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Sport Review #114

It’s been quite a morning. Getting the women’s football world cup for 2023 is massive news. It’s not easy to go to FIFA and get a result, but we’ve done it. An excellent bid, plus the positive outlook for COVID-related issues mean we’ve got two women’s world cups (assuming the cricket one goes ahead as planned) in the next couple of years. Fantastic stuff, and well done to all involved.

Things are starting to feel a little normal here. Being part of the big Eden Park crowd for the Sunday afternoon match on opening weekend was amazing (as were the beer prices). Netball and basketball is up and running too, and even kids sport.

It’s a special time, and ideally some of the innovative thinking that’s happening to get crowds back and engage fans will stick. The finance is obviously a concern, but as long as we keep the virus out, our current spot as an island of sporting normality makes us the envy of the world.

Oh - and well done Liverpool for getting there after so long, after putting a fantastic team and season together. Tremendous to clear the way for Spurs to be the clear ‘big club’ with the most embarrassing title drought.

Thanks for reading - Richard

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