June 2016 Sports Update

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The month of June is not lacking opportunities for punters to fatten their bank accounts if you are having a bet on any one of the great sports Internationally.

The AFL goes into the middle of the season with plenty of action to be had with Round 11 getting underway when the Friday night feature will be North Melbourne versus Richmond, as the Roos are certain to be heavy favourites against the Tigers. If the Dockers are still winless at that point, it may be time to back them as they host the Bombers in a contest of bottom dwellers. Round 14 closes out the month with an abbreviated ticket as Port, Bulldogs, Eagles, Swans, Bombers and Demons get to use a bye week to prepare for the last nine rounds and the push to the finals.

In the NRL, it is on to rounds 14 to 17 featuring the number 1 Broncos as they take on the mildly underachieving Canberra Raiders in Round 14. Another feature match of the round is Sharks v Cowboys as both teams seek to maintain top-rung positions and remain within hailing distance of Brisbane. As of mid-May, the top rung is crowded with the Broncos, Sharks and Storm, but the Cowboys, Bulldogs, Eels, Panthers and Dragons may have quite a say in the final standings. You never know, but a market perfect for the right bets might appear in the form of which NRL team will secure the services of currently unemployed Jarryd Hayne, who seems to be offering lots of speculation on several fronts.

Some top-flight soccer action is on the calendar for those who like a little international flavor as the Copa America 2016 Centenario spans most of the month and the month-long UEFA Euro will be in France from 10 June until 10 July.

Thoroughbred racing is winding down as winter approaches, but there are still 14 Group level races on the calendar. Eagle Farm in Brisbane is where most of the action will be, including Group 1 races the Queensland Oaks, Stradbroke Handicap, Queensland Derby, The T.J. Smith and the Winter Stakes. Belmont in WA will feature two Group 3 races, the Hyperion Stakes and the Strickland Stakes. All ages and genders will be on display throughout the month over a variety of distances and conditions.

Tennis fans will have the opening rounds in the month of May, but the main events for both the men and women will be the semifinals and finals of the French Open. Now that Lleyton Hewitt has retired, it may perhaps be time for his successor to rise to the fore, although other than possibly Nick Kyrgios and the uneven Bernard Tomic, there does not appear to be a return to the glory days of Laver, Rosewall and Newcombe. At number 23 in the world, Samantha Stosur represents the best hope for the Australian women.

Whilst Australian tennis may be experiencing a bit of a downturn, if only for the lofty position it once occupied, Australian golfers are having a banner year. Jason Day is currently ranked number one in the world and Adam Scott is number seven, so a country of just 23 million with two players in the top-10 is entitled to some chest thumping. Day and Scott will be featured players in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, Pennsylvania 16-19 June. Adam Scott was atop the leaderboard in the 2016 FedEx Cup, but was passed by Day, leaving him in second as Day took over first courtesy of his commanding victory in the Players Championship.

Major League Baseball will be in high gear as the season wears on and exposes the pretenders and solidifies the contenders. The Chicago Cubs are putting up video game-like numbers having won a league best 27 games versus just nine losses. The other Chicago team, the White Sox, have won 24 games already, and the prospect of an all-Chicago World Series has the Chicago locals experiencing paroxysms of ecstasy, even though the season is only 1/4th of the way along.

The NHL playoffs continue to slog along and could result in one team receiving the Stanley Cup in June, depending on how deep into best-of-seven playoff series teams need to go to crown the champs.

Over in the NBA, the issue is coming to a head, as the final four remaining teams will play conference finals to see which two will compete in June for the Larry O’Brien Trophy that signifies league supremacy. The Golden State Warriors at $2.00 are the favourite of Sportsbet, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are close by at $2.63.

All in all, the month of June is not lacking for sports punters, both those that prefer the local sports and those who are willing to look at goings-on in the international arena.

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