Australia through to the Tri-Nation series Final !!

If the pressure of Origin II wasn’t enough for one day, Australians had the pressure of making it into the tri-nation series final (ODI) this morning.

As given away in the title, Australia did win and make it through to the final!!

Australia played the West Indies today in a do or die match to make the tri-nation series final. Fortunately, Australia was successful and had a comfortable win after Maxwell went absolutely crazy, doing what he does best in the last couple of overs. Glenn Maxwell definitely channelled his inner T20 form as he came in to bat in the last 20 overs.

Australia had to chase West Indies score of 8 for 268 runs and was successful in the last couple of overs of the game!!

Mitchell Starc opened up the success for Australia managing to bowl West Indies two opening batsman early on and achieving an incredible 3/51 in his fourth game back (following injury).

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Starcy celebrating a wicket Photo Cred: cricket.com.au

Josh Hazlewood followed with excellent bowling, he bowled 39 maidens with one wicket all in seven overs.

James Faulkner and Scott Boland finished the job both getting two wickets for Australia assisting with the victory.

Steve Smith (captain), Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell batted their way through to win the game. Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh put on a partnership of 122 runs before Smith, unfortunately, ran himself out. Mitchell Marsh had a huge impact on the win as he scored 79* and hit six 4’s. As Smithy left the pitch it brought Maxwell to the pitch, someone who everyone in Australia should trust. Maxwell hit an enormous 46* with five 4’s and two 6’s.

 

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Captain Steve Smith batting Photo Credit: cricket.com.au
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Mitchell Marsh batting to 79* Photo Credit: cricket.com.au

Mitchell Starc played four out of the six games for Australia and won every single match. I have now appointed him as Australia’s lucky omen !!!

Also special mention to Marlon Samuels (West Indies) who scored a terrific 125 off 134 deliveries but not enough to get the West Indies over the line.

I was so nervous throughout this game with such a huge run chase required and I really wanted them to make the final. Australia won which allowed my nerves to go away but no doubt they have returned this afternoon due to NSW also having a do or die match to tie the Origin series in Origin II tonight!!!

Very stressful times for sports fanatics like myself 😊

Congrats to the Australian cricket team and good luck NSW Blues tonight at Suncorp against QLD.

The tri-nation series final is this Monday morning (AEST) the 27th of June. They will play whoever wins between South Africa & West Indies on Saturday morning (AEST).

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Australian Jillaroos take on the Kiwi Ferns this Friday night

The Australian Jillaroos will be taking on the Kiwi Ferns in the Trans-Tasman Test this Friday night at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle.

After being defeated in the Auckland Nines Tournament with Kiwi Ferns taking out the series 2-1 the Aussie girls will no doubt wish to beat the Kiwi’s especially in front of a home crowd.

Ruan Sims will be Captaining Australia and hoping to lead her team to victory.

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Ruan Sims was named Captain for this Test. Photo Cred: Twitter @ruan_sims

Favourite Jillaroo fullback Sammy Bremner returns to this Test after last year’s Test defeat and will be determined to thrash the Kiwi’s, at home.

Australian halfback Maddie Studdon and Five-Eighth Allana Ferguson will be playing their first Test match in the green and gold on Friday night and probably can not contain their excitement. Both impressing throughout the Auckland Nines having great games but unfortunately not being able to bring home the series.

 

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Maddie Studdon and Allana Ferguson. Photo Cred: News Limited

 

Brittany Breayley the hooker and number 9 for Australia also returns after last years test. Looking to have improved her form and pace she will also be hoping for victory.

Australia have 8 experienced players from last year’s test team that will be hoping to have the same result and beat New Zealand by a convincing margin.

Some will argue the New Zealand women got over the line in the Auckland Nines series due to the home crowd cheering them all the way home. That theory will be proved on Friday night as the Kiwi’s will have to face the challenge of being in front of an Australian crowd.

Steve Folkes coaches the Australian Jillaroo’s. He is the former Bulldogs coach, coaching the Bulldogs to a grand final win in 2004 and in the same year was awarded Dally M Coach of the Year. The girls will definitely want to win to make Folkes proud and repeat the same result as last year.

I cannot wait for this competition and so keen to see it get underway and will be backing the Jillaroo’s from the beginning.

Go girls, good luck and bring home the victory!! Should be a cracker of a game!

Let me know who you’re most excited to see play in Friday night’s thriller by tagging me in a tweet- @hclaire29 or by leaving a comment below.

 

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Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes has repeatedly been in the news for the last couple of days due to his team’s loss in the WT20 against West Indies.

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Ben Stokes’ reaction to West Indies hitting the last runs to win. Photo Credit: Getty Images

It takes not only bravery but strength to bowl the last over in any T20 game especially the World Cup. He displayed sportsmanship and just proved how it was not meant to be.

Ben Stokes bowled the last over of the World Cup and needed to avoid West Indies scoring 19 runs off six balls, a very doable task. Until the batsman (West Indies, Kraigg Brathwaite) went crazy (as any batsman would .. what did he have to lose) and hit four sixes in the one over off Stokes’ bowling spell.

He would’ve felt the weight of the team on his shoulder’s in the last over to finish the game. An intense atmosphere was created which is why the audience was so captivated watching the terrific game.

If you blame Stokes for losing the game you should not be watching cricket as it’s a team game and was not his fault at all.

The incredible sights of Brathwaite for West Indies won the game, hitting four sixes in a row was unbelievable.

For me, I’ve always despised Stokes as he rips into the Australian team like no other athlete (all part of the sport) but I would never wish upon any player to fail in their bowling spell. I was neutral with who won and thought I should turn off my TV before the last over knowing England had secured the win. But then I remembered the West Indies team are known not to give up and would put on a show, so I kept it on. I am very glad my instinct kicked in and I kept watching to witness the four sixes in a row. I did feel for Stokes as he dropped to one knee with his head being planted in to his palms in disbelief. But then I remembered his figures against Australia in last year’s Ashes series (2015) which was five for 35 in 16 overs, making it easier for me to comprehend his luck.

 

Congratulations to the West Indies and the West Indies Women team for taking at the World Cup titles in both tournaments.

On a side note I had my first article published on the Sydney Sixers website. Shoutout to Max Bryden and Dom for giving me the opportunity to intern at the Sydney Sixers, I can’t thank them enough. I was very excited to have my name on an article.  Click here to view the article.

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‘The Milf’

If you don’t know who I am referring to as ‘The Milf’ you have been living under a rock. And no it is not referring to a sexually attractive older woman…. But in fact, I’m talking about Anthony Milford.

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Anthony Milford following his 40m field goal to win the game for the Broncos! Photo Cred: NRL

Milford is Brisbane Bronco’s five eighth (number 6) and he is a superstar. He definitely does not need to be reminded about how good he is. Last night, boy did he do his team proud and represent the maroon and yellow colours exceptionally. Not only did he win the game by a 40m field goal but he took on the defensive line which not many halfback’s do. I do not think he will be abandoning that uniform any time soon. He works alongside halves partner, Ben Hunt who also had a good game and brilliant season last year (until the Grand Final)… https://hcmsport.com/2015/08/28/bens-brilliance-inspires-broncos/ . 

The Brisbane Bronco’s hosted the North Queensland Cowboys last night in a grand final re-match. It was a sell out crowd at Suncorp Stadium, 46,176 fans attended. Everyone was expecting an intense match but I don’t think anyone prepared themselves for what they were about to witness. It was one of the most exciting matches to date.

Brisbane Bronco’s scored majority of their points with penalty goals, four to be exact. After lots of unrewarded tries going to Michael Morgan (Cowboys) and Matt Gillett (Broncos) the bunker had equalled out their mistakes. The Cowboys Captain and legend of the game Johnathan Thurston levelled up the scores with a penalty goal, making it 20 all at full time. The kick before Thurston had done was an exact replay of the one he needed to win the grand final straight away to avoid extra time (in grand final and missed) but tonight he got it. Whether he has been practicing in the same spot over and over or his legs just weren’t as jelly like due to the less amount of pressure being on him. But it was a feeling of deja-vu because then golden point came.

It was exactly the same as the Grand Final, Cowboys were kicking off to the Bronco’s. I kid you not, every single pair of eyes (either through a TV screen or at the stadium) were on Ben Hunt. The ball was caught on the full and Bronco’s brought it up the field.

Tony Webeck stated in his NRL match report (can be found here  http://tinyurl.com/hqo55n9 ) ‘It was the grand final replay Broncos coach Wayne Bennett wanted, only six months too late.’ Which summed up how the coach probably felt post match but would’ve been very happy with the result and effort of his boys.

Tonight’s sequel definitely lived up to the original and the players displayed great determination and passion.

Leave a comment below or tag me in a tweet @hclaire29 letting me know your opinions on last night’s game.

 

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Boof Is Back

Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann (Boof) will return to the Australian’s side to coach for the test against New Zealand. Lehmann was missing in action over the ODI games due to a health scare. Hopefully his expertise and experience will help Australia improve their form on the New Zealand’s seaming wicket.

I’m confident his leadership and experience will radiate off him onto the Australian players.

New Zealand has been very impressive at home and will be desperate to beat Australia in another form of the game throughout the test series. They will be confident after winning the ODI series 2-1 that they continue succeeding at home especially with the help of a home crowd.

Lehmann has a huge task on his hand to improve Australia’s batting side and pressure whilst fielding. The challenging task ahead will prove if he makes the difference with the side.

The Australian fans will be relieved that his experience will return to the side after they collapsed in the ODI games. Boof will enhance the spirit of the team and take a positive attitude to every day of the test.

 

Test begins Friday 12th of February 10, 2016

Venue: Basin Reserve

 

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