Archive for November 2016

NSW Rugby announces record participation figures

Tuesday November 29, 2016 by  

NSW Rugby Union are pleased to announce record increases of junior, senior and regional participation levels across the state for 2016.

The Australian Sports Commission data released today shows rugby is now one of the most popular sports in the country, with 50,000 students reached through the Australian Rugby Union’s “Game On” program.

Of those numbers, close to 50 per cent were run and managed by NSW Rugby Union Development Officers, with more than 21,000 students reached and more than 2,700 programs delivered. Read more

Kookaburras win inaugural International Festival

Sunday November 27, 2016 by  

The Kookaburras have won the inaugural International Festival of Hockey against the New Zealand Black Sticks this evening, winning the final 3-1 with goals from Trent Mitton, Chris Bausor and Jeremy Hayward.

The first quarter was action packed with the Kookaburras having the opportunity, but narrowly missing several shots on goal with one from Jake Whetton so close it hit the post much to the dismay of the crowd.

Quarter time came with a nil – all score after the Aussies continually pressed the Black Sticks. Going into the second quarter and Trent Mitton celebrating his 100th cap, made a break for goal but the Black Sticks managed to rally their defence and avoid giving the Kookaburras the lead. Read more

Phoenix are denied by late penalty decision

Sunday November 27, 2016 by  

Roy Krishna scored his fifth goal of the season, but Wellington Phoenix were denied at least a point after a late penalty secured Melbourne City a 2-1 win at AAMI Park on Sunday night.

A deflected shot from Nick Fitzgerald spun beyond the reach of Glen Moss and gave City the lead on 44 minutes.

Phoenix reacted well after the break and duly equalised in the second half when Kosta Barbarouses was brought down in the box and Krishna scored from the penalty spot with a follow-up attempt. Read more

Hockeyroos win at International Festival

Sunday November 27, 2016 by  

The final session at the International Festival of Hockey for the Hockeyroos and the Indian Eves saw Australia come out on top finishing with a 3-1 score line, winning the three-game test in the process.

Brooke Peris, Gabi Nance And Jordyn Holzberger were Australia’s goal scorers who helped the team come back from being down 0-1 at half time.

The Indian Eves were first to score, with captain Vandana Katariva flicking in a field goal in the 17th minute of play to give the visitors an early advantage. Read more

Wallabies pipped by Ireland in Dublin

Sunday November 27, 2016 by  

An electrifying second half resurgence hasn’t been enough to keep Australia’s hopes of a Grand Slam alive after a 24-27 defeat to a spirited Ireland at Aviva Stadium.

The home side starved the Wallabies of possession in the first half, holding the ball for over 80% of the time. Adding to that, over three-quarters of the opening stanza was played in the Australians’ half as Ireland raced out to a 17-0 lead.

A stunner on the stroke of half time to Dane Haylett-Petty, and two futher tries would give the Wallabies the lead midway through the second half, but a 66th minute try to Ireland winger Keith Earls proved to be the match-winner in a superb contest. Read more

Kookaburras defeat Malaysia on day four

Saturday November 26, 2016 by  

The Kookaburras have dominated the match against Malaysia today at the International Festival of Hockey, with a 5–nil win thanks to some fantastic goals from Jake Whetton, Scott Boyde, Aaron Kleinschmidt and Aran Zalewski.

The first quarter of the game saw some scrappy hockey as both the Kookaburras and Malaysia fought to take ownership of the play. It was Jake Whetton however who gave the Aussies an early advantage, tapping the ball from directly in front of the net sending it straight in past the Malaysian keeper.

Minutes later and Australia were looking dangerous again with some team work by Dylan Wotherspoon and Trent Mitton getting the Kookaburras close to scoring a second, but this time keeper Kumar Subramiam cleared the ball. Read more

Hockeyroos defeat India on day three

Friday November 25, 2016 by  

The Hockeyroos have dominated their second game against India at the International Festival of Hockey defeating the visitors 4-1 with goals from Kathryn Slattery, Georgia Nanscawen, Ashlea Fey and Edwina Bone.

The Australians had a solid start with a penalty corner opportunity less than a minute in to the first quarter and although the flick went high of the net they maintained control of the ball. Eight minutes in and the game improved for the Hockeyroos with Kathryn Slattery flicking in a sly one from the left-hand side of the net.

The second goal for the Hockeyroos came in the 26th minute of play, with Laura Barden making a fantastic pass down to the Australian circle, before Victorian Georgia Nanscawen managed to flick the ball straight into the net for a stunning goal. Read more

Wallaby XV fall to French Barbarians

Friday November 25, 2016 by  

The Wallaby XV have fallen to the French Barbarians side 19-11 at Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux on Friday morning in front of a 30,028 crowd.

In an historic match for Australian Rugby, the Wallaby XV showcased the past, present and future of the Wallabies, being comprised of former Australian Internationals currently plying their trade in Europe, promising young Wallabies squad members and a range of up-and-coming players with the potential to push for selection in the national team. Read more

Kookaburras defeat Black Sticks on day two

Thursday November 24, 2016 by  

The Kookaburras defeated the Black Sticks on day two of the International Festival of Hockey with a golden double from Kieran Govers and a goal from Aaron Kleinschmidt.

Six minutes into the game and New Zealand were a chance with a break away sprint down to their circle, however Australian goalkeeper Tyler Lovell managed to knock the ball away and within seconds it was down in the Australian circle.

Making the most of the opportunity Jake Whetton took a shot on goal, and the hit on a deflection was tapped in by returning Kookaburra Kieran Govers. Only a minute later and Govers worked his magic again, scoring his second field goal from a deflection off the post, giving the Kookaburras an early 2–nil lead over the Black Sticks. Read more

Bulldogs take home match to Dunedin

Thursday November 24, 2016 by  

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will take their round three NRL Premiership clash with the New Zealand Warriors to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday March 17 (8pm kick off NZST).

Following visits to Hamilton (2014), and Wellington (2016); the Bulldogs have gained a strong support base in New Zealand, partly due to the history of Kiwi greats, both past and present, including Jarrod McCracken, Darryl Halligan, Sam Perret, Sam Kasiano,and Greg Eastwood.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Chief Executive Raelene Castle was delighted that the club has been able to strengthen its partnership with New Zealand fans by taking the Bulldogs Game Day experience to the passionate sporting fans of Dunedin. Read more