In the a ermath of Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith breaking the record for points scored in Australian rugby league’s domestic competition, there were wags out there who reckoned it was wrong for Smith’s children (the Storm’s ballkids) to be standing on the field ready to congratulate their old man as he lined up for the historic penalty goal. What if Smith’s aempt from in front had hit the posts and the kids were caught in the middle of play? What if a lot of things in life ...
Following the AFL’s widespread rule changes ahead of the 2019 season, football operations boss Steve Hocking becomes increasingly worried about commentary related to umpires. Hocking told AFL.com that he would be talking to the AFL Coaches Association about potentially recruiting some of its members to be part of a campaign aimed at shi ing public perception around umpiring. “It’s bloody tough to get people to sign up to be an umpire,” Hocking said.
Having just watched Tiger Woods’ majors comeback victory on TV from New Zealand, Woods’ former caddie, Steve Williams, tells ESPN.com the win proves what an amazing athlete Woods is. Prey classy by Williams, who many report had an acrimonious split with Woods back in 2011 following a disagreement over whether a caddie should team up with another player while their full-time boss is out of action, like Woods was for so long.
The third season of Suncorp Super Netball is underway. The 2019 season was launched in Melbourne, with the league’s eight team captains gathering ahead of a huge year for Australian netball. This latest instalment of Australia’s elite domestic competition promises to be the fiercest yet, with national team spots going on the line in a World Cup year.
As Winx’s career was coming to an end, people from all corners were looking to cash-in one last time on the superhorse. One punter would’ve been nervous ahead of Winx’s final event, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick. They placed $450K on her with the TAB – three bets at $150K. Two were at $1.10 and one at $1.08. Whoever said punting was an easy way to make money?
Two weeks a er plunging into meltdown following superstar Izzy Folau’s latest controversial social media post, Australian rugby received a rare boost when three of its Super sides scored wins across Week Ten. The Brumbies downed the Stormers, the Reds bested the Sharks, while the Waratahs also had a win ... over the Rebels, a fellow Aussie unit, but rugby’s been doin’ it tough lately, so lay off ...
The Parramaa Eels have discovered the secret to winning, and it’s as simple as upgrading to a new stadium. The 51-6 smash-up of the Wests Tigers to open Bankwest Stadium was a case of history repeating. Their first-ever game at the newly developed Parramaa Stadium back in 1986 was a 36-6 demolition of the St George Dragons. How long before Bankwest needs a renno?
In a massive boost for the A-League, English Premier League great Robbie Fowler is the new Brisbane Roar coach a er signing a two-year deal to coach the Queensland club. The Liverpool legend and former England international’s name and contacts will mean he’ll potentially bring in quality from Australia and abroad.
The Sydney Swans’ vision for an AFLW team is set to be realised. The Federal Government has commied $15 million in funding to a new Sydney Swans HQ and Community Centre. The $55 million project to transform the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park will deliver dedicated facilities for a Sydney Swans AFLW team.
A er eight years as the club’s general manager of football, former Penrith player Phil “Gus” Gould has finished up at the Panthers a er a mutual decision to end Gould’s eight-year tenure. During his time leading the Panthers, the former Penrith coach helped re-build the club back from a disaster zone financially and into the team with arguably the best junior pathways system in the known league world.
The state of the art Ford Mustang Supercar, introduced into the series this year and driven by the likes of Sco McLaughlin and Chaz Mostert, has had to undergo changes to its rear wing and undertray to ease parity concerns from the Holden and Nissan teams. Mustangs won nine of the first ten races of the new season.
Shane Watson washed up and finished? Not by a long shot, it seems. Playing for Chennai Super Kings, the 37-year-old belted a match-winning 96 from 53 balls to guide his team to victory over David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad. The hosts needed nine from the last over and won with a ball to spare.
Gary Able Jr didn’t enjoy the best of Easter Mondays … Aer “liking” a tweet from Izzy Folau, the Geelong champion was heavily booed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by Hawthorn Hawks fans in the days following. Comparisons were immediately made with the booing of Swans legend Adam Goodes back in 2013.
Hot on the heels of the turf woes being dealt with at the Sydney Cricket Ground came reports of more playing surface controversy, this time on the other of the country. The Premier of WA and the boss of Optus Stadium both scoffed at the West Coast Eagles’ displeasure at the hardness of the Optus Stadium turf.
For the first time in 26 years, Australia is back in the Fed Cup World Group Final with a 3-2 victory over Belarus in Brisbane. They will next face France, who also had a heart-pumping and tense tie against Romania. The Final will take place in November, with Australia to host the tie but the venue is yet to be decided.
There’s not enough sport being played in March, so it’s just as well Cricket Australia is considering pi ing its one-day international series against New Zealand up against the footy codes. Actually, it has nothing to do with that. India is playing hardball with the international schedule and the Aussies are running out of dates to play the Kiwis.
Indian cricket god “The Lile Master” Sachin Tendulkar turned 46 recently. Is anyone else feeling really old about that? Imagine how old he’ll be feeling these days though, having played 200 Test matches and 463 ODIs?
Where were you when the Portland Trailblazers’ 50-point hero, Damian Lillard, fired a shot from the paint – not the paint under the key, but that of a logo in mid-court – on the full-time buzzer to seal his team a 118-115 win and 4-1 series victory over Oklahoma City? Blew the roof off the Moda Centre. Epic stuff.
The record for the fastest goal in the English Premier League has been broken. Southampton striker Shane Long scored just 7.69 seconds into his side’s clash at Watford. The old record belonged to Toenham’s Ledley King, who need in 9.9 seconds back in 2009.
Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has admi ed that intense media a ention surrounding Kalyn Ponga’s switch from fullback to five-eighth to start the season was a main reason for switching the 21-year-old back to the number-one jersey. Some sporting magazines even put the young Ponga on their cover. Sheesh ...