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

Record Crowd Marks Return Of A-League Action
Story by Jeremy Ruane

A Hyundai A-League record crowd some 61,880-strong was the outstanding highlight of the opening round of fixtures in the 2016-17 competition across the second weekend in October.

Those fans invaded ANZ Stadium to see the Sydney derby on Saturday, and at its conclusion, there was no doubt as to the colour by which the city should be adorned - sky blue, without a shadow of a doubt!

Because Sydney FC crushed Western Sydney Wanderers 4-0 in this opening round encounter, which saw a gathering of the clans around the half-hour mark after Robert Cornthwaite went in a little too hard on Sydney's new marquee man, Bobo.
Read on Published: 09 October 2016

Hyundai A-League match report - Wellington Phoenix v. Melbourne City

Ten-Man Melbourne See Off Wellington
by Jeremy Ruane

Hyundai A-League title favourites survived the dismissal of goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen for handball with half-an-hour still to play to record a hard-earned 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix in front of 10,034 fans at Westpac Stadium, as both teams commenced their respective 2016-17 campaigns.

The visitors were the better side throughout the opening forty-five minutes, and few would have begrudged them a three-goal lead by the time inconsistent referee Peter Green blew his half-time whistle.
Read on Published: 09 October 2016

All Whites Coverage.
Mexico v. All Whites match report

Mexico Overcome Much-Improved All Whites
By Jeremy Ruane

New Zealand's All Whites gave Mexico a real hurry-up in front of 40,287 fans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, on 8 October, with the CONCACAF team prevailing 2-1 in a well-contested international friendly.

The Mexicans enjoyed the better of the early exchanges, and their early pressure nearly paid dividends when Clayton Lewis under-hit a back-pass in the ninth minute. Thankfully for Anthony Hudson's team, Themi Tzimopoulos was on hand to avert the danger with Oribe Peralta in close attendance.
Read on Published: 09 October 2016

Northern, Central & Mainland Premier Women's League & Northern Men's League.
Lotto Northern Premier Women's League, August 21 review

Three Kings Complete Perfect League Season
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Three Kings United recorded something achieved just five times previously on Sunday, overcoming previous Lotto Northern Premier Women's League champions Claudelands Rovers 7-2 at Galloway Park to complete the perfect league season.

Mt. Wellington, in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986, and Eden, in 1987, are the only previous teams to record duck-eggs in both the draws and losses columns on the league table, but until now, the latter club are the only ones to have won all eighteen games they played in a single campaign.
Read on Published: 21 August 2016

Lotto NPWL Match Report - Claudelands Rovers v. Three Kings United

Three Kings Earn Place In NPWL History
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Three Kings United completed the perfect Lotto Northern Premier Women's League season at Galloway Park on August 21, downing previous champions Claudelands Rovers 7-2 to win all eighteen league matches in the campaign.

They have become just the sixth team in the forty-four year history of the NPWL to complete a perfect league season, with parent club Eden, in 1987, the last team to achieve the feat, after Mt. Wellington had won all before them without dropping a point in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986 - 53 games in total.
Read on Published: 22 August 2016

Central & Mainland Premier Women's Leagues, August 21 review

Cashmere Claim Maiden Championship
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Seatoun and Upper Hutt City will meet in the final of the Kelly Cup this season after scoring contrasting victories over Capital Premier League opposition in the semi-finals on August 21.

Holders Seatoun eased past Stop Out 4-0, with Annie Olssen opening the scoring after twelve minutes before three goals in fourteen minutes around the hour mark secured their passage, Juliet Conway, Grace Surridge and Julia Baldwin taking turns to lead the celebrations at Hutt Park.
Read on Published: 21 August 2016

Lotto Northern League promotion play-off report

Ngongotaha Celebrate Golden Jubilee In Style
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Ngongotaha marked the club's Golden Jubilee year in fine style at Parrs Park on October 8, overwhelming Lynn-Avon United 4-2 on the day, and 6-3 on aggregate, to clinch a return to the Lotto Northern League for the first time since 1994.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, United had to win the contest if they were to return to the league after a one-year absence, and they duly applied pressure from the outset. But the first chance fell to the Bay of Plenty club, with Mitch Miller testing Phillip Watts in the fifth minute.
Read on Published: 09 October 2016

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Finals
Young Ferns' Road To Jordan - Jordan match report

Young Ferns Finish With Five-Goal Flourish
Story by Jeremy Ruane

New Zealand's Young Ferns wrapped up their FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup campaign on an emphatic winning note at the Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Al Zarqa on 7 October, crushing host nation Jordan 5-0 in front of 4,493 fans to score the country's biggest ever victory at a FIFA Finals tournament.

Hannah Blake claimed the Player of the Match award with a hat-trick, after setting up the first goal of the match for Sammi Tawharu just five minutes into the contest. Emma Main sent the Lotto Northern Premier Women's League's Young Player of the Year scampering down the left, and her pinpoint low cross allowed Tawharu to pick her spot from six yards out.

Six minutes later, captain Michaela Foster flighted a corner to the far post which was an invitation to score, only for Rebecca Lake to inexplicably head it back across goal, spurning the chance to double the Young Ferns' advantage in the process.
Read on Published: 08 October 2016

Chatham Cup & Knockout Cup Coverage.
2016 National Women's Knockout Cup Final match report - Forrest Hill-Milford United v. Glenfield Rovers

"Swans" On The Spot To Thwart Rovers' "Three-Peat"
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Glenfield Rovers' hopes of becoming just the third club to "three-peat" in the history of the National Women's Knockout Cup were dashed by neighbouring Forrest Hill-Milford United at QBE Stadium on September 11, as "The Swans" prevailed 4-3 on penalties after two hours of compelling Cup Final action produced a 2-2 draw.

The cup holders tore into their work straight from the kick-off, captain Liz Milne firing the first shot in anger narrowly past the far post a mere twelve seconds after Anna-Marie Keighley blew the whistle to commence the sixth Cup Final she has refereed.
Read on Published: 12 September 2016

2016 Chatham Cup Final match report - Birkenhead United v. Waitakere City

Waitakere Fightback Can't Deny Birkenhead's Cup Joy
by Jeremy Ruane

Birkenhead United claimed their maiden Chatham Cup in dramatic fashion at QBE Stadium on September 11, overcoming Waitakere City 3-2 after a period of extra time in which they'd been reduced to ten men, and this after having seemed to have the cup within easy reach when two goals up with just four minutes to play in normal time.

But Waitakere, till now unbeaten in 2016, produced a stunning comeback to level the scores and force the extra half-hour of play, during which the Lotto Northern League First Division champions spurned some glorious chances to complete their fightback in thrilling fashion.
Read on Published: 12 September 2016

2016 Olympic Games Coverage.
Olympic Women's Football Tournament - Matchday Six review

Gold For Germany As Canada Retain Bronze
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Germany afforded long-serving coach Silvia Neid the perfect farewell present at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, overcoming a tenacious Sweden side 2-1 to win the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Womenís Football Tournament.

In the first-ever all-European gold medal encounter, one in which both contenders were first-time finalists, it was the Swedes who first threatened, Olivia Scough spurning the chance to break the deadlock when directing Lotta Schelinís cross over the bar.

The Germans also had opportunities to open the scoring before half-time, most notably through Melanie Leupolz and Anja Mittag, but three minutes after the break they did find the target, and how!
Read on Published: 20 August 2016

Football Ferns Coverage.
Football Ferns' Road To Rio - France

French Farewell Spotlights Ferns' Future Prospects
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The Football Ferns' hopes of securing a second successive quarter-final berth at the Olympic Women's Football Tournament were dashed by France in the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on August 9, the victors playing well within themselves in prevailing by a solid 3-0 scoreline.

The first half-hour of play was very staid - it was almost as if both teams were looking to playing to not lose, with a scoreless draw a result which would serve the purposes of both teams where quarter-finals progression was concerned, no matter what happened in other matches.

"Les Bleues" were the more threatening side during this period, but the white-clad French were well contained by New Zealand's rearguard, who allowed just one shot worthy of the name in this period, a twenty yard volley from Jessica Houara in the 27th minute, which sailed past the post after Louisa Cadamuro's corner had been cleared to the fullback.
Read on Published: 11 August 2016

OFC Coverage.
OFC U-20 Championship 2016

OFC Media: New Zealand seal sixth title
Oceania Football Confederation Media Release

A comprehensive team performance from New Zealand has seen them secure the OFC U-20 Championship title with a 5-0 victory over fellow FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifiers Vanuatu.

New Zealand coach Darren Bazeley said he was incredibly pleased with the win, but it was the performance from his side which impressed him most today.
Read on Published: 17 September 2016

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

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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