Best value money bets on Rugby World Cup 2019

The World Cup is nearly upon us, and following the warm up fixtures we are getting a better idea of those teams worth putting your money on. Let’s take a look at some of our favourites:

New Zealand: Best odds 11/8 (Sky Bet)

Clear favourites for a reason. They won the last World Cup and have been in fine form leading up to The World Cup with a big 36-0 over Australia. We won’t be taking a punt on them however, as we don’t like these odds and we can’t remember the last time they weren’t favourite. Unless you’re a Kiwi or have money in the bank there are better bets to be had.

England: 5/1 (SportNation.bet)

Our heart says yes but does our head agree? Well recent showings against Ireland and Wales suggest we are certainly a force to reckoned with and with Eddie Jones having previously in Japan and with the Southern Hemisphere teams he should know his way around. We usually try to avoid betting on our tip but 5/1 seems a solid bet even if the best is yet you come!

South Africa: 5/1 (Betvictor)

A narrow victory over Argentina doesn’t instil confidence and this has been a team in transition since the last world cup. You would not however be basing their chances on a solitary 2018 surprise victory and a top fullback in Leroux as they have just enjoyed a 2019 Rugby Championship Tournament victory.

Ireland: 10/1 (Skybet)

We were getting excited about their chances after winning the grand slam in the 6 Nations, 2018. However, after a relatively poor showing this year, followed by a huge loss to England, we will fade them this time.

Wales: 10/1 (Betfair)

Odds of 10/1 surprised us as this side has won the 2019 6 Nations grand slam and beat England in the last warm up match. They also currently sit atop the world rankings. Eddie Jones goes so far as to say they are the favourites for the competition. We feel this is a stretch too far, but at odd of 10/1 this should be your go to bet, even though I can’t bring myself to bet on Wales. If you are not from England go for it!

Australia: 18/1 (Spreadex)

Our other value and the one we will take as their victory wouldn’t leave such a bitter taste. Recent form hasn’t been up to scratch, but this side has certain pedigree in the competition. We know they could spring an upset, especially if other results go well for them. Attention has been drawn to 36-0 loss to New Zealand, but we take positives from the 47-26 victory in a competitive game the week before. We will take a shot with these odds!

If Australia surprise people as we think they might, Marika Koroiibete is a great tip for top try scorer at 66/1 (Boylesports). He has been told that he is the best winger in Australia by quite some way. Considering most tries will be scored against the minnows in the group stages, a run to the final might not even be neccessary.

 

 

 

Who cares about The Super Cup?

The Super Cup has long been part of the footballing calendar, but other than the two teams involved, nobody has seemed to really care. Along with the Community Shield, it’s often been seen as a glorified friendly, or the season’s opening ceremony at best….until now. This season this is all changing, as the rivalry between top managers Jurgen Klopp and Pep Gaurdiola has spilled over into the new season. Their hunger for trophies means that even these nominal competitions have become more than just a fun spectacle, and UEFA have certainly jumped on board!

The timing of the fixture now ensures that The Super Cup is not just a pre-season friendly. Extra time has also been added, in an effort to prove to spectators that they should be taking this competition seriously. Perhaps the biggest piece of marketing however, came in the form of female referees and lineswomen. The more suspicious amongst us might think this a poorly veiled attempt at gaining credit, in the wake of countless prior offences on the part of UEFA. Regardless, it has certainly taken advantage of the growth of football among women and created a talking point.

Another talking point has been VAR this season. Cast your mind back to the Wolves vs Leicester game, in which a goal for Wolves was disallowed with the use of VAR. Nobody protested the goal. The ball hit Boly’s upper arm from about a metre away with his arms by his side. The ball then took another deflection before being hit into the net. This goal was overturned and disallowed by VAR. Yesterday, a goal-bound shot was clearly blocked by an outstretched hand in the penalty area. No overturning of the original, no penalty decision. Chelsea’s penalty upon review was more than dubious, and yet still given as it needs to be an obvious refereeing error. Was it at Wolves or Manchester City where Sterling was offside by a shoulder for that matter? In cricket and rugby league, where there is not clarity the on-field referee’s decision is final. The Premier League seem to be using VAR as an omnipotent overlord in which the on-field referee is little more than a pawn used to administer their instruction.

On a more positive note, congratulations to Liverpool and in particular new signing Adrian who, until a few weeks ago didn’t have a club, and yet literally just saved them from missing out on another trophy.

See below for some unbearable Liverpool tweets:

Jofra Archer will ‘try to’ work miracles against the Aussies!

The next England bowler on the road to recovery is primed for Ashes action ahead of a crucial test match at Lords, but is this another case of wishful thinking? James Anderson, so often England’s go-to man, had much expected of him, only to crash out of the match at Edgbaston having only bowled 4 Overs! Yes, Jofra Archer has bowled in a test match this month, but can a stroll out against the Sussex 2nd xi really compare to the rigours of Ashes Cricket and the might of Steve Smith?

It would be wrong to say this desperation to get his name on the team sheet tells of a lacking England bowling attack however, as with names such as Mark Wood and Olly Stone also sidelined, the host’s hand has been somewhat forced. 1-0 down in the series, it’s hard to criticise England for throwing everything they’ve got at this (even if that is someone who not so long ago was complaining of playing in agony, and who was unavailable for the last test only a week ago)!

So to the man himself – Well this paints an altogether more exciting picture as he goes so far as to say he will ‘try to’ work miracles, unable to hold back in saying Justin Langer doesn’t know what’s coming to him! If these words hold true then it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that we could be seeing a changing of the guard here, as James Anderson, England’s leading wicket taker, departs for the young, hungry Archer who in his own words, ‘has never been more ready.’

Jofra Archer vs Steve Smith – Will he turn the tide? Let us know your thoughts!

Rory roasts The Kuch

Rory hits back at Matt Kuchar with a savage response to Matt’s own cajoling! Was this in good jest or below the belt, especially in public? Let us know your thoughts.

Spieth falls apart on 18th only to be saved by a bounce and a putter

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Spieth enters The Wyndham Championships slowly returning to form, hoping to put a disappointing year behind him in time for The Presidents Cup (should he be picked). All amateur golfers have an ugly miss, but it’s surprising to see a top professional like Jordan Spieth suffer the same problem, and that same old reaction that says, ‘How? Why? Not again! Fore!’ This happened on the 18th when only one shot off the lead he drove out of bounds, and it seemed to take the wind right out of his sails. If his putter wasn’t red hot he would have found himself way down an average field by PGA Tour standards. However, the optimist should also tell us that if he can cure these wayward, bemusing shots, he could be sitting pretty on the top of the world again some time soon!

Check out his round 1 highlights here:

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He seems quite confident about his game in his post round interview: 

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If you’re not doing these things after 40 you must start now!

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Some things in life get tougher when we’re over 40. We have to work harder for some things, whether it be competing in the sporting arena or just keeping our weight down and bodies healthy. However, this can be complimented by experience and there are still a number of ways (some simple, some requiring hard work) that we can incorporate into our lives to allow us to maintain our previous performance levels and even improve upon the

Eat More Plants

This is neither recommending a vegetarian lifestyle, nor criticising those who love meat and dairy. However, taking on more plant protein can be just as effective as via other avenues and with some added bonuses that grow in relevance as the years tick by. Fibre packed foods helps fight a number of illnesses including some cancers and cardiovascular disease as well as lowering your calorie intake.

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This is not just numerical but being aware when you consume specific foods. Carbs should be largely limited to pre and post work out and limited when you are inactive. Increase your protein intake and you will naturally shed more weight as your metabolism works faster. For those of you looking to painting muscle mass we recommend 1.5 grams of protein per KG of body weight and as much as 2 grams for those looking to seriously gain muscle. People with higher proportions of muscle even burn of more calories when resting!

Increase Strength Training

This might seem counterintuitive as it may feel harder, but without doubt it is more important. This also makes the previous habit even more important. Weight training is important for bone density and your joints too which come under much more pressure over the age of 40. This is even more important for those who don’t have a history of weight training.

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Exercise Less Specifically

When training, especially if for a specific sport, we often focus on certain movements and exercises far more than others. As you get older it is more important to diversify and have a more well rounded routine. Cyclists and runners increase your weight training. Body builders increase your cardio. This is so that your overall health is not adversely affected and you can remain able to participate in a wider variety of activities.

Reduce Stress

Maybe the one we can go about with the most enthusiasm. When we are stressed we are less likely to participate in any of the above, less likely to sleep and more likely to maintain body fat. If you can limit the activities you deem to be a chore, even if it means outsourcing. Focus on what is important, happiness and health.

With age comes difficulty, bust as with many difficulties in life this is not a cue to slow down, but to speed up! Make those small changes and enjoy the results.

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Why Sport Is For Every Child

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It is easy to assume that we all have likes and dislikes, including but not limited to sport, food, school subjects, bars, countries, appearances, personalities etc. and this is true. However, can we be encouraged to like things that are good for us, or at least to devote some time to such activities? You would rarely hear a parent say, “Oh well my child enjoys sports, not study, so I don’t encourage them to pay attention to their studies.” Why then is it that physical education is often ignored or seen as less important than other forms of education given the obvious benefits of frequent physical activity? Let’s explore!

Why some children aren’t playing sport?

One of the most obvious arguments would be that of necessity. Children have to go to school and PE class accounts for a tiny proportion of their learning, and no school sporting achievements count towards any exam results, which are ultimately what our children are judged on. Pressure from teachers, parents and school boards focuses primarily on academic success, to the extent that even the PE teachers will focus more on the talented students, and pay little attention to the plight of those who are less ‘capable’ or engaged in the lesson. Furthermore, while homework is assigned for every other class and punishment dealt out when it isn’t completed, our schools seem to avoid homework in the case of PE, probably because it has no impact on future exam results. All of this despite the obvious and know health benefits.

Despite the point above, this does not excuse parents. After all, we have all evolved to follow and imitate our parents. It stands to reason that sporty parents will cultivate an atmosphere in which their children play sports and get active, while those who stay at home and have little interest in sport don’t. According to Meltzoff (1999), ‘Although simple imitative behavior is evident in the postnatal period, by around 14 months infants remember and repeat actions they observe in adults, other children, and on television.’ The problem begins at home! Even in the case of parents who push their children to study, if they don’t encourage physical activity too, it is likely that they will feel out of place and scared to participate when PE class comes along. Like anything, some people are more naturally equipped for certain things, whether it be strategic intelligence, a good memory, art or of course sports. However, this does not mean that others can’t compete. Some just have to work a little harder to reach that level of performance.

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 So why should we encourage everyone to do sports?

The positive effects of sports and physical exercise seem obvious, yet many do not engage in such activities regularly. Perhaps this is because they see them as unnecessary, or only necessary if you play sports competitively. However, there are many other reasons why children should be exercising, and these extend beyond the sporting arena.

Develops social skills

Especially when playing with a team, sport encourages you to meet people. Not only this but communicate as it is a fundamental part of team sports. Even in single player sports, the competitor can ‘forget themselves’ for the duration of the game, and maybe find a part of themselves they never knew existed. A coach can also provide them with a mentor and another point of regular contact.

Self esteem

Just as nobody wants to get bad exam results, nobody wants to be the first to fail at the bleep test, but this is not the only way sport can combat low self esteem. Sport teaches children to reach goals and have targets. Not only does this make them feel good about themselves when they accomplish their goals or that victory, it teaches them what it takes to achieve targets they set out later in life. Endorphins released during exercise can also fight depression and release stress!

Physical health

This one seems obvious and it is 🙂

Team work and leadership skills

Being part of a team can help children work towards a common goal and promote problem solving skills. These advantages are transferrable to both school and the work place in later life. ‘Sports leadership is often used as a powerful analogy for analyzing and interpreting business leaders’’ behaviors, such as team work, motivation and people management’ (Ruto, G.D, 2004).

Academic success

Perhaps counterintuitive but also important to be aware of, particularly for those who see academic success as more important and separate from sporting achievement. Many studies support this including a study by Lee S. Sitkowski (2008) who concluded that ‘Through an analysis of 249 high school sophomore and junior boys and girls, it was found that athletic participation had a positive impact on academic performance.’

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How can we encourage children to join in?

Even when we are grown up we can feel held back from trying things that we are not used to or don’t feel comfortable with, so it stands to reason that children may feel the same. If we leap into the sporting environment at an age where many of the other children have already been playing sports, it can be difficult and scary. Therefore, we need to play with them and get them involved from an early age.

For some this opportunity may have passed but it’s never too late. The internet is full of success stories and examples of people changing and improving themselves, and now more than ever, being a girl is no excuse not to join in! You can start by leading by example. You are still a hero in their eyes and they will continue to copy you, whether they know it or not. They are more likely to run or play if you participate too. You can even just support them by helping them become part of a team and by attending training and matches.

If your child is particularly afraid of more aerobic sports, there are many other sports they can try. Consider snooker, table tennis, golf or other similar activities. This can help them to find their competitive edge and become more confident before taking on more athletic sports at a later date. Remember, exercise begins at home.

Above all, sport should be fun. If it’s not then confidence is often the cause. Encourage your children, tell them they can be the best, tell them they can do anything they put their minds to. Trust in them and help them and they might not only surprise themselves but you too.

Good luck sports fans! (and everyone else)

Start your own race 🙂

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How to Make Your Kid a Sports Champion

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I begin with the admission that I don’t have a child and I’m sure I can’t even begin to understand the difficulties and time restraints of the typical parent. However, I have coached kids in sports and taught in education so have had the opportunities to see what separates those who succeed, improve and continue from those who give up.

With that in mind, here are my top 5 tips for making your kid a sports champion!

1. Enjoy it!

We all hear about pushy parents and usually in a not so positive light. Is this fair given that surely the driving force is caring for their child’s upbringing? Actually, I think the answer is somewhere in between. In my experience, drawn mainly here from teaching, whilst pushing and being by their kid’s side at all times is superior to those who leave their children to do as they please, it is neither of these types of child who learn the fastest and with most enjoyment. I see parents so determined to see their child appear capable that they will greatly over emphasise their child’s ability and scold them when they get things wrong, despite the child trying sincerely to answer the question. Firstly, I then have no idea what to work on, and secondly the kid spends the whole session frightened to answer a question. This is the same in sports. Children who are frightened to exercise or be in the sporting environment due to too much pressure to succeed invariably find stumbling blocks, and stumble more as pressure rises when the relevant sport increases in significance.

 

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2. Play with them from an early age

Andre Agassi’s father even attached tennis balls to his new born son’s mobile in an attempt to improve hand eye coordination, and encourage his son’s association with tennis. Yes, this might be unnecessary and the sign of an extremely pushy parent! However, the point still stands, sport should not be a weekly team exercise or school break, but has to be incorporated into your child’s daily life. It sounds cheesy but find the time to play catch, practice putting, throw a rugby ball and play penalties. More importantly these should be fun games, not labeled training.

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3. Have sport on TV

Moreover, encourage them to support a team as watching sport is so much more fun when rooting for a team. This also makes them more competitive, undoubtedly important for anyone to stand a chance at succeeding in the sporting arena, without the threat of being criticised unduly for losing themselves. This will also give them the opportunity to find out which sport seems the more appealing to them. This can be difficult in a household in which one or more members of the family don’t enjoy watching sports, but spare an hour or so whenever possible and your child will both learn and garner an interest.

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4. Try different sports

This isn’t just so that they can find the sport they enjoy the most but so that they can find the sports that they are best at. How many of us get pigeon holed into one sport when we are young (usually football) and grow up wondering what else we could have been good at. This is even more relevant with sports that are less popular and can give children a real chance at making it to the top. I will never know how good I could have been volleyball, any winter sport, hockey, basketball or any number of sports I haven’t tried. For instance, I only took up golf in my 20s. I enjoy it and am quite good at it but will never even begin to approach the level I could have reached had I started at a younger age.


5. Play games with a winner and a loser

These are mainly aimed at making sports a fun, accessible and normal way of life. However, to really make it a competitive edge is vital. Any top sportsman hates to lose. Look at how the charm of the likes of Jurgen Klopp disappears and out comes the roaring madman. Yes, it should be enjoyable, but as often as possible there still needs to be a winner and a loser.

On top of these tips, social media is a great way to interact with other parents and share tips and ideas. Here is one of our favourites and sure to be a future star:

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Good luck and should I have a kid one day I’m sure I will write a new (and potentially very different) article!

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Sunday Quiz 13th February 2019 Answers

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The Answers

Clueless wordsearch

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Mutilator

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James Milner

Starter Kit

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“Postman” Ian Poulter

Guess the link

  1. First Liverpool player to win the Ballon D’dor – Michael Owen
  2. Caveman Stemman – (Anagram) – Steve McManaman
  3. Famously had a boot thrown at him by his red-nosed manager. – David Beckham
  4. What is the link between them? – These English legends all played for Real Madrid

    Rockbusters

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1. Anthony Martial
2. Dustin Johnson
3. Steph Curry

Let us know how you got on and any feedback for future Quizes. See you next Sunday!

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Sunday Quiz 13th February 2019

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Crazy Sunday fun-time 5!

Fighting Sunday morning boredom at church? Nothing to do after Tesco closes at 4? No longer hungover and in need of some time fillers? Look no further, at Swish sports we have the answer you’ve been looking for with our fun, unique and kind of, in a way sometimes challenging sports quizzes and games.

Test yourself with our clueless word search. We’ve hidden 10 sports related words, can you find them all and work out their theme?

 

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Can you contort your brain cells around our psychedelic mutilator? Who could that possibly be? Here’s a clue – it’s not the elephant man. 

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Who’s starter kits are these? Guess the answer and you can almost literally become the star with a backpack and a few accessories. 

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Can you guess the link? Answer the questions, and if you insisted upon using google you’ll still have your work cut out as the answer to the link remains 😉 

  1. First Liverpool player to win the Ballon D’dor
  2. Caveman Stemman – (Anagram)
  3. Famously had a boot thrown at him by his red-nosed manager.
  4. What is the link between them?

    Rockbusters! It’s not stolen because we misspelled it. Cryptic clues line the path to glory in this classic, probably never tried before in the sporting arena
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This is as close as it comes to proving yourself as a sportsman without training or playing. Do not miss it. We would really appreciate your participation as we are young, hungry, up and coming quizzers and sports aficionados. Thank you in advance.

Oh and by the way, you don’t actually win anything, just in case you are a material girl(or guy)…equality. However, you can feel happy and happiness is the ultimate goal in life.

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