Archive for April 2017

Australia top Pool, progress to Quarter Finals

Saturday April 8, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has made the top eight of the Hong Kong Sevens and will compete in the Quarter Finals after finishing in first position in Pool A having defeated Samoa, South Korea and England.

Australia will play the second-place finisher in Pool D in either USA or Argentina at 12:58pm AEST on Sunday April 9.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I thought it was a great game of Rugby when we beat England. For our blokes to hold on and get that win, showed a lot of character and it’s really good for their momentum and confidence. Read more

Hockeyroos defeated by Japan

Saturday April 8, 2017 by  

Japan and Australia were fighting to make the final of the Hawkes Bay Cup in today’s match, with the pressure on from the minute the game began.

Japan were first to get on the scoreboard with a scramble in front of the net and multiple attempts at goal giving Australian goalkeeper Ashlee Wells a lot of work to do, before Yuri Nagai managed to get one into the net giving Japan an early lead.

The Hockeyroos were up for their first chance at goal thanks to a penalty corner opportunity with just four minutes remaining in the first half of the game, however they stumbled on the trap, and Japan managed to save the shot on goal. Read more

Australia starts Hong Kong Sevens with a win

Friday April 7, 2017 by  

Australia has defeated Samoa 22-19 in the opening game of the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens, to put them in a strong position in Pool A.

Australia’s Ed Jenkins tackled by a couple of Samoan defenders during the Hong Kong Sevens opening match.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

It was a special occasion for Australian veteran Ed Jenkins, who earned his 50th Sevens cap when he ran out against Samoa in Hong Kong.

Australia will play England and South Korea on day two of the tournament tomorrow, as they push to secure progression through to the Quarter Finals.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Andy Friend said: “It was a really important match for us and a really dangerous match for us. Read more

Hockeyroos draw with Black Sticks at Hawkes Bay Cup

Thursday April 6, 2017 by  

It was a one-all draw for the Hockeyroos and the Black Sticks today at the Hawkes Bay Cup in Hastings, New Zealand.

It was a hard-fought game from the beginning with neither team willing to give away any opportunities resulting in only one shot at a penalty corner each in the first term.

Going into the second quarter and both teams continued to press and defend, with the Hockeyroos receiving their first corner opportunity in the 28th minute which was successfully blocked by the Black Sticks. Read more

Hockeyroos find form, defeat USA

Tuesday April 4, 2017 by  

The Hockeyroos have found their form at the Hawkes Bay Cup in Hastings, New Zealand, with a 3–1 defeat of the USA today.

The goals began early with Jane Claxton scoring a field goal in the seventh minute of play to give the Hockeyroos an early lead which they held on to for the first half of the game.

In the final minutes of the third quarter, the USA scored the equaliser after being awarded a penalty corner opportunity which Kathleen Sharkey converted for the team. Read more

Champion halfback to call time on Storm career

Tuesday April 4, 2017 by  

Storm halfback Cooper Cronk has today informed the Club that 2017 will be his last season at Melbourne Storm.

During his 15 seasons with Melbourne, Cronk, 33, has built himself into one of the greatest halfbacks of the modern era.

His list of achievements in the purple jersey is almost unmatched. Read more

Hasler re-signs with the Bulldogs

Monday April 3, 2017 by  

Coach Des Hasler will remain with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs until the end of the 2019 season after signing a contract extension.

The Football Club Board today announced the decision after final negotiations were concluded with the coach putting pen to paper to keep him at Belmore.

Hasler, has had an excellent record with the Bulldogs, taking them to the Finals in each of his five years in charge, including two Grand Final appearances. Read more

Hockeyroos defeat Japan at Hawkes Bay Cup

Monday April 3, 2017 by  

The Hockeyroos have today taken out their first win of the Hawkes Bay Cup in Hastings, New Zealand, with a 2-1 defeat of Japan.

It was a cracker of a first quarter for the Hockeyroos today as they scored two field goals within minutes of one another. The first went to Jordyn Holzberger in the 9th minute of play, the second to Madi Radcliffe in the 11th.

The strong beginning to the game for the Hockeyroos was hindered by the Japanese defence, as the next two quarters went without goals as both teams pressed forward without any luck. Read more

Wests Tigers announce Ivan Cleary as Head Coach

Monday April 3, 2017 by  

Wests Tigers have today announced that Ivan Cleary will take on the role of Head Coach, effective immediately.

Cleary will take on the role of Head Coach until the end of the 2020 NRL season.

Cleary, 46, has coached 252 NRL games at the New Zealand Warriors and Penrith Panthers, plus was Head Coach of the 2015 Prime Minister’s XIII team and was named the 2014 Daly M Coach of the Year. Read more

Rampart Phoenix keep slim finals hopes alive

Sunday April 2, 2017 by  

With many pre-game suggesting a Melbourne cakewalk, Wellington have recorded a stunning 3-0 win at AAMI Park on Sunday night to give Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre back-to-back wins over Kevin Muscat’s Victory.

On a night where much of the build up was focused on Besart Berisha’s quest to become the first player to strike 100 A-League goals, it was the Wellington Phoenix frontline that proved much the sharper.

The Kosovan International was well-marshalled by returning captain Andrew Durante and the quietly spoken Marco Rossi, but it was in the front third that Wellington really did their talking. Read more