Archive for January 2017

Bookends locked in

Tuesday January 31, 2017 by  

Young bookends Jack Darling and Tom Barrass have re-confirmed their commitment to the West Coast Eagles club by signing contract extensions.

Darling, who has had a strong impact since his 2011 debut and featured in the top five of West Coast’s Club Champion Award on three occasions, has already played 128 games.

In conjunction with dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy, freakish goal sneak Mark LeCras, the tireless Jamie Cripps and versatile Josh Hill, he forms one of the most potent attacking forces in the AFL. Read more

Green names Cowboys squad

Tuesday January 31, 2017 by  

NorthQueensland Cowboys head coach Paul Green’s 2017 NRL Auckland Nines squad is a blend of youth and experience with the 18-strong playing group heading across the ditch tomorrow.

Led by perennial Nines skipper Gavin Cooper and regular season co-captain Johnathan Thurston, the Cowboys’ Nines unit heads into their fourth campaign having never failed to qualify for the knockout rounds.

“The squad’s a good mix of the lesser experienced players with the guys who have played a bit more footy, and who do well in this format,” Green said. Read more

The Countdown to Manly beach is on

Monday January 30, 2017 by  

World-class surfing competitions, premier actions sports, live Australian music concerts, nautical beach club pop-ups, art and photo installations and handcrafted local brews, are just some of the seaside offerings that will hit iconic Manly Beach when the 2017 Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) kicks off from February 25 to March 5.

The nine-day, free beach festival will attract world-class surfers – including newly crowned women’s world #1 Tyler Wright – to the birthplace of Australian surfing, in addition to more than 325,000 beach-lovers of all ages from across the world.

Out of the surf, a new partnership with Vans will bring premier skate and BMX competitions to the event, with AOS 2017 hosting the first stop of the 2017 Vans Park Series (VPS) World Championships, the official VPS Oceania Championships for men and women, and the seasonal kick off to the Vans BMX Pro Cup inaugural series. Read more

Redhage announces retirement

Monday January 30, 2017 by  

Perth Wildcats and WA sporting great Shawn Redhage has announced that he will retire from NBL basketball at the conclusion of the 2016/17 season.

The announcement comes ahead of Redhage’s 372nd Wildcats game – which will see him advance to second on the club’s all-time games-played list, surpassing legend James Crawford.

The 36-year old has played 384 NBL games in total. Read more

Kings Party time in Sunday slamfest

Sunday January 29, 2017 by  

It was a record-setting performance which could be the catalyst for much greater glory.

The Sydney Kings shook off the horrors of their recent losing woes, thrashing the New Zealand Breakers 84-57 on Sunday at Qudos Bank Arena.

Sydney’s wire-to-wire win was their most lopsided over the Breakers in club history, eclipsing the 21-point beating of New Zealand in 2006. Read more

Injury hit Aussie Sevens finish Wellington in 10th

Sunday January 29, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Wellington Sevens in 10th position with two wins out of a possible three on day two of competition.

Australia started day two with a tight 17-14 win over Samoa, before accounting for Wales 24-10 to make the Challenge Trophy Final. An injury hit Australia fell at the final hurdle going down to Kenya 17-19 to finish Wellington in 10th position.

Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I was really impressed with the performance of the young guys and the whole team. Read more

Glory set to play EPL giants

Sunday January 29, 2017 by  

Perth Glory Football Club is excited to announce it will play English Premier League giants Chelsea FC in an international friendly at the new Perth Stadium in mid-2018.

English Football giants Chelsea to play at the new Perth Stadium in 2018.
Photo courtesy of Perth Glory FC

The sporting coup has been secured by Tourism WA and VenuesLive (stadium operator) on behalf of the State Government and is expected to attract 65-thousand football fans with a very large number anticipated to come from Asia and interstate.

“This is an enormous opportunity for not only football fans, but sport fans in general, from around the nation and the Asia-Pacific region, to witness one of the best and biggest clubs in the world to play in our own back yard,” said club CEO Peter Filopoulos.

“This will not only help grow and foster football in Western Australia but will expose Perth Glory’s brand to a new market and millions of viewers and fans around the globe.” Read more

‘Cats move to third in Martin’s 250th

Saturday January 28, 2017 by  

It had all the intensity of an early playoff encounter and the Perth Wildcats took a big step towards the NBL Finals with a thrilling 73-71 win over Melbourne United at Perth Arena on Saturday night.

It was destined to go down to the wire and it was some vintage Shawn Redhage minutes late and Damian Martin in his 250th game that saw Perth lead 73-71 down to the final play.

That was despite Casey Prather missing two late free-throws and multiple chances for United to either win the game or tie. A David Barlow three in his 200th game fell short and then Josh Boone’s put back didn’t fall, as the Wildcats won by two. Read more

Scorchers smash Sixers, Big Bash Champions again

Saturday January 28, 2017 by  

The Perth Scorchers have easily outclassed the Sydney Sixers, winning the Sixth Big Bash League Final by nine wickets at the Furnace this evening.

Perth Scorchers opening batsman Michael Klinger celebrates his half century during the Big Bash League Final.
Photo courtesy of WACA/Perth Scorchers, Getty Images

In front of a full house and venue record attendance, the home side reclaimed the Big Bash Champions tag with relative ease, keeping the Sixers to 9-141 then chasing down the target with 25 balls to spare.

Scorchers paceman Jhye Richardson was named player of the match, taking 3-30 off his four overs, while Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn was named player of the tournament.

For the Perth based side, it was their third Big Bash Championship from the last four seasons, having also appeared in the tournament decider across five of the first six that have been played so far. Read more

Australia outclassed by experience

Saturday January 28, 2017 by  

The young Australian Men’s Sevens team have fallen to Sevens powerhouses Fiji and South Africa on Day One of the Wellington Sevens but finished the day on a winning note with victory over Japan.

Australia’s Henry Hutchison evades Jasa Veremalua of Fiji to score on day one of the Wellington Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Michael Lee/KLC Fotos, World Rugby

An injury to Boyd Killingworth added to the Aussie7s injury woes with Club Captain Lewis Holland, Ed Jenkins and Jesse Parahi all unavailable for selection due to injury.

Australia will play in the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals against the fourth placed finishers in Pool C on Sunday.

Head Coach Andy Friend: “I thought Fiji was the big game we wanted to target. Going up 12-5 at half time, we had the chance to really take the opportunities to win the match. They took their chances like we knew they would and they over powered us in the end which was disappointing. Read more