Category: Sports

Ranfurly Shield magic

Very good news: Wellington 27. Auckland 0.

I took the boys to the airport to welcome the team home. It’s the first time since 1984 that Wellington has held the Shield. Only four members of the current team were even born then.

Here are a few pics:

The back of the Ranfurly Shield

The back of the Ranfurly Shield…it’s not often you get to see this side…

The front of the Ranfurly Shield

The more commonly seen ‘front’ of the Ranfurly Shield…

Piri Weepu, Captain of the Lions

Piri Weepu, Captain of the victorious Wellington Lions…

A friendly Lion

A thumbs-up from an unknown player – someone please help me here…nice tattoo though…

the throng

The throng of cellphones – Score: Telecom 1, Vodafone 3…

All Blacks 101 – Samoa 14

That’s good news!

Collective thought

The Olympics are officially over.

Thank god I don’t have to suffer Simon Dallow anymore. What an idiot. His sign off this evening on the TV1 news continued as it started – “It’s all about me!” I could hear him quietly scream. So smug and self-satisfied. So inadequate.

One good thing the Olympics highlights every four years is the determination and grit that the athletes dedicate to their sport. The winners always pronounce that they dreamed and thought hard about crossing that finish line, or throwing that big throw. Perhaps its the power of positive thought that made them win – not the training and government money.

And so, here’s the challenge.Think hard

If we could just get ALL the athletes in the world (not just New Zealand ones) to concentrate really hard on a big world issue – for instance, world peace – then we might just be able to influence events. It’s the perfect opportunity. Several thousand athletes, utterly committed and focused on concentrating their thought to one issue. Let’s encourage them not to be selfish and think about 8 or 9 gold medals – lets encourage them to do something nobler, and solve the worlds problems.

We’d need to run a few competitions to decide on the one topic the athletes would ultimately concentrate on, but that’s what the World Games could be for…practice runs at worthy causes.

I think the idea has legs!

[Image courtesy of Evan Holt]

The Golden Girls win again!

Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell

Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell win gold at Beijing by one 100th of a second.

New Zealand can breathe a sigh of relief. Congratulations!

Henry vs. Deans

What a great game. Fast and furious. Exciting to watch, and a cliff hanger until nearly the end.

The Australians played with real passion. And there was no doubt that Robbie Deans created that passion. Team members spoken to during the week spoke of how Robbie makes the game fun. Hmmm… I’d be surprised if an All Black came out and said the same of Graham Henry.

While the win for Australia wasn’t a shock to me it was very surprising to hear Assistant Coach Steve Hansen speak after the game and express surprise that the Australians had kicked like a team from Canterbury. You’d surely have to be an idiot to think that Robbie Deans wasn’t going to coach the Aussies in the winning way he coached the Crusaders – wouldn’t you?

This is the second biggest margin that Australia has had over New Zealand in test history. The game in Auckland next week is bound to be a ripper.

Facebook group targets Tony Veitch

LATEST: At 4.15pm Tony Veitch holds a press conference and admits the assault. On Close Up Michelle Boag makes the ‘speech mark’ signal with her hands when she mentions the ‘victim’ as if to say Veitch’s ex wasn’t a ‘victim’, even though he just admitted the assault.

The Facebook Group “Boycott Tony Veitch” is definitely gone from Facebook, and a new group “The boycott of the boycott media appearances by Veitch” has appeared instead. As of 8.00pm it had 16 members.

LATEST: 2.34pm: It appears this group has been removed. Does anyone have any information on this?

With revelations in Stuff this morning that Tony Veitch allegedly broke four vertebrae in his ex-girlfriends back the Facebook crowd are swift to react.

A new group “Boycott Tony Veitch” has been established. You need to be logged in to Facebook to see it. As of midday today there were 74 members.

The crowd has gone wild.

Word is out that the Dominion Post have more revelations to come.

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