Flying Kiwis – December 18

Chelsea made it eleven clean sheets in a row against Spurs, scoring twice in the first twenty minutes and then bossing their way to a 5-0 win in the end. That’s cool but what’s cooler was that Ali Riley was given her second start as a Chelsea player in this one…

The Premmy Files – Team Welly Kept It Real At The Club World Cup

Tell you what, Team Wellington might have played up the underdog tag before their Club World Cup playoff with Al Ain, and it may have technically been their first ever competitive match against a professional club or against a club from another confederation, but they sure didn’t play like it.

Flying Kiwis – December 11

Riley came close to scoring her first goal for Chelsea too but it wasn’t quite to be. Still, just playing at all so soon after flying literally halfway around the world was one heck of an effort. 40 hours mate, that’s gutsy. And she’s not the only one on this list who did that either.

The Premmy Files – Week 9

By this stage of the season the hierarchy has been pretty well set. We know which teams are expected to finish in the top three, we know which teams are battling for that fourth spot, we know which teams are playing for pride and experience and we know which team is the Wellington Phoenix reserves.

The Welly Nix Finally Clicked And It Was Glorious

Right from the kickoff they were the hungrier team. There was a fire in the eyes of the lads, they fought harder, ran further, jumped higher, and kicked the ball better than Sydney FC. They pressed high up the field, the two strikers leading the way, and put their hosts under all sorts of pressure.

Who’ll Be This Season’s Sarpreet Singh/Libby Cacace Breakout Welly Nix Academy Player?

A year ago if you knew who Libby Cacace was then it’s probably because you were going to school with him. Sarpreet Singh was at least a known name back then but he was known because he was the dude that fans were calling out in vain to see given a chance in the first team.

Conclusions and Impressions from the Football Ferns x 2018 Oceania Nations Cup

It was a bit of a forgone conclusion when a team as strong as this one hit up New Caledonia but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lot to learn from the tournament. In fact there was so much to learn that here’s a whole article about conclusions and impressions from the ONC2018 journey.

Flying Kiwis – December 4

With Mabiala unable to go that meant Bill Tuiloma would be getting the start for this massive game. Huge pressure but he’s earned it by constantly stepping up when needed in 2018, proving a reliable reserve and a more than decent replacement starter. Sweet as.

The Premmy Files – Week 8

You know who deserves a trophy? Ricki Herbert. No points for drawing games at a World Cup, nor for beating what, let’s be honest, wasn’t even a very good Bahrain side… but turning Hamilton Wanderers into a competitive team in the Premmy? Mate, that’s worth all the honours combined.

Flying Kiwis – November 27

We begin this week with the mighty Kauri tree that is Christopher Wood, whose Burnley side took on Newcastle United at Turf Moor on Tuesday morning NZT… delaying Flying Kiwis this week so as to include its headliner. Anything for The Woodsman…

The Premmy Files – Week Seven

The televised games schedule in this comp is massively flawed and skewed pretty much towards wherever is the closest to the home base studios so they don’t have to carry those expensive cameras anywhere dangerous (like the South Island)… but they got it spot on this week.

The Welly Nix Need A Mentality Change, Not A Formation Change

It was still looking alright as we neared half-time… and then it all fell to tiny little pieces shattered on the marble floor. Thirty seconds short of stoppage time and it ain’t like the Nix had been flawless at the back but they were mostly good value for the 1-0 lead (cheers to Filip Kurto, who is proving a top notch keeper).

Football Ferns at the 2018 Nations Cup: Game Two vs Cook Islands

There’s a lot to be gained from a very timely tour like this. For one thing, any extended amount of time working with the coaches in camp is valuable, let alone when the head coach has only recently taken over. Plus hanging out on the beach in the sun on recovery days is basically guaranteed to restore morale to the squad after some tough times.