Sporting highlights of 2013
It's that time of year where we look forward to Christmas, turkey, time with family and hopefully some time off and we look back at the year that was.
Partly because it's fun looking back at sporting highlights and partly because I was struggling for a column idea for the final That's Rich of the year.
Here, in no paticular order, are some of my 2013 sporting highlights.
Feel free to add your own. Comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NZ finally winning a cricket test under Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson, and trouncing the Windies by an innings in three days.
Lauren Boyle - that's been one amazing year, hopefully the speedy swimmer can carry her form into the Commonwealth Games next year.
Lydia Ko winning three professional tournaments, one as a pro.
The BMX World Champs, in Auckland - they're just fun to watch.
Cricket at Hagley Oval.
Canterbury shot-putter Tom Walsh breaking the national record and stoking the fire of a potential hot rivalry with Jacko Gill.
Timaru's Hayden Paddon getting a WRC gig.
That was a helluva Sunday at English Park.
The Ashes, both series this year.
Luis Suarez getting banned for biting - and I'm a long-suffering 'Pool fan.
Sir Alex retiring - because I'm a long-suffering 'Pool fan.
Ricky May and Terror To Love at the New Zealand Trotting Cup.
Lance Armstrong becoming public enemy No 1 for being a dirty cheat.
Every time a drug cheat was caught.
Scott Dixon going fast and winning his third IndyCar world championship.
Ricki Herbert resigning.
David Tua calling it quits.
Murray Deaker calling it quits - what will that bedding company do for publicity now?
The Canterbury men's netball team winning their 18th straight title. That's seriously good.
Watching Ross Taylor bat properly.
New Brighton breaking a 29-year-drought to win the Christchurch club rugby Trophy.
The NZ Women's 470 Team - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie.
Rangiora's Jake Lewis winning motorcycling's the European Junior Cup.
Trent Boult's yorkers.
The drawn cricket test in Auckland between New Zealand and England which came down to the last ball.
Matt Henry and Hamish Bennett bowling in tandem for Canterbury and, touch wood, no quicks out with back complaints.
Having Kiwis back in the PGA.
Canterbury winning their 13 provincial rugby title or whatever number they're up... we lose count. Actually, it's six.
The rise and rise of young Canterbury first-five Richie Mo'unga.
AND . . .
The All Blacks going unbeaten.
See you all in 2014.
- © Fairfax NZ News