There are few better sights in sport than a very depressed looking Australian. You might think we’ve had our fill of them this year, but hopefully we’ll see a few more of them before the end of 2013 with the Ashes series kicking off this week.
To, ahem, celebrate the sight of some sad looking wallabies we’re spending the week doing some good old-fashioned Aussie bashing and teeing you up for the next Ashes series with a free €/£5 bet.
The good folk at Paddy Power Poker are giving all new players a free bet on the Ashes as England look to assert their dominance over their less literate cousins. It’s so easy to cash in, even Peter Andre could figure it out.
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To get you in the mood for some Aussie bashing this week, here are the Paddy Power Blog’s five favourite Australia-based sportsmen and moments from 2013.
Suck it wallabies.
1. Australia v British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions trounced the Australians 41-16 in the deciding test in Sydney to record their first series victory since 1997. It was the highest ever points tally by the Lions in a test match as Alex Corbisiero, Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jamie Roberts all touched down for tries with full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicking 21 points along the way. The Lions dominated the scrum and Paddy Power had some fun with a cartoon wallaby.
2. Mark Webber: Formula 1
It’s not been a great year for Mark as he gets set to leave Red Bull. 17 races after the series began and Webber is yet to rack up a single winner, retiring from three races in the process. The Australian is fifth in the drivers’ championship – a whopping 191 points behind his team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Not even being in the fastest car is helping Webber’s cause.
3. Ireland v Australia: International Rules
If you haven’t heard of the International rules series, imagine a game that is 35 per cent Aussie rules, 35 per cent Gaelic football and 30 per cent trying to box the head of your opponent with no intention of playing the game. This year saw Australia bring a completely Indigenous team to the Emerald Isle in a plan that was as well thought out as lighting up a doobie on stage at the VMAs. The Irish won by a record aggregate score of 173-72, comprehensively winning the second game 116-37.
4. Simon Whitlock: PDC Darts
The world number four has had a year to forget, failing to win a single televised tournament in 2013. The ‘Wizard of Oz’ made just one major tournament final, but was comprehensively beaten by Adrian Lewis in the European Championships. He was knocked out in the third round of the UK Open, the quarter-finals of the Matchplay and the Grand Prix, and he barely survived Premier League relegation before finishing a lacklustre sixth.
5. The Ashes series 2013
England won comprehensively 3-0 to retain the tiny urn on home soil. Wins at Trent Bridge, Lord’s and the Riverside Ground were enough to get the job done, with draws at Old Trafford and The Oval (but the Three Lions probably would have won that one as well if the umpires hadn’t decided to put the baggy green caps out of their misery). That’s three series’ on the trot that England have won and victory on Australian soil would be even sweeter this Christmas.