Posted by: jkirkby8712 | September 14, 2011

Friday, 9th September 2011 – feedback from the past weekend.

Great news coming out of the US Open Tennis this morning – finally, after as couple of rain delayed days, Sam Stosur got onto the court for her Quarter Final game  –  and the report I heard on the radio, as I drove towards the city, was that she had won – Australia’s first female US Open Semi-Finalist since Wendy Turnbull, in 1984!  As reported in the Daily Telegraph,   “A crushing 6-3 6-3 win over World No.2 Vera Zvonereva has propelled Samantha Stosur into the US Open semi-finals.   Drawn to face unseeded German Angelique Kerber on Sunday morning, Stosur is now within touching distance of just her second Grand Slam final apearance following last year’s heart-breaking French Open defeat.  In complete contrast to her previous two marathon matches, the raging Aussie needed just 67 minutes to record her eighth-straight career win over Zvonereva. The quarter-final was postponed two days because of persistent rain but Stosur never missed a beat as she blasted the shell-shocked Russian to bits with 25 brutish winners.  And much to the joy of the vocal Antipodean contingent on Grandstand Court, the ninth seed refused to give her opponent a sniff – conceding no breaks nor a single double fault”.  I just had to include my own little ‘congratulations’ to Sam, via FaceBook.

Meantime, I’ve received a little bit of feedback from the ‘William Kirk’ booklets which I had sent out to various people over the past few days.  Distant cousin ‘Ann’ had this to say this morning:    “Hello Bill,  Many thanks for your William Kirk booklet, fascinating reading. You’ve certainly done a lot of research over a lot of years.(You did mention the divorce.) I’ll need to thoroughly  sort out where everyone belongs- you’ve helpfully set it all out. William sure had a full and interesting life. It’s a pity we’ll never know for sure,  all the history about our ancestors early lives.   Thanks again, a really  great family history. I’ll be in touch. Ann”   While from ‘Val’, another relative, following her opening sentence, a series of queries and questions about some of the contents of the booklet – ‘Hi Bill,   Have just finished reading through the folder you sent, thanks or that’. Not that the feedback was a concern, that was what I was searching for, new information, corrections, etc, I just found that the difference in the ‘tone’ between the two bits of response, was in fact, rather typical of the two ladies in question!

An enthusiastic phone call tonight from Linton Kirk, a cousin of my father – he had also  received the copy of the booklet I’d sent him, and he was quite excited about what I had done. Offered to do another search amongst his belongings for some old photos, etc, obviously my writings had reignited his enthusiasm for the family history.

A bit of major sport on around the place tonight. In Sri Lanka, it was Day 2 of the Second Test Match, and at Stumps the scoreboard showed Sri Lanka: 174 and Australia: 3 wickets for 264 runs with Marsh, not out 87, and Michael Hussey, not out 76. Meanwhile, Friday night football –  the 2011Finals series commenced tonight, with the first of the Qualifying Finals between Hawthorn and Geelong.  Played in freezing conditions, with various periods of rain squalls throughout the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.  Glad I was not sitting there! Home alone instead – Susie went out this evening, think it was Jodie who picked her up!  Susie was back before the football telecast finished.

Hawthorn looked promising at the beginning, but once the Geelong team got into the mood, it was obvious which was the more polished team. A couple of major knee injuries to players from both teams during the match, were disappointing to see.

  • Geelong Cats:                2.0.12    7.2.44      12.6.78      Final:   14.14.98
  • Hawthorn Hawks:          3.5.23    4.8.32      7.12.54      Final:    9.13.67

World Cup Rugby commences in New Zealand this evening, a program of 7 weeks!!  Game 1 sees New Zealand vs Tonga, and it would not be a very comforting welcoming opening game for the islanders!

Rugby World Cup update:  Game 1:  New Zealand  41 defeated Tonga 10

I would love to be able to watch some of these World Cup rugby games, but it seems that as far as the ‘free to air’ channel with the contract is concerned, we are only going to have the Australian matches televised virtually when they are happening – all of the other games seemed to be scheduled for delayed telecast in the early hours of our mornings.  Typical of our commercial channels here!



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