March 2015 Sports Preview
March 2015 Preview
The William Hill Imperial Cup Day (7thMarch) heralds the start of the busiest and most exciting period in the sport of kings as the following Tuesday, the greatest show on turf will have racing fans on their edge of their seats, as Prestbury Park hosts the four day Cheltenham Festival (10th-13th), with twenty seven of the highest quality contests that the winter code has to offer.
One of the sporting occasions that transcends the back pages, it really is a not to be missed extravaganza and we'll have offers and promotions prior to and throughout the Festival.
It's another non-stop month on the pitch, complete with domestic and International fixtures. The Premier League, La Liga et al continue apace, while the Champions League (10th/11th/17th/18th) sorts out the men from the boys as the last 16 round 2nd legs decide the quarter finalists. There's a further round of Europa League, as the remaining sixteen teams meet home and away (12th & 19th). Later in the month (22nd), the Camp Nou is the stage for the latest El Clasico, as Barcelona face Real Madrid. On the International front, England look to preserve their perfect record as they host Lithuania at Wembley (27th) in the fifth round of Euro 2016 Qualifying.
The ICC ODI World Cup continues throughout the month (Final - 29th), meaning there's top sport on 24/7 and it will be thrilling to see if anyone can follow in Chris Gayle's world record hitting steps, although it does appear that the southern hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, will be battling it out for the winner's trophy.
Ireland started the month with the perfect result, as they defeated an ill disciplined England side in Dublin, and are top of the Six National table. England were joined in second place by Wales, who produced a great performance to beat the French in Paris. It could be another wooden spoon for Scotland, however, with two rounds remaining (14th/15th & 21st), there are exciting times ahead. Domestically, the Aviva Prem, Guinness PRO12, Top 14 and southern hemisphere Super XV continue during a great month of hard hitting action.
The tennis tours gather in America during the second week of the month, as Indian Wells (starts 9th) and Miami (starts 23rd) host their star studded jamborees. Both tournaments have a high kudos factor and will all the best players in the world will be present.
The start of March sees the women divided, between Kaula Lumpar and Monterrey, while the men are resting for the next round of Davis Cup matches (starts 5th).
The European Tour is spread far and wide this month, with South Africa, Portugal and Morocco hosting. Although they'll be plenty of the big names in attendance, more eyes may well be focused on the other side of the pond, as the PGA Tour moves into top gear. The prestigious World Club Championship (5th-8th), Valspar Championship (12th-15th), Arnold Palmer Invitational (19th-22nd) and Valero Texas Open (26th-29th) will be buzzing, as the kings of the fairway ready themselves for April's Masters.
Australia have the privilege of hosting the opening race of the 2015 season (15th), with Malaysia following two weeks later. During mid-season there was the annual merry-go-round of inter-team movements, while Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and 2014 champion Lewis Hamilton are expected to run their rivals ragged, having already enjoyed a stellar last twelve months. These two drivers will start their campaigns as strong favourites to take the Driver's Championship.
March 5th is a pinnacle date in Rugby League, as the Super League is joined by their Australian and New Zealand counterparts as the opening round of the NRL hits our screens. 2014 NRL champions, the Rabbitohs, led a trio of teams that dominated and departed the UK unbeaten, after beating the best we had to offer.
With the season finale, World Championships, just six weeks away, it's time for the heroes of the baize to reach top gear. Before the biggest tournament of them all, the World Grand Prix (16th - 22nd) and Players Tour Championship Finals (24th - 28th) will test the nerves and see who heads into the season's climax with confidence.
The Premier League continues with its regular Thursday dose of arrows, before all the throwers meet for the PDC UK Open. Adrian Lewis beat Terry Jenkins in last season's surprise final match up, while The Power will be taking dead aim at a sixth title. Michael van Gerwen is yet to taste victory in the 'FA Cup' of Darts, however, he arrives as one of the strong favourites.
There's no let-up in the almost nightly NBA Basketball and NHL Ice Hockey schedules, and for fans of the best action from America and Canada, the above due is joined by MLB Baseball spring training, with the regular starting in April.
The pugilistic sport has taken on a new lease of life with Floyd and Manny going toe to toe in a few months. First though, there's some tasty clashes in the upcoming month, with the ever popular Kell Brook, who has thankfully recovered from a holiday stabbing incident, taking pride of place and returning to the ring to face Ionut Dan Ion, in a clash for the IBF World Welterweight belt.
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