This Day In Sport – September 30

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!

2018- Courageous Cronk

Cooper Cronk played with a broken scapula which helped inspire his new team – the Sydney Roosters to a 21-6 win over his old side – the Melbourne Storm to win the 2018 NRL Grand Final.

Cronk was only selected in the Roosters side for the Grand Final a bit over an hour before the kick off at ANZ Stadium after much speculation about his injured shoulder, but the extent of his injury was revealed after Easts had won the Grand Final

Roosters co-captain Boyd Cordner told Channel 9 after the game “He (Cronk) actually broke his scapula. That will go down in history. That is a big performance from him,”

“He was touch and go right up until game time. We had to come up with a game plan to protect him as much as possible, and we executed that.”

Cronk had sustained the injury in the previous weeks Preliminary Final against South Sydney and many regard his efforts in the 2018 Grand Final as some of the most courageous ever seen in Rugby League history.

He would also become the first player in 45 years to win consecuitve premierships at different clubs.

In the game, Cronk would be limited to orchestrating the Roosters attack, battling through the pain and was able to hide himself against the Storm attack that struggled to target him throughout the night.

He would be hit heavily after his first two kicks by his former teammates but both of Cronk’s bombs resulted in a repeat sets the led to the opening tries of the game.

Cronk didn’t miss eight tackles and could barely lift his arm, pass, kick or tackle but would bow out with only two minutes left in the match.

The final score was the Roosters 26 – Storm 6, but the story of the match was the coruage of Cooper Cronk.

1989 – The Greatest Grand Final

There’s no shortage of people who regard this as the greatest game of Australian Rules Football ever played.

This was Hawthorn’s seventh Grand Final appearance on the trot, but they were yet to achieve back-to-back premierships.

Geelong, under first-year coach Malcolm Blight, was the up and coming team and proved a serious challenger to the Hawks in their one and only previous meeting back in Round 6 of the ’89 season.

Arguably, the most iconic moment of the game happened in the very first minute when Geelong’s Mark Yeates gave Hawthorn’s Dermott Brereton an almighty shirtfront that has become as legendary as the game itself.

The Cats played the man and not the ball in the first quarter, whereas Hawthorn kicked eight goals and went into quarter time with a 40 point lead.

The next two quarters were even, but it was Geelong’s efforts in the last term that saw them stage an almighty comeback, mostly thanks to the efforts of Gary Ablett Snr who kicked nine goals in one the greatest individual performances you will ever see on the football field.

Hawthorn had a 36 point lead at three-quarter time but was battered and bruised.

Dermott Brereton had broken ribs, Robert Diperdomenico played with a punctured lung, John Platten suffered a concussion and the then two-man bench resembled a hospital emergency ward.

It allowed the Cats to stage a final quarter comeback, but it was a case of too little, too late as Hawthorn would win by six points and claim back-to-back premierships in one the toughest and high-scoring Grand Finals of all-time.

Final score: Hawthorn 22-18 (144) def. Geelong 21-12 (138)