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!
2014 – Glory Glory for South Sydney
After 43 long years and a period when the club was kicked out of the competition – South Sydney broke through to rule the world of Rugby League once again.
In what was a tough and brutal 80 minutes of footy, the Rabbitohs held through for a 30-6 victory against the Canterbury Bulldogs.
The first half was low scoring, with only one Try to South’s Alex Johnson and Adam Reynolds able to kick a penalty goal with the Bunnies taking a 6-0 lead into the main break.
Early in the second half, Canterbury pulled through for the equaliser from a converted try from Tony Williams.
Not long after, George Burgess was able to restore Souths lead before a flurry of tries from Kirisome Auva’a, Adam Reynolds and Greg Inglis in the final ten minutes of the match to deliver the Rabbitohs to the promised land.
Much was made about the fact Sam Burgess playing the entire match despite fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket in the opening tackle with Bulldog James Graham.
He would take out the Clive Churchill medal.
There would also be redemption for Greg Inglis, who recived a premiership ring after losing his 2007 and 2009 titles when playing for the Melbourne Storm due to their salary cap breaches.
It would be a glorious night in Redfern as the Bunnies were once again the pride of the League.
1963 – Cats Get the Cream
Geelong pulled through for their first premiership in 11 years by defeating Hawthorn by 39 points to take out the 1963 VFL Premiership at the MCG.
At three quarter time, the Cats led by 10 points but charged away in the final quarter to kick 6-6 to Hawthorns three behinds to bring the flag to Kardina Park.
The Geelong Advertiser at the time reported:
“Play in the League grand final was always close enough to be interesting and the result remained in doubt until Geelong unleased a whirlwind finish.
In the first nine minutes of the last quarter it increased its 10-point lead to 35 points by one of the most remarkable displays of sheer brilliance seen in the long history of League grand finals.
Perhaps the game as a spectacle did not appeal, and it was not in the same class as some of the great grand finals of the past, but the 101,000 spectators carried away an unforgettable picture of the masterly display of champion Geelong ruckman, Graham Farmer, around whose magnificent play was built the team effort which led to victory.
The win by Geelong was a popular one with the huge crowd which packed the ground, and players received a tumultuous reception as they returned to the rooms.”
It would be the Cats last premiership for the 20th century and the beginings of a famous rivalry between the two clubs.
Final score – Geelong 15-19 (109) def. Hawthorn 15-9 (109)