Christmas is well and truly over. If you’re anything like me, then you are stuffed half-full of turkey or nut roast (I had both!); half-full of mulled wine, brandy, and eggnog; and topped it all off with Christmas pudding, gingerbread men, chocolate Santa’s and endless cups of tea.
If this sounds familiar, then you will also have spent the days after Christmas sprawled on some sort of horizontal surface (bed, sofa, underneath the dining table) wondering why you can’t move whilst reaching for another turkey sandwich. This, I found, was the best place to ponder over a few top tens of 2015.
Now, back at work, we’ve been discussing our top ten sporting moments of the year and, as it’s almost New Year, we thought we’d share it with everyone else who has braved the office this morning.
Do you agree with our choices? What sporting moments would make it to your list?
Dan Carter and his brilliant Rugby World Cup Performance
Dan Carter displayed some of his finest rugby at this year’s Rugby World Cup. The New Zealand All Black’s lifted the title for the third time, the most ever achieved by any one nation and the first time a team has lifted the Webb Ellis Cup back-to-back. Carter retired after the World Cup, but not before he was awarded Rugby World Player of the Year – what an end to a stellar career.
Stuart broad joins England’s bowling elite
England had an incredible summer of Cricket; coming into The Ashes Series as underdogs, they managed to regain The Ashes with a 3–2 win. The highlight of the series was in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge, where Australia crumbled to a fine bowling display by Stuart Broad; he took 8–15 and, in doing so, joined the likes of James Anderson, Sir Ian Botham and Bob Willis in taking over 300 wickets for England (an achievement only five England cricketers have reached!).
Jamie Vardy’s having a party!
Three years ago, he was playing Conference football. Now he is this year’s current Premier League top goal scorer. It has been quite a journey for Jamie Vardy. On 21 November, Vardy scored 11 consecutive Premier League goals, matching Van Nistelrooy’s record. If that wasn’t enough, Vardy also achieved his first England cap for the European Qualifiers.
Jordan Spieth storms the golf world
Jordan Spieth announced himself to the golf world this year by winning two majors. The incredible nature behind this achievement is that he is only 21! He became the youngest player to lead the Masters after the first round and then went on to beat the 54-hole record. His second major championship was the U.S. Open, where he became the youngest person to win the tournament since 1923. This is surely the start to an incredible career for Spieth.
Great Britain win Davis cup
This November, Great Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 with Andy Murray standing out for his impeccable performance in particular. Five years ago, the Great Britain team were one defeat away from the tournament’s lowest tier; to win the top tier five years on is an incredible achievement.
Japan beat South Africa in the Rugby World Cup
Japan shocked the Rugby world by producing one of the best performances of the tournament. Having come from a poor World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup campaign to win three out of four matches in the World Cup it was a remarkable achievement. They achieved victory against South Africa with an extra time try.
Bolt beats Gatlin in the World Athletic Championships 100m
Bolt was out of form going into the race, having been unable to break 10 seconds for the entire year due to injuries. But anyone who doubted the Olympic champion will feel very foolish after Bolt pulled ahead to claim the title in 9.79 seconds.
Rutherford jumps to world glory
With his comments about UK Athletics being ‘more of a hindrance than a help’, his return to the Bird’s nest for the World Championships was one to remember. Rutherford, the British long jumper, pulled off one of the most remarkable fourth jumps seen. He blew away the competition to win the World Championships, adding to his Olympic, European and Commonwealth titles.
NZ shock South Africa in cricket World Cup
A rain-ridden semi-final saw South Africa get beaten by underdogs, New Zealand, off the second-to-last ball of the innings. New Zealand needed five from two deliveries with Grant Elliott at the crease. The All-rounder stepped up to the mark, hitting the ball back over the bowlers’ head for six handing the New Zealand team the win in the most thrilling match of the tournament.
Froome wins Tour de France
With the 2013 Champions’ title defense cut short due to injury, all eyes were on the cyclist in 2015. Froome dominated this year’s race and saw off the opposition to win his second Tour de France title. His superiority over the other riders was highlighted at stage 10, the summit of La Pierre-Saint-Martin, where he built up a lead of around 3 minutes.
One to look out for in 2016
Dina Asher-Smith – what a year it has been for the 19-year-old British sprinter. She started the year by becoming the first British woman to run under 11 seconds in the 100m sprint. She then went on to break the 31-year-old British record in 200m set by Kathy Cook. With the Rio Olympics coming up this summer, Dina is one to look out for in the run up to the tournament – we’re hoping she’ll bring home the gold for Team GB!