What a great weekend. The New Zealand Rugby League team, the Kiwis, beat England in the last 20 seconds of the World Cup Semi-Final at Wembley on Saturday. 60,000 people at the game (including younger son Dan) saw Sonny Bill Williams lead the Kiwis to victory in the dying seconds of a magnificent contest.
On Sunday Dan came up to Manchester to join me at the Etihad where Manchester City opened the scoring against Spurs with a wonder goal in 13 seconds from Jesus Navaz. 90 minutes later he added his second goal to leave a capacity crowd ecstatic having seen Manchester City score 6 times against one of the best teams in England. 6 nil versus Spurs. Wow. (Sorry, Tim and Terry.) The Man City game was played at exactly the same time as the All Blacks were playing Ireland in their final match of 2013. How could we be in two place at once? Graham Bradford, the Operations Director of the Malmaison Hotels, sorted that out and recorded the All Blacks game for Dan and I at the Manchester Mal. We rushed there back from the Etihad with all phones turned off and sat down to a complimentary bottle of Nuits St. George in the True Blue suite and watched Ireland run up 19 points against the All Blacks in no time. Only 3 international teams in history have ever come back from a 19 point deficit. Make that 4. The All Blacks won 24-22 with the last kick of the game completing the 1st ever perfect season in the history of International Rugby. They won every game of the 2013 season.
Exhilarating, dramatic, exciting and 3 out of 3 results all going the right way.
What a weekend.
It doesn't get much better than this.