NFL rules Nick Kygrios sledge Wawrinka Jason Day US PGA win
In our football-fractured land, the one sport that truly unites is cricket. 2015 witnessed a mixed year at best. We won the World Cup convincingly, embarrassingly succumbed to England in the Ashes, saw more retirees than a rest home and then farewelled one captain (Michael Clarke) while welcoming another (wunderkind Steve Smith). But the sporting story of the year was, and is, Jarryd Hayne – The Hayne Plane (once Train) and former NRL champion switching to American football (NFL) and making the roster at the San Francisco 49ers. On the tennis court, Nick Kyrgios again outed himself as a knob – mate, just play some tennis, the talent’s there to be world class – while golfer Jason Day surged to a (brief) world No.1 ranking after he claimed a debut major with victory in August’s PGA Championship. Elsewhere, the brilliantly-named local long jumper Fabrice Lapierre won a silver at the athletics world championships and oftenoverlooked Aussie female athletes had a year to remember. The Matildas soccer team made the quarter finals of the World Cup, the Southern Stars cricket team regained the Ashes and the Diamonds Netball team won the World Cup (Julie Corletto playing the last half of the final with a broken foot). Oh, and Anthony Mundine said he was better than everyone at everything. Again.
THE GQ INSIGHT: The first Australian to play American football at a meaningful level was former Australian rules player Pat O’dea in 1898 – correct, 1898. He was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame in 1962. Take that pub trivia.