen Ones

Readings Relies On Tried And Trusted For Rio
Story by Jeremy Ruane

As squad announcements go, that of the Football Ferns to contest the Olympic Women's Football Tournament at the Games of the 31st Olympiad, aka Rio 2016, was highly predictable, to put it mildly.

There are just four changes to the squad which reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 Olympics, all a result of retirements. And the quartet who have replaced Kristy Hill, Jenny Bindon, Rebecca Smith and Hayley Bowden over the course of the last four years have already firmly established themselves as regulars in coach Tony Readings' squads in that time.

You could put forward a decent argument that, like All Blacks' squads of recent vintage, it's harder to get into the Football Ferns' set-up than it is to get out of it!
Read on Published: 08 July 2016

Chatham Cup & Knockout Cup Coverage.
National Women's Knockout Cup - Quarter-Finals review

Semi-Finalists Found In Knockout Cup
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Cashmere Technical, Forrest Hill-Milford United, Upper Hutt City and holders Glenfield Rovers will contest the semi-finals of the National Women's Knockout Cup on the last weekend in August, after all four prevailed in their quarter-final clashes on 16 & 17 July.

Maiden semi-finalists Cashmere earned their place in the last four in style at Garrick Memorial Park, routing Roslyn Wakari 11-0 in a one-sided affair between Mainland's champions-elect and the third-placed team in the Football South Premier Women's League competition.
Read on Published: 17 July 2016

Chatham Cup Review, 25 & 26th June 2016

Defending champions knocked out in round three
NZ Football Release

A hat-trick from former New Zealand U-17 player Dylan Stansfield has seen East Coast Bays knock out the defending champions Eastern Suburbs in round three of the Chatham Cup on Saturday.

Suburbs, who defeated Napier City Rovers 2-1 in the final last year to secure their sixth Chatham Cup crown, were outclassed in the fine and cold conditions at Bay City Park going down 4-2. East Coast Bays, the 2008 champions, led 1-0 at the break and the hat-trick from Stansfield and another goal from Lee Robinson put the result to bed.
Read on Published: 26 June 2016

All Whites Coverage.
OFC Nations Cup match report - All Whites v. New Caledonia

Awful All Whites Scrape Through To Final
Story by Jeremy Ruane/Photo OFC - Shane Wenzlick www.phototek.nz

New Zealand's All Whites scraped through to the OFC Nations Cup Final on June 8, a goalkeeping blunder handing them a far from deserved 1-0 win over New Caledonia at Port Moresby's Sir John Guise Stadium.

'Les Cagous' were by far the better team throughout proceedings, both playing into and with the wind. But they let themselves down in the attacking third, all too often firing past the posts when chances presented themselves.

Georges Bearune went closest in the first half in this regard with a lovely angled thirty-yarder, while Cesar Zeoula was desperately close with a fifteen yard volley in the 66th minute, before Jean-Philippe Saiko's splendid solo run culminated in him shooting narrowly past the post two minutes later.
Read on Published: 09 June 2016

OFC Coverage.
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers

Stage 3 draw complete
Oceania Football Confederation Media Release

The official draw for the OFC Stage 3 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers was held at the OFC Academy this morning revealing where next for the six nations hoping to earn their tickets to Russia.

New Zealand and Papua New Guinea as champions and runners-up at the 2016 OFC Nations Cup were seeded as A1 and B1 respectively for the next stage of Oceania World Cup Qualifying.
Read on Published: 08 July 2016

Football Ferns Coverage.
Football Ferns' Road To Rio - Australia match report 2

Football Ferns Deserve So Much More Than A Draw
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The despairing look on the face of Football Ferns' captain Abby Erceg, after the final whistle at Etihad Stadium on June 7, spoke volumes for how close she and her team-mates came to finally ending a 29-match winless streak against their arch-rivals.

The Football Ferns were held to a 1-1 draw by Australia's Matildas in front of 8,604 fans, and the natives know all too well that, had the visitors won the match, their victory would have been fully and richly deserved, as they were the better side throughout.
Read on Published: 08 June 2016

Northern, Central & Mainland Premier Women's League & Northern Men's League.
Northern, Central & Mainland Premier Women's Leagues - July 17 review

Goals Galore In Northern League Action
Story by Jeremy Ruane

There may only have been two Lotto Northern Premier Women's League matches played on July 17, but goals flowed like fine win in both of them as the points were claimed by the teams boasting home advantage.

Eastern Suburbs swept into second place on the table with a comprehensive 11-1 trouncing of Lynn-Avon United, for whom this was their heaviest away defeat as their season from hell draws ever closer to its sad conclusion.
Read on Published: 17 July 2016

Lotto NPWL match report - Norwest United v. Papatoetoe

Three Goal Salvo Sets Up Solid Norwest Win
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Three goals in nine first half minutes inspired Norwest United to a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Papatoetoe on the QBE Stadium turf on July 21, leaving them well placed to secure a mid-table finish in the Lotto Northern Premier Women's League.

United applied the early pressure, with Jane Barnett heading narrowly across the face of goal following Courtney Noble's third minute cross. But 'Toe's response was near instantaneous, Hannah Kraakman's through ball releasing Jax David, who struck her volley on the run early but wide of the target.
Read on Published: 22 July 2016

Central & Mainland Premier Women's Leagues, July 3 review

Cashmere Stun Holders In Reta Fitzpatrick Cup
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The top three continued on their winning ways in the Central Region Premier Women's League this week, with leaders Wellington United taking full advantage of a goalkeeping injury and an early sending-off to maul Massey University 19-0 on campus.

Michaela Robertson led the charge with five goals to consolidate her advantage atop the Golden Boot charts - she's now netted sixteen for the season. Jayme-Lee Hunter, Ella Wilson, Francesca Grange and Maika Ruyter-Hooley all struck twice on a day Sarah Adler bagged a hat-trick, and Maggie Jenkins, Chelsea Empson and Laydah Samani also joined in the fun.
Read on Published: 03 July 2016

Lotto Northern League promotion play-off match report

To Cambridge, The Battle. To Waitemata, The War.
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Waitemata secured promotion back to the Lotto Northern League Second Division at McLeod Road on 26 September, but did so the hard way after Cambridge came home with a wet sail to prevail 3-2 in the second leg of the teams' promotion play-off.

It was the 2-0 victory the West Auckland outfit recorded in the Waikato a week ago which ultimately proved too great a hurdle for Cambridge to overhaul, although the southerners would have gained promotion via the away goals rule had a chance not gone begging in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time.
Read on Published: 27 September 2015

ASB National Women's League Coverage
ASB National Women's League, Round Seven review

Wins For Top Three Confirm Christchurch Final
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The top three teams recorded victories in the final round of ASB National Women's League action on November 22, meaning that Mainland Pride will host the Grand Final in a fortnight's time against the winner of next Sunday's semi-final between Northern Football and the NZ Development Squad.

The reigning champions made every post a winning one at Tahuna Park, comfortably seeing off Football South 4-0 thanks to three goals in a nine-minute spell prior to the half-time whistle.
Read on Published: 22 November 2015

ASB Premiership Coverage
ASB Premiership, Round Three review

Auckland Depart On Top As Waitakere Change Coach
By Jeremy Ruane

An eventful third round of ASB Premiership action in the final days of November underlined the Queen City clubs' contrasting fortunes, with the reigning champions seeing off fellow unbeaten rivals Canterbury United in a top-of-the-table clash days after their West Auckland rivals cut their losses after, by their standards, a horror start to the campaign.

The round kicked off on Thursday with a torrid tussle in Taupo, where Hawkes Bay United edged WaiBOP United 1-0 at Owen Delany Park thanks to Khair Jones' 84th minute contender for "Goal of the Season" - a fifteen yard screamer for which Zac Speedy was still diving when the ball was rebounding off the net behind him.
Read on Published: 30 November 2015

A-League & Wellington Phoenix Coverage.
Hyundai A-League, Round Eight review

Change At The Top As Fans Stage Mass Walk-Outs
Story by Jeremy Ruane

A change at the top and walk-outs by fans of both the reigning champions and their predecessors were among the highlights of eighth round action in the Hyundai A-League across the last weekend in November.

The round opened on Thursday evening with Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix producing a dour scoreless draw in which Alex Brosque hit the woodwork late on, matching the feat of the visitors' Alex Rodriguez on the hour as 9,253 fans looked on.
Read on Published: 29 November 2015

Hyundai A-League match report - Western Sydney Wanderers v. Wellington Phoenix

Wests Down Wellington To Maintain Winning Ways
by Jeremy Ruane

Western Sydney Wanderers maintained their resurgence in the Hyundai A-League on November 21 as they overcame Wellington Phoenix 2-1 in front of 14,426 fans at Pirtek Stadium.

The home team squandered a great chance to open the scoring in the third minute of play when Mark Bridge's delightfully weighted ball into the stride of Mitch Nichols saw the striker get the better of Andrew Durante, only to shoot straight at Glen Moss.
Read on Published: 25 November 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

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