Monday, July 31, 2017

Sport shorts - 30 July

  • Getting to the business end of the season and hard to think of a more open season. There are now questions over GWS, Adelaide, and even Geelong. Adelaide snatched a draw after trailing by 50 points at one stage of the game. so their slow starts are a concern. GWS' from is patchy though maybe if their full list was healthy they might be doing better. 
  • Credit to Alistair Clarkson and the Hawks, they might not sneak into the finals but they've had an impressive turnaround to their season. It just wasn't the Swans night, hopefully we'll see a better performance and upset win against Geelong ;)
  • I'm happy with the draw to remain, and don't think we need a result for every game during the regular season.
  • Feel there's a bit of misplaced sympathy for Patrick Dangerfield. He's now ineligible for the Brownlow Medal after receiving a deserved suspension for a tackle in Geelong's game against Carlton. Read more here.
  • Congrats to Nick Riewoldt on a great career with the St Kilda.  
  • Great to see the Knights back in the winners list with a tense 21-14 win over the Dragons.  Given they're playing the Warriors next week they might get back to back wins. 
  • Impressed to see Cam Smith on the field this week - and with an awesome game too.  
  • Think the eight is almost settled, with either St George or Penrith taking the final spot - there game in round 27 will almost settle it. I'll be cheering for the Panthers.
Super Rugby
  • The Hurricanes are out after blowing a 22-3 lead. And the killer is that it means the Crusaders will travel to South Africa for the Final.  I hope I'm wrong, but I suspect the Lions will win. Then we have a two week break before the Rugby Championship starts with Australia playing New Zealand in Sydney. 
  • I've shared this elsewhere, but I was saddened to hear of the death of Les Murray. I spent countless hours listening to him talk football with Johnny Warren, Damien Lovelock and most recently Craig Foster. The passion he has for the game is infectious. He was more than an ambassador for Football, he is great Australian who fought for a more compassionate Australia. 
  • More on soccer - congrats to the Matildas who have beaten the United States for the first time in 30 years (27 games). 
  • I've been enjoying the baseball (perhaps not the Blue Jays form) and one of the things I really love is the walk-off hit, home run or Grand Slam.  And there was a great moment in this morning's game where Kyle Farmer in his first MLB at bat achieved a walk off two run hit.  
  • Finally, this article about concussion in sport is a must-read.

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