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Friday Funnies – The Kurtley Beale falcon

first_imgFriday Sep 10, 2010 Friday Funnies – The Kurtley Beale falcon It’s almost been a week since the incredible test match between the Boks and the Wallabies in Bloemfontein. Who will ever forget the way the game was won, with Kurtley Beale slotting the match winning kick. He will be remembered for another great moment too though, this classic falcon a few minutes from time. ADVERTISEMENTYoung Kurtley Beale has been moved around a lot throughout his short career. A star junior, Beale was touted to make the transition as a top class flyhalf. Things didn’t quite go to plan though, despite coaches desperate to get a man of his talent on the park.He’s played flyhalf, centre, and now finds himself at fullback, a position he’s shone at of late. The man himself says he’s just happy to be in the mix. “Wherever I’m needed I’ll be more than happy to help out, but at the moment we’ve got Quade, Berrick Barnes, Matt Giteau and Anthony Faingaa at flyhalf and centre,” said Beale.“I want to concentrate on one position, though. If you get chucked around you don’t work on the little things you need to pay attention to.”In the last two tests he’s showed his flair, with one break in particular at Loftus Versfeld tearing through the heart of the Springbok defense. It was in Bloemfontein though that we all witnessed this classic falcon (an Aussie term for being hit in the head by the ball).It led to three points for the Springboks, and high embarrassment for Beale, but the measure of the man was seen only a few minutes later as he stepped to slot the winner penalty from over 50 meters out.“I didnt know who was supposed to take the kick; I was busy looking for Gits, but hed left the field. But most of the guys wanted me to take the kick, and I knew I had to stick to the process and not worry about the crowd. I hit it well, but I saw it drifting and I had to wait until the touchies raised the flags,” said Beale afterwards.ADVERTISEMENT“Its definitely a career highlight. To win a match for the Wallabies, it doesnt get better.”Coach Robbie Deans was full of praise for his side, and for Beale, who he had faith in.“I knew it was always going to be a good prospect with KB [Beale],” Deans said. “It must have been pretty humiliating to take a ball in the head in front of a capacity crowd, but he showed a lot to nail that kick,” he added.Both are classic moments from a fantastic test match, so this clip captures a bit of both.ADVERTISEMENTTime: 01:08 Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 12 WEEKS AGO The results of face-swapping Six Nations… 12 WEEKS AGO Bristol have released another ridiculous… 13 WEEKS AGO WATCH: 120kg prop leaves Scottish player…last_img read more

Huge Throng Looks on as Hundreds Plunge Into New Year

first_imgBy TIM KELLYThey came. They saw. They plunged into a new year and decade.Ocean City’s First Day at the Beach event was just about perfect, organizers and participants agreed.With a huge crowd of onlookers, more than 500 brave souls who decided to usher in 2020 with an, ahem, invigorating dip in the Atlantic, and almost perfect conditions, what was not to like?“I’m standing here, (shirtless, barefoot and dripping wet) and I’m not even cold,” said Jim Hudson, of Bel Air, Md., who took part in the event with his friend, Kevin Talley, of Newark, Del. “It was a great way to start the new year.”They were hardly alone, event emcee Michael Hartman said.“We had more than 300 preregistered,” he said, conservatively estimating 500-plus actually showed up for a frosty moment or two in the surf.“There were well over a thousand people here (including the spectators),” Hartman estimated.(Video courtesy of Martin Fiedler of Just Right TV Productions)According to several weather and surf report websites, the ocean temperature of 45 degrees was about the same as the air temperature, also in the mid-40s.In one of those Ocean City miracles, the sun peeked through cloudy skies and the gusty winds, which previously dropped the “feels like” temperature into the mid-30s, had subsided.Suddenly, the beach just north of Moorlyn Terrace seemed to take on a warm glow at the precise moment the event was ready to start.Carl Wanek, of Ocean City, dons an old school bathing attire and a straw hat as he prepares to run into the Atlantic with his family.Despite such ideal weather, a disclaimer went out, with Hartman urging the plungers not to go too far out in the water, or to stay in for more than a moment or two.Police, fire and EMS personnel were on hand, but were not needed.“I’ve got 2 o’clock,” Hartman finally told the waiting throng of plungers, “so let’s do a countdown!”With that, a horn and other noisemakers sounded and the sprint to the waves was underway.Young and old, male and female, locals and visitors wrapping up Ocean City’s First Night events took part.Cheers rang out from those watching on the beach and Boardwalk and alongside the Music Pier, where a DJ booth provided Hartman’s announcer podium and plenty of music.The participants also made lots of noise with primal screams during the run-up, as they hit the surf and then retreated to waiting towels and blankets.The whole thing was over in a few minutes.Fire Department personnel asked John Lovett and Daniel Selekman, both 14, of Hockessin, and Wilmington, Del., respectively, to leave the water after the boys lingered a bit too long in the sea.“We were the last ones out,” John said proudly.“It was fine,” said Daniel. “After the first couple seconds everything went numb and you couldn’t feel anything. It was fun.”John Lovett and Daniel Selekman, both 14, are the last plungers out of the water.Just prior to the event, plungers were equally stoked.Tara Peak, of Egg Harbor Township, and Jack Krise, of Mays Landing, said they were at their third Ocean City First Day at the Beach and “probably 10th” cold water plunge overall.“What better way to baptize yourself for the coming year?” Tara asked rhetorically.In keeping with Ocean City’s family image, the Esterlys, of Reading Pa., took the dip together.“We wanted to start 2020 by challenging ourselves,” said dad Jason, who dove in with wife Tara and sons Jace, 8, and 7-year-old Jett.“The boys weren’t hard to convince,” Tara said with a wide grin. “We’re probably going to have to pull them out. When they are in the ocean, they want to play. They don’t want to come out. Temperature doesn’t seem to affect them.”Representing the locals, best friends Michelle Einhorn and Christine Teeney, both members of Ocean City High School’s class of 1999, were doing their first New Year’s Day dive with kids Sienna Einhorn and Liam and Mia Teeney.All five wore festive hats.Teeney raised her hand when asked whose idea the plunge was.“I hope we’re still best friends afterward,” she said, giggling.Plungers scramble out of the frosty water after taking a dip.Friends Michelle Einhorn and Christine Teeney and kids Sienna Einhorn and Mia and Liam Teeney don appropriate headgear for their plunge.A big crowd of participants and spectators anticipate the start of the plunge. They’re off! More than 500 bathers take the ocean plunge on New Year’s Day.last_img read more