Spotlight on sport: #5

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.

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Leicester Captain, Wes Morgan, and manager, Claudio Ranieri lift the Premier League trophy after being officially announced as champions. (Image source: Getty Images)

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.

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Richmond’s Sam Lloyd celebrates after kicking the goal that got the Tigers over the line by one point against Sydney. (Image source: AFL Media/Getty Images)

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

Spotlight on Sport: #4

Hello all, and welcome to edition four of the ‘Spotlight on Sport’ blog. As mentioned in the previous post, there was plenty of sporting action in the last fortnight at La Trobe, with huge clashes between the colleges in tennis and footy (AFL) taking place.

Intercollege tennis was played on Wednesday the 27th April, with Menzies and Chisholm colleges desperately needing to take a clean sweep to catch up to the Glenn college juggernaut. However, it was not to be for Menzies and Chisholm, with Glenn again dominating, winning five out of six matches against Menzies and all games against Chisholm, assisted by an enormous support crew of boozy blokes dressed in white. The Glenn men were particularly devastating, making the other colleges look like amateurs against professionals as they breezed past all-comers. The only team to register a win over any Glenn team was in the women’s division, with the two games between Menzies and Glenn girls resulting in a win for each college.

Following another commanding display by Glenn, it was expected that they would continue their momentum into the footy on the Sunday. Although, this was not the case, with the Menzies women causing a major boil over in a low scoring game and setting up what may have been a turning point in the Sporty Cup for Menzies. With Chisholm withdrawing both teams from the footy competition, the game between the Menzies and Glenn men was of vast importance for both colleges and only intensified the rivalry of the two colleges. However, it was not to be for the Menzies lads, as Glenn took control from the get go, cruising to an easy win on the scoreboard, but not without a fight or two from the spirited Menzies college, who went down swinging.

The results from last week’s sports has placed Glenn on top with an extremely healthy lead over the next challenger in Menzies, followed by Chisholm who have not progressed after tennis and footy. With not a lot of sport on the horizon, it appears Glenn are far and away the favourite to take out the Sporty Cup.

POINTS TABLE:

GLENN – 20

MENZIES – 8

CHISHOLM – 5

By Tennyson Tinning

Spotlight on Sport: #3

Hello all. Welcome to the third edition of the ‘Spotlight on Sport’ blog.

It has been a huge fortnight of sport at La Trobe Bundoora, with the intercollege Volleyball and Basketball competitions being played. In the Volleyball, Glenn College continued their flawless start to the Sporty Cup, registering emphatic wins over Menzies and Chisholm colleges in the Men’s division. Menzies men had the better of Chisholm as consolation and kept themselves in the Sporty Cup. In the girl’s division, Menzies triumphed over the Glenn girls and Chisholm to stamp the Menzies dominance in the girl’s competition, as Glenn also took care of Chisholm.

The Sporty Cup then proceeded to the intercollege Basketball, where Glenn College again stamped their dominance and stretched their lead in the overall competition. The Glenn men claimed easy wins over the other colleges, while Chisholm defeated Menzies to salvage something of the day and leave Menzies winless. However, the mighty Menzies was saved from total embarrassment, with the girls leading a massive comeback for the college and registering spirited wins over Glenn and Chisholm colleges in their division. The Glenn girls had a win over Chisholm to cap off a good day for Glenn College and increase their buffer in the points table.

A dominant start to the 2016 Sporty Cup has seen Glenn holding a two-point lead over Menzies, with Chisholm trailing by a further point. The Sporty Cup schedule is not slowing down at all, with intercollege tennis and football (AFL) taking place within the next fortnight. The next fortnight of sport will be huge for the colleges, particularly for Menzies and Chisholm, who cannot drop any more points in the competition if they aim to stay in contention for the Sporty Cup.

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POINTS TABLE:

GLENN – 8

MENZIES – 6

CHISHOLM – 5

By Tennyson Tinning

Spotlight on Sport: #2

Hello again, welcome to the second edition of the ‘Spotlight on Sport’ blog.

It’s been a massive couple of weeks in sport outside of the deep and dark walls of the La Trobe Bundoora campus, with the AFL season kicking off, the NRL going full speed ahead, the EPL coming to the business end of the season and the T20 Cricket World Cup wrapping up.

The first two rounds of the AFL season have been captivating, with only four teams remaining unbeaten and plenty of surprises occurring. The four teams: Western Bulldogs, Sydney, Gold Coast and North Melbourne have all exceeded expectations at this early point of the season, with Gold Coast being the major shock of the lot.

There are also four teams yet to win a game this year, being St Kilda, Fremantle, Brisbane and Carlton. Fremantle, who were preliminary finalists last season, have been particularly disappointing so far. Already there is a large cluster of teams on the same amount of points, which is just a sign of things to come this season in the AFL, which could be one of, if not the most even seasons in history.

The NRL has also been tight throughout the first five rounds, with no team undefeated and only the Roosters and Knights being winless, although the Knights have registered points with a draw against the third-placed Canberra. The Roosters have been a powerhouse of the competition in the last few years, which makes it a huge surprise that they are sitting at the bottom of the table, but they seem to be missing the presence of experienced half-back Mitchell Pearce following his misdemeanours on Australia Day which have seen him rubbed out of the game for a lengthy period.

A hugely exciting T20 World Cup came to an end in the most unbelievable way on Monday morning. The final between England and West Indies may go down as the best final in the history of the T20 World Cup. England, who have had a massive turnaround in T20 cricket in only the past six months, found themselves well and truly in the box seat after 39 overs of cricket and only one over to play. Posting 155 off the back of Joe Root’s classy 54, England fought hard with the ball to look the likely winners of the title. The West Indies needed 19 to win from the final over with Ben Stokes to bowl the last six balls. Enter Carlos Brathwaite. The man mountain exploded from nowhere to finish the game with 4 sixes in a row and devastate the England players and supporters who were quietly thinking they had one hand on the trophy. Marlon Samuels, who was criticised for his careless body language earlier this year when the West Indies toured Australia, was awarded Man of the Match for his 85 not out off just 66 balls, arriving at the crease when the Windies were at their most vulnerable.

Earlier, the West Indian women set the tone for the day, accounting for red-hot favourites Australia in the final over of the game. The Southern Stars, gunning for their fourth T20 World Cup in a row, were chased down by the Windies women after the Aussies posted 148 off the back of fifties from consistent tournament performers Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning. However, it proved not enough, with the West Indies holding the trophy aloft for the first time. The wins by both the Windies men and women completed the three-peat of titles for the Caribbean nations, with the U19 team winning the World Cup earlier this year also.

In the EPL, the fairy-tale season for Leicester City is continuing as they sit comfortably at the top of the ladder, seven points clear of Tottenham in second. Although they were given no chance at the beginning of the season and still slim chances at the midway point where they maintained top position of the league, Leicester are now definitely in the box seat to take the title, in what would be one of the most remarkable title wins in the history of the EPL. There still remains doubt as to whether they are the best team in the league and they have been particularly lucky of late, winning their last four matches in the EPL only by 1-0 score lines. It will be fascinating to see if the Foxes can be overcome this late in the competition.

Away from the national and international scene, sport has been quiet at La Trobe as a result of the Easter break. However, Volleyball and Basketball soon have training, being held on Monday for Volleyball and Tuesday for Basketball already. The next round of sport will be crucial to the colleges to register some points and get off to a good start in the Sporty Cup.

By Tennyson Tinning

Spotlight on Sport: #1

Hello all, welcome to the first ‘Spotlight on Sport’ blog post of the year.

The beginning of the university year means the buzz of the AFL season is well and truly upon us with the opening round of the season commencing this weekend. Not only that, but this time of the year means a flooding of sporting opportunities for all students at La Trobe.

Without wasting any time, the sporting year kicked off over the last week with intercollege cricket scheduled to start on Friday.

However, as La Trobe residents awoke presumably feeling slightly worse for wear after yet another late Thursday night out at the college UV parties, they would have noticed that rain had set in and ruined what would have been an exciting day of sport for La Trobe.

The points were shared evenly by Menzies, Glenn and Chisholm colleges, making the next round of sports crucial for the colleges to get the sporting season underway with a win a step towards winning the Sporty Cup (carn Menzies).

Although the rain put an end to the cricket, the mood was not totally dampened, as the annual Bundoora Versus Bendigo La Trobe footy matches took place on Sunday, and there was no chance weather would get in the way of Bundoora taking out the country kids from Bendigo.

It proved to be a highly successful day for Bundoora, with the girls setting the tone for the day, registering a win over the Bendigo girls, followed by a good win to the blokes to complete the sweep and give the entire campus a good reason to celebrate long into the night.

As mentioned earlier, the footy and netball season has snuck up on everyone and some leagues around Victoria are kicking off this weekend with others beginning very soon, so I would like to wish everyone good luck in their first games of the season.

By Tennyson Tinning