Archive for October 2016

Hooper wins 2016 John Eales Medal

Thursday October 27, 2016 by  

Wallabies vice-captain and flanker Michael Hooper has claimed the 2016 John Eales Medal, winning the award for a second time. Hooper’s standout season saw the 24-year-old score four tries for the Wallabies in 2016 to be named Australia’s Man of the Match in three out of the six domestic Tests.

Hooper was the clear leader of the ‘player’s player’ 3-2-1 votes tally, amassing 296 points during the designated period from the pre-World Cup USA Test on 5 September 2015 to the final Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand on 22 October 2016.

Despite injuries this year, David Pocock’s incredible World Cup campaign elevated him to second position with 189 votes, finishing ahead of Bernard Foley, Will Genia and Israel Folau who rounded out the top five. Read more

Eagles fans across the country win big

Thursday October 27, 2016 by  

West Coast Eagles members and fans across the country will be the big winners in 2017 after the AFL released the premiership fixture today.

The Eagles will host Thursday night blockbusters against Sydney and Geelong, the first on Easter Thursday in the annual HMAS Sydney II game, while reining premiers Western Bulldogs will head west for a Friday night clash in round eight.

In a terrific result for West Coast members and fans in Victoria, the Eagles will play seven games in Melbourne in 2017, up from four in 2016. Read more

Watson replaces Hussey as Thunder Captain

Tuesday October 25, 2016 by  

Sydney Thunder has appointed Shane Watson as the Club’s BBL captain, replacing Michael Hussey who retired earlier this year to take up the role of Director of Cricket.

Watson was a key member of the Thunder side that won the KFC Big Bash League taking nine wickets and scoring 235-runs during the competition.

“I’m very excited to be chosen as captain of the Sydney Thunder,” said Shane. Read more

Spirit win NRC Grand Final cliffhanger

Saturday October 22, 2016 by  

The Buildcorp National Rugby Championship has crowned a new champion as Perth Spirit ran out 20-16 winners over NSW Country Eagles in an enthralling contest at a chilly Scully Park in Tamworth on Saturday night.

Fuelled by a stirring defensive effort, the West Australians secured their first title in front of an enthusiastic country crowd which was hoping to see the minor premiers come away with the spoils.

Both sides got away to a strong start but it was Perth Spirit, playing in their second NRC Grand Final in three years, who looked set to claim first points when Richard Hardwick barged over in the 13th minute, only to be denied in a desperate tackle by Eagles winger Reece Robinson to prevent the backrower from grounding the ball. Read more

Wallabies denied in Auckland

Saturday October 22, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have been denied in Auckland after falling 37-10 to New Zealand in a match which featured a huge momentum swing in the early stages of the second half.

Trailing by five points shortly after the break, Australia was refused a match-levelling try by the TMO when Dane Haylett-Petty was ruled to have impeded a would-be defender behind the play. From there, the All Blacks scored 22 unanswered points to streak away the win – a world record 18th Test victory in a row.

The Wallabies had an early opportunity to draw first blood but Bernard Foley pushed his penalty goal attempt wide inside the opening four minutes. Read more

Hat-trick Keogh steals the lime light

Friday October 21, 2016 by  

Irish international striker Andy Keogh has emerged as Perth Glory’s hero after scoring a perfect hat-trick in a fiery and spirited 3-2 win over glamour club Melbourne City, sending the Western Australians to the top of the A-League for at least the next 48-hours.

Keogh drew first blood in only the seventh minute of the match, after a well worked free-kick engineered by Nebo Marinkovic and Chris Harold who cut it back to Keogh to finish in front of goal.

On the stroke of half-time City equalised after being awarded a dubious penalty which saw last year’s golden boot winner Bruno Fornaroli score from the spot kick and send tempers flaring in both camps. Read more

Vardy ventures West

Thursday October 20, 2016 by  

Geelong ruckman Nathan Vardy will join the West Coast Eagles after a deal was reached with the Geelong Football Club today.

Vardy will head to the Eagles in exchange for their 4th round draft pick, currently pick 72.

The 25-year-old, who has played 25 games for the Cats, says he is looking forward to continuing his football journey in the west. Read more

Spirit secure Grand Final berth

Sunday October 16, 2016 by  

The Perth Spirit have booked their place in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship Grand Final with a 42-24 win over the Sydney Rays at Pittwater Park in Sydney this afternoon.

The Rays started strongly shooting out to a 16-0 lead within the first 10-minutes but from there it was all the Spirit as the men in black and gold scored 20 unanswered points to lead by four at the break.

Three second half tries wrapped up the result for the Spirit and secured a date with the NSW Country Eagles in Tamworth for next weekend’s decider. Read more

Rising go down to Eagles in semi-final

Saturday October 15, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rising’s 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship campaign has come to an end after going down to the NSW Country Eagles 50-24 in the semi-final in Newcastle on Saturday.

Doubles from Samuel Figg, Reece Robinson and Jake Gordon helped the Eagles to a seven-try-to-three victory in warm conditions to secure a home grand final in Tamworth next weekend.

Earlier, there was no sign of the slow start that plagued the Rising when the two sides last met in the third round, when freshly capped Wallaby Sefa Naivalu got the visitors off to a flyer in the first minute. Read more

Fiji to enter NRC in 2017

Friday October 14, 2016 by  

The Australian Rugby Union, Fiji Rugby Union and World Rugby have today announced that a Fiji-based team will enter Australia’s Buildcorp National Rugby Championship competition in 2017.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama joined ARU CEO Bill Pulver at ARU headquarters in Sydney today to deliver the historic news.

The Fiji team will comprise locally-based players from Fiji’s national second XV, ‘Fiji Warriors’ and will play all of its home matches in Fiji. Read more

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