Silent Sunday.




Silent Sunday………….


Glasgow Hawks.

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Well Saturday just gone was the big afternoon which meant that I got to try Rugby at the other Glasgow club. So so different and what a relief I can tell you. I cycled to the ground about 10 miles away the way the crow fly’s and luckily on a bike you can follow the crow. Arrived in plenty of time, allowed 2 hours but did it in less than an hour, first impressions, nice ground, largish stand on one side open on the others. Pitch looked good, facility to park my bike. First off I had to part with a tenner to get in. The guys on the gate where very friendly and not a yellow jacket to be seen. Straight into rugby chat and they understood my disappointment with the Warriors and promised better at the Hawks. Showed where the bar was told which players to watch for who was new etc…..and thats how rugby should be. No objection to my camera.

Found myself a spot on the terrace close to the touch line/try line and settled down to watch the players warm up. Sun was shining and the pitch looked immaculate. I had had an eye on one of the a joining pitches in the distance where a 2nd XV game was talking place. Glasgow Hawks play in the Royal Bank of Scotland Premier One, and this afternoon they where home to Sterling County. Not to clear on the set up of this league yet  but around Christmas they go into a play off/Mini league. Apart from winning the league there are a further two places up for grabs in next seasons British and Irish Cup.

The game got started but I must add that the Referee Mr J Matthew seems to like using his yellow card and in my view used it a little to much. Game was good standard lower than I am used to but still good, this game had plenty of try’s with the Hawks soon getting on the score sheet with a hat rick of try’s from Tom Steven and another try from Ross Miller and this lead to a bonus point for the Hawks. Second Half under way and a couple of try’s from the Hawks saw County well and truly sunk but they rallied in the last 15 minutes to get some points on the board but the full time score was Hawks 36 County 22. Good game muched enjoyed with the added bonus that the Hawks captain and Second row Rory Mckay played for the Blues a number of seasons ago.

I will be returning to the next game and to future games as I was made to feel very welcome, there was a bar there was no hassle and I was allowed to use my camera too. Rugby as it should be. I was even invited to get involved with the club and this is something that I am thinking about at the moment. As for the Warriors well I am still tempted to go watch when Travesio play but thats about it. Something about watching Italian Club rugby that appeals so that evening I will be cheering Travesio while trying to avoid the stewards…….


Below is a selection of the photos that I took on Saturday afternoon…….Enjoy……


Rory Mckay greets his team just before kick off.

County win the line out.

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Silent Sunday.


Silent Sunday…………..




Silent Sunday

The Greatest Cricket Team………

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I am sat here writing this and I just cant believe what I have heard. England are crowned the Premier Test Playing Nation in the world. I dont think we have been here before and after todays win to go three nil up in a best of four seris again India who had the title its been confirmed. Another fantastic performance from England batting and bowling was awesome. I am so proud of the players who again have performed to the next level. They are an amazing team not a team of  individuals but a team of players who play for each other. Not the best paid sports men but they deserve the applause of the country for that they have achieved. Wendyball plays take not its not about money but its about playing for the team and the pride…..Well done Lads.

As I think back over all the years I have followed test Cricket and think this makes up for all the times England were at the other end of the table. The defeats loosing the Ashes home and away year after year and worst of all the thrashings we endured at the hands of the Windies where by mid morning on the first day of a test the result was know. I had to sit there and see England bowled out for less than 50, then yesterday England made of 700 before declaring. How things have changed.

I had seen people moan on twitter about this being a boring test, but you cant blame England for that, they had a job to do they wanted to win and win convincingly they did but you can only beat the team that is put out in front of you. This was a fantastic win especially when you look back at that was expected of the India side before the series started.

A couple of sad moments to mention, as England and India go to the Oval for the fourth test I really home that Sachin Tendulkar goes on to get his 100th Hundred in test cricket as he deserves it and it would be so nice to see. One last plea please Windies find that old form and come back to test cricket you are missed.

Now I how England stay top for many years to come but what would really make me happy would be to be knocked off the top spot by the Windies as I am sure they are long overdue a revival and world cricket needs this too.

I now look forward to the summer of 2013 and the next Ashes battle and all the test cricket before, listening round the radio to TMS. Tough winter tour next then South Africa next summer and I cant wait.


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