Saturday 17 March 2018

Aussie PM's lustrous mane gets my vote number of the day

A LOT of excitement here yesterday as Australia unveiled their first female Prime Minister -- Julia Gillard taking over the hot-seat from Kevin Rudd.

Gillard cut an impressive figure yesterday, saying she realised she had not been elected by the people as leader and would call an election to allow Australians to "exercise their birthright."

She also said she would not move into the official Prime Minister's residence until she was returned at that election -- showing an awareness lost on Gordon Brown and Brian Cowen (one gone, one soon to go), who never allowed the electorate the same courtesy when they were handed the top job.

She certainly won over this observer and there is something beguiling about Julia as a woman too.

She is 48, single, carries a mane of lustrous red hair and is very attractive, in a sort of cross between Miranda from 'Sex And The City' and Jodie Foster type of way.

Or maybe we've just been away from home for too long.

No justice in media loss to Ireland staff

THERE'S no great desire to dwell on the circumstances of the media's 8-6 defeat to the Ireland backroom staff in a seven-a-side soccer match at the Botanic Gardens yesterday.

However, a few salient points do need to be made.

One: Ireland had the benefit of the wind, the slope, the ref, studded boots, a former Shelbourne midfielder and a narrower goal.

Two: Throwing on Paul Pook as a ringer in the second half (a conditioning coach, no less) ultimately proved decisive. A low blow.

Three: The media's three best chances fell to the same striker who, despite being an extremely talented photographer, couldn't take a good shot yesterday to save his life.

That is all.


"Yeah. He's not particularly excited about it either" -- Wallabies coach Robbie Deans on the back spasm that has ruled second-row Nathan Sharpe out of Saturday's Test.

"It actually happened in a collision with Eoin Reddan, although I've been telling everyone it was Tony Buckley because that's more of a boast" -- Ireland's defence coach Les Kiss explains how he injured his back during training in New Zealand.

number of the day

4 The number of defeats the Wallabies have suffered at the Suncorp Stadium (formerly Lang Park) in Brisbane over the course of 17 matches dating back to 1966. They lost to the Lions in '66 and to New Zealand in 1996, 2006 and 2008.

compiled by hugh farrelly

Irish Independent

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