Archive for March 2017

Kookaburras take third game over Pakistan

Friday March 31, 2017 by  

It was a drenched team of Kookaburras that left the pitch with a 2-0 victory over Pakistan in game three of the four game test at the Darwin International Hockey Open tonight.

The first quarter went by with both teams pushing hard to get on the score board, but the weather hindered their opportunities.

Nineteen minutes into the game and Jeremy Hayward scored a penalty corner goal, getting the Kookaburras on the board just before the players had to abandon the pitch due to the weather. Read more

Highlanders score win over Rebels

Friday March 31, 2017 by  

The Highlanders have scored a 51-12 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday.

The hosts celebrated scrumhalf Aaron Smith’s 100th Super Rugby appearance with a six-try-to-two victory, including a double from Malakai Fekitoa.

The Rebels injury toll continued with lock Steve Cummins substituted in just the second minute. Read more

Hockeyroos draw with USA at Hawkes Bay Cup

Friday March 31, 2017 by  

The Hockeyroos took on the USA today in the first game of the four nations Hawkes Bay Cup in which they will also compete against Japan and home side, the New Zealand Black Sticks. In a tightly fought match, the Hockeyroos came away with a one – all draw in their first game of 2017.

The USA were the first to score, with captain Alyssa Parker fighting through the Australian defence to get a field goal in past Australian goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram.

Both teams were pressing in the second half with plenty of opportunities but it was to no avail, with the score remaining at USA 1–0 AUS going into the half time break. Read more

Third consecutive Shield title for Victoria

Thursday March 30, 2017 by  

Victoria have secured a record third consecutive Sheffield Shield title, despite drawing the match with South Australia towards the end of Day Five at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

This record winning streak was last achieved by Queensland in 2002 and is the first time for Victoria’s 125 year history.

Victoria elected to continue batting into the fifth day, setting South Australia a chase of 524 runs. Read more

Scott signs on as a career Cowboy

Thursday March 30, 2017 by  

The North Queensland Cowboys can today announce that co-captain Matthew Scott has agreed to a contract extension until the end of the 2019 National Rugby League season.

The two-year deal will mean Scott, 31, will be a 16-season Cowboy after the Central Queensland product debuted in Round 19, 2004 against the Eels as an 18-year-old.

“I’m truly thrilled to be extending my time at this great club for a further two seasons,” Scott said. Read more

Kookaburras defeat Pakistan

Wednesday March 29, 2017 by  

There was some spectacular hockey on display tonight at the Darwin International Hockey Open, with the fast-paced game giving both sides ample opportunity to score; however, it was the Kookaburras who came away with their second win of the series defeating Pakistan 3–0.

After a couple of missed opportunities early in the first quarter, the Kookaburras were in with an early lead thanks to a scrabble in the Australian circle resulting in a field goal for Tom Wickham.

Pakistan had an opportunity on a penalty corner early into the second quarter, before Australia’s Flynn Ogilvie and Kiran Arunasalam made a late break for goal which narrowly missed the post. Read more

Hewitt names unchanged team for Davis Cup quarterfinal

Tuesday March 28, 2017 by  

Australia’s Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has named an unchanged team for the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie against the United States, with Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson, Sam Groth and John Peers set to represent the host nation at Queensland Tennis Centre, in Brisbane, from 7 to 9 April 2017.

Having inspired Australia to victory over Czech Republic in the last round at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, the quartet will again wear the green and gold in the upcoming clash between the two most successful nations in Davis Cup history.

“All the boys are really excited about the Davis Cup quarterfinal, it should be a great tie against a very strong American side,” said Hewitt, Australia’s most successful Davis Cup player with a total of 58 victories. Read more

Depleted Phoenix show glimpse of the future

Sunday March 26, 2017 by  

Wellington Phoenix have put aside concerns over All White absentees to reward their faithful fans with a vintage performance on Sunday night at Westpac Stadium.

Amid furore over the International and A-League fixture clashes the focus could have easily been on who was absent rather than who was present, but the Phoenix players that pulled on the yellow and black played with a spirit and belief that keep alive Wellington’s slim finals hopes.

In cool but clear conditions Wellington started the brighter fashioning a swag of half chances inside the first fifteen minutes. Read more

Reds lose to Jaguares

Sunday March 26, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have lost to the Jaguares 22-8 in the Super Rugby Round Five match played in Buenos Aires this morning (Australian Time).

For the second week in a row the Reds were forced to play with 13 men after Eto Nabuli and Kane Douglas were sent to the sin bin for separate offences.

The Jaguares crossed for two tries in that period and the Reds couldn’t recover from the deficit as their execution let them down. Read more

Rebels fall late to Waratahs

Friday March 24, 2017 by  

The New South Wales Waratahs have reclaimed the Weary Dunlop Shield with a thrilling 32-25 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The visitors secured the come from behind victory on the stroke of fulltime when inside centre David Horwitz scored in the 80th minute to seal the remarkable win after trailing by 19 points at half-time.

The Waratahs capitalised on a depleted Rebels with 26 unanswered second-half points after the hosts lost hooker James Hanson, who was celebrating his 100th Super Rugby game, along with locks Culum Retallick and debutant Dominic Day to concussion. Read more