Monday, June 09, 2008

Saturday Soccer

The Hair, on the ball in Saturday's soccer match. His team won 8-1 and he had quite a good game from what I saw. (I missed the first half because Sport Boy's game was still going). He was unnecessarily self-critical after the game saying he thought they and he hadn't played well! I don't know why, considering how many goals they scored, and based on what I saw. The coach is overly harsh at times, relying more on fervour and strictness than knowledge and encouragement and perhaps this rubs off on The Hair!

Sport Boy's team were losing 2-0 at half time but in a much improved second half came back to win 3-2 and manintain their unbeaten record.

And I can't let the weekend sport report go without mentioning the Cats good win against North Melbourne on Friday night. It was close all night but Geelong held sway to win by a couple of goals in a high scoring game. It was a weekend for big comebacks, with Sydney knocking off West Coast with almost the last kick of the game, and Carlton getting up over Port Adelaide in similar circumstances, when both teams had trailed by over 30 points. Couldn't resist sending Chris a text after the Eagles lost, "Cheer Cheer the Red and the White".
"Get stuffed Marcus" was her prompt reply!!

Sophie Scholl
I've just watched a very moving film I recorded on SBS a week or so ago called Sophie Scholl, the true story of a 21 year old German girl who was involved in a movement called The White Rose, who resisted Hitler and the Nazis in WW2 by distributing anti-war flyers.
They were executed for their "crime", becoming martyrs for their ideals and their faith. I have heard of the famous anti-war protester, Deitrich Boenhoffer, who was also executed for opposing Hitler, but had never heard of Sophie Scholl. Her courage and conviction in the face of danger and ultimately death were impressive and inspirational. Her final words before being beheaded were:
"How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause. Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go. But what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?"
Wikipaedia has a good brief biography of Scholl, who was voted one of the 10 greatest German citizens in history in a nationwide poll.
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