So many highlights, so little time. Best for me was Justin Henin's clinical US Open victory -- achieved without dropping a set -- and of course Geelong's record thrashing of North Melbourne. On to the preliminary final!
And wasn't it great to see the All Blacks start strongly and win without (further) injury, and England struggle against the US. With Wales, Ireland and France also struggling (the first two against against poor opposition), it's going to be a long month for northern hemisphere teams.
A long month ahead too for TV3 viewers with Hamish McKay's braindead rugby commentary inflicted upon us -- an insightful expert comments team is left chained to a grinning moron.
UPDATE 1: I understand that some fans and coaches of the five-tackles-and-a-kick game are suggesting they use the AFL finals system for their own sport. Conveniently, the AFL have a succinct summary here of their present system and the reasons for adopting it.
UPDATE 2: Real Footy's assessment of the Geelong-Kangaroos game is enough to warm the cockles of a Geelong fan's heart: Cats' Demolition Job Widens Gap to Rest to a Gulf.
GEELONG was too good. More ominously for its remaining finals competitors, it is too good. At this stage, it appears that nothing less than an injury disaster or an epidemic of some description will stop the Cats from claiming their first flag in 44 years.