This Day In Sport – October 2

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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 – Up, Up Cronulla

A Try in the 70th minute from Sharks prop forward Andrew Fifita helped Cronulla overcome a second-half surge from the Melbourne Storm to claim the club’s first premiership in the clubs 49-year history.

The Sharks came out all guns blazing in the first-half but only led 8-0 at the break thanks to a Ben Barbra try, before the Melbourne Storm mounted a comeback after half-time.

It was Fifita’s converted try that took back the lead for the Sharks along with some gutsy last gasp defending that would ensure that Cronulla finally lifted the Provan-Summons trophy.

Retiring hooker Micheal Ellis would finish his career a premiership player and Sharks skipper Paul Gallen could finally lift some silverware at a club level.

In the post match presenation Gallen famously declared “Turn your porch lights off because we are coming home with the trophy.”

The final score: Cronulla 14 – Storm 12

1948 – The First Drawn Grand Final

Wildly innacurate kicking from Essendon played a major role in the first drawn Grand Final in VFL history against Melbourne on this day in 1948.

The Bombers went into the game red-hot favourites having beaten Melbourne two times during the regualr season and in the second semi final.

In the first quarter, Essendon kicked 0-6 to Melbourne’s 3-0 and the Dees had the lead at quarter time.

Essendon didn’t manage their first goal until 50 minutes into the game, but were still wasteful trailing at the main break having kicked 2-9.

Melbourne still looked the better side at the begining of the third quarter, but the Bombers dominated in the scoring shots booting 4-6, enough to get them infront but not enough to give to get comfortable.

Inaccurate kicking came back to haunt them, missing shots in the final term but were able to kick two goals in the last two minutes to tie the scores.

The Demons had every chance to win the game when Norm Smith had a set shot in the dying seconds, but kicked the ball across the face from goal.

At the final bell, the scores were tied: Essendon 8-27 (69) – Melbourne 10-9 (69)

They would have to come back next week.

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