This Week in Sport: 19th June − 25th June 2023
There are many notable sporting events taking place this week to keep an eye out for. On Monday, England and Australia’s first Ashes Test enters its fourth day, Tuesday sees Royal Ascot begin, and on Wednesday the second game of the State of Origin Series takes place. The standalone Women’s Ashes Test begins on Thursday, and the Queen's Club Championships continues on Friday.
Heading into the weekend, Saturday sees the Super Rugby Final between the Chiefs and the Crusaders take place, and MotoGP action rounds out the week with the Netherlands Grand Prix.
The Ashes: England v Australia
Monday 19th June 10:00AM GMT/11:00AM Local Time
The first Ashes Test of the series enters its fourth day on Monday, with England and Australia closely matched at Edgbaston over the first three days. England finished the first innings with a seven-run lead over their rivals and will begin the fourth day sitting on 28 for two. Rain has affected the Test match at times, so fans and players alike will be hoping the final two days remain dry so the exciting action seen so far can continue.
Flat Racing: Royal Ascot
Tuesday 20th June 12:00PM GMT/1:00PM Local Time
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot
The famous Royal Ascot horse racing event begins on Tuesday and will take place over five days. Notable races to keep an eye on at the event are the Group 1 classified races, including the Gold Cup, The Queen Anne Stakes, and The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes. There will be plenty of action to catch throughout the week.
State of Origin Series: Queensland Maroons v New South Wales Blues - Game 2
Wednesday 21st June 10:05AM GMT/8:05PM Local Time
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
The second match of the rugby league State of Origin series takes place on Wednesday, which sees the Queensland Maroons take on the New South Wales Blues in Brisbane. In the first match of the series, the Maroons struck late to win the game 26-18, and will be hoping to repeat this feat in Game 2, whilst the Blues will want to level the series and take it to a decider in the third match.
Cricket in England: England Women v Australia Women
Thursday 22nd June 10:00AM GMT/11:00AM Local Time
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
The Women’s Ashes get underway on Thursday, as England and Australia head to Trent Bridge in Nottingham for the standalone Test match of the series. Australia dominated in the previous Ashes, and have held the trophy since 2015, so England will be determined to end their losing run and reclaim the famous trophy. Three ODIs and three T20s follow the Test match, and help decide the winner of the Ashes series.
ATP Tour: Queen's Club Championships
Friday 23rd June 12:00PM GMT/1:00PM Local Time
The Queen's Club, London
The ATP Tour’s Queen’s Club Championships take place throughout the week. Often seen as the warm-up for Wimbledon, the tournament sees some of the world’s best male players compete against each other. The clear favourite, and top seed, for this tournament is Carlos Alcaraz, but he will face tough competition in the shape of Holger Rune and Taylor Fritz.
Super Rugby: Chiefs v Crusaders
Saturday 24th June 7:05AM GMT/7:05PM Local Time
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
The Super Rugby season comes to its conclusion on Saturday, as the Chiefs face the Crusaders in the Final of the rugby union competition. Heading to the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, both sides will want to top off successful seasons with a trophy. The Chiefs only lost one match in the regular season and beat the Brumbies in a tight contest in the Semifinals to progress to the Final. The Crusaders found their Semi-final slightly easier, putting in a dominant display against the Blues, winning 52-15. This is sure to be an exciting affair.
MotoGP: Netherlands Grand Prix
Sunday 25th June 12:00PM GMT/2:00PM Local Time
TT Circuit Assen, Assen
The MotoGP season continues, as the riders head to the TT Circuit Assen for the Netherlands Grand Prix. Reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia currently tops the Riders’ Championship and will be hoping another win this week in the Netherlands can put some distance between himself and rivals Jorge Martín and Marco Bezzecchi.