Surprises - and no surprises

Last updated 09:26 24/01/2013

What a wonderful weekend for sport. We all woke up on Sunday morning to the news that the Black Caps had beaten South Africa in the one-dayer - against all predictions.

I guess many of us would have been scratching our heads and wondering if we were still dreaming but good on the boys because they have been copping plenty lately about their poor form.

The knives will instead be out for the Phoenix - thrashed 7-1.

I really feel for their coach Ricki Herbert because there is an old saying: Too many cooks spoil the broth and perhaps that is a problem for my good friend.

He is, by all reports, having a bit of difficulty being left alone to do his job with plenty of interference from all quarters.

On the other side of the ledger the Breakers made it eight wins in a row and are on fire. What Ricki would not give for some of that form. The boys from out on the North Shore beat the Adelaide 36ers 84-66 and have surely earned the title: Kings of the Road.

Earlier in the week the Vodafone Warriors re-appointed Simon Mannering as captain for the year and I was chuffed by that because I am in the camp that says Mannering will continue to develop and become a very fine leader.

That's obviously the view of the players too since they elected a five-man leadership group with Mannering joined by Sam Rapira, Manu Vatuvei, Ben Henry and Jerome Ropati.

I was out at the club last week and things seem to be progressing really well. Certainly the mood and atmosphere are good.

And that's something you can say too about the new Blues coach, Sir John Kirwan.

I caught up with him recently and he gave me a T-shirt, emblazoned with the slogan: JAFA - Just Another Fantastic Aucklander.

My good friend Sir Graham Henry is helping him out and I have to say I believe we should get in behind our Auckland teams and show them we can support them.

Certainly it is hard to see the Blues doing as poorly as they did last year but sport is a funny thing and there are no guarantees.

Except, of course, the guarantee that I will be there supporting the Warriors and the two Sirs at the Blues. Bring it on, I can't wait.

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