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!
2016 – Bulldogs Fairytale Flag
The Western Bulldogs miracle run in the 2016 AFL Finals was complete when the club won only it’s second premiership – its first in 62 years.
It was described as a fairytale, a miracle and a fluke depending on who you asked, but the Sons of the West did it the hard way.
During the 2016 season, the Bulldogs suffered season-ending injuries to key players such as Bob Murphy, Jack Redpath and Mitch Wallis along with a few others players being out for extended periods during the year.
Nevertheless, the Bulldogs finished 7th on the ladder having won 15 games.
This was also the year the AFL first introduced the pre-finals bye to which the Western Bulldogs took full advantage of – giving some of their injured stars more time to recover for the upcoming finals campaign.
Against the odds, they beat West Coast at Subiaco in the elimination final, Hawthorn in the semi-final and went on to beat GWS in a memorable preliminary final at Spotless Stadium by one kick to book themselves a Grand Final date with the Sydney Swans.
The Grand Final was tight all day, until midway in the final quarter when Tom Boyd kicked a 50 meter bomb to seal the game after an amazing tackle from veteran Dale Morris.
Jason Johannisen and Liam Picken played the game of their lives, and yes, Sydney Swans fans will still rue the missed free kicks in the game.
But this was the Western Bulldogs day of glory.
In some of the more emotional scenes post-game, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge invited injured skipper and spritual leader Bob Murphy to collect his Jock McHale medal and lift the 2016 Premiership cup.
The Final Score – Western Bulldogs 13-11 (89) def. Sydney 10-7 (67)
2006 – Broncos Storm Home in NRL Grand Final
The Brisbane Broncos claimed their 6th (and most recent) NRL premiership with a 15-8 win over the Melbourne Storm.
This game was also a case of master v apprentice in the coaches box with Wayne Benett in his 6th decider for Brisbane and Storm coach Craig Bellamy in his first decider at the helm at Melbourne.
Both sides scored two tries for the match, but it was the likes of Darren Lockyer, Shaun Berrigan and retiring Bronco Shane Webcke who was able to outmaneuver the minor premiers Melbourne with a gutsy Grand Final win.
The Broncos would dominate play with the ball and making easy meters in each set of six. Justin Hodges and Shaun Berrigan proved unstoppable for Brisbane – with Berrigan claiming the Clive Churchill Medal.
It was Brent Tate who sealed the game for the Broncos with a try in the 62nd minute, there would be no comeback from the Storm and Brisbane made it six premierships from six Grand Finals.
Final score: Broncos 15 – Storm 8