Archive for February 2016

Perth Lynx qualify for WNBL Grand Final

Sunday February 28, 2016 by  

The Perth Lynx have crushed the Townsville Fire 91-72 in their major semi-final at the Townsville RSL Stadium.

The result means the Perth Lynx qualify for their first WNBL Grand Final since 1999 – and will face either Townsville or South East Queensland when the best-of-three game series begins on March 12.

Betnijah Laney had an outstanding afternoon with 23 points, six rebounds and four assists – but she certainly wasn’t alone. Read more

Rea makes it a stellar double

Sunday February 28, 2016 by  

World champion Jonathan Rea has completed a stunning double in the opening round of the 2016 Motul Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island by winning this afternoon’s second 22-lap race.

The Kawasaki pilot defeated Honda’s Michael van der Mark and Ducati’s Davide Giugliano to complete the clean sweep, while it was a disaster for Chaz Davies (Ducati) who crashed on the final lap while trying to pass Rea under brakes at turn four.

Davies remounted and finished in 10th position, a fastest lap of 1:31.321 for the race scant consolations for what could have been. Read more

Dream debut for Hodge in Rebels victory

Saturday February 27, 2016 by  

A brace on debut from Reece Hodge has helped the Melbourne Rebels to a winning start with a 25-19 victory over the Western Force at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

The dream start saw Hodge score 20 of the Rebels 25 points, which included two tries, two conversions and two penalties, as the Rebels opened their 2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby campaign with an important victory on the road.

The late withdrawal of Jack Debreczeni due to a virus failed to unsettle the visitors as a reshuffled line up saw Mike Harris start at fly half, Tom English on the wing and Hodge at fullback. Read more

Waratahs secure opening round win over Reds

Saturday February 27, 2016 by  

The NSW Waratahs have secured a 30-10 win over the Queenslands Reds in their opening round of Super Rugby 2016 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Played in front of a crowd of 24,044, the Tahs ran home four tries to one in their first clash of the year under new Head Coach, Daryl Gibson.

Fly-half Kurtley Beale put on a masterclass, halting the Reds attempts at points and setting up tries for his team during his 65-minute effort. Read more

Rea defeats Davies in WorldSBK dogfight

Saturday February 27, 2016 by  

World champion Jonathan Rea (Kawaski) has edged out fellow Briton Chaz Davies (Ducati) in a brilliant opening race of the world superbike season at Phillip Island this afternoon.

Jonathan Rea celebrates on the podium after winning the first World Superbikes race for 2016.
Photo courtesy of Ingrid Roepers PR

In a cracking race to start the 29th season of WorldSBK racing, it all boiled down to a dogfight between the pair on the final lap.

Davies managed to get past Rea at turn 10, but it was short-lived as Rea blasted straight back into the lead at the next bend and held the advantage to the chequered flag.

The final margin between the pair was 0.063 seconds, with Honda’s Michael van der Mark scoring an excellent third position on his Honda. Read more

Brumbies start season 2016 in style

Friday February 26, 2016 by  

The Brumbies have put the rest of the Super Rugby competition on notice, comprehensively defeating last year’s grand finalists the Hurricanes 52-10 at GIO Stadium.

The Brumbies started the opening game of the season slowly going behind 3-0 early following a penalty goal to Beauden Barrett, but after nine minutes the home side kicked into a higher gear and never looked back, their new attacking brand of rugby shining throughout the encounter.

Brumbies Co-captain Stephen Moore marked his 150th Super Rugby match with a stellar performance, scoring a try and carrying well all night. Moore’s work on defence was immense also. He was dominant across the park and a deserving winner of Man of the Match. Read more

Raiders sign Joseph Tapine

Thursday February 25, 2016 by  

The Canberra Raiders have officially announced the signing of former Newcastle Knights player Joseph Tapine, on a new four year contract effective immediately.

Tapine, 21, joined his new Raiders team mates at Raiders HQ for the first time today, after receiving a release from the final year of his contract with the Newcastle Knights earlier this week.

Tapine said he was ready to tackle the challenge of working his way into the Raiders NRL team and said he was impressed with what he saw in the Raiders trial match last weekend. Read more

Aussie7s win Cup Final in Sao Paulo

Monday February 22, 2016 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team finished undefeated at the Sao Paulo Sevens, after dominating against Canada to win the final 29-0.

After back to back victories on the Women’s Sevens World Series in Dubai and Sao Paulo, Australia now sits 12 points clear of their closest rival, New Zealand in the World Series standings with three more tournaments to play before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games kick off in August.

Australia’s defence was crucial to the tournament victory with the Aussie side not conceding any tries in all three finals matches on day two. Read more

Roos break series tie

Sunday February 21, 2016 by  

Georgina Morgan, Emily Smith and Grace Stewart helped the Hockeyroos to break the series deadlock 3-2 with Great Britain in the final match of the series at the Perth Hockey Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Despite Great Britain’s late second half goals by Sophie Bray and Joie Leigh, the Hockeyroos finished the series off strongly, with Georgina Morgan, Emily Smith and Grace Stewart helping Australia to earn a second match victory.

Pleased with Australia’s performance, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “I’m really pleased with today’s result. I thought we were fantastic up until late in the fourth quarter, when we had a number of our players off. Read more

Glory thrashes Roar in nine goal thriller

Saturday February 20, 2016 by  

Perth Glory FC has extended its winning streak to five A-League matches with an emphatic 6-3 win over championship contenders Brisbane Roar.

In what was arguably the best 45 minutes of football in A-League history Glory grabbed the three points in front of a season high crowd of 12,156 at nib Stadium on Saturday.

Andy Keogh opened the scoring, giving the hosts the lead in just the fifth minute of play. An extended run of possession in the final third eventually led to a slip pass from Gyorgy Sandor for Josh Risdon. Read more