Almanac Weekend Wrap


Boof retires hurt with DVT

With complaints of an aching left calf before the final ODI against India, Australian coach Darren “Boof” Lehman was sent for scans and admitted to Royal Prince Albert Hospital on Saturday night with Deep Vein Thrombosis. The Australian coach has been told to take the weight off his feet and chill, no flying and no coaching Australian in the upcoming three International T20 matches with India. Australian batting coach Michael Di Venuto will take the coaching clipboard in Boof’s absence.

India finally beats Australia in record one day chase.

In a season of record run chasers, it was India’s turn to chase down Australia’s total of 330 in an SCG record. Mitch Marsh and Warner hit centuries and questions could be asked of Marsh’s slower scoring rate nearing his century and its impact on restricting Australia’s total, however dropped catches in India’s innings had greater impact on the result.

India 4/331  def Australia7/330

Thunder defeat Sixers to win inaugural Women’s BBL

In an error strewn game, Thunder managed to make fewer mistakes and score more runs. In an entertaining match due to the chaos on the field, Thunder won with three wickets and balls in hand.

Thunder 7/117 def Sixers 7/115


Big Bash Final Thunders defeat Stars

In what could be described as Australia’s greatest backyard rivalry, brothers Mike and David Hussey have gathered their mates to decide which brother will win this year’s Big Backyard League final. With a confusion of house rules, no one hand one bounce, six is not out and mum’s garden bed is not in play, the brothers Hussey hopes will rest with the weather. Will the Stars stay out or will it Thunder in Melbourne?

Eldest Hussey Mike, sent David’s Stars in to bat with K Pietersen belting 74 runs off 39 deliveries. With little batting support, Stars managed to get a respectable 176, Captain D Hussey not out 21 from 14.

Thunder’s Khawaja maintained his purple patch matching KPs with 70 runs from 30 deliveries before going out on a rank full toss; aged attractions Kallis and Watson were too brief in their cameo. With a thrilling run chase going into the last over, Sydney Thunder were too good, Ben Rohrer hit the winning runs with a six and Mike Hussey takes bragging rights over brother Dave.

Thunder wins the double, Men’s and Women’s BBL.

Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn has been named the best player of the fifth Big Bash League season.


TennisIts not just Aussies dropping like flies at Melbourne Park

The regular procession of Australian Tennis players falling by the wayside in the first week of the Aussie Big Slam have been joined with spectators, a coach and Sam Groth’s mum taking a tumble in the first week.  In a coincidence bordering on a statistical cluster, Tennis Australia will no doubt be brushing aside recent Board struggles and Betting scandals to tackle this phenomena of spectator numbers falling.



Brisbane failed again, this time to Adelaide, Sanchez makes immediate impact in his 30 minute cameo for Mariners but not enough for the win, Perth fire a lazy 6 past Newcastle adding to their woes.

Brisbane Roar 1 Adelaide United 4

Central Coast Mariners 1 Wanderers 2

Newcastle Jets 1 Perth Glory 6

Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix Monday 25th

Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC Tuesday 26th



In another dominating showing, Aussie Diamonds were too sharp for the English Roses winning game two 60-44, taking an unbeaten two game lead in best of three series. With repeated turnovers in the attacking third, Tippet was benched, coach Alexander swung Medhurst from Wing Attack to Goal Attack and introduced Paige Hadley with immediate results. Defender Sharni Layton was again player of the match, with more interceptions (six), rebounds (three) and deflections (seven) than any other player.


NBL Basketball

Cairns Taipans Torrey Craig makes a half court basket in 90-87 win over NZ Breakers Hearts.

Adelaide defeated Melbourne United 90-81 and Perth beat Illawarra Hawks 95-72


Cycling – Bridie O’Donnell breaks UCI Hour Record

In an emotion charged Adelaide Super Drome on Friday night, Bridie O’Donnell broke the Women’s UCI Hour Record riding 609 metres further than the previous record of 46.274 metres held by American Molly Shaffer Van Houweling. O’Donnell 41, has represented Australia at three UCI Road World Championships and made twelve podium appearances at the Australian and Oceania Championships in the past decade. A qualified physician, Dr. O’Donnell joins Sir Bradley Wiggins as holders of the titled UCI Hour Record, Wiggins rode 54.526 km in 2015 to break the Men’s record.


Cycling – Tour Down Under

Orica GreenEDGE’s Simon Gerrans wins his fourth Tour Down Under. Team mate Caleb Ewan wins the final stage in a sprint finish giving Orica four stage wins in the TDU. Gerrans beat closest rival Richie Porte by nine seconds with Columbian rider Sergio Luis Henao third overall at 11 seconds behind the pace, and also claimed King of the Mountain honours. Gerrans also claimed the Sprinters Crown.

Riders will be gearing up for Herald Sun Tour commencing on the 29th and also Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race also on the 29th.



Adelaide 2 def Canberra 1

Brisbane 6 def Perth 1

Sydney 10 def Melbourne 8



Crystal Palace 1 – 3 Tottenham

Leicester 3 – 0 Stoke

Manchester Utd 0 – 1 Southampton

Sunderland 1 – 1 Bournemouth

Watford 2 – 1 Newcastle

West Brom 0 – 0 Aston Villa

West Ham 2 – 2Manchester City

If you would like to share your EPL team’s results over the weekend, please post in the comments section.


Pro Running Wangaratta Gift

Event                    Results                                                                                                   Winners Time.

70 Open   1st Lawrence Coop 8.50 2nd Cam Dunbar 4.75 3rd Mitchell Palmer 8.00  Time 7.744

120 Womens  1st Karly Tafft 12.25 2nd Melissa McQuade 20.50 3rd Keely Henderson 10.00  Time 14.264

120 Open Gift    1st Paul Tancredi 6.75m, 2nd  Craig Foley 12.5m, 3rd  Lachlan Taylor 10.00   time 12.710

120 Masters 1st Walter Pasquali 10.00 2nd Richard Wearmouth 21.75 3rd Jonathon Rogers 8.25  Time 13.358

120m Restricted 1st Matt Burleigh 9.00 2nd Lachlan Wright 22.50 3rd Gary Haasbroek 6.00  Time 12.901

300 Masters     1st Darren Whittaker 21.00, 2nd Mandy Emmett 77.00 3rd  Les Williams 52.00 time 36.311

400 Womens    1st Karly Tafft 44.00 2nd Megan Mcmahon 50.00 3rd Meg Deane 39.00 Time 55.050

400 Open       1st Ashley Kenshole 27.00 2nd David Page 50.00 3rd Ian Cayzer 40.00 Time 47.424

400 Restricted  1st Jody Richards 84.00 2nd Tom Deane 75.00 3rd Beau Tran 57.00 Time 48.00

800 Open 1st Celia Cosgriff 126.00  2nd Stefan Catalano 146.00 3rd Lonain Burnett 54.00 Time 1:52.984

1600 Open     1st Joshua Sait 185.00 2nd Stefan Catalano 330.00 3rd Sean Quilty 210.00 Time 4:11.791


Next racing is at 26/01/2016 Maribyrnong, get your spikes on!



In a move that has most basketball observers baffled, Cleveland fired coach David Blatt while winning their division. In a decision that no doubt the conspiracy theorists will subscribe to, King James name has been mentioned although I am not sure why. Did he have a role to play or was it just Basketball politics. New coach former assistant Tyronn Lue has promised he will do some things better, losing to Chicago Bulls in his first game is obviously not one of them.  Lue also mentioned that his players will have to get fitter to play the tempo style basketball he expects at this level. Interesting first impressions.

Charlotte Hornets 97       New York Knicks 84

New Orleans Pelicans 116 Milwaukee Bucks 99

Minnesota Timberwolves 106 Memphis Grizzlies 101

Cleveland Cavaliers 83 Chicago Bulls 96

Phoenix Suns 98 Atlanta Hawks 95

Denver Nuggets 104 Detroit Pistons 101

Portland Trail Blazers 121 Los Angeles Lakers 103

Sacramento Kings 108 Indiana Pacers 97


  1. Cricket schmicket. Long, short or medium. Boring.
    Gavrilova provided some drama and excitement at the tennis before imploding last night. She is like a cross between Brent Harvey and Sam Mitchell (scary thought).
    The Millman of human kindness gave me a run for my money against Boorish Bernie. My support for Estonia went unrewarded in the first round, but I will be donning the kilt tonight to join Neil Drysdale in supporting Andy the Brave (never thought I’d say that, but a man has to have some standards).
    My week’s sporting highlight was the NFL playoffs again. Denver and Peyton Manning squeezed home over recent champs Tom Brady and his Patriots. Surprisingly low scoring affair with the Bronco’s defence strangling Brady and his receivers. Brady must have thought he worked for Clive Palmer, he was sacked so many times. The low scores (20-18) kept it close and tense, with Brady just failing to engineer the Great Escape at the death.
    Carolina Panthers thrashed Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in a yawn-fest where Arizona and their journeyman quarterback Carson Palmer succumbed to stage fright.
    The Superbowl on Feb 7 pits Carolina’s best attack in the league (led by Super-athletic QB Cam Newton) against the ferocious Denver defence. I can feel the sniffles coming on already.
    Thanks DP. The weekend results summary is great.
    Unfortunately I cannot abide the term “Wrap” being used in relation to other product on this website, while police divers are still dragging the fishing holes around Mallacoota looking for evidence of the Great Man. Our prayers remain with the Wrap family.

  2. Loved the NFL playoffs, well the Patriots was a thrilling finish and the Panthers too dominant where egos fly.
    Updates: Diamonds beat the Roses again in final Netball Test, Layton again dominates.
    Chelsea beat Arsenal (almost a boring encounter without Mourinho making gibes at Wenger)
    Swansea beats Everton.

    Will submit alternatives to the editorial board for “wrap” .

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