This is the first of what will become a weekly blog series about what I took away from the week of sport. This week ending 12.09.2021.
First Takeaway: AFL Grand final is decided, and it will be between the top of the table Melbourne demons after their dominating win over Geelong on Friday night. And the Western Bulldogs who looked equally as good against Port Adelaide on Saturday night. It sets us up for an amazing Grand Final in 2 weeks’ time. Quite possibly set up for a free-flowing high scoring game that could go either way. However, I do think the Bulldogs may have already played their Grand Final, only problem is it wasn’t against Port, it was against Brisbane. So, for me either Port were bad bad, or the Dogs aren’t done yet.
If I’m picking this game today, 2 weeks ahead of the big game, ill be picking Melbourne to win, but the Dogs will keep it within 10 points. But as I said in my blog about Geelongs Season “Does it really count as a flag, if you don’t win it at the MCG”
2nd Takeaway: It’s the Monza Grand Prix tonight and for those who aren’t familiar with Formula 1 it is the Italian Grand Prix, home track to Tifosi, hard core fans of Scuderia Ferrari. But this isn’t about Ferrari, they’ve not really be relevant the way they should be for at least 5 years now. This is about the fact that even though Daniel Ricciardo qualifies 0.006 of a second behind his McLaren Teammate, got a great start in the Sprint Qualifying that will see him start second on the grid behind some Dutch guy. Ahead of his teammate Lando Norris, the current World Champion Lewis Hamilton and both of the Ferraris who McLaren are in a fierce battle for third in the constructor’s title race. Nobody in the F1 world is talking about this achievement. Danny has had a tough time since joining McLaren but since the return from the summer break he has shown massive improvement and is now delivering what McLaren probably expected from the first race of the season. All they wanna talk about is Landos pass on Lewis and Valtteri’s grid place penalty and Lewis’s bad Sprint “not” race.
Much like I wrote about Ash Barty last week, once again, No one is giving Danny Ric the respect he deserves considering his start to the season. But hey, George Russell is going to Mercedes, nothing else matters right.
3rd Takeaway: Emma Raducanu became the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam tittle Saturday night. What makes this fete even more impressive is that she is only 18 years old. She also amazingly did it by not dropping a single set the entire tournament. An amazing achievement for any player, let alone an 18-year-old. Unbelievable performance from Emma, a future superstar for sure. Also, big effort and congratulations to Leylah Annie Fernandez. The 18-Year-old Canadian had a phenomenal tournament. The fact both these women are under 20 says to me that the future of womens tennis is very bright. I couldn’t do this blog without paying both women the respect they deserve.
4th Takeaway: The Cream is definitely beginning to rise to the top of the Premier League ladder. This weekend we saw the return of Ronaldo at Manchester United where he starred by scoring 2 goals in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United. Although a lot was made of his 1st goal, it was a tap in, like come one. Manchester City survived a tough outing against fellow big 4 team Leicester City, coming away from the King Power stadium with a 1-0 courtesy of a Bernardo Silva goal. And Chelsea showed they are the real deal this season as well with a thumping 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. Romelu Lukaku scoring a well taken double to fire Chelsea to the impressive win. He is definitely one of the top 3 strikers in the league right now. And congratulations to Arsenal on actually scoring a goal and grabbing a win against relegation rivals Norwich City at Carrow road. Big 3 points in the quest for survival.
Lastly: As I sat on my balcony today watching hours of college football followed up by a Rugby League game where my In-laws and Partners team Parramatta got a win, so congrats to them. I couldn’t help but have the feeling that this was the time of year thousands of amateur park footballers, League players and other sportsman should be playing their competitions finals right now. Something that has sadly been taken away from us by the Covid 19 Pandemic. That feeling of lacing up the boots and getting ready to play a final in slightly warmer than usual temperatures, Inappropriate celebrations for park football and over the top reactions to wins is sorely missed this season. Although if I’m brutally honest, I’m not sure my team would’ve been playing finals, but thousands of others should have been. So, for those people and player and teams, its less than a year until we can get that feeling again.
Those are my 5 major takeaways from the past week in sport. Enjoy your week, make sure you catch up on the blog. FanBabbleJarrod has a great one about Racism in football that’s a must read. And FanBabbleBen has an NRL finals prediction blog that’s worth a look, even if its just to see how he went with his predictions. Enjoy your week guys.