It’s time to talk sports news with our journo, Josh Dawe, from Channel 9. This week he joins us on the phone all the way from the Queensland hub.
Talking about AFL what’s been going on? The West Australian has a massive ‘AFL Exclusive’ on the frontpage. What do you reckon that’s all about Josh?
“The Eagles are of course bound for a home final. There is just one round left of what’s been a pretty long season. The Eagles had that incredible, come-from-behind sort of win on Thursday. Which lifts them to into the fifth spot. So they’re probably not going to finish top four. They would need a few results to go their way but finishing fifth means they’ll be able to get a home final back at Optus Stadium in a couple of weeks time which is obviously super exciting for Eagles fans.
Then the doctors as well as finishing this season really strongly to. They had their biggest score the season against North Melbourne, they picked up 99 points and won by about 64. So huge win over North Melbourne. Jesse Hogan kicked four goals, he’s had a tough old year, so on the score sheet for the first time this year. They’re obviously not going to play finals, but they exceeded everyone’s expectations. I think with a new coach and a new game plan they’re up into 11th place. Lots of promise heading towards.”
The Aussie cricket is only filled by just a few runs, what happened there?
“Yeah, it was a strange game overnight like this second ODI against England in a series which Australia won the first game. We’re looking pretty strong, they bowled first, England squeezed their way out to 231. We probably should have kept them to a lower score. A couple of the tail endders for England dug in and had a nice partnership but the Aussies were cruising in their run. Chase Aaron Finch, the captain, with 70 odd runs and Marnus Labuschagne, we know how strong his summer was last year. He made 50 runs and they only needed about 60 runs with eight wickets still in hand and plenty of time.
But then just an incredible collapse ended up all out for 207, lost eight wickets for 60 runs. Some just really bad shot making, a couple of the West Aussies, Marcus Stoinis and Mitch Marsh didn’t quite play as well as they would have liked to. So yeah big collapse for the Aussies. Thankfully the series is all-square, one all but yeah definitely want to put that one behind them. It was a pretty, pretty poor performance but nonetheless it’s a short little timestamp with those games so plenty of chance to move on to the next one very soon.”
The US Open is very different this year, and all of the top seeds are all out.
“Yes, they are. So with the men’s finals actually still happening as we speak. So a first-time major winner, Alexander Zverev, took the first two sets against Austria and Dominic Theim. Then Theim actually fought back and won the next two sets. But Zverev holds a five, three lead as we speak. So he’s about to become a first-time major winner, which is exciting for one of the men. Then over in the women’s side of the draw yesterday, Naomi Osaka picked up her third major. Another young Japanese tennis player doing fantastic stuff. During the tournament she was wearing different masks, bearing the names of different victims of racial injustice and police brutality over in the states. So a lot of people have, tipped the hat to what she’s been doing, you know, she’s super young. She’s only 23 so for her to be winning three majors and really making her mark is pretty impressive for her.”
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