Weekend sport preview

Sunday afternoon will see the climax to an A-League season that has been dominated by Sydney FC.


However, Melbourne Victory are level with Sydney on one win each in the two previous Grand Finals played between the sides.

Despite being favoured to win this time around, Sydney defender Alex Wilkinson knows they have to stay focused.

He was part of the Central Coast Mariners side that almost upset Brisbane Roar in the 2011 Grand Final.

Wilkinson says, if they don’t stay on task, they can be beaten.

“You can’t switch off at all. And we’ve talked about that in previous games this year as well it’s about playing the full 90 minutes, 120 minutes, whatever it takes and not switching off at all because you know we’ve seen throughout the past and I’ve seen firsthand you can get punished, but apart from that its business as usual.”

As for Melbourne Victory, the chance to upset Sydney on its own ground would be something to be cherished.

But the pre-game expectations of a Sydney victory will mean nothing if the Sky Blues fail to hit form.

Victory Midfielder James Troisi doesn’t believe his team deserves to be the underdogs.

“I don’t see it as an underdog and if you want to state it that way, that’s fine. Like I said, we’ll go into Sunday arvo as a final and you know both teams on the pitch.”

And you can see that Grand Final match on SBS Viceland on Sunday afternoon.

The final ever Anzac Rugby League Test takes place tonight in Canberra, where Australia takes on New Zealand.

Australia captain Cameron Smith will play in his 50th test match and becomes only the second player behind Darren Lockyer to achieve that milestone.

The match won’t be played again after a review of the Rugby League representative calandar.

The match will give the winning nation an important psychological boost ahead of October’s World Cup.

In the AFL this weekend, tonight’s match is St Kilda against the Greater Western Sydney Giants who are in second spot on the ladder.

Arguably the biggest game of the round sees Richmond taking on the reigning Premier Western Bulldogs.

The Tigers are looking to bounce back from a 76 point drubbing at the hands of Adelaide last round.

Meanwhile, the Sydney Swans remain winless after six rounds.

But coach John Longmire will be hoping to break the losing run on Sunday when his side takes on the Brisbane Lions.

Longmire says he isn’t feeling the pressure.

“Whether you’re a player or a coach or anyone in the football department you understand the responsibility that you’ve got to be able to perform on a weekly basis obviously it’s a bit more pointed as a coach. But we’ve enjoyed some fantastic times at this football club as a collective and we’ll work through the tough times as a collective.”

Sydney is the only team in the competition yet to post a win this campaign.

The Super Rugby season continues, with the Australian Rugby Union yet to confirm which of either the Melbourne Rebels or Western Force will be the franchise to be cut from next season.

It’s been six weeks since the decision was confirmed and the players of both sides are starting to express their unhappiness about not knowing their immediate future.

Rebels Centre Tom English says some of his colleagues are already looking elsewhere.

“Rip the band aid off. Indecision is just going to lead to more players leaving overseas. If you cut down the team that’s just 30 less jobs available so you’ve just got to have a backup plan otherwise you’ll be left with nothing.”

The Rebels play South Africa’s Lions on Saturday afternoon.

Super Netball enters its final month before the finals arrive.

It’s tight at the top with the Melbourne Vixens leading the Sydney Giants by a point on the ladder. The Sunshine Coast Lightning are a further point behind.

The Vixens take on the Queensland Firebirds on Saturday evening, while the Giants travel to take on the Adelaide Thunderbirds on Sunday.

In cycling action this weekend the Giro D’Italia gets underway.

The home nation’s hopes resting on two time winner Vincenzo Nibali.

Australia’s Rohan Dennis will look to take another step to being a contender in all three Grand Tours, the Giro, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana.

The race begins in Sardinia later tonight and ends in Milan in three weeks’ time.