You've gotta love a little South Island hockey don't ya? The Black Sticks men and women have now fully got their South Island tour underway and for hockey fans scattered across the more beautiful, but blatantly less funky part of the country (lol), they have been gifted the perfect opportunity to enjoy some hockey.
The ladies got their South Island tour underway over the weekend with a first up loss to Argentina going down 2-1, but they bounced back in the second game with a 3-2 win. Both these games were held in Blenheim before the ladies joined the men in Nelson for a double header - how lucky are ya'll!? That was last night and it was a great night for kiwi hockey with the ladies taking a series lead with a 4-1 win while the men enjoyed a 2-0 win over India.
Gemma Flynn scored two goals last night and one in the second game so she leads the Black Sticks goal-scorers and this is apparently the first time the Black Sticks ladies have gone back to back against Argentina...
Last night in the men's action, midfielder and sometimes striker Steve Edwards played his 200th game for the men and his homies responded strongly with a good win. Jared Panchia and Nick Haig scored the goals and this series against India is the perfect preparation for the Oceania Cup with the kiwis set to play three more games against India as they keep one eye on the looming battle against Australia. But Edwards, along with a few other Black Sticks will enjoy going up against players they played with and against in the Indian Hockey League earlier this year - such a lovely bunch...
Tonight the lads will play India again in Nelson before sliding on in to Christchurch on Friday where they will play the remaining two games, joining the women who finish their series in Christchurch as well. How can you complain about this?
I can complain about Chris Cairns though, this guy aye!?
This story has been brewing for over a year and I remember putting together something from the heart ages ago, but right now with Cairns' on trial in England I know exactly how I feel about Cairns. I used to love Cairns, as we all did when we were kids and he was smacking sixes and taking wickets (with the best slower ball ever) but now every time I see Cairns I just see a slimey dude.
Whether it's his smug look, arrogance or what he did ... wait it's all three of those things. Sorry mate, I've got new cricketing heroes now and you aren't on the list.
Lord Mannering, we've gotta talk about Lord Mannering. The Kiwis squad to tour England will be named tomorrow which will give me plenty to write about as there's so many good players named in the 'train-on squad' that won't make the cut, but we now know that Simon Mannering definitely won't be heading to England.
I think this is great because we are going to see the rugby league talent of Aotearoa on full display with a young squad set to take on England who, well who knows what England are going to dish up. England could be very good and also pretty average but I don't care about England, I just want to see a group of young kiwi lads take their opportunity to don that great jersey and gain some valuable experience.
The Kiwis have never had such great depth and I'm eager to see it on display.
And shout out to Junior Kiwis Tony Tumusa who has signed on to join the Melbourne Storm NRL squad next year after impressing with the Storm's Under-20s team.
Tony Tumusa ladies and gentlemen ...
Steve Waugh's son goes pretty well with the bat, as you would expect. 15 year old Austin Waugh is enjoying plenty of runs, even if he's playing in the National Under-17 tournament as he's part of a Cricket Australia XI which is essentially the National Under-16 team playing against the different states. Being a year younger than his competitors hasn't stopped Waugh owning the second highest average of the tournament so far with 77.50. Waugh has scored 155 runs in six innings.
Corey Webster went alright-ish in his first outing with the New Orleans Pelicans. Webster played 8:25 minutes off the bench against the Indiana Pacers and didn't score any points but he did dish out three assists which was nice of him. Webster will be hoping to get a bit more game time and showcase his shooting ability with the Pelicans set to face Atlanta Hawks on Saturday NZT. The first Tweet below shows that Webster's doing a good job in training, but the second Vine doesn't back that up - they are the two best things I could find yo.
You can't finish on a miss though can ya? So here's some good vibes, enjoy your Wednesday folks!