PREVIEW: Chatham Cup round provides chance for underdogs to shine
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The third round of the Chatham Cup promises some even battles, with plenty of opportunities for underdogs to shine. With holders Christchurch United already eliminated, there are 16 fixtures this weekend from which to pick the contenders for this year’s … Read More

PREVIEW: Crucial clash could decide whether anyone can catch Cambridge
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By Jack Sharp The round 9 fixture list has split the Lotto NRFL Southern Conference into two mini-contests this weekend. The top four sides play each other; the bottom four meet. As a result, the weekend’s results might provide some … Read More

Seniors head to Bangkok to represent New Zealand at world cup for over-40s
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By Rachel Lilburn They’re aged between 40 and 67, have been planning for a year … and now they’re off to represent New Zealand at the 16th Seniors World Cup in Thailand. The 23-player New Zealand squad is one of … Read More

PREVIEW: Rovers and Taupo to meet in clash of Southern Conference chasers
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By Jack Sharp Cambridge look likely to extend their winning streak to eight games when they visit struggling Ngongotaha Lakes this weekend. They beat last year’s champions Waikato Unicol 7-1 last round, with all their goals scored by Golden Boot … Read More

PREVIEW: Cambridge race seven points clear in NRFL Southern Conference
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By Jack Sharp Can anyone haul back table-topping Cambridge in the Lotto NRFL Southern Conference? After six rounds, it appears not, with the Reds already seven points clear and hot favourites to take the title and a spot in the … Read More

WaiBOP Football make two additions to their staff
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WaiBOP Football have added two members to their team, with the appointments of Veronica Lenihan and Rachel Lilburn. Lenihan joined WaiBOP in June 2023 to support the delivery of NZ Football’s legacy plan, Aotearoa United: Legacy Starts Now. She has … Read More

PREVIEW: Home advantage could help sway Southern Conference fixtures
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By Jack Sharp Home advantage could be an important factor in this weekend’s round six of the Lotto NRFL Southern Conference. In all four fixtures, the home side is hosting a team further down the ladder. On form, there’s every … Read More

An open letter to those on the sidelines: ‘Let’s help our kids enjoy their football’
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Rachel Lilburn has spent eight years on the sidelines of junior football, first in Chile and now in her native New Zealand as her football-mad son follows his passion for the sport. Since returning to New Zealand, she has coached … Read More

PREVIEW: Southern Conference quickly turning into a two-club title race
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By Jack Sharp Leading pair Cambridge and Otumoetai get the chance to slip well clear of the rest if they both win their games in Round 5 of the Lotto NRFL Southern Conference. Cambridge head to Te Awamutu for a … Read More

REVIEW: The Beautiful Game — a feel-good football movie with a serious theme
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By Rachel Lilburn What happens to the players who don’t make it to the pro ranks? Where do they end up, those kids who are sucked in by the machine that is the English Football Academy system, then spat out … Read More

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