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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

Big guns of Surf storm Manly

Wednesday March 1, 2017 by  

The sun brought out the best in surfing today as the big guns hit the waves for the first time for day five of the 2017 Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) at iconic Manly Beach.

Top seeded Men’s Pro Julian Wilson surfed a perfect 10 with electrifying aerial moves, while Aussie CT pros dominated in the water throughout Round 3 of the Girls Make Your Move Women’s Pro.

In stormy three-foot peaks, Aussie women notched the highest scores in 7 out of 12 heats, with local favourites moving through including world champ Tyler Wright (2016 WCT 1), Sally Fitzgibbons (2016 WCT 8), Nikki Van Dijk (2016 WCT 11), Keely Andrew (2016 WCT 14), Bronte Macaulay (2016 WCT 17). Read more

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

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

Mitchell sets sights on Rio

Thursday May 14, 2015 by  

Australia’s best ever gymnast has confirmed she will push on for the Rio Olympics, with the dream of taking her country to the podium still burning brightly.

In a huge boost to Australia’s aspirations in Rio, Lauren Mitchell, the 2010 world floor champion and 2009 world beam and floor silver medallist, has confirmed she is committed to what will be her third Olympics, and will take the first step towards qualification at next week’s 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.

Australia has never won an Olympic medal in men’s or women’s artistic gymnastics, the 23-year-old telling Fox Sports she had her doubts as to whether she would be the one to lead the Australia team towards the podium, something which British Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle believes is only a matter of time away. Read more

Jack out of the box

Tuesday August 14, 2012 by  

Jack Ziebell returns this weekend from one of the most controversial suspensions in recent years. Should he change the way he plays? Nick Mockford looks into it further.

It’s been a crazy weekend of football. Again.

The Selwood antics, which most certainly were deliberate, and a pesky football that continued to cross the boundary line, perhaps not quite as deliberately. There were a couple of phenomenal performances from young Brownlow Medallists-in-waiting, several outstanding games borne out of high finals stakes, and another controversial press conference from a Scott twin. Read more

Firebirds keep finals hopes alive

Sunday June 24, 2012 by  

The Queensland Firebirds have kept their slim finals chances alive after an emphatic 63-43 win over the West Coast Fever in Brisbane today.

After both the NSW Swifts and Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic both notched up big wins in this round, it was important for the Firebirds to win by as big a margin as possible.

Queensland showed plenty of patience early and although they traded several turnovers throughout the first quarter, the Firebirds got the better of the quarter, leading 14-11 at the first break. Read more

Firebirds relieve Swifts of top four spot

Sunday June 3, 2012 by  

The Queensland Firebirds claimed fourth spot on the ladder after a hard fought 50-45 victory over the NSW Swifts in Brisbane on Sunday.

It was apparent early that a tough physical encounter was on the cards as several match ups on court looked heated.

Accurate shooting from both goal shooters kept the quarter close and although the lead changed hands several times, the margin was never greater than two goals. Read more

Firebirds win thriller in Perth

Sunday May 27, 2012 by  

The Queensland Firebirds have survived yet another nail biting finish, continuing to hold onto their finals hopes after they edged out the West Coast Fever 56-55 in Perth today.

Caitlin Bassett was at her best early, shooting 100 percent for the first quarter, and allowing the Fever to take an early 14-12 lead at the first change.

The Firebirds hit back early in the second quarter, immediately taking control of the game and leading by as much as six goals before the Fever clawed back to get within one goal just three minutes before halftime. Read more

Firebirds stave off spritely Steel

Sunday May 20, 2012 by  

The Queensland Firebirds managed to survive a late charge by the Southern Steel to claim victory in Invercargill by just one goal, winning 61-60 on Sunday.

After trading several simple errors early on, the Firebirds got the better of the opening quarter. They capitalized on several turnovers to enjoy a healthy 17-12 lead at the break.

The second quarter was a virtual goal for goal affair, The Firebirds threatened to stretch the lead further, only to have the Steel claw back to within reach. Read more