Sunday, September 11, 2005

Australian Sports Update

The 2nd week of Afl Finals started last night with Sydney beating Geelong by 3 points in a close low scoring match at the Sydney Cricket ground. A 4 goal last quarter from Nick Davis ( another former Collingwood player) allowed Sydney to seal the victory after being down by 20 points in the last quarter. Sydney will play Stkilda next week to see who goes on to the grand Final while West Coast eagles await the winner of the Adelaide - Port Adelaide final.

The fifth and deciding test has started at the Oval in London. Australia needing to win the Test match to retain the ashes dismissed England for 373 runs with shame Warne taking 6 wickets. Australia in the first innings reply are none for 112 heading into day 3 of the match. If England wins it will regain the ashes trophy for the first time in 16 years.

Lieyton Hewitt had reached the semi finals of the Us open Tennis where he is now to meet world number 1 Roger Federer, good luck Lleyton as you will need it.

The Australian means Soccer team played 2 world cup qualifiers this week against the Solomon islands with new coach Guss Hiddink ( coaches PSV in the Dutch league) in charge for the first time. A comfortable 7 -0 win in Sydney guaranteed qualification with 2 goals to the Duke (mark Viduka - Middlesborough) who captained Australia for the first time. The other best players where Josip Skoko (Wigan athletic), Brett Emerton ( Blackburn) and Jason Culina. The return leg was played in Honiara on Tuesday with Australian winning 2-1 in a shocking performance which moved coach Hiddink to comment if we play like that the fifth place South American ( who we have to beat to get to Germany 2006) will beat us easily. The side did not play well in the 35 degree heat in the middle of the day

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