November 23, 2003


Congratulations to England, winners of the 2003 World Cup. Last night’s final may be one of the greatest games ever played. The English are worthy champions.

In entirely unrelated news, attractive and dentally-flawless Australian singer Holly Valance says the English are bitter and twisted and get on her nerves and the water in London makes her gag and she’d return to Australia the very first chance she gets because England sucks and ... and ... we were robbed, I tell you! Robbed! Jonny Wilkinson, you goal-getting, rugby-ruining, life-hating, consonant-missing bastard!

Posted by Tim Blair at November 23, 2003 09:26 AM

Holly has a great web page - it looks like someone has been using it for target practice.

If London water makes her gag, then there's not much chance she'll ever visit Adelaide.

Posted by: Peggy Sue at November 23, 2003 at 11:00 AM

As an Australian supporter...what can I say...both teams put up a great fight! But in the end, Enland deserved their win. Can't argue with that. England are now numero uno. (Sigh)....

Is anyone else out there thinkning that this match could be up there with the best ever?

Just out of interest...does anyone know if they were going to play another 20 minutes of extra-time (if Wilkinson had missed), or would it have been "golden point" sudden death until we had a winner?


Posted by: Richard at November 23, 2003 at 11:48 AM

Richard I think if it was level after extra time there would have been ten minutes of sudden death, if it had been level after those ten minutes then there would have been drop goal shootout with each team getting 5 drop goal attempts, sort of like a soccer style penalty shoot out.

Posted by: Ross at November 23, 2003 at 12:28 PM

There was one Pom in the pub loudly barracking for the bath-dodgers. I asked him if he was on holiday and he said "Nope, I've live here since 1957. England's fucked." Go figure.

It was dramatic but not the best ever though. It was a close match but there were too many mistakes. The best game I've ever seen was between the Wallabies and the All Blacks a couple years back when they got out by over twenty and Australia got back in front only to lose to a Lomu try in the last moments.

The paper today said they were going to play another twenty minutes.

Posted by: Tony.T at November 23, 2003 at 01:48 PM

Who cares? Union is barely played in Aust.

The Kangaroos made a clean sweep of the ashes tour, scoring 2 tries in the last 3 mins to win by 6 points.

The majority of both the Kangaroos and the Lions points were scored from tries, not field goals/penalty goals - no wonder Union has so little support here, its not that the Brit game is dull, its that the game itself is dull.

Posted by: Harry Tuttle at November 23, 2003 at 02:22 PM

And if the scores were still even at the end of "sudden death" extra time, then what? ROCK, PAPER SCISSORS?

Just an idea...

Posted by: Richard at November 23, 2003 at 05:01 PM

The next stage would be to have the crowd SMS the winner to a number on the scoreboard, then have Gretel Killeen announce:
"It's time to go................"

Gangbusters on the ratings, and the players could have a beer or two.

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at November 23, 2003 at 05:12 PM

And Millsy could sing a lovesong to Paris, while Guy shaved his scone and Shannon milked a cow.

Posted by: Tony.T at November 23, 2003 at 05:50 PM


On the bright side, might we at last have heard the end of nineteen sixty feching six and Bobby bloody Charlton?

Posted by: Hoodie Craw at November 23, 2003 at 06:47 PM