Sunday, 13 June 2010

Screening: World Cup 2010 (3)

My mate and colleague Charlie Kosla has organised the screening of England’s World Cup matches in the Church of Our Saviour Chelmsford where he serves as an assistant minister. The first event took place last night with the showing of England v USA and the event seems to have gone better than the match. Charlie comments on his Facebook page:
Whilst going to sleep watching Algeria v Slovenia, thought I would tell you about the world cup viewing in my church last night. A good turn out for England V USA after around 1500 invitations were sent all over the place including the local schools. The big screen worked well thankfully not HD so we did see Gerrard's goal. Looking forward to showing Eng v Algeria and a better result!
This is just one example of many churches taking the opportunity to engage with their local communities during the World Cup. Charlie is also helping to head up our diocese’s preparations for the Olympic Games 2012 which are based in Stratford in the Olympic Diocese of Chelmsford.
Last night’s match started well with an early goal for England, before the goalkeeper Robert Green made a dreadful mistake to let the USA back into the match. No surprise there; England’s World Cup sojourns have a habit of starting in mediocrity and goalkeeping errors are a part of the package (who can forget David Seaman’s faux pas against Brazil in 2002). Here’s hoping Capello gets a grip and works out what his best team is before Friday.

Things are looking up on the Cartoon Church Sweepstake front as my team Slovenia have beaten Algeria in their first match this afternoon and now top their group with England in second place.


Anonymous said...

Personally I blame the rest of the team for letting the USA get close enough to the goal to take a shot: if the rest of the clowns were doing their jobs properly, there would be no need for a goalkeeper.

The goalie is the last refuge of the incompetent (h/t Isaac Asimov).

Philip Ritchie said...

I agree in principle Phil, but in this case the shot was a meat and drink save for the keeper and there was no excuse for letting it in. He shot from well outside the area and there wasn't too much behind it so Green should have held on to it.