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TEN ARTISTS TAKE TEN METRES
Jane Blackmore, Ode to Love
Jane Blackmore, Ode to Love
The loneliness of a goalie
Joseph Romanos talks
to All Whites and
Phoenix goalie Mark
Paston about his
famous save against
Bahrain, why he doesn't
join in goal celebrations
and the 2010 World
Cup in South Africa.
Mark Paston: ''You get home and they [the kids] don't really care if you've let one in or not.''
Did you always want to be a
I didn t start out as a goalie. I
was a centre back. I grew up in
Hawke s Bay and when I was 14
the rep coach needed someone to
fill in as reserve goalie. I had the
height and he picked me. I
suppose he liked what I did
because that s where I stayed.
Is a goalie's lot a lonely one?
It can be, especially if you re not
playing well. It takes a special
type, especially at the higher
levels. You can t make too many
mistakes and when you do, you
have to be able to deal with that
side of things. In some games you
don t do anything. They are the
hardest games. When you re being
pummelled with shots, it s easier
because you re involved.
It always seems a bit unfair
to me. Goalies get far more
criticism than praise.
Speaking as a goalie, I d agree!
You make 20 good saves, then
miss one and that s the one people
Do you feel left out when
your team scores a goal and
everyone else is rushing
I don t get into all that. I d be
afraid that if I rushed all the way
to the other end of the field to join
in, they d be finished by the time
I got there!
You always seem very calm.
I suppose I am, but maybe not
so much behind the scenes. As you
get older you realise there s only a
certain amount you can control
and there s no point in getting
In a penalty shootout, who is
the pressure on -- the goalie or
The kicker, definitely. Any
saves are a bonus.
You're most famous for
saving the penalty in the
Bahrain World Cup qualifying
game in Wellington. That got
the All Whites to the World
Cup. Is that mentioned much?
It does get brought up from time
to time. I just had a feeling and
guessed right. It felt great to save
it, of course, but my first reaction
was to get on with it. It wouldn t
have been much use if I d let one
That match was a huge
occasion in New Zealand
sport. Did you feel the pres-
In the buildup, the pressure
was there, but once you step over
the line you re in a bubble, focus-
ing on performing. I block out the
crowd. I know they re there, but
I m concentrating on my own per-
In hindsight, it was a bit of a
miracle you went to South
Africa for the World Cup
It was in a way. During the pre-
vious World Cup, I d been in
Tahiti on honeymoon. I was think-
ing about giving away top football,
then got a call-up from the
Knights. That led to the Phoenix,
then the All Whites. Then Glen
Moss, our No 1 goalie, got sus-
pended, so suddenly I was the All
Whites top goalie. Then I broke
my leg, straight after that
Bahrain game actually and it was
a scramble to be fit in time for the
How about the finals?
Everyone talks about the Italy
game, but I thought my perform-
ance against Paraguay was better.
It s nice to keep a clean sheet. We
just couldn t score. Everyone was
disappointed, which you wouldn t
have expected a few weeks earlier.
You've had an odd New Zea-
True. I made my debut in
Indonesia in 1997. A lot of top
players were unavailable so Joe
McGrath [the coach] asked me. I
was snowboarding at the time, but
when you re 20 you don t turn
down a chance like that. It was a
shambles, really. Bad prep-
aration, a second-string team, an
amateur se tup. It would never
happen now. We got beaten 5-0
and it set some of the young guys
careers back. I didn t play for New
Zealand again for several years.
How have you enjoyed the
It s been really good. We re all a
bit gutted to be out of the play-offs
earlier than we would have liked.
There s a nice atmosphere at the
club. The guys know each other
well and we like playing at the
stadium. The Yellow Fever
supporters are great.
You played professionally
for three clubs in Britain. Was
that a good experience?
Not as good as it could have
been. I got injured three years in
a row and needed three
operations, so didn t play much.
The crowds were big and noisy
and enthusiastic. As a goalie I was
expected to do a lot more long
kicking than I was used to and it
led to my injuries.
I see you've got a couple of
Yes, we have a 21G2-year-old and
a one-year-old. They give you dif-
ferent priorities. You get home
and they don t really care if you ve
let one in or not.
Do you like Wellington?
It s different to Hawke s Bay,
where there s more sun, less wind
and it s a lot flatter. But Welling-
ton has character. Things are
close and there s a nice feeling of
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