Captain Jedinak steers the ship to Russia
A rollercoaster ride of a World Cup qualifying campaign led the Socceroos to a final playoff against Honduras reminiscent of the legendary tie against Uruguay in 2005.
After three halves of football without a goal and nerves starting to settle in Jedinak lashed a free kick into the back of the net, then sealing the tie with two neatly tucked away penalties, becoming the most unlikely hat trick hero in football and sending the Socceroos on their way to Russia.
Two of the greatest go at it again
Federer heading into the tournament dropped to the 17th seed due to a six month injury lay off, leading to many doubts that he could end his five year long grand slam drought.
Federer trailing 3-1 in the final set won five straight games to seal his 18th grand slam title, setting the tone for his Wimbledon victory months later.
She is superhuman!
Though the headlines didn’t stop there after revelation in April stated that Serena was four months pregnant, meaning that she was roughly around eight weeks pregnant during the Australian Open!
Only one grand slam title away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24, 2018 is shaping up to be a record setting year for Superhuman Serena.
Jeff Horn stops the Pacman!
Queenslander Jeff Horn did just that, beating legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title.
Winning by unanimous decision, Horn shocked the boxing world where he didn’t receive much of a chance. Horn planted his name in Australian sporting folklore and went on to successfully defend his title against Gary Cocoran but Pacquiao is waiting in the shadows.
Monaco topples the parisian giants
A competition in complete control of financial giants Paris-St Germain were heading into the 2016/17 campaign on the back of four straight titles.
Yet the Parisians pressed the self destruction button and had to watch a brilliant AS Monaco side go onto lift the title. A team featuring of young talent and past heroes ruled over France under their microstate thumb, even reaching the semi finals of the Champions League.
Though as seen with many lower rated clubs success led to punishment. Monaco watched on as four key starters moved onto bigger, richer clubs including their prized teenage hero Kylian Mbappe, who left for Paris alongside world record signing Neymar.
Though the 2017 title victory will be celebrated for a long time on the Mediterranean coast.
- The World Cup! Can’t believe it’s almost been four years.
- James Graham and Ben Hunt joining the Red V. St George Illawarra lacked leadership and an additional playmaker last season and they’ve gained two important pieces to the puzzle.
- Gordon Hayward’s return. If the Boston Celtics are punching above their weight without him, watch out for Lucky the Leprechaun when Hayward lines up alongside Irving, Horford and some of the best young talent in the NBA.