just commented on what a great samve Mark Preston madel.
I couldn't have put it better myself.
Looking forward to a rematch with you guys in 7 months GT.
Boy, that would be great!
Congratulations to coach Herbert Richards and his All-Conquering All-Whites! We all leapt up with Roy Falloon and celebrated as he scored his match-winning point! As a lifelong devotee of the great game of soccer (fave player: Manchester United's David Beckham), I am so thrilled! Let's all get behind the boys as they head to South Africa to take on the Boks in the FIFA World Cup!
Breaking News - Man Kicks Ball
A Journalist writes.
A passionate, sellout 35,500 crowd at the Cake Tin saw Rory Fallon's header and Mark Paston's penalty save give Ricki Herbert's team a spot at the world's biggest sporting event for only the second time - and the first since 1982.
Well, yes. And...
Riki Herbert said.
"We did a little bit of homework and really pulled it out of the top drawer,"
To which Mark Paston added.
"I basically guessed which way and it ended up in my hands - it was great."
Captain Ryan Nelsen had this to say.
"I've played in some incredible atmospheres in my time but this is right up there. It's been brilliant."
In other news, we are through to the Fina... oh hang on, we just have to beat Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary. Italy, Japan. Kuwait...
Piece of piss really.
We are the champions, we are the... etc.
Sometimes even a hangover feels good.
My voice is ragged, my head hurts.
I've been to half a dozen big events at the Caketin and last night's crowd was by far, by a long, long way, the most impressive I've witnessed.
It really was a magnificent occasion.
The Caketin might look a bit pink if the Bahraini fans spread out amongst the white.
I was impressed by the locals' commitment to interleavened beige shirtlessness.
After a few cups of coffee I may be all white.
Do we have to play these guys?.
@Simon g: Gold.
Perhaps the new Auckland Supercity can celebrate its coming into being by hosting one these "One Shot for Glory" matches.
Yay! That was good.I just saw this and had a thought. (ready to duck) Do these All Blacks have to steal their limelight? or is it just I don't care aboot Te Rugby. :)
Do these All Blacks have to steal their limelight?
They might rather want to reflect on ten consecutive minutes of repeated professional fouls they committed in front of their try line at the end of the game, and how the hell did they get away with not conceding a penalty try. That was bizarre.
There was a rugby game?
Well last night I had a gig in a local bar. The football was on much to my relief. Even better they stopped us playing during the match so basically I got paid to watch a fantastic game. How good is that? And my small claim to fame is that Andy Boyens who came on late in the game was in my team of 5 year olds I coached way back in the day.
I remember when Rory Fallon was born. The Fallons lived about 10 houses up the street from us during Gisborne City's early-mid '80s glory days.
I was about 13, 14 or so and walking up the street I bumped into Sean Fallon, then aged about six. "Our Rory is born!" he exclaimed.
Nice goal yesterday "Our Rory".
And my small claim to fame
And mine is that Josh Sole, who was subbed on to play for Italy vs the ABs used to be one of my students. I wonder what had happened to him, after he had played a couple of games for Waikato.
I watched the soccer but still can't warm to a game where you can kick a ball around for 90 minutes, to end up with a 1-0 result (or just as often, a 0-0 outcome). Where is NZ ranked in the world?
There was a rugby game?
At least eighty thousand of my compatriots seemed to think so.
Where is NZ ranked in the world?
83rd, according to FIFA. But don't let that worry you: South Africa, the hosts of this World Cup and therefore automatic entrants, are ranked 85th, and qualifiers Korea DPR are ranked 91st.
Regarding the team's nick in SA. Can I suggest we work the following into a memorable ditty?
But don't let that worry you:
Ok then, 2 down, 81 to go?
Superb occasion, great game, wonderful result. For the game of football in NZ and for the team who've worked so hard to get to this point.
Emotional overdrive at the final whistle. Even my rugby loving mate was hugging random strangers at the end. The roar from the crowd was spine-tingling.
I think the last time I leapt around like that in a stadium at a sporting event was 1998 - when a young James Kerr wearing red and black, scored a try in the dying minutes to steal a Super 12 victory away from Auckland.
Not sure how it looked on TV - but Ryan Nelson was superb in the defensive line. I was a little nervous with them only playing 3 at the back - but Nelson was everywhere - marshalling the boys, barking encouragement, getting up above everything. Paston - outstanding! Decisive when he needed to be - took crosses cleanly -and the penalty save was beautiful.
First 10 minutes was dicey - but after that the All Whites looked confident and organised - and positive going forward. 80 minutes up - shirts off - "Who are ya!" at every diving Bahranian who touched the ball - it was as if the Yellow fever had infected everyone.
Only down points - the seats that were empty in the middle section - and the botched anthems... even the rugby get the anthem right - 35,000 should have belted out that far more emphatically than they did. Only the music played - no singer, so some sang the English - some sang in Te Reo - it wasn't the best start.
A wonderful event to be a part of, and one I'll sit around a fire telling tall tales about one day.
Now if we can only get another "official" All Whites song written up - so we don't have to listen to Miles Davis do his Fat Les impersonation for the next 12 months - I'll be a happy man!
Wow - how cool was that?
I wasn't even planning to watch it - I happened to surf by, at about 10 minutes in, and thought - why not? let's watch this football thing for a bit....
By 80 minutes I was on the edge of my seat praying we could hold it together for another 10 - and then they tacked the extra 3 minutes on the end - and the commentator kept mentioning the Bahraini player who scored in the final minute of another game... and... and...
THAT WAS SO EXCITING! And the crowd - well, it makes me proud to be a Wellingtonian all over again.
SNAP! I had the bonus of having just fed 15 people and it took one person (Jim) to flick on the box and at minute 90 I was feeling quite ill with 3 mins added and anything possible... and what if...but it made for a nice evening anyway, kinda like I planned it :)
Now we are watching it again for those of our friends who never made it home last night.(Jim) :)
Wish I was there.
On the All White thing - can we change names for this cup?
All Whites in South Africa, ain't a good look.
How's about Keas & score a car sponsorship deal?
Or the New Zealand squad.
On the name thing: (a) most people will just say New Zealand, see Italy, Ghana, Nigeria etc, (b) everyone in South Africa will know it's just about the colour of the shirts.
(And this will be the most anti-racist footballing event ever; Fifa are going to make sure everyone in the world knows that Nelson Mandela and the rest of the ANC played football on Robben Island etc etc.)
Or the New Zealand squad.
If somebody suggests Team New Zealand, I'm going to scream.