@ 2012-08-09 – 02:39:42
@ 2012-08-04 – 12:06:52
The Chiefs from Waikato / BOP in New Zealand beat the Sharks from South Africa in the Super 15 rugby final this evening.
The second leg of the sporting double to go with the winning performance of the "Magic" from the same region of the country in the Trans-Tasman netball competition recently
@ 2012-07-30 – 02:21:21
Were the AB's robbed in the 2007 Rugby World Cup...
Everybody criticised the English referee after the All Blacks lost to France in 2007 in the RWC quarter-final. Graham Henry believed we were robbed then - match fixing? I hope not! Thats what the AB's coach at the time believed . And it has gone into his autobiography. The AB's hierarchy probably told him to shut up if he wanted to be reappointed as coach. Now Sir Ted can say what he thought back then!
Personally, the All Blacks played badly in that game, but the referee was totally incompetent. I don't know how much better he is these days. Sir Graham Henry had every right to criticise the referee's performance. Despite the performance of the All Blacks, how come the penalty count was so lop-sided in favour of the French side? It is now part of history. The All Blacks definately scored a try against Wales in 1905. The referee was too slow to get up and see the try scored. Mind you he was wearing street clothes and shoes.
@ 2012-07-29 – 12:06:37
The Chiefs defeated the Crusaders from Canterbury and the Sharks downed the Stormers in the South African derby. The grand final will be held in Hamilton in the Waikato. Neither team has won a final previously. It will be the Chiefs second final.
After the conclusion of the Super Rugby Semi-Finals the Chiefs and Sharks have been confirmed as the 2012 Super Rugby Finalists.
This means that the seventeenth Super Rugby Final will be played at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, with the Chiefs hosting the Sharks on Saturday 4 August 2012
As both Super Rugby teams have Kiwi coaches the title is guaranteed to be won by a New Zealand coach.
The referee appointment for the Final will be announced on Monday, 30 July.
2012 SUPER RUGBY FINAL
Saturday, 4 August, 2012
Chiefs v Sharks
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand
Kick Off (1935 local, 0735 GMT, 1735 NSW/ACT, 0935 SAT)
2012 SUPER RUGBY SEMI-FINALS RESULTS
Semi Final 1
Friday, 27 July, 2012
Chiefs v Crusaders, 20-17
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand
Semi Final 2
Saturday, 28 July, 2012
Stormers v Sharks, 19-26
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa
@ 2012-07-25 – 09:49:11
McCaw 'outstanding' at No eight - Blackadder...
Richie McCaw will continue to show his increasing versatility for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby semifinal against the Chiefs on Friday.
With Kieran Read again ruled out with a cracked rib, McCaw's likely to captain the side from number eight for the third straight game.
There have been calls for the specialist openside to trade in the seven jersey at the back end of his career.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says McCaw's play at the back of the scrum is outstanding.
"I think if anything, it's been quite good for him, he's certainly bringing physical presence and I think he's played really well as a number eight. He's naturally a number seven, you can see that, I just thought he's been outstanding."
"I think he's been in the best form that I've seen in the last couple of years at the moment. He's certainly taken the ball to the line, certainly got his head in the right place and he's executing really well."
Blackadder still has high expectations for Read this week.
"Just exactly what you expect of a team member, just like what he did last week, just to contribute as much as he can but otherwise help prepare the guys to win a big game."
He says having played over the weekend, they've got the upper hand.
"It's all about attitude and they brought a great attitude."
14,500 tickets have been sold for the match, with just over 10,000 remaining.
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@ 2012-07-23 – 03:26:25
Vodafone Warriors owners Eric Watson and Owen Glenn ONZM, today announced they expect to invest “whatever it takes” over the next five years in initiatives designed to take the club and rugby league to “levels never seen before.”
Watson and Glenn were locked in strategy talks in Auckland last weekend with board members, management and coaching staff mapping out the club’s future.
When the owners announced their 50-50 joint venture on the eve of the 2012 NRL season in March they pledged to not only invest a multi-million dollar sum into rugby league but also voiced their goal to make the Vodafone Warriors the most successful club in the NRL.
Today Watson reiterated that but added they didn’t want to stop there.
“We want this club to become the best single sporting franchise in Australasia, taking it to levels never seen before in this part of the world,” he said.
Following the weekend’s board meeting, chairman Bill Wavish said they have reached agreement on a number of key decisions.
“These initiatives we are announcing today will pave the way for an era of unprecedented growth in the club’s on-field success, profile and community presence,” he said.
• The formation of a Warriors Charitable Trust
• A commitment to form a Warriors Elite Academy
• The upgrading of training, sports science, medical, talent identification, IT and other team support facilities
• Improved membership offers to fans outside Auckland and in Australia
• A Vodafone Warriors Championship for Auckland secondary schools First XIIIs and significant involvement in grass roots rugby league
• Increased Vodafone Warriors merchandise range and the establishment of the club’s first Warriors Shop.
Watson says the potential to grow the club at all levels through the initiatives was unlimited.
“This is a conscious effort to significantly
Good luck the Warriors!
@ 2012-07-23 – 00:47:39
The fantastic Waikato-BOP Magic netball franchise has won the Trans-Tasman netball competition title for 2012. It was the first win for a kiwi team in the five years the competition has been going. They beat the Vixens from Melbourne with a late surge in the fourth quarter. South African born veteran goal- shoot Irene van Dyk lost her mother during the week and will return to South Africa for the funeral, while the rest of the team returns to New Zealand. It was a great day for kiwi netball.
@ 2012-07-19 – 02:53:55
)New Zealand's only living Victoria Cross winner, SAS Corporal Willie Apiata, has decided to retire after ten years in the service. He was awarded the VC in 2004 for carrying a wounded comrade under machine gun and rifle fire during an attempted Taleban ambush in Afghanistan. He returned to Afghanistan after his original tour had ended. He was controversially photographed while on patrol in Kabul and was shown on media news reports. He spent 20yrs in the NZ Army and joined the SAS in 2001 after serving in East Timor. An old injury delayed his entry into the service.
Willie Apiata will remain in the SAS reserves and has joined the Highwire Trust in the Auckland area and will work with at risk youth. New Zealand's SAS has been pulled out of Afghanistan and five members including Apiata have retired from the service since the NZ SAS was withdrawn to New Zealand. They are not currently involved in any theatre of action, but you never know if they have become involved in some emergency action.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XmSg2GUbEg New VC winner and reluctant hero
http://www.3news.co.nz/Apiata-quits-SAS-finds-new-job/tabid/309/articleID/261788/Default.aspx Going back to civvy street
@ 2012-07-11 – 07:19:19
Expatriate New Zealander Max Barrett, who lost his cool over an Australian TV ad poking fun at the Kiwi accent, has admitted charges of common assault and using offensive language.
Barrett also pleaded guilty to misusing a telecommunications service when he appeared in Griffith Local Court on Wednesday, a court spokeswoman told NZ Newswire.
No pleas were entered on other charges he faces - intimidation, resisting arrest and intimidating police - and his case was adjourned to August 29.
Barrett, 44, took umbrage at a furniture retailer's ad on the WIN regional television network featuring two animated kookaburras saying "Yeah, bro", "Sweet as, bro" and "Choice, bro" with New Zealand accents.
What a silly bugger he turned out to be!