With Father’s Day upon us we’re giving all our sports-mad Dads a look forward into a summer packed full of sporting occasions. With our nation’s beloved football on holiday until August, we have numerous events that are sure to fill the void, from the present British & Irish Lions’ rugby union tour of Hong Kong & Australia, the upcoming tennis Grand Slam at Wimbledon, and of course, England going up-against Australia in the Ashes.
We’ll start with the current Lions’ tour of Hong Kong & Australia, looking into who the team will face in this year’s 125th Anniversary tour…
The British & Irish Lions
Made up of the best rugby union players from England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales, the British & Irish Lions are currently embarking on their 125th Anniversary year tour of Hong Kong & Australia. The team kicked off their campaign on 1st June in Hong Kong, with what is the start of six warm-up matches before they begin the much anticipated test series. They have been in fine form up until now, winning each game extremely comfortably, which is sure to stand them in good stead for the first test match against Qantas Wallabies in Brisbane on 22nd June.
Previous Lions’ tours have attracted the most passionate and loyal support, making the long journey from Britain & Ireland to roar on the team to glory, as such creating a wonderful carnival atmosphere that follows the tour throughout Australia.
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Nothing screams British summertime more than a cool glass of Pimm’s in your hand and the tennis on the telly. This year sees the tournament return with a huge expectancy on a homeland triumph in the men’s singles from a certain Andy Murray.
After reaching the final last year only to be beaten by arguably the greatest tennis player of all time in Roger Federer, Murray has gone on to claim tournament victories in the Olympic Games and of course gaining his first Grand Slam title in the US Open. It won’t be an easy ride for Murray however, with stiff competition coming in the form of world number one Novak Djokovic, the ever-present Roger Federer, and the returning, and recently crowned French Open champion Rafael Nadal.
The tournament is set to get underway on Monday 17th June with the qualifying rounds, followed by the main event on 24th June. If you’re not lucky enough to have got tickets for the event, then all the action can be seen on the BBC’s coverage.
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One of the most celebrated rivalries in sporting history, the Ashes is contested between two cricketing heavyweights in England and Australia and the biennial event has been at the forefront of the sport since its beginnings in 1882.
The Ashes is contested through five test matches and alternates between the two hemispheres, and this summer sees England host for the first time since epic victories in 2005 & 2009. The most recent series in 2010-11 was held in Australia and saw England triumph on Aussie soil for the first time in 24 years.
The series is set to get under way on 10th July at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge, the teams then head to Lord’s in London on the 18th, followed by Old Trafford, Manchester on 1st August. Hosting its debut test match, the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street welcomes the Ashes from 9th-13th, followed by the series’ conclusion at the Oval in London on 21st.
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