The All Whites must be team of the year for what they did in South Africa, while the All Blacks, Silver Ferns, Kiwis, and Sevens guys can all feel unlucky after awesome seasons themselves. For me, the stand-out male sportsman has to be Richie McCaw. Honourable mentions to Ryan Nelsen, paralympic gold medallist Adam Hall, Trans-Tasman rower Shaun Quincey, and Benji “Golden Boot” Marshall.
Now this is hard for me to admit, but the individual sporting year belonged to the ladies. Nikki Hamblin’s double-silver effort at the Commonwealth Games was the gutsiest effort I saw this year. Joelle King’s gold-silver double was epic too, as was Alison Shanks’ ride to gold. Maria Tutaia was fantastic for the Ferns when it mattered. And as an added bonus, all four are hotties too.
Sevens legend Gordon Tietjens is my coach of the year. A lot of people will argue it should be Ricki Herbert, Graham Henry, Stephen Kearney, or Ruth Aitken, but the way Titch can introduce new players into the system and turn them into All Blacks is just unbelievable. For me, that’s the mark of a coach to realise the athlete’s potential.
Now onto the real reason why I wrote this blog: the England Sevens’ jersey is a disgrace.
Since when was orange England’s colour?
It got me thinking about the top five worst uniforms in NZ history:
Black Caps teal
(Good luck selling this on Trade Me)
Crusaders sword jersey
(No wonder both these guys left)
ND pink uniform
(It’s for breast cancer awareness, but still looks rude).
Any cycling uniform
(No one looks good in lycra … well, at least guys don’t).
All Blacks silver
(We all know why this is shit).
- John Day
It’s nearing the end of the sporting year, and time to think about which athletes deserve to be named the best in the business.