With the NRL and AFL Premierships decided over the recent Grand Final weekend, the curtain has finally come down on this year’s Australian winter sports season.
Sports minds now turn towards summer, with the main national headline focus on cricket and football (soccer).
Locally, our own Northern District (NDs) will be looking to re-write unfinished business this Sydney First Grade cricket season.
After missing the Belvidere Cup Top Six First Grade finals series so narrowly last season – by the equivalent of just four runs over a full season – the NDs will be looking to break through into a finals campaign come next March.
With four winnable home matches at their beloved Mark Taylor Oval in their first five games to start the season, Northern District has a great opportunity to set a platform for their summer.
Much interest will also centre on the bold move of both the Northern District and Sydney Cricket Clubs to form the new look Sydney Rangers outfit in the Sydney Women’s one day competition this season.
In football/soccer, all eyes will turn locally to the start of the 12th A League season this month – and the ‘coming home’ of arguably Australia’s best modern player as evergreen forward Tim Cahill suits up for Melbourne City.
One only has to look at Cahill’s winner for the Socceroos in the recent World Cup qualifier over the United Arab Emirates in the stifling furnace conditions of Abu Dhabi to see that even though he turns 37 years young in December, the three time World Cup representative still has plenty to offer the game at A-League and Socceroo level.
And that’s not to mention other sports that get their time in the spotlight this summer like basketball (through a revived NBL and WNBL), tennis (leading up to the Australian Open in January), golf (with the ‘triple crown’ of Australian Open/Masters/PGA in November), motorsport (via the Bathurst 1000 early this month and the climax to the V8 season in December), and horse racing’s Melbourne Cup next month.
Who says sports go quiet when the various winter codes finish for the year?
Finally – well done to every athlete that donned the green and gold at the recent Paralympics in Rio.
You all showed the true essence of sport – even if the locals couldn’t have been bothered to turn up and watch you.
See you at the game!!!
Tony Dosen has been Radio 2HHH-FM’s Rugby League and Chief Sports caller for the past six years in an involvement in sports media that goes back to 1988.