October Sport Wrap-up
Well, it’s safe to say that October certainly delivered on the sporting front! We saw the back end of the AFL and NRL finals celebrations, plus Wallabies tests and Betfred cup football finals. The NBA, NFL and NHL kept American sport enthusiasts happy whilst the Brisbane Bullets returned to the NBL for the first time since 2008. You can bet that we’re once again backing the Brisbane Roar, and providing an atmospheric and exciting place to watch any A-League match!
Let’s start with the fairy tale weekend that was the AFL and NRL Grand Finals. The Bulldogs secured their first premiership in 62 years and the Sharks took home the NRL trophy for the first time. I’m not a big fan of either club however happily jumped on the bandwagon and joined many Australians in their 2nd favourite national past time – cheering for the underdog.
The Betfred Cup semi-finals may not have meant much to most Australians. But to tens of thousands of Scottish football fans it brought about another installment of the well-known rivalry between Rangers and Celtic. At Brisbane’s Home of Football, we are the proud venue of choice for the Brisbane Rangers Supporters Club who came down to catch all the action at Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside. Unfortunately, they left less than overjoyed as their side went down one nil. It won’t be long until the next chapter of the rivalry is played out, with the next Old Firm match scheduled for New Year’s Eve. Save the date!
From European football back to our own national competition. We are now 4 weeks into the new A-League season and Sydney FC are currently on top of the table. It’s a long road ahead though! Melbourne City faithful will be hoping new superstar recruit Cahill will take them to top spot by the season’s end.
Jumping codes to the rugby union, the Wallabies have just finished a pretty dismal rugby championship and are currently in the UK. They’re preparing for a month-long tour of the Northern Hemisphere but with recent news that Will Genia’s French club may not release him for national duty, slight unease is lingering in the air. It starts this Sunday with a match against Wales. The Wallabies then head to Scotland, over to France, then Ireland, before finally settling in for the final grudge match. This will be against England on December 4 and yes, we’re still deciding which team we’ll get behind!
After their recent performances, everybody seems to have an opinion on our national rugby team. Personally, I think that international success is built on a solid local competition. I believe that in a few years we will start to reap the rewards of a strong NRC competition, just as New Zealand has with their Mitre 10 cup.
WHAT’S NEXT IN LIVE SPORT AT PIG ‘N’ WHISTLE?
As we near the end of 2016 we look forward to reflecting on a year of great sport. In November you can catch action from the NBA, NHL, NFL, A League, and more. See you all next month!