Double Delight from Sydney to SW19

Well what a sporting weekend for Great Britain and Ireland. The Lions did the bizzo in Australia and Scotland’s Andy Murray ended 77 years of British hurt by becoming Wimbledon Champion – FECK YEAH!!!!!!!!

A brilliant performance by the British and Irish Lions in Sydney with a record number of points scored by a Lions team in a test match (16-41 for the record). Warren Gatland’s power game was evident throughout but it was the positivity of their play that the Wallabies struggled to cope with. The dropping of Lions legend Brian O’Driscoll was not a factor because of this style of play as the Northern Hemisphere raiders threw much more caution to the wind than in previous tests. Four tries were the result, with Leigh Halfpenny (the Lions man of the series) adding conversions and penalties. The only lull in the game was either side of half time when the Lions seemed to be trying to hold onto their early lead, accumulated because of strong forward play especially in the scrum, and the Australia’s got within three points. 22 unanswered points followed and the Tom Richards Trophy was heading north of the equator for the first time in 16 years. Roll on New Zealand 2017 – LIONS LIONS LIONS 🙂

Onto a steaming hot Centre Court at Wimbledon. Andy Murray was looking to end 77 years of hurt by becoming the first male British singles champion at SW19. The Scotsman was facing the player I call the ‘Ironman’ world number one, Novak Djokovic. In the first game the Serbian saved three break points, three more followed before Murray broke on the 7th attempt. However Djoko does not give up that easily, he broke back straight away. However Murray managed to break the Serbian again and won the first set 6-4. Breaks were traded in the second before Murray broke at 5-5, then served out – a two set lead!!!!!!! A break followed at the start of the third and Murray found himself 2-0 up and 30-love up on the Djoko serve – happy days. You can guess what happened next – a comeback from the Serbian – who won the next four games (stepping up big time). Murray fought back again – breaking Djokovic and then crucially broke Djoko again to win the ninth game, Murray was now 5-4 up. He would sit down at the changeover to contemplate serving for the match. In no time he was 40-love up (3 championship points) and yes again Djokovic fought back – saving them with some outstanding play and eventually attaining breakpoints (3 of them). Murray saved them all, then on his 4th championship point – it happened – Djokovic netted after another brutal rally and Britain and Scotland had a men’s singles Wimbledon Champion – JOB DONE. Andy Murray now a two time Grand Slam champion. In my opinion his partnership with his coach the non-smiling Ivan Lendl has been the catalyst for his success and the plan will now be to win further slams down the line and become the world number one tennis player. Well done MUZZA ultimate respect 🙂

So what a weekend British sporting achievement in such close proximity. And with Chris Froome leading the Tour De France after a fantastic ride to take the Yellow Jersey even more sporting glory is on the horizon and that’s not mentioning the Ashes and the British Open Golf Championship (Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell won the French Open Golf  today) . Maybes another glorious sporting summer ahead – let me know what you think.

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