Difficult to find a better weekend….
Roosters 13 – 55 Wolverines
I said last week that Friday night was a big game for us and boy did we show up and prove it. With only one opportunity to beat the Roosters after two thrilling encounters last year, both the offence and defence stepped up and showed just how important this game was to us. Following a slow start that saw us go 7-0 down, the defence showed aggression, tenacity and hostility that resulted in a host of sacks, backfield tackles and important turnovers. It looked like a different team to the one who were so thoroughly beaten by the Crocodiles last week.
The offence were also on form. In slippery conditions they put up 55 points, scoring on the ground and through the air from all over the field. When your offence performs like that, it really takes the pressure off the defence. It was nice to be able to return the favour.
Aside from one nasty incident that saw two players ejected, the game was a good tough physical affair. The Roosters continued to play hard football right into the 4th quarter and were rewarded by a second score. We always have great physical contests with the Roosters and this one was no different. Thank you to all their players and staff and good luck with the rest of the season.
One particularly proud moment for me was that I received one of the three MVP awards alongside Anssi and JD. I’m quite sure that the hair products I received were not intended as a joke, but nonetheless they offered plenty of fuel for my team mates. I have since passed the products on to a more deserving home.
Barcelona 3 – 1 Manchester United
As if that wasn’t enough…. What a final. What a masterclass. What a team. I won’t go into it other than to say that it made me very very happy, despite the difficulty of watching the game with Terry Nutkins, who is a Man U fan. It would have been much tougher if we’d lost. Carles is a legend and a gent for giving the armband to Abidal. Visca el Barca!
Today, we will watch the Grand Prix (how can Hamilton or Jenson not win when things are going this well?!). Then back down to Sonera Stadium to watch Jari Litmanen play for HJK Helsinki. Exciting!!!