This Day In Sport – July 25

They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!

We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day as we look to fill the void our beloved sports have left behind.

So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great sporting moments On This Day.

2009 – Bartel’s Behind

In one of many memorable Hawks v Cats matchups, Jimmy Bartel booted two late behinds including one after the siren to win the game for Geelong in front of 65,000 people at the MCG.

Hawthorn looked to have the job done when Brett Guerra kicked a goal early in the last quarter putting giving them a near five-goal lead, but this was a Geelong team to never be written off.

Down by 28 points, Geelong lifted on the back of performances from the likes of Joel Selwood, Joel Corey and Andrew Mackie.

The Cats were reduced to two on the bench for the majority of the second half after losing defenders Matthew Scarlett and Harry Taylor.

The enormity of this achievement was not lost on the Cats.

They celebrated as hard as any premiership when Bartell kicked that point to win the game.

“That’s one of the best wins I’ve ever been involved in, It was just gutsy, just hard,” said Cameron Ling post-game.

This would be the second Hawks loss in the Kennett Curse which lasted from 2009-2013.

The Kennett Curse occurred after the Hawthorn president said after their upset in the 2008 Grand Final:

“What they don’t have, I think, is the quality of some of our players; they don’t have the psychological drive we have. We’ve beaten Geelong when it matters.”

For the Record, Geelong 15-9 (99) defeated Hawthorn 14-14 (98)

1914 – Farewell WG Grace

The man they refer to as “the father of Cricket” played his last ever innings in club Cricket.

Grace would score 69 not out for Eltham against Grove Park.

He would pass away in 1915.