Friday, May 14, 2010

Blue is the colour, football is the game

A sports round up - blue was the successful colour this year.

Rochdale are promoted to Division 1. I've written about the mighty Rochdale a lot this past year and it seems almost a dream that they won't be battling it out to survive in the bottom of Division 2 for another year.

Arsenal don't play in blue (but I had the blues at crucial times watching them) and so they had to settle for third in the premiership. Thank goodness we finished above Spurs - that would have been unthinkable.

Chelsea do play in blue and so they won the title and kept the scum from winning it again (that counts as faint praise). I was a little disturbed to see the celebratory picture in the Gulf News of the smiley John Terry family (wife very much present and correct - does she not have a brain?).
The Auckland Blues have had a decent run in the Super 14 - by decent I mean not embarrassing as the last few years have been. We've won as many as we've lost.

Okay - so that's the football season wrapped up, right? Uh uh - the fantastic spectacle of the World Cup is nearly upon us.

I'm picking Nu Zild to go all the way!! Yes - all the way back home after losing its opening games. But we are there - and I'll be cheering them on as I did in 1982 while staying in a freezing cold house in Hastings with a mad Scottish family, but that's another story!

June 15 is the NZ All Whites vs Slovakia game.

Go the kiwis!

Specifically:James Bannatyne - Team Wellington
Andy Barron - Team Wellington
Leo Bertos - Wellington Phoenix
Andy Boyens - New York Red Bulls
Jeremy Brockie - Newcastle Jets
Tim Brown - Wellington Phoenix (vice captain)
Jeremy Christie - FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
Aaron Clapham - Canterbury United
Simon Elliott - unattached
Rory Fallon - Plymouth Argyle
Chris Killen - Middlesbrough
Tony Lochhead - Wellington Phoenix
Michael McGlinchey - Motherwell
Glen Moss - Melbourne Victory
David Mulligan - unattached
Ryan Nelsen - Blackburn Rovers (captain)
Mark Paston - Wellington Phoenix
Winston Reid - FC Midtjylland (Denmark)
Ben Sigmund - Wellington Phoenix
Shane Smeltz - Gold Coast United
Tommy Smith - Ipswich Town
Ivan Vicelich - Auckland City
Chris Wood - West Bromwich Albion

There are a fair few fellow Mt Albert Grammar Old Boys in that line up (as well as Rochdale old boy Bertos) so we should do okay.

Ka kite ano - love and peace - Wozza

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