June Sport Wrap-Up
Wow, what a month of sport that was! Between rugby tours, Euro 2016, State of Origin, NBA finals, UFC 199, NRL and AFL, there was so much sport on it was hard for even the most avid sports fan to keep up. So, we thought we would provide a short summary.
June kicked off with a bang with the centenary of the Copa America. As usual we had a strong following from all of the South American teams with Chilean fans in particular coming out in force for each of their games. It was only fitting that they would make it through a two hour rain delay in their semi final against Colombia to then face off against Lionel Messi and Argentina in the final. The Chilean faithful turned out in droves at for the final and the sacrificed 40 winks were not regretted! After 120 minutes the teams could not be separated. The final went to penalties with Chile being the eventual victors! Click here for footage of the Chilean victory.
We were expecting a couple of hard fought series when the England and Welsh tours to the Southern Hemisphere were announced. Although neither series were close in the end, there were some terrific plays of rugby. New Zealand once again asserted dominance over a touring party with a 3-0 series whitewash. On our side of the Tasman the news was not so good. Eddie Jones and his England team demoralised the Wallabies and left our shores with their first Australian series whitewash.
Whilst the English rugby team were dominating our rugby fields, their football playing countrymen were not having as much luck. After coming second in their group they faced Iceland in their round 16 match. After a well publicised loss, the manager quit and there have been calls for several players to follow suit.
The Euros are much more than just England though and this competition hasn’t disappointed. Whether it was Iceland’s historic win, Republic of Ireland’s nail biting match against France, Hungary’s performances in the group stage or Northern Ireland’s impressive match against Germany, it was action and excitement galore. It’s hard to pick a favourite match from the upcoming finals. You would have to believe though that the Wales v Belgium and Germany v Italy matches will be highlights! Part of me can’t help but cheer for Iceland. Can they pull of another upset and beat the home town side?
And speaking of beating the home town side, that’s exactly what New South Wales needed to do when they traveled to Suncorp Stadium for Origin 2. Corey Parker’s retirement announcement resulted in a full house over at the stadium. A hat-trick of tries to Dane Gagai, Corey Oate’s first Origin try and a pair of knock ons from Michael Jennings saw the Maroons take the victory and seal the series within two games.
All of these games were great and drew solid crowds to all Pig ‘N’ Whistle venues. For me though, the highlight in sport for June has to be The NBA Finals series. Even non-NBA fans were drawn into the drama of the 7 game series! It didn’t disappoint with the result undecided until the final minute of the last game.
What’s Next in Sport at Pig ‘N’ Whistle?
July is an equally exciting month! We have the Euro finals, Super Rugby finals, the return of Brock Lesnar in UFC200 and the final State of Origin. Remember to keep checking back to the Live Sports page on our website to see what’s showing. See you all next month!