Archive for February 2017

Sun outshines rain at Manly

Tuesday February 28, 2017 by  

The elements didn’t slow the action for day four of the Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) at iconic Manly Beach.

Today saw Round 1 (heats 4 – 24) of the Men’s Division run with women’s world champion Tyler Wright’s younger brother Mikey Wright hit the waves for the first time in a bid to emulate his sister’s success.

After sitting on the competitive bench for a chunk of the last eight months due to an ankle injury, Wright got his AOS campaign off to a flying start, posting two near-excellent scores in the 7.50 range. Read more

Bulls go down to Redbacks

Tuesday February 28, 2017 by  

The Queensland Bulls face a must-win Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania next week after going down to the South Australian Redbacks by six-wickets today in Adelaide.

The loss leaves the Bulls fifth on the Shield ladder, needing success in Hobart next week to keep their finals hopes alive.

The match was in a tense position when play resumed today, with the Redbacks needing 120-runs and the Bulls another six wickets for victory. Read more

Desperate ‘Cats out-hustle Hawks

Sunday February 26, 2017 by  

The three-pronged attack of Casey Prather, Bryce Cotton and Matt Knight lifted the Perth Wildcats to the 89-77 win over the Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena on Sunday to open the National Basketball League Grand Final Series.

After some rust showed early, it was Knight giving the ‘Cats some respite with 10 first quarter points following a strong start from a Hawks side missing import Marvelle Harris, and centre AJ Ogilvy fighting through an injured ankle.

Knight had the touch from 15-20 feet from the get-go and continued hitting his mid-range jumpers throughout the evening to finish with 18 points. Read more

WNBL Semi-Final Game One Reviews

Saturday February 25, 2017 by  

The minor premiers have made a statement in Game One against the defending champs while Perth will take some confidence heading into a must-win game on Friday night despite their loss to Dandenong.

Dandenong Rangers (73) def. Perth Lynx (66)

The Rangers looked to be cruising to a 1-0 lead over Perth as they headed into the final term, having led by as much as 25 points thanks to the hot shooting of Steph Cumming (25 points on 10-14). Read more

Crusaders edge out brave Brumbies

Saturday February 25, 2017 by  

The Brumbies picked up a losing bonus point as they kicked off the 2017 Super Rugby season with a narrow 13-17 defeat to the Crusaders in Christchurch.

A heroic defensive effort in the first forty minutes led to a much-improved attacking display after the break as the Brumbies pushed the Crusaders all the way, only to come up agonisingly short. But there were plenty of encouraging signs in what was a decent display.

The Crusaders made a brisk start to proceedings forcing the Brumbies onto the back foot from the kick-off, roared on by a partisan home support. With slick handling and early possession, a score looked inevitable and it duly arrived in only the fourth minute. Read more

Phoenix spirited win over Brisbane

Saturday February 25, 2017 by  

With the obituaries for Wellington’s season perhaps premature, Phoenix showed character and determination to stun Brisbane Roar on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.

With many quick to write off Phoenix’s finals aspirations a resolute performance from Wellington has made for an intriguing last six weeks of the season.

After a difficult week off the pitch, Wellington made the most of a full week’s preparation without travel to put in a determined performance. Read more

Reds win season opener against Sharks

Friday February 24, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have got their season off to a winning start with a 28-26 win over the Sharks in their first outing of the 2017 Super Rugby season at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Samu Kerevi scored a double which helped the Queensland Reds fend off the Sharks.
Photo courtesy of QRU Media Unit

The Reds outscored the Sharks four tries to two in a gruelling encounter where the Sharks lead until the 73rd minute.

A second-half double to Samu Kerevi saw the Reds come from behind before James Tuttle sealed the victory scoring a try with his second touch of the ball.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles noted his side’s determination to stay in the match in front of 15,015 fans at Suncorp Stadium. Read more

Blues score opening win over Rebels

Thursday February 23, 2017 by  

The Auckland Blues have kicked off the 2017 Super Rugby season with a 56-18 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Thursday night.

A hat-trick from Rieko Ioane and 31-unanswered points in 20 minutes after half-time highlighted the bonus point victory for the Blues in front of 10,265 fans.

Rebels debutants Amanaki Mafi and Jack Maddocks had an immediate impact when they set up captain Nic Stirzaker for the opening try in the sixth minute in his 50th Super Rugby appearance. However, celebrations were short lived when Stirzaker was substituted in the 14th minute with a concussion. Read more

Hawks rise to the occasion, advance to GF

Thursday February 23, 2017 by  

It was a war of attrition at Titanium Security Arena in Thursday night’s National Basketball League semi-final decider, and for the better part of 40 minutes only one team truly turned up.

The Illawarra Hawks showed the poise needed on the big stage, holding off a stunning late Adelaide 36ers run, winning 106-98, and booking a date with the Perth Wildcats in the Grand Final.

Buoyed by 66 bench points the Hawks played like the 36ers have played the majority of the season – unified and clinical. Marvelle Harris and Rotnei Clarke captained the ship in the first half, whilst resurgent big men Cody Ellis and Tim Coenraad finished the journey in the second. Read more

Brisbane to host Davis Cup Quarter Final

Thursday February 23, 2017 by  

Brisbane’s Queensland Tennis Centre will host Australia’s tie against the United States in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals from April 7 to 9.

Kate Jones, Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, joined Geoff Quinlan, Tennis Queensland CEO and Brisbane International Tournament Director, to make the announcement today.

Queensland Tennis Centre will host the 47th meeting between the two most successful nations in Davis Cup history, having staged the ninth edition of the Brisbane International in January, which attracted almost 100,000 spectators. Read more