Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sporting shorts - No. 27

So, let's be honest, the weekend didn't quite go the way I was hoping in Rugby League or the AFL, at least the All Blacks did okay :) 

  • The Swans just didn't show up and deservedly paid the price. I didn't really expect to win but I hoped for more fight. Hard to believe but Sydney lost seven games at the SCG this year. 
  • Was really great to see Melbourne play well and win their final. I'll be cheering from them to go all the way now. 
  • Richmond did what everyone expected in clicked into finals mode and are in the Preliminary Final. Will be interesting to see how they go with another week off.  Given that the West Coast Eagles host the other Preliminary Final, maybe we are looking at the West Coast-Richmond Grand final. 
  • Next week we see Colllngwood host the Giants and Hawthorn play Melbourne.
  • Was so great to see the launch of the Women's Competition over the weekend. Part of me wanted to see more than four teams take part, but its good to see the NRL take it slowly and build a great competition from the ground up. 
  • Didn't expect to see the Dragons live to fight another week but with their injury toll next week might be tough. 
  • The Warriors looked out of their depth on the weekend. Will be cheering for the Panthers now. 
  • Have to admit, if I was the CEO of the NRL I would be concerned in the crowd figures from the Semi-Finals. I'm not sure what we do solution wise, but it does seem Sydney-siders prefer to watch the games on TV rather than at the ground.  
  • Next weekend we see the Sharks tackle Penrith and the Rabbits play the Dragons. Again, the two teams I care the most about are on the same side of the draw. 
  • One of the things that caught me eye over the weekend was the story about referees potentially going on strike over their pay. It certainly feels to me we need to pay our referees more. 
  • Congrats to Naomi Osaka winner of the US Open. Deserved champion. If my memory is correct the last eight Grand Slam tournaments have been won by different women
  • I am a fan of Serena Williams, and to me she's certainly one of the best players who have played tennis, but she's let herself down in how she's handled moments like this.
  • A couple of points, I do think the tennis has made its own bed by not really stamping down hard on abuse of umpires. Secondly, like Rugby League I think tennis does need to invest more money in its umpires. 
  • Was great to see Djokovic win too.
  • Couple of other great stories from the tournament - John Millman's win over Federer and Ash Barty winning the Women's Doubles with CoCo Vandeweghe. Here's hoping it leads to some great things for Ash Barty next year. 
Rugby Union
  • Certainly feel it was a significant win for the Wallabies over the weekend. Hoping its a sign of a tight world cup next year. 
  • Congrats to Alistair Cook on a wonderful career for England - and to finish with a century in his last innings is really fitting. He was such a joy to watch. 
  • It will be very intriguing to see how the series between Australia and India goes at the end of the year. I'm leaning softly to Australia winning the test series, but time till well.

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