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Your Summer of Sport Part Two – Blog #19

Your Summer of Sport Part Two – Blog #19

Transfers, Football and Rounding Off in Rio by Kai Chappell, Sports Editorkaichappell

The second part of this bumper blog commences here! I hope, on behalf of the whole team, that you have enjoyed your summer as we move back into those gruesome autumnal months with no bank holiday for weeks to come. This week, find out what happened in the early stages of the FA Cup with our results round up, we take our pic of the best and worst transfers this week, have a look at how Team GB have done in Rio, Steve Zetter finishes his Grumpy Gramps segment, catch Premier League Predictions from some of our team, and to cap it all off our newest presenter Henry Thomas-Aldridge reviews the England vs Pakistan Series. Enjoy!

Firstly, in the Premier League, we saw a win for our locals Chelsea, who – thanks to another late goal from Diego Costa – defeated a strong Watford side 2-1. Conversely, Crystal Palace suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of Tottenham – a late header from Victor Wanyama (the £11m signing) gave Spurs all three points in that one.

Ryan Sessegnon was born on 18th May 2000 - 5 days later than our Sports Editor Kai

Ryan Sessegnon was born on 18th May 2000 – 5 days later than our Sports Editor Kai

The EFL Sky Bet Championship also saw a mixed bag for our local sides – Fulham held Cardiff to a 2-2 draw, during which we saw a goal for 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon – the youngster will collect his GCSE results this week after becoming the first Championship goalscorer to be born in this millenium. Just inside the play-off spots at present is QPR – they suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Preston North End, whilst Brentford fell to a 1-0 defeat at the New York Stadium after a first half strike from Rotherham’s Danny Ward.

In the third tier EFL Sky Bet League 1, AFC Wimbledon picked up their first point of the season with a bore draw at Sixfields – it finished 0-0 at the hands of Northampton.

Sutton United are third in the Vanarama National League after another comfortable win, this time it finished 2-0 at home to Macclesfield who had Andy Halls sent off in the second half.

Hampton and Richmond Borough fought valiantly to come back and scrape a point at home to Truro City – the Beveree side still remain in 2nd in the table.

It was not a good day in the Ryman Isthmian Premier League as Met Police drew 0-0 away from home against Harrow Borough, and there were defeats for Dulwich Hamlet and Kingstonian – 4-2 against

Steve and Harry were commentating on the match.

Steve and Harry were commentating on the match.

Leiston and 2-1 against Needham Market respectively.

The FA Cup Preliminary Round saw Corinthian-Casuals (3-2 vs Crawley Down Gatwick) and Carshalton

Athletic (3-0 over Farnham Town) secure their places in the First Qualifying Round, whilst Harry Fell and Steve Zetter witnessed the cup’s magic in a 3-3 draw between Colliers Wood and Banstead, with Zetter heading to the replay. Croydon FC took VCD Athletic to a replay after a 0-0 draw, but the big upset came when 10th tier East Preston qualified for the 1QR after beating Tooting and Mitcham Utd 1-0.

That’s your round up! Now, who is going where? Let’s have a review of rumours and done deals this week…

Crystal Palace sign Christian Benteke

Benteke joined Liverpool a year ago from Aston Villa for £32m

1: Christian Benteke, Liverpool to Crystal Palace, £27m.

Rating: 10

A real coup from Alan Pardew, as the man who was tipped to do so well at Liverpool joins them for a club-record fee. He fits in with the style that Pardew has adopted at Palace and they seriously need another attacking threat if they are to salvage anything from 2016 – their poor form has seen defeat after defeat and it isn’t going well for the Eagles. A good buy – can they get some defenders in now to tighten and solidify the back four?

2: Ross McCormack, Fulham to Aston Villa, £12m

McCormack is formerly of Leeds too.

McCormack is formerly of Leeds too.

Rating: 5

The Cottagers don’t seem to know when they have struck gold. Despite many Premier League bids, they held their nerve and managed to keep McCormack at the club for a fair amount of time and he repaid their faith in goal after goal – without his goals they would have been relegated last season. To sell him and not bring in a replacement of similar quality is a huge mistake. The only few positives I can take from this result is the £12m the club have taken in. Well done Di Matteo.

Brown has saved penalties at the Etihad Stadium!

Brown has saved penalties at the Etihad Stadium!

3: Seb Brown, Grays to Hampton, Undisclosed – Emergency Cover

Rating: 8

A good goalkeeper who has been more than around the block, and has over 100 appearances for AFC Wimbledon. He will, albeit only in the form of emergency cover, be able to instill a real confidence in the team and I have no doubt that the early success that the club have seen is partly down to having him back.

4: Mario Mandzukic, Juventus to Chelsea, £29m – RUMOURED

Likelihood: Rating: 6

Whether or not this comes true as a transfer, I’m not the biggest fan of this potential transfer. I think that it would be

Mandzukic has been tipped to join a Premier League club.

Mandzukic has been tipped to join a Premier League club.

a waste of money, given that we are already strong across the board for players. The only fear is that can the strikers at the club at the moment keep their form up for the season? That is debatable. He could be good but I also fear it’d be only as cover.

5: William Veinqueur, Roma to Crystal Palace, £19m RUMOURED

Likelihood: Rating: 9

This transfer is almost as likely as Hull winning the league (though, I may take that back come May). Veinqueur has sparked interest from Hamburger SV, and as a result the interest is also take off of Crystal Palace (a team pushing for Europa League, vs a team at the bottom of thePremier League). If Palace defy the odds and get him, it would be a true coup and his pace and strength on and off the ball would be exactly what the Eagles needed.

 

Down with the Drugs Part 2 by Steve Zetter, Deputy Sports Editor

Steve is working closely with Harry Fell to ensure a smooth changeover of leadership come September.

Steve is working closely with Harry Fell to ensure a smooth changeover of leadership come September.

The US Anti-Doping Agency announced on Friday that Lesnar has been flagged for a possible anti-doping violation If USADA ultimately proves that Lesnar tested positive for PEDs. In the end, the most honest man in Las Vegas that week might have been a man who wasn’t even there to fight, Nate Diaz, who at one point growled: “Everybody’s on steroids.” What next for the UFC & WWE star, who gains top billing on both of the sports; Only time will tell.
The Courts of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have definitively barred the Russian track and field team bound for Rio. Normally at this time of year, many top athletes would already be abroad at international events or training for the Olympics. Athletes who appealed to be admitted to Rio after the Russian track and field team were suspended from international competition over findings of widespread drug use.
One of the banned athletes stated that they were upset with the CAS ruling stating she was “disappointment, indignation, sadness, incomprehension of what’s happening”. “The decision is unfair because every athlete who dreams of the Olympics and who doesn’t dope should be able to compete,” she said.
The long jumper Darya Klishina and the whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, who train in the United States, will likely be the only Russian track and field athletes at the Games. Russian officials and athletes continued to reject world anti-
doping agency reports, the latest of which found that the Russian state had directed and covered up drug use.
The Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, said the decision was “politicised” and Russia would have to “think over our next actions”.
The Russian athletics federation secretary called the ruling a “wrong decision against clean athletes” and said Russia would appeal, although not in time for the Olympics. Anti-doping agencies in several countries have called for Russian athletes in all sports to be banned from Rio, an issue the International Olympic Committee is expected to decide on Sunday.

The decision by the CAS to uphold the ban on Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics could not have come at a better

The CAS also did not welcome any Paralympic appeal.

The CAS also did not welcome any Paralympic appeal.

time. The games were just two weeks away when 68 Russian athletes were said to miss out, but what of those athletes who were cheated out of the success they deserved, the athletes who lost their moment on the podium as well as the financial rewards, and have suffered from the continual self-doubt that they just weren’t good enough? This ban is a welcome step in the right direction.

But more is required, we need to also sort out the cheats within the international committees, whose crimes are far greater than the athletes but that is another subject altogether. We have always known it is the responsibility of athletes to be accountable for what goes into their bodies. However, with doping on this scale in Russia, many of the athletes implicated may not have known what they were taking, as they are working on the instruction of coaches and officials. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should follow up the CAS ruling with a complete ban across all sports. That would be the strongest message they could send out against doping.
This needs to be the turning point for the IOC, and allow future generations who watch and compete at the
Olympics, to have trust in the performances they witness.
Henry Thomas-Aldridge looks rather cheeky in this photo - was it the win in "Are You Better than Zetter?"

Henry Thomas-Aldridge looks rather cheeky in this photo – was it the win in “Are You Better than Zetter?”

Overcooked? England vs Pakistan Review by Henry Thomas-Aldridge, Sports Presenter and Reporter

Alistair Cook has led his England team to a series draw that will stay long in the memory for many players and fans alike. Pakistan came to England, having beaten the hosts in the UAE in 2015, with Mohammed Amir who had been banned from all forms of cricket for five years after having been convicted of match fixing in 2010 in England. This series also saw the emergence of Chris Woakes as a world-class bowler who finally delivered with the ball in the five-day format of the game. Yasir Shah surpassed the record of most wickets taken in the first 13 tests of a player’s career, having taken a phenomenal 86, but was restricted throughout the next two tests. This series saw amazing fight in both teams, both displaying the ability to comeback and play very well with ups and downs between games and there were even several match turning points within games, especially the 3rd test in Edgbaston.

Amir was viewed to be the stand out bowler for Pakistan going in to the series but was not able to deliver, only playing second fiddle to Yasir Shah and Sohail Khan. Fans have not forgotten what occurred in 2010 with many taunting him throughout his bowling spells. Someone who does not respect the game and devalues the sport, purposely putting your team at any disadvantage for personal gain should not be forgiven and should never be

Woakes is an all-rounder at Warwickshire.

Woakes is an all-rounder at Warwickshire.

allowed to play again. This also relates to the numerous doping scandals that have appeared before the Olympic games but that’s a different story.

Chris Woakes displayed his true potential this series, beginning strongly at Lords and then continuing to regularly take wickets throughout all three of the other tests. The first Englishman to take 10 wickets at Lords since Stuart Broad in 2012, Woakes started the series strongly and it was his wicket of Azhar Ali (out for 130) on the last ball of day 2 that gave England a glimmer of hope of victory. Before the fourth test, the new test ranking showed him to rise into the top 20 bowlers for the first time. Hopefully Woakes will continue his impressive Summer and will add to our already strong list of fast bowlers.

England vs Pakistan starts at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.

England vs Pakistan starts at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.

Despite a spirited comeback in the third test and a far superior performance in the second test, the first and last both clearly show England’s negative side. For a teams that is striving to become the best team in the World, they must become more consistent with their batting and their catching. We saw on many occasions from Pakistan, who in my opinion displayed an inferior batting line-up, were disciplined enough to dig in and frustrate England’s bowlers, a prime example being from Younis Khan in the final test when he stayed in and then took the game away from the hosts. To become the No.1 test team in the World, England can not have a batting collapse every three games. James Vince and Gary Balance can not be in the same team and I believe that when we travel to India we will have to show far more resilience and take our catching opportunities if we are to beat an Indian team that will be better than the side that England faced in 2014.

Proud to be British – Rio 2016 by Kai Chappell, Sports Editorgb1

Today (Monday) I have stayed up overnight to watch the closing ceremony on what has been a mixed games, and it isn’t the time to give it an in-depth analysis this time around – instead, it is worth looking at the best bits. One of these is the fact that Team GB have managed to surpass their London 2012 medal haul and also overcome China PR in the table, finishing second behind the outright runaway team, the USA.

We were mainly leaders in the cycling, which saw us take 11 medals! Jason Kenny and Laura Trott stole the show with 5 golds between them, whilst Wiggins, Roswell, Cavendish, Skinner and Clancy all wore gold around their necks in Rio as well.

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Farah won the “Double Double” during this Olympic games.

After success in Wimbledon, it was no surprise to see Andy Murray run away with the gold medal in tennis, whilst the first same-sex married couple to win gold were also Britons, as the Richardson-Walshs managed to secure gold in the hockey. Max Whitlock‘s almost perfect performance gave him two gold medals as well as a bronze in the gymnastics, whilst Mo Farah secured the ‘double double’ – another two gold medals in Rio. Adam Peaty and Jack Laughter both won gold medals in the water, and at the same time Charlotte Dujardin secured gold in the equestrian. Rowers including Scott Durant and Andrew Hodge heard God Save the QueenJade Jones’ taekwondo victories were great, and she deserved gold and Nicola Adams secured another gold with the boxing. The Brownlee brothers managed to do extremely well with a gold and a silver – Alistair taking the more valuable medal – and Justin Rose secured golfing gold, something we were all skeptical about!

Well done, Team GB. You have done us immensely proud – whether you won gold, silver, bronze or missed out on a medal, it is such a huge achievement to make it to an Olympic games and though you may well be disappointed that you haven’t come back with a medal we are all proud!

Another quick mention for the Refugees Olympic Team. This year of all years it has been plastered all through

Yusra Mardini competed in the swimming after an inspiring and moving story.

Yusra Mardini competed in the swimming after an inspiring and moving story.

the media – ‘the refugee crisis continues, children are left without their families, war-torn countries are forcing people to flee’, just a small number of the headlines that we have seen. The #ROT managed to – despite not winning medals – display the true meaning of the Olympics. We watch these games as they are a symbol of the unification of the globe. It is only a few weeks, yet the world has come together. The main headlines have surrounded the Olympics. This team gave voiceless refugees a voice, and showed that they are innocent in everything! Well done to all on that team.

PremPremier League Predictions – who’ll finish where? by Chris Reidy, Assistant Sports Editor in Charge of Football, Harry Fell, Incoming Sports Editor, and Lewis Reece, Chief MMA Reporter.

Chris Reidy

My Premier League Table Prediction is as follows:

 

  1. Manchester United
  2. Man City
  3. Arsenal
  4. Chelsea
  5. Tottenham
  6. Everton
  7. Leicester
  8. Liverpool
  9. West Ham
  10. Stoke
  11. Southampton
  12. Crystal Palace
  13. Sunderland
  14. West Brom
  15. Bournemouth
  16. Middlesbrough
  17. Watford
  18. Swansea
  19. Burnley
  20. Hull

This is what Jose Mourinho does. This is why Manchester United hired him. The battle in Manchester is mouth-watering but the Premier League is a Champions League of managers this year and I can’t wait.

Adama Diomande of Hull City gets a shot away on goal during the Premier League match against Swansea City, at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

Adama Diomande of Hull City gets a shot away on goal during the Premier League match against Swansea City, at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

Hull are in a mess and Burnley should not have enough to stay up. Swansea, having lost Ashley Williams to Everton are in for a tough year.

 

Championship

It is quite cruel asking somebody to make predictions on the most unpredictable league! Nevertheless, here are my predictions for the Championship this coming season.

 

Promotion:

Norwich did very well to keep the same manager and squad that was relegated from the Premier League. Their squad is a good championship group but a poor Premier League team. Steven Naismith and Cameron Jerome will score the goals to see Norwich return to the top flight.

Rafa Benitez has won a trophy in the UK - he won the Europa League with Chelsea.

Rafa Benitez has won a trophy in the UK – he won the Europa League with Chelsea.

There will be times this season where Rafa Benitez looks into the mirror and thinks, ‘what am I doing?! How long is left of this crazy league!’

It will not be easy but Newcastle have bought well and arguably have a better squad than they did when they started their Premier League campaign last year. The test will be adapting quickly to the Championship and keeping up with its frantic pace, but I expect them to do so.

I have gone for the bookies’ favourites for automatic promotion so I will go for a wildcard in the play-offs. Slavisa Jokanovic took Watford to the Premier League at the first time of asking and can shock the league taking Fulham the same way.

QPR – I expect Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to improve on the club’s finish of 12th last year but to just miss out on the play offs in 8th.

Brentford – The bookies do not fancy Brentford for promotion or relegation and I have to agree with them. A season in mid-table looks likely.

 

League One

Wimbledon fans have watched a slow start to life in the third tier.

Wimbledon fans have watched a slow start to life in the third tier.

AFC Wimbledon – The Dons overachieved hugely to gain promotion last season and I expect them to be fighting

for the next year to keep their League One status. They showed last year that going forward they’ll cause problems, but the lack of quality defensive options added this summer could see struggles ahead at this level. Home form will be crucial and I predict a great team spirit will see them clinch survival late in the season.

 

 

National League

Sutton – I expect Sutton to cement their place in the Vanarama National League after a fantastic promotion last season. The loss of Tom Bolarinwa is the only noticeable one since the summer.

 

National League South

Hampton and Richmond Borough – I travelled up to Salford with Wandsworth Radio to see HRBFC play a pre season friendly and was mightily impressed with the pace going forward and the solidity at the back that resulted in a 1-0 win. The jump up to National League South won’t see a huge increase in quality and I’m backing the Beavers for a second promotion in a row!

LRELewis Reece

Premier League Table 2016/17:

 

 

 

 

  1. Manchester City
  2. Manchester Utd
  3. Arsenal
  4. West Ham
  5. Tottenham
  6. Leicester
  7. Chelsea
  1. Liverpool
  2. Southampton
  3. Stoke
  4. Everton
  5. Watford
  6. Crystal Palace
  7. West Brom
  8. Sunderland
  9. Swansea
  10. Burnley
  11. Bournemouth
  12. Middleborough
  13. Hull

 

English Championship Promotion 2016/17:

Could we see Premier League football at the Cottage?

Could we see Premier League football at the Cottage?

Fulham

Derby

Newcastle

 

 

English Championship Relegation 2016/17:

Rotherham

Burton Albion

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Fulham to finish second, QPR to finish ninth and Brentford eleventh.

AFC Wimbledon to finish fourteenth.

Sutton Utd to finish nineteenth.

Hampton & Richmond Borough FC to finish sixth.

 

 

 

Harry joined our team in March 2016

Harry joined our team in March 2016

Harry Fell

Premier League

1st – Manchester City

2nd – Manchester Utd

3rd – Arsenal

4th – Chelsea

5th – Liverpool

6th – Everton

7th – Tottenham Hotspur

8th – West Ham Utd

9th – Leicester City

10th – Southampton

11th – Crystal Palace

12th – Stoke

13th – Sunderland

14th – Swansea

15th – Bournemouth

16th – West Bromwich Albion

17th – Watford

18th – Burnley

19th – Middlesbrough

20th – Hull City

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Fulham – Playoffs but lose.

Brentford – Mid table

QPR – Promoted through Play offs

Norwich and Newcastle automatic promotion

Preston, Barnsley and Burton to go down.

League One

AFC Wimbledon 14th

National League

Sutton 20th

National League South

Hampton and Richmond – 2nd

 

Facts and Statistics correct as at 21st August 2016.

 

FEATURED IMAGE: Saturday’s show had a big team, and they did a good job! (from left to right, Chris Reidy, Kai Chappell, Henry Thomas-Aldridge). Photo taken by Alex Mehra.

August 22nd, 2016

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