Sport

AFL on Anzac Day

AFL on Anzac Day

For a coun­try where sport is such an import­ant and oft-cel­e­b­rated part of its cul­tur­al frame­work, New Zea­l­and is strangely bereft of tra­di­tion­al sport­ing fix­tures, even more so when it comes to cel­eb­rat­ing days of nation­al sig­ni­fic­ance. Wait­angi Day has nev­er had any event attached to it, and Anzac Day has nev­er had any associated […]

Trouble all the time

Trouble all the time

The term ‘back office’ can be over­used at times when assess­ing a sports organ­isa­tion, but with Wel­ling­ton Rugby it is hard to come up with any con­clu­sion oth­er than things are not right. Last year’s ITM Cup cam­paign was an unmit­ig­ated dis­aster, with just one win to the Wel­ling­ton Lions in the entire sea­son for the […]

Pulse on the rise

Pulse on the rise

This is the Cent­ral Pulse’s year. That is admit­tedly a bold and pos­sibly fool­hardy thing to say about any Wel­ling­ton-based sport­ing fran­chise, but this Cent­ral Pulse sea­son does have a fair bit of optim­ism about it. Since the incep­tion of the ANZ Cham­pi­on­ship, the going has been tough. At times the Pulse were the laugh­ing stock […]

Wellington welcomes the world

Wellington welcomes the world

Crick­et in the 21st cen­tury is a var­ied and com­plex entity, and noth­ing demon­strates that quite like this sum­mer in Wel­ling­ton. The appet­iser, if pies can be called an appet­iser, is the Geor­gie Pie Super Smash tour­na­ment, which is near­ing its cli­max. Because of the made-for-TV nature of the event, Wellington’s host­ing involve­ment was controversially […]

Winning the turf war

Winning the turf war

Earli­er this year, my 14-year-old son com­pleted his second suc­cess­ive sea­son of col­lege foot­ball with no matches can­celled. His older broth­er, five years his seni­or, would fre­quently have sea­sons with over 50 per­cent of matches called off. In 2007, the Wel­ling­ton City Coun­cil real­ised that it had a major issue on its hands regard­ing sportsfields […]

Time to rise

Time to rise

I’ve been play­ing goal­keep­er for the Wel­ling­ton Phoenix for five sea­sons now. While I’ve had vari­ous reas­ons for anti­cip­at­ing a new sea­son dur­ing that time, I’ve nev­er had such a genu­ine sense of con­fid­ence head­ing into an A‑League com­pet­i­tion before now. I know this sounds like a typ­ic­al cliché from a pro­fes­sion­al ath­lete and — […]

Saving the Basin?

Saving the Basin?

There is noth­ing like a good loc­al debate, and there is no debate in Wel­ling­ton at the moment quite like that sur­round­ing the Basin Reserve fly­over. There are many reas­ons for oppos­ing this pro­ject, which seems an expens­ive and back­­ward-look­ing way of mov­ing traffic con­ges­tion 200m to the east. How­ever, ‘Sav­ing the Basin’ is not […]

Football Crazy

Football Crazy

One of the bold­est and most innov­at­ive ven­tures ever seen in Wel­ling­ton is almost upon us. On 26 July, the Wel­ling­ton Phoenix will host two Eng­lish Premi­er League teams on the same day. This is the cli­max to Foot­ball United, a week-long cel­eb­ra­tion of the ‘beau­ti­ful game’, also fea­tur­ing matches in Auck­land and Duned­in. Good things […]

Sport: Adventure Playground Capital

Sport: Adventure Playground Capital

Long­board­ing When Paddy Howard came off his long­board at 60km/h he didn’t think for a moment that he should find a more peace­ful recre­ation­al pur­suit. Even boun­cing off the slightly uneven path near Ngaur­anga Gorge and badly scrap­ing his knee didn’t hinder his desire to come back and con­tin­ue ‘bomb­ing’ hills (to bomb = to […]