Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sporting shorts, #2 2018

So another weekend over and alot to think about. 


  • What a great weekend of football.  The standard of football this year has been a great deal higher than last year - aside from one game that sent experts and pundits into meltdown. I'm hopeful that next year there will be Preliminary finals. The Grand Final will be played between the Western Bulldogs, one of the clubs who has done so much for Women's Footy and last year's runners-up the Brisbane Lions.  Should be a cracking game. 
  • Can't wait for the Men's competition to start on Thursday. So much excitement and anticipation for the Swans who will hopefully start better than last year..  
  • Round two, and it feels like the ladder is upside down or something. I certainly didn't predict Parramatta would be 0-2 and the Tigers would be 2-0. 
  • The Warriors have won their first two games of a season, for the first time in 9 years. I'm certainly not getting excited yet. We will know more about them after their next few games. But it is a promising start. 
  • Newcastle's come from behind win today was impressive too, Pearce is making a big difference.
  • My two highlights of the round were the tackle from Brisbane's Tevita Pangai Junior who essentially tackled Bolton into the upright to prevent the Cowboys taking the lead with about 90 secs left. The second was Benji Marshall's act of sportsmanship ensuring the Tigers acknowledge Billy Slater as he left the field after their game against Melbourne. Slater is one of the best full-backs I've seen play the game. For him to play 300 games for a single club is an amazing achievement. 
Super Rugby
  • Five weeks in and it seems the Lions will again be the best ranked South African team.  The Australian and New Zealand conferences will be a little harder to pick. I still like the Waratahs to finish at the top of the Australian conference. 
  • Congratulations to Ireland, winners of the Six Nations with their third Grand Slam. They certainly are my dark horse to win next years World Cup. 

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