Amy Tompkins – UCFB Wembley
To kick of the year, we witnessed the Australian Open, where people from all across the world travel to sunny Melbourne to witness some of the best tennis players start with the year winning a gold. Over the past few years this competition has been a playing ground for the most prodigious tennis players currently competing, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer. These three men have won all but two of the Australian open titles since 2004, this year was to be no different. In the final found Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal competing for the title to start the year on a high, coming into the match, with head to head details, Novak Djokovic was coming in as the favourite with 27 wins to Rafael Nadal’s 26 wins. Djokovic continued his streak as he went on to win and capture the Australia open title, the final score was 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
In February we saw the start of the 2019 Six Nations Championship, which is also known as the Guinness Six Nations. The competition that occurs every year consists of the national teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. The 2018 defending champions Ireland tried to continue their winning run but finished 3rd in the table. It was Wales who came out on top to a lot of fan’s surprise. The team haven’t won the Six Nations since 2013, also winning the Triple Crown they also claimed their First Grand Slam since 2012. The Millennium Trophy went to England, Centenary Qualch went to Ireland, The Gluseppe Garibaldi Trophy and Auld Alliance Trophy went to France.
In March 2019, over the course of just a week, more than 7,500 competitors arrived in Abu Dhabi to take part in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, these athletes represented just under 200 nations. The Special Olympics offer more than 32 sports which include both Olympic-Type Individual and team sports. Well done to all volunteers and Athletes in the games, the Olympics was a success and one to remember as our very own Team GB walked away from Abu Dhabi with 169 Medals, 63 were gold.
April is well known for its annual horse racing competition, the 2019 Grand National was the 172nd annual running of the horse race. The main race was won by bookies favourite Tiger Roll, who was being rode by rider Davy Russell and Tiger Roll was being trained by Gordon Elliott. From this win, Tiger Roll became the first horse 1974 to win back to back nationals the previous winner was Red Rum. This year 19 of the 40 horses that started the race manged to finish the course.
May the 12th is the day of a football fan’s biggest nightmare or their biggest day of the year, The premier league finale day. On the final day Manchester City did the deed and finished the day by claiming the league title. They claimed the title with a 4-1 win at Brighton. They finished the league on 98 points, with Liverpool narrowly behind on 97 day. The day was focused on the two giants, as in January Liverpool held a 7-point lead over the champions. However, when there is a winner, there is always a loser, the premier league had to say goodbye to some relegated teams. We said goodbye to Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town. This year the Champions League places went to Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham, The Europa League places went to Arsenal, Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. I don’t know about you, but from that season I am looking forward to may in 2020!
The 1st of June saw the annual UEFA Champions League Final. This year’s final was held in Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, it was played by two English sides Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. Going into this final, it was Tottenham’s first European Cup Final however the bookies favourite Liverpool, this was their 9th final overall and their second in a row, the previous final they were defeated by Real Madrid. In the final, Liverpool won the match, the game started with an early penalty from Mohamed Salah then ended the match with a late strike from Divock Origi in the 87th minute. The game finished 2-0 win to Liverpool, with them already qualifying for the champions league coming second in the Premier League, the place was given to the champions of the Austrian Bundesliga.
July saw the end of one of the biggest event’s for women’s football. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, this year the cup took place between the 7th of June and the 7th of July all being held by the host country France. The United States entered the competition being fan favourites after winning 2015’s edition with a 5-2 win, walking into the competition they were confident and so they should have been. United States overall won the competition, in the final they defeated Netherlands with a 2-0 win. Third place play-offs were between England and Sweden, unfortunately England came out short by losing by one goal, the game ended 2-1 gaining Sweden a bronze.
The US Open was held in New York City on August 26th till September 8th, this year was its 139th edition of the US Open and the final Grand Slam event of the year. Walking into the competition Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka were the Men and Women’s singles defending champions. Neither Djokovic nor Osaka were able to retain their title, it was the first time since the 2017 Australian open that both number one were defeated. The winners of US Open included;
Men’s Single: Rafael Nadal
Women’s Single: Bianca Andreescu
Men’s Doubles: Juan Sebastián Cabal / Robert Farah
Women’s Doubles: Elise Mertens /Aryna Sabalenka
Mixed Doubles: Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Jamie Murray
The IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 was held in Qatar the host city being Doha. It was held between 27th of September till the 6th of October. Some moments in the 10-day competition included, USA Sprinter Allyson Felix, broke Usain Bolt’s record for the most World Championship gold medals, and the most unbelievable moment? She had only given birth 11 months ago, what a hero! Dina Asher-Smith became the first ever British Athlete to win three medals at a major championship, The USA’s Noah Lyles outlined his potential to beat Usain Bolt’s record in the 200m, he came away with gold and Katarina Johnson-Thompson came away with Gold for Great Britain in the Heptathlon after completing a National Record.
2nd of November is all too familiar for England supporters of the Rugby game. From the 20th of September to the 2nd of November was the 2019 Rugby World Cup, this year the competition was hosted by the nation of Japan. On November the 2nd was the Rugby World Cup Final, South Africa vs England. Going into the final England were favourites to win after beating defending champions New Zealand 19-7 in the semi-final. On the day of the final, all things looked in England’s way, crowds roaring across the country, team fit and fighting until minutes into the game Kyle Sinckler was removed from the pitch after colliding with a South Africa player, this left the England team with only one tighthead. The first half of the game went in favour of South Africa leading 12-6 only from penalties. Into the second half, England went downhill when South Africa continued to lead with more penalties when Makazole Mapimpi scored the first try of the game, which lead to more tries in South Africa’s way, ending the game England 12 South Africa 32. The Bronze final was won by New Zealand who defeated Wales by 40 to 17, easy win for remaining champions this month.
*December and October are missing from the lineup of months due to major events crossing over into them months.