Welcome again to the fifth edition of the ‘Spotlight on Sport’ blog. In the last fortnight, sport has really quietened down, with no intercollege being played whatsoever, as it has taken a backseat to study and exams which are fast approaching at La Trobe. As a result, I will again be checking in on the international and national sporting stage, where plenty of action has been happening, particularly in the EPL and AFL.
The EPL season has only just come to a close over the weekend, and what a season it was. Leicester City pulled off the most miraculous EPL title win in history, holding off Arsenal and Tottenham to finish clear on top. The Foxes overcome 5000-1 odds at the beginning of the season to win their first EPL title in their club history, and become the first club outside Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool to win the league in 21 years. Leicester spent just £54.4 million on their squad, whereas Manchester City’s squad price was a whopping £418.8 million, with their most expensive player, Kevin De Bruyne costing them £54m, basically the same price as Leicester’s entire squad. The title win by Leicester shows that miracles can and do still happen in sport.
Since last time writing about the AFL, the surprises have continued in what has so far been a rollercoaster season for all clubs and supporters. Round 8 was completed on the weekend, with North Melbourne remaining atop of the ladder unbeaten and Fremantle anchored to the bottom of the ladder without a win to their name. Over the weekend, Carlton continued their great form with a win over Port Adelaide by two points, extending their run to four wins on the trot – a huge shock. However, this was not even the best moment of the round, as Richmond downed Sydney by one point on Saturday night following a goal after the siren to Sam Lloyd. The win was only Richmond’s second of the season, but could be the turning point they need. Although North Melbourne are unbeaten, Geelong look like the most genuine contender so far, sitting second with a 7-1 record and a healthy percentage to go with the wins.
The sport world seems to be undergoing mass changes at the moment, particularly in the sports that have been discussed in this blog, EPL and AFL. Who knows, Leicester’s title win in the EPL may possibly inspire a team such as Melbourne or Carlton to challenge for the flag, as they are both enjoying far better success than in previous years. Personally, I am not ready to make the call on that yet, but time will tell.
By Tennyson Tinning