My 2019 NRL commentary samples (First Semi-Final – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)

 

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2019 Singapore Grand Prix – Preview

Charles Leclerc has emerged as Ferrari’s lead driver in 2019 after claiming the second win of his career, and his second in as many races to move himself ever closer to third-place in the championship, and while Mercedes haven’t won any of the last two races, you sense the tide is about to turn back in their favour as they head to the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore for Round 15 of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Lewis Hamilton (284 points) leads the championship for Mercedes by 63 points over his teammate Valtteri Bottas (221 points) after finishing third despite applying a lot of pressure on Leclerc throughout the Italian Grand Prix, before making a mistake later in the race at Turn One, allowing Bottas to move ahead of Hamilton into second place.

However, you sense the track characteristics in Singapore will suit the Mercedes better, compared to Belgium and Italy.

Max Verstappen (185 points), and Red Bull Racing-Honda will also be thinking the same way after finishing in eighth at Monza despite starting from the back of the grid, and despite pitting for a new front wing at the end of the opening lap in what was a brilliant drive.

However, he is starting to feel the heat from Leclerc (182 points), who will look to challenge Verstappen for third in the world championship in the final seven races in 2019, while Sebastian Vettel (169 points) had an absolute shocker at Monza, finishing 13th after spinning on Lap Six, and then received a 10-second stop-go penalty for hitting the car of Lance Stroll after re-joining the track unsafely. Vettel will be looking to re-bound in a big this weekend in Singapore.

Behind the Top Five in the championship, Pierre Gasly (65 points) for Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda, and Carlos Sainz Jr. (58 points) for McLaren-Renault are still sixth and seventh in the standings respectively, while Daniel Ricciardo (34 points) is up into eighth in the world championship after finishing fourth at Monza, the best result Ricciardo has had since joining the team, and the team’s best result (under the Renault banner) since Nick Heidfeld finished third for the team back at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, with teammate Nico Hülkenberg (31 points), who is currently 11th in the standings, finishing fifth.

Alexander Albon (34 points) is ninth in the championship after finishing sixth in his second race with Red Bull Racing-Honda, while Gasly’s teammate Daniil Kvyat (33 points) completes the Top 10 in the standings.

Looking at the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes (505 points) have extended their lead over Ferrari (351 points) to 154 points despite the win for the latter at Monza, while Red Bull Racing-Honda (266 points) remain in a comfortable third.

Behind the Top Three, McLaren-Renault (83 points) remain in a strong fourth, Renault (65 points) move into a solid fifth, while Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda (51 points) and Racing Point-BWT Mercedes (46 points) are locked in a battle for sixth, with Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari (34 points) and Haas-Ferrari (26 points) in a battle for eighth. Williams-Mercedes (one point) remain in a distant 10th and last in the Constructors’ Championship.

So, who is going to win the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix?

I sense it is going to be battle between Mercedes and Red Bull Racing-Honda, and most likely, a battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen on a circuit that should be well-suited to their cars, and given the form that Verstappen has shown in challenging Hamilton in Monaco and Hungary, I think the Red Bull driver can win in Singapore for the very first time.

2019 Aragon GP (MotoGP) – Preview

It was an absorbing battle at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli between Fabio Quartararo and Marc Márquez, Quartararo leading for most of the race, Márquez stalking the young 20 year old from France until the final lap, taking the lead at Turn One, and managing to fight of the challenges from Quartararo to take a magnificent seventh race victory of the season at the 2019 San Marino Grand Prix, moving past Mike Hailwood in the record books for most wins across all classes, and move ever closer to a sixth MotoGP World Championship, and an eighth across all classes.

So, can anyone offer a consistent challenge to the great Spaniard? We will find out this weekend at Motorland Aragón at the 2019 Aragon Grand Prix, Round 14 of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship.

Márquez (275 points) leads by 93 points (the same as his bike number) for the Repsol Honda Team over Mission Winnow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso (182 points) with six races remaining.

Although he cannot win the championship this weekend at home in Spain at Aragon, a place he has won at five time across all classes, including four times in the premier class, including in each of the last three years, Márquez can move towards an opportunity of securing the world championship at the next round in Thailand with a typically strong result this weekend.

Márquez has finished on the podium in 27 of his last 32 races, including inside the Top Two in 18 of his last 21 races. While for Dovizioso, the challenge for him will be to attempt to secure second in the championship for the third-straight season.

Dovizioso’s teammate Danilo Petrucci (151 points) re-took third position in the world championship, despite finishing a disappointing 10th in Misano, from Team SUZUKI ECSTAR rider Álex Rins (149 points), who crashed out of the San Marino Grand Prix after enduring a difficult race.

They will both be challenged for third-place in the championship by the two Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP riders in Maverick Viñales (134 points) and Valentino Rossi (129 points) who finished third and fourth in Misano, as well as by Quartararo (112 points) from Petronas Yamaha SRT, who looks to be the rider that can challenge Márquez for the world championship in the next two to three years, if not sooner.

Jack Miller (101 points) is eighth in the championship for Alma Pramac Racing after finishing ninth in Misano, while Cal Crutchlow (88 points) from LCR Honda and Quartararo’s teammate Franco Morbidelli (80 points) complete the Top 10 in the standings, with the latter finishing an impressive fifth in the San Marino Grand Prix, while Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Pol Espargaró (77 points) is just behind them after finishing a remarkable seventh at Misano.

So, who is going to win the 2019 Aragon Grand Prix?

The obvious one to beat is Marc Márquez, and I think he will win at Motorland Aragón for the fourth-straight year, but who will join him on the podium is a difficult question to answer as I think Ducati, Yamaha, and Suzuki should be relatively strong, but I get the feeling it will be another duel between Márquez and Fabio Quartararo, with Andrea Dovizioso, Jack Miller, Maverick Viñales, Valentino Rossi, and Álex Rins thrown into the mix for the final spot on the podium.

My 2019 NRL commentary samples (Rounds 1 – 25)

Here are all of my calls of the matches I have done throughout the entire regular season of the 2019 National Rugby League (NRL) season!

48 match calls throughout the entire 25 round regular season, with every team covered at least once, and accompanying each call, photos showing the amount of research I have put into each of my calls, and I hope you can see/hear this come through in my SoundCloud calls as I chase my dream of one day becoming a full-time professional sports commentator.

I hope you all enjoy listening to the calls I have done, and the work I have done, showing you how I have prepared for my calls!

 

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-1-melbourne-storm-vs-brisbane-broncos/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-1-sydney-roosters-vs-south-sydney-rabbitohs/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-2-st-george-illawarra-dragons-vs-south-sydney-rabbitohs/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-2-manly-warringah-sea-eagles-vs-sydney-roosters/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/28/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-3-brisbane-broncos-vs-st-george-illawarra-dragons/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-3-penrith-panthers-vs-melbourne-storm/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/04/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-4-sydney-roosters-vs-brisbane-broncos/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-4-melbourne-storm-vs-canterbury-bankstown-bulldogs/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-5-north-queensland-cowboys-vs-melbourne-storm/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/13/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-5-cronulla-sutherland-sharks-vs-sydney-roosters/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-6-melbourne-storm-vs-sydney-roosters/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/21/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-6-canberra-raiders-vs-brisbane-broncos/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-anzac-day-cup-round-7-sydney-roosters-vs-st-george-illawarra-dragons/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/27/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-7-brisbane-broncos-vs-cronulla-sutherland-sharks/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-8-south-sydney-rabbitohs-vs-brisbane-broncos/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-8-cronulla-sutherland-sharks-vs-melbourne-storm/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/05/11/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-9-magic-round-melbourne-storm-vs-parramatta-eels/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/05/12/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-9-magic-round-sydney-roosters-vs-canberra-raiders/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/05/16/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-10-melbourne-storm-vs-wests-tigers/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-10-canberra-raiders-vs-south-sydney-rabbitohs/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/05/24/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-11-newcastle-knights-vs-sydney-roosters/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/05/25/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-11-south-sydney-rabbitohs-vs-wests-tigers/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/06/02/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-12-gold-coast-titans-vs-north-queensland-cowboys/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-13-south-sydney-rabbitohs-vs-newcastle-knights/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/06/08/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-13-nz-warriors-vs-melbourne-storm/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/06/13/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-14-canberra-raiders-vs-cronulla-sutherland-sharks/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/06/15/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-14-melbourne-storm-vs-newcastle-knights/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-15-wests-tigers-vs-south-sydney-rabbitohs/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-15-sydney-roosters-vs-melbourne-storm/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-16-newcastle-knights-vs-nz-warriors/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/07/13/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-17-melbourne-storm-vs-cronulla-sutherland-sharks/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-17-sydney-roosters-vs-north-queensland-cowboys/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-18-nz-warriors-vs-cronulla-sutherland-sharks/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-18-sydney-roosters-vs-newcastle-knights/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/07/27/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-19-melbourne-storm-vs-manly-warringah-sea-eagles/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/07/28/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-19-penrith-panthers-vs-canberra-raiders/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-20-brisbane-broncos-vs-melbourne-storm/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-20-cronulla-sutherland-sharks-vs-south-sydney-rabbitohs/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-21-penrith-panthers-vs-cronulla-sutherland-sharks/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-21-canberra-raiders-vs-sydney-roosters/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-22-brisbane-broncos-vs-penrith-panthers/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-22-sydney-roosters-vs-nz-warriors/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-23-brisbane-broncos-vs-south-sydney-rabbitohs/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/08/25/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-23-canberra-raiders-vs-manly-warringah-sea-eagles/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-24-manly-warringah-sea-eagles-vs-melbourne-storm/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/09/01/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-24-cronulla-sutherland-sharks-vs-canberra-raiders/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-25-south-sydney-rabbitohs-vs-sydney-roosters/

https://ryaneckfordsports.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/my-2019-nrl-commentary-samples-round-25-wests-tigers-vs-cronulla-sutherland-sharks/

2019 San Marino GP (MotoGP) – Preview

A couple of weeks ago, it was a thrilling British Grand Prix, with Álex Rins shadowing Marc Márquez for the vast majority of the race, until basically the final corner, and with Márquez unable to hold a tight line through the final corner, Rins was able to move through on the inside to claim an exhilarating victory, the second of his premier class career, and for the second race in a row, Márquez was beaten in a last lap duel!

However, the British Grand Prix was marred by a big accident on the opening lap involving Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso, which has meant that the championship hopes of Dovizioso have virtually evaporated, but there is still a lot to race for as the grid heads to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the 2019 San Marino Grand Prix, Round 13 of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship.

Márquez (250 points) leads the championship for the Repsol Honda Team by 78 points over Mission Winnow Ducati rider Dovizioso (172 points) after the events of the British Grand Prix, while Rins (149 points) moves up into third for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR after his second MotoGP race win, and is ahead of Dovizioso’s teammate Danilo Petrucci (145 points), who had another underwhelming performance, finishing in a disappointing seventh.

Behind the Top Four in the world championship, we find the two Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP riders in Maverick Viñales (118 points) and Valentino Rossi (116 points), who have continued their resurgent form at Silverstone, finishing third and fourth respectively, backing up fifth and fourth-place results at the Austrian Grand Prix, and you feel that they could be strong contenders this weekend at Misano.

The two factory Yamaha riders have pulled away from Australian Jack Miller (94 points) for Alma Pramac Racing, who has jumped into seventh in the championship after finishing eighth at Silverstone ahead of Quartararo (92 points) from Petronas Yamaha SRT, who is just ahead of Cal Crutchlow (88 points) from LCR Honda, while Quartararo’s teammate Franco Morbidelli (69 points) completes the Top 10, just ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Pol Espargaró (68 points), and Crutchlow’s teammate Takaaki Nakagami (62 points).

So, who is going to win the 2019 San Marino Grand Prix?

Even though he has been beaten in the last two races, you feel that Marc Márquez is the favourite to win this weekend, but he will face a strong challenge from both Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi, along with both Álex Rins and Andrea Dovizioso if he is 100 percent fit, while you sense that Fabio Quartararo could be due for a first race victory in MotoGP.

However, I think Márquez will return to the top step of the podium for the seventh time in 2019, and for the third time in the premier class at Misano, and the sixth time across all classes to move ahead of Mike Hailwood into outright fourth for most race victories across all classes.