Welcome to the final match between the mighty All Blacks and the yellow submarines. The All Blacks will be looking to extend their unbeaten run while the Aussie on the other hand looking to finally get a victory against their greatest rivals.
Current form for both teams is equally in favour of the Blacks, winning all of their last 5 while Aussie are only 1 from 5.
Australia: 1.Benn Robinson, 2.Stephen Moore, 3.Ben Alexander, 4.Mark Chisholm, 5.Nathan Sharpe, 6.Rocky Elsom (captain), 7.David Pocock, 8.Ben McCalman, 9.Will Genia, 10.Quade Cooper, 11.Drew Mitchell, 12. Matt Giteau, 13.Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14.James O’Connor, 15.Kurtley Beale.
Reserves: 16: Saia Fainga’a, 17.James Slipper, 18.Dean Mumm, 19.Richard Brown, 20.Luke Burgess, 21.Berrick Barnes, 22.Lachie Turner
New Zealand1.Tony Woodcock, 2.Keven Mealamu, 3.Owen Franks, 4.Brad Thorn, 5.Tom Donnelly, 6.Jerome Kaino, 7.Richie McCaw (captain), 8.Kieran Read, 9.Jimmy Cowan, 10.Daniel Carter, 11.Josevata Rokocoko, 12.Ma’a Nonu, 13.Conrad Smith, 14.Cory Jane, 15.Mils Muliaina.
Reserves: 16.Hikawera Elliot, 17.John Afoa, 18.Sam Whitelock, 19.Daniel Braid, 20.Alby Mathewson, 21.Stephen Donald, 22.Isaia Toeava.
Fingernails scraping down a blackboard… the scream of a baby… your neighbour’s dog barking: what is the worst sound in the world? Many people have spent thousand of hours and countless dollars trying to find the answer to this question. Fortunately these Commonwealth Games, while being a shambles in every sense, have managed to answer this universal question.
You will have heard this sound hundreds of times, and since the beginning of these games it has been a constant drone in my ear. It starts with a nauseating beginning and then as the sound begins to burn blood in my ear, it then changes to something resembling a cat being skinned alive and then dipped in lemon juice.
Now the sound, on its self, is bad enough to put an average Kiwi in hospital for days on end. However, without question what has annoyed me at these Commonwealth Games has been the associated pictures pumped into my lunge as the musical diarrhea plays. Smiling Aussies laughing with one another as they look down on the kiwi athlete to the left or right makes my stomach sick. A picture of the Australian flag being hoisted skyward. The gold medal dangling tantalizing around the neck, usually with the other 4 that he/she has already been won.
Of course I am talking about the Australian National anthem. Without question the worst sound in the world.
A little google search for this piece of musical trash uncovers some rather disturbing facts about the song and its history. ‘Advance Australia Fair’ is the official title to the anthem of Australia. A revised version of a late nineteenth century patriotic song, it was officially declared the national anthem on 19 April 1984. Like most things Australian the song was actually stolen from another person. Peter Dodds McCormick, a Scot, composed ‘Advance Australia Fair’ under the pen-name ‘Amicus’ (amicus is the Latin word for ‘friend’) and in 1878 it was sung by 10,000 people at the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January, 1901. They paid McCormick a pathetic £100 for his composition and then when Peter McCormick died in 1916 they waited until the song became free of copyright in 1966.
I must apologise for providing that information. Because when you next hear that dreadful noise, with those awful images that wont be then end of your agony. You now know that they stole it from a Scot and only paid £100 for the privilege. Dirty Aussies!
Finally a couple of videos that would help this ghastly piece of music become slightly better.
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Ricky Ponting has taken on the mantle of Glen McGrath and predicted a 6-0 Australia win in the up coming Ashes series.
Ponting said, “A 6-0 whitewash is absolutely possible. There’s no reason why not. It’s all in our hands. It’s how well we play and how well we take charge of different situations.”
The Australia captain was in charge during the 2006-07 series, when Andrew Flintoff’s men fell to the first Ashes whitewash for 76 years.
However, Ponting suddenly became agitated when it was pointed out that there are only 5 games in the series. After composing himself he went into a verbal tirade at the unsuspecting reporters.
“Who cares if there are only 5 games. We are Australians, the most cocky, arrogant country behind the United States of America. We will tell you by how much we will beat the opposition by and you will listen and respect our view.” The rest of the press conference was directed at Ponting’s new KFC advert.