Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sporting shorts..

Olympic Games 
I haven't been this unexcited by an Olympic games for a long time. Almost two weeks out and all the news is again the lack of preperations, and drugs. Maybe it will change when it starts but somehow I doubt it.

With about five roiunds left, the top eight looks settled. I really can't see North Melbourne being replaced by St. Kilda. The real interest is in the finishing order of the teams. Will be intriguing if Sydney and GWS play each other. Hard to pick a favourite, though Hawthorn are looking good to win again. If Sydney don't win, I'll be cheering for Adelaide. Here's an interesting article simulating the ladder at the end of the season and possible Grand finaliists.

Certainly Cronulla and Melbourne are the standout teams this year. Their game in the final round shaping as the decider for the Minor Premiership. I suspect one of them will win the competition, though Brisbane and North Queensland may have something to say about that. After the Golden point loss to the Raiders, I think the Raiders are not really out of the running for the finals.

On the League finals, it is a shame the Sharks are forced to play their finals at Allianz Stadium. For me, the supporters deserve to be able to see them play in Cronulla.

Super Rugby
Semi-finalists have been decided with the Hurricanes hosting the Chiefs and the Highlanders travelling to Johansberg. Hoping for a repeat of last yeatr's final, albeit with a different result.

But I got worried reading an article proclaiming the Hurricanes as favourites.  The duel between Cruden and Barrett will be great to watch, and will possibly determine who starts for the All Blacks in August's test. Great news that Hansen has re-signed to coach the All Blacks to the 2019 World Cup.

Our Cricket season starts with New Zealand playing Zimbabwe and Australia in Sri Lanka. +

On Coaches and coaching, Offsiders had a really fascinating program on Sunday with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika. Watch it here.

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