Easter used to be a significant sporting weekend; it used to be the natural demarcation between the summer sports season and the winter sports season.
Things have changed markedly in recent years, and not necessarily for the good. The Super Rugby and NRL seasons begin when it's still summer, and when flannelled fools, not muddied oafs should be inhabiting our sportsgrounds.
There's still a surfeit of sport this weekend, but not much more so than any other weekend. There's a full round of Super Rugby, a full round of NRL, and the IPL T-20 cricket circus has started. We'll watch a few football matches this weekend, but nothing leaps out and grabs us at this stage, with the possible exception of the Crusaders vs Highlanders match in Nelson tomorrow night.
There's one contest that we won't be missing this weekend though; 6pm on Sunday, the NZ Breakers go up against the Cairns Taipans in game two of the ANBL finals series. A win in Cairns, and the ANBL title is theirs, and we reckon they'll do it. Despite the snub dished out to the Kiwi outfit at the ANBL awards dinner, the Breakers have been the best side in the league, and Andreij Lemanis has been the best coach by some margin. Sticking it up the Australians axcross the ditch has a certain attraction!
So that's where our sporting interest lies this Easter weekend; what's going to capture your interest or imagination? The floor is, as ever, yours...