Solheim Cup 2017

Wow, what fun!

I have just spent 3 days watching a ladies golf competition called the Solheim Cup, and enjoyed every second of it. Thrills and spills and outstanding golf.

Surely the two greatest golf competitions are the Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup.

They both are built on the history of the game and history between the two foes. I contend that its this history that makes these two competitions both unique and uncopiable. Furthermore, I suggest these two competitions are the two greatest Majors in women’s and men’s golf today.

They are played biennially which allows host clubs and the media to do justice to them. Also, because of the prestige and fun attached to these great Cups, players strive hard to be picked – thus encouraging golfing standards to remain high.

I am not blind to the fact that there are other great golfing nations who are by definition precluded from this exclusive “club”.

In a strange way this exclusivity helps make the Solheim and Ryder Cups what they are!

 

Referees and Linesmen

New soccer season one week old and we have had the first inconsistencies and referee mistakes.

Yet again I point out, the financial losses and gains from bad decisions are enormous. The irritation to fans can be profound.

To have the results of our beloved international sport dependent on inferior administration is a crime.

Surely, introduction of the latest technology for all top matches is long overdue

Trent Alexander-Arnold

This 18 year old Liverpool right back has hit season 2017 running. So impressive both in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.

He is a product of the Liverpool Youth Academy, winning the club’s Young Player of the Season award for 2016. A future England pick for sure.

Just watched him take and score a delightful free kick in the European Cup against Hoffenheim. Up and over – out to in, on right side of the goal.

I say this as a very long time supporter of Chelsea. And think to myself… if only the Chelsea management would make better use of the Chelsea Youth Academy and bring youngsters through to the first team on a regular basis.