Jezza’s Sports Report
Greetings, fellow Sports fans; short on space this week due to our Special 4 page World Cup pull-out, so it’s just Sports Snaps this week.
Rugby Union: New Zealand 20 England 15. 1st Test Eden Park. What a magnificent game, especially considering all and sundry thought the Red Rose would be stuffed! All to play for then on Saturday, in the 2nd Test in Dunedin!
Rugby League: In the Quarters of the Challenge Cup t’was woe for holders Wigan as they suffered their first home Cup defeat for 30 odd matches, losing to Castleford Tigers, who now meet Widnes Vikings with the other Semi being Leeds v. Warrington.
Cricket: England start their Test Series against Sri Lanka on Thursday looking for revenge for the 3-2 ODI Series defeat with a new look team.
Hockey: Phew, England’s Men just scraped through 3-2 against Belgium in the World Cup, with a penalty goal in the last few minutes, to seal their place in the Semis, where they’ll face either Holland or Argentina on Friday to reach the Final. As for our Women, humiliation as having lost all four Group matches, they’re now on their way home!
Tennis: Also a pretty miserable experience for Our Andy Murray at Roland Garros in the French Open as he was humbled in straight sets in the Semi, only winning 6 games, by the King of Clay, Rafa Nadal who went on to beat No 2 Djokovic in the Final. That’s now 9 French titles for Rafa, and 5 in succession as well as his 14th Grand Slam, equaling Sampras’ record and now only 3 behind the Fed.
Horse Racing: All hail superhorse Australia in the Epsom Derby last w/end as he won by a length and a quarter, giving trainer Aiden O’Brien his 3rd Derby win prompting him to declare
Australia “the best Flat horse I’ve ever trained!”
That’s it for this week then, short and sweet, and hope you find our WC pull-out of interest.
Come on Stevie G and Co, sock it to them, and good luck (yeah, right!) to the rest!
Gumballers rolling off the ferry in San Antonio Wednesday evening caught by our man on the ground Alec Bettney. The cars all went over to Marina Botafoch where big crowds were expected to enjoy a variety of entertainment laid on by the rally organisers including a skateboard display by Tony Hawk and a DJ set by Deadmaus. Thursday the festivities continue at Destino for a pool party.
Ricciardo in his Redbull stole the show at Montreal on Sunday taking the chequered flag with his team mate Vettel crossing the line 3rd. A faultless performance from the Australian in his first victory and having passed Rosberg with just 2 laps remaining it really was close to wire. Rosberg managed 2nd place despite having problems with overheating brakes, which also hampered and eventually forced Hamilton into retirement on lap 47. Toro Rosso’s Kvyat joined Hamilton in retiring the same lap with drive failure. Both Marussias were lost on the first lap when they collided forcing out the safety car and handing Chilton a three-place grid penalty for Austria. Button had a good race and took home 4th for McLaren with Magnusson managing 9th unable to catch Vergne, who had the best race of his career so far coming 8th. Ferrari had a mediocre race with Alonso ‘lucky’ to take 6th and Raikkonen struggling with his car for 10th. Williams’ Massa probably had the best chance to take on the front runners when both Mercedes pitted the second time, but in chasing Perez for 4th into the last lap, they collided heavily which sent them both crashing into the wall. Neither driver was hurt, and Perez has been issued a five-place grid penalty for this incident which as a result, gave Hulkenberg 5th place. Caterham lost both cars with Ericsson retiring lap 7 due to a possible turbocharger problem and Kobayashi spun out and retired lap 24 with suspension damage. Lotus also had a bad race with Maldonado having to cut his race short due to power loss and Grosjean bowing out with damage to his rear wing. Sutil for Sauber, had a great race and pulled back 13th following his pit lane start (failure to qualify), whereas his teammate Gutierrez retired due to power loss – something which hindered many of the teams.