Moon On Sunday Cricket – 1st ODI Australia v England



England Tour of Australia



Australia 304-8 (50) (Finch 107 Stoinis 60 M Marsh 50)

England 308-5 (48.5) (Roy 180 Root 91*)



England put their test disaster behind them to remind the world they are a serious force in the one day game. Australia batted first with Aaron Finch getting a century (107) supported by Marcus Stoinis (60) and Mitchell Marsh (50) as the hosts posted 304. Opener Jason Roy set about the chase hitting 5 sixes in his brilliant 180 to put England right in contention. Joe Root backed it up with 91 Not Out to lead the visitors home with 7 balls to spare. It’s clear the One Day series will be much more for a contest than the Ashes was and the Barmy Army finally have a win to cheer.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)


Moon Of Liberty Star Man

Jason Roy (England)



Moon of Liberty Darts – PDC Melbourne Open


PDC World Darts

Melbourne Open Final – Taylor v Wright


Phil Taylor took another title in Australia winning the Melbourne Open Title by beating Scotsman Peter Wright. After blitzing home favourite Simon Whitlock in the Semi-Final Taylor went in odds on but after five holds of throw to start, it was Wright who struck first, Taylor missed double 19 with Wright on 81 and he took it out to earn the first break of throw and a 4-2 lead.

Taylor then hit back with a series of power legs to take six of the next seven legs and an 8-5 lead. Wright held in the next then hit a double-double finish with two double 18’s to break back and then hold to level at 8-8. Wright would not take another leg though, Taylor broke again then took out a 112 finish in leg 18 to take a 10-8 lead and go one away. 

Wright was beaten at this point and Taylor broke again to take the match 11-8. Taylor has only lost once in Australia in a happy hunting ground. He will try and double up next week and make it an Australian Double as the tour heads out west to Perth.

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PDC Darts Results

PDC Melbourne Open Darts Final 

At The Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Phil Taylor (England) 11Peter Wright (Scotland) 8

2017 Melbourne Open Darts ChampionPhil Taylor (England)


Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League Round 3 & NRL Round 1


Rugby League

Super League Round 3


Super League Round Up

Castleford Tigers shot to the top of Super League with a 12 try demolition of Leeds. Greg Eden and Greg Minkin both got hat tricks as the Tigers ran out 66-10 winners. After a mixed start Hull hit their stride running up a 48-8 win at Huddersfield. Marc Sneyd controlled the game as he got a hat trick of tries and scored a total of 28 points. Mason Caton-Brown got both of Wakefield’s tries as they scored their first win of the season in a 16-12 upset at Langtree Park against ST Helens.

Rock solid defense was the foundation for Champions Wigan. Anthony Gelling went over twice in a 20-0 shut out of Leigh. Salford came from behind to heap more misery on Warrington. The Wolves last years Grand Finalists sit at the bottom of the table as Junior Sa’u got two of four tries for Salford in their 24-14 win. Finally it was all square in Perpingnon as Catalan and Widnes drew 14-14. Rhys Hanbury’s late score capped Widnes comeback from 14-0 down.

Scores and match report links (

NRL Round 1


NRL Round Up

The NRL kicked off with Champions Cronulla going down to defeat against Brisbane. Jordan Kahu got a try and 12 points in the Broncos 26-18 win. Two tries n the firs six minutes from Cheyes Blair and Suniasi Vunivalu was enough for Melbourne despite not scoring again in the rest of the game to take a 12-6 win over Canterbury in the rain. Mitchell Moses was the general for Western Suburbs with a try and 14 points as the Tigers won a comfortable 34-18 victory over South Sydney. Joel Thompson got a hat trick and Gareth Widdop got two tries and a total of 22 points as St George/Illawarra thrashed Penrith scoring seven tries.

North Queensland scored a surprise 20-16 win in golden point overtime with Gavin Cooper getting the winning score. Latrell Mitchell got a hat trick for Sydney City as they eased past Gold Coast 32-18. The New Zealand Warriors got off to a winning start beating last years bottom side Newcastle in a tight game by 26-22. David Fusitu’a got a first half hat trick for the Warriors but two tries from Nathan Ross brought Newcastle level. The winning score seven minutes from time came from Ryan Hoffman. The round ended with Parramatta beating Manly 20-12. Clint Gutherson scored one of the Eels three tries and collected a total of 12 points.

Scores and match report links (




Rugby League Results

Super League Round 3

Huddersfield Giants 8Hull 48At The John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield

Castleford Tigers 66Leeds Rhinos 10At The Jungle, Castleford

ST Helens 12Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16At Langtree Park, ST Helens

Wigan Warriors 20Leigh Centurions 0 At The DW Stadium, Wigan

Catalan Dragons 14Widnes Vikings 14At The Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan, France

Salford Red Devils 24Warrington Wolves 14At AJ Bell Stadium, Salford


NRL Round 1

Cronulla Sharks 18Brisbane Broncos 26 – Southern Cross Group Stadium, Woolooware, New South Wales

Canterbury Bulldogs 6Melbourne Storm 12 Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore, New South Wales

South Sydney Rabbitohs 18Western Suburb Tigers 34 – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

ST George/Illawarra Dragons 42Penrith Panthers 10 WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

North Queensland Cowboys 20Canberra Raiders 16 – 13000 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Queensland

Gold Coast Titans 18Sydney City Roosters 32 Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland

New Zealand Warriors 26Newcastle Knights 22 – At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

Manly Sea Eagles 12Parramatta Eels 20 – Brookvale Oval, Brookvale, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Joel Thompson (ST George/Illawarra Dragons)


Moon Of Liberty Tennis – Australian Open 2017


Australian Open Tennis 2017


Women’s Singles Final – S Williams v V Williams


Serena powers to a record 23rd major title

Serena Williams is the most successful woman in the modern era surpassing Steffi Graf to claim her 23rd major grand slam title. Despite her sister Venus playing as well as she has in some time to reach this final she was no  match for her older sister’s power and speed. A break in each set was enough was Serena to claim her seventh Australian title, itself a record. How many more can she win? On this form in which she has won the title without dropping a set, there could be plenty more to come yet.

Full Report (Daily Telegraph)

Men’s Singles Final – Federer v Nadal


Federer claims 5th Melbourne title winning epic battle of the old masters

The fall of the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray opened the way for two old rivals and masters of the game to meet once again in a grand slam final. The contest between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal did not disappoint. The first two sets were shared but it looked like Federer had taken control powering through the third set 6-1. The Spaniard was not done however. Federer made errors in the fourth game to let Nadal back in and he took advantage to break and lead 3-1 in the fourth. He served it out to take the fourth set 6-3 and ensure the crowd got the decider they wished for. Nadal continued the momentum, breaking in the first game of the final set to take the advantage. However Federer kept going and had break point in each of the next three service games of Nadal, at the third attempt he took one to get the score back to 3-3. 

After winning his next service game Federer then broke again to lead 5-3 and just one game away. Nadal kept fighting taking a 15-40 lead with two chances to break back. An ace and a stunning forehand winner allowed Federer to save both. Federer then had a Championship point saved but earned a second one. He then looked to hit a winner tight to the line to win it, Nadal challenged, the crowd waited, Hawkeye deemed the ball in and finally the Swiss had his 18th Grand Slam title. A fitting contest for a battle of this importance between to old masters we may never see again. 

Full Report (Sydney Morning Herald)



Tennis Results

Australian Open Finals At Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Women’s Singles Final

Serena Williams (USA) Beat Venus Williams (USA)2-0 (6-4 6-4)

Men’s Singles Final

Roger Federer (Switzerland) Beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) 3-2 (6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3)



Moon Of Liberty Cricket – One Day Internationals


One Day Cricket

ODI Game 1 – India v England in Pune


Kohli and Jadhav set up India in monster run chase

India completed a huge chase of 350 to take the first ODI against England in Pune. England may have thought they had a winning score on the board with Jason Roy Joe Root and Ben Stokes all making half centuries. However the fact nobody went on to make a hundred ultimately left them short. In reply Virat Kohli hit his 27th ODI hundred with 5 sixes and Kedar Jadhav hit 120 scoring his half century off only 29 balls to put India in contention. England did not take enough wickets and Handik Pandya with 40 not out was there at the end to finish off what Kohli and Jadhav had set up, hitting a six to win it with 11 balls to spare and continue India’s run as England are yet to beat India at any level on tour so far.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

ODI Game 2 – Australia v Pakistan in Melbourne


Hafeez takes advantage of poor Australian batting

Pakistan have made a fist of their ODI series against Australia with victory in Melbourne. Australia never had enough on the board with only Steve Smith getting a half century in a total of 220. Mohammad Hafeez played the key knock of 72 to keep Pakistan ahead of the run chase and they got home with 14 balls to spare. The first win in a contest of any sort for Pakistan on this tour which will be a confidence boost for the rest of this series.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)




Cricket scores

ODI Game 1At Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India

India v England

England350/7 – (50 Overs) – (Root 78, Roy 73. Stokes 62)

India356/7 – (48.1 Overs) – (Kohli 122, Jadhav 120, Ball 3-67)

India win by 3 Wickets

India Lead the series 1-0


ODI Game 2 At The MCG, Melbourne, Victoria

Australia v Pakistan

Australia220 – (48.2 Overs) – (Smith 60, Amir 3-47)

Pakistan 221/4 – (47.4 Overs) – (Hafeez 72)

Pakistan win by 6 Wickets

Series Tied 1-1

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANMohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)


Moon Of Liberty Cricket – Aus v Pak 1st & 2nd Tests



1st Test Match – Australia v Pakistan

1st Inning centuries set the tone in thriller

1st Innings centuries from Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb set the tone for Australia to take a 1-0 lead against Pakistan at the Gabba. Superb bowling spells from Jackson Bird and Josh Hazlewood then ensured Pakistan collapsed to 142 all out and despite a spirited fight in the 2nd innings including a century from Sharfraz Ahmed, They fell just 39 runs short of an incredible comeback and what would have been a record final inning total.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

2nd Test Match – Australia v Pakistan

Smith and Warner put Pakistan’s bowling to the sword

Despite scoring over 400 in their first innings and a double century from Azhar Ali, Pakistan could not stop the power of Australia as Steve Smith (165 not out) continued his brilliant for to hit another century aided by David Warner (144) and Mitchel Starc (83) as the Aussies hit 624. Starc then delivered with the ball with four wickets to help bowl Pakistan out for a mere 163 to take a 2-0 lead and a win by an innings and 19 runs.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)





1st Test Match – At The Gabba, Brisbane, Queensland

Australia v Pakistan

Australia1st Inns – 429/10 – (Smith 130, Handscomb 105, Renshaw 71, Amir 4-97)

Pakistan 1st Inns – 142/10 – (Ahmed 59*, Hazlewood 3-22, Bird 3-23)

Australia 2nd Inns – 205/5 Dec – (Khawaja 74, Smith 63)

Pakistan2nd Inns – 450/10 – (Shafiq 137, Ali 71, Khan 65. Starc 4-119)

Australia win by 39 Runs

Australia Lead the Series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Steve Smith (Australia)

2nd Test Match – At The MCG, Melbourne, Victoria

Australia v Pakistan

Pakistan1st Inns – 443/9 Dec – (Ali 205*, S Khan 65, Shafiq 50, Hazlewood 3-50)

Australia 1st Inns – 624/8 Dec – (Smith 165*, Warner 144, Strac 84, Handscomb 54, S Khan 3-131)

Pakistan2nd Inns – 163-10 – (Ali 43, Ahmed 43, Starc 4-36)

Australia win by an Innings & 18 runs

Australia Lead the Series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSteve Smith (Australia)


Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 26


Rugby League

NRL Round 26 round up

The Brisbane Broncos kicked off the final week of the regular season taking good form into the play offs with a 24-14 win over Sydney City including 12 points and a try from Anthony Milford. By contrast Canterbury go into the play offs with a loss, two tries from Joe Burgess helped South Sydney to a surprise 28-10 win. A last minute Gareth Widdop Penalty earned ST George a 28-26 win over bottom side Newcastle who have only won one game all season. Gold Coast did not get the win they needed to ensure a play off spot, losing 32-16 to North Queensland. Johnathan Thurston kicked a perfect 6 for 6 to contribute 12 points for the Cowboys who had already qualified sealed a top four spot with the win. Gold Coast now needed Canberra to beat Western Suburbs.

In the big battle for top spot Melbourne came out on top against Cronulla. Two first half tries from Cheyse Blair gave Melbourne control that they never let go, running out 26-6 winners to take spot and the advantages that go with it into the play offs.Given the Gold Coast’s defeat Wests Tigers had the chance to make the play offs, but failed as Canberra demolished them. Jordan Rapana and Josh Papalii both scored twice. Jarrod Crocker also got 16 points including a try as the Raiders scored a total of nine tries in a 52-10 win the means Gold Coast will take part in the play offs. In the final games Parramatta won in New Zealand 40-18 with a hat trick from Bevan French and finally the Penrith Panthers warmed up for the play offs with a big 36-6 win over Manly. Josh Mansour went over twice and Nathan Cleary kicked all six conversions.

Reports – Broncos v Roosters (ABC Australia)  Bulldogs v Rabbitohs ( Dragons v Knights (ABC Australia)  Cowboys v Titans (Sydney Morning Herald)  Storm v Sharks (ABC Australia)  Tigers v Raiders (the Roar) Warriors v Eels (Sydney Morning Herald)  Panthers v Sea Eagles (Fox Australia) 





NRL Round 26

Brisbane Broncos 24 Sydney City Roosters 14At The Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland

Canterbury Bulldogs 10South Sydney Rabbitohs 28At The ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

ST George/Illawarra Dragons 28Newcastle Knights 26At The WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

North Queensland Cowboys 32Gold Coast Titans 16At The 13000 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Queensland

Melbourne Storm 26Cronulla Sharks 6At AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

Western Suburbs Tigers 10Canberra Raiders 52At The Leichhardt Oval, Leichhardt, New South Wales

New Zealand Warriors 18Parramatta Eels 40At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

Penrith Panthers 36Manly Sea Eagles 6At The Pepper Stadium, Penrith, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANCheyse Blair (Melbourne Storm)