Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Dry Spell




The national football team of Niue has never scored a goal.

Niue is a small island nation in the South Pacific, with a population of 1,600. And their national football team has in fact only played two matches in its history - both in the 1983 South Pacific Games. It's not as if goals weren't scored in those matches, however. Niue lost 14 nil to Tahiti, and 19 nil to Papua New Guinea.

At this point you may be thinking, well, so what? It's a tiny nation with the population of a village. Of course their sports teams are going to get thrashed by far, far bigger countries like Tahiti or Papua New Guinea...

In May 2015, the national Rugby League team of Niue played South Africa. They won 48 - 4.

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riflet said...

Mr. Finnemore --

Thank you for this sport(s) story. I found it interesting. It had a plot that held me to the end of the post.

However, I notice on the Wikipedia page for the Niue national rugby league team that they the score versus South Africa was 44-0.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niue_national_rugby_league_team

Even more impressive.

I have a small request: who was the man you drew as entry two in the advent series this past December? I have given up trying to identify him.

The page is here: http://johnfinnemore.blogspot.com/2016/12/two.html

Thank you for your time.

John Finnemore said...

Riflet
- Thank you. Possibly the first sports post ever on this blog. Possibly the last, too.
- I don't want to be dogmatic about it, but I think my score may be the accurate one. I have edited the post to include a link to the actual game, so you can watch for yourself if you want to be sure!
- 'Advent series' is a generous name for it! It was Clarence Darrow.

A Teessider in Malawi said...

There was a post on the Ashes, umm... over a decade ago.

Thank you so much for more superb JFSP, each new episode is the highlight of my week.

riflet said...

Mr Finnemore--

I apologize for doubting your scoring--I've been burned more than once by Wikipedia. I will not watch the match, but did scroll to the end and confirm you are correct. Go Niue, The Rock!

Of course it is Clarence Darrow and is unseeable any other way. Thank you.

I commend you again for your radio work. It's ideal.

Bloomsbury said...

What does the dolphin do during a match?

John Birch said...

It would be great if some way could be found for Niue to play Sark, who have a similarly impressive football record of played 4,lost 4, scored 0 goals, conceded 55 (including a 20-0 defeat to the Isle of Wight), all at the wonderful Island Games in 2013 (whose participants includes famous islands like Gibraltar).

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