Weekend Results: 22-25 November

Missed some of the sporting results from the weekend? Here is what you need to know:

International Cricket

Gillette Men’s Twenty20 Series

Friday – Game 2

Australia 7/132 (ov. 19) – India 0/0 (ov. 0.0)

Match abandoned due to rain.

Sunday – Game 3

Australia 6/164 (ov. 20) – India 4/168 (ov. 19.4).

India won by 6 wickets and draw the series 1-1.

Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Final


England 10/105 (ov. 19.4) – Australia 2/106 (ov. 15.1).

Australia won by 8 wickets and won the Twenty20 World Cup.

International Rugby


England 37 defeated Australia 18.



Western Sydney Wanderers 0 lost to Newcastle Jets 2.


Wellington Phoenix 1 lost to Adelaide United 3; and

Brisbane Roar 2 defeated Melbourne City 0.


Sydney FC 1 lost to Melbourne Victory 2; and

Perth Glory 3 defeated Central Coast Mariners 2.



Adelaide United 2 defeated Canberra United 0.


Western Sydney Wanderers 0 lost to Newcastle Jets 1


Sydney FC 2 lost to Melbourne Victory 3; and

Perth Glory 5 defeated Melbourne City 2.



Brisbane Bullets 104 defeated Illawarra Hawks 85.


New Zealand Breakers 93 lost to Perth Wildcats 98; and

Adelaide 36ers 109 defeated Cairns Taipans 95.


Melbourne United 84 defeated Sydney Kings 82.


Illawarra Hawks 120 defeated Adelaide 36ers 109; and

Perth Wildcats 91 defeated New Zealand Breakers 86.


Kohli secures a series draw in Sydney

India’s captain Virat Kohli scored a blistering 61 runs to secure a series draw, with a six-wicket win over Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday night.

Australia took on India in the third and final game in the Gillette Twenty20 series in front of 37,000 people at the SCG.

For the first time in this series Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, won the toss and elected to bat first.

Finch made a vital change with fast-bowler Mitchell Starc, who hasn’t played the short form game in two years, replacing fellow quick Jason Behrendorff.

This wasn’t Finch’s only key change, the batting line-up had a shake-up seeing Chris Lynn and Marcus Stoinis moving down the order.

Kohli named an unchanged side from the washout at the MCG clash on Friday night.

Another first for the Aussies was the fact they were 0/28 after the power-play, even though Finch had a shaky start to his  50th Twenty20 International game.

Finch was given a lifeline in the 7th over when he Rohit Sharma dropped a skied ball off the bowling of Krunal Pandya.

The damage wasn’t too great when, in the very next over, the Aussie skipper sent a top-edge straight to Pandya, fielding close on the leg-side.

Pandya found himself on a hat-trick as D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott both getting trapped LBW in the 9th over while attempting to sweep.

In his four-overs, Pandya ended with figures of 4/37 adding Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey to his list of scalps for the match.

The batting order re-shuffle experiment with Lynn was quite a resounding success when a brilliant run out from Jasprit Bumrah.

Australia’s ended their innings with 6/164, Short top scoring with 33 off 29 balls.

The Indian’s opening pair were in blistering form, scoring 42 runs of 10 balls at one stage, until the re-introduction to Starc into the bowling attack.

Starc convincing his skipper to refer a not-out LBW appeal on Shikhar Dhawan, to great success.

Adam Zampa was able to get through the gate of Sharma, chopping the ball onto his back leg and going on to hit the stumps.

Maxwell was able to make the next breakthrough with the scalp of Lokesh Rahul, opening the door for Alex Tye to take the wicket of Rishabh Pant the very next delivery.

India’s skipper Kohli lead from the front with a sensational 61 runs of 41 balls, ending the match hitting a four to secure a six-wicket win and a series draw.

Pandya was announced as the Player of the Match and Player of the Series went to Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan.

Dhawan praised the Indian support of the crowd.

“I enjoy the support of the fans,” he said

“It’s tremendous to see the Indian support in this stadium.”

Australian skipper Finch told the crowd he thought they played well but it wasn’t quite enough.

“I thought the batters had a good plan but it didn’t quite go to plan,” he said.

“We have a fair bit of work to do but we are heading in the right direction.”

Australia and India will now move their focus to the first of a four test match series, starting at the Adelaide Oval on December 6.

Aussies thrash rivals to become World best

Australia has been crowned Twenty20 champions after thumping England by 8 wickets in the World Cup final in Antigua.

Australia took on its arch-enemy England in the Twenty20 final at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, on Sunday morning.

The last time Australia and England clashed was earlier this year when Australia took out the Twenty20 series 2-1.

The English had the upper-hand early when skipper Heather Knight won the toss and elected to bat first.

The Aussies’ fielding wasn’t at it’s finest with misfields, overthrows and dropped catches.

A notable chance was off the bowling of  Elysse Perry in the 2nd over when the player of the tournament Alyssa Healy dropped an edge from English opener Danni Wyatt.

A crucial miss for the Aussies’ as Wyatt went on to score 43 runs off 37 balls.

Perry went on to take her 100th wicket in Twenty20 Internationals with the controversial scalp of Natalie Sciver LBW in the 6th over.

Sciver reviewed the LBW decision almost immediately, without consultation with partner Wyatt, after it was given but the Third Umpire had inconclusive evidence Sciver inside-edged the ball into her pads.

Wyatt received another lifeline when bowler Delissa Kimmince dropped a tough chance off her own bowling, in the 7th over.

Kimmince put her cricketing career on hold in 2010 after she “fell out of love” for the game, shortly after she was one of the best bowlers in the Twenty20 World Cup in the same year.

Aussie bowler Georgia Wareham was on a hat-trick at the end of the 12th over when she took the vital wickets of Lauren Winfield and Sophia Dunkley but had to wait for an over before she could bowl her unsuccessful hat-trick ball.

England set the chase finishing all out for 105 runs, Wyatt the highest scorer with 43 runs of 37 balls, whilst Wareham was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 2/11 off 3 overs.

With 106-runs to chase off 120-balls, Healy and opening partner Beth Mooney started Australia’s campaign well with a 28-run partnership before Healy exposed her stumps and was clean bowled by Sophie Ecclestone in the 4th over.

3 overs later, Mooney tried to use the pace of the ball but ended up edging it to England’s wicketkeeper Amy Jones.

At the halfway point, Australia was in a commanding lead with 2/58 on the scoreboard and less than a run a ball to finish the final as Twenty20 champions.

It only took Ashleigh Gardner and batting partner and captain Meg Lanning a further 6 overs to reach the total set by the English and win their fourth Twenty20 World Cup Trophy.

Gardner was announced Player of the Match for her all round performance in the final, whilst Healy took out Player of the Tournament, after four Player of the match awards throughout the tournament. 

Gardner told the crowd there were plenty of nerves leading into the final.

“I was a little nervous last night be we had a lot of confidence after our semi-final performance,” she said.

Taggart double puts Roar in the winners circle

The Brisbane Roar have secured their first 3-points in the 2018/19 Hyundai A-League competition off the back of two goals from forward Adam Taggart.

The Roar hosted the fourth-placed Melbourne City at Suncorp Stadium for the round five clash.

The home side was coming into the game with three draws and a loss so far this season.

The opening moments of this clash had both sides defence stretched, but also attacking opportunities going astray.

Taggart came off the field momentarily to receive treatment on a suspected dislocated left shoulder, in what could be said as an innocuous incident in the 15th minute.

The Roar had a few chances in the middle section of the first half but their execution was much to be desired.

Melbourne City was unlucky not to receive a penalty in the 23rd minute when the Roar’s defender Avraam Papadopoulos went in with a heavy challenge in the penalty box but was later cleared by the VAR.

In the 25th minute, Taggart finished off a set move from a corner to secure the first goal of the match for the Roar.

Taggart almost had his second goal moments later when a weak City defence opened up but his radar wasn’t as precise on this occasion.

The Brisbane Roar went into the hard-time break 1-nil up for the first time in 2018/19 season.

The Roar was forced to make a substitution in the 60th minute when forward Eric Bauutheac succumbing to an earlier lower leg injury, introducing veteran Henrique into the game.

20-minutes into the second half, Taggart again found the back of the net off an Alex Lopez pass.

Some defending prowess from City defender Harrison Delbridge kept the Roar onslaught at bay, particularly on one occasion, heading the ball clear from a certain goal by Connor O’Toole.

The Roar also debuted the former Melbourne Victory defender Stefan Nigro with 5-minutes remaining on the clock.

Taggart told Fox Sports after the game he was thrilled with the performance.

“That’s the standard now and we need to improve on that,” he said.

The Brisbane Roar will now hit the road with an unusual six straight away games, starting with Adelaide United at 6:50 pm (Qld Time) next Friday night.

Bennett to remain at Broncos for 2019

The Brisbane Broncos have today announced, via social media, super coach Wayne Bennett will see-out his contract and will coach the Broncos in 2019. 

This would, therefore, mean incumbent coach Anthony Siebold will be at the helm of the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2019 season. 

This is great news for both clubs and players as they can now move on and get stuck into pre-season training without the coaching cloud hovering above both clubs. 

Now, will this harm the 2019 seasons for both clubs? 

Players will know they have a new coach coming in 2020, shouldn’t that mean they will be out there to impress?

Let’s face it, at the end of the day the players just want to play right.

The question is, however, will either coach have one eye on the team that will be theirs in 2020?

Or, do they focus on the job at hand in 2019?

Does Bennett or Siebold have a say in who stays and who goes at either club?

Or, is this a situation where the CEO’s take control until 2020 comes by?

It will all make for an interesting season ahead for both clubs.

Souths are in a great position, Siebold took them to within a game of a GF in his first year as head coach, he certainly has a squad there that could go all the way. 

The Broncos had an inconsistent year last year but still managed to make finals and unearth some huge junior talent while they were at it. 

What a way it would be to go out if Bennett took them all the way to a premiership in his final year at the Broncos?

Given his history, it very well could happen, a bit of an ‘up yours’ to the Broncos hierarchy while also saying “I’ve still got it”. 

The Thursday night clash on the 2nd of May, when these clubs meet for the first time in 2019, will certainly have some extra spice and feel to it. 

How do you think the clubs will fare in 2019 let us know in the comments below?

Opinion: Could Cullen fix the Broncos’ halves problem?

Could the solution to the Brisbane Broncos’ halves problem be right under the noses?

It’s no secret the Broncos halves combination was one of the main reason they hadn’t performed to their full potential in 2018.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima individually but together, not a good match.

I also understand what Wayne Bennett was trying to do.

Most NRL coaches look to have two types of halves, a runner of the ball and a playmaker who steers the team around the park.

Bennett looked to opt for two runners and use the experience of Andrew McCullough to steer the team around.

Throw into the mix, Jack Bird, the third running half who could have transitioned into a playmaker.

Now, this doesn’t sound too bad in theory but a huge gamble.

What Bennett didn’t plan on was the huge injury toll they copped throughout the year, who can though.

I still think he relied too much on Jack Bird.

What is wrong with buying, or developing a young, playmaker?

Well, there was one option right under their nose.

The young 24-year-old captain for the Redcliffe Dolphins, Cameron Cullen.

I’ll be upfront from the start, I am a huge fan of Cullen and have been from the start of his career in the Intrust Super Cup (Qld Cup).

Joining the Burleigh Bears in 2016, Cullens debuted in the NRL for the Gold Coast Titans and then later in the year took the Bears to a Premiership win.

In 2017, Cullen joined the Manly Sea Eagles and played five games off the bench as a utility.

Late 2017, Cullen was released from his Sea Eagles contract due to family reasons and signed with the Adam Mogg coached Redcliffe Dolphins.

Cullen told Mogg he wanted to take on a senior role in this squad and shortly after was appointed the captain.

In September 2018, Cullen led the Dolphins to their first premiership in many years.

Cullen is a natural playmaker, always looking for opportunities in every attacking play.

Nine Network commentator Scott Sattler has previously praised Cullen on how he attacks the defensive line.

Most playmakers will sit back and watch and see what happens.

Not Cullen, when he receives the ball, he accelerates.

Making it harder for the defensive-line to read what he is about to do.

Defensively, Cullen is similar to Johnathan Thurston, at 80kg, not the biggest guy on the field but will throw his body into any challenge in front of him.

One thing to note here is the Dolphins are a feeder club to the Broncos.

So why was Cullen overlooked?

Yes, 10 NRL games isn’t a huge amount of first-grade experience but he has at least had a taste of what to expect.

This on the surface appears to be a huge oversight for the Broncos.

A young playmaker with a different take on his role, but also a mature mindset to handle the big stage, as captain.

I understand the Broncos have bigger problems at the moment but if they aren’t keeping a close eye on this young playmaker, they will not stand a chance for 2019.

Australia’s great escape

The second match of the Gillette Twenty20 series between Australia and India was abandoned due to poor weather.

60,000 supporters attended the Melbourne Cricket to witnessed the much anticipated second clash of a three-game clash between Australia and India.

Australia had taken out the opening clash by nine runs in Brisbane on Wednesday in another rain-affected game.

Australia was forced to bat first after India’s captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl on a cold and windy evening in Melbourne.

At the toss, Australia captain Aaron Finch had advised of one late change in their line-up with the inclusion of Nathan Coulter-Nile after the withdrawal of Billy Stanlake, due to an injury he picked up in the warm-up.

With the clouds looming, an Aussies batting attack still a little shaky, it didn’t take long for India to strike with captain Finch edging one in the opening over.

Like the first game, India’s fielding efforts were far from its best with two dropped opportunities in the second over.

D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell all failed to take off as another small total score was looming for the frazzled Australia side.

Coulter-Nile showed promise when he hit India’s number one attack weapon Kuldeep Yadav over the rope in his first delivery faced.

The Aussie bowlers came to the rescue with Ben McDermott and Andrew Tye forming a vital partnership in the back-end of the innings.

McDermott was the highest scorer with 32* runs off 30 balls.

The pick of the bowlers for India was Jasprit Bumrah who finished on 1/20 off his four overs.

The umpires reluctantly, and to the protest of Kohli, halted play in the 19th over as rain started to pour down on the wicket.

Duckworth-Lewis system was brought into play and saw India required to chase 46 off five overs but before a bowl could be bowled, the rain started to come down again.

The third and final game will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from 6:50 pm (local time).