Styris is a master, great game!
Holy crap, that was rad.
It truly was, winning by the highest margin for a run chase, Bond with a sneaky 4,and all done minus Lucas. ^_^
A great game. Ricky Ponting was gracious in defeat but it seemed like some of his team-mates are not accustomed to losing!
@rickeyre: #cricket Tonight's win is, of course, just the start of New Zealand's vengeance over John Howard.
Holy crap, that was rad.
It really, really was.
My pace maker nearly blew up. Well, metaphorically speaking.
Reading the Cricinfo summary, the quote of the day so far is this;
Perhaps only Elizabeth Taylor could match Australia for sheer number of partnerships cut down in their prime.
NZ's made a habit of beating Austraila in the last few years (In the five or six years of the Chappel/Hadlee we've now -- I think -- won more matches than they have!).
All on for Saturday at in Akl. Styris is firing; Guptill won't fail, I expect. We could very well beat them again.
Those commentators sure like saying "Dougie", but who doesn't, I suppose.
Do the tracks always go one way? I'd hope they rotate.
Speed skating is an anti-clockwise sport (as is running and cycling I note, I wonder if there's a reason for that).
Normal ice skates are cut both ways, so they have two edges, one on each side. Speed skates have only one sharp edge, they'd tend to fall over a lot more going clockwise.
New Zealand has a community of curlers, I've been led to believe on the basis of Mainland cheese ads. I'd like to give it a try!
Curling is great fun - particularly after a wee dram and with a silly hat on your head. It's got a whole culture to it, and once you get into the yelling ("HARD!!!) and the sweeping it's a fun night out. It's good down here - Dunedin and Naseby both have dedicated curling rinks. There's curling in Auckland, not sure about Chch.
>Normal ice skates are cut both ways, so they have two edges, one on >each side. Speed skates have only one sharp edge, they'd tend to fall >over a lot more going clockwise.
Reeeaaalllyyy late to the conversation. Speed skates do have 2 edges, but they are thinner than hockey or figure skates. They are also a 'flat grind' ie they don't have a concave between the 2 edges like hockey or figure. Speed skates are set up to only go one way, especially in short track with the sharper corners. The blades are offset to the left of the boot so the boot doesn't touch the ice on the corners and they are also curved (bent) to to the left to help cornering.
Auckland, Chch and Dunedin have speed skating clubs and NZ has a good history in short track speed skating with NZ winning the 5000m mens relay at the 1993 worlds and placing 4th at the 1992 Winter Olympics.