Archive for 2009

Fans urged to jump on the ‘Dwayne Train’

Thursday December 31, 2009 by  

Twenty20 fans have been urged to see West Indian all-rounders Dwayne Bravo (Victoria) and Dwayne Smith (NSW) headline a list of some of the most exciting cricketers in the game as they lock horns at the MCG on Saturday.

While the Bushrangers will have the usual suspects in Hodge, Hussey and White ready to fire, the newer breed of Wade, Finch, Hastings and possible debutant Glenn Maxwell will also be looking to find the boundary and beyond.

NSW will have the devastating duo of David Warner and Phillip Hughes at the top of the order. Hughes smacked an unbeaten 71 in the Blues win over Tasmania last night while in the same game, Warner blasted the fastest 50 in the history of the Twenty20 Big Bash. He belted five fours and four sixes on his way to 50 off just 18 balls.

Moises Henriques, Steven Smith and Phil Jaques round out a formidable batting line-up. Read more

Dellacqua awarded wildcard for Sydney

Thursday December 31, 2009 by  

Aussie favourite Casey Dellacqua will continue on the comeback trail from injury at next month’s Sydney International after receiving a wildcard from Tournament Organisers today.

The West Australian joins former world No. 1 Justine Henin as the second women’s wildcard recipient at the January 10 to 16 event, with two more Sony Ericsson WTA Tour wildcards still to be awarded.

Dellacqua, winner of the recent Australian Open Wildcard Play-off, said she is anticipating some tough competitive matches in Sydney, where nine of the world’s top ten women are confirmed to play.

“After missing so many months with injury I really excited to be playing competitively and I am looking forward to continuing my comeback at Sydney,” Dellacqua said. Read more

NSW Breakers tame Tasmania Roar

Wednesday December 30, 2009 by  

The NSW Breakers have comprehensively defeated the Tasmania Roar by eights wickets in their Women’s Domestic Twenty20 match played at Bellerive Oval today.

Playing in their first season of senior interstate cricket, the young Tasmanian side went into the match against the 11 time National Champions as massive underdogs.

Winning the toss and batting, Tasmania was restricted to 6-91 from their 20 overs. Veteran Julia Price (29 not out) was the best of their batters while Ellyse Perry (2-14) and Lisa Sthalekar (2-11) were the pick of the bowlers.

NSW wasted no time in the run chase with the victory target reached in just 11.3 overs. Read more

Tomic gets Brisbane wildcard

Tuesday December 29, 2009 by  

Dual junior grand slam winner Bernard Tomic has been given the last wildcard into the Brisbane International which starts Sunday.

The Gold Coast 17-year-old joins fellow wildcard recipients Brisbane 20-year-old John Millman and Australian Davis Cup player Carsten Ball in the men’s main draw of the first ATP World Tour event of the 2010 season.

National selector and Davis Cup coach Todd Woodbridge said Tomic’s form in the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff at Melbourne Park earlier this month warranted the wildcard.

“Bernard made the final after some tough matches during the week. He continues to grow and is working on his movement and other aspects of his game. I think he will make the most of this opportunity in what is effectively his home tournament.” Read more

Glory too good Four the Jets

Saturday December 26, 2009 by  

Perth Glory moved back into the top six of the Hyundai A-League after an impressive 4-0 victory against the Newcastle Jets at ME Bank Stadium this evening.

The Jets arrived in Perth after four consecutive victories, but goals from Naum Sekulovski, Jamie Harnwell 2 and Mile Sterjovski, gave David Mitchell’s side the points and took some pressure of the manager after some unimpressive performances in recent weeks which had seen his side not win in four games.

Both sides made one change to their starting line up’s with Sterjovski returning to the starting line up for the Glory to replace the injured Victor Sikora, while Ben Kantarovski came into the Jets line up to replace the injured Michael Bridges.

The visitors, who were looking to consolidate fourth spot, made a good start to the game and on seven minutes Matt Thompson sent Sean Rooney clear of the Glory off-side trap but the Jets skipper’s pass was over hit and Tando Velaphi was out quick to collect. Read more

Taylor replaces Tanvir for Vics Big Bash

Saturday December 26, 2009 by  

Powerful New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor was an eleventh hour signing with the Bushrangers for the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash after Pakistan all-rounder Sohail Tanvir pulled out of the competition with a knee injury.

Tanvir was due to play in the Bushrangers’ first Big Bash game against Queensland at the Gabba on Monday but doctors advised the left-armer to continue resting his injured knee, ruling him out of the tournament.

Tanvir was to join West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo as the second of Victoria’s international players, but his place will be taken by the dynamic Taylor, who will play in the Bushrangers’ opening clash. He is also expected to be available for the preliminary final, if required.

Cricket Victoria Chief Executive Tony Dodemaide said the signing of Taylor – which was completed just before the deadline on Christmas Eve – was an exciting one. Read more

Warriors name squad for Big Bash openers

Thursday December 24, 2009 by  

The WACA State Match Committee has selected a 13-man Western Warriors squad for the first three 2009-10 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash matches, beginning next Tuesday evening against the Southern Redbacks at the WACA Ground.

Adam Voges will lead the team which also includes explosive West Indies Captain Chris Gayle – the Warriors’ Twenty20 Contracted Player – and an exciting mix of youth and experience.

Batsman Luke Pomersbach has been named in the squad as he will become eligible to resume playing with the Warriors from January 1.

Warriors Manager and Head Coach Tom Moody says it is a well-balanced squad geared towards Twenty20 cricket. Read more

Record Numbers turn on to Rugby Sevens

Wednesday December 23, 2009 by  

After just two events of the 2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series, early indications are that Rugby Sevens has gained further ground in the eyes of international broadcasters.

In October, the IOC Session in Copenhagen voted Rugby Sevens into the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020, with the sport set to make its much-anticipated debut in Rio.

Since then, the sport has exploded in popularity and interest and the opening two legs in Dubai and South Africa suggest that the sport will enjoy new highs both in attendance and in television viewership.

Over the course of the current season, figures for live and as-live broadcasting have far outstripped the record numbers recorded for the two events in 2008. Read more

Vettori to join Queensland Bulls

Wednesday December 23, 2009 by  

The Queensland Bulls will welcome New Zealand Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori as their guest player for the 2009-10 KFC Twenty20 “Big Bash” competition.

Vettori this morning agreed to a two-match stint with the Bulls as their overseas player and will make his Queensland debut in the January 13 game against New South Wales at Homebush.

He is also available for the preliminary final on January 19 should Queensland finish either second or third.

His recruitment also means he could be available for the $12.5 million Airtel Champions League tournament in India later this year should the Bulls qualify by finishing in the top two of the Big Bash tournament. Read more

Wicks voluntarily quits Knights

Wednesday December 23, 2009 by  

Danny Wicks has today announced he has voluntarily terminated his playing contract with the Newcastle Knights.

Newcastle Knights CEO, Steve Burraston said Wicks’ decision is in the best interests of himself and his former club.

“We support Danny’s decision and understand that this is in the best interests of all involved,” said Mr Burraston.

“Danny has many challenges ahead and we understand the reasons behind his decision.” Read more