Friday Frills - World Cup Ferns

There's plenty of World Cup's going down this year and our Football Ferns will soon jet off to Canada to try and put kiwi football on the world map once again. With their World Cup campaign set to kick off on June 7th against the Netherlands, coach Tony Readings has named a strong squad that's been around together for a wee while now and despite being touched up by the USA recently, they've got a good chance at going deep into the tournament.

There's plenty of talent about with Hannah Wilkinson leading the strikers along with Rosie White and veteran Sarah Gregorious, there's a fair amount of firepower. Throw in to the mix 18 year old Jasmine Pereira who will also feature up front and there's a lot to get excited about. Skipper Anna Erceg will hold the fort in defence along with Ria Percival, while a few midfielders to keep an eye on are Annalie Longo and Kirsty Yallop.

The ladies now hunker down in a training camp before heading to Japan for a warm up fixture and we'll check in to see how they're looking ahead of their first World Cup game.

Sticking with football and if you're a Spaniard, you might be a bit disappointed after Juventus defeated Real Madrid 3-2. This sets up a nice David and Goliath battle with Barcelona favourites thanks to a front three sent from the gods, but there's plenty to like about Juventus as well. Buffon has been age-less in goal, so has Andrea Pirlo while Paul Pogba continues to impress as one of the best midfielders in the world. Carlos Tevez is also there while Alvaro Morata, a former Real Madrid player scored the winner. 

That sets a cheeky match up with Patrice Evra who now plays for Juve and Luis Suarez, hmm.

There are a few announcements out of Australia that shouldn't be blown too far out of proportion. The first comes from Cricket Australia as they will be nose-diving into the death of Phil Hughes with an independent review. While clearly a terrible situation, this review is a positive as all the different factors that were at play will be under the microscope and the review will allow all parties involved to learn from what happened.

The other comes from Alex McKinnon, I mean Australian media who have reported that McKinnon is taking legal advice as he weighs up whether to sue the NRL and the Melbourne Storm. As Paul Kent stated on NRL 360, he's considering this because it's just an option and as he's living a rather costly life with a variety of treatments and rehab procedures, legal action could provide him with some financial help. There's been cases in the past of NRL players taking legal action after suffering major injuries so it's definitely a possibility.

From a distance, it's hard to see any malice in McKinnon's decision to explore this option. But that makes it kind of odd as the NRL have done a nice job of donating money to his cause and assisting in the fundraising, which gets a bit tricky when the person you're helping takes legal action against you. 

Kiwi surfer Ricardo Christie suffered defeat in his first round heat, which is fair when you have a certain Kelly Slater in your heat. 

Christie did bounce back though in the second round up against South African Jordy Smith with Christie registering a 13.27 total which was too good for Smith's 12.03.  

Christie will now line up against Adriano de Souza from Brazil which will be a big test for Christie. De Souza is numero uno in the World Surfing League Rankings while Christie is back in 29th so hopefully we'll have some good news to report when we're back with the Monday Crumbs. 

Daniel Vettori will be the coach of the Brisbane Heat in the next Big Bash League, but look for Brendon McCullum to be the skipper. 

We've got a big old game in the ANZ Championship this weekend with the Northern Mystics up against the Waikato BOP Magic, the two best kiwi teams. They played out a draw earlier in the season and with the Mystics coming off a bye, who knows what will be dished up this week. I do know that there's some heavyweight match-ups on the court with Leana de Bruin and Kristiana Manu'a in defence for the Magic up against the Mystic's Cathrine Latu and Maria Tutaia.

Make sure you check out the A-League grand final this week, regardless of whether you're a A-League fan, simply just a Phoenix fan or if you are perched atop your 'I only watch European football throne'. Sydney FC and the Melbourne Victory plenty of goals in their respective semi finals which can be put down to the wealth of attacking talent that each team has. I'm gonna pick Victory with kiwi Kosta Barbarouses scoring the winner.

We'll finish with some NBA, the less talking I do here the better but things are getting pretty funky. All four semi final series are poised on the brink at 3-2, with the favourites in each series up by one game.