2014 is well and truly underway, Australia completed their 5-0 trouncing of England, West Ham have shipped 11 goals and Majoro has signed for Pirates, or Supersport or he has stayed at Kaizer Chiefs. After an exciting start to the year, the big question will surely be, what is to look forward to in 2014. Here is my top 10 events to look for 2014.
10. ICC World T20’s
It’s a World Cup, its “Cricket” and so we should be somewhat excited by the 2014 ICC World T20. Of course the way T20 has prostituted the game of cricket means that the Proteas are in a lose-lose situation. If Faf’s boys win the tournament they will be written off as it’s not real cricket, but if they lose, the inevitable choke word. That being said, it’s another chance for Limited Over success on a world stage and many will be chomping at the bit
9. SA vs. Australia – Test Series
South Africa have not lost a test series in absolute ages. The upcoming series against Australia gives the Proteas an opportunity to test themselves against a baggie green side boyed by their whitewash victory over the English. South Africa have to fill the gap left void by the retirement of King Kallis. All round this promises to be the series of the summer (Pity it’s only 3 games)
8. The Rugby Championship
The Springboks are getting better, the All Blacks have just gone a season undefeated and the Australians are under new management. Couple this with the ever improving Argentina and what you are presented with is surely the leading International Rugby Tournament on the planet. With just over 12 months until the Rugby World Cup, all four teams will be looking to get the edge over the others ahead of the global showpiece.
Last year he broke the curse and lifted the first British Wimbledon since 1936, but there will be serious questions over his ability to defend it after numerous months out injured. There will almost be an extra bit of pressure on Murray now as the hordes fill up Murray Mound to cheer on their hero. Of course a fully fit Rafael Nadal and a vengeful Novak Djokovic will both have their eyes on the title at the All England Club.
6. The Masters
Is there a greater golf tournament than the Masters? From the big three at the par 3 challenge, to the green jacket. Augusta is a sensational tournament that is worth staying up for every year. It’s also helped that South Africans are regular features in the top 10 at Augusta and Louis, Charl and co will be looking to take the green jacket away from the Aussie Adam Scott this year.
5. FIH Hockey World Cup
South Africa qualified for both the men’s and women’s World Cup by winning the African Cup in November. Now both teams will head to the Hague in Holland with the goal to improve on their best rankings and try to push for top 8 and higher. Of course it’s also an opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the world as Australia, Holland, Germany and Argentina will all be there, along with other strong sides. Australia will be looking to defend the mens crown while Argentina will look to do the same in the Ladies game.
4. The 2014 Winter Olympics
While South Africa do not regularly feature at the Winter Olympics, it’s the one time in four years that we get to see the epics like Curling, Cross-Country skiing, biathlon and of course bobsled. Why not watch Cool Runnings to get into the mood. Of course if you are looking to back the South Africans, in 2010 we had two participants Peter Scott and Oliver Krass represented the Rainbow Nation. We have never won a medal though.
3. FIFA World Cup 2014
Can you believe its been four years since we welcomed the world to our country. Well now its Brazils opportunity. Of course Bafana Bafana will not be there, but it means we all get to support our adopted nation in the global showpiece. If the Confederations Cup was anything to go by, then the football will be class, the audience will be brilliant and the World will be watching. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a South American win the tournament.
2. The Ryder Cup
After the Miracle at Medinah the Ryder Cup promises to deliver an outstanding showpiece. The Americans need to get back on the winning trail while the Europeans will want to keep the momentum going. How epic could a Tiger vs. Rory, or a Bubba vs. Stenson battle be on the Sunday night.
1. The Commonwealth Games
I personally love the Commonwealth Games. It’s really like Olympic light, but there are no Americans which makes the watching fantastic. South Africa have done successfully at the previous events and athletes like Chad le Clos used it as a springboard in 2010 towards his 2012 Olympics success. Expect South Africa to collect a great haul of medals and Fikile Mbalula to throw some sort of party for each of them.
What are you looking forward to most in 2014? Let us know below.