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How good can 2022 be?

With 2021 in the past, we look ahead to 2022 and what a year its going to be in sport. So I figured id do a blog on the major and somewhat minor sporting events we can look forward to as Sports fans this year.

How could I start this blog with any other event aside from the 2022 FIFA World Cup right here in Australia…….oh wait no I’m sorry I’ve got that wrong its in another Country because of some Allegedly dodgy AF deals done by formerly high-ranking FIFA Officials. But I digress. After an amazing run in the Euro’s only losing in the final to Italy, I have high hopes for my Three Lions in this World Cup. Despite the Country its being hosted in, I am actually looking forward to this World Cup. Although every time a major tournament my hopes going through the roof for England’s chances, this time feels a little different with how good we performed in the Euros we look incredibly good right now.

England’s Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first goal against Germany with teammates at Wembley Stadium in London on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

The Socceroos have put themselves In an uphill battle to even qualify for this year’s tournament, but I have every confidence in Graham Arnold and the bigger names in the squad to perform to the level required but it still surely has Australian fans nervous. Have faith but yeah, its gotta be nerve-racking. Although one thing that could help would be maybe I don’t know CAP THE CUMDOG!

Jason Cummings of Shrewsbury Town celebrates in the dressing room at the end of the game after the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Liverpool at New Meadow on January 26, 2020 in Shrewsbury, England. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Sticking with overseas sports, the 2022 Formula One season is set to be one of the best in its history…or more recent history. With the 2022 car spec’s finally coming into the paddock. And after the 2021 season finally which saw Max Verstappen win his first Drivers Championship in incredible circumstances. Say what you will about the circumstances surrounding the final race of the season, Max absolutely had a season worthy of a Championship. Its only taken me up until now for me to admit that. With the new car already being tested and the driver moves that were made during the silly season, there is plenty of storylines as we head into winter testing soon.

I’m very keen to see how the partnership between the GOAT Lewis Hamilton and his new teammate George Russell. Lewis has a reputation as being a hard teammate to work with, but I feel with his career slowly coming to an end, all be it not within the next 2 seasons, he may feel it is time to hopefully guide a new generation of British drivers coming through. Lando Norris is looking good at McLaren and if they continue to develop a good car and can hit the ground running with the new 2022 car, he’s set himself up for a potentially good season next year. George deserves his seat at Mercedes after carrying a sub-par Williams team over the last 3 years, its time for GR63 to show how good he is and carry on from what we saw him do in the Mercedes in 2020.

Photo courtesy of SpeedCafe.com

British bias aside from me, the 2022 season is one of the most highly anticipated sporting seasons in 2022 for me.

Looking at the local scene, I’m not normally an NRL guy and don’t generally get into it a lot, but as we are a company based in the beautiful Sutherland Shire, I can’t help but feel a bit of optimism for the 2022 season and the hopes for the Cronulla Sharks. If not for the new coach Lord Fitzgibbon of the Shire I don’t really think id give to much notice. But with him joining the club and some of the big-name signings they’ve made including former Melbourne Storm fullback/half Niko Hynes the Sharkies are set for a successful season, and if that doesn’t eventuate, we can all have a good laugh at our very own Dan Nichols and his deterioration into madness. Love you Dan.

Photo Courtesy of codesports.com.au

Looking to the season as a whole, the potential for the New Zealand Warriors to be playing at home again in front of their diehard fans at Mt Smart Stadium, one of the iconic stadiums around the league. Realistically I’m just hoping that all the domestic leagues around the country can get through the season without any Covid 19 interruptions. And maybe at the end of the 2022 season ill be able to see my Geelong Cats hoist another AFL Premiership Flag.

So those are probably for me the biggest things to look out for in sport, honourable mentions go to the Premier League season finishing up with likely a Manchester City title, the Finish of the A-League season if we can actually play the games and hopefully a 2022 2 test sweep for England in the Ashes, Fingers crossed.

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