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Whaleoil sports quiz

Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

Whaleoil sports quiz

Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

Whaleoil sports quiz

Old and irascible for as long as he can remember, his CV includes a brief stint in the Royal Air Force and 40+ years as a registered nurse in the UK and NZ (including more than seven years of medico-legal work.) 30+ years back-country fly-fishing in the South Island have helped him retain a modicum of sanity. For some of the time, at least.

Whaleoil sports quiz

Old and irascible for as long as he can remember, his CV includes a brief stint in the Royal Air Force and 40+ years as a registered nurse in the UK and NZ (including more than seven years of medico-legal work.) 30+ years back-country fly-fishing in the South Island have helped him retain a modicum of sanity. For some of the time, at least.

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ANTHONY AU-YEUNG/GETTY IMAGES In All Blacks wing Rieko Ioane, Tana Umaga’s Blues have arguably the world’s most lethal finisher. 

I grew up in the Thames Valley (New Zealand version) in the 1970s. Saturday was for playing midget rugby – barefoot and in teams creatively named “Red”, “Blue”,  “Green” or “Gold”. The bags of jerseys smelt divine and in those days we certainly kept the score. I went home for lunch and then returned to Rhodes Park in Thames (on my bike – the red rocket) and sat in the stands and idolised club rugby players like Graham Bax of Hui Mai who I swear could drop a goal from 80 metres out (and was later better known as the father of Kylie).

On Sunday morning my life revolved around waiting for the Sunday papers and reading about the exploits of the greats in Auckland club Rugby. Ponsonby, Marist, University. Peter Whiting, Bryan Williams, Andy Haden, Greg Burgess, Steve Watt (the goal kicking prop), Gary Cunningham, Tim Twigden …

For me 1975 had a key moment with the great “water polo” test against Scotland. Bryan Williams simply brilliant.

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What has Iceland got that we don’t have?

Iceland has scenery with grandeur, challenge and accessibility and so does New Zealand. We too can walk (with care) in high places. But so often we find visitors frequenting our great outdoors more than we New Zealanders do.

What has Iceland got that we don’t have?

We don’t have:

  • A team in the world cup
  • A curfew for youngsters (8pm for under twelve-year-olds and 10 pm for 13-16-year-olds in winter)
  • A plan for our youth that replaces drugs with common sense activities including plenty of sport.

The World Cup this year prompted me to review the changes experienced by Iceland over the last twenty years. In the World Cup Iceland frustrated Argentina the previous cup winners, to a 1-1 draw but both have not made it to the finals.

In Euro 2016, Iceland defeated England who (as I write this) may well win this tournament. Iceland has a population of only 330,000. What has been going on? Few will know its success story.

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Whaleoil sports quiz

Old and irascible for as long as he can remember, his CV includes a brief stint in the Royal Air Force and 40+ years as a registered nurse in the UK and NZ (including more than seven years of medico-legal work.) 30+ years back-country fly-fishing in the South Island have helped him retain a modicum of sanity. For some of the time, at least.

Whaleoil sports quiz

Old and irascible for as long as he can remember, his CV includes a brief stint in the Royal Air Force and 40+ years as a registered nurse in the UK and NZ (including more than seven years of medico-legal work.) 30+ years back-country fly-fishing in the South Island have helped him retain a modicum of sanity. For some of the time, at least.

Whaleoil sports quiz

Old and irascible for as long as he can remember, his CV includes a brief stint in the Royal Air Force and 40+ years as a registered nurse in the UK and NZ (including more than seven years of medico-legal work.) 30+ years back-country fly-fishing in the South Island have helped him retain a modicum of sanity. For some of the time, at least.

The ‘victims’ who are single-handedly destroying women’s sport

JOSEPH MCCRAY/ELEIKO
Laurel Hubbard lifts in the snatch at the world championships in Anaheim, California.

 

Have you ever felt the urge to re-write a headline? Well, I got it yesterday when I read this doozy!

Why transgender athletes can’t get a sporting chance   Quote:

A weightlifter is the butt of online jokes. A cyclist faces a slew of criticism. A fighter prepares to hide who he is. Max Towle meets the transgender Kiwis suffering for their sport. End of quote.

I felt like it was upside down day reading both the headline and the article because a tiny minority of men are single-handedly ruining Women’s sport for women. The article totally ignored how being forced to compete against biological men is victimising biological sportswomen and it instead casts the men as the victims. Quote:

In January, Weatherly competed in the women’s field for the first time, eligible under the regulations she helped create.

The Wireless contacted six different sporting codes asking if they had a policy, or what advice they would give a trans athlete, and their responses generally make Cycling New Zealand look like a frontrunner in diversity and inclusion. End of quote.

Did you get that bigot? Including men in women’s sport is inclusive and diverse. If your sporting code demands that only women compete in women’s sport then you are backward and are victimising men. Quote: Read more »

If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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