By Brian Hall
Tuesday 26 Jun 2012 21:41:00
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I am not talking about the Sunday Sport newspaper that my Mam once picked up by accident, instead of collecting her Sunday Sun. That, as they say, is quite another story.


 No. Sport was certainly on agendas yesterday. The English-Italian clash in football was the most obvious one. As one of those Mags who is not into the Ingerland thing, I did enjoy the superb football skills of Purli. One of those rare players who finds space from nowhere, knows where everybody is, and just passes exactly to where he wants the ball to go. And his penalty chip - what can I say!!?


But other sports were gannin on, covered by the Sunda' news. Rugby Union, for example.  England were reflecting on their brilliant performance in South Africa, where they had given the Springboks a helluva shock, having held them to a draw on Saturday. The Welsh had done alright too, against the Aussies.


 Sunday also had an interview with Andy Murray afore Wimbledon kicks off today, but I still feel he would just have that extra grit if he had been raised in a very rough working class estate in Glasgae. And to be fair, he has hit bad luck in timing - not that great having to play in the same era as Nadal, that powerful Slav character, and the Swiss bloke.


There was also a belter of a Sat/Sun plot gannin on, in the world of cricket. There was some kind of anniversary, and a lesser known bunch from these shores were invited to send a team out. To the Ukraine!! It turned out that Kiev alone has 6 cricket teams, due to influence from immigrant tradition from the Indian sub-continent and a few strays from our shores. Anyway, and I am not joking, Vladimir WhoEver bowled out one of the English lads, with a vicious swing ball. 


And another bunch assembled on Sunda,  gathering for their World Championships. The global egg-throwing competition. The mind boggles, but I dont yet know the outcome. Expert egg snipers, from all kinds of places, were taking each other on. Presumably, they had no penalty shoot-out. At least, I assume that, as it was not mentioned in the build-up coverage.


The other thing gannin on was that Formula One thing. Who on earth, apart from Jeremy Clarkson - I think that it was that pillock's name is - cares about that!!? No disrespect for the brave drivers, but howay - flash, computerised cars gannin around in a circle for ages and ages, complete with that annoying buzzing noise? Not for me that one. I would rather watch the Ukranian Cricket Anniversary tournament.


Finally, one other sporting event took off, after delay due to the weather conditions. At the Town Moor. The Hoppings. I am not going to venture into the absurdity of the original postponment on Friday neet. Health and safety, the Freemen of the Toon out for revenge, who knows.....but the kids enjoy playing there, and that qualifies as good news for me. Not strictly an Olympic sport, of course, but that event does involve children, and adults too, having fun. Good enough for me.


The only shame was that the Womens' Beach Volleyball Finals were cancelled at Whitley Bay on Sunday due to the rains. I was quite keen to gan there, to appreciate the tactics and strategy involved in that sport. OK, a kna, a invented that tournament in my dreams. Mind you, I did play it a few times, like.



Keep ahaad, and tarah.




Sunday Sport gone. Back to reality. David Cameron, a very sporting chap, announces he wants to knack housing benefit for the under-25s. Good idea, marra. Why not get that lot , with nee home to gan to, and so on, just battling in the streets and things, in the name of sport.


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