Last night my wife kindly shouted me dinner at the Newmarket, the pub where eldest works.
Helen was on duty, but we were there to watch Australia and New Zealand play in the Rugby semi finals. It was fun!
I am never quite sure which side I am going to cheer for. Mainly, I cheer for Australia in the union, New Zealand in league, because that reflects the relative underdog status.
Last night Australia lost 20-6 and deserved to do so. The All Blacks were awesome.
I really didn't mind who won or lost. I was there to enjoy myself and to soak in the atmosphere. There was quite a big Kiwi contingent in the crowd, while the Australian supporters were somewhat depressed. My wife is a soccer supporter, but has been forced to watch enough Rugby to become both reasonably knowledgeable and quite vocal. Some of her comments on the Australian players do not bear repeating.
I just thought that if New Zealand lost the damage to the New Zealand national psyche would have been close to irreparable!
I wonder which genius decided to put on an Australian-New Zealand rugby league test on the same day as the union? The league was simply swamped.