Wales

Partner link: NatWest 6 Nations 2018 Fixtures & 2017 Results & Bill McLaren Classic Quotes

 

Yes folks, it’s here again the wonderful 6 Nations Rugby feast. Here are your essentials: dates, KO times, location + can you remember who beat whom in every game last year – test yourself and your friends – then enjoy some rugby Commentator Karioki & speak, with passion, the wonderful Bill McLaren colourful quotes – to rekindle the magic he created. We have 60 of Bill’s Best quotes here .

6 Nations 2018 Fixtures & 2017 Results & Bill McLaren

6 Nations 2018 Fixtures & 2017 Results & Bill McLaren Classic Quotes

 

Here’s the pdf version of the above document 6 Nations 2018 Fixtures and 2017 Results and Bill McLaren with live links if you prefer this.

 

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Partner link: Lions Touring Stories

When Enemies Become Friends

The British & Irish Lions start their first match in New Zealand, this Saturday. Lions tours are extraordinary, as fierce opponents from four countries come together, train together, play together, party together, tour together – they become friends for life. The Lions is a wonderful tradition. However, their battles overseas in the Southern Hemisphere, have been tough, bloody and some say down right dangerous. Despite the extreme intensity of the battles, there are some wonderful sportsmanship moments. Here are a few from former Lions 1974 , Ireland and Ulster wing forward, Stewart McKinney.

Ostrich Bomb & Thank You Punch

Here’s what happened when the South African giant, Johan de Bruyn met McKinney in an airport after McKinney had hit him ‘very hard’ during their encounter on the pitch……

Stewart also tells the story of de Bruyn’s generosity of spirit in a way that you simply cannot imagine, when the heroic Scottish Lion, Gordon Browne was very very ill. Coming soon……. watch this space………

Good luck to the Lions. 

 

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60 Of The Best – Great Quotes from Bill McLaren (part 1 of 4)

 

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Partner link: 6 Nations Rugby Facts Fixtures & Quiz

Old Friends Become Enemies

– Rugby 6 Nations Championship

Yes it’s that time of year when old friends become enemies for 6 weeks. The 6 Nations Rugby Championship is back. Some say ‘normal hostilities are resumed’. Whichever way you look at it, the air tingles with excitement if you are lucky enough to get a ticket. And if no luck, well, we all (all 6 Nations fans) pile in together for 80 minutes of banter, tension, emotion and most of all fun. The brotherhood of rugby comes alive this time every year.

Montage 3 with UAE fans

So to ensure you are fully equipped and ready for the 6 Nations, here is the 6 Nations Rugby 2015 Fixtures,  2014 Results and Quotes  ‘from the voice of rugby’, the late, great, Bill McLaren.  You can actually read ‘6o Of The Best From Bill’ along with a beautiful piece written by Bill’s daughter, Linda, especially for the Great Sportsmanship Programme.  Please do add your own Bill McLaren quotes (in the comments section at the end). Please note you can download all the information below into a single A4 sheet – ideal for your phone, or as some tell me, they print & carry it in their wallet: download one single A4 sheet or just read on……

 

6N Top Half

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“A little bit of argy-bargy there.”

“Those props are as cunning as a bag o’ weasels.”

“He’s like a raging bull with a bad head.”

 “You wouldn`t want to meet him in a dark alleyway!”

“He could sidestep 3 men in a telephone box”

“He’s as quick as a trout up a burn.”

“Big Vleis Visagie – born when meat was cheap!”

On Finlay Calder – “hands like dinner plates!”

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

4 photos

Download all of the above  in one single A4 sheet  (plus the 10 question quiz)

Read some inspirational, true two minute rugby stories .

Or read ’60 Of the Best Bill McLaren quotes’ categorised by forwards, backs, running, tackling, kicking, line-outs, passing & ‘hard men’ (which are his most hilarious)!

Add your comment, quote or story – at the end of any article, or click ‘share your moment’.

Join us – become a Sportsmanship Ambassador

Share this – use the share buttons below.

Visit the BillMclarenFoundation.co.uk .

Enjoy the 6 Nations.

6 Nations Rugby 10 Questions Quiz

  1. Who scored more points than they conceded – but only just  – 101 points but conceded 100 points in 2014?
  2. What was the closest game last year?
  3. What was the second closest game last year?
  4. What was the score Italy v Irl in 2013?
  5. What was the score Italy v Fra in 2013?
  6. What was the unusual score Irl v Fra  in 2013?
  7. Who has won the most Triple Crowns since the 6 Nations was established in 2000?
  8. Who has won the most 6 Nations Championships (since being established in 2000)?
  9. Ireland pipped England in 2014 to win the Championship by 10 extra points scored. In 2013 Wales pipped England – by how many points scored  to win the 6 Nations: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. 70 or 80, 90, 100?
  10. If Wales had of won the 6 Nations Championship in 2014, they would have achieved something no other Welsh side (including halcyon heroes of the 70’s) nor any other 6 Nations team ever achieved. What was that?

 

 

 

Answers: (1) France   (2)   It v Scot  20-21   (3)   Scot v Fra 17-19  & Fra v Irl  20-22  (4) It v Irl  22-15  (5) It v Fra 23-18  (6) Irl v Fra 13-13   (7) Ireland   (8) France   (9) 40 points   (10) 3 in a row!

                                      

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“You’ll notice Davies is standing very deep & that’s because

Jones can pass off either hand, just watch this ’Whooosh!!’

“It’s high enough, it’s long enough, it’s straight enough.”

“He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.”

“A twitter of a puck” (on Peter Dodds conversion attempt)

On Mark Andrews and Doddy Weir contesting a lineout

”They both go up like 2 pieces of white bread in a pop up toaster”

 

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

Partner link: 6 Nations Rugby Facts Fixtures & Quiz

Old Friends Become Enemies

– Rugby 6 Nations Championship

Yes it’s that time of year when old friends become enemies for 6 weeks. The 6 Nations Rugby Championship is back. Some say ‘normal hostilities are resumed’. Whichever way you look at it, the air tingles with excitement if you are lucky enough to get a ticket. And if no luck, well, we all (all 6 Nations fans) pile in together for 80 minutes of banter, tension, emotion and most of all fun. The brotherhood of rugby comes alive this time every year.

Montage 3 with UAE fans

So to ensure you are fully equipped and ready for the 6 Nations, here is the 6 Nations Rugby 2015 Fixtures,  2014 Results and Quotes  ‘from the voice of rugby’, the late, great, Bill McLaren.  You can actually read ‘6o Of The Best From Bill’ along with a beautiful piece written by Bill’s daughter, Linda, especially for the Great Sportsmanship Programme.  Please do add your own Bill McLaren quotes (in the comments section at the end). Please note you can download all the information below into a single A4 sheet – ideal for your phone, or as some tell me, they print & carry it in their wallet: download one single A4 sheet or just read on……

 

6N Top Half

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“A little bit of argy-bargy there.”

“Those props are as cunning as a bag o’ weasels.”

“He’s like a raging bull with a bad head.”

 “You wouldn`t want to meet him in a dark alleyway!”

“He could sidestep 3 men in a telephone box”

“He’s as quick as a trout up a burn.”

“Big Vleis Visagie – born when meat was cheap!”

On Finlay Calder – “hands like dinner plates!”

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

4 photos

Download all of the above  in one single A4 sheet  (plus the 10 question quiz)

Read some inspirational, true two minute rugby stories .

Or read ’60 Of the Best Bill McLaren quotes’ categorised by forwards, backs, running, tackling, kicking, line-outs, passing & ‘hard men’ (which are his most hilarious)!

Add your comment, quote or story – at the end of any article, or click ‘share your moment’.

Join us – become a Sportsmanship Ambassador

Share this – use the share buttons below.

Visit the BillMclarenFoundation.co.uk .

Enjoy the 6 Nations.

6 Nations Rugby 10 Questions Quiz

  1. Who scored more points than they conceded – but only just  – 101 points but conceded 100 points in 2014?
  2. What was the closest game last year?
  3. What was the second closest game last year?
  4. What was the score Italy v Irl in 2013?
  5. What was the score Italy v Fra in 2013?
  6. What was the unusual score Irl v Fra  in 2013?
  7. Who has won the most Triple Crowns since the 6 Nations was established in 2000?
  8. Who has won the most 6 Nations Championships (since being established in 2000)?
  9. Ireland pipped England in 2014 to win the Championship by 10 extra points scored. In 2013 Wales pipped England – by how many points scored  to win the 6 Nations: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. 70 or 80, 90, 100?
  10. If Wales had of won the 6 Nations Championship in 2014, they would have achieved something no other Welsh side (including halcyon heroes of the 70’s) nor any other 6 Nations team ever achieved. What was that?

 

 

 

Answers: (1) France   (2)   It v Scot  20-21   (3)   Scot v Fra 17-19  & Fra v Irl  20-22  (4) It v Irl  22-15  (5) It v Fra 23-18  (6) Irl v Fra 13-13   (7) Ireland   (8) France   (9) 40 points   (10) 3 in a row!

                                      

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“You’ll notice Davies is standing very deep & that’s because

Jones can pass off either hand, just watch this ’Whooosh!!’

“It’s high enough, it’s long enough, it’s straight enough.”

“He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.”

“A twitter of a puck” (on Peter Dodds conversion attempt)

On Mark Andrews and Doddy Weir contesting a lineout

”They both go up like 2 pieces of white bread in a pop up toaster”

 

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

Partner link: 6 Nations Rugby Facts Fixtures & Quiz

Old Friends Become Enemies

– Rugby 6 Nations Championship

Yes it’s that time of year when old friends become enemies for 6 weeks. The 6 Nations Rugby Championship is back. Some say ‘normal hostilities are resumed’. Whichever way you look at it, the air tingles with excitement if you are lucky enough to get a ticket. And if no luck, well, we all (all 6 Nations fans) pile in together for 80 minutes of banter, tension, emotion and most of all fun. The brotherhood of rugby comes alive this time every year.

Montage 3 with UAE fans

So to ensure you are fully equipped and ready for the 6 Nations, here is the 6 Nations Rugby 2015 Fixtures,  2014 Results and Quotes  ‘from the voice of rugby’, the late, great, Bill McLaren.  You can actually read ‘6o Of The Best From Bill’ along with a beautiful piece written by Bill’s daughter, Linda, especially for the Great Sportsmanship Programme.  Please do add your own Bill McLaren quotes (in the comments section at the end). Please note you can download all the information below into a single A4 sheet – ideal for your phone, or as some tell me, they print & carry it in their wallet: download one single A4 sheet or just read on……

 

6N Top Half

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“A little bit of argy-bargy there.”

“Those props are as cunning as a bag o’ weasels.”

“He’s like a raging bull with a bad head.”

 “You wouldn`t want to meet him in a dark alleyway!”

“He could sidestep 3 men in a telephone box”

“He’s as quick as a trout up a burn.”

“Big Vleis Visagie – born when meat was cheap!”

On Finlay Calder – “hands like dinner plates!”

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

4 photos

Download all of the above  in one single A4 sheet  (plus the 10 question quiz)

Read some inspirational, true two minute rugby stories .

Or read ’60 Of the Best Bill McLaren quotes’ categorised by forwards, backs, running, tackling, kicking, line-outs, passing & ‘hard men’ (which are his most hilarious)!

Add your comment, quote or story – at the end of any article, or click ‘share your moment’.

Join us – become a Sportsmanship Ambassador

Share this – use the share buttons below.

Visit the BillMclarenFoundation.co.uk .

Enjoy the 6 Nations.

6 Nations Rugby 10 Questions Quiz

  1. Who scored more points than they conceded – but only just  – 101 points but conceded 100 points in 2014?
  2. What was the closest game last year?
  3. What was the second closest game last year?
  4. What was the score Italy v Irl in 2013?
  5. What was the score Italy v Fra in 2013?
  6. What was the unusual score Irl v Fra  in 2013?
  7. Who has won the most Triple Crowns since the 6 Nations was established in 2000?
  8. Who has won the most 6 Nations Championships (since being established in 2000)?
  9. Ireland pipped England in 2014 to win the Championship by 10 extra points scored. In 2013 Wales pipped England – by how many points scored  to win the 6 Nations: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. 70 or 80, 90, 100?
  10. If Wales had of won the 6 Nations Championship in 2014, they would have achieved something no other Welsh side (including halcyon heroes of the 70’s) nor any other 6 Nations team ever achieved. What was that?

 

 

 

Answers: (1) France   (2)   It v Scot  20-21   (3)   Scot v Fra 17-19  & Fra v Irl  20-22  (4) It v Irl  22-15  (5) It v Fra 23-18  (6) Irl v Fra 13-13   (7) Ireland   (8) France   (9) 40 points   (10) 3 in a row!

                                      

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“You’ll notice Davies is standing very deep & that’s because

Jones can pass off either hand, just watch this ’Whooosh!!’

“It’s high enough, it’s long enough, it’s straight enough.”

“He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.”

“A twitter of a puck” (on Peter Dodds conversion attempt)

On Mark Andrews and Doddy Weir contesting a lineout

”They both go up like 2 pieces of white bread in a pop up toaster”

 

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

Partner link: 6 Nations Rugby Facts Fixtures & Quiz

Old Friends Become Enemies

- Rugby 6 Nations Championship

Yes it’s that time of year when old friends become enemies for 6 weeks. The 6 Nations Rugby Championship is back. Some say ‘normal hostilities are resumed’. Whichever way you look at it, the air tingles with excitement if you are lucky enough to get a ticket. And if no luck, well, we all (all 6 Nations fans) pile in together for 80 minutes of banter, tension, emotion and most of all fun. The brotherhood of rugby comes alive this time every year.

Montage 3 with UAE fans

So to ensure you are fully equipped and ready for the 6 Nations, here is the 6 Nations Rugby 2015 Fixtures,  2014 Results and Quotes  ‘from the voice of rugby’, the late, great, Bill McLaren.  You can actually read ‘6o Of The Best From Bill’ along with a beautiful piece written by Bill’s daughter, Linda, especially for the Great Sportsmanship Programme.  Please do add your own Bill McLaren quotes (in the comments section at the end). Please note you can download all the information below into a single A4 sheet – ideal for your phone, or as some tell me, they print & carry it in their wallet: download one single A4 sheet or just read on……

 

6N Top Half

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“A little bit of argy-bargy there.”

“Those props are as cunning as a bag o’ weasels.”

“He’s like a raging bull with a bad head.”

 “You wouldn`t want to meet him in a dark alleyway!”

“He could sidestep 3 men in a telephone box”

“He’s as quick as a trout up a burn.”

“Big Vleis Visagie – born when meat was cheap!”

On Finlay Calder – “hands like dinner plates!”

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

4 photos

Download all of the above  in one single A4 sheet  (plus the 10 question quiz)

Read some inspirational, true two minute rugby stories .

Or read ’60 Of the Best Bill McLaren quotes’ categorised by forwards, backs, running, tackling, kicking, line-outs, passing & ‘hard men’ (which are his most hilarious)!

Add your comment, quote or story – at the end of any article, or click ‘share your moment’.

Join us – become a Sportsmanship Ambassador

Share this – use the share buttons below.

Visit the BillMclarenFoundation.co.uk .

Enjoy the 6 Nations.

6 Nations Rugby 10 Questions Quiz

  1. Who scored more points than they conceded – but only just  – 101 points but conceded 100 points in 2014?
  2. What was the closest game last year?
  3. What was the second closest game last year?
  4. What was the score Italy v Irl in 2013?
  5. What was the score Italy v Fra in 2013?
  6. What was the unusual score Irl v Fra  in 2013?
  7. Who has won the most Triple Crowns since the 6 Nations was established in 2000?
  8. Who has won the most 6 Nations Championships (since being established in 2000)?
  9. Ireland pipped England in 2014 to win the Championship by 10 extra points scored. In 2013 Wales pipped England – by how many points scored  to win the 6 Nations: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. 70 or 80, 90, 100?
  10. If Wales had of won the 6 Nations Championship in 2014, they would have achieved something no other Welsh side (including halcyon heroes of the 70’s) nor any other 6 Nations team ever achieved. What was that?

 

 

 

Answers: (1) France   (2)   It v Scot  20-21   (3)   Scot v Fra 17-19  & Fra v Irl  20-22  (4) It v Irl  22-15  (5) It v Fra 23-18  (6) Irl v Fra 13-13   (7) Ireland   (8) France   (9) 40 points   (10) 3 in a row!

                                      

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“You’ll notice Davies is standing very deep & that’s because

Jones can pass off either hand, just watch this ’Whooosh!!’

“It’s high enough, it’s long enough, it’s straight enough.”

“He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.”

“A twitter of a puck” (on Peter Dodds conversion attempt)

On Mark Andrews and Doddy Weir contesting a lineout

”They both go up like 2 pieces of white bread in a pop up toaster”

 

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014 (part 1 of 2)


Another year of sport packed with great sportsmanship moments. From 280 inspirational stories posted on facebook, we’ve selected the Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments with BBC Radio London. You can hear all 10 best sportsmanship stories on the radio interview (in part 2) or you can read the Top 10 here (this, part 1, covers number 10 to number 6).

 10. Tennis Novak Djokovic

June 2014 Wimbledon, the Serbian, Novak Djokovic, at a critical point during his second-round match at Wimbledon Djokovic  gave his opponent a point when…….
At a crucial moment, with the scores level in the 11th game in the 4th set, the linesman incorrectly calls 35 year old Czech, Radek Stepanek’s shot ‘out’. Stepanek appeals. Camera replay shows the ball was in. Normally, they replay the point but instead, Djokovic insisted on giving Stepanek the point as Djokovic knew it was in. An honourable moment from a truly great champion who eventually went on to win.

Both players embraced at the end and former champion, now commentator, John McEnroe  said “There are times when it is truly a pleasure to be here”.Tennis Racket one ball

9. Ice Hockey

At number 9, we have an ice hockey match in North America. The Maple Leaf club from Canada versus America’s Nashville Predators. The Canadians and Americans have no love lost, particularly when it comes to ice hockey. Anyways, the tradition is to sing the respective national anthems of the clubs before the game. However, when the USA Singer’s microphone broke down & the lead lady singer couldn’t sing, the Canadian crowd stepped in and sang the American National Anthem.

It reminded me of being in Cardiff – the Welsh sing the new Irish National Anthem louder than the Irish.

 

8. A Strange Mixture of Football & Golf & Boxing…..

000Ian Wright Tony HealyNumber 8 occurred when Ian Wright, former Arsenal & England footballer was caught, on camera, repeatedly punching an Irish professional golfer, Tony Healy, in the face, in a hotel in Heathrow.  It was a charity fight, back in March, – they trained intensely for 8 weeks & then had a full on, black tie, boxing evening to raise a lot of money for DEBRA – a charity supporting people with a painful skin blistering condition  GREATSPORTSMANSHIP.ORG ‘Wrighty’ is quite a character as he has since come and played for my – Tony plays for my Sunday Vets football team, Kenchels. Ian Wright & Tony Healy are close friends but they fought a gruelling 3 rounds for honour and for a very worthy cause. You can see the whole Wright v Healy fight here.

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 Best of friends became enemies for 3 rounds & instantly resumed friendship at the final bell.

7. No Sleep, Puking, Hospitalised On Drip But Still Wins Silver Medal

Scots woman Lynsey Sharp was advised not to race in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games’  gruelling 800m Women’s Final after being ill all night & hospitalised. But she did. And she won silver.

Just hours earlier, in fact at 2.30am she couldn’t bend over to take them off her own socks. Next she was on her hands and knees, puking, with a nurse holding her hair back,  and four police officers backing away as she vomited everywhere. By 5.30am she was in hospitalised and on a drip. A few hours later she ran 800m and won silver. So if you are thinking of not going for a run because it’s raining or you feel tired, think of the inspirational Lynsey Sharp. Great courage & determination.

 

6. Weightlifting – Dancing David Katoatau

At number 6 we have a history making moment,  when Kiribati’s David Katoatau became Kiribati’s first ever medal winner in anything. And it was the big weight lifter’s boogy dance that stole the show & won the hearts of all fans. His honest joy of competing (& winning) was magical – a heavy weight lifter doing a boogy dance with a big smile on his face. It was great to see.  You can see his celebratory boogy dance here (and if you really want to, you can hear this good natured gold medallist singing here too.

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Part 2 of 2  reveals the remaining Top 5 moments from 2014.  The number 1 spot may surprise many – a British moment on British soil – that perhaps many missed but TV caught and it was an absolutely fantastic moment …….

A full audio file from today’s BBC Radio London Interview containing all these stories will be posted within 24 hours.

Meanwhile please do post a comment below.

 

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014

Another year of sport packed with great sportsmanship moments. From 280 inspirational stories posted on facebook, we’ve selected the Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments with BBC Radio London. You can hear the radio interview once it goes on BBC (over the next 3 days) or you can read the Top 10 here (part 1/2).

 10. Tennis Novak Djokovic

June 2014 Wimbledon, the Serbian, Novak Djokovic, at a critical point during his second-round match at Wimbledon Djokovic  gave his opponent a point when…….
At a crucial moment, with the scores level in the 11th game in the 4th set, the linesman incorrectly calls 35 year old Czech, Radek Stepanek’s shot ‘out’. Stepanek appeals. Camera replay shows the ball was in. Normally, they replay the point but instead, Djokovic insisted on giving Stepanek the point as Djokovic knew it was in. An honourable moment from a truly great champion who eventually went on to win.

Both players embraced at the end and former champion, now commentator, John McEnroe  said “There are times when it is truly a pleasure to be here”.Tennis Racket one ball

9. Ice Hockey

At number 9, we have an ice hockey match in North America. The Maple Leaf club from Canada versus America’s Nashville Predators. The Canadians and Americans have no love lost, particularly when it comes to ice hockey. Anyways, the tradition is to sing the respective national anthems of the clubs before the game. However, when the USA Singer’s microphone broke down & the lead lady singer couldn’t sing, the Canadian crowd stepped in and sang the American National Anthem.

It reminded me of being in Cardiff – the Welsh sing the new Irish National Anthem louder than the Irish.

 

8. A Strange Mixture of Football & Golf & Boxing…..

Number 8 occurred when Ian Wright, former Arsenal & England footballer was caught, on camera, repeatedly punching an Irish professional golfer, Tony Healy, in the face, in a hotel in Heathrow.  It was a charity fight, back in March, – they trained intensely for 8 weeks & then had a full on, black tie, boxing evening to raise a lot of money for DEBRA – a charity supporting people with a painful skin blistering condition  GREATSPORTSMANSHIP.ORG ‘Wrighty’ is quite a character as he has since come and played for my – Tony plays for my Sunday Vets football team, Kenchels. Ian Wright & Tony Healy are close friends but they fought a gruelling 3 rounds for honour and for a very worthy cause. You can see the whole Wright v Healy fight here.

000Ian Wright Tony Healy

 

7. No Sleep, Puking, Hospitalised On Drip But Still Wins Silver Medal

Scots woman Lynsey Sharp was advised not to race in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games’  gruelling 800m Women’s Final after being ill all night & hospitalised. But she did. And she won silver.

Just hours earlier, in fact at 2.30am she couldn’t bend over to take them off her own socks. Next she was on her hands and knees, puking, with a nurse holding her hair back,  and four police officers backing away as she vomited everywhere. By 5.30am she was in hospitalised and on a drip. A few hours later she ran 800m and won silver. So if you are thinking of not going for a run because it’s raining or you feel tired, think of the inspirational Lynsey Sharp. Great courage & determination.

 

6. Weightlifting – Dancing David Katoatau

At number 6 we have a history making moment,  when Kiribati’s David Katoatau became Kiribati’s first ever medal winner in anything. And it was the big weight lifter’s boogy dance that stole the show & won the hearts of all fans. His honest joy of competing (& winning) was magical – – a heavy weight lifter doing a boogy dance with a big smile on his face. It was great to see.  You can see it here.

Part 2 reveals the Top 5 moments from 2014 and the number 1 spot may surprise many – a British moment on British soil – that perhaps many missed but was absolutely fantastic…….

 

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014 (part 1 of 2)


Another year of sport packed with great sportsmanship moments. From 280 inspirational stories posted on facebook, we’ve selected the Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments with BBC Radio London. You can hear all 10 best sportsmanship stories on the radio interview (in part 2) or you can read the Top 10 here (this, part 1, covers number 10 to number 6).

 10. Tennis Novak Djokovic

June 2014 Wimbledon, the Serbian, Novak Djokovic, at a critical point during his second-round match at Wimbledon Djokovic  gave his opponent a point when…….
At a crucial moment, with the scores level in the 11th game in the 4th set, the linesman incorrectly calls 35 year old Czech, Radek Stepanek’s shot ‘out’. Stepanek appeals. Camera replay shows the ball was in. Normally, they replay the point but instead, Djokovic insisted on giving Stepanek the point as Djokovic knew it was in. An honourable moment from a truly great champion who eventually went on to win.

Both players embraced at the end and former champion, now commentator, John McEnroe  said “There are times when it is truly a pleasure to be here”.Tennis Racket one ball

9. Ice Hockey

At number 9, we have an ice hockey match in North America. The Maple Leaf club from Canada versus America’s Nashville Predators. The Canadians and Americans have no love lost, particularly when it comes to ice hockey. Anyways, the tradition is to sing the respective national anthems of the clubs before the game. However, when the USA Singer’s microphone broke down & the lead lady singer couldn’t sing, the Canadian crowd stepped in and sang the American National Anthem.

It reminded me of being in Cardiff – the Welsh sing the new Irish National Anthem louder than the Irish.

 

8. A Strange Mixture of Football & Golf & Boxing…..

000Ian Wright Tony HealyNumber 8 occurred when Ian Wright, former Arsenal & England footballer was caught, on camera, repeatedly punching an Irish professional golfer, Tony Healy, in the face, in a hotel in Heathrow.  It was a charity fight, back in March, – they trained intensely for 8 weeks & then had a full on, black tie, boxing evening to raise a lot of money for DEBRA – a charity supporting people with a painful skin blistering condition  GREATSPORTSMANSHIP.ORG ‘Wrighty’ is quite a character as he has since come and played for my – Tony plays for my Sunday Vets football team, Kenchels. Ian Wright & Tony Healy are close friends but they fought a gruelling 3 rounds for honour and for a very worthy cause. You can see the whole Wright v Healy fight here.

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 Best of friends became enemies for 3 rounds & instantly resumed friendship at the final bell.

7. No Sleep, Puking, Hospitalised On Drip But Still Wins Silver Medal

Scots woman Lynsey Sharp was advised not to race in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games’  gruelling 800m Women’s Final after being ill all night & hospitalised. But she did. And she won silver.

Just hours earlier, in fact at 2.30am she couldn’t bend over to take them off her own socks. Next she was on her hands and knees, puking, with a nurse holding her hair back,  and four police officers backing away as she vomited everywhere. By 5.30am she was in hospitalised and on a drip. A few hours later she ran 800m and won silver. So if you are thinking of not going for a run because it’s raining or you feel tired, think of the inspirational Lynsey Sharp. Great courage & determination.

 

6. Weightlifting – Dancing David Katoatau

At number 6 we have a history making moment,  when Kiribati’s David Katoatau became Kiribati’s first ever medal winner in anything. And it was the big weight lifter’s boogy dance that stole the show & won the hearts of all fans. His honest joy of competing (& winning) was magical – a heavy weight lifter doing a boogy dance with a big smile on his face. It was great to see.  You can see his celebratory boogy dance here (and if you really want to, you can hear this good natured gold medallist singing here too.

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Part 2 of 2  reveals the remaining Top 5 moments from 2014.  The number 1 spot may surprise many – a British moment on British soil – that perhaps many missed but TV caught and it was an absolutely fantastic moment …….

A full audio file from today’s BBC Radio London Interview containing all these stories will be posted within 24 hours.

Meanwhile please do post a comment below.

 

Partner link: Top 10 Great Sportsmanship Moments from 2012

There were so  many with the London 2012 Olympics, Euro 2012, Ryder Cup and so much more.   Here’s our Top Ten starting with Number 10 and working our way down to our Number 1  Great Sportsmanship Moment of the year.

 

10.      Golf –  Young American’s  Honesty Of The Highest Order  

November:  A young American golfer traded his lifetime dream for honour & integrity. Blayne Barber, finally qualified to play on the PGA tour. His dream had come true. However, he thought he accidentally moved a leaf while playing out of a bunker. No one saw it. He asked his caddie and others, they said no he was fine. But he wasn’t happy. So he penalised himself 1 shot. He still qualified, (and still won by 4 shots) but as he drove home he realised it should have been a 2 shot penalty so he phoned in and disqualified himself.  Honourable Young Golfer Throws Away His PGA Dream

 

Golfing Dream Is Lost

Golfing Dream Is Lost


9.      Tennis – Spanish    Friendship Despite Defeat

January: Despite losing an epic Australian Open Final lasting 5 hours and 53 minutes, Spain’s Rafal Nadal wore a beautiful smile. At 2am in Melbourne he addressed the packed arena by saying with great humour: “Good morning! First I would like to congratulate him (Djokovic). I thank the ball boys, the umpires, the sponsors and so on ……“I will never forget this game even though I lost it.”

 

8.      Boat Race  -  Oxford Lose With Honour

April: When a swimming protester interrupted the oldest boat race in the world, the race had to be restarted. Soon after there was a clash of blades (oars) which snapped an Oxford oar. Severely hampered, they limped on refusing to give up. Cambridge won easily. If Oxford decided to stop racing Cambridge would still be winners but the race would be recorded as ‘race not completed’.  Oxford insisted in finishing the race.

 

7.      Football – Spanish Captain’s Humility & Respect

July:   During the final minutes of the Euro 2012 Final, you can hear, on video, the Spanish captain, Casillas, asking the referee to end the game early – out of respect for Italy as Spain look like scoring a 5th goal against 10 man Italy. He didn’t want to start celebrating Spain’s winning of the Euro 2012, he simply respected Italy too much to insult them with another goal and a record defeat. Spanish Flair & Great Sportsmanship Prevail

Football Humility

Football Humility

 

6.   Speed Skating – Canadians & Americans Celebrate Greatness

October:  Despite America being the arch enemy on ice, for all Canadians, when American JR Celski broke the speed skating world record by becoming  the first man ever to skate 500m in under 40 seconds, the  whole Canadian stadium erupted in celebration  - the American fans, the Canadian fans, the coaches, the competitors even the stewarts cheered and whooped – they all recognised greatness and applauded it regardless. Opposition Fans Cheer New World Record 


5.    Cricket -   South African Respect

December: When Australia’s captain, Ricky Ponting, walked out for the last time in his test cricket career, the whole  South African team formed a guard of honour and applauded him. Ponting scored 13,378 from 168 test matches (only one other man on the planet who has scored more test runs – India’s Sachin Tendulkar). A magical moment of Respect.

 South African Respect

South African Respect

 

4.    Snooker –   Fair Play from A Welsh Dragon

May: Amidst the intensity of a World Snooker Championship semi-final, Mathew Stevens (previously beaten in 2 finals and 3 semi-finals & his first semi-final since 2005) showed great sportsmanship when he declared a foul on himself when he barely double hit the ball by accident. No one saw it including referee Brendan Moore and opposition, Ronnie O’Sullivan. However, Stevens insisted on declaring it.  O’Sullivan tapped the table with his cue in applause for Stevens sportsmanship.

 
3.     Baseball   - American Respect & Friendliness

May: 28 year old baseball pitcher for Detroit Tigers, Armando Gallaraga, pitched ‘the perfect game’ – a feat accomplished by only 20 other pitchers ever – BUT unfortunately the umpire made a terrible mistake and disallowed it. The perfect game is when the pitcher pitches a victory  and  faces 27 batters in 9 innings and none of them get to 1st base.  Gallaraga said afterwards  ‘Nobody’s perfect. Everybody makes mistakes’ and shook hands with the umpire.

 

2.     Athletics – Jamaican & British Athletes’ Enjoyment

August: So many Olympic moments from Nicola Adams’s radiant smile to the whole stadia packed with smiling spectators cheering on great performances regardless of which country.  We were posting up to 3 stories a day on the Great Sportsmanship facebook page during the Olympics. The Iconic moment when Mo Farah & Usain Bolt imitated each other. Both with big smiles enjoying themselves, doing what they love and remembering to have some fun.


Olympics Enjoyment – A Celebration Of Fun, Sport & Culture

 

1.      Golf  –   American Friendliness & Respect

Sep: The Ryder Cup is unique in sport. The world’s best pro’s compete for no money – just pride. They  actually shake with nerves when they play in the Ryder cup. There’s an awful lot of emotion and history attached to this competition. The European team invoked the spirit of the late great, Seve Ballestos. Captain, Jose Maria Olazabal, talked about Seve’s passion in his team talks. The team wore navy blue jumpers and white shirts with a silhouette of Seve on the sleeve. When they won Jose said “All men die but not all live…you made me feel alive again this week’.  There were many moments of sportsmanship during the 3 day epic battle (see original post).   But this next moment caught the eye…….

When Justin Rose sunk a huge putt on the 17th, the camera just catches a subtle moment, America’s Phil Mickleson smiling and giving Just Rose a very clear thumbs up.

The Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup

 

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