Sports Beard of the Year 2014

Beard-of-the-Year-2014Here we are, the inaugural Sport Beard of the Year (#SBOTY2014). Below are the Beard of the Month winners from BeardWatch’s first 13 months, and it’s up to you to vote for the overall winner. Some beards may no longer be with us, or be at their glorious best, but your sound judgement will vote the one that had the greatest impact for the promotion of beards throughout sport.

So stroke your beard in deep thought and ponder the following Beard of the Month winners…

Voting is closed! Winner announced at 9pm GMT.

 

Tim Howard

November 2013 – American – Football

Tim HowardInspirational in goal for the USA in the World Cup.

Robert Oberst

December 2013 – American – Strongman

Robert Oberst 1Oberst can lift massive stones with his beard (and his arms). Finished 9th in the 2013 World’s Strongest Man Final.

Andy Carroll

January – English – Football

Andy CarrollSpent a long spell injured sensibly growing a beard and burst back into the Premier League in January.

Davide Moscardelli

February – Italian – Football

moscardelli-570-1Voted the greatest Italian football beard. Difficult to argue.

Will Leer

March – American – Athletics

will-lear-2The fastest beard over 800m that you’re likely to see. 6th in the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2014.

Kyle Amor

April – English – Rugby League

Kyle AmorPart of the St Helens team that won the 2014 Super League Grand Final.

Geraint Walsh

May – Welsh – Rugby Union

Geraint Walsh 3Won the Welsh Premiership player of the year with Pontypridd before moving to Cardiff Blues in the summer.

Andrea Pirlo

June – Italian – Football

PirloThe epitome of bearded cool, proving bigger isn’t always better.

Kane Richardson

July – Australian – Cricket

Kane RichardsonSporting a fine example of a beard at only 23 years, Richardson is Australia’s finest hirsute cricketer.

Stuart Sinclair

August – English – Football

Stuart Sinclair 3Sinclair plays for the appropriately nicknamed ‘Pirates’ of Bristol Rovers, swashbuckling his way through England’s Football League.

James Tomlinson

September – English – CricketJames Tomlinson 3

A superb end of season for Tomlinson led to Hampshire to win the County Championship Division Two.

Fetu’u Vainikolo

October – Tongan – Rugby UnionFetu'u Vainokolo

Tonga’s happiest man made history when the Exeter Chiefs won their first Anglo-Welsh Silver Cup

Geoff Cross

November – Scottish – Rugby Union
Geoff Cross 5Arguably Rugby Union’s best current beard. A qualified doctor and expecting father, Cross is full taking advantage of this bearded opportunity while he can.

 

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Rugby League World Cup – Ashton Sims

Ahead of the Rugby League World Cup Final, we present our first ever Beard of the Tournament winner!

Ashton Sims – Fiji

Ashton Sims is an Australian born prop playing in Australia and representing Fiji on the world stage.Rugby League World Cup – Ashton Sims

Ashton Sims

Here he is in 2008, showing a strong commitment by sporting a controversial handlebar moustache.

Ashton Sims 2

However, it was this picture that won the title for him .The tousled hair, the look of steely determination and that gingery beard make him an intimidating and, dare I say it, slightly sexy opponent.

I imagine Ashton relaxing at home between matches chopping logs, lighting his fireplace and staring off into the middle distance…

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Rugby League World Cup – Frank Pritchard

The second placed beardy Rugby Leagist is New Zealand’s Frank Pritchard:

Frank Pritchard 2

Here we see a beard of good length. That sort of length shows courage as rugby players are known to grab hold of anything they can in the tackle. Frank PritchardHere we can see it a little more tamed but a bit thicker. Pritchard is known as “Frank the Tank” by his Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs team-mates, and it’s clear to see why. This is a beard that’s not to be messed with.

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Rugby League World Cup – Antoni Maria

This week, we’re counting down the top 3 beards and top team overall in the Rugby League World Cup.

Starting off in third place, French second row Antoni Maria:

Antoni MariaA full faced beard covering the wide chin gives Maria strength. That’s a beard you’d work hard for so you wouldn’t let it down.

With a bit more length, it could really push him on to the next level.

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Rugby League World Cup Team Beards

Ahead of the Rugby League World Cup Semi-Finals we present the team competition – Best Bearded Team of the Tournament. We’ll also be counting down to the best individual beard of the tournament this week revealing the winner before the final next Saturday.

In the team competition we look at quantity, quality and variety.

3rd – New Zealand:

NZ Rugby LeagueVery strong efforts from Kasiano and Pritchard lead the way here and i’m sure provide inspiration for the rest of the team. Moa and Whare have just got a chin beard going on, whilst there are a few others on the stubble/beard tipping point.

2nd – Fiji

Fiji Rugby League

Let’s try not to be distracted by the hair. Some excellent individual beards happening in this team which help just lift them ahead of New Zealand. Notable beards from Sims, Koroibete and Nauqe, whilst this photo of Waqa is a bit Wolverine-esque.

However there can only be one winner:

1st – France

France Rugby LeagueFantastic effort from nearly the whole team here, the majority of them rocking some kind of facial foliage. Some excellent grooming here, no particularly shaggy or bushy beards and lots of manly stubble.

Special mentions for Baile, Bosc, Larroyer and Maria.

Congratulations France, you are the winners of our first ever Best Tournament Team on BeardWatch.

Allez le barbe!

Let us know in the comments if you’ve spotted any beards that should be celebrated.