What a cracking year for Australian Sport! In team sports it was the Aussies V NZ in three codes and we took home the bickies twice!
Australia rode the Hayne plane as he soared into San Francisco and then we were all aboard the Payne plane as Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to ever win the Melbourne Cup.
The Aussie cricketers stormed to victory in the One Day version and the Netballers were dominant to secure our second victory over the Kiwis in a World Championship for 2015.
The Wallabies surprised us all and possibly themselves by getting into the World Cup final and as we sipped our hot chocolate in the wee hours of the morning they came within 20 mins of a stunning victory.
Hawthorn are just a freak football team. Four grand finals in a row and this year they made the three peat in commanding fashion. They are already being called Fourthawn for next year! And then there was the NRL grand final. I loved Michael Jackson’s ‘thriller’ but I loved one of the greatest thrillers in Rugby League history even more. After the Broncos couldn’t lose… they somehow lost by a wobbly field goal by the great Jonathan Thurston in Golden Point, to hand the Cowboys their maiden title. They are now one clear of the Sharks in overall Premierships.
It certainly was Jason’s Day at the PGA Championship as he finally triumphed and got his paws on a Major title. He blubbered on national TV and a tear certainly slid down my face as he drained his last putt.
We all fell in love with Mick Fanning after his horrifying shark attack and he came within 90 seconds of making the final at Pipeline, just after his brother passed away. Finishing second is absolutely no disgrace, following on from a horrible year.
Australia all cheered as Nick Kyrgios… Actually that’s a phrase which was never used this year.
My top 5 Australian highlights for the year are:
1. Michelle Payne winning the Melbourne Cup
3. North Queensland Cowboys victory
4. Jason Day winning his first major
5. Australian Netball World Cup Champions
I can’t wait for 2016 already and farewelling Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open will be a great way to start the year.
Remember, whatever I predict, bet the opposite way and your wallet will become so fat it will have to go on the Biggest Loser.
Merry Christmas sports fans!