Capital Football 0 Mainland Pride 2
ASB Women's National League
25th October 2015
Petone Memorial
Att about 80

Capital's Tessa McPherson taking a free kick
I still have not got used to the names of the teams in the ASB National Women's League. I'm not sure why, in the old days, before NZ Football created 7 federations, this would have been Wellington v Canterbury, something that felt as if it had a bit of meaning to it.

However to say that this game had no meaning to it would be a great dis-service to the players, who were definitely playing like this game had some meaning. And, I wasn't aware until after the game, there was a trophy, the Peter Oosten Memorial Cup, at stake.

Mainland are the defending national champions and had 2 wins from 2 games so far this season. Capital were still looking for their 1st win. Mainland looked like a team that was defending the championship and looked as if they would dominate the game and early on had the ball in the Capital net from a free kick, only for it to be ruled offside. Capital obviously had different ideas and a were a much improved team on the one I saw 2 weeks previously. They seemed a lot more organised and were talking a lot more and weren't allowing Mainland to settle.

Both teams had their chances and it could easily have been 2-2 at half time. Instead it was 0-0 and unfortunately I had to go to work so I missed the second half and both Mainland's goals.

I did take a few photo's though. The quality isn't great as I don't have a proper camera yet.
Where I have names hopefully they are correct. NZ Football helpful publish an electronic squad list before the games, but some teams (especially Capital) never seem to keep to the list!!! Let me know if there are any wrong or who the unnamed players are.

Ashleigh Ward (Mainland) & Maggie Jenkins (Capital)

Lena De Ronde

Capital's Jamie Lee Hunt

Mainland's Emma Proctor


  1. Hi Dave,
    Nice meeting you at the Kelly cup game yesterday. I can help you with names...Number 11 is Maggie Jenkins. The next photo down is Lena De Ronde, the one after is Michaela Robertson, but the 4th photo is actually Jamie Lee Hunt. I hope you don't mind me correcting you.
    Kind regards,


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