Weekend Shockers

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What a wonderful weekend of sports. It was action packed from the word ‘go’. In fact the weekend was so wonderful, that the Kampala weather was great too, it only rained twice. 🙂 This was good enough to produce the first shocker of the weekend, as second division cricket outfit Charity Cricket Club beat first division club Tornado B at the Kyambogo Cricket oval, in the Mawanda Cup on Saturday. Up next for the giant killers are highflying Wanderers who best bring their A game.

The shocks continued, as Tiger Woods was knocked off his lofty position of golf’s world number one spot, by Lee Westwood. Even more shocking was that the two of them didn’t even hit a single golf ball all weekend! Or more so that Westwood has never won a major in his career. Woods is probably still on course to becoming golf’s’ GOAT (Greatest of All Time), but after being on top of the rankings list for 623weeks he has lots of food for thought.

South Africa flew to Abu Dhabi with the intention of whitewashing a depleted Pakistan outfit, and after doing so in the twenty20 internationals and winning the first ODI, few would have bet against them doing so. Winning the toss and batting first, S.A. set 286 in their allotted 50overs. Not forgetting that South Africa walked on to the field with ten straight wins 19 in all competitions. Those who bet on S.A’s winning steak stretching to 20wins must have been in business right…?? WRONG!!! Step in Abdul Razzaq, who smashed the balls to all parts of the ground, scoring a match winning 109 of just 72balls. Real shocker… Bet no one saw that one coming!

Another shocker was Relegation threatened Liverpool beating highflying Bolton Wanderers 0-1 away from home. LoL. Okay perhaps that wasn’t a shock, league position won’t fool us, but that is what you get, when play as poorly as Pool have in recent weeks. Hopefully this win will do more than just elevate them from the relegation zone.

No shocks at the Emirates Stadium or Ewood Park either, but what took them so long? Chelsea and Arsenal both needed 85th minute winners and I’m sure Wenger and Ancelloti will be quick to point out that the three points was all that matters. No real shocks in Spain, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi waging a personal assault on the La Liga title. Both men scored a brace for their clubs, Madrid winning 1-3 and Barca romped home 5-0! I suppose Villarreal did slip up to lowly Gijon. Juventus pulled off a real shocker, as they beat A.C. Milan 1-2 at the San Siro.

Then there was the small matter of the Manchester United second goal. Gomez thought it was a handball; the linesman thought it was an offside (I think he must have nodded off) and Nani played for the whistle. Mark Clattenburg saw it all, and rightly gave the goal. Some may say Nani is a cheat, but in the end, Spurs looked like a Sunday afternoon League team! I swear, I laugh every time I see the repeat of the goal…

Wolverhampton Wanderers last year had a net value of £166.7m. Yes this value includes the selling price of their treasured Molineux Stadium. Manchester City’s value is closer to £650m! How ever few of the 29,195 in attendance would have dreamt of the wonders that Mick McCarthy’s charges would produce that afternoon. The ripples of this 2-1 defeat were felt through out the country. It was an impressive, aggressive performance that deservedly earned them the three points, and was for me clearly the biggest shock of the weekend.

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