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 on the Ladbrokes Blog.
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 and important sporting moments in This Day In Sport!
1994 – North v Hawthorn goes into Extra Time and Billy Crowned King of Geelong
The AFL’s new final eight system proved its worth as the two qualifying finals – North Melbourne v Hawthorn at Waverley Park that afternoon followed by Geelong taking on Footscray at the MCG later that evening proved to be absolute classics.
North Melbourne and Hawthorn had been at it all day when the final siren blew with the Roos 12-19 (91) tied with Hawthorn 13-13 (91)
It would be the first time extra time would be needed to decide the match.
In the 10 extra minutes of play, the Roos would kick 3-5 and the Hawks wouldn’t score in what was one of North captain Wayne Carey’s finest peformances.
Later that night at the MCG, it looked as though Footscray had the game sealed when Richard Osbourne snapped a goal in the dying seconds of play, putting them one point up.
Enter Billy Brownless.
With just seconds to play, the Cats were able to get the ball down to Brownless who marked from 30 meters out with Geelong trailing by one point.
Brownless was in control, steaded, sized up the situation and kicked the goal which resulted in some of the most famous pieces of Sandy Roberts AFL commentary “BILLY, YOU ARE THE KING OF GEELONG!”
After some issues with his kicking, The monkey was off the back.
1962 – Grand Slam for Laver
In another all-Australian US Open Final, Rod Laver defeated fellow Australian Roy Emerson in four sets to win the 1962 US Open.
The victory saw Laver become the first man to win the tennis “Grand Slam” – that being all four major tournaments in the same year since Don Budge in 1938.
Laver went into the US Open mens singles final with plenty of confidence having won the three major tennis championships that year – the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
“Rocket” Rod would start of strong, winning the first two sets before Emerson found his stride in the third which he won 7-5, before struggling in the fourth.
After Emerson broke Laver’s serve, Rocket broke back and finished off the hard-fought match 6-4 bringing home the US Open title and completing the Grand Slam.
Laver would turn professional the next yaer, which meant he would no longer be able to compete in Open championships which at the time were amateur only.
It wasn’t until 1968 when professionals were allowed in the tournaments marking the beginning of the “Open Era.”