The Weekend Roundup
Missed all the sports action last week? We got you. Every Monday, we’ll be bringing you the news from the week just gone so you don’t miss out on all the essential results.
Australia win Quad Series, whilst England secure runners-up with a spirited comeback against South Africa.
England came from behind against South Africa after a shaky start in their final game of the Quad Series to clinch a 45-42 victory. Floundering in the second quarter, they struggled to keep with pace with the Proteas who were at one point 8 goals clear. However, helped by Helen Housby - who won MVP after netting 30 of her 34 shots (what Raheem Sterling wouldn’t do for that level of accuracy) - England clawed themselves back into the game. With four minutes remaining they drew level, before pulling ahead whilst running down the clock with some clever possession play. After the victory, coach Tracey Neville spoke of the opportunities afforded to younger players at this diamond league. As they gear up to next year’s World Cup, the future looks bright for English netball.
Commanding performance from the Canyon-SRAM sixtet, wins UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck.
Anyone who’s found themselves on the M4 at 5pm on Friday evening will know that 53.8kph is aspirationally fast, even when you’ve got an engine. For the Canyon-SRAM team to win the UCI Road World Championships with this average speed was nothing short of breathtaking. Despite being behind at the halfway checkpoint the team, which included British sisters Hannah and Alice Barnes, finished 22 seconds in front of their closest rival. Bravo!
Three games in and Arsenal are setting the pace in the FAWSL as Chelsea and Manchester City stumble.
The nearly-but-not-quite trevails of last season must seem like a long time ago for Arsenal as they made it three from three this weekend. The Gunners showed tremendous grit to come back from behind in an exciting 4-3 win over rivals West Ham. For fellow Londoners Chelsea there was a distinctly different air. With last season’s star player Kirby misfiring and missing a golden opportunity from close range, the Blues had to settle for their third successive nil all draw. Chelsea are in need of a quick turnaround if they are to keep alive hopes of retaining their title. However, they will perhaps take some courage from the fact that fellow big hitter Manchester City have - with a couple of howlers from keeper Bardsley - also dropped points this weekend in a 2-2 draw at home to Bristol.
Meanwhile, new kid on the block Manchester United are showing that investment pays. They lead at the top of the championship with a 5-0 win away at London Bees taking their goal difference to a phenomenal +20 after only three games.
16 and making waves at the RVCA Women’s Jr. Pro; Samantha Sibley wins inaugural women’s event
Ah yes, another event only just clocking on to the fact women would like to compete. But let’s not dwell on what they have been missing before this year’s competition. Instead Californian Samantha Sibley is cementing her place as one of the brightest rising stars of world surfing. After winning the U16 US National Championships earlier this summer, Sibley is no newbie to tournament pressures. So this weekend, when pitted against current No.1 Kirra Pinkerton in the final, she was able to hold her nerve. Keep your eye on this star, she’s going places.