If there was a weekend in the first half of the year that you were thinking about heading to the bush (and away from all forms of technology) whilst missing as little sport as possible then this is quite possibly it.

  1. Football – A League – After a break for the Asian Cup and then a split round to recommence the A League is back in full swing this week. I must confess to being surprised that Perth Glory are still top of the ladder. But they continue to defy the odds and their four point lead is a healthy one. They host Sydney FC this week. Perth are settled and well drilled and will be confident of getting the job done at home. Brisbane Roar travel to Newcastle to play the Jets who have had a fortnight to forget. They were thrashed 7-0 by Adelaide last time out and have had off-field troubles ever since. Their position in the A League must now be under threat and it is hard to imagine the players left can put up a fight against an improving Roar side. Elsewhere Wellington will look to cement their top four positions when they travel to Western Sydney and Melbourne Victory take on Melbourne City in the derby.

Tip – Wins for Perth Glory, Wellington, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar in the games mentioned above.

SUQ – 5 – The top four looks settled. As does the bottom three. After the Asian Cup the A League may struggle for a week or two.

 

  1. Rugby Union – VI Nations – Wales versus England looks the pick of the first round of games. Players on both sides have been trotting out the clichés, with one even pointing out that for all six sides a win in their first game is important. Thanks Sherlock. England are a much changed side since their last outing against Australia. Wales will start favourites at home and have had the wood over England in recent times. Elsewhere Italy face defending champions Ireland and France play Scotland.

Tip – Wales, Ireland and France to start with wins.

SUQ – 6 – It’s a World Cup year but that is a long way away.

 

  1. Alpine Ski Championships – Beaver Creek – The world alpine ski championships haven’t gone to plan so for some of the biggest names in the sport so far. Bode Miller is one of those who crashed out of the men’s Super G, won by Hannes Reichelt. That competition was delayed by a day as the conditions continue to wreak havoc with the schedule. It’s not so much a lack of snow but rather too much of it. Morning snow on the first few days meant that the women’s super G, won by Anne Fenninger, was the only race completed over the first three days. I believe the men’s and women’s downhill are on this weekend but tune in to your local broadcaster (Eurosport in Australia) to find out what’s on and when.

Tips – If it is the downhill look to Lindsay Vonn in the women’s and Kjetil Jansrud in the men’s.

SUQ – 8 – If the conditions allow the racing should be spectacular.

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  1. Bob says:

    What, now mention of Fine Mist racing tonight at Canterbury?

    Liked by 1 person

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