Dedication to a passion

People who avoid pubs, avoid late nights, eat the right foods, who get up ridiculously early to go and do their thing.

Athletes.

Like most I’m in awe of these amazing people who dedicate their lives to their passion, to their sport.

I’ve watched the last couple of Olympics with tee and we’re glued to the screen, to sports we don’t normally watch but to see the achievement and the success of gold coming to these athletes has been a beautiful experience.

Equally for the losers and the really closers the emotion displayed is magnified by all those years of dedication of training. It’s something that leaves us speechless.

These people give their all for years, the early mornings and late nights, literally hours and hours of unseen dedication for a moment of potential.

I feel honoured to witness this dedication to watch the eyes and focus these people have to grab their dreams. Just a moment.

I pay Homage to all athletes, you inspire me to do more.
 

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2 tries to 0

 

So many penalties..New Zealand and Williams seeing red..Kieran Reed looking bemused after the whistle..it’s enough to stretch a white cloud into a long one..

With two tries to nil can the boys make it two triumphs to win the series.

Yet all that was happening while I was at the beach with tee and these crazies!

We were taping the game which I prefer not to do as am bound to hear someone giving away the scores..thankfully no one did.

Although there did come a risk in Tesco but I defended it with two fingers in my ears and a low chant from my mouth while moving away quickly…must have been comical!

Back at the house with all devices off we finally watched the game..really feel for Sonny Bill Williams, the pre match interview with his soft voice was the opposite of the aggressive red carded shoulder charge that ended his game.

Those final 20 minutes were a brilliantly breathless game that I was so happy not to have had spoiled by the mouth in Tesco..

Wonder how rough the boys in the ferry will be after the game..

It’s been an interesting tour right from touch down!

Am sure I’m not the only one to think this was going to be the tour from hell..So it’s pleasing to watch the evolution of this galvanised team.

Spot on from warburton too after the whistle..

I’ll only be happy with a series win

 

So here’s to a cracking final where it’s all to play for…been a brilliant tour with some cracking moments and here’s to next week where I will be firmly on the sofa at 7.30 sharp..Sorry tee..

 

A lion stirred?

Game done in the first of three tests in the New Zealand v British & Ireland Lions.  What did you think?

I thought there were some great moments after weeks of pointed conversations against the Lions attacking ability.

Touch down in NZ for the lions

Not finishing opportunities blighted chances, with too many penalties ending any chances of a possible win.  This will weigh in on many post game conversations.

For all that, I felt proud of the boys, great try from O’Brien starting from Williams’ fantastic break.

Gutted Daly wasn’t able to smack down at the start, so close but certainly fired up the fans with early hopes of something special to happen.

With NZ then stepping up many gears with machine gun offloads my fear of a bad loss came in the second quarter, so it was reassuring to see the Lions gain confidence and start to break lines in the third quarter.

NZ had loads of sublime moments, Barrett’s sweet pick up was matched by Reed’s sublime offload that setup a try brilliantly finished by Ioane.  Enthralling stuff.

Overall, I’m an optimistic type, I feel more positive for a win next week than I did before todays game.

Well done boys, and to those travelling fans hats off to you for amazing support.

As for home support, in Briton Ferry it was fuelled by a free breakfast…Welsh style..!

 

Is blood always thicker than water?


 

This is the proverb which suggests family relationships and loyalty are stronger than that of friends, but I question this after reading what happened in Serbia last weekend.

Welsh fans donated blood to a local Serbian who was shot in the stomach during clashes between rival fans from Partizan and Red Star ahead of the Serbia play Wales game.

Neither family nor friend, and with no loyalty to this stranger they still donated blood, hundreds of fans apparently.  Why?

One football match with two different behaviours and outcomes.  One action led to someone being hurt, and one led to someone being saved.

I recalled the positive displays of the Welsh fans at the European cup last year, winning plaudits for their behaviour.

Wales’ army of fans in France have been honoured by European football chiefs after the ‘Red Wall’ was hailed as making an outstanding contribution to Euro 2016.

The official review of the summer tournament has seen Uefa top brass opt to commend Wales’ fans with an award for their passion and behaviour that spread through France and won admirers across the world.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk

Makes me feel proud to be welsh knowing how we (mostly!) conduct ourselves in the world.

The donation for me was more than just giving much needed blood.  It symbolised what having the right behaviour can do.

Do you raise your arm with a gun, or raise your arm to give blood.

It’s not about family or friends, it’s about doing the right thing at the right time that will bring us all together.

From reading social media Welsh football fans have gained a lot of new Serbian friends.

My hat off to all those who donated.

(I still prefer rugby mind..)

Love Rome

 

Just uploaded a load of pictures to google drive and the drive created this photo animation..tickles me.

Love the colleseium too.

Tee and I went to Rome in February to watch the rugby..and to soak up the gorgeous sites.

There was an awesome pre match band at the stadium.  Worth going just for them!

If you’re going in two years time make sure you don’t miss them.

Highly recommended!

Five weeks of close scrutiny

 

Great pictures of the lions tour landing in New Zealand.

Those memories must be still fresh given it’s only been three days, and already the boys have played 80 minutes of rugby.

A thankful win even if it wasn’t a classic!
Makes me laugh how predictable the New Zealand press have been since the win.  Slamming a side meant to be brimming with internationals against a hastily put together side.

“Unimaginative levels of mediocrity”

Bit harsh.

Playing a game after just three days is not something a lot of people could endure, and I hope the jet lag did have an impact otherwise it’ll be a long five weeks of scathing press scrutiny!

Although New Zealand is the gold fish bowl of all gold fish bowls, and rightly so given that rugby is in thir DNA.  They have very high standards.

The lions have some awesome players, so here’s hoping to them gelling together and playing great rugby for all the fans…and the press.

Good luck to the lions..hope you get plenty of chances to put the press into the shadows of the long white cloud.

#proud #lionsofficial