Monday, March 31, 2014

Sport recap.

This snippet from The Guardian says it all really:
"We fans, media all-sorts, and the round’s winners and losers — from the shell-shocked Rabbitohs to the galloping Broncos — only had to cast our collective gaze to Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium on Sunday afternoon to remind ourselves that for all of the game of rugby league’s significance in our lives, it is ultimately just that: a game. With Alex McKinnon still in a coma after his serious neck injury last week, the Newcastle Knights began their match against Cronulla in a huddle, their poignant embrace — applauded by both the home fans and visiting Sharks supporters — a reminder to McKinnon and his loved ones that they are not negotiating these emotional times on their own." 
  • Essendon & Carlton made Hawthorn and Richmond work really hard for their wins. Both looked like stealing the win, but the better teams won.
  • On the Swans; it's a long season, and the last time they were 0-2 they won the flag ;) They have some improving to do before you'd give them that chance, but I'm not willing to write them off completely yet.  Franklin was better last night. We'll see what the trip to Adelaide brings. 
  • Looking forward to the Grand Final rematch (and possibly preview), between the Dockers and Hawks at the MGG next week.
T-20 World Cups
  • Meg Lanning ...126 v Ireland. Top score in Women's T20.  While the Aussie men are going home, the Women aren't joining them just yet.
  • The WhiteFerns have topped their group which I think means they play England in the Semi-Finals. 
  • Nice to see an Aussie sledge backfire. Faulkner says he doesn't like the Windies. The Windies would be happy that two sixes in his final over sealed the win.
  • The Netherlands, hard to believe, but they really should have beaten South Africa (eventually losing by 6 runs). I guess this is the best thing about T20 Cricket.  It is in this form of the game, you are most likely to have the big upsets. Given it's the form of the game were one player has the potential to change the course of the game.
  • The BlackCaps beat The Netherlands over the weekend. So a win against Sri Lanka takes them to the Semi Finals.
  • Manly v Roosters.  I'm not a Manly (or Roosters) fan, but I wouldn't call beating the Roosters in Round 4 revenge.  Sure it is a good result, but I'd swap it for a Grand Final win any day.
  • Great win by the Warriors, who are now 2-2, and hopefully back on track for the year. 
  • I am surprised by how the Rabbitohs are travelling, after a great win in round one, they have now lost three on the trot.
Super 15
  • I don't get to say this very often, but a great win by the Hurricanes.  Generally whether they win or lose, it isn't by many, at least it is in the W column this week.  

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