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Another fine mess sport has got itself into

Here’s the latest development in elite gymnastics, yet another Olympic sport at which the British administrative authorities seems to have got themselves in a major pickle – see here for the relevant Martha Kelner article, as appears today upon the website of – THE GUARDIAN Major [...]

November 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Quins win but I didn’t see any of it

Sunday 12th November 2017: Anglo-Welsh Cup, Round 2: Pool 2: Harlequins v Worcester Warriors at the Stoop, kick off 3.00pm: Result: Harlequins 45 Worcester Warriors 37. League standings – Pool 2 Harlequins now second on 10 points, Pool 3 Worcester Warriors now second on 2 points. Let me tell [...]

November 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

A damp squib at Twickenham

And so rugby union’s Northern Hemisphere annual autumn international season has begun with the ‘old’ Five Nations teams all in a state of transition ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup rapidly coming into view over the horizon. Here’s my snapshot. Wales are currently trying to blood new [...]

November 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

The decline of the Azzurri

Italy’s defeat to a deflected goal by Sweden in the first leg of a play-off last Friday raises the distinct possibility that the Azzurri may not qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1958. Italy won the World Cup in 2006 and performed well in the Euros of 2016 so why the decline? [...]

November 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Farewell to a Canadian sporting giant

About a decade ago, on the back of a golfing tour of Ireland in 2004, I went off to Canada to see some relatives and pals for ten days. My hosts in Toronto took me one day to the Rogers Center, home of the Blue Jays the city’s baseball team that plays in the American League, Eastern Division. [...]

November 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

That Winning Feeling

This is not my favourite time of the year when the missus does our household budget and like some nervous government Minister I anxiously await to hear what my department will be allocated. I am definitely treated as a provider not a cost centre. It was therefore unfortunate both for him and me [...]

November 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Against all odds – but that’s sport I suppose

Sunday 5th November: Anglo-Welsh Cup 2017/2018: Pool 2 (Exeter Chiefs, Harlequins, Sale Sharks, Dragons); Round 1: Saracens v Harlequins at Allianz Park, kick-off 3.00pm: Result – Saracens 29, Harlequins 30. Harlequins now second in Pool 2, behind Exeter Chiefs, on 5 points (4 for a win and 1 [...]

November 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Swansea 0 Brighton 1

After this away win, the second such in row, Brighton are in eighth place. Carry on like this and we will be in the Europa League. The fans are grounded enough to confine their hopes to the speedy amassing of 40 points, 25 to go. Next Monday week after the international break – yet another [...]

November 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Wolves 2 Fulham 0

Same old, same old. No Plan B. Fulham have been worked out: play a high press game, stopping the flow of passing out of defence, and Fulham’s rhythm is fatally disrupted. In the absence of Tom Cairney there is no one controlling the midfield. In the absence of Scott Malone and Sone Oluko we [...]

November 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

A brief encounter

Never mind Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey or the MPs sex scandals – Ingolby has still got it! Yesterday afternoon I waddled up the hill to my local gymnasium, situated at the back of a pair of rather upmarket hotels, intent upon nothing more than blowing a few cobwebs away and getting the blood [...]

November 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

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