Archive for the ‘Sporting life’ Category

…As a cricket fan (and occasional geriatric player for the New Zealand Rotary team) I’m sorry to say that, in terms of suitability, commercial short format games at Hagley Oval are just not cricket…


Life Cycle

06Apr13

…The Christchurch ReBuild is a great opportunity for better public transport, walking tracks and off road cycle ways-funded from rates not a Mickey Mouse levy…


Can you imagine the disbelief on the faces of the winning All Blacks if, as the final whistle blew at the 1987 Rugby World Cup final, a defeated French rugby player fired one last shot: “24 more years mes enfants!”…


Psychic sheep Sonny Wool, in a predictive league of his own, has picked the All Blacks to beat Argentina in tonight’s Rugby World Cup quarter final. Following in the tentacle steps of Paul the OccultFootball World Cup Octopus*, Sonny Wool has again rather predictably flagged his pick after being presented with two containers of hay from which to choose. One, possibly somewhat better endowed, is marked with a New Zealand ensign. As professional rugby players know, you’ve got to make hay while the sun shines.


Murray McCully must be in line for a splendid gong from the Antediluvian Royal Society of Esteemed Stable Door Bolters for having the Auckland wharf ready for the Rugby World Cup’s Opening Ceremony a mere week after the opening closed…


…We all know that abstinence makes the heart grow fonder, but was the reformed old hooker putting the boot in or just taking the mickey?…If Graham Henry did pull out of the abstinence campaign at the last moment he would have been ipso facto perfect for the job….

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From the Black Death, through to Blackbeard, who could teach them a thing or two,* to the disgraced import Conrad Black who was without a peer until Rupert Murdoch came along and who is now without a peerage, the blackguard English know a thing or two about the dark arts. As we now know the England team is to wear an all-black strip at the Rugby World Cup in their opening game against Argentina on 10 September…