Thursday, July 11

An Origin Classic

Isn’t sport just awesome?

No matter which side of the Tweed you’re on, last night’s Origin game took you through the wave of emotions as New South Wales clinched the series in dramatic fashion.

Scores were locked at 8-8 at halftime before it looked like the Blues would run away with it, jumping out to a 20-8 lead with 20 minutes remaining.

Queensland managed to rally though with tries to Josh McGuire and Josh Papalii to level things up once more at 20 with just three minutes to go.

At this point you would have been forgiven for thinking that the Maroons would go on and do what they’ve done a lot in the last decade and a half, which is go on and win it.

After all, they had the momentum firmly on their side and were finishing with the wettest of sails.

 A field goal attempt not taken by Queensland gave the Blues one last shot and boy did they make the most of it.

James Tedesco finished off a frantic move down their right side with the series clinching try in the far corner of ANZ Stadium sending the Blues team and the bulk of the crowd into raptures.

Tedesco's Time

It was only fitting for Tedesco to claim the Wally Lewis Medal for man of the series after his phenomenal efforts, not to mention scoring the winning try in the decider.

Having been spurned for the honour last year, there would be no complaints about Tedesco winning it this time around.

Some might say Billy Slater was hard done by this time to not win the Player of the Series after taking out the award last year, although it would have been the first time a commentator won the award.

It would have been phenomenal television if there was a camera on the Channel 9 crew when Ray Warren was going on about how Tedesco should have won it last year, while working with the “undeserved” winner of the 2018 medal in Slater.

Meanwhile, in the Cricket...

The ODI World Cup featured a two day Semi Final that was pretty damn good in its own right.

Twitter was naturally having a field day when India fell to 3-5 in their attempt to chase down 240 for a spot in the final.

It would not be that simple though with India rallying to cause more than a few nervous moments for the Black Caps.

A phenomenal seventh wicket stand from Dhoni and Jadeja gave the Indians hope before Jadeja was caught out off Trent Boult’s bowling and four deliveries later, Dhoni was spectacularly run out by Martin Guptil’s direct hit.

Instead of prattling on about it, we’ll just let the highlight speak for itself.

Federer and Nadal Set Up Wimbledon Rematch

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are set to face off at the pointy end of Wimbledon again and we can’t help but look forward to the semi final.

Federer picked up his 100th win at the All England Club beating Kei Nishikori in four sets.

After he dropped the first set 6-4, it was all Federer from that point on, taking out the next three sets to book a date with Nadal.

It was smooth sailing for Nadal who got by Sam Querry in straight sets and set up the first clash between these two at Wimbledon in over a decade.