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Armstrong: You can’t win 7 times without doping

January 18, 2013 in International, Other sports

Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah was aired on American Television last night.  It will be aired on DSTV tonight on TLC, something I am not sure I am interested to watch.

It’s difficult buying into someone like Armstrong, coming out to confess, after lying so much to everyone for years, almost decades. It much reminds me of when Joost all but talked himself into a corner during his stripper scandal, and then came out telling everyone that he is telling us all the truth in his new book, and now we must buy it. Read the rest of this entry →

Not so Happy New Year

January 9, 2013 in Cricket, International, London 2012, Other sports

It’s challenging to wish everyone a Happy New Year when struck with the news of deaths to Sport stars so early in the year.  First it was Tony Greig who already passed away late December 2012, still in the old year but just on the brink of the new year.  He reportedly died of a heart attack after battling lung cancer for some time. He was aged 66, and tributes have poured in for the former cricketing legend who graced us with his deligthful commentary and insight in all things cricket. He will be sorely missed.

Little that we know that dreadful news would hit us as the year kicked-off.  Olympic Mountain Biker, Burry Stander,who we all cheered on as he took part in the final of the men’s cross-country mountain bike event in London last year, and narrowly missed out on a medal, was reportedly struck and killed by a taxi whilst training in Shelly Beach, KzN.  Memorial rides were arranged almost immediately with a Ghost Bike mounted at the place he was killed.  A young star, 25 years old, killed way before his time.

His death sparked outrage in the cycling community, as dozens of cyclists are killed annually on the roads. On the 31st December another cyclist ended up in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle and not long after Burry’s death, it was reported that in Richards Bay a female cyclists was the victim of a reckless driver and ended up in critical condition in the hospital. Whether she survived is not known.

Alas, the bad news wasn’t over yet.  John E Commins, ex- WP Spin bowler was reportedly murdered in his home on the 2nd January. He played 10 matches for the WPCU between 1961 and 1968 and as a leg-spinner, he took 27 first-class wickets at an average of 27.77 with a best bowling performance of 5-32. He was 71 years old at the time of his death.

Commins was the youngest brother of former WP CEO Kevin Commins and uncle of John Commins who represented the Proteas in the 1990s.

And as if that wasn’t enough to start the year of in grim fashion, it was then reported a few days later that the former South Africa fast bowler, Neil Adcock has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.  Cricket South Africa said that Adcock died on Sunday after contracting pneumonia.  He played 26 tests for South Africa between 1953 and 1962 and was chosen by the respected Wisden Cricket Almanack as one of its five cricketers of the year in 1961 following his 26 wickets at 22.52 during South Africa’s series in England in 1960.

CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul paid tribute to Adcock as “one of the great fast bowlers during what was truly a golden era of fast bowling” and said he formed “South Africa’s first great new ball attack” with the late Peter Heine.

Adcock took 104 career wickets at an average of 21.10.

It’s been a very sad note to the start of 2013. If one was superstitious, one could deem the entire 2013 like a Friday the 13th…unlucky for some.  Well, the start of the year would most certainly convince those superstitious ones that it is indeed gonna be a year of bad luck.

But as South Africans, I think we’ve learned how to be forever hopeful for things to get better while faced with dispair. We don’t give up. We don’t lie down. We don’t back down.  And as long as we have hope, we have a chance.

With this bad start to the new year, all I can really says is that I wish you all a year in which you will be safe and healthy.  Look after yourslves and each other.

 

Highs and lows of 2012 ~ in pictures

December 12, 2012 in Cricket, Currie Cup, International, International, London 2012, Other sports, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks, Super Rugby

As we come to the final few weeks of the year, and with absolutely buggerall to watch anymore, except for some Heineken Cup, where you can see old Southern Hemisphere has-beens in action against the best of Europe, it’s perhaps a time to reflect on the year which is past…a year that flew by quicker than Rickie Ponting’s last test innings…

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Meyer taking control!

September 27, 2012 in International, International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Don’t fear, I’m in control

 

After Dunedin I wrote that I thought things are improving for the Springboks. The way they played improved, their decision making was more accurate and had it not been for the difficult and unfamiliar kicking conditions at Forsyth Bar, Dunedin, and three or four schoolboy errors, we would have beaten the All Blacks in Dunedin for only the second time in history. Read the rest of this entry →

Running into spaces, not faces.

August 29, 2012 in International, International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

“Rugby is not a contact sport. It’s a collision sport.” That is one of Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s quotes, and by now you will have seen that he is hell bound to stick with his philosophy of creating “collisions”.

It’s been a disastrous start for Heyneke Meyer’s reign as Springbok coach. One that he would not have wished on his worst enemies perhaps and made the Springboks the laughing stock of World Rugby this past weekend.

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Is Steyn’s best, good enough?

August 6, 2012 in International, International, Rugby, Springboks

The thought came up when I was reading an article where Heyneke Meyer said he can coach Morne Steyn back to his best. During the weekend, Meyer selected his squad for the two matches against Argentina, and many were saddened and disappointed to see some exclusions and, the now almost deemed passengers; Morne Steyn and Pierre Spies in the squad.

Meyer says he believes in consistency and you do not chop and change a player every match. Well, it seems like, despite your form, Meyer doesn’t chop or change his team even after 3 woeful performances under him as coach, and a few seasons’ poor performances under different coaches, namely Peter de Villiers and Frans Ludeke. Read the rest of this entry →