Congratulations NZ, the Hosts of the 2011
You see, I have a theory. It’s strange that up until the count was in, NZ was trailing desperately in third place behind favourites
As of Wednesday the generally agreed breakdown looked kinda like this:
(Each country has two votes)
The smaller countries Argentina, Italy, the combined Pacific Nations, get one vote each, but lets be honest, the IRB (England) have never trusted the Italians (ever), or the Argies (since the Falklands), and they are still angry that all the good Island players go to NZ, so lets just say they don’t even bother to count those votes.
As the Boks dropped off first it seems fair to assume that say,
But anyway so we had it once and managed, generally by our own silliness and bureaucracy, to lose it. Ha, but not this time we said. We’ll make everything right. There won’t be no red tape this time. Baring terrorism or act of God, we are going to host the cup in 2011.
I believe one thing stands in their way, a little community group known as the Eden Park Neighbours Association (EPNA). These guys complained for years about the erection of light towers at
The Resource Consent, which
And so with the development of Eden Park in doubt, and you can bet your sweet ass its in doubt (The world cup is good and all but the EPNA snobs won’t want a 60, 000 seat white elephant sitting empty for the rest of time, lets be honest, when will ever fill it again?), Australia will gallantly ride up again and generously offer to take over the hosting of the final. And seeing as they have the final, it seems only fair that they get a couple of pools as well and a semi, and what the hell, the opening ceremony too. Hence, the yoink.
But don’t get me wrong, this is the coolest and biggest thing to happen to NZ since the 1992 cricket world cup (screw the America’s Cup. Yes lots o money, but slow as a wet week, and as interesting as the Senior PGA). It will be awesome, if I start saving now, I’ll be in the queue to see any match I can. But until they blow up a million bucks worth of fireworks (EPNA will complain about that too, or at least have conditions on it – NO FUN HERE) I’ll be keeping an eye on the cost of flights to Sydney.