It must be such a sinking feeling when a team trains so hard, accentuates all the positive vibes about yet another great opportunity to overcome an old foe and yet within 15 minutes of a new series it’s a story that we have seen all too often before. That was the fate of the Wallabies at the weekend when they were completely blown away by a wrecking ball called the All Blacks. Forget the 2nd half comeback, the game was over by halftime and once again we witnessed the greatness of the side from New Zealand. It was a game played with pace, panache and so much pleasure. All the wind ups in the media before the game about bugging and bringing up old stories of scandals just couldn’t play there part in getting this juggernaut of it’s rhythm. Any neutral watching could only sit back and admire and wander what more could be coming when they truly warm up!
The EPL is well and truly underway with the familiar sight of Man Utd on top of the table after 2 games. Money has been well spent, Mourinho has his swagger back and it will be a good person to bet against them still sitting on the top at the end. The man knows how to win. Somethings never change. Mourinho on top, Benitez moaning about a lack of transfer funds at his disposal and Arsenal fans already starting to question why Wenger is still in charge after a loss to Stoke.
Finally the Australian cricket season is underway with a tour to Bangladesh. The opposition won’t be easy beats. They have grown in stature over the last few years and our now a formidable side on their home patch. The support for cricket in Bangladesh is second to none. Every other billboard will have a cricketer marketing a popular brand. The players are the national heroes above all others and every move they make on a cricket field is met with adulation. Australia need to be on there mettle because if they don’t bring there A game to proceedings they will be in for a nasty shock. They need look no further for motivation than seeing the loss England suffered a year ago to the marauding Tigers.
When does a poor match up on an opponent become a mental scar, an obsession, a hoodoo. Richmond hadn’t beaten Geelong for numerous games and if ever they were going to break the sequence it was in their latest match. Richmond were in great form, Geelong without key personnel. And yet the result was the same. A win to Geelong. Spurs won every game they played at White Hart Lane last season but had a poor record at Wembley in European fixtures. This year they play all games at Wembley whilst their home ground is being upgraded and yes you guessed it, they lost the first home game of the year. When does this start to play on the player’s minds. Funny thing the subconscious mind!! How do you start to change the hoodoo. The Wallabies will be asking the same question this week as they head to Dunedin to play the All Blacks. Ultimately you have to keep telling yourself that it will change. It may take a big slice of luck or a touch of genius but the longer the losing streak continues the more it plays on the mind