Almanac Sporting Review – Easter Weekend and who has the choccies?

Easter Weekend delights

The only thing more entertaining to a sports lover over Easter weekend is the regular supply of chocolate that keeps you awake.

Remind me why is there no AFL on Good Friday?

I managed to watch every other variation of sport around the world and in Australia but no AFL. Rugby League, Super Rugby, Football, Surfing, Basketball, Cricket etc. When will HQ realise you can respect the festival of choccy eggs and crucifixion AND sport, the two most important faiths can be shared in one day.

Disappointment for the weekend must be West Indies losing to Afghanistan, if only I had a dollar on that result! Not suggesting anything but a few WI players looked happy after the game. Maybe it’s because they have qualified for the semis and Australia didn’t.

Speaking of questionable outcomes in sporting results, teenager Talia Martin wins Stawell Women’s Gift after improving by about 7 metres. Having been fined $2,000 by Stewards for an improvement in the extreme range (4m is limit), Martin coached by Paul O’Dwyer is the youngest winner at 15 years old. Last year’s winner Grace O’Dwyer was a 16 year old schoolgirl coached by her dad Paul O’Dwyer running off 10.32 and 2014 winner was 17 year old Holly Dobbyn running off 11.5 m also coached by O’Dwyer.

The O’Dwyer stable is extremely successful with 2012 Men’s winner Matt Wiltshire. O’Dwyer is an experienced campaigner and obviously a very talented and astute reader of form. As Chief Steward Brian Marantelli commented “It is like, in the horse racing game, getting beaten in a maiden at Pakenham and 12 days later wining the Cox Plate or something.”

The game of cloak and dagger that gives Stawell its reputation continues, it must be noted there were no irregular betting patterns.

And my Easter delight this year was the Cambridge Women’s Boat Crew almost sinking in the Varsity Boat Race on the Thames. Weather conditions proved challenging as Oxford headed for the calmer banks and Cambridge opted for mid stream, which tradition dictates what you are supposed to do, except Oxford won without too much water in their boat and Cambridge pretty much sank. So much for Tradition!



The first round was a treat. We missed you footy a round full of hope, passion, optimism, bravado, thrilling action and Hawthorn, Collingwood and Fremantle losing. All the home teams won, what more could you ask for?

Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn Hawks 18.8 (116) : 12.14 (86)

West Coast Eagles vs Brisbane Lions 26.10 (166) : 15.12 (102)

Port Adelaide Power vs St Kilda Saints 20.13 (133) : 15.10 (100)

Western Bulldogs vs Fremantle Dockers 15.13 (103) : 5.8 (38)

North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Adelaide Crows 16.11 (107) : 14.13 (97)

Sydney Swans vs Collingwood Magpies 18.25 (133) : 7.11 (53)

Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers 17.19 (121) : 9.6 (60)

Melbourne Demons vs Greater Western Sydney 12.8 (80) : 10.18 (78)

Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues 14.8 (92) : 12.11 (83)



Round 4 and big wins to Warriors and Bulldogs and thrilling close victories to Eels, Sharks, Dragons, Eagles, Titans and Cowboys.

Storm tastes defeat for the first time.

New Zealand Warriors  vs Newcastle Knights 40 : 18

Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels  0 : 8

Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm 14 : 6

St.George Illawarra vs Penrith Panthers 14 : 12

Sydney Roosters vs Manly Sea Eagles 20 : 22

Canberra Raiders vs Gold Coast Titans 20 : 24

Brisbane Broncos vs North Queensland Cowboys 21 : 20

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs 12 : 42


Super Rugby XV

Waratahs beat Reds – again, Brumbies too good for Cheetahs, Forced and Rebels big losers.

Brumbies lead Australian Conference.

Reds vs Waratahs 13 : 15

Jaguares vs Stormers 8 : 13

Sharks vs Crusaders 14 : 19

Cheetahs vs ACT Brumbies 18 : 25

Sunwolves  vs Bulls 27 : 30

Rebels vs Highlanders 3 : 27

Chiefs vs Force 53 : 10

Hurricanes vs Southern Kings 42 : 20



Barmy Arnie can take it no more, Sydney FC is surely out of the reckoning for finals action in 2016 losing to the Roar. Melbourne continue their winning form defeating Phoenix, Adelaide too strong for Mariners, Gory continue to grind out wins and Victory over the line against Wanderers.

Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix 3 : 0

Adelaide United vs Central Coast Mariners 4 : 2

Brisbane Roar vs Sydney FC 3 : 2

Newcastle Jets  vs Perth Glory  1 : 2

Melbourne Victory vs WS Wanderers 2 : 0


Its not just motorists that run over cyclists, motorbikes are also capable of doing damage as this week’s 2016 Ghent-Wevelgem event illustrated when Belgium rider Antoine Demoitié died after being run over by a motorcycle during the race in Flanders, Belgium.

Demoitié, 25-years old, is part of Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert and was hit by the motorcycle when he was trying to get up from the crash. Usually these motorcycles carry photographers to follow the race and are usually exceptional riders.

The Ghent-Wevelgem is renowned for racing in narrow roads but this is an incident that never should have happened. I also noticed another Belgium rider Jens Debusschere crash and the photographer jumped off the motorcycle and took photos while the rider lay prone on the road for several minutes, not aiding him in the slightest. After 5 minutes the photographer helped get the cyclist’s bike out of the ditch while visibly in pain.

World Champion Peter Sagan went on to win the race.


Jason Day continues with his winning streak winning the WGC Match Play, beating Louis Oosthuizen in final and capturing the World Number One ranking in the process.

Having won the Arnie Palmer Invitational last week, Day eased to victory, prevailing 5 and 4 against Oosthuizen to take the title at the Austin Country Club in Texas.

Earlier Day defeated former world number one Rory McIlroy 1-up in a tight contest, nailing a 13-foot par on the last hole to seal his entry into the final.

Is there a Green Jacket coming up?



Bells is taking its toll as favourites are eliminated, including Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson and Gabriel Medina. Mick Fanning will take a break from Pro-Surfing after Bells remains in contention.


Stawell Gift

Stawell Gift 120m 1st Isaac Dunmall, 2nd Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera, 3rd Jack Hale  Adj 12.165

Women’s Gift 120m 1st Talia Martin, 2nd Tierra Exum, 3rd Sarah Blizzard  Adj 13.696

Bill Howard 100m  1st Michael Voumard, 2nd Michael Romanin, 3rd Nicholas Florio  Adj 10.466

400m Frontmarkers 1st Tim Potter, 2nd Alex Wiltshire, 3rd Carrick Gill-Vallance  Adj 46.826

400m Restricted 1st Bayley Drummond, 2nd Tom Deane, 3rd Tim Halpin  Adj 47.127

200m Open 1st Mia Goss, 2nd Jack Newman, 3rd Jasper Nettlefold  Adj  20.819

3200m Open 1st Sven Richter, 2nd Shane Thiele, Bradley White  Adj 9.10.941

800m Open 1st Alexander Bacalja, 2nd Lonain Burnett, 3rd Mark Andrews  Adj 1.50.948

400m Women’s 1st Lauren Wells, 2nd Karoline Curtis, 3rd Natasha McDowell  Adj 54.107

400m Backmarkers 1st Jack Doderico, 2nd Tim Rooke, 3rd Stuart Aberdein  Adj 46.659

120m Backmarkers 1st Khan Marr, 2nd Andrew McCabe, 3rd Nathan Riali  Adj 12.417

1600m Herb Hedemann  1st Jack Davies, 2nd Tim Norton, 3rd Lachlan Connell  Adj 4.0.640

300m Masters 1st Grant Reid, 2nd Scott Schillito, 3rd Brian Wright  Adj 34.575

550m Open 1st Justin Cohen, 2nd Ashley Kenshole, 3rd Jake Stangewitz  Adj 1.7.899

70m Open 1st Tom Sclanders, 2nd Sarah Blizzard, 3rd Daniel Richardson  Adj 7.494

100m U17 Girls 1st Olivia Ryan, 2nd Keely Shilito, 3rd Nicole Reynolds  Adj 12.004

100m U17 Boys 1st Jake Ireland, 2nd Dun Rilloraza, 3rd Harrison Kerr   Adj 10.602

Masters 100m 1st Scott Schilito, 2nd Jonathon Rogers, 3rd Grant Reid   Adj 11.040


Table Tennis

Big shout out to Melissa Tapper, 26, has made sporting history by becoming the first Australian to qualify for both the Paralympics and Olympics. Tapper was born with nerve damage in her right arm, won a spot in the teams for the Rio Olympics on Friday.

Well done!


English Football – EPL

No action due to International matches, however Tottenham and Leicester managed to defeat Germany  3 – 2 with Spurs Harry Kane and Eric Deir scoring goals and Leicester’s Vardy also putting one in the net.



Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets 105 : 90

Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets 104 : 101

Sacramento Kings  vs Dallas Mavericks 133 : 111

Golden State Warriors vs Philadelphia 76ers 117 : 105

Los Angeles Lakers vs Washington Wizards 88 : 101

Phoenix Suns vs Boston Celtics 99 : 102

Portland Trail Blazers vs Philadelphia 76ers 108 : 105

Milwaukee Bucks vs Charlotte Hornets 91 : 115

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz 84 : 93

Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs 111 : 92

Detroit Pistons vs Atlanta Hawks 95 : 112

New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers 93 : 107

New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors 91 : 115

Orlando Magic vs Chicago Bulls 111 : 89

Brooklyn Nets vs Indiana Pacers 120 : 110



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