Tag Archives: New Zealand Women’s National Team

Group E – Round 1 and 2 Roundup

22 Jun

We did not forget about Group E! I promise! I said I wouldn’t cover any games unless Christine Sinclair scored. Reasonable. Why else am I here except to celebrate my home country and slight everyone else in their group?! Come on. I kid! You should know me better than that. I love and respect everyone. Continue reading

The Daily Drool – WWC 2019 Group E – Ria Percival

22 Jun

Defender Ria has represented New Zealand at the U20 and senior levels. She has been capped over 139 times. She currently plays for West Ham.

Cameroon are through to the Round of 16!

21 Jun

It was the last day of the Group stages and both Cameroon and New Zealand had everything on the line. Due to the convoluted rules regarding the Best Third Place teams advancing, both teams were in a must win situation. It was either win and score two goals or go home. At times, it appeared that both teams were evenly matched – in possession, in physicality but at the end of it all, Cameroon were through. In the second half, Cameroon were able to make it happen. New Zealand have the talent but they didn’t have the energy or the consistency to pull through. Continue reading

2019 Women’s World Cup: Group E Preview

24 May

Just call this the mulligan. New Zealand, Netherlands, and Canada are reuniting once again at the group stage after battling it out together four years ago. Cameroon slides into the final spot, hoping to better their 11th place finish from their debut in 2015. Continue reading

Play Like a Girl: SheBelieves, Algarve, and Cyprus Cups

10 Feb

1471474930699It’s almost March which means it is time to get ready for the Triwizard’s Cup of women’s football once more. But, not really. Over a 9-day period in March, three (3) tournaments are taking place in Cyprus, Portugal, and the USA for 28 national women’s football teams. Which is sorta like a Triwizard-esque event. But, again, not really. :^)

Cyprus Cup
Officially, the Cyprus Cup runs February 27 – March 9 though matches are taking place March 1 – 8 only. Unlike its companion tournaments, this Cup holds a group stage to determine group positions based on points followed by one day of classification matches to determine final rankings.

The twelve invited teams are split into three (3) groups. The participating teams are as follows, along with their current FIFA ranking:

Group A
Belgium, 25; Italy, 16; Korea DPR, 10; Switzerland, 17

Group B
Austria, 24 (current champions); Korea Rep, 18; New Zealand, 19; Scotland, 21

Group C
Czech Rep, 33; Rep.of Ireland, 34; Hungary, 40; Wales, 36

There are no announced broadcasts at the moment, though there was one stream available last year for the final.

4197lAlgarve Cup
Taking place March 1 – 8 in Portugal, the Algarve Cup is in its 24th year of operation. This year’s tournament should be a hotly contested one, with top EU teams gearing up for UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 in Netherlands in July.

The twelve invited teams are split into three (3) groups for a round-robin tournament with the winner determined based on the standard points systems. The participating teams are as follows, including their FIFA ranking:

Group A
Canada, 4 (current champions); Denmark, 15; Russia, 23; Portugal, 38

Group Two
Iceland, 20; Japan, 7; Norway, 11; Spain, 14

Group Three
Australia, 6; Sweden, 8; Netherlands, 12; China PR, 13

Eurosport has broadcast this tournament in the past; a search for this year’s schedule has proven fruitless thus far.

canadavencealgarvecupSheBelieves Cup
Is the unofficial slogan for this year’s SheBelieves Cup, “she persisted”? If not, it really, really should be. Timely and extremely relevant when it comes to women’s football. I highly encourage anyone able to attend any of these games to consider some signage.

Four of the top 5 FIFA-ranked teams are involved again this year: France (3), England (5), Germany (2), and the USA (1). This tournament is also a round robin, with the winner determined based on the standard points system.

Games are taking place in Chester, PA (March 1); Harrison, NJ (March 4); and Washington DC (March 7). Tickets for all the games are available through USSoccer.com.

It looks like Fox Sports will be airing the USA games only. French broadcasters D17 and Canal + Sport along with the BBC picked up all or some of the other games last year. Hopefully they will do the same this year.

160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery21If anyone is going to any of these tournament, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment below or connect on Twitter @hbandsandhbreak.


The Daily Drool – Olympics Group G – New Zealand: Ali Riley

24 Aug

Ali RileyDefender/midfielder Ali currently plays for FC Rosengård. She has represented New Zealand at the U20 and senior level.

2015 WWC – Group A: China PR vs New Zealand Match Recap

21 Jun

Finally, a Group A game with goals! Not so finally, a penalty call which wasn’t a penalty! This game had it all. Drama. Nerves. Sweaty headbands. An unwelcomed guest. A sending off. Violently chewed gum. Unfortunately, what it didn’t have was that elusive first WWC win for the Football Ferns. Continue reading

2015 WWC: The Shwapsies!

18 Jun


Well into the second week of the Women’s World Cup and I still haven’t located a sticker album locally. What’s up with that? Is there anyone out there who has procured one? I kinda feel they are a myth, a myth perpetuated to mess with my head. Uh huh. Continue reading

2015 WWC – Group A: Behind-the-Scenes With The Football Ferns

14 Jun

7307210How’d you like to learn a little about the adventures and personalities of the New Zealand players? I’m certainly enjoying following them on social media. They seem like quite a fun-loving bunch. Continue reading

2015 WWC – Group A: New Zealand vs Canada Match Recap

14 Jun

A double rainbow to start the game but there was no pot of gold awaiting either team at the end. A 0-0 stalemate. It was a high-tempo affair, full of exciting moments and agonizing moments. There was some thought before the game that Canada would have the upper-hand given that Herdman used to coach the New Zealand team. This experience proved to be for naught, as both teams remained evenly matched at every position throughout the entire game. Continue reading