With the Easter break fast approaching and with England still being in Lockdown over the break, why not relieve the boredom by watching some live sport, or if you are like me and don’t have Sky then listen or follow on social media instead.
The beauty of sport is that there is so many options and there is something for everyone, below are some key sports that are taking place over the Easter break which are worth tuning in for:
24th March – Miami Open – The Miami Open starts on the 24th of March and finishes on the 4th of April this should be a fantastic competition despite several player drop-outs including Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and World Number 1 Novak Djokovic from the men’s field and the great Serena Williams from the women s field, however, there are plenty of things to get excited about, last year the tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, therefore it will be good to see the World’s best compete in Miami, also 15% of fans will be allowed on site, which means that sport is getting back to some sort of reality with fans back into grounds. The Russian Danil Medvedev goes into the tournament as the men’s number 1 seed, he is currently number 2 in the world and will either play Sam Querrey or Yen- Hsun lu in the second round due to being given a bye. In the women’s singles, defending champion Ashleigh Barty is the number 1 seed. Watch the Miami open on Amazon Prime.
26th March – Super League Rugby Season starts – The new super league season kicks off on Friday 26th March with reigning champions St Helens taking on the Salford Red Devils, The Super League season looks set to be a good contest this year which should hopefully see some fans back into grounds later on in the season. Make sure you don’t miss the season opener and the rest of the season, with games live on TV with Sky Sports and live radio commentary with BBC 5 Live sport and weekly highlights with the Super League Show on BBC 1.
26th March and 28th March – England Men’s One day international 3 match series against India – The 3 match one day International Series between India and England starts on the 23rd of March and concludes on the 28th of March. This will be an exciting series following on from the t20 series which India narrowly won 3-2, the key players to look out for are Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant from India and Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid and Jonny Bairstow from England. This is an exciting contest with England currently being the Number One ODI team in the World, however, India are playing at home and look to have a very special group of fearless young players who have enhanced their skills from playing in the Indian Premier League. Watch live on Sky Sports, listen on Talk Sport 2 or follow the live text on the BBC Sport app.
28th March – Netball Super League – Round 8 of the Vitality Netball Superleague starts on the 28th March, this is the UK’s top-level, netball competition with ten teams from England, Wales and Scotland. Currently, Team Bath Netball top the table with 21 points, with Loughborough lightning sitting closely behind with 18 points. Local teams Manchester Thunder and Leeds Rhinos sit in 5th and 6th place being tied on 12 points, however, this could all change when they play each other on the 28th March. Both teams will see this as a must-win game with the top 4 teams in the league going through to the playoffs; this key game will be shown live on either the sky sports YouTube channel or England Netball channel, the match starts at 12:00 pm.
28th March – Formula One Season Starts – The formula one season starts in Bahrain, this looks to be an exciting contest with Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Danniel Ricciardo, and Fernando Alonso key names to watch out for. There is also a new team to watch out for with Aston Martin having their debut in Bahrain, key driver Sebastian Vettel will drive for them. The formula one season will be broadcasted on Sky Sports.
31st March – Women’s Champions League – The 2nd legs of the quarter-finals commence on the 31st of March. Currently, the teams in the quarter-finals are Bayern München, Rosengård, Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon, Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Wolfsburg. Lyon are the current holders of the Champions League so you should defiantly watch out for them, however, the English teams also look strong with Chelsea and Manchester City being first and second in the premier league table currently. Follow the action on BT Sport.
10th April – Grand National – The Grand National returns on the 10th April, this is a steeplechase event which takes place at Aintree Racecourse, there are 40 horses that take part. Previous Winner Tiger roll is not racing this year however, the horses with the highest odds are Cloth Cap, Any Second Now and Burrows Saint. The Grand National will be broadcast on ITV 1.
17th April – Snooker World Championship – A little after Easter but still an exciting sporting event to keep your eye on: played in the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Ronnie O’Sullivan will be looking to record his 7th World championship victory and equal Steph Hendry’s record. However, Ronnie O’Sullivan is not the only reason to watch, there are several other fantastic players who will be looking to get their hands on the title, these include Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Kyren Wilson. You can follow all the action on Eurosport.