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Festival of the Boot

It was Grand Final weekend here in Australia. Two of the big football codes had their Grand Finals this long weekend. A bit of an anti-climax in the end. Meanwhile in the rugby World Cup, the pool games finished overnight.

First cab off the rank for the weekend was the AFL, with Geelong seeking their first flag in 44 years. And they did it in style. So much so, the match ended up being pretty boring. Geelong won by over 100 points, settings records for highest score and biggest winning margin in a Grand Final.

Sunday evening saw the NRL Grand Final with Storm looking to make up for losing last year. This game was a bit more exciting as it was kind of close in the first half. However, Melbourne ran away with it in the end, winning 34-8. No doubt the papers will be full of phrases like storm troopers and weather-related stuff.

One thing to note is that Melbourne can claim to be the sporting capital of Australia at the moment. The current holders of the A-League, AFL and NRL all hail from there.

Overnight, the rugby World Cup pool games played out. Groups A and C probably played out as expected with South Africa and England, and New Zealand and Scotland finishing first and second respectively. Group B saw Fiji out-do Wales to claim second spot behind the Wallabies. While in Group D, Argentina finished a clear first and France qualified in second place. Ireland go home early.

Argentina could well make the semi-finals as they should be able to beat Scotland. One of the favourites will drop out as New Zealand play France. Australia will get some sort of revenge over England (we hope). While Fiji might be able to upset South Africa, but I doubt it.