Archive | June, 2013

A SOLID WIN FOR THE LIONS – WATCH THE 2ND TEST AT THE JM GUTHRIE

25 Jun

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GIANT LOCK RICHIE GREY IN ACTION FOR THE LIONS

The Lions’ mid-week side recorded a well deserved 35-0 win in Melbourne this morning with a vastly improved performance from their 14-12 defeat by the Brumbies’ last week. And had they been just a wee bit more composed in the opposition 22, the margin could have been much greater. Next up is the second test on Saturday and the game will be shown at the J.M. Guthrie; Al’s big breakfast will be available plus you can grab a great deal with a pint and bacon buttie together for only £2. Beer will also come at £2.50; see you there!

What a bloody awful day

23 Jun

I waited all bloody day for the England-India game to start and when it did our bowlers did a superb job, restricting the men from the sub-continent to 129 runs. Apart from the middle order, they played like a bunch of big girls’s blouses and instead of using some common sense played like a bunch of nervous Kids. God knows what our international batsmen will do when under pressure from the Aussies. Don’t they know what it means to the rest of us?

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A GREAT DAY YESTERDAY BUT RAIN STOPS PLAY TODAY!

23 Jun

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JAKE (FRONT) AND THE OLDIES ENGROSSED IN THE GAME!

A great win for the Lions yesterday with a fantastic performance from George North. Although in the end we got out of Jail. Superb tries from North and Alex Cuthbert thrilled the long-range fans in the JM Guthrie clubhouse. Later on in South Africa, Scotland came from behind with an injury time time try from Ali Stokosch to beat Italy 30-29. I’ve been hanging around all day for the start of the Champions Trophy final. It got going about 4.30pm  and India are 38-1 at the moment (5.15pm) but rain stopped play again. Here in Scarborough it been chucking it down all day so very little sport going on around the area.

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                             GEORGE NORTH

LIONS DISAPPOINT BUT GREAT STUFF FROM ENGLAND AT THE OVAL

19 Jun

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A COUPLE OF EARLY WICKETS FROM JIMMY ANDERSON SET ENGLAND ON THEIR WAY

Yesterday’s 14-12 defeat of what was virtually a Lions’ second team by the Brumbies was very disappointing, particularly their lack of physicality at the breakdown and their inability to score a try; Roll on Saturday and the first test against Australia.   For me, England’s convincing and complete performance in the Champions Trophy semi-final at the Oval today made up for that disappointment. At 80-8 it looked as if it was all over for South Africa but a late flourish by the rabbits at the end took their score to 175 all out. England knocked them off for three without too many anxious moments with Jonathon Trott top scoring with 82. Roll on again the final at Edgbaston on Sunday; I’m off to crack a couple of cold ones!! 

A GREAT WEEKEND OF SPORT

17 Jun

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JONATHAN DAVIES

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SIMON ZEBO

What a great weekend of sport; all on the telly I’ll grant you. It started off with a superb steak at the club on Friday evening, then back up the next morning for the Lion’s game with the Waratahs.  Once again the opposition could have been stronger but that’s up to the organizers; the players have to do the business whatever the strength of the opposition in front of them, and they certainly did that with a convincing 47-17 win at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. A great platform from the forwards and probable test selection winning performances from wing Simon Zebo and centre Jonathan Davies were the cornerstone of the win; however Jamie Roberts limped off with a hamstring problem.  A surprisingly good show by Scotland in South Africa saw them go down 30-17 to South Africa and a young Welsh side were beaten 23-8 by Japan. Later in the day England, as expected, had too much for Argentina and ran out 51-26 victors to clinch the two test series. All good stuff and next up was the ICC Champions Trophy game between England and New Zealand on Sunday. Here I must state that for some reason apart from simply being a big England fan, it makes my day when we win but it REALLY depresses me when we lose. I suppose at my advanced age that is never going to change! The game was reduced to 24 overs per side (virtually a T20) when rain held up proceedings in Cardiff until 3.45pm but as you will know England went on to win by 10 runs and move into the semi-finals. So, summer without live rugby at Silver Royd is no problem with a feast of sport on TV, as long as you have SKY!

RUGBY BACK ON THE AGENDA

15 Jun

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SAM WARBURTON IN ACTION

With the end of the rugby season I have been concentrating on my non-rugby interests over the last few weeks including a great trip to London (one of my favourite haunts) and a chance to indulge my other passion, drama. Not that I’m a Thespian but I do enjoy really good theatre.  On my last trip to the capital, apart from a trip to the top of The Shard, the highlight was the chance to catch Simon Russell Beal and John Sim in a revival of the Harold Pinter play The Hothouse at the Trafalgar Studios. Great performances all round from a top cast with Beal in top form. I digress; tomorrow sees the second real test for the Lions who take on the  Waratahs in Sydney; With injury worries among the backs Warren Gatland has selected Simon Zebo who has joined the tour as an additional wing as backup to the injured Tommy Bowe. He has however a plethora of back row forwards and picks Sam Warburton to skipper the side from number 7. The Wales and Lion’s skipper could lose both the captain’s armband and his place in the opening test if he fails to improve on a poor showing in last week’s win over the Queensland Reds. I was up at the J.M. Guthrie for dinner yesterday evening and I’m told that the club has signed a couple of Kiwis. Hopefully I’ll have more on that after a visit to Silver Royd tomorrow morning to take in the Lions Game.

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