Sometimes sport takes over

There’s a lot going in with Labour’s leadership – and their current leadership vacuum. Sort of interesting as it plays out, but that’s going to take a few weeks.

But this morning sport is most prominent in my mind.

I’ve been watching an absorbing finish to the Ashes series, with a win in the final game possible until bad light and an umpiring decision to call it quits prevailed.

Lydia Ko has scorched into the lead in the final round of the Canadian Open where she is defending her title.  She’s just gone to 5 under after eight holes to hold a 3 shot lead.

But the growing glow after Otago’s Ranfurly Shield win hold pride of place. An edge of the couch finish to the game followed by elation I don’t think I’ve experienced before in a game I haven’t played in. Followed by a weekend of jubilation around Otago as the reality set in. I went to the stadium yesterday to see the shield in Otago hands for the first time for me (and many others).

I’ve booked seats for next Sunday’s challenge, and now anticipate an unprecedented build up through the week. I’m going to drop into a radio station breakfast this morning.

Isn’t there an election campaign on? Yeah, but the significance of the shield is dominating all the local news – and many local thoughts. So let’s enjoy it while we’ve got it.

There was plenty of pride, passion and determination evident in Otago’s win on Friday.

I was planning on pride, passion and determination in my election campaign. That’s still the plan.

And I’m determined to do what I can to instil more pride and passion in leadership in Dunedin city through the next council.

The Otago rugby team will hold the shield for as long as they are able to. This is a real boost to the province and to Dunedin. But it will only be temporary.

In Dunedin it will be up to the next mayor and a new council to continue determination, pride and passion for the city and for the people of the city.

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  1. Jeff

     /  26th August 2013

    Hi Pete. Congratulations to the team, a game well played. and to otago as well .”wow ” 56 years. Good luck for the weekend. I might have to come up September 28 just to give our boys a hand to bring it back here.

    • It will be a huge game on Sunday, for the team and for the province.

      I hope we still have the shield for the Southland challenge, that would be a cracker of a derby.


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