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!
2015 – High Flying Hawks Make it a Three-peat
Hawthorn sealed its place as one of the greatest teams in VFL/AFL history, winning their third straight premiership defeating West Coast to the tune of 46 points at the MCG.
In what was the hottest AFL Grand Final day on record (30.8 degrees), Hawthorn showed no problems dealing with the conditions and pressure and leading for the majority of the match, bar the first seven minutes.
West Coast had beaten Hawthorn in the qualifying final by 32 points three weeks prior, but the Hawks got the one up when it mattered most.
This Hawthorn team was able to do what the legendary Hawks teams of the 1980s couldn’t – achieve a threepeat having beaten Sydney in 2014, Fremantle in 2013 and now the Eagles in 2015.
It was a masterclass from Hawthorn as they dominated across teh ground with 19 more inside 50s, 16 more contested possesions, 115 more disposals and 14 more tackeles.
Cyril Rioli booted two goals for the Hawks and won the Norm Smith medal, Sam Mitchell had 34 disposals, Luke Hodge kicked one of the all-time great Grand Final goals from the pocket and Jack Gunston who faced an injury cloud in the leadup to the game managed to kick four goals.
The final score – Hawthorn 16-11 (107) def. West Coast 8-13 (61)
2004 – Dogs Do It In Style
After a controversial season off the field, the Canterbury Bulldogs calimed their first premiership in nine years with a 16-13 win over the Sydney Roosters in the NRL Grand Final.
This was a Grand Final matchup years in the making and it lived up to the hype.
The Roosters dominated in the first half, leading 13-6 at the main break.
In the second half, the Bulldogs didn’t waste anytime getting back in to hte match when Matt Utah claimed his second Try for the match.
Hasem El Masri then crossed in the 53rd minute to give Canterbury the lead for the first time in the match – which would be the final points for the Grand Final.
The game was won in the final 13 seconds when a frantic Micheal Crocker was tackled by stand-in Canterbury skipper Andrew Ryan (as captain Steve Price had been injured in the preliminary final the week prior) and lost the ball, which gave the Bulldogs the win in the Grand Final.
The Final Score: Bulldogs 16 – Roosters 13