Archive for March 2017

‘Cats sweep Hawks to win record Eighth Championship

Sunday March 5, 2017 by  

Bryce Cotton arrived to revive the Perth Wildcats season and not only did he do that, he delivered another championship with 45 points in the 95-86 National Basketball League Grand Final Game Three win over the Illawarra Hawks on Sunday.

Congratulations Perth Wildcats, 2016/17 NBL Champions.
Photo courtesy of NBL Media

The Wildcats returned to Perth Arena trying to sweep the best-of-five series over the Hawks with 13,611 fans cheering them on, and appeared set to cruise to that task after scoring the opening 12 points.

But the Hawks made the Grand Final on guts and determination, and fought valiantly to be within two late in the third term.

Cotton was the difference, though and nailed a miracle three to open the fourth quarter on the way to the nine-point win. Read more

Aussie Men beaten in Quarter Final thriller

Sunday March 5, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have fallen in the Cup Quarter Finals of the USA7s, going down to South Africa 14-17.

Australia’s Lachie Anderson against Fiji on day two of the Las Vegas Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

Australia were beaten by Fiji in their last Pool D clash early on Day Two, before taking on South Africa in the Cup Quarter-Final where the Aussie 7s impressed and fought hard against the current HSBC Sevens World Series leaders.

Australia will play Argentina in the Fifth Place Semi Final at 8:00am AEDT on Monday, March 6.

Men’s Sevens Coach, Andy Friend said: “In the match against Fiji we just made too many errors and gave away the ball on nine occasions. I thought we were playing good Rugby but you can’t make that many errors against such a quality side. Read more

Australia falls in USA Sevens Final

Sunday March 5, 2017 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team has finished in second place at the USA7s, falling to New Zealand 5-28 in the Women’s Cup Final.

Australia started the day on a winning note, defeating a strong Fiji side in the Quarter Finals before knocking off Canada to earn a spot in the Cup Final. However New Zealand’s form was too much for the defending series champions, with Australia left to rue missed opportunities.

Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “We are very disappointed to finish the way we did. Credit to New Zealand, they played a detailed, mistake free game and deserved their victory. Read more

Brumbies suffer last gasp defeat

Saturday March 4, 2017 by  

The Brumbies have suffered a heartbreaking bonus-point loss at the hands the Sharks at GIO Stadium.

With scores locked at 22 apiece as the full-time hooter sounded, Sharks centre Lukhanyo Am was able to get on the end of a Curwin Bosch kick and seal the win for the visitors.

It was a cruel end to a match the home side had fought so brilliantly to still be in after losing Kyle Godwin to the sin bin and absorbing some intense pressure from the Sharks. Read more

Phoenix and Perth play out six-goal thriller

Saturday March 4, 2017 by  

Wellington twice took a two-goal lead at QBE Stadium in front of an appreciative Auckland crowd but a high-flying Perth ensured the points were shared.

Wellington Phoenix’s co-coaches Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre could be forgiven for being aggrieved they finished this game with just one point after their side compiled some of the best attacking passages fans have seen this season.

The home side started very brightly and twice enjoyed a two-goal buffer but Perth Glory’s never-say-die attitude saw them pull their way back into the contest, making a great spectacle for the neutrals but a nervy one for the coaches. Read more

Australia undefeated on first day of Las Vegas Sevens

Saturday March 4, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens have made it two from two on Day One of the USA7s in Las Vegas with a brave come from behind victory over Scotland and a clinical performance against Japan which has ensured Australia will make the Quarter Finals.

Young gun, Lachie Anderson impressed throughout the two matches, scoring four tries alongside returning injured players Ed Jenkins, Nick Malouf and Tom Lucas who all added to the score sheet.

Australia will play Fiji on Sunday 5 March at 8.50am in their final Pool match to secure seedings for the Quarter Finals. Read more

Sydney FC within touching distance of Premiers Plate

Friday March 3, 2017 by  

Sydney FC are within touching distance of the A-League Premiers Plate after a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory took them eleven points clear at the top of the ladder.

The Sky Blues could wrap up the title as early as next weekend which would make them the fastest winners of the Plate in A-League history.

Graham Arnold’s men produced a host of chances against second placed Melbourne Victory and took a deserved lead five minutes after half time as Bobô rounded off a clinical counter-attack. Read more

Homegrown talent shine at Surf Open

Friday March 3, 2017 by  

In pristine conditions at Manly Beach, Julian Wilson, Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons turned in masterclass performances at Day 7 of the Australian Open of Surfing (AOS).

All three big guns dominated their heats to book themselves places in the final weekend of competition.

The top seeds of the Girls Make Your Move Women’s Pro and Men’s Comp didn’t disappoint, with Wilson moving through to Round 4, along with Aussie pros Mikey Wright (Culburra), Mitch Crews (Gold Coast), Adam Melling (Lennox Head), Ryan Callinan (Newcastle) and defending AOS champion Dion Atkinson (Adelaide). Read more

Force topple Reds, end lean home run

Thursday March 2, 2017 by  

The Western Force have ended their recent run of home defeats with a spirited 26-19 victory over the Queensland Reds at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

Led by Curtis Rona and Dane Haylett-Petty the home side were celebrating their first home win in nearly two years with a courageous come-from-behind performance against a star-studded Reds line-up.

Best for the Reds in defeat were Eto Nabuli, who scored a hat-trick of five-pointers, along with veterans George Smith and Quade Cooper. Read more

Copybook ‘Cats repeat dose without Knight

Wednesday March 1, 2017 by  

The Perth Wildcats are one game away from a second straight title after Wednesday night’s come-from-behind win over Illawarra in game two of the best of five grand final series.

After beating the Hawks 89-77 in game one in Perth, the Wildcats overturned a 45-40 half-time deficit to prevail by the identical 89-77 score line in Game 2.

Bryce Cotton led Perth with 20 points and Casey Prather added 18, while Angus Brandt (15 points) filled a huge void after Matt Knight had to be assisted off the court early in the third term, suffering apparent concussion symptoms. Read more