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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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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
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
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'
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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.
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
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.
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
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