June Monthly Sport Wrapup
June was another massive month of sport. State of Origin, the Lions versus All Blacks series and the Wallabies tests were a fantastic build up to the ‘Battle of Brisbane’. We are only just catching our breath!
Let’s start with the highlight of the NRL season, State of Origin. NSW came out firing in game one and delivered a crushing defeat to a new look Queensland side. The post-game analysis was pretty bleak with most commentators writing the Maroons off. The loss at Suncorp, return of Billy Slater and Jonathan Thurston as well as some young blood in the forward pack all came together. The Maroons managed to level the series with the decider taking place tomorrow evening at Suncorp Stadium. Without Jonathon Thurston and Darius Boyd, the young Queensland side will need every bit of help they can get from a vocal Suncorp crowd!
The Wallabies kicked of their “FiScoTaly” tour on a sunny Saturday afternoon against Fiji. The elation of their first victory quickly turned to disbelief following a shock loss to Scotland the week after. Thankfully, they managed to come out on top against Italy. Much has been written about the plight of Australian rugby lately and the impending loss of a super rugby franchise only adds to the dim view of Australian rugby. What has happened? Where have we gone wrong? The recent loss of Jake McIntyre to a French club points to one of our problems. Players are signed to Super Rugby franchises straight from high school in a never-ending search for the next 18-year-old prodigy. A few years later they are cut and head overseas to continue their career.
To compete with (and maybe even beat) the All Blacks, a leaf needs to be taken from the New Zealander’s book. It starts with creating a strong national club competition. This can then feed talent into Super Rugby and eventually then into the national sides. The All Blacks managed to ‘wow’ us once again after showing some fine displays of rugby during the British & Irish Lions tour. The tour was unfortunately slightly anti-climatic with a game three draw but the game did go down to the final minute.
Lastly, July 2 2017 won’t be a date Jeff Horn will forget any time soon. His fight against Manny Pacquiao was nearly called off after the 9th round. But Horn got back into the ring and after 12 rounds he emerged victorious to the great delight of most of Australia. We’re looking forward to the potential rematch in November!
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