Manchester City has returned to the Premier League scene after a couple of bye weeks with a 2-0 win over Hull City. Meanwhile, Chelsea lose their grip at the top of the ladder after losing 1-0 at Aston Villa and having to watch Liverpool completely dominate Manchester United at Old Trafford, emerging victorious 3-0. In another mouth-watering derby match, Arsenal defeated London rivals Tottenham 1-0. West Brom, Everton and Fulham all won by one-goal margins with Southampton and Stoke winning by two goals. There was one draw in the weekend between Crystal Palace and Sunderland, the game finishing in 0-0 stalemate.
The 2014 season of AFL is now underway with Fremantle crushing Collingwood in the opening game at the G. GWS Giants posted a historic win over Sydney on Buddy Franklin’s debut for the Swans. Gold Coast also won, defeating Richmond whilst Port Adelaide came out on top in their game against Carlton.
The NSW Waratahs lost to the Brumbies in a thriller in the nation’s capital, going down by 8 points. Last minute heroics from fullback Israel Folau couldn’t save the visitors, whose terrible first half considerably let them down. Code hopper Benji Marshall has once again been relegated to the Auckland Blues bench for the upcoming match against the Cheetahs, after one game at fullback (where he also scored a try). The table is no surprise, with the Sharks, Chiefs and Brumbies holding onto the top spots for each conference. Rounding out the 6 with the wildcards are the Lions, Waratahs, and Bulls. The Western Force and Queensland Reds are snapping at the heels of the top 6 though, holding on to seventh and eight respectively.
16th March saw the opening of the Formula 1 season for 2014 at Albert Park in Melbourne. Much controversy surrounded the new cars and engines, and there seemed reason for this, with favourites Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel failing to finish. Australia Daniel Riccardo initially saw his debut at Red Bull Racing start well, finishing second behind Nico Rosberg. But more controversy was to abound, with Riccardo disqualified after his car was considered to be in breach of new fuel regulations. (Red Bull is still challenging the decision). For anyone confused or interested about the new cars, check out the Red Bull Racing video with Vettel and Riccardo – very interesting!
Twenty20 World Cup
The Twenty20 World Cup as kicked off in Bangladesh with a preliminary matches being played between minnow nations, with the top 2 teams from each group progressing to the next round. Hosts Bangladesh have impressed, with strong victories over Hong Kong and Afghanistan. Ireland have also played well, winning on the last ball against Zimbabwe on St. Patrick’s Day.
The weekend of the 14th – 16th March saw all 8 colleges go head to head in a round robin Volleyball tournament. Unilodge won the mens, beating Ursula Hall in two tight sets, whereas surprise packet Burgmann stormed through to beat rivals Johns in the womens.
In the hockey, Johns and Griffin are both competing in the mens and womens finals on 21st March. Check the Interhall Sports Facebook page for regular updates!