Monday, June 25, 2007

Back in London

Well my apologies for letting the blog slip a little, the combination of a shocking Warriors run and a very busy time for Rachel and I has meant that my attention has been elsewhere in recent weeks.

To quickly recap in the last weeks we have visited Barcelona, I went to Budapest with my work, we went to Corfu for a few days with Rach's dad and then rushed back to London to board a coach to Glastonbury. We returned from Glastonbury, this Monday morning at 7.30am. Its been a great few weeks but very full on and I fortunately have today off to rest and recover. Poor Rach has had to head off to work. Glastonbury was fun, but ultimately marred by shocking wet weather which is now flooding significant portions of the UK and closing various highways.

Anyway enough about me and on with the Warriors. A couple of recent wins, including an impressive thrashing of the Panthers have seen the boys climb a few spots in the table to 9th and only outside the eighth slot on points differential. So with ten rounds left, if we say the Warriors need 28 or 30 points to make the playoffs, that means they need to win at least a further 7 games and ideally 8 games. The eveness of the competition could mean the threshold for the playoffs is lower than in recent years however I think you will find this is realistically about where the cutoff will shake out.

Titans next up for the Warriors away at Carrara. The Titans are riding high at 4th in the table. This could be a tough match but very much a game the Warriors need to win, particularly as the Warriors will meet the Titans again in Round 22.

All the best and great to see the All Blacks win and Team NZ back in the saddle against Alinghi - lets hope they can keep it up!

Monday, June 04, 2007

How do you solve a problem like the Warriors?

It seems the outcome of the Warriors v Dogs match was certainly predetermined by the sending off after 4 minutes of winger Crockett. However there is a simple way to avoid this kind of thing - don't commit stupid violent swinging arm fouls in the early stages of a crucial home game with your season on the line.

This might seem a bit harsh but I've seen the replay - the victim Cameron Phelps was unconcious and vomiting for 30 minutes after being stretchered off the field - this didn't happen by accident - i.e he slipped and fell headfirst into my aggressively swinging closeline arm. The Warriors need to take responsibility for their own fate. They are the masters of their own destiny - pick it up guys. The playoffs are still a mathematical possibility - chase that possibility before it slips away.
Team NZ are flying the flag for NZ sporting hopes and dreams at the moment - lets hope they don't blow it.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Warriors Season Over

Well the Dogs won big at Mt Smart. Can't beleive this was allowed to happen. The Warriors season is OVER. Warriors needing 9 or 10 wins from 13 remaining games to make the playoffs. On current form I would say the chances of this happening are about 100 to 1.

On a lighter note following on from the post below the Cavaliers won game 6 vs Detroit so Lebron James is now going to the NBA finals to play San Antonio. At 22 Lebron is joining the pantheon of the greatest athletes of all time.

London is sunny and warm today, so I am not going to wallow in disappointment about the Warriors. The question is where to from here? Axe Cleary? Elevate the development squad? If anyone has any creative ideas lets see them as comments to this blog fools!

As an aside I have been getting quite impressed by the Facebook website lately. Its a pretty cool site and if you are not registered on it I would recommend doing so, you can keep tabs on all your peeps worldwide.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Lebron James

Well this post isn't even going to pretend to be about the Warriors. Its about Lebron James who yesterday single handedly led his NBA team to within one win of the NBA finals. He is 22 years old.

Lebron scored 48 points including the game winning basket in Double Overtime to defeat Detroit in game 5 of the 7 game eastern conference finals series.

This performance is already being labeled the greatest single game playoff performance in NBA history.