Almanac Weekend Rewind

AFL Sydney Testing the Waters

Pre-season Bank Cup has started and while we have seen some interesting results, you cannot take what has happened so far as any form of gauge to the season proper. Port showed good intent in their undermanned match against Swans who typically don’t show their wares until round 1, although a tall forward from Robe named Dawson (do we dare call him smokie?) did enough with his few touches to excite the red and white hopefuls. In a storm-drenched last quarter, the Swans glided on the surface whilst peddling hard underneath, cutting up a gallant Port.

Gold Coast, North, Hawks and Adelaide had wins, with the latter racking up a big score against last year’s GF finalist West Coast. WC did start pre-season later and we shouldn’t read too much into the score, after all this is the pre-season for hope and optimism, everyone is on equal points.


It has been reported that former Penrith player Jamal Idris survived an attempted kidnap in Vietnam while on Contiki tour. A Free to Air broadcaster reported that the 25-year-old was on a contiki tour in Ho Chi Minh City when he was separated from his group, encountered a group of kidnappers who duly attacked him and tried to extort money from him. Idris escaped, immediately contacting his family, who informed the Australian Federal Police. Not exactly sure if this was a kidnapping or robbery or extortion but there has been many an opposition player who have also failed in their attempts to stop the powerful player. Idris is on an indefinite break from the NRL.

NRL vs Superleague

The World Club series being played in England witnessed Southern Hemisphere dominance. Still in pre-season build-up, Brisbane Broncos were too powerful and skilful for Wigan Warriors wining 42-12, Sydney Roosters demolished St Helens 38-12. The final game, showdown if you like between the two championship teams will be played overnight, Nth Qld Cowboys against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.


Cricket – Records and runs galore in NZ

B McCullum turned on the fireworks in his last test for NZ, in a performance befitting a T20 match. Breaking Sir Viv’s fastest Test ton, McCullum swung and did little running between the wickets taking the Kiwis to 370. Aussie sin reply piled on a 4-363 on day in a more sedate manner with Tons to Smith and Burns, he with the 3 test centuries to his name in 19 innings with those of you out there calling for his head. Patience please it’s not T20.


A-League: Safe to say no flare in the A-League

With the two major supporter clubs being penalised for letting off more than wind, Victory and Wanderers’ fans seemed to behave themselves. Victory lost in the final gasp and Wanderers drew in a tense sometimes spiteful Sydney derby, a match where Barmy Arnie felt the sky blues dominated and should have won, while Wanderers had the better chances and if converted they should have won, but they didn’t.

Melbourne City sprang back into action with a solid win against Central Coast, who lost Storm Roux to a nasty injury and Fabio Ferreira for a second yellow card.

Brisbane obviously didn’t appreciate the flight over to Perth, with a sluggish 6-3 defeat to Glory. Nine goals scored for the match equalled the A-League record that was set on four previous occasions.

Adelaide finally ended a five year loss record on Victory’s home turf, records are meant to be broken.

Melbourne City v Central Coast Mariners 4 : 1

Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar 6 : 3

Sydney FC v WS Wanderers 1 : 1

Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix 3 : 2

Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United 0 : 1


Korean Soo Bin Kim fired a course record nine under 63 in the first round of the Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide. It wasn’t enough to win the tournament with Japanese golfer Haru Nomura a final round 67 to win over world number one Lydia Ko (67) and local hope Karrie Webb (71).

Cycling Tour of Oman
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) has won stage 5 of the Tour of Oman. General Classification leader Vincenzo Nibali continues to lead the tour with one stage on Sunday remaining. Best young rider is Australia’s Brendan Canty (Drapac).

Pro Running – Keilor Gift 20th  February

120m Keilor Gift 1st Craig Foley, 2nd Brett Richards, 3rd Cam Dunbar  12:669
120m Women’s Gift 1st Julia Phillips, 2nd Kayla Bunevicius, 3rd Lauren Keating  14:176
400m Open 1st Jarrod Whittaker, 2nd Hamish Adams, 3rd Jack Doderico  48:171
1600m Backmarkers 1st Indiana Cooper, 2nd Mark Andrews, 3rd Jack Kockley Samon  4:15:369
400m Women’s 1st Megan McMahon, 2nd Sophia Fighera, 3rd Meg Deane  56:820
400m Restricted Final 1st Justine White, 2nd Tom Deane, 3rd Tim Halpin
300m Masters 1st Les masters, 2nd Scott Schillito, 3rd Neil Brennan 36:799
1600m Frontmarkers Final 1st Chloe Sproule, 2nd Leon Brooks, 3rd Corina Kapusta 4:10:036
800m Open Final 1st Stefan Catalano, 2nd James Deane, 3rd Jake Stevens  1:55:261
70m Open Final 1st Harrison Kerr, 2nd Carrick Gill-Vallance, 3rd Rhys Gillson  7:638

Stonnington Gift 19th  February

Gift 100m Open 1st Ryan McNamara, 2nd Nathan Riali, 3rd Brett Richards  10:509
Women’s Gift 100m 1st Keely Henderson, 2nd Sarah Blizzard, 3rd Jessica Payne 11:687
Women’s 400m 1st Jody Richards, 2nd Natalya Hall-Dekleva, 3rd Anne Church  56:336
300m Masters 1st David Page, 2nd Scott Shillito, 3rd John Hilditch   35:113
1600m Open 1st Cameron Clayton, 2nd James Deane, 3rd Jack Davies  4:10:770
100m U20 Boys 1st Daniel Richardson, 2nd Darcy Ireland, 3rd Matt Burleigh 11:023
U20 Junior Stonnington Gift 1st Sarah Huntington, 2nd Olivia Owen, 3rd Bridget Neideck   12:079


New Zealand heart breakers defeated Melbourne not so united 2 -0 in their playoff, with NZ set to meet the winner of Illawarra Hawks and Perth Wildcats going into a decider game 3.

The Hockeyroos defeated Great Britain in the final game of the series to win 2-1 having played their three draws previously in Perth. Enjoy the flight home.

Australian Neil Robertson meets Ronnie O’Sullivan tonight in the Final of the Welsh Open 2016 Snooker Championships. UPDATE: The Aussie lost

Robertson reached the Final with semi win over Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen 1-77 (77), 40-82 (55), 65-57 (Allen 56), 109-12 (54, 51), 75-0 (75), 86-31 (82), 72-1 (72), 0-124 (124), 1-96, 66-40.

O’Sullivan defeated fellow Englishman Joe Perry in the other Semi. 68-48, 0-139 (139), 129-0 (124), 1-92 (92), 105-0 (101), 94-29 (94), 88-3 (88), 39-83 (56), 98-24 (78)

Ski Jumping
Latest rounds of the Ski Jumping World Cup in Kuopio Finland sees Austria’s Michael Hoyboeck win the first round. Second rounds are due overnight.

Rank      Athlete

1             HAYBOECK Michael          AUT       265.4

2             TANDE Daniel Andre        NOR       263.0

3             FREUND Severin               GER        259.5

4             GANGNES Kenneth           NOR       259.2

5             PREVC Peter       SLO        258.7

6             FORFANG Johann Andre  NOR       255.0

7             KASAI Noriaki     JPN        246.6

8             FANNEMEL Anders           NOR       245.8

9             KOUDELKA Roman           CZE        245.5


English Football – FA Cup

Arsenal 0 – 0 Hull

Reading 3 – 1 West Brom

Watford 1 – 0 Leeds

Bournemouth 0 – 2 Everton

Blackburn 1 – 5 West Ham

Tottenham 0- 1 Crystal Palace

Chelsea 5 – 1  Man City


English Football – Championship

Cardiff 4-1 Brighton

Birmingham P-P Leeds Postponed

Bolton 1-1 QPR

Brentford 1-3 Derby

Burnley 2-0 Rotherham

Fulham 3-0 Charlton

Huddersfield 1-0 Wolves

Middlesbrough P-P Reading Postponed

MK Dons 0-2 Bristol City

Preston 1-0 Sheff Wed



Celtic 3-0 Inverness

Dundee Utd 2-1 Hearts

Kilmarnock 0-0 Dundee

Ross County 2-1 Hamilton

St Johnstone 2-1 Motherwell



Barnsley 1-0 Doncaster

Bradford 2-2 Rochdale

Bury 5-2 Colchester

Chesterfield 3-1 Crewe

Fleetwood 2-1 Scunthorpe

Millwall 3-0 Peterborough

Oldham 2-1 Gillingham

Sheff Utd 1-0 Port Vale

Swindon 3-2 Blackpool

Walsall 1-2 Wigan


Spain Primera Division

Levante 3 vs Getafe 0

Las Palmas 1 vs Barcelona 2

Espanyol 1 vs La Coruna 0

Betis 1 vs Gijon 1

Celta Vigo 3 vs Eibar 2

Vallecano 2 vs  Sevilla 2




Atlanta Hawks V Milwaukee Bucks 109 : 117

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards 114 : 94

Minnesota Timberwolves vs New York Knicks 95 : 103

Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors 112 : 115


Los Angeles Lakers vs San Antonio Spurs 113 : 119

Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics 111 : 93

Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors 137 : 105

Sacramento Kings vs Denver Nuggets 116 : 110

Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets 100 : 116

Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat 111 : 115

Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors 116 : 106

Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves 109 : 104

Milwaukee Bucks vs Charlotte Hornets 95 : 98

New Orleans Pelicans vs Philadelphia 76ers 121 : 114

Oklahoma City Thunder vs  Indiana Pacers 98 : 101

Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks 109 : 98

Orlando Magic vs Dallas Mavericks 110 : 104

Washington Wizards vs Detroit Pistons 98 : 86



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