Wednesday, November 18, 2009


This is the word being used to describe our final match in the World Cup qualifier series, in Paris.

The best performance in a very long time- this is how our performance is being described, but at the end of the day, we lost and we're not going to South Africa.

Depressing, isn't it? It looked so good at full time, we were 1-0 up, but then in extra time we conceded a goal, and that's it. No trip to the World Cup for us.

The commentators and analysts are busy as I write, but I think it wasn't lost tonight. Ireland always seems to coast along in the early stages of competitions, and then at the end, when we're up against it, they give a magnificent performance, but it's too little too late.

The one shining light has been the fans, and I hope I don't speak (write) too soon. They have behaved very well, and stood behind their team, through good times and bad.

Myself, I'm sorry to say that I'm a fair weather fan. If they had gotten through, I'd be a keen soccer fan after a bit of a sabbatical (since the last World Cup, to be precise!). But I'm afraid I won't be visiting this new stadium any time soon. It's the nearly finished Lansdowne Road, due for completion in 2010, and will host both soccer and rugby matches. Well, with no world cup and some fair weather fans, they can't each have their own stadium, can they?


  1. Lovely to read this, Mimi! Keeps me in touch!

  2. I'm only ever interested in World events when it comes to sport. I am often appalled by the way Britain behaves when abroad too. It is a bad reflection on our countries.
    Hoping that this time everyone behaves themselves.

    (Another good night's sleep Mimi. Thanks to your aromatherapy!) People are asking me what it contained!!!!!!

    Nuts in May

  3. Found you thanks to our dear Maggie May.

    Oh dear - over here we are celebrating having qualified for the World Cup for only the 2nd time ever. One heck of an achievement for the All Whites in an All Blacks obsessed land. And yes, our Football Lads' main strip is White. Glad i don't have to do their laundry!

    Sending care and huggles from a 1/4 Irish Mickle

  4. I'm afraid you've hit on a subject that I know absolutely nothing about. I have never followed soccer. Or any other sport for that matter. I am sorry that you were disappointed about their loss. Do the fans really act in a less than favorable way when they loose? You'll have to keep an update going. I think that would be interesting to hear what they do.
    I came back to tell you what a preference ball is. It made me chuckle, and then made me excited to realize that I have a friend who isn't from "around here". I think it is so fun to talk to you and see all the differences in our little world.
    Anyway a preference ball is a formal attire dance for our high school students (ages 15-18)but the girls ask the boys to the dance instead of the other way around. The boys buy a corsage for the girls and the girls buy the boys boutonnieres. And that is where that ugly white rose that I was forced to spray blue and then soak in glitter and cover in wire came from. I guess the boy actually picked it out, he really like the whole *bling* thing.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Oh, what a shame! I know what you mean about being a fair-weather fan, though. I don't really follow our hockey and football - maybe knitting should be a sport! - but I always know what's going on. You can feel your own excitement levels rise when things start to get good on a larger-than-local stage.
    Good thing there are proper die-hard fans to cheer the players on when things are just average.