It was Maggie Thatcher who once said: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
And so it was left to our Aussie women to salvage some national pride on the international sporting stage over the weekend.
Frankly, I didn’t think it could get any worse than Trent Bridge. That theory went out the window on Saturday when the All Blacks dismantled the Wallabies at Eden Park to win the Bledisloe Cup yet again.
They were assisted mightily by Quade Cooper, surely rugby’s equivalent of Shane Watson, whose highlights included completely missing his first attempt to catch the ball and then, shortly afterwards, passing it to the sideline.
That white line, Quade? Not wearing yellow. Not a member of the team.
In the second half, Quade really stepped things up, getting himself yellow carded for an errant tackle in the 48th minute and watching from the sidelines as the All Blacks piled on 21 points in six minutes.
About the only positive from the game was that we’ll never have to play Richie McCaw or Dan Carter on that ground again.
Meanwhile, our men’s cricket team struggled in a three-day tour game against Northamptonshire!
Thank goodness then that our female cricketers had their game face on, winning their Test match and tightening their grip on the women’s Ashes.
Ellyse Perry led the way, taking six wickets for 32 as the hosts, chasing 263, played like our blokes and crashed to 101 all out. Yeah, Stuart who?
This picture below — that’s how we like to see our English cricketers. All the Aussies need to do now to lift the trophy is win or draw one of the three upcoming T20 games. A format in which they’re the reigning world champions.
Capping off a great weekend in women’s sport — and putting the Kiwis back in their box — our Aussie Diamonds claimed their third consecutive Netball World Cup.
The Diamonds were 12 goals ahead in the second quarter when commentator Liz Ellis mused that she’d like to see the Silver Ferns make a match of it.
Mercifully, the Aussies held on. To be beaten by the Kiwis twice in one weekend does not bear thinking about.
So, thanks to our girls, we can still hold our heads high. But to be fair, our Aussie lads were not without their achievements.
At the US PGA, Jason Day has just won his first major championship, holding off the man of the moment, Jordan Speith, and becoming the first player ever to card a 20 under par in a major.
And Jarryd Hayne proved all the critics wrong, with a sizzling debut in an NFL trial game. He’s now the talk of the town. And it’s a big town. Good on him.