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Thursday June 1st 2006

On Saturday afternoon the competition leaders West Coast travel to Skilled Stadium to play the Cats. Geelong were early season favourites after the first couple of rounds, though since then they have struggled to win a match. The Eagles on the other hand have played like a Premiership winning team. The Eagles will be without Chris Judd this week, which is one of the only positives for the Cats at this stage.

On Sunday the Saints clash with the Demons at the MCG. The Saints won this match by 88 points last season and will be hoping they can repeat the dose in 2006. The Demons lost last week to the Eagles in a low scoring game, so will be looking to bounce back this week.

The Dragons host the Eels on Friday night, in what will be their first match at Kogarah for the season. The Dragons are coming of the back of a good win away to the Knights, with the only downside to the win being the loss of Trent Barrett for 6 weeks due to suspension. The Eels also recorded a win, their first under caretaker coach Jason Taylor. The win wasn't the most convincing though as they gave away an 18 point lead. The Dragons have a good record at Oki Jubilee which they will need to maintain this week if they are going to challenge the top of the table.

In a replay of the 2005 Grand Final the Tigers host the Cowboys at Telstra Stadium this Sunday. The Cowboys have already beaten the Tigers this year, that match was in Townsville, so the Tigers will be out to square the ledger. Last week the Tigers smashed an average looking Souths, while the Cowboys went down in a Golden Point situation to a much improved Raiders outfit. The Tigers currently have the momentum with less Origin commitments and a strong win last week, so the Cowboys will have to be on their game if they are to win.

The French Open has kicked off at Roland Garros. Tonight Aussie hopeful Lleyton Hewitt plays the unseeded Mathieu Montcourt. Hewitt is carrying an ankle injury though still managed to win his first round match in four sets. In the Women's draw some of the Tournament favourites will play tonight, with Hingis, Henin-Hardenne and Clijsters all playing.

Thursday June 8th 2006

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The Swans will be looking for their seventh win in a row when they host the Saints on Saturday night. The Saints, after holding early season favouritism, have slipped to be mid table. They started well against Melbourne last week though dropped off in the second half. The Swans on the other hand had a good come from behind win against the Roos.

The match on Monday between Collingwood and Melbourne is shaping up to be one of the matches of the round. Both teams are playing exciting football and have been winning over the last month. For one team that streak must end this weekend.

The NRL kicks off on Friday night with a cracker of a match. The Sea Eagles will host the Tigers at Brookvale Oval. Manly have a good record against the Tigers at home, winning every game there since 2003. Both teams have had a winning fortnight with Manly recording wins against Melbourne and Penrith whilst the Tigers have thumped Souths and beat the Cowboys. Manly, who head into this match as favourites, will have to be on their game if they are to halt the momentum of the Tigers.

The Raiders are having a much better season this year after a horror 2005. They will travel to Telstra Stadium to play the rampant Bulldogs. The Dogs have won five of their last six and will be favourites this week. The Raiders have won their last two, with a Golden Point win against the Cowboys and a close win against Souths.

At the French Open the Semi-finals will be played tonight. In the Mens draw Roger Ferderer will play David Nalbandian. Nalbandian is one of the few players that has a winning record against the Swiss maestro, which is a statistic that will be on both players minds. Federer had a relatively easy Quarter-finals win beating Croat Mario Ancic in three whilst Nalbandian won his Quarters in four.

In the Womens draw the match of the Semis will be the clash between Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne. Henin-Hardenne is the reigning French Open champion whilst Clijsters is the former World number one.

Thursday 22nd June 2006

The match between Australia and Croatia this Friday morning is shaping up as the most important game that the Socceroos play in the World Cup. Both Australia and Croatia have the opportunity to be the second team through to the knock out stage in Group F. Australia is in a slightly better position, needing a win or a draw to make it through. The Croatians on the other hand need to go for broke and win this match to make it through.

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On Friday night the cellar dwellers of the AFL Premiership will meet at the Telstra Dome. For the Roos it is a chance to get their season back on track after winning only two games so far this season. For the Blues it will be a good opportunity to build on coach Denis Pagan's long term goal for Carlton.

Sydney will finish off round 12 when they host the Magpies at Telstra Stadium on Saturday night. The Swans will be out for redemption after their narrow loss to the Saints last round. The Pies are sitting at third on the ladder and a win will cement that position. A huge crowd is expected to witness a terrific match up in the match of the round.

On Friday night the Storm host the Bulldogs at Olympic Park. The Storm are at the top of the ladder at the moment and with nine wins from their last ten games they are favourites for the Minor Premiership. The Dogs have had a consistent streak where they have won six out of eight matches. So this weekend will be a test for both teams. The attack for the Dogs is the second best in the competition and they will face the third best defence in the Storm so it will be a real arm-wrestle when these team clash.

Season 2006 hasn't gone to plan for the Roosters. They are sitting in fourth last spot on the ladder and have failed to make an impression on the Premiership chase. They travel to the nation's capital this week to play a much improved Raiders outfit. The Raiders have been one of the surprise packets this year and have the opportunity to challenge for the top 8 with a win this weekend. Adam Mogg is looking particularly dangerous for the Raiders and will prove a handful for the shaky Roosters defence.

Thursday 29th June 2006

The 2006 World Cup is now hotting up. Six teams that have reached the quarter-finals have previously won the Cup, so there is some excellent pedigree on show this weekend.

The quarter-finals kick off with hosts Germany taking on Argentina early on Saturday morning. The Argentineans have been one of the star performers of the World Cup and have moved up in the betting to be second favourites to take out the Cup. Germany has also performed well so far and are one of the highest scoring teams. In the other matches Italy will take on Ukraine, England plays Portugal and the reigning champions Brazil take on France. Sportingbet is also offering 'In-Running' Betting on live telecast World Cup Matches.

In this weeks AFL action the Demons host Port Adelaide at the MCG. After a horror start to the season the Demons are now becoming a serious contender for the Flag. Port have exceeded expectations this season with an 6-6 record including wins over highly fancied West Coast. Melbourne will have to snub out the Port attack early this weekend as Port have won their previous four encounters at the MCG.

After Sydney's heart-breaking seven point loss last weekend against Collingwood, 'fortress Sydney' is now looking a little shaky. The Dockers, who have a poor away record, will sense an opportunity to make it five home losses for the Swans this Saturday. The Swans need to make a statement that they are serious Flag contenders, so they will undoubtedly come out firing. Both of Sydney's last two games resulted in narrow losses and they will endeavour ta acheive a resounding win.

Manly were quite unlucky in their six point loss to the Broncos last Sunday. They will however have an opportunity to make it up to their home crowd when they take on a less then impressive Knights outfit this Friday night. The Knights have lost their last four games and the Andrew Johns factor is looking to be wearing on the team. Both teams are sitting on 18 points with 8 wins apiece so this game could go right down to the wire.

On Sunday the Sharks will travel to Brisbane to play the Broncos. The Sharks are having a great season with Brett Kimmorley steering the team in the right direction and getting the results. They are sitting at third on the ladder - one win behind the Broncos. The Queenslanders will be without the services of the Origin stars which may put this game out of reach.

Wimbledon kicked off this week with Roger Federer a strong favourite to win the crown. Interestingly, Lleyton Hewitt is right up there in the betting after his win at Queens, which many believe is the start of a resurgence for the former number 1 ranked player in the World. In the Women's draw Maria Sharapova is a slight favourite over French Open winner Justine Henin-Hardienne.


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