Patrick Cripps has won his first Brownlow medal, the AFL season is coming to an end with Geelong set to play Sydney in the grand final and Australian golfer Cameron Smith wins his first LIV event. All this and more in this recap of the weekend’s sport.
Cripp’s caps off sensational year on football’s night of nights.
Sunday night’s Brownlow medal count was as closely contested as the football season itself.
But unlike the 2022 season, Carlton was not ‘pipped at the finish’, with their captain Patrick Cripps taking out football’s highest honour for the first time in his career.
The race for the Brownlow came down to the very last round with Gold Coast’s Touk Miller and Brisbane’s Lachie Neale tied at the top of the leaderboard on 27 votes.
But after his 35 disposals and five tackles against the Magpies in round 23, Cripps secured the three votes and edged out Neale to win by one vote.
Cripp’s becomes Carlton’s seventh Brownlow medalist with the club’s last winner being Chris Judd in 2010.
Cats claw their way to grand final berth.
After a tightly contested start to this year’s finals series, Friday night’s preliminary final was a blowout, with Geelong defeating Brisbane by 71 points at the MCG.
The Cat’s were in charge all game, but their third quarter was particularly dominant as they kicked 46 points to Brisbane’s 13.
Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield was back to his electric best kicking two goals to go with his 28 disposals.
The Cat’s now head into this weekend’s grand final full of confidence as they look to finally win that elusive premiership flag.
Swans survive Magpie scare.
Sydney has escaped a last gasp comeback from Collingwood to make their first grand final since 2016.
The Swans led by as much as 36 points in the third quarter and seemed to have the match all on their terms before the Magpies brought the margin back to just two points with a couple of minutes to go.
For the last 30 seconds the ball stayed in the Magpie’s forward 50, but the Swan’s defence stood up under the pressure as they managed to hold on and win by one point.
The Swan’s will now face Geelong in the grand final this weekend as they look to secure their sixth premiership.
Carlton sees a Blue moon as they record consecutive draws.
Carlton recorded its second consecutive draw in the AFLW on Saturday.
After they shared the points with Port Adelaide last week the Blues were once again involved in a draw, this time against the Dockers at Fremantle Oval.
The Blues charged home in the last quarter kicking three goals to one but were yet again unable to claim the win.
For Freo, it’s their first points for the year as they look to turn around a disappointing start to the season.
The Power win in style for Phillip’s 50th.
The Power won their first match in the AFLW in convincing fashion against the Swans on Saturday.
Both sides were yet to win a match in their inaugural AFLW seasons, but Port Adelaide showed themselves a class above as they won the game by 66 points.
In her 50th match, champion Erin Phillips was outshone by the emergence of the 18-year-old Hannah Ewings who finished the game with three goals and nine clearances to go with her 19 disposals.
The win keeps the Power in the hunt for finals as the league nears the halfway mark of the home and away season.
Smith wins first LIV event.
Australian golfer Cameron Smith won his first event in the LIV Golf tournament in Chicago this morning.
Smith will pocket $6 million for the win in just his second event for the controversial Saudi-backed tournament.
The 29-year-old from Queensland edged out former US Masters Champion Dustin Johnson and Peter Uihlein to win the event by three shots.
The next LIV Golf tournament takes place in Bangkok, Thailand, from the 7-9 of October.
Tennis great Roger Federer retires.
One of tennis’ most beloved and successful players, Roger Federer announced he will retire after the upcoming Laver Cup.
The 41-year-old won 20 grand slams over the course of his career and holds the record for the most men’s Wimbledon titles after winning eight, including five consecutively.
He also holds the record for most weeks (237) spent as the men’s world number one ranked tennis player.
Federer was part of the dominant trio which includes Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and is widely seen as one of the greatest players tennis has seen.
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