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Field Theory: Great game of netball or greatest game of netball?

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  • Danielle,

    One person miles from where the action is taking place wimpering in the corner isn't going to affect the outcome.

    Pfffft. You and your LOGIC and your REASON. I knew! I knew that if I turned the netball on we would lose! So I didn't! And we won!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I used to have Bernice Mene on my list of "Five Celebrities I'm Allowed to Sleep With if the Opportunity Arises", until she was vetoed under the "Chances of Meeting a Famous New Zealander are Actually Pretty High" Act of 1998.

    At the freakin' supermarket round this way, pal.

    Also, I'm on nodding terms with Dion Nash, so, nah.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Also, I'm on nodding terms with Dion Nash, so, nah.

    Hey, Megan, d'you wanna tell that story... no, you probably don't, do you?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Also, I'm on nodding terms with Dion Nash, so, nah.

    You didn't consider the possibility that people more famous than you just nod at anyone who stares at them?

    Y'know "yeah, I'm Dion Nash, hey howyadoing"?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    You didn't consider the possibility that people more famous than you just nod at anyone who stares at them?

    Oddly enough, he's a Hard News fan from way back. He sent me a really nice email when its radio incarnation finished up.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Oh well in that case... you are just a little bit special.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    On a related note, I once went to the national university Blues dinner at Government House, 1995 I think, and was seated at a table with both Bernice Mene and Lesley Nicole (now Rumball). Bernice is indeed striking. Lesley Rumball is both striking and charming - she wasn't captain then but close to completing her medical degree and obvious a leader.

    I've seen the Ferns play several times - including in Australia. They're a fantastic team.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Also, I'm on nodding terms with Dion Nash, so, nah.

    That's how he put his back out so often - too much noddin'.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    It is wrong of me to have found this photograph somewhat, er ... compelling, though?

    Why, I have no idea what you mean.

    Unless you mean you think she's gorgeous. In which case, yeah that's fine.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1165 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Hey, Megan, d'you wanna tell that story... no, you probably don't, do you?

    Oh, I've been dining out on that story for years.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    One other thing.

    A few years ago, Norma Plummer criticised NZ netball, asking where were the shooters coming through to relace Irene.

    At the time, I remember grudgingly admitting she wasn't wrong.

    So it was with quite a lot of relish I watched Maria Tutaia step up and play a simply fantastic, calm, and skilled game. She was brilliant, and while the aussies out-played Irene and took her out of the game, they didn't have much to match Maria.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Parker,

    I have to say the mens hockey team put me through the ringer a bit earlier in the evening being 3-1 up and ending up going to penalty strokes. The English team looked about as dejected as the aussie netballers did later on. It was a top effort from both Black Sticks teams and as an ex player it's been good to see so much hockey over the last 2 weeks.

    Napier • Since Nov 2008 • 232 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood,

    It is wrong of me to have found this photograph somewhat, er ... compelling, though?

    Why, I have no idea what you mean.

    Unless you mean you think she's gorgeous. In which case, yeah that's fine.

    What is it about the New Zealand women's hockey team? Without wanting to sound crass, there have been some stunningly gorgeous women to play for that side (including Dan Carter's fiancee).

    The Harrison sisters are stars though, two of the most talented young players we've seen since the days of Mandy Smith. I think this side has got the makings of a strong and quite combative team come the Olympics. They really should have won that final, they had the edge over the Aussies for all of the second half as well as the extra time.

    As for that game, why it was something else? I can't remember one as nerve-shreddingly tense, although the 2003 final came damn close. It had everything, pretty much.

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 449 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    a Hard News fan from way back. He sent me a really nice email when its radio incarnation finished up.

    It was through bFM that I first heard Hard News. I worked at National Radio, but always had the b on my car radio. I got to look forward to your weekly stint. Working from home now, I only get to listen to bFM when I'm driving, which is not all that often. I didn't realize that Hard News isn't on there any more. What a loss! (For them and for anyone else wanting their horizons broadened a tad, in what was often very funny but always enlightening listening.)

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    Oh, I've possibly wrongfooted myself here. Is what I've done a sort of thread hijack? Sorry.

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I wouldn't worry Jacqui - these things seem to zigzag all over the place

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    Well, just lately Sacha, because I have spent a large amount of time* reading (and commenting on) all the blogs, this does seem the case, but then I think, maybe it's my fault?

    *Can I say here that being laid up, unable to get out much without assistance, and forbidden to drive is the most boring thing. I wonder how people who are totally and unendingly bedridden or housebound due to irreversible damage or illness don't go completely mad. At least there's an end to my curtailment.

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    and zagging...

    The extra viewer that caused her to miss. What had I done?

    It's a slippery slope Hadyn, superstition has caused me to forgo entire tournaments in recent years. I guess on analysis of the Silver Ferns' performance and your own actions, you'll be able to write a couple of sub clauses granting yourself a little more leeway in the netball anti-jinx stratagem

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    What is it about the New Zealand women's hockey team? Without wanting to sound crass, there have been some stunningly gorgeous women to play for that side (including Dan Carter's fiancee).

    My youngest daughter who has played for age group Welly teams said she has no chance of making it anymore. She's not a blonde.

    But seriously, it heartens me greatly to see a NZ team take on the Aussies at their own game. Coach is Aussie of course so maybe it has finally rubbed off. Their game plan was to hassle the whole 70 minutes and it worked right up to the end. I would love to find out if the penalty stroke scenario had been played out in training. It did seem to lose way at that point.

    But yes, two weeks of hockey was great. But the mens final was a screamer. I felt for the Indians, they must have been shell shocked by halftime. Absolutely clinical, foot on the throat - and leave it there - attitude of the Aussie men is unbelieveable. I have rarely seen such clean goals before at thsi level.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    So, with or without my advocacy, Stephen Donald is back in the ABs! We shall see.... Generally, though, not a very exciting selection and rather same-old?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Yarns from the Shanghai Press Gang...

    ....a sort of thread hijack?
    ...wouldn't worry Jacqui
    - these things seem to zigzag
    all over the place

    weave, even...

    ...like magick...

    <pause>

    <music wells; 3.. 2... 1... >

    laid up is just dial down
    and laid down is dial up just
    while laid back and laid out
    leave one flatout, no doubt

    when you've got a little thread
    and yer web bound all abed
    two hanks for intertwinement
    can get ropey soon enough...

    Loom Jennies spinning rough
    braiding, looping, lacing,
    twisting, winding, and
    artful dodgering...

    a cloth run thing - fibre brief
    some felt - the Flannel Solution
    a ragged runaround - don't call me
    wipey, indigene - brief ire.

    <...Music falters, fades>

    ...any old tosh really,
    with a layer of juicy
    subtextual hypertriggers...

    most default to food in
    three faltering steps...

    point your sails
    wherever it blows

    spin out to a whirl of
    gyroscopic topics



    [and steam gives way to sail
    - where practicable...]

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    So, with or without my advocacy, Stephen Donald is back in the ABs! We shall see.... Generally, though, not a very exciting selection and rather same-old?

    I really hope this is last chance for him in the black jersey.

    Domestic form is all well and good, but he has a pretty good track record of that not making it through to the black jersey. That's the last thing we want at the world cup.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    PIRI !!!!!!

    AHHHHHHHHH

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Marcus Turner,

    Threadjack with apologies.

    I really don't think this can wait until Friday.

    Since Nov 2006 • 212 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    Yarns from the Shanghai Press Gang...

    :)) Teehee!

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

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