Monday, May 26, 2014

Weekend sport...

The Matilda's

  • The Australian's Women Football team played Japan in the Asian Cup Final, and lost 0-1. Great effort from the team through the tournament. Really excited for the World Cup next year.  Surprised this isn't the leading sports story today.
  • This quote from the Guardian sums it up: 'And ... five games in a player-depleted and split National Rugby League Round 11, and one thinks, yet again, surely there is another way. ' I like the idea of suspending the comp for the origin series, playing over three weekends (or two Wednesday's & a Sunday afternoon).  But I don't think TV will like that idea much. 
  • So the Warriors beat the Titans on the Gold Coast (though it sounded like they were playing in Auckland). Hoping that during the rep season the Warriors can build some momentum.
  • On the State of Origin - Queensland have to be the favourites.  But you never know, don't forget the Queensland team of 1995, who won the series 3-0 after being completely written off.
  • Not a fan of the split round here either. The Swan's had a bye this week. Which I guess is good. They have another big test Thursday night hosting Geelong and the SCG.
  • After wins over Fremantle, Geelong and now Hawthorn, Port Adelaide are the clear favourites for the competition now.  Impressed by the the Suns, now sitting in third place, reckon they will drop a little and remain in the eight at the end of the season. June-July will be a big test for them as they will play Sydney, Hawthorn, Geelong & Collingwood. An Ablett suspension will hurt them.
  • After a pretty ordinary week, Jack Riewoldt  kicks 11.0 to 3QT to lead the Tigers to a big win over the Giants. Was expecting a Richmond win, but thought the Giants would give a better account of themselves.
Super Rugby
  • Don't look now, but the Waratahs are on the top of Australian Conference. Great performance by the Hurricanes to beat the defending Champions (The Chiefs) 45-8. Seems Barrett must be favourite to be the starting no 10. for the All Blacks if Carter is unfit.
French Open
  • French Open started overnight.  Hoping to see Tomic & Hewitt play each other..  At the moment, at least in the Men's Tournament I'd be surprised if Nadal or Djokovic wasn't the Champion.  I'm most intrigued about how Wawrinka backs up after winning the Australian Open.  The Women's side is a little more interesting as it is hard to pick a winner. I'm always interested in how the Bryan brothers go in the Men's Doubles
World Cup 
  • The Socceroos play Sth Africa tonight as their farewell match before heading to Brazil.  Given that it sounds like they're playing an essential 'B' team, you wonder what the value is. 

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