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If you can look beyond the AFL and the NRL, the big one tonight is at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, where the Waratahs take on the Crusaders hoping to win the Super Rugby title for the first time. Have they got what it takes? Rajiv Maharaj certainly thinks so, given the recent form of the New South Welshmen.
The Tahs are a better side than the Crusaders both statistically and to the naked eye. The Crusaders have flattered to deceive with a top two finish. They have looked quite ordinary at times and really came good only in the past month, including the 38-6 semi-final win against the Sharks last weekend.
Whilst were rounding up, in the NRL last night, Manly edged closer to their first minor premiership since 1997 with victory over the Broncos at Brookvale. Retro.
Full match report here.
In case you missed it, lets bring you up to speed with what happened last night at the SCG: the Swans got back to winning ways with a gritty win over Essendon. Gritty because Buddy pulled out of the game before kick-off and Kurt Tippett and Sam Reid werent firing on all cylinders. Thank goodness for Adam Goodes.
Full match report here.
So, were already at the long break at the Adelaide Oval and its the Eagles who lead the Crows by 12. And by all accounts, its a cracker. At least thats what theyre saying on the telly. And I believe them.
Lets crack on, then. Heres whats on todays tasty sporting menu for our degustation:
Adelaide v West Coast 1340
Richmond v GWS 1640
North Melbourne v Geelong 1940
Gold Coast v St Kilda 1940
Good afternoon and welcome to the latest innovation to fall off Guardian Australias ideas conveyor belt: a Saturday afternoon-into-evening one-stop shop for all the latest sports happenings on what promises to be quite a busy day across three codes of football. My brief is as follows: model this live blog on the UK websites famous round ball clockwatch, keep things light hearted but informative, and dont leave my chair for the next eight hours in a daring bid to keep you, dear readers, abreast of whats going on in the days four AFL, three NRL and one Super Rugby match. And anything else that might be going on in the world of sport, while were at it. How difficult is this going to be?Continue reading...
Petty officialdom, Gallic pretensions and inter-team rows are the things that keep the Games in the public eye
So we trundle, once again, to the barriers of outrage to gaze, once again, on the spectacle of an Australian athletics team renting itself asunder amid a blaze of competing egos. This, of course, is not the first time weve seen controversy erupt at a Commonwealth or Olympic Games; weve had the case of the gun-toting swimmers, the spectacle of the elite hurdler miraculously casting away her crutches, Jesus-like, for the TV cameras, the total breakdown of team feeling and togetherness among Australias swimmers at the 2012 Lonely Games. But never before have we been treated to such a rich array of synchronised athletic dysfunction: from the pair of squash players forced to play with each other, in silence, through a veil of mutual hatred, to the headbutting weightlifter and the head coach camply protecting himself from non-attack through the time-honoured medium of the acerbic press release, these Commonwealth Games have provided a true smorgasbord of gossip for the casual observe.
The occasional broken pool floor-assisted swimming record aside, the sport itself in Glasgow has been pretty hum-drum a natural reflection, you might argue, of the muddled sense of relevance, in a post-colonial world, of a competition whose founding premise is colonialism. But whats been lacking in action on the track, round the field, and in the pool, events behind the scenes have more than made up for. Thats the reality of the Commonwealth Games for Australian spectators these days: we wander over in the vague expectation of a record medal haul, and stay for the dead certainty of an off-field scrap.Continue reading...